Saffron Restaurant
Saffron Restaurant

Saffron Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saffronrestaurantnewyork.com/
  • Phone: 3473924152x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Herbert Duarte
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We are flexible to our guests needs. If interested in off-site catering, Saffron will customize menu options for any customer interested and will customize package options.
  • Private Party Facilities: For parties of 65 and over, Saffron will provide the entire dining room for a private dining experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Herbert Duarte 3473924152x
  • Entertainment: Flamenco performances are held once a month along with a weekly flamenco guitarist. Performance dates do vary; It is recommended to check our facebook or website to find out about our upcoming shows.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cross Bay Blvd
  • Public Transit: Q41
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking area is located in back of the restaurant.
A word from Saffron Restaurant
Saffron is a family owned restaurant in the heart of Howard Beach. Saffron offers a wide selection of tapas, ranging from traditional Tortilla Espanola and Chorizo to more unique tasting plates of Gambas con Serrano and Lollipop Steak and Shrimp.
The staff at Saffron will provide service to enhance your experience and make suggestions to ensure your experience at Saffron will be well remembered.
Saffron has plenty of free parking located in the rear and we are happy to accept orders for take-out.
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Saffron Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (8)good for groups (8)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)special occasion (1)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • PeggyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Always great food and great service. The paella was great and so was the salmon. Always fun going here
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    Aike
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We just happened to be in the area and found this restaurant by chance (online search for restaurant nearby) and I must say it was more than we expected. I loved it and my wife loved it, and that doesn't happen often. The food was great to say the least. I totally recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and staff!
    Shields
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant! I have had parties here and have gone just for dinner- loving both! The staff is personable and attentive, the chef is fantastic and really sweet, and the feel of the place is intimate and cozy. It also has parking in the back which helps avoid the street parking search. Love this place and would recommend it to anyone and everyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Many choices
    Rebrokermike
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Artichoke dip is to die for, with so much to chose from everyone will be happy and the portions are generous. I am looking forward to coming back and trying a main course dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeggyVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I love the paella. Next time I will try some of the tapas which looked great. We always enjoy coming here as the service is great and so is the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 76 reviews are from the Saffron Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Tasty and Good for Sharing
    luv2eat
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We were in a hurry, because we had to drop off our daughter at JFK airport. We let them know when we placed our order and they were very accommodating. We enjoyed the Tapas dishes very much. Very tasty and interesting food nicely prepared and presented.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cute Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Cute place in the heart of Howard beach which was nice, quiet, and had great service. The food was very good as well!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My husband and i enjoyed the food and restaurant our server was very helpful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love the food, especially
    PeggyVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We love the food, especially the paella. The apple crisp with vanilla ice cream was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite Non-Italian Resturant
    DonTonyVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Im Italian, and I normally eat Italian food. This is my favorite non-Italian resturant. The service is always top notch and the cook (who is the owner) is outstanding. I make it my business to go 1-2 times each month.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Find
    c5028
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Great salads, nice rack of lamb and the risotto was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great good and excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    We had a great time at this restaurant, they were very welcoming and the waitress was outstanding; the food superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but service off
    Queensgirl
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    As always the food is delicioso. Herbert never lets me down. I was a little dissatisfied with the service this time. I have been to this establishment more than a dozen times. Yet this time the server was not up to par. Regardless if she is new or overwhelmed, she made many errors. Forgetting to bring out the salad before our meal arrived was a little disconcerting. Not going to even mention the mistakes made. Will still return, but do hope the server will have a better evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised. All
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Pleasantly surprised. All sevings were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+ Tapas Near JFK
    SusannaFromNewHope
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    This charming little spot in Howard Beach doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside it's welcoming and intimate. The food is delicious and creative, and the service is excellent. Special kudos to our waiter Ghavin, who was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. We especially enjoyed the grilled baby calamari, the littleneck clams with chorizo, and the bacon wrapped scallops with wild mushroom risotto. The seafood paella was a bit bland (some would say subtle) after the amazing and flavorful tapas, but a huge portion with lots of seafood and fine for someone who does not want intense flavors. There was a nice wine list, not too expensive, and plentiful free parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Pleasantly Surprised
    ABCReviews
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    My mom lives in Brooklyn and we needed a place to go for her birthday dinner. We didn't want to have to Downtown Brooklyn or to Manhattan. The goal was to go local. The food was amazing and the service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love the food here and
    PeggyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We love the food here and the tapas are wonderful. I love the paella with seafood
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really good Spanish restaurant
    fishlover
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    The white sangria was excellent as was the paella. Service was excellent. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to...
    CathyHillVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    This is one of my fam's favorites. Everyone can find something to enjoy. This time we all had the paella which was wonderful. The rice was expecially yummy. Didn't have room for dessert...again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saffron experience
    Apa1
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Did not enjoy the food I was drawn to the lure of the tapas but I was disappointed with the meatballs . They were very bland. I ordered short ribs it was chopped up in the noodles. It was a wrong choice it was my first time waiters don't speak they should have explained that the short ribs were not separate my father'sday brunch was not a hit. My husband felt his steak was bland and he asked for steak sauce and the arrogance of the chef not to have any salt or pepper at the table. He needs chef Ramsey to teach him flavours not good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    Phantom
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Saffron is great! Food was delicious, service was great, and the ambiance was smooth! Tapas are excellent....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    NeighborhoodNosher
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Food was very good.....intro to "tapas" (Spanish appetizers)......main courses also very good.....extremely casual wear.......excellent service........a "little" pricey......OVERALL: recommended as very good neighborhood "Spanish" restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh n delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Almost did not eat here after making reservations. The atmosphere has a lot to be desired but we had come all the way from brookyn meeting friends coming from JFK so we decided to stay (the A displayed in window convince us) Turns out we forgot about the atmosphere because the service and food were wonderful. Waitress was very helpful. 3 of us had piaya and one had pork chop. Great choice along with deliciously warm dessert. If I could give one tip to the restaurant ... Clean the glass of your windows and door. It would make a world of difference to the "squeamish " !
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  • I would go back very soon!
    Indy
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    The food was amazing and the service was great! I will definitely go back ....maybe this weekend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • good food
    slimjim
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Had the meat paella and seafood paella. It was very good and flavorful. I recommend for dates and family dinners
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always nice going to Saffron.
    PeggyVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Always nice going to Saffron. The food is great, the service is attentive and it's a great place for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great quiet place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Very great food and great sevice. Waitress very attentive and great quiet place to bring a date to chat and get to know better without screeming across table.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific Spanish food, warm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    Terrific Spanish food, warm and welcoming staff, fun flamenco music. We were stuck between flights at JFK, with too little time to get home to Manhattan -- had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tapas were on the expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Tapas were on the expensive side but very good. Main entree was plentiful and very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent and interesting
    CathyHillVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    Excellent and interesting selection of tapas. Yummy sangria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall, the food is really
    PeggyVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Overall, the food is really good. There was a wedding party when we entered the restaurant and I believe the wait staff was a bit overwhelmed. We had to ask two or three times for bread, My dining partners would have liked a larger selection as far as desserts such as tres leches, flan, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was a very nice evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    It was a very nice evening at saffron. I had the crab cake sliders which I highly recommend. Mu husband had the steak. Both very good choices with ample portions. The only knock on the place is the service. While everyone was friendly, service was spotty at times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was amazing, great
    MezzalunaVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    The food was amazing, great sangria and live entertainment on a THursday night. We started off with the house salad followed by the crabcake sliders and fried calamari tapas, all were amazing and piping hot (which is how I like my food served). The sliders came with delicious steak fried potatoes. For a main course we shared the valencia paella. It was flavorful and plenty for two to share. The dessert was the chef's choice of rice pudding - which is not my favorite dessert, however, it was served warm and had a soupy consistancy, which I have to say was delicious much to my suprise. This was a dinner for two deal from Groupon, I had some issues with that be sure to read the fine print. The food and service here were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was great. if yousit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    food was great. if yousit near the musicians/dancer - you will not be able to talk much. i will say it was a bit pricey for XBay Blvd.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had a small group of customers
    jwblack357VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    I had a small group of customers who were working until late that night. Rather than go into the city, we stayed local and Saffron restaurant was great. The food was excellent, great menu and excellent wine. Since it was late there were not too many guests, but the servers made sure we were well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I had a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    My husband and I had a great time, service was fantastic, pitcher of sangria was plentiful and delicious. Food was great, would definitely come again as well as recommend to family and friends. Nice lil restaurant on the corner if a comnercial avenue, a good find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    DonTonyVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    I have been here with business clients as well as for personal visits. And everyone I've brought have highly enjoyed the food and service. The service and food are excellent. If you're not into Tapas or Paella, I personally recommend the steak and lamb dishes. And definitely try the Berry Sangria. 1/2 pitcher is way more than enough for 2 people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a great neighborhood
    CathyHillVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    This is a great neighborhood restaurant. Their tapas are exceptional as is the sangria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Courteous and attentive staff.
    Dani
    Dined on 1/15/2013
    Courteous and attentive staff. Enjoyable dining experience. Churros and hot fudge sauce delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Tapas, tapas and more tapas!
    OldPirates
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Tapas, tapas and more tapas! We had a great time-good food, great service, reasonable prices. Very close to the airport hotels (JFK). We'll keep Saffron on our list for the next time we're passing thru.
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