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Saffron Cafe, Indianapolis, IN

Saffron Cafe

2.8
2.8
71 Reviews
$31 to $50
Moroccan
Saffron Caf� is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and serves Moroccan style cuisine. The interior d�cor of the Saffron Caf� has been carefully selected and brought in straight from Morocco, in order to give diners an authentic experience. The restaurant offers cooking lessons in Moroccan cuisine and a belly dancer as entertainment for private events. The menu featured at Saffron Caf� includes appetizers of hummus, taktouka shrimp, saffron mussels and falafels. Entr�es include paella, ahi tuna with charmoula, chicken parmigiana, lamb honey and tanjiya. Dinners pasta and couscous include saffron fettuccini alfredo, couscous royale and coconut shrimp pasta. Wine list and lunch menus are also available.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Moroccan, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (317) 917-0131

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Sentissi

What 71 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

2.8
2.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.4Food
  • 2.7Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 2.9Value

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  1. s

    suaveslav

    Indiana

    76 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Tajines were excellent, as always. Service was inconsistent in delivery of food.
  2. JM

    JoeM

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    Worst possible service! Food was excellent but it cannot make up for the terrible service.
  3. CL

    CarolynL

    Indiana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I was very disappointed with our most recent visit (August 2022). We went with friends from out of town, and I was embarrassed to have recommended it. We hadn't been in a few years, and back then the food was delicious -- lots of complex spices and meat so tender it would fall apart with a fork. This time, the tajine had very little flavor. The chicken was a little tough, as though it had been baked and then plopped in the sauce. The server only ever came to our table if we flagged him down and requested him. Both bathrooms had wet and slightly smelly floors; the women's had standing water and the men's was wet and squishy and smelled vaguely of sewer. I hope they get back to their old standards, but as of right now I would not recommend.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Terrible restaurant
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We walked in and we were people in the restaurant. Horrible service and awkward - we ended up walking out after about 20 minutes - never was offered any type of beverage - it was just a weird experience!
  6. s

    sigiferg

    Indiana

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    After 2 hours I still had no food and finally gave up.
  7. PB

    PaulB

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Tiny place, off the beaten path. Great food & flavors, one woman working serving and clearing tables, so be patient! The only complaint we had was a rude table near us that was disrespectful to the staff. Hidden gem of a place! Had the honey lamb tagine, paella, honeyed lemonade. Glad we found this place!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The Tagine Lamberel is advertised as one of the top dishes in Indianapolis and I was looking forward to trying it. I was disappointed with the tough meat and the dish overall lacking in flavor. It was just okay, nothing to write home about. I was also disappointed it came with French baguette on the side. I was expecting a more authentic experience with flat bread or something.
  9. DC

    DollyC

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Reunion of 12 women who rode cross country together in 2013.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best tajines! The coffee and mint tea was great as well.
  11. DD

    DallasDTDiner

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    This place has gone downhill since I moved away eight years ago. This was a favorite - the owner/chef would come out and greet tables, service was spectacular, the food full of flavor. Fast forward to 2022: This experience had extremely slow and inattentive service, food lacked most flavor with some tasting like it had been microwaved, and overall presentation from dirty menus to chipped wine glasses made an Indy favorite an Indy disaster. The previous owner must have left - the love for food, unique flavors, passion for service were non-existent. I feel embarrassed I recommended this restaurant and made my party suffer through a truly forgettable meal.
  12. R

    Rhubarbgal

    Indiana

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The beautiful exterior murals were marred by an unkept enclosed patio. The floor and tables needed attention; some window panels were slashed and so rain-spotted it was difficult to see through them. While the interior ambiance was warm and colorful, fixtures and surfaces needed dusting. We were greeted with a smile and promptly seated. Thereafter, service was painfully slow--even though the dining room was relatively empty during most of our visit. Almond Chicken Tangine was piping hot, but relatively bland and overwhelmed by nearly 3/4 cup of raisins. The divinely-scented Lamb Honey Tangine was well-cooked but cloyingly sweet; further, there was little flesh on the bone. We split Tiramisu for dessert--the best part of our meal, but an unexpectedly small portion given the nearly $9 price. Having read impressive reviews, we were somewhat disappointed with the value of our meal. We are uncertain we will return.
  13. LU

    LegUpSolutions

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent. My only regret is that we missed Annie and Chef during our visit.
  14. JS

    JohnS

    Indiana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Only one server so we waited for everything—menus, drinks, appetizers and dinner. They were out of multiple wines and several menu items requiring us to re-adjust after ordering apps and entrees. When we finally got our entrees, the kitchen staff started cleaning up and it was so loud it continually interrupted our conversation. Food was tasty except for the hummus.
  15. AA

    AmmarA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Fancy restaurant without the fancy restaurant price.
  16. WB

    WilliamB

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Saffron always delivers, whether it's a kebab, a tangine or pasta.
  17. R

    Robi

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Walk into a quiet ambience that's located in a quirky little building. Don't expect a signature cocktail or a big wine selection. The food makes up for the drinks though. Freshly prepared with lovely flavors. Top it off with their Moroccan coffee and dessert.
  18. k

    kinseyp

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff. Authentic Moroccan food that was delicious. That’s tiramisu I have ever had. There was only one chef that evening and our food still came out perfect.
  19. DO

    DOCTORDINK

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spend a very nice dinner with my husband!
  20. KE

    KatherineE

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous, and the ambiance is charming. Be sure to make reservations as the place is rather small and fills quickly. Be sure to order dessert - the marscapone cake is amazing!
  21. RM

    RobM

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Delicious and well-flavored dishes. Courteous and attentive staff.
  22. DS

    DianeS

    Indiana

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The people were lovely and very cool ambiance but the food was not that great. A bit bland in my opinion.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We’ve enjoyed this restaurant multiple time pre COVID. Our recent experience was not favorable. First there was minimal heat. The majority of guests were eating in winter coats! Second the food was sub pair… with very poor use of typical N African spices. The service was extremely poor… but this has become expected in many restaurants with difficulty finding staff. Very disappointing!
  24. VB

    VickieB

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, & great ambiance. Large portions. Parking is in the back which I wasn’t aware of so would be nice to know the first time showing up.
  25. R

    Ricoop

    Indiana

    122 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    This was our third trip to the restaurant and we were both looking forward to the food. We enjoyed the food and the service provided by Amelia. We were a bit disappointed that the restaurant was out of all of the red wines on the menu. I hope that isn't the case the next time we visit.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took our family for dinner. Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Best desserts and Moroccan mint tea to top it off. We left so full and pleased with every delicious bite. Also the staff are so kind and wonderful. Service is excellent. We will be back soon
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For only two people working in the entire establishment they took good care of us. They were slow but that’s understandable when you literally have one waitress/hostess and one cook/dishwasher. They did very well and the food was amazing as always
  28. KC

    KyleC

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Nasty food, service was poor, there card readers where broke
  29. LS

    LukeSaysMoo

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The tajines are amazing.
  30. SD

    SavvyDiner

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Moroccan paella was absolutely outstanding!
  31. o

    owhb

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good. Portions were shareable, and we still took home a box. Limited though on wine selections.
  32. NB

    NancyB

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Quiet cozy environment. Server knew menu really well and made excellent suggestions.
  33. D

    Djkindy

    Indiana

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    As always the food at Saffron is magnificent! Albeit you have to wait a LOOOONG time to get it. Was approximately 45 mins from ordering to food being set on table .
  34. H

    Harvey

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food unique environment one of my favorite spots
  35. g

    gmccuen

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our experience. Great food. Friendly service. Comfortable chairs. Warm atmosphere.
  36. AT

    AndrewT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the only legitimate Moroccan restaurant I’ve found in the Midwest and it is fantastic. If anyone has never tried Moroccan food and wants to this is the place to go. Chicken that falls off the bone, vegetables cooked to perfection, and exquisite flavors are just a few of the things that make it special. It is also incredibly affordable. A meal for one is quite massive but will only cost $15-25. There is also convenient and cheap parking ($5 for the day) since it is a bit away from the middle of downtown. There is no better place in Indianapolis that covers all the bases.
  37. P

    Pammadryden

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Birthday request. Great meal
  38. BB

    BobB

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a small intimate place. You should make a reservation. It may look empty, but it fills quickly once reservations arrive. Food is robust in flavor and there is a nice variety. We had mussel appetizer and almond tanjine. Both were wonderful. Waitress was knowledgeable and attentive. Adult beverages are just wine and 2 beers. We can't wait to go back and try something else.
  39. JM

    JimM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, and the service and ambiance outstanding. We WILL be back. Thank you, Saffron.
  40. M

    Michele

    Indiana

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Arrived for our reservation and dinner and the restaurant was closed. No sign on the door, no mention of closure on their website.

FAQs

Saffron Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Saffron Cafe is rated 2.8 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Saffron Cafe

621 Fort Wayne Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1306

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Indy

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Moroccan, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Sentissi

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