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Saffron Indian Bistro

85 reviews
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$30 and under
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Saffron is a local neighborhood family restaurant located in the heart of downtown San Carlos, serving Northern Indian Cuisine with a commitment to using local and sustainable foods.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Indian, Vegetarian, Contemporary Indian
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Hours of operation
Daily lunch: 11:30AM - 2:30 PM
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
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Phone number
(650) 593-4269
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Owner - Ajay Walia
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Let us cater your next event. We will bring everything you need including a kitchen (on wheels). We cater corporate lunches, wedding, birthdays, or if are just in the mood to celebrate.
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Cross street
Laurel Street
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Parking details
There is street parking all over downtown, including parking at the nearby Caltrain station, just a 2 minute walk away.
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Public transit
Taking SamTrans, on El Camino get off at San Carlos Ave/ Holly Street Bus stop.

If taking Caltrain, get off at Holly Street Station (San Carlos) and walk west on San Carlos Ave to the restaurant on the left, 5 doors from El Camino Real.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Droni (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

We ordered samosas and the "street food" option as appetizers. Delicious. For mains, we ordered baingan bharta, butter chicken, malabar shrimp curry, lamb kebobs and hyderabadi chicken curry. The butter chicken was the only disappointment as the chicken was dry but the other dishes were delicious. Also ordered onion and garlic naan and mango lassis.

Leon (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

I love very clean place with good service. Food is too spicy for request "everything mild"

vipVindalooGirl (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 10, 2017

This restaurant used to be our favorite Indian restaurant for ages. The last couple years, the food has changed. The food is not as tasty as before. Wish they revert back to their original recipes.

vipKnowsHowtoTravel (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 7, 2017

Love Saffron Bistro, but we were disappointed to find out they no longer do the dinner buffet on Tuesday nights 😩, only Sunday now. Please bring it back!

vipSinecure (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2017

We keep coming back to Saffron as our go-to Indian place. We venture further afield, try someplace else, then end up back here and enjoying it. I've had take-out, the buffet and normal dining here. All have been great. The service is pleasant and it is almost always easy to get a table.

DOJO (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

Best Indian food yet!! Good service and very pleasant dining overall

vipRobert (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

We've been eating at Saffron for years and the meals are always very good and the service is very attentive. Our only disappointment is that the menu has been scaled back a lot. They used to serve a variety of fish dishes... all of which were good. They no longer serve fish. We also had some vegetarian favorites that are no longer on the menu.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2016

Saffron used to be our go to Indian place but they changed the menu and raised prices and it is no longer our favorite. They don't even offer tandoori dishes anymore. In their effort to be like all the other new restaurants in this town, they've now downgraded their menu and lost several loyal customers. I'm sure they will still survive since it is the only Indian food in the area.

MVtoSF (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

The food was very good! We had the eggplant which was prepared like babaganoosh (meaning squished rather than in chunks or pieces). It had a lot of ginger but was very good. We also had the butter chicken, samosas and shahi paneer. All were yummy and their nan was very good. Add a Kingfisher beer and you are in business. The wait staff was a little too attentive. Meaning like they removed plates when not everyone was done and they interrupted conversation.

ThomasS (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

Saffron Bistro convinces with consistent and great food quality and very friendly and attentive service.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 8, 2016

Loved the effort on presentation, attentive service, food was good but not amazing, batter a little thick on fried cauliflower, a little too much tomato in butter chicken, too much pepper in Saag Paneer. Solid but needs refinement.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 8, 2016

The food was good, but some of the chicken pieces kinda funky meat. It tasted good, but would've liked better meat.

vipRobert (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

Saffron offers consistently good dishes across the board. They also have one of the best Indian buffets I've been to in the Peninsula.

They've scaled back their menu items quite a bit and I find that disappointing as most dishes are now chicken or vegetarian. They used to offer a really great assortment of fish dishes.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

Easily the best Indian food I have ever had. Excellent but not intrusive service, too. A perfect antidote to the rainiest evening of the year.

vipKoshurButteh (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

Flavorful food. Bhindi and paneer were great. Chicken sauce tasted good but the chicken was not. Food was warm not hit. Indian food doesn't taste great unless it's hot.