Saffron Indian Bistro

4.7
112 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options

Saffron Indian Bistro is an Indian restaurant serving healthy and authentic sub-continental cuisine. It is known for bringing a Òtrue taste of IndiaÓ. The ambience of the restaurant is vibrant and the wait staff is attentive and helpful. At Saffron Indian Bistro the lunch buffet is served daily in the spacious dining hall and there are above fifteen Indian dishes from which you can make a selection.

Saffron Indian Bistro offers gluten free and vegetarian dishes for the diet-conscious guests. From pakoras as appetizers to curries, seafood, salads, exclusive vegetarian dishes, koftas and various other Indian dishes, the restaurant offers a diverse range of sub-continental delicacies. The bistro also provides catering services to private events, weddings and business meetings.

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PatB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Although there's not much ambience when entering. The mouth watering aromas soon bring focus to the main event. Try the signature items if unfamiliar. The chicken tikka masala and signature naan won't disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Will definitely go back!

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HungryRosalie
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff couldn’t be more attentive, anticipating all needs; outstanding service, excellent quality and very reasonably priced. It’s our new go-to for date night! Thank you for the fabulous meals!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Terrific food, inexperienced but attentive service. Very reasonable prices in the middle of nowhere. We will return. 👌

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vipScrimpets
Tucson
52 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was extremely pleased with Saffron Indian Bistro! My wife and I just wanted to try a dining out experience with COVID-safe options and gluten-free options. That is no small task. I’ve ordered take-out from Saffron before so I figured I’d like the food since it was excellent then, and it did not disappoint!

First of all, the service was outstanding. Keidan was our server and he just did a fantastic job! He had really good knowledge of the menu so he was helpful in guiding (my wife) through the gluten-free options - and there are PLENTY of them here, which is awesome. He was also very pleasant and personable, and he checked on us to see if we needed anything - in a COVID-safe way, keeping his distance, wearing masks and gloves (as did all the staff there). And he wasn’t offended when we pulled up our masks whenever he approached. He was just a great server and helped make the experience really enjoyable.

Secondly, the food was top notch! I appreciated that they can make it any spice level you want. Had the chicken Biryani and the saag paneer. Both were excellent. Plenty of chunks of farmer’s cheese in the saag paneer, delicious saffron rice. Loved the flavor of the Biryani dish including the tender pieces of chicken.

Not only that, but the Naan was excellent, soft and warm, and even the basket of starter lentil crackers was really tasty!!

Really good wine selection as well, especially for an Indian restaurant, and we tried the Indian white (Sula white) and it was really good.

This was a really fun and pleasant dining experience and we’ll definitely return. We felt totally safe from a COVID perspective, and with great service, great food, and great value, you can’t beat it!

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vipbilld10
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good Indian food. Nice selection of beers. Naan bread was good and everything we had seemed authentic. Generous portions as well.

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SuzanneG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always, great service!

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IanC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new outdoor space. Makes dining out in these difficult times a more pleasurable experience.

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Loving8comas
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super Indian food

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first outing since the pandemic . A get together with friends. We were very comfortable at our table of four. Expert safe service. Professional and cheerful service. It was a wonderful dining experience enjoyed by all. The food was outstanding. Buttered chicken to die for, lamb chops best in town, everything so fresh and tasty. Happy to see they added an outdoor dining area as well. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipLeslieG
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love it! Reliable delicious and friendly!

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RichardS
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We never expected to find great Indian food in southern Arizona, but we did. The food was very good as was the service. The quantities were larger than expected and the prices were very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the food. The complimentary papadam was very good as was the plain naan with its fresh grilled flavor. The highlight was a unique mushroom dish: "Mushroom Do Pyaza". There are tons of vegan and vegetarian items to choose from. All in all, I highly recommend this restaurant for quality Indian cuisine.

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CammieD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were outstanding!!! We would highly recommend to all our friends!!

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BradC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was great as always. But that night service was painfully slow. So slow that it caused us to have to modify our plans later with our out of town guests. I hope that doesn't keep up or it will affect how often we make the drive up north to dine there.

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Radford
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our hostess and servers were welcoming and friendly. The food was the best Indian we’ve had in the states. Everyone was helpful and efficient and we loved the decor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. Chicken tika masala and lamb vindaloo.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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MarianneS
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great modern ambiance. Excellent service. We came in on a local recommendation and were not disappointed. We will come back and try more dishes. Great find!

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vipKarenS
Milwaukee
34 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food! we were there at an odd time, 3:15pm -it was very quiet & took a while to get our food ...but def worth the wait!

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GInaB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and the service is great. Great atmosphere. I do recommend a reservation.

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vipSelma
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Staff was kind, personable and professional. Onion Bhakti and naan were disappointing. Our other dishes were excellent.

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vipxnyr
Washington DC
141 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were very pleased to find such a satisfying Indian meal in the Tucson area. I have tried a few places, and Saffron has been the best in terms of the food and the service. I wish they had another location in closer to central Tucson or further east. But we found it worth the 25 minute drive to Oro Valley to have such a good experience. Lots of options and everything the 4 of us had was quite delicious, and very fresh. We opted for "mild-plus" in terms of spiciness and we could have gone hotter. Saffron is willing to spice each dish according to the diner's preference. Highly recommended.

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vipKellieAnn
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

There was so many things wrong I am going to just write billet points:
• only one other table with customers, yet they sat us at a dirty booth, with no water goblets- we waited until someone finally came to clean off the rice all over the booth. (Though every other table had water goblets and looked clean)..
•we ordered samosas w/chutney which took a long while to come out- so we had already finished our water- the waiter said he’d come back with more water, but he didn’t.. we asked again when he brought the samosas and he said he would get water -but didn’t come back until the main course was being served
• I asked if he could please get us water and just leave the pitcher since it had been such trouble to get our waters refilled- the woman at bar seemed annoyed at the request and the waiter finally came back with two pitchers (not sure why- we could have only used the one with out Ice)..
• they were cleaning the floor while we were eating (I find this extremely rude for a restaurant to do this before the time they say they close (9pm) - then I understand it, but we were under served due to everyone mopping sweeping wiping ..
• this waiter seemed extremely new and was as least friendly as he could be - he didn’t return to our table to check on us I. A timely fashion..

And the food was okay- but not like it has been in the past- the samosas were over cooked .. the mango chutney is over-charged.. and when we took 1-2 the food back home, I must say your to-go cleat plastic containers are the worst! And giving plastic bags instead of a brown paper is a huge shame!

We have come in many times and enjoyed your restaurant- but this $82 + tip was not worth it at all!
Sorry to give such a bad review.. but it was sub-par!

Best,
KA

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excelente servicio.

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vipsimonc
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still the best Indian in Tucson for us. Service good but i wish they would acknowledge returning customers.

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JoanPony
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We were so excited to be eating at Saffron. I cook Indian food and have traveled there twice. I found the food very boring and blah. I have eaten at two food trucks in Tucson that are much better with very interesting flavors. I will try other Indian restaurants before going back to Saffron.The service was excellent.

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viplagg
Indiana
228 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was excellent as always and we had enough leftovers for a second meal. But the service was fairly slow, both to get our food initially and to get our checks when we wanted to leave.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the food, the service was amazing, it was little too loud.

KR
vipKarenR
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Indian food I have ever had. The rice was fantastic. And the garlic naan is to die for! The service was great and very friendly.

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vipMaryG
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saffron is serving up some of the BEST Indian food in a contemporary, clean upbeat setting with a view of the Catalinas. I've lived in Burma and Malaysia and thought everything I tasted was superb. I've never had such excellent service when ordering the buffet lunch. Heather was very attentive and took time to tell me more about Saffron. I moved to Tucson 10 days ago and have dined there 3x. Heather recommended I also come for dinner because of the special lighting and plating for the unique dishes that are offered. I plan on doing just that and being a regular customer.

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viparlingtonfoodie
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is amazing! The food is absolutely outstanding, everything very fresh and made to order with your desired heat level. We live in the DC area, where we have excellent Indian food, but this restaurant was easily on a par with the best DC has to offer. And the green chili pakoras—that’s something you don’t see on an east coast menu! The Vindaloo was the best we have ever had—very tangy and complex. We wish we were here longer so we could eat here again.

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WilliamLee
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice place to try a new cuisine. Our waitress was very knowledgeable
and took time with us. Very good flavors...
One word of warning, anything with potatoes will be at least a two or three out of five stars for heat. One of our members wanted zero to very low spice, but the recommended dish had potatoes in it. She was miserable after dinner.

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vipLisaD
Tucson
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fabulous service. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There is amazing service at Saffron. My favorite things to order are their delicious Tandoori options, curries, and breads. Just a great restaurant!

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JeroenH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh what an amazing place. Food was really delicious. If I would live in Tucson I would return weekly. The best samosa ever!! Also the curry Mughlia and the biryani were great.

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TamiL
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy amazing experience.

JA
vipJALSBL
Tucson
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server John was professional and although the restaurant was very busy, John made sure we didn’t lack his attention.

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vipFromDC
Tucson
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tika Masala is exquisite!

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SigmaNigma
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came home to Tucson for the first time in 20 years. Brought my family to see the best of Tucson and the Saffron Bistro was an excellent experience! Food was excellent and the staff was very friendly! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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vipJake
Phoenix
53 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner! Wonderful service, friendly attentive and helpful. Food was superb as always. Great night with amazing food!

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You can order delivery directly from Saffron Indian Bistro using the Order Online button. Saffron Indian Bistro also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Saffron Indian Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (520) 742-9100.

Saffron Indian Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 112 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.