Saffron Indian Bistro

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$30 and under
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Indian

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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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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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
2 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.

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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
13 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.

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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
51 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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luvs2dine27
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Saffron Indian Bistro for all of you Indian foods fans out there. I've been to a gazillion
Indian places in NJ but I've never tried one here in Tucson and I definitely made the right choice. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Our server, Billy was a true professional. Make sure you order the garlic naan bread to have with your meal, it is delightful.

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian food I've had in this state.
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KapildeoL
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent service and food.
Friendly waiter.
Will recommend highly

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BruceD
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, charming waitress, good food & excellent prices.

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vipJake
Phoenix
51 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing. Friendly and helpful. Water glass was Alaska’s full. Food was superb. Wonderful choices and fantastic tastes and experience.

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vipDavidW
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is without doubt the best Indian restaurant in Tucson. The food is outstanding and the service was professional. The place is obviously well managed and the staff is attentive yet not overbearing. I highly recommend this restaurant. If you try it once, you'll be back again and again. Worth a visit!

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vipIanC
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had a bad experience at Saffron. Food and service are always first rate. One of my favorite restaurants in Tucson.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love it! We always come here when we come to Tuscon!

FAQs

Saffron Indian Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and 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 104 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.