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Saffron - Modern Indian Dining, Milwaukee, WI

Saffron - Modern Indian Dining

4.7
4.7
160 Reviews
$31 to $50
Indian
A modern twist to traditional Indian Cuisine elevating the dining experience with its Artful Presentation & Contemporary Design

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Contemporary Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 539-4980

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

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What 160 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Milwaukee

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Dinner we’ve had in a while!
  2. PT

    PaulT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lamb biryani was really good. All the staff were very friendly and the service was quite prompt. I would definitely go back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food great service and fun place to celebrate a birthday!
  4. LZ

    LindsayZ

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to share plates with friends! The Lamb Vibdalooo is 🔥🔥 Amazing cocktails- tried a few among the group and every one was AMAZING!! The staff are so helpful, accommodating and kind; truly wonderful! Cannot wait to come back!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food it’s delicious!! Definitely will be back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    The food and service was great. However, I requested a nice table for my husband’s birthday, and we were sat at the very last table right next to where all the servers are dumping dishes. It was impossible to hear any conversation because the clanging of dishes was constantly happening right next to us. The kitchen was right behind us as well, so there were constantly servers right behind us screaming into the kitchen and picking up orders. I was really looking forward to this experience, but it turned out to be quite disappointing. There should be some separation between where the servers are picking up food, getting silverware, and dumping dirty dishes from where people are sitting.
  7. ME

    MariaE

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Beautiful space, delicious food, energetic and knowledgeable wait staff. The owner even stopped by our table TWICE to see how we were doing!
  8. S

    Scuba

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The owners are lovely people who went above and beyond in overcoming an issue with being seated at our reserved time, and made it a truly wonderful experience for my wife and I. The cuisine is superb and the love shown to us made it a night to remember.
  9. MV

    MariaV

    Milwaukee

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The atmosphere was great, very pretty decor. Cocktails were excellent and Food was delicious but portions very small and prices too expensive. Service was average-it was busy and server had many tables but for the price the service should have been much better. I would go back eventually but not in a hurry to.
  10. n

    namrataa

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration for my best friend. My elderly parents were with me. Food was delicious! Warm, friendly service by Anastasia! Went the extra mile to make sure my parents enjoyed the food!!!
  11. JG

    JillG

    Milwaukee

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The restaurant was cosy and chic! You sit very near others but the noise level is such that its ok. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and we took most of her recommendations and were not disappointed. The only item that didn't WOW us was the desert - there are 2 that are come over dry ice and are smoking at your table - we tried one of these- it was good, just didn't have the depth of flavor/texture that we wanted.
  12. S

    Sarah

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every bite was phenomenal! The server was attentive, the redesigned space is beautiful and the drinks were delicious. Tables are close to one another along the banquette, but honestly I got over that as soon as we got our first dish! Highly recommend.
  13. SJ

    ShilpaJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent Indian food. Great mocktails exclusive to Saffrons. Very disappointed the were out of carrot cake. They said there were out for two days. The restaurant is a bit noisy to have dinner conversations. Very good experience overall. Will definitely go back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best in all of Milwaukee, don’t sleep on this up and coming restaurant!
  15. m

    milos99

    London

    113 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Happy to finally make it to Saffron! They were very busy, deservedly, and the dishes served were top notch. We'd like easier food accomodations, but with a little heads up, we understand more vegan options are possible. Very quality experience, def recommend.
  16. LF

    LFOB

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I wish there were more dishes that included vegetables or a side. My friend had saag which was nice but it was more of a sauce. We did have breaded cauliflower as a starter which was lovely but found little else to fulfill a want of more vegetables.
  17. x

    xoxo

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! We ordered the crispy cauliflower, crab cake and butter chicken. 10/10 overall PHENOMENAL experience. We would definitely come back!
  18. MM

    MikeM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wait staff was attentive and very polite! Loved the ambience.
  19. AG

    AlisonG

    Milwaukee

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous evening! The owners ( who are So so nice) have created an Amazing spot! Decor is classy and beautiful, bar is modern and welcoming and the food is AMAZING!!! We went with two there couples so we got to try a good variety of dishes.. every sib=Nile dish was Fabulous! A Truly great addition to the Downtown Milwaukee dining experience! The owners are super nice and I wish them Great success! Thanks for creating such a gem fir us to enjoy!!
  20. VN

    VeggieNmke

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Savannah was a fantastic server who made our dining experience complete.
  21. AG

    AGMKE

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great food and service. Menu is very innovative, combining authentic and traditional with modern and fun twists. Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch experience.
  22. JB

    JulieB

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service, outdoor dining, drinks and owners were super approachable and kind. Will visit again and again!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was outstanding! The service was excellent and the atmosphere is amazing. Can’t wait to go back and try more.
  24. S

    Stephanie

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great experience and can’t rave enough about how amazing the food is! I will definitely be eating there again!
  25. CD

    ChrisD

    Milwaukee

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Was pretty good. Kind of upscale, "fancy" Indian food. I much prefer other local Indian restaurants.
  26. S

    Steve

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    Stingy and inhospitable place. We arrived 3 minutes before our 5pm reservation and the door was locked, staff was milling about, but they would not let us in. They opened the door and told us they open at 5 and relocked it. I found out they have a riverwalk patio after dinner, but that wasn't offered as an option when we were seated. Entree's that we had consisted of a single chicken breast, 1 cup of cooked rice and some sauce for nearly $30. A single piece of grocery store quality Naan was our side for $7. I could have eaten for week on Trader Joe's frozen Indian entrees and one pack of Naan for the same price. The food was not bad it is just extremely overpriced for what it is.
  27. m

    milwaukeegal

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was great as always. Noise level was high and was difficult to talk to friends at our table but the experience was great, regardless.
  28. T

    Tari

    Milwaukee

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Our expectations were high because of others’ reviews. We were not disappointed. Our meal of Butter Chicken and Lamb Biryani was superb. We also ordered garlic naan which, although excellent, wasn’t the best match for our entrees. (Plain naan next time.) Service and decor was also great. Already planning our return.
  29. C

    Chris

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Fatima! She made the experience wonderful. So glad to have a high quality Indian restaurant downtown
  30. d

    daryld

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Patio dining at its best small intimate and million dollar views. Awesome food so many flavors
  31. DA

    DianeA

    Milwaukee

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Ordered crispy spinach starter and butter chicken as an entree and both were very good. However, prices are a bit too high, even taking into consideration that we are living in post-Covid times. I frequent another Indian restaurant in the area and their butter chicken is just as good, but half the price. Even so, I will definitely return because the service and food were both very good.
  32. M

    Mimi

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did a small plates dinner and everything was outstanding!
  33. RD

    RachelD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, it took us a long time to get our table, but was worth the wait.
  34. JJ

    JimJ

    Milwaukee

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great addition to the neighborhood. The good: Super lively, diverse, and fun place in an energetic neighborhood. We ordered a bottle of chardonnay that was fantastic. The crispy cauliflower small plate was tasty and filled us up. Not very crispy, but excellent sauce. We loved the flavors of butter chicken and chickpea masala. Not so good: The truffle naan for $7 was literally one piece of bread, and butter chicken price at $27 is a little outrageous, since there are amazing Indian restaurants in Milwaukee charging half as much. Also, the lobster and scallops entree came with plenty of lobster but only three tiny scallops. Our chickpea masala didn't arrive with the other entrees. We told the busser and waitress right away, and she didn't understand "chana masala," but eventually figured it out and brought it. No discount or anything. Anyway, we'll be back to try more items, but not a 5 star review from us.
  35. F

    Fromwimom

    Milwaukee

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! The service, the food, the ambiance. Our new favorite restaurant in Milwaukee. Really fun cocktails. Excellent Chai. Try the fig naan. Every dish was so good.
  36. T

    Tortugita

    Milwaukee

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The outdoor patio is nice but the furniture is terribly uncomfortable. It’s easy to hit your shins on the under table crossbar and the seats are rock hard and hard to sit in for the length of a dinner. Our server was gracious and efficient. The meal was flavorful and interesting.
  37. TL

    TiaL

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside on the patio overlooking the river and sunset- it was lovely. We enjoyed butter chicken, crispy cauliflower, garlic nan bread and the lobster/scallop dish. So delicious. The lavender mocktail was very refreshing. My husband ordered a bubble martini drink and it was super strong- that’s not a bad thing but just beware it’s really strong! Overall we had a wonderful first visit and will be back again!
  38. CP

    CatherineP

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and interesting Indian fusion dishes. Would definitely return!
  39. f

    foodgal

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saffron has amazing food, great ambiance and music, and fantastic cocktails. I definitely recommend trying the small plates - these were all fantastic. It is on the pricey side, especially for Milwaukee, but worth the money in my opinion.
  40. J

    Jennifer

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a much needed addition to the 3rd Ward! We loved everything from start to finish at Saffron! We arrived early for a patio seat and had a very inventive cocktail at the bar- Elderflower Blossom- very cool presentation by the bartender. The patio overlooks the river and on a nice Summer night is perfect. Anastasia was our server and she was awesome. It’s so refreshing to have someone who is truly happy to be serving you and very passionate about the cuisine. All her recommendations were spot on! Try the spinach chaat- lamb taco and butter chicken! To top it off the owner stopped by all the tables to check in on the experience. It was all around top notch and we will be back soon!

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Saffron - Modern Indian Dining is rated 4.7 stars by 160 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


Booked 38 times today
Google Map for Saffron - Modern Indian Dining

223 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5771

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Contemporary Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

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