Saffron NOLA

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Indian
James Beard Nominated, Best New Restaurant 2018
Restaurant of the Year 2017 - EATER NOLA
Restaurant of the Year 2017 - NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE
Best 5 Restaurants 2017 - TIMES-PICAYUNE

Saffron nola, the Vilkhu family's first full time restaurant venture, stemming from their pop up restaurant of 6 years and their 26-year catering business. Chef Arvinder Vilkhu marries his Indian heritage with local and global flavors while using classical and modern techniques. Ashwin Vilkhu, GM and Bar director uses those same nuanced flavors and incorporates them into a thoughtful cocktail menu. Pairings were also taken into account when developing the wine menu, while paying very close attention to what varietals work best with South Asian food.

The super approachable menu is the Vilkhu family's communication of the evolution of Indian cuisine through New Orleans. Their overall goal is to provide quality food, superior service in a warm-hospitable environment...while engaging all senses.
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AH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable and food is always outstanding. So much flavor and always fresh. There is not one dish on the menu that I have not liked. Lots of cocktails and wines to choose from as well.

JE
New Orleans
90 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gumbo, oysters, spreads with roti, specials - they are all great, particularly if you ask for a bit of extra spice. A wonderful addition to our city’s offerings.

WS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely spirited owners and workers, it’s mainly a family run business, the concierge (whose not family lol), was respectfully friendly and apologized for our wait, we had a reservation but had to wait for about 20 minutes, the food was good, cocktails good and our waiter was also very good. The father owner and son ( both the chefs I believe) came out to make sure we were ok and enjoyed the food, which we did. All in all a good experience.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, waiter was top notch! Will be back!

LM
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly delicious Indian food with a novella twist. Wonderfully considerate and fun bar and wait staff makes for extra fun. Highly recommend!

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My date and I had a great time at Saffron for our Valentine’s date. This was our first time here and we were already feeling welcomed as we were greeted at the front desk. We ordered the half dozen oysters and roti sathi for starters and both were great in flavors. Our entrees were the chicken biriyani and goat masala. They both tasted amazing and I will note the biriyani was pretty spicy which we loved (caution for others). We also ordered the Jammin’ Jamun for dessert that was an excellent combination of doughnut and ice cream. I docked a star off of ambiance because the noise level was pretty high and the table settings were somewhat close to one another so it was a bit difficult to talk my date. Overall, I would recommend this place and will likely come back to try their other menu items including the butternut squash (which they ran out of that night)!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a nice place. Food is delightful. Service is top notch.

D
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner! Our amazing waiter guided us with our dinner choices since it was our first time dining at Saffron. All of the food was amazing! Each dish had a unique taste— wonderfully seasoned and tremendous flavor! We had a fantastic dining experience.

JL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the true gems of culinary New Orleans. I think it is one of the top ten restaurants in the world!

N
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly an exceptional place to taste great food and and receive amazing service. Just be open to new flavors.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was outstanding. One of our favorite new places to eat.

DZ
New Orleans
41 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Indian food we've ever eaten! Consistently excellent.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Service was great but dropped off a little at the end.

KN
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations in every way.

n
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Just a fabulous restaurant all around. Can’t wait to go back!

D
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food at the restaurant was exceptional. We went on a Wednesday and on Wednesday nights, they have a whole fish special. We had that which was ample for 3 people--it was a red fish done with Amritsari spices. Excellent and a tremendous value; we also had their butternut appetiser, their salad and their gulab jamun

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saffron is hands down my favorite place in the city. Beautiful food, family and tradition are what you get here. I can’t say enough about them.

TH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very nice with menu options that are not common. Staff were helpful, polite and quick.

EB
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and amazing food! ♥️

MP
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner at Saffron! The food was exquisite, the service was wonderful -- we had much menu help from Cheyenne, our server, who took a lot of time with us and the owner/chef who visited our table to talk about preparation techniques. The restaurant itself is a cozy little jewel box -- pictures online don't do it justice. I had fun watching the bartender make little works of art and be so into his craft, it was just fun to see. We don't get to explore new restaurants in New Orleans enough, as we don't live there, but we will add Saffron to our list of favorites and come back to visit. The oyster bed roast appetizer was made with such care -- we have had the same dish at many restaurants but this far exceeded all in quality. Another appetizer we had the pleasure of tasting was the Bombay shrimp. Then for our entree the whole red snapper special and it was just delicious! Dessert and coffee -- the doughnuts and the chocolate mousse and we were in heaven. Highly recommend Saffron!

SC
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as usual. The chefs special was a delectable fish beautifully prepared. The oysters were fabulous as well. The ambiance was laid back and easy. Love this place!

s
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing dinner and amazing experience at Saffron on Saturday. Hands down the BEST food and atmosphere for group of friends to enjoy.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drink and service! You MUST get the oysters - amazing

AH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Our waitress was very unpleasant. We enjoyed our appetizer but the entrees not so much.

MM
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food but same menu for the last 3 years at least. Nothing new.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly, one of the best restaurants in NOLA. This place really will expand your palete. Also, they probably have the best version of chargrilled oysters in the city. Do yourself a f(l)avor and dine here.

SB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, easy to navigate menu, delicious four course meal for very reasonable price. Never felt rushed. We would definitely return and encourage our friends to enjoy this great restaurant.

K
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saffron NOLA never disappoints! Our food was outstanding. We took our daughter for her 18th birthday and it was a treat for us all-- oysters, tamarind shrimp, lentil pancakes with crabmeat -- all delicious.
There was confusion through Open Table about our reservation but the management took care of it and they were most gracious about it. Would definitely recommend for food, drink and atmosphere.

FK
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Appetizer chicken was raw. Otherwise food was great

JS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly flavorful food with great service in a beautiful, chic setting and a cool clientele.

OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

CT
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most favorite spot in town!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heard about Saffron from Ashley Longshore. Was blown away. Every detail is perfect.

JG
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Saffron! The food, staff and family make it such a wonderful experience!

r
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dinner. The food and service were outstanding, with attention to detail being exemplary. Indian food with an overlay of Creole/Cajun (my characterization). Best version of chicken biriyani ever. Definitely recommend.

C
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lots of screaming babies and children. Staff did not address the parents.

TG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

S
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saffron never disappoints, was particularly impressed with the service this visit!

JB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing elevated Indian food with a New Orleans flair!

MJ
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Great food, service, ambiance. We could share food and hear each other. Very pleasant dining. Plan to go back and try other things.