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.
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)!
It's a nice place. Food is delightful. Service is top notch.
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.
One of the true gems of culinary New Orleans. I think it is one of the top ten restaurants in the world!
Truly an exceptional place to taste great food and and receive amazing service. Just be open to new flavors.
Food was amazing. Service was outstanding. One of our favorite new places to eat.
Some of the best Indian food we've ever eaten! Consistently excellent.
Excellent food. Service was great but dropped off a little at the end.
Exceeded expectations in every way.
Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Just a fabulous restaurant all around. Can’t wait to go back!
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
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.
Very nice with menu options that are not common. Staff were helpful, polite and quick.
Excellent service and amazing food! ♥️
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!
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!
What an amazing dinner and amazing experience at Saffron on Saturday. Hands down the BEST food and atmosphere for group of friends to enjoy.
Great food, drink and service! You MUST get the oysters - amazing
Our waitress was very unpleasant. We enjoyed our appetizer but the entrees not so much.
Good food but same menu for the last 3 years at least. Nothing new.
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.
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.
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.
Appetizer chicken was raw. Otherwise food was great
Amazingly flavorful food with great service in a beautiful, chic setting and a cool clientele.
Excellent food and service.
Most favorite spot in town!
Heard about Saffron from Ashley Longshore. Was blown away. Every detail is perfect.
Love Saffron! The food, staff and family make it such a wonderful experience!
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.
Lots of screaming babies and children. Staff did not address the parents.
Saffron never disappoints, was particularly impressed with the service this visit!
Amazing elevated Indian food with a New Orleans flair!
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.
Love this place
While not a "typical" New Orleans restaurant, Saffron NOLA has an interesting menu with some New Orleans inspired dishes. Outstanding servers who know what comes from the kitchen.
This is the best Indian restaurant in the Region. James Beard nominated. New Orleans is lucky to have it right there on Magazine Street. I love the goat and the vindaloo. Don't delay. Get a reservation.
It was incredible! Amazing service! Phenomenal cocktails and food!!!