Saffron NOLA

4.8
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720 Reviews
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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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Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
23 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
5 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
12 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
12 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.

KF
San Antonio
15 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

KK
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply great!

n
London
43 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

LL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible! Amazing service! Phenomenal cocktails and food!!!

RA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful service! Try the pork vindaloo.

LJ
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A bit pricey. I feel I can only go on special occasions.

HJ
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

This is my second time here and this time the food was decent but our waiter was not very friendly or present. We could see him joking and being friendly to the hostesses at the front but when he made his rounds to his tables the smile drop and all we got a was cold blank face responses. The front hostess all had fake smiles and was not authentic to guest. However the other staff that bought the food to the table was friendly and always seem genuine happy and would explain the dishes and always kept our drink glasses full. It was a birthday dinner with no joy from the establishment at all. We spent nearly $300 for 4 people and did not leave satisfy. Do not think we will be back for a third time.

AV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Delicious food and perfect service!

PS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at Saffron NOLA and it might have been better than the first time! We're from out of town and when we know we're coming to NOLA, we set up a reservation at Saffron! Their menu might be small but they do everything on it perfect! Highlights included the pork vindaloo and the chicken biriyani along with the roti choices and the naan. So good! Can't wait to go back!

D
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit. Amazing food, awesome people, and great ambiance. Will definitely become a regular.

m
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top 10 meals I’ve had in New Orleans! It was EXCELLENT🤗

n
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is excellent. The food is beautifully presented. The flavors are interesting. We had lamb, fish and shrimp and everyone said they would order it again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service impeccable from hostesses to multiple waiters filling water taking orders answering questions wait staff and wine steward exceptional

OT
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again, one of the best dining experiences that I have had. The food is not only amazing, but the staff is the best in New Orleans. Maybe anyware

SW
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Stingy portions. Could have done a lot better than serving tasting size portions. Roti (bread) was uncooked. Vegetarian food had no taste.
Don’t waste your time or money here.

FX
Austin
71 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience! Cauliflower pakoras- delicious!
Tandoori Pumpkin appetizer—very tasty and unique and again, delicious!
The restaurant staff were wonderful! We had a late reservation but the service was still spectacular. They were winding down but the kitchen still provided wonderful food. The rotis were freshly made. Both eggplant dishes were very tasty. As was the makhni dhal. Raita was unique and memorable. Their house made chai is aromatic and refreshing. Their cocktail list is unique. Do try this cocktail as an after dinner drink: Anti-Inflammatory. Unique experience. You’ll enjoy it.

TS
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks, ambiance, and service. The oysters are amazing. A great meld of spices and flavors from New Orleans and India. A must!

NS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, service and value for money, people who like their Indian food hot should be aware that none of the dishes turn up the heat, I had the vindaloo hoping for the heat but was not there, tasted good thought

f
New Orleans
64 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An interesting experience. Quite a unique drink list. Nice. And the food was quite good. The pork was delicious but would recommend something rather than plain white rice. The nom was very good. We shared three sides, the shiitake, the eggplant, and the cauliflower - all good. The oysters are the crowning dish - delicious. Cheesecake and French pressed coffee ended our lovely evening. Expensive but a nice occasion. Our server Andrew was great. Recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing!!! The gumbo is award winning. It was the best experience we will now be regulars