Saffron NOLA

4.8
614 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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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service!

HS
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious authentic food with excellent, knowledgeable service.

CC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, cocktails and Apps. Food portions are big, so plan on taking some home for later.

p
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This family run restaurant is modern in its sophistication yet warm and welcoming at the same time. The Vilku family has my admiration and affection for creating this lovely place.

T
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff are very friendly and professional. Great service!

JA
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant for the outstanding menu and cocktails. The seafood gumbo that I had Saturday night was absolutely delicious!!! Some of the best this gumbo lover has ever had!!

SM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unable to accommodate any special needs!! Front desk is unprofessional

F
New Orleans
108 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Saffron and I really liked it. Not traditional Indian food but the flavors lean in that direction. Lots of small plates let you try a good variety of food. Very pretty restaurant and great service. Parking on the street was easy. Overall a great little restaurant in Nola.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Two couples. Excellent food with great variety of dishes. We have eaten Indian food in the United States and in Europe - Saffron NOLA is the best we have ever had. The service is fabulous and the portions are very nice. Indian food with a creole touch including a great gumbo with curry. One of our favorite restaurants in New Orleans. I highly recommend Saffron NOLA.

g
Atlanta
199 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the small plates as well as the roti. Service is always very good. They have interesting gins to choose from.

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m not a big fan of Indian cuisine....but friends said this place was different. I went and they were correct. Wonderful food and great service. I highly recommend it even if you hate curry.....lots of options.

LM
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu options are inventive and the food was excellent. The service was exceptional- well informed, helpful and attentive. A delightful restaurant.

v
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a great experience.

TW
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bar produced great cocktails and everything we had to eat was superb. Excellent service as well.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very good dining experience. Ashwin and his family are very involved and the food is delightful. Reservations a must for a table/booth, but you or a couple may score walk-in seating at the bar. Very loud during peak hours !

E
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Indian Restaurant. The best in the New Orleans area. Actually one of the best in the country.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I have dined at Saffron 4 other times, and the food is always incredible. However, the noise level was absolutely unbearable! We had to scream as loud as possible, at each other, in order to even attempt and hold a conversation. During previous dining experiences here, it has always been loud. This past Saturday was even worse & very unenjoyable. We ended up rushing through our dinner and leaving to go have cocktails at another establishment, just so we could hear each other speam. The quality of food is phenomenal. I will not be returning though. I would highly recommend panels, curtains on the windows, something to absorb the sound. Terrible!!

LG
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner with great drinks! We tried many different dishes and everything was fantastic. Will definitely return!

CJ
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best!!! Of everything!!!

KH
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

K
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a delicious dinner celebrating my husband’s birthday. While everything was great my favorites were the Oyster Bed Roast (maybe the best oysters ever), the chicken biryani and the bread. My son ordered the Halwa for dessert and it was amazing.

EL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional. There were four of us and we did family style so I got to taste lots of different dishes. Every single one was spectacular!! The place is lovely and the service was impeccable. By far one of the best places I've EVER eaten at and will now be a go to for special events in our house! Thank you Saffron for a very incredible evening.

SA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was attentive and helpful. The food was excellent.

MB
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Savory, delicious, and very nicely presented food. The Gumbo is as fantastic as all of the reports say it is! A perfect roux spiced with curry. So unique - a match made in heaven! Our server was friendly and attentive. Beautiful, well made cocktails. And a good selection of mezcal for my husband. We will definitely go again.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

7
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum! Yum! Yum! Had the chicken appetizer, the redfish and chicken birinani. Had 3 different sauces to dip nann in. All so tasty. Cocktails were great. Service great and lovely atmosphere.

CB
29 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite ambience, with, for New Orleans, exotic combinations of spices from the Indian subcontinent. Food is well prepared, and interestingly presented. The overall Decour is very modern, in keeping with some of the food combinations. Second time year, and equally enjoyable Both times. Limited, but interesting wine list.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a friend from out of town, and wanted to give her a good experience. We were very pleased with all.
Service and food lived up to the usual high expectations!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always.

AP
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant experience I had on my trip. The food and service was excellent amazing fusion of 2 unique cuisines. Highly recommend!

GE
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saffron was amazing! Ate here over the weekend and had an amazing time. Bar staff was amazing, cocktails and wine were so good and food was delicious! I'm coming back ASAP.

B
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been several times as there are not many options for Indian food in NOLA. The service is very good. Some of the dishes are great- the goat curry, chicken lasooni- others are just so, so, like the tamarind shrimp. I admit that I am a bit spoiled when it comes to Indian having lived in London and New York where there is exceptional Indian food. My main criticisms are that it is a very small menu, with few truly authentic Indian dishes and is on the pricey side.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazingly creative and super tadty

OT
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is authentic and the service very good. some misses but overall very good

KH
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Best Indian cuisine in the city!

KF
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Curry Gumbo is outstanding! I am spoiled!

LG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. The restaurant was beautiful. The staff were friendly and helpful. The very handsome owner greeted us at our table and talked about the origin of his family recipes. I would recommend this place to anyone.

R
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic

JE
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The girl that served us at the bar was fantastic
Could not have been nicer. However the hosts, not so much.
We arrived 10 minutes early for our reservation of 8:30
By 8:50 we were still not seated and waiting at the bar
We noticed a few 2 tops available but no one came to get us to be seated. Meanwhile the bar tender ask us to have dinner at the bar so she could take care of us

When we told the hosts that we would eat at the bar she said ok canceled the reservation (open table) and didn’t even apologize our utter a word more than ok.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. We had the tasting menu for 4 and glad we did

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