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.
Excellent food, excellent service!
Delicious authentic food with excellent, knowledgeable service.
Amazing service, cocktails and Apps. Food portions are big, so plan on taking some home for later.
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.
Staff are very friendly and professional. Great service!
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!!
Unable to accommodate any special needs!! Front desk is unprofessional
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.
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.
Enjoyed the small plates as well as the roti. Service is always very good. They have interesting gins to choose from.
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.
The menu options are inventive and the food was excellent. The service was exceptional- well informed, helpful and attentive. A delightful restaurant.
As always, a great experience.
The bar produced great cocktails and everything we had to eat was superb. Excellent service as well.
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 !
Great Indian Restaurant. The best in the New Orleans area. Actually one of the best in the country.
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!!
Wonderful dinner with great drinks! We tried many different dishes and everything was fantastic. Will definitely return!
The best!!! Of everything!!!
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.
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.
Everyone was attentive and helpful. The food was excellent.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Great food as always.
Best restaurant experience I had on my trip. The food and service was excellent amazing fusion of 2 unique cuisines. Highly recommend!
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.
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.
Amazingly creative and super tadty
The food is authentic and the service very good. some misses but overall very good
Delicious. Best Indian cuisine in the city!
Curry Gumbo is outstanding! I am spoiled!
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.
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.
The food was excellent. We had the tasting menu for 4 and glad we did