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Saffron Restaurant & Lounge - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
1780 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Permanently Closed - The critically-acclaimed and award-winning Saffron Restaurant & Lounge is the brain child of brothers Saed & Chef Sameh Wadi. Opened in February 2007 and now nationally recognized for their fresh interpretation of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, featuring a seasonal menu with a strong emphasis on the old world tradition of sharing a meal, from the delectable Mezze/Tapas to the unique selections of Tagine and Entrées, you are sure to find something to crave.

The bar at Saffron is an ideal location to sit and relax while enjoying unique, hand-crafted cocktails, craft beer or enjoy a glass of wine from the perfectly adapted wine list with selections from around the world.

The space itself boast a vibrant, warm and inviting atmosphere, while staying casual and fun, which makes it a perfect location for dinner with family and friends, business associates or an intimate night out.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Middle Eastern

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Phone number

    (612) 746-5533

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Sameh Wadi

  • Catering

    Saffron is pleased to offer off-site catering in the convenience of your home or office.

  • Private party facilities

    Saffron offers dining room buy-outs with a food and beverage minimum. Multi-Course menu and wine flights to suit the most discerning tastes are available upon request. Buffet Style private party are available to.

  • Private party contact

    Saed Wadi: (612) 746-5533

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / North Loop

  • Cross street

    1st Avenue & 3rd Street

  • Parking details

    There is metered parking on 3rd St & 2nd Ave $1 per hour (meters enforced until 11pm daily for 2 hours). A convenient secured & well lit parking ramp (Ramp C) is located on 2nd Ave between 3rd & 4th St (just across the street from our building).

  • Public transit

    If you are taking the light rail to downtown Minneapolis, we are only 2 blocks away from the last stop at first Ave.

  • Entertainment

    Chef's music selections.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,780 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. C

    Chewy

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2016

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Tagine was very good. ..owner friendly. .bar staff attentive to friends. .no one server thus poor service
  2. JB

    JBoz

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant and very sad it is closed now.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2016

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Too bad Saffron has closed! It was a gem serving authentic Moroccan cuisine and amazing ingredients. Hopefully Chef will open another version somewhere else in the future.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sad to see such a fantastic place come to an end. Glad we got in one last meal. It was epic as always.
  5. OC

    OwenC

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2016

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic. Service was friendly and efficient. Owner made us feel like lifetime friends. Too bad it'seems closing. Wish we had known about it sooner. We would have been regulars.
  6. DL

    DrLou

    Baton Rouge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous, creative ethnic cuisine. Sorry that it won't be available any longer (closing due to landlord issues), but we look forward the chef-owner's next venture. We bought his cookbook, so we can try some some of his recipes at home.
  7. J

    Jupiter

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all agreed this was our favorite Saffron meal, we loved the Duck Meatball Tangine, and the Lamb Shank, tender and moist, also loved the rich hummus and slow cooked green beans perfect starters.... all with the Chef Wadi wonderful spicy, smoky touch. We will miss this restaurant and hope we don't have to wait too long before Saed and Sameh open a new place soon.
  8. R

    Rich

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Quite an awesome cocktail list and great food!
  9. BB

    BillB

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants not just in Minnesota but in this country. We were frequent guests, eating there about eight times per year, and are very sad the restaurant is closing on Dec. 3.
  10. m

    mplsgirl

    Minneapolis

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another amazing meal, start to finish. What a shame to lose such a gem of a restaurant. Sameh Wadi & co. you will be sorely missed in this space. :(
  11. R

    Ricardo

    Minneapolis

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as usual! Saffron will be sorely missed.
  12. F

    Foodie

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant with an intelligent and helpful staff. So very sad they are losing their lease. Hope they relocate to an even better place soon.
  13. BS

    BobS

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was phenomenal! Especially the Fried Cauliflower with yogurt dipping sauce and the Lamb Bacon tomato sandwich. Best Middle-Eastern tapas anywhere!
  14. SF

    SusanF

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I have eaten here before and the food was as good as I remembered. The tangine dishes are great and come in a small and a large. Starters and sides are nicely different than the norm. Waiter was knowledgeable and helpful.
  15. MC

    MochaCyn

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food is tasty and we enjoyed very much. More of a "boutique" restaurant. I wanted more!! The croquette with crispy brussel sprouts was oh so good.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very authentic and flavorful place, loved it!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2016

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    The service was amazing and they were very attentive, that's the only reason they got 2 stars. The food was extremely over priced for the quality and amount received. The gnocchi was bland, extremely tiny, and had well over cooked food (almost burnt). Our dessert was a joke for the price ($10), it was essential 3 bite sized pieces of chocolate. I am totally fine throwing down money for a nice dinner out but paying $90 for two people who shared all their food for a 3 course meal is ridiculous for the quality we received.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was a unique and modern Mediterranean food. Best gnocchi dish I've ever had and the traditional dessert was amazing.
  19. AM

    AnnieM

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2016

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    The food at Saffron is perfectly prepared Mediterranean food. The roasted chicken is the best chicken I have ever had and the Turk hummus is lovely. Our server was inattentive but the expo was very attentive.
  20. NG

    N8Gard

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary. We have our next five trips planned around the seasonal menu. Chris was an excellent server and helped us find exactly what we wanted; including things we wouldn't had thought to order.
  21. F

    Formerfoodie

    Minneapolis

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal again! We introduced friends to the Saffron experience. I know they will return.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2016

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food is good but was not wowed - could be because I am from Mediterranean region and those felt limited in options and nothing too exotic. The staff is great and the service and drinks are awesome.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience... Service staff and food!!!!
  24. t

    twinsister

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was not as expected. Lamb with orzo has too much tomate and the intensity of the citric kills all the others flavors. Dessert with chocolate and baklava was also so intense dark chocolate and did my have the consistency of a custard it was more like a froZen mousse.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good. Good variety good service. Really enjoyed the andsangria.
  26. RS

    RobertS

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing and creative food. Always a good time. Just go and enjoy.
  27. EE

    EEMH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Attended for restaurant week. Both of us ordered the lamb, and they served us basically pot roast but offered no explanation.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time visiting and had a wonderful evening! It was a busy Tuesday night due to Restaurant Week so we sat at the bar for dinner. The bartenders were awesome and lively with personal recommendations that made our experience even better. LOVED the decor - the bar wall mural is super cool and there are interesting light fixtures throughout the place. Overall, delicious with a great vibe!
  29. B

    Bobdee

    Minneapolis

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We returned to Saffron for Restaurant Week and were delighted with the results. My wife and I ordered different dishes for each course and were thus able to sample 2/3s of the offerings. We both enjoyed our respective orders and decided that there was not a loser among them. The room remains charming and the noise levels seemed lower than in similarly sized and populated restaurants. We especially enjoyed being seated at the corner banquette table, lolling on the pillows.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was well prepared, healthy and used ingredients in an imaginative way. The service was very good. it was attentive without being intrusive.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2016

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    I will never go to this restaurant again. Service was ok took along to be greeted and to get our bill. Food was ok the cauliflower appetizer was so hard that when you tried to cut it flew off the plate.
  32. C

    Cynthia

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We are from Chicago and in the area visiting with our son who attends U of M. The food was absolutely delicious, very creative and presented well. What a treat it was dining here as all of our food was extraordinary. We will be back.
  33. JA

    JudyA

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great place to share small plates of delicious Mediterranean food. Interesting cocktails. We have a tendency to over order here - pace yourself
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Adelaide

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great find for a night out with girlfriends! No pressure to end the night quickly and a wonderfully patient server make this a great spot.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great flavors. One of our favorites for vegan dining. It's a must stop!
  36. CC

    CivicCenterDiner

    Des Moines

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Warm atmosphere. Excellent service. We will be back!!
  37. m

    midtowndiner

    Atlanta

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fun place to go for tapas. Didn't get to try the whole menu (obviously), but what we had was pretty good and there were other things we had wished we'd gotten as well.
  38. R

    Ricardo

    Minneapolis

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative cocktails, wonderful food and exceptional service. A gem.
  39. JJ

    JohnJ

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2016

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Good menu but very small portions. Service slow in all respects. Loud environment.
  40. P

    Patrick

    Minneapolis

    39 reviews

    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2016

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    The food was good, and the service was excellent (Molly's one of the better servers we've ever encountered in a restaurant), but the items were very overpriced. My tagine had one small boneless lamb shank, floating in a thin broth, with a few very small potatoes. For $32?! Give me a break. Thankfully, they served plenty of pita to dip into the broth, but not the best tagine I've had. Faces Mears Park serves a much better dish.

FAQs

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge - Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 746-5533.

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 1780 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    1st Avenue & 3rd Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / North Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Middle Eastern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is metered parking on 3rd St & 2nd Ave $1 per hour (meters enforced until 11pm daily for 2 hours). A convenient secured & well lit parking ramp (Ramp C) is located on 2nd Ave between 3rd & 4th St (just across the street from our building).

  • Public transit

    If you are taking the light rail to downtown Minneapolis, we are only 2 blocks away from the last stop at first Ave.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sameh Wadi

  • Entertainment

    Chef's music selections.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (612) 746-5533

  • Catering

    Saffron is pleased to offer off-site catering in the convenience of your home or office.

  • Private party facilities

    Saffron offers dining room buy-outs with a food and beverage minimum. Multi-Course menu and wine flights to suit the most discerning tastes are available upon request. Buffet Style private party are available to.

  • Private party contact

    Saed Wadi: (612) 746-5533

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