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About Saffron 685 Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine

Saffron 685 is a Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine in south of market hotspot brings in the crowd to enjoy its warm, modern vibe, with an emphasis on mezes and grilled meats. enjoy a selection of mezes and appetizers or opt for main course.

685 Townsend Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: M-Sa 11:00am-5:00pm

Dinner: M-Sa 5:00pm-9:00pm

Cross Street:
8th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 863-2285

Website:
http://www.saffron685-sf.com/

Parking Details:
Free parking is available around the corner on 7th street or 8th street

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Saffron 685 Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.8

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (53)
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Healthy (3)
Vegan (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Organic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

If you are into a healthy meal or you prefer quality ingredients this is the place, it should be top on your list, no fuss, casual, seems to me a family owned as staff  laid back, joke with you without putting an act or being robotic, which you don't find in a chain places.

They offer many delicious appetizers, the walnut beet dip and the pomegranate red pepper dip are both awesome, l would suggest ordering kind of tapas, different little plate so you get a chance to try as many apps as possible, don't miss on their fresh juices, the housemate mint lemonade or the pomegranate spritzer, the latter is my favorite.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

The food is absolutely amazing, this place will be definitely my destination when am in the bay area, the salmon and the steak were delicious, reasonably priced too for San Francisco.

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Excellent food, beautiful interior, nice ambiance, very good service and very accommodating to several food allergies/preferences. A favorite delicious and a neighborhood gem. The lamb steak and wild grilled Salmon are out of this world. highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Food was terrific. Restaurant was staffed by only one person. For all duties. Someone on the waitstaff other than the cook would be a good idea. Also, most focus seemed to be on delivery orders and not on our table of live humans. That was a little disappointing. Falafel and lamb were amazing so I'll happily return and see if it was just an off night. For now, I would recommend this place only for to go or delivery.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Delicious food!!!

Very crunchy and tasty falafel!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Nice Turkish place, I came here on an advice friend who said that  it is one of her favorite restaurant in San Francisco. We were still pleasantly surprised by the relaxed, informal tone of the decor and the staff.
There is nothing fussy or stiff here.
Food was original full of favor, there is a Moroccan accent to many of the dishes, in the spicing if not in the ingredients.

The service was perfect for my taste, attentive, friendly, comfortable, and exquisite, many dips and spreads, beets crunchy walnut & pomegranate walnut red pepper dips are both top notch.
Server I believe Elena, she was patient with us she explained a lot about the food and made recommendations, but would leave us alone to enjoy the whole experience. Perfect.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Good for a Date, Organic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Special Occasion, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2016

What a treat! I took a group for lunch here after a volunteer event and we had a blast. The food was very fresh, delicately spiced with generous servings, you could tell they use good ingredients, the menu suited a broad range of taste preferences, dietary styles. The service was quite quick. The wait staff were friendly and helpful - one of our group had a disability that needed special accommodation that was graciously taken care of without asking. There were cushy pillows on the end lining the wall, , music add to the ambience. We had such a good time that we sat and chatted after the meal without feeling hustled to leave. Definitely worthy of many repeat visits. My only regret was not sampling the desserts.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2016

I will rated one of the best mediterranean Turkish in the bay area even it is in an odd location, they bake the Zaater bread and desserts in the house, wide menu with variety of dishes and side dishes, unique place they care about details, normal tables and low ottoman tables with floor silk pillows and sappy baklavas.
At Saffron, even the coffee cups are real, Now that's a treat!
It is a must to try this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2016

We enjoyed the food, service, and atmosphere very much. Very true to its tradition and quite cozy.
The handmade Zaaater bread was fresh within minutes from the oven. Made right in front of your eyes. The baklava was just amazing, you choose from 2 types, both light and crusty, and just the right amount of sweetness. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting the area.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2016

Some of the best ethnic food can be found in the San Francisco and Saffron 685 ranks ,in my book, as one of the best places for Turkish Mediterranean food in all of San Francisco bay area.

The BBQ organic beef are hot flaky and mouthwatering, entree is big enough to split two ways. I tend to stick with Kebab, which is a spiced lamb kebab with saffron rice and salad, but I haven't had anything I didn't like. Turkish coffee and sweet syrupy flaky baklava always end my meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 14, 2016

I have been in this place many time to eat and eat I just can not stop eating. amazing waitstaff, beautiful personal service.
The chef is one of the most kind generous man with sweetness, always with a hat on the head,
lol just try this place yourself and spare a space for the Konafa dessert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2016

This restaurant is an authentic Turkish gourmet. Food and service is spot on. Wait staff was attentive, food was very good, super fresh with good ingredients. I just thought it was more on the pricey side, but it is SOMA and that's San Francisco, so maybe it's not... It's tucked in between stores in a strip mall type of building, easy to miss... but worth a try. Good food, good service... If you're in the mood, try it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2016

This is one of the more authentic Turkish restaurants in SOMA.  It features a wide assortment of Turkish Mediterranean dips and mazes including not limited red pepper pome dip with walnuts, spicy green pepper dip and organic beet walnut dip, the latter is my favorite.

The soup is the perfect dish for a chill winter night. My first choice will be the roasted red bell w/ grilled eggplant because it is like two meals to me.  When it arrives to the table to slowly enjoy.

The grilled wild Salmon and Manaesh Zaater plates are one of the best I've ever had.

parking is bad due to all tech companies in the area, however I noticed most restaurants near by don't get busy for dinner! I don't mind as long as the food that good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 20, 2016

Saffron 685 has been one of those places that I walk by frequency but never made the time to try it. Family owned authentic Turkish restaurant, once you try it & quickly it'll be your casual upscale getaway dining spot. A friendly atmosphere with friendly waitstaff, great wines list and of course many delicious plates will put Saffron on your San Francisco Mission map.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2016

The kebabs are tender juicy and the different vegetarian dishes excel at this reasonably mid priced,

Serving Mediterranean tasty mazes with many gluten free varieties such as pancakes "latkes" crispy on the out side, well cooked on the inside, my favorite way to have latkes.

The falafel also gluten free & served with tahini paste, as someone below said if you are sauce holic this is the place, they also have larger plates with different varieties served in slick south of market Potrero digs; service is generally attentive and the atmosphere pleasant.
special thanks to Vika.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2015

Excellent food, great service. order the Moroccan mint tea! Hot yet refreshing. Service was very friendly, and they were more than happy to make a substitution for my friend (extra veggies instead of rice with her entree). Hummus was fantastic. I was a little thrown by their falafel sandwich preparation (smushed & grilled in flatbread like a panini) as I'm used to the Israeli stuffed-pita style, but the flavours were great. Would definitely dine here again next time I'm in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2015

I live in the neighborhood and frequent this great Mediterranean Turkish restaurant. I especially like the maza platter and the seafood, chicken, vegetable or lamb. The service is friendly and attentive and the staff will go out of there way to make you feel at home here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2015

Many times l've been at this Turkish restaurant for lunch or dinner, what set this place from other restaurants the cleanness of the place & the freshness of the food.
They have different varieties of dips & side dishes, l try different dishes and they all delicious and authentic. Grilled salmon fillet entrées is fabulous, one of my favorites
The staff are very welcoming and warm. Great atmosphere. Quaint and cozy. Great food, great place, :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2015

I had an early dinner there and found it extremely worth while. All of the dishes were well prepared. We would particularly recommend the antipasti Meza platter which had a variety of excellent flavors and tid bits that all seemed to mesh very well. The waitstaff service was good (but a person we had was new to the job and still learning, won't hold that against them!) and prices for what we got were good value. All in all highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2015

We discovered Saffron 685 a few years ago, and it never disappoints. We've been back several times, the food is so fresh with high quality ingredients, they make unique apps & dips which give the place a better rank than other Mediterranean Turkish places, I always love family owned restaurants since I was in New York. The pomegranate walnut dip & the beets walnut dip are one of my favorite, BBQ's prawns are delicious & smells fantastic.

Parking could be pain not easy for lunch, however dinnertime plenty of street parking.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2015

Saffron is a wonderful place for a date or a casual Dinner with friends. The food was a delicious array of flavors. The service was wonderful, and the ambiance is quite fun. My friend and I both had the latkes & beef steak which were delicious! I highly recommend eating here!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 28, 2015

I had lamb shawarma. It was delicious. Humus was light, salad fresh.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2015

I went to this place for a small birthday party. What a surprise! The food is amazing, totally underrated.
Enjoy a peaceful meal here before everyone realizes and have a drink in this cozy restaurant.
The service is also good and friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2015

The food we ordered was excellent. we had many appetizers so we could taste a bit of everything. The baba ghanoush and organic beets dips are one of the best I've ever had. We split the grill stake mix and there was plenty of food for 2, beef, vegetables, chicken and shrimp were perfect! Service is attentive and cordial. Nice atmosphere!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2015

I've been going to this place for the last 9 years I like the atmosphere, the authentic food especially the grilled vegetable plate, the grilled wild salmon, the brazed lamb meat, taste from heaven, the organic beets app. everything I mean everything.
Kudos to the chef, he is an artist in his job, the only thing I would like to say I like the konafa dessert more when it is with almonds than Pistachios but this is my personal preference.
Can't wait to go there again. Thanks saffron.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 22, 2015

It was alright. Chicken wasn't dry but the hummus was cold and not tasty

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2015

This place is Amazing! A must go, especially if you'r here for a trip, or just for flat out, great quality food and awesome customer service.
The server kept checking if we were enjoying the food. Not to mention the food was so delicious! YOU ! I will definitely be back & back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. The Maza sampler was great, and this restaurant does pita more like focaccia. The beefsteak is delicious, and so is the chicken . They have very interesting appetizer/side dishes, so we did more of them and only the two entrées between three of us. It was perfect, and allowed us to try the desserts, which were great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2015

The service is great,the food is exquisite and the restaurant had a great family atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 26, 2015

The service was great but the food was better. The lamb was perfectly cooked and I wish I could have them personally cook rice for me at home everyday. Talk about well prepared and healthy cuisine. PERFECT dinner spot!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 20, 2015

Wow! What a treat! I took a group for lunch here after a volunteer event and we had a blast. The food was very fresh, delicately spiced with generous servings, the menu suited a broad range of taste preferences, dietary styles. The service was quite quick. The wait staff were friendly and helpful - one of our group had a disability that needed special accommodation that was graciously taken care of without asking. There were cushy pillows on the end lining the wall, , music add to the ambience. We had such a good time that we sat and chatted after the meal without feeling hustled to leave. Definitely worthy of many repeat visits and I was pleased to note that they offer catering services. My only regret was not sampling the desserts.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2015

wonderful find, I love the fresh mint lemonade, it compliments most of the dishes , try the konafa dessert which is a shredded pastry stuffed with mozzarella ricotta pistachio honey & orange blossom, really good. wait staff friendly & attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2015

The service is great,the food is exquisite and the restaurant had a great family atmosphere.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2015

Saffron 685 has been one of my favorite dinner spots for years. the menu is fantastic. Delicious dinner creations. They also have a fantastic happy hour menu with cheap snacks and drinks. And as always many vegan options. Definitely try this place for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2015

I invited my friends for this place, after having our food, it turned out to be one of the best restaurants in the city, the food is incredibly tasty and the service was more than our expectations.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2015

A bit hectic and a bit noisy for lunch, but, oh, the food! Mediterranean/Turkish and prepared beautifully, including a very traditional Azme, the roasted pomegranate red pepper/tomato. Good wine/beer selection and good waitstaff. Definitely a place worth going to for a long dinner and conversation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2015

We were seated in the back corner. Our waiter was very informative, seemed genuinely interested and knowledgable about the menu. Our party ordered the walnut roasted red pepper with pomegranate appetizer to share, grilled lamb, saffron rice and the fish with grilled prawns plate. All the food had wonderful flavor combinations and was artistically presented. There was a complimentary Turkish delight, that was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2015

I selected the restaurant for our group of 6 so we'd be close to Cirque du Soleil, and not pay $100 a couple or more. The Cirque tickets had already set us back a bit. Plus mediterranean food was my preference. We were the only group there. We were the only people there. There was one waiter for the evening. He did not seem interested in our experience. Three of us had the lamb kabob which was ok. One ordered a falafel that looked like a solitary burrito served without garnish or sides in the center of a barren plate. The food was adequate, but I would not recommend this place and will certainly not return. Our waiter took my plate, set it on top of my wife's plate, and stacked up a few more plates. He hadn't asked if I was finished. I was not.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2014

Put in some lights for day time diners. If you are not sitting in the window seat it is dark like a bar.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2014

The ambiance is very casual looking, almost to the point of feeling like an upscale deli. The food on the other is is top notch! I would be proud to take any foodie to this hidden gem!

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