Saffron

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$30 and under
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Indian

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Saffron serves an eclectic mixture of traditional Indian Cuisine punctuated by the flavors of the Himalayas. Our food stand true to its roots and origin while we source most of our produce locally. All dishes, sauces, naans and desserts are made in house from scratch. We are proud to be the first restaurant in Austin with a dedicated Nepalese menu. Nepal is a land of many flavors, while many of its dishes are indigenous and indicative of its culture and people, while few are inspired by its immediate neighbors, India and China. Our Nepalese menu is a thoughtful mix of both.
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vipBrowner56
Austin
73 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As with all of our many previous trips, the food and service at Saffron were wonderful. This has become a frequent neighborhood stop for us and we’ll keep coming back often in the future.

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vipFritz
Austin
38 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Saffron remains our favorite Indian restaurant in Austin. It's not perfect, but it is excellent. (Hint: we avoid the lamb dishes because the fat isn't entirely trimmed.) The Nepalese items are excellent, too, and we usually have at least one of them when we dine at Saffron.

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vipFit4foodie
Portland
75 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The setting in a strip mall was originally disconcerting. The greeting at the entrance of a serving staff saying take any table was offputting. The staff serving meal changed three times by my count.The good news was the food was great. Our final server made some great suggestions about the menu selections. The service staff never let our water glasses go empty.

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vipIdy75
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always. Tried recent additions to the menu all excellent.

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vipAstroDiner
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Indian buffets in general and the one at Saffron does not disappoint. Good selection of hot dishes. Staff is attentive and friendly.

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FromtheATX
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saffron is always consistently delicious! Everything from the appetizers to dinner to the Naan is amazing. I’ve recommended saffron to several people and they all agree it’s the best Indian in town. If you haven’t been, you’re missing out!

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RayL
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great, down home Indian food. Nothing fancy, just good food and good people.

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Alexa
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Achari chicken at a medium spicy level is full of great flavor!

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JohnS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered 4 items. All were delicious. Great place.

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viparodnick
Austin
38 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A nice neighborhood restaurant with BYOB - an added bonus! Four of us had a total tab of $100 before tip. We always tip 30% since we bring wine, and they don't charge a corkage. Also, they have things other restaurants don't have, like a goat curry.

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michaelh
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal. One of our kids favorite restaurants so we'll gladly tag along. Great service and the food is consistently very good.

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vipMarkS
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the selection, service, ambiance and cuisine.

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vipluvs2eatout
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and service. We will be back!

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michaelh
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy Saffron, best Indian cuisine that we have found in Austin. Friendly, accommodating staff and love the BYOB. Very reasonably priced and great value.

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LisaS
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food. Service was a little slow but the restaurant was very busy. The food is worth it

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vipSamR
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is not pretentious but what they do have is great food and service. I have eaten about 4 of their appetizers and several entrees and have never been disappointed. We eat there several times a month. Only thing is they have no liquor license so you have to bring your own wine or beer if you want an alcoholic beverage.

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MelyssaATX
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food, really great staff. We had the mixed grill (recommended by the waiter) and the chicken marinated in orange from the Tandoori specials, and they were both excellent. The naan and the papadums were freshly made and tasty. The lamb rogan josh was also wonderfully rich.

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RobertM
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A reasonable, casual eatery, with a good selection on menu.

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PleasantlySurprised
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent Indian food! Garlic naan bread was a bit doughy, but still good. We look forward to eating at the Bee Caves location.

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KathleenW
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Bombay Brussels are AWESOME!! The saffron naan is so delicious order 2.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hesitant when I walked in, as they didn’t have biryani. But our group took some recommendations from our server and we were very impressed. I’ll happily drive past the similar places nearer to my home to get here. Totally worth the drive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! So glad it’s in our neighborhood!

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vipNewYorkTexan
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Saturday lunch buffet to celebrate two birthdays. I enjoy Indian food often and always find something new on the buffet.

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vipSamR
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is fantastic and consistently delicious. We have never been disappointed and several family members and friends that we have introduced to Saffron’s agree. Value is very good

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RVV1
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great fusion food 😊 nice ambience, great service. Veggie options ++ Bombay Brussels n portobello mushrooms, veggie monos must try

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Food has the most unexpected and wonderful combinations of flavors!!! We accidentally booked our reservation for a Saffron in Austin , TX. We arrived at 7pm with a party of 6 and discovered my error. The owner was extremely gracious and got us seated even on a fully committed night.

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BilieS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious Indian Food; great service just remember to take your own wine as it is not served here.

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EddN
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding quality and service on a slow night.
food--5 stars
service--4 stars
ambiance--3 stars
BYOB policy--5 stars plus !!

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vipJasonM
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

There was food stuck on the wall next to our table. It wasn’t horrible, however I’ve had better frozen Indian food.

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FAAR
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

after my first time at Saffron i highly recommend this spot and will be coming back again. we had great service. both the server and the manager (i presume) did a great job of checking in on us, making sure we didn't need anything else, kept water glasses full, etc. food was excellent, as well as, fresh. i understand that they have a lunch buffet and i will definitely make it a point of checking that out in the future.

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viparodnick
Austin
38 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is some of the best Indian food in Austin and at a very reasonable price. I really like that it's BYOB and they don't charge a corkage. Not every Indian restaurant serves brussels sprouts and caulflower as appetizers or a green goat curry, so they get extra points for creativity. Service is pleasant and efficient.

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MelanieP
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great manager and staff made us feel welcome and attended. Loved that there was no corking fee and we could bring our own wine.

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ClaireO
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it!! Best Indian I’ve had in Austin. Not a “fancy” restaraunt but the food was outstanding and the service was great. You can bring your own wine!

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vipBrooke
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were really pleasantly surprised with the quality & ambiance given it is in a strip mall. The food was extremely well prepared. We will definitely be back.

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Theblackjedi
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food all around. Absolutely nothing was out of place or wrong.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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TonyR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Great food, but clearly understaffed. I would return, but only for the food, not the ambiance, service, or experience.

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LizS
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service!!!

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Labo
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best kept secrets in Austin. Great Indian Nepalese food. Wonderful service. BYOB.

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RodC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Have been going to this restaurant since it opened. The food is always outstanding. This particular event on Valentine’s Day was not what we usually experienced. Our waitress was challenged beyond her ability. They have opened a second location and the staff has been moved around to accommodate the new location. I discussed this with the manager Neal and he explained the reasons. Will always go back mainly for two reasons the food and Neal. Hopeful Neal will read this and make the adjustments. He is the reason the place does so well. Highly recommend.

FAQs

Saffron offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 241-1732.

Saffron is rated 4.7 stars by 253 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.