This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Middle Eastern
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
Saffron is pleased to offer off-site catering in the convenience of your home or office.
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).
If you are taking the light rail to downtown Minneapolis, we are only 2 blocks away from the last stop at first Ave.
Chef's music selections.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
with tomato in the style of my palestinian grandmother
Grilled Kofta Meatballs
with a slightly spicy tomato sauce
Chicken & Porcini Croquettes
our take on the classic spanish dish
Octopus "A La Plancha"
cooked on a hot plate with toasted garlic, smoked paprika and sherry
with sheep's milk feta fondue and north african spices
Middle Eastern Sausage (Na'anik)
house made beef/lamb/pine nut sausage with lemon
Fried Beef Kibbeh
bulgur shell stuffed with spiced beef and pine nuts served with cucumber yogurt
with olive oil stewed tomatoes, garlic and parsley
a puree of chickpeas with tahini, lemon, garlic topped with palestinian olive oil
just like in palestine
with caramelized paprika butter and za'tar
Salads - Apps - Sides
with soft herbs, nuts, seeds, soft boiled egg and grilled lemon/shallot dressing
Figs & Foie
turkish white figs stuffed with foie gras served with aged balsamic vinegar and hazelnuts
an aromatic saffron stewed chicken & almond pie wrapped in a phyllo pastry with cinnamon sugar
Lamb Bacon "BLT"
house made lamb bacon, saffron-tomato jam and arugula on vanilla egg bread
with roasted tomatoes, caramelized paprika butter and garlic yogurt
with caramelized fennel, preserved tomato and ouzo
Entrées - Big Plates
with eggplant lovash, tahini and exotic spices
Sautéed Parisian Gnocchi
with autumn vegetables, soft herbs and black truffle-taleggio cheese fondue
Grilled New York Strip
thick cut strip loin with "niçoise" condiment
Whole Roasted Branzino
"mediterranean sea bass" with crispy grape leaves, olive oil, lemon and herbs
Grilled Lamb Chops
marinated in greek herbs & spices, served with lemon/olive oil sauce
a traditional slow cooked north african dish named after the cooking vessel
with persian spices & "jewels", gold potato, pistachio and pomegranate molasses
Moroccan Duck Kefta
ras el hanout spiced duck meatballs in a sweet & spicy tomato sauce with egg yolk and chickpeas
autumn vegetables and legumes with preserved lemon and "spice trail" tagine spice
a changing selection
The New Mediterranean Table
modern and rustic recipes inspired by traditions spanning three continents a cookbook by chef sameh wadi signed copy
Crispy Brussel Sprouts
with pomegranate, tahini and jalapeno
with lamb confit, tomato sauce, feta, brown butter bread crumb and mint
Pear & Turkish Fig Salad
with beef ham, mahon cheese, celery leaves, hazlenuts and sherry vinegar
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
with hen of the wood mushrooms, ras el hanout, maple and spanish blue cheese
Triple Cheese Agnolotti
with heirloom pumpkin, ras el hanout, turmeric and ginger
Turkish Coffee Sundae
turkish coffee/toffee ice cream with cardamom cream, shredded halva, black sesame crumble and salted pine nuts
Dark Chocolate Custard Cake
with hazelnut baklava crunch, raspberry/rose sorbet, ras el hanout and berry cream
Peaches & Cream
roasted peaches with milkjam ice cream, malted sweet labneh, thyme shortbread and pistachios
Shredded Phyllo & Sweet Cheese Pie (Kunafa)
With cardamom-saffron syrup and pistachios. (Please allow 15 minutes)
House Made Ice Cream or Sorbet Flight
Borgo Maragliano 'La Caliera', Moscato d'Asti
Cesar Florido, Moscatel Dorado
Graham's, 6 Grapes "Reserve" Porto
Broadbent, Madeira "Fine Rich" 5 Year
After Dinner Drink Menu
bourbon, lazzaroni amaretto, lemon, angostura bitters and egg white
Jib the Jibe
moscato d'asti, amontillado, orange liqueur and vanilla
plantation 3 star rum, coffee liqueur and sweetened cream
Brandy / Cognac
Pierre Ferrand "Ambre"
Pierre Ferrand "Selection Des Anges"
Laird's Apple Brandy
Plantation, Extra Old Barbados "20 Year Anniversary"
Lagavulin, Single Malt, 16 Year
Laphroaig Cask Strength, Single Malt, 10 Year
The Balvenie Double Wood, Single Malt, 12 Year
The Glenlivet, Single Malt, 12 Year
The Macallan, Single Malt, 12 Year
Johnny Walker Black, 12 Year
Wine originated in the Mediterranean and for thousands of years it has evolved in harmony with the cuisine. We are proud to present this list, which is designed to provide you with a complete culinary experience that celebrates this rich tradition. For your convenience, each geographic category lists wines from the lightest to fullest bodied. Our experienced staff is happy to explore pairing possibilities with you