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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.

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Menu

To Share Mezze - Tapas - Snacks

  • A Selection of Traditional Spreads$12.00

    yellow lentil, smokey eggplant and spicy feta

    • Giant Beans$9.00

      dressed in lemon, olive oil and dill

      • Marinated Olives & Pickles$6.00

        a changing selection

        • Slow Cooked Green Beans$10.00

          with tomato in the style of my palestinian grandmother

          • Grilled Kofta Meatballs$11.00

            with a slightly spicy tomato sauce

            • Chicken & Porcini Croquettes$9.00

              our take on the classic spanish dish

              • Octopus "A La Plancha"$11.00

                cooked on a hot plate with toasted garlic, smoked paprika and sherry

                • Fried Cauliflower$10.00

                  with sheep's milk feta fondue and north african spices

                  • Middle Eastern Sausage (Na'anik)$12.00

                    house made beef/lamb/pine nut sausage with lemon

                    • Fried Beef Kibbeh$9.00

                      bulgur shell stuffed with spiced beef and pine nuts served with cucumber yogurt

                      • Lamb Brain$7.00

                        with olive oil stewed tomatoes, garlic and parsley

                        Hummus

                        a puree of chickpeas with tahini, lemon, garlic topped with palestinian olive oil

                        • Original$9.00

                          just like in palestine

                          • Turk$10.00

                            with caramelized paprika butter and za'tar

                            Salads - Apps - Sides

                            • Green Salad$11.00

                              with soft herbs, nuts, seeds, soft boiled egg and grilled lemon/shallot dressing

                              • Figs & Foie$14.00

                                turkish white figs stuffed with foie gras served with aged balsamic vinegar and hazelnuts

                                • Chicken "Bisteeya"$13.00

                                  an aromatic saffron stewed chicken & almond pie wrapped in a phyllo pastry with cinnamon sugar

                                  • Lamb Bacon "BLT"$10.00

                                    house made lamb bacon, saffron-tomato jam and arugula on vanilla egg bread

                                    • Coriander Potatoes$11.00

                                      with roasted tomatoes, caramelized paprika butter and garlic yogurt

                                      • Lobster Orzo$17.00

                                        with caramelized fennel, preserved tomato and ouzo

                                        Entrées - Big Plates

                                        • Roasted Chicken$24.00

                                          with eggplant lovash, tahini and exotic spices

                                          • Sautéed Parisian Gnocchi$23.00

                                            with autumn vegetables, soft herbs and black truffle-taleggio cheese fondue

                                            • Grilled New York Strip$32.00

                                              thick cut strip loin with "niçoise" condiment

                                              • Whole Roasted Branzino

                                                "mediterranean sea bass" with crispy grape leaves, olive oil, lemon and herbs

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                                              • Grilled Lamb Chops$42.00

                                                marinated in greek herbs & spices, served with lemon/olive oil sauce

                                                Tagine

                                                a traditional slow cooked north african dish named after the cooking vessel

                                                • Lamb$34.00

                                                  with persian spices & "jewels", gold potato, pistachio and pomegranate molasses

                                                  • Moroccan Duck Kefta$29.00

                                                    ras el hanout spiced duck meatballs in a sweet & spicy tomato sauce with egg yolk and chickpeas

                                                    • Vegetable$22.00

                                                      autumn vegetables and legumes with preserved lemon and "spice trail" tagine spice

                                                      • Seafood

                                                        a changing selection

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                                                      Featured Items

                                                      • The New Mediterranean Table$28.00

                                                        modern and rustic recipes inspired by traditions spanning three continents a cookbook by chef sameh wadi signed copy

                                                        For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                                        What 1,780 people are saying

                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                        NoiseModerate

                                                        95% of people would recommend it to a friend

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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

                                                          Minneapolis

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          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

                                                          15 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          15 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

                                                          25 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          25 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

                                                          18 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          18 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

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          5 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

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          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

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          6 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

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          5 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

                                                          23 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          23 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

                                                          19 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          3.0

                                                          19 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

                                                          vip
                                                          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

                                                          29 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          29 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

                                                          25 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          25 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

                                                          34 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          34 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.

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