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Permanently Closed - Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

1780 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Middle Eastern
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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
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Phone number
(612) 746-5533
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sameh Wadi
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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.
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Private party contact
Saed Wadi: (612) 746-5533
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Saffron is pleased to offer off-site catering in the convenience of your home or office.
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Cross street
1st Avenue & 3rd Street
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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).
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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.
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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
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4.5  based on all time ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
1.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

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.

vipCynthia (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

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.

vipJudyA (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Adelaide / SA)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2016

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

vipCivicCenterDiner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

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

vipmidtowndiner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2016

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.

vipRicardo (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2016

Creative cocktails, wonderful food and exceptional service. A gem.

JohnJ (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

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

vipPatrick (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

The lamb was out of this world good, and I am not even a lamb lover. Ordered it at the suggestion of our server, Joseph - who was excellent and knowledgeable and shared it with my dinner companion along with the watermelon salad - very fresh and light, and the gnocci.

vipmrwendt (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2016

I thought the Gnocchi was outstanding. My wife was so-so on the duck Kefta. Also tried the olives & pickles (very good) and beef kubbeh (ok). Excellent service and nice, upscale atmosphere.

MominMinne (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on September 21, 2016

A fantastic meal! Saffron is one of our favorite spots and always delivers. Thank you for another marvelous evening!

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2016

Awesome spot. Great for out of town guests! Thanks for having us.

IronRanger (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 2016

The ambiance was very cozy, and quiet, for a downtown restaurant. The food was tasteful and service prompt. I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions as you can actually have conversations and hear each other.