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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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

Tagine was very good. ..owner friendly. .bar staff attentive to friends. .no one server thus poor service

vipJBoz (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

Fantastic restaurant and very sad it is closed now.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2016

Sad to see such a fantastic place come to an end. Glad we got in one last meal. It was epic as always.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2016

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.

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

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.

Jupiter (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2016

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.

vipRich (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2016

Quite an awesome cocktail list and great food!

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2016

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.

vipmplsgirl (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2016

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. :(

vipRicardo (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2016

Great as usual! Saffron will be sorely missed.

Foodie (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

Food was phenomenal! Especially the Fried Cauliflower with yogurt dipping sauce and the Lamb Bacon tomato sandwich. Best Middle-Eastern tapas anywhere!

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

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.

MochaCyn (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 10, 2016

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.