Saffron Restaurant

4.6
171 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Saffron is a family owned restaurant in the heart of Howard Beach.
While we offer a variety of traditional Spanish tapas, we also offer a wide variety of innovative dishes which incorporate Italian, Greek, Cuban, Asian, and American styles into made-from-scratch dishes you will never find anywhere else. In addition to Meat, Seafood, and Vegetarian options available for every visitor, our Chef is also able to deftly assist with any dietary needs or restrictions you may have.
Saffron has plenty of free parking located in the rear and we are happy to accept orders for take-out.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 3:30pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(347) 392-4152
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Herbert Duarte
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Private party facilities
For parties of 65 and over, Saffron will provide the entire dining room for a private dining experience.
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Private party contact
Herbert Duarte: (347) 392-4152
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Catering
We are flexible to our guests needs. If interested in off-site catering, Saffron will customize menu options for any customer interested and will customize package options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cross Bay Blvd
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Parking details
Free parking area is located in back of the restaurant.
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Public transit
Q41
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Entertainment
Flamenco performances are held once a month along with a weekly flamenco guitarist. Performance dates do vary; It is recommended to check our facebook or website to find out about our upcoming shows.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
171 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
72%
Very Good
11%
Good
17%
Fair
0%
Poor
0%
4.6
food
4.9
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Nice restaurant for an evening out

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CB
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Amazing service as usual and my friends enjoyed every entree. Usual date night spot but my friends wanted to try something different and I suggested we go here. They were pleasantly surprised.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Nice experience. Great food, great service!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Wife birthday

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PP
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Excellent service and great tapas.

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FJ
3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Instead of spending 5 hours at JFK, went here with our children for lunch. Worked perfectly. Only 10 minutes car ride.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Excellent service. Place was nearly empty at lunchtime. Food was pricey. Risotto overdone. Stuffed shrimp lacked flavor

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OT
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food was amazing.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food is good, and the price is reasonable. Music is a bit loud. After asking the staff to turn the music down a little bit, it was still a little too much. Location is very convient to JFK. Neighborhood is just ok. No water view. Parking is easy, back of the restaurant.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great local spot. Food is delcious!

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DJ
5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

This was our second time at the restaurant and I must say they did not disappoint. The food was delicious, the service very good. Will be visiting again in the near future.

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W
4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was excellent however the dessert options were minimal and of those half were not available. That was very disappointing. The waitress could have been more knowledgeable and more attentive with drinks.

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PL
4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

A great restaurant within a quick and easy ride from JFK airport. Good selection of small plates-- we made a nice lunch our of the small plate selection.
Their ethnic dishes are very good.. Mixed chorizo and onions was great, as well as the charred pulpo, and ropa vieja tacos. Asparagus a La Plancha was great and stems were peeled on the larger diameter pieces--well done!
This will be my go to restaurant whenever near JFK.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was excellent. MY friends shared a fish dish and vegetable paella. I had the seafood paella which I enjoyed. We shared the taco appetizer and the chef made it gluten free for my friend..
Kudos to him!!😎

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

A great local place but also worth traveling for. Occasionally they change items on the menu (which is good) but if you ask them to make something from before, they will if they can.

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LB
3.0Dined on August 23, 2017

The appetizers were good the mail course horrible. Overcooked rice and fish in the Paella. Waitress who was brand new was a doll.

Management Gould do better with the advertising and the quality of what you actually receive

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OT
5.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Stack up on the tapas!! They're great. Food, and service were both amazing. Wasn't packed when we went, so the noise level wasn't an issue at all. Only slight drawback was that the bill ended up being slightly pricy. Definitely not a deal-breaker though. I'll be going back for sure 👍🏾

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CH
4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. Went with family for dinner and had a wonderful meal. Service was attentive.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

I took my dad there for the first time (for him) for father day and he said that was one of the best dinner he had in a long time and the tapas where grate . I myself visit Saffron with my wife and try to have something different each time and are never disappointed. One of my favorite restaurant. By far.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

The service was awesome! The food was delicious! Great brunch!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service. Family owned restaurant. I look forward to celebrating many more event's at Saffron. Extremely friendly staff. Beautiful decor. They can accommodate from 1 to 100 people possibly more. Great for a casual dinner or a romantic date. Very pleasurable dining experience.
Thank you for

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Love this restaurant for Tapas, this was the first time having brunch there. Menu was a little bit strange, very limited choice, but food was good as always and service was great.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 21, 2017

We stopped by here because it was one of the closest restaurants to JFK on OpenTable when we needed a quick place to grab a bite between a domestic and international transfer with friends who were not continuing on the next leg and who didn't want the lame airport options available before security. We weren't disappointed by the proximity to the airport or the overall experience but the food isn't necessarily anything special (crab cakes were actually quite good, just nothing you can't get outside of manhattan) and there was a graduation party in progress which certainly added to the noiselevel (not properly separated and they had a DJ so became very difficult for anyone in the restaurant to have a conversation). Still, they warned about this before being seated so it was our fault for staying!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

My son and I had brunch on Mother's Day. It was lovely. The choices were ample and the food was delicious. I have been there before with friends and would definitely return. It was very friendly from the moment we entered, escorted to our table, which was waiting for us, and the server was friendly as well.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

The service and food were both impeccable. The waitstaff was very attentive and the chef sent over a delicious treat on the house for the table. I have now been back twice. I have found my new brunch place!

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OT
5.0Dined on March 28, 2017

the place is great, very accomodating... the reservation didnt go through

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OT
4.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Food, service and ambiance were good but the noise level was terrible and extremely distracting. People were just about screaming while speaking across their tables making it very uncomfortable for others trying to unwind enjoy conversation and our meal.
The people should be asked to turn it down a bit to respect others. I was there on a date and it was difficult to converse. I do not think I will be coming back.

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R
5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

The food is wonderful as is the service. I've been here for dinner as well as brunch with Groupons. Great value!

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OT
4.0Dined on March 5, 2017

We went for brunch and enjoyed the unusual choices. The only negative was that coffee was served at 3/4 cup and no refills. Food was delicious.

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GI
5.0Dined on February 21, 2017

Fantastic as always!

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OT
4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

THE HOSTESSES SHOULD OF BEEN DRESSED BETTER SHE LOOKED LIKE SHE JUST CAME FROM A GRUNGE CONCERT. A PLAID LUMBERJACK SHIRT & JEANS AND SNEAKERS.
THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT BUT $39.00 FOR BRAISED SHORT RIBS IS A LITTLE HIGH.
THE WAITRESS AVIE WAS GREAT SHE EXPLAINED EVERYTHING ON THE MENU.

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OT
5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Had a Brunch Groupon for Saffron Restaurant. The value was outstanding. The food was delicious, and the service was excellent! My husband and I had a lovely afternoon brunch and I would recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The food is very tasty and you are not rushed very plesent service with a smile

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OT
4.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Food was delicious, great service. A little pricey but it was worth it.

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OT
5.0Dined on February 5, 2017

Delicious food and friendly service. Can't go wrong.

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B
5.0Dined on January 29, 2017

Have been there many times. Drive from Long Island because food is so good.
A little surprised that they were not able to use the Open Table App reservation.
They said that only the owner was able to do this and he was not there. Had to contact open table to get points.

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OT
4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

The food wasn't as good as my first visit, but was still good overall.

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OT
2.0Dined on January 22, 2017

Meh. And overpriced. And not tapas at all. That's about it.

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MB
4.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Saffron is one of our go to restaurants. The food and service is consistently great. Love the tapas because you can try a variety of dishes.

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OT
5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

We wanted to try something new in a convenient location! Saffron was a great choice!

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