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All 33 Arrowtown Restaurants

Saffron Restaurant

18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9196, New Zealand
+64 3-442 0131
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Ranked #7 of 33 Restaurants in Arrowtown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: European, Seafood, New Zealand, Asian fusion
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The award-wining Saffron Restaurant, located 20 minutes from Queenstown in historic Arrowtown, is known worldwide for its fabulous food and wine. Tourists, foodies and locals all appreciate the zest and passion of this vibrant establishment. Saffron showcases the best seasonal local produce of the South Island. The wine list, featuring the top producers of Central Otago wines, matches the contemporary cuisine and attentive service. Across the historic alleyway from Saffron is The Blue Door bar, the perfect place to start or finish an evening. Further along is Pesto, offering a more relaxed dining style with a great selection of Italian cuisine. Suited to all seasons, Saffron has the choice of outside dining in spring, summer and fall, and a blazing indoor fireplace in winter. Open 7 days a week Lunch from 12 noon Dinner from 6pm
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English first
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Inventive, flavorful, fabulous ..... Well worth the visit and a place that we would go out of our way to enjoy. Thoughtful and helpful service. We have a daughter With food allergies and they went above and beyond to ensure she had as excellent a dining experience as the rest of us.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The highlights of this visit - booking was seamless, table by the window was good and I have to say the food I selected (below) was cooked to perfection. The scallops were devine and the lamb was cooked better than at Botswana Butchery. a) Seared Scallops, Coconut milk broth, Lime leaf, crisp Cauliflower, Tamarind pearls. b) Chargrilled Lamb cutlets, warm... More 

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Plano, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I had heard about their restaurant from some friends and visited their web site. Instead of calling I used the web site to make reservations with the promise that I would receive a confirmation email. Story short. No email confirmation and when I called up the day of the reservation was told they don't do emails. I guess they are... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

A really nice menu to select from and the food was fantastic. Reasonable wine prices. The little extra "chef's treat" of duck liver pate with Grand Marnier Jelly and Brioche crumbs was a spoonful of heaven. Friendly and efficient service too - all round a really excellent restaurant for that special evening. The only slighlty downside - the food was... More 

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Switzerland
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168 reviews 168 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This charming little town with this charming looking restaurant could not have messed up more ! Orders were wrong food arrived at different times meat over cooked when asked for medium my fish over salted wow what Cani say other than huge disappointment and expensive ! Was given free desert as a sorry and that was ok Service bordered on... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We, a party of eight, enthused by Trip Advisor (and other) glowing reports and recommendations, booked Saffron on a Monday night only to experience very varied results with our chosen mains. I and two others ordered a three-curry dish. The three flavours were distinct and pleasant but the offerings of duck and pulled pork that comprised two of the three... More 

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Kiama, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

What an awesome little restaurant. I loved my main and had a fantastic dessert as well as great wine by glass pairing for each. Will definitely go again, outstanding food

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Our last meal here was 5 years ago, and still everything comes together perfectly in this Arrowtown gem. Professional & knowledgeable service, great atmosphere, carefully chosen wine list and, most importantly, amazing food. The taste of the eel and scallop starters still linger with us the next morning. And the goat cheese date dessert was loved by my non-dessert eating... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Great service, knowledgeable staff an absolutely excellent food. experience. A wonderful combination of flavours. Thank you

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Boston
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101 reviews 101 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

From the friendly welcome to the excellent food and service, this was a wonderful dinner. For appetizers we had the smoked eel fingers - delicious and creative and the venison liver with mushrooms. Main courses were a flavorful cod dish and the speciality of the house, a trio of curries which was very good. Presentations were all very attractive and... More 

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Address: 18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9196, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-442 0131
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Arrowtown
Cuisine: European, Seafood, New Zealand, Asian fusion

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