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Saffron Cafe

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Downtown Indianapolis
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62 Fort Wayne Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 917-0131
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 70
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Valentine's Day Escape

When planning a pleasant couple's night out for great, exotic food and atmosphere, along with wonderful, attentive service, we opted for a return visit to Saffron Cafe. It never disappoints. And while the weather was bitterly frigid outside, the ambiance and welcome inside Saffron was as warm as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
elogan58
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Speedway, Indiana
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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126 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We had a party of four: two had chicken dishes, one had the seafood paella, and the other had lamb. I will say the lamb was by far the best dish out of the four and I would highly recommend it. The seafood paella lacked the typical flare/flavor of a traditional paella that I have had in travels around Europe.... More 

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Speedway, Indiana
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65 reviews 65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

When planning a pleasant couple's night out for great, exotic food and atmosphere, along with wonderful, attentive service, we opted for a return visit to Saffron Cafe. It never disappoints. And while the weather was bitterly frigid outside, the ambiance and welcome inside Saffron was as warm as usual. It's a great special event and savory dining destination. Though we... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Chef Sentissi I think is one of the best chefs around, He has a nutrition background, he just wrote a new book. My favorite dish is the honey chicken tajine!!! Oh my word!!! I can't even explain how good it was. Saffron, garlic, turmeric, chicken, bay leaves, apricots, pears, dried plums, sesame seeds etc.... He has a cooking class that... More 

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Covington, Kentucky
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151 reviews 151 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

One of the best meals I have had in a very long time. Three of us shared Couscous Tfaya with chicken and there were so many flavors in my mouth I was anxious for the next bite. In addition we ordered Lamb Tagine (like a stew served in a ceramic pot). It was served with the most amazing roasted potatoes.... More 

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Service was good, let me say that first. Waiter was very prompt. But the food was not good. It was just OK if you don't mind microwave re-heated game hen served in a COLD Tajine... << WOW And although the bread was fresh and hot it was not Moroccan Bread nor was it home made. It was a yeast bread... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

To journey outside your usual flavor spectrum, try Saffron Cafe. Their tajin dishes - stew like dishes cooked in enclosed clay pots - were full of flavor and delicious. Lamb was tender and could be cut with a fork. All the ingredients were very fresh. The spinach appetizer was very tasty, as was the avocado-shrimp-lime salad. Go for it!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This place is very intimate and has a romantic feel. We had a family dinner here and our server was excellent. The wine was divine ( I recommend the Moroccan Chardonnay). I am not a big meat eater but had the Moroccan Paella so I could try everything and found it flavorful and the portion was huge! My mother-in-law had... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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109 reviews 109 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I will recommend this place as a local gem. This restaurant hits the check marks on all angles. Food was great, service courteous and excellent ambiance. I wanted a substitution on my tagine and it was not a problem. Food was cooked fresh and tasted great. What I liked most was how the chef came out himself and interacted with... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 via mobile

It was expensive for what it was. The name Saffron Cafe gave me hopes for a flavor full meal. The space is well done. The food was pretty bland. My waiter suggested in have the cumin chicken as the flavors would great than the ginger chicken I ordered. I went with the suggestion. Started with scallops and shrimp and cilantro.... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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122 reviews 122 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Eating at Saffron is one of my high points in visiting Indianapolis. It's small and tucked out of the way, but well worth the trip. If you have never had Moroccan food before, this will make you a believer.The blends of spices in the tajines is quite delightful and the servers are professional, courteous, and helpful.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 62 Fort Wayne Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis>  > Downtown Indianapolis
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: (317) 917-0131

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?