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Saffron's Restaurant

131 W Market St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Central Business District)
(502) 584-7800
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Ranked #41 of 1,483 restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Business District
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82 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
Louisville, Kentucky
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86 reviews 86 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Had dinner here last night, was celebrating a friends Bday. They offered us a complimentary persian salad and hot pita bread.The food was amazing we all ordered the lamb chops which came with a huge side of saffron rice and a yummy greek salad. The chops were so tender and seasoned to perfection. The food was served really fast and... More

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Saffron's has evolved a bit over the years with an expanded menu and updated, lovely decor. As soon as you walk in, you know you're in a nice place. The food is always phenomenal, but never too heavy or excessively seasoned. From the occasional Duck specials with Pomegranate reductions, to the Rack of Lamb house special to my favorite, simple... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I held a business meeting during the day in downtown Louisville and simply searched surrounding area for a restaurant and found Saffron's. Persian Food. So I convinced the group of 7 to try it. WONDERFUL. Before we even ordered they brought a plate of some sort of salad type plate that had no dressing or oil. Wasn't sure what to... More

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Rochester, New York
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224 reviews 224 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We dined on a recent quiet Monday evening with only 4-5 other tables filled in the house. The room is generally quite elegant, but hosts a few unfortunate paintings on velvet that can spoil the mood somewhat. (Note that they are carefully NOT shown on the restaurant web-site's photo Gallery.) Service was prompt and attentive. When our server found that... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We visited Saffron's a year ago on our last trip to Louisville and I write a rave review. Clearly the best Persian restaurant I've ever enjoyed (including Iran). This time, though, the lamb was grossly overcooked and, although the waiter apologized, the restaurant or chef didn't do anything about it. No offer to take it back and no credit. It... More

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St. Louis, Missouri
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100 reviews 100 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The restaurant is small and unassuming from the exterior. In addition, the interior has some horrible velvet pictures hanging on the walls. That is the bad news, everything else was outstanding! Service was amazing and so was the food. It was different and delicious. Order the lamb special, you will thank me later. Order from the Middle Eastern wine list.... More

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Detroit, Mi
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The portions were generous and the food very well prepared. The braised lamb was superb. It was tender, flavorful and presented well. The sides, salad and rice were perfectly done compliments to the meal. Our party also shared hummus and eggplant spread. Both were also very well seasoned. It was quite a pleasant surprise to find such a jewel of... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

It is a place to enjoy a good meal in a relaxed atmosphere. In the midst of busy downtown but only special taste go ro enjoy. The rack of lamb is seriously the best in town and the lamb shank is delicious. The menu has other excellent items but keep some appetite for the persian ice cream. The owner is... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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75 reviews 75 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

I am so full, I can hardly type. We just ate the most delicious meal in a restaurant you could easily walk right by. From the busy street, it's hardly noticeable, but step inside, and you will be transported to a a quiet, elegant atmosphere. I ordered the seafood stew; my husband asked our waitress (Elle) what they were known... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

On our visit, the restaurant was mostly empty. It was a little early on a Friday evening, and there were a few live music acts bein featured in and around Fourth Street Live, which is a few blocks away. This restaurant is a bit hidden almost in Downtown. It's on a major street, but a little out of the way... More

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