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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 #37 of 1,509 restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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86% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Knoxville, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We were looking for a new food experience so we tried Saffrons. The customer service was excellent. We sat at the bar for drinks and a meal and the bartender was very pleasant to talk with. He helped us pronounce the food items and gave recommendations for cocktails. . The food was amazing- grape leaf appetizers and entrees of stew... More

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Louisville
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

A fine place for both service and food. Seated immediately. Server (Victor) was knowledgeable and friendly. Was able to pronounce everything on the menu which in this type of place is not easy. A free sabrzi (sp) app was good. Herbs, radishes, cheese with pita bread and sauce. Food was served quickly. A beef Persian stew flavored with limes and... More

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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

The food, atmosphere, and staff are really good. I had the cooked duck w/fesenjan sauce and Persian rice. Excellent! Highly recommended.

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Louisville
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I eat here all the time for lunch (for 10+ years). I have never, ever had a bad experience. The food is great. I usually get the salmon. It is close to the center of downtown, but might be a little hard to find if you are not familiar with downtown.

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Brooklyn, New York
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109 reviews 109 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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252 reviews 252 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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Boston
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37 reviews 37 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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