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Saffron

123 N. 3rd. St, Minneapolis, MN 55467
612.746.5533
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Ranked #41 of 1,585 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Spanish
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 1st Avenue & 3rd Street
Transit: If you are taking the light rail to downtown Minneapolis, we are only 2 blocks away from the last stop at first Ave.
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English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We visited Saffron with friends who are regular guests here and was looking forward to a great meal - they said everything on the menu was terrific. At the table, we started with an order or lamb brain and an order of the artichoke hearts. Both were tasty and great. Lamb brain portion very small! Artichoke hearts were sharp with... More

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Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I chose this restaurant for a girls night during Restaurant week in MPLS. The food was very good, but I think overpriced for the quantity. I don't think I would be willing to pay that much again. I was able to try the spinach soup which was good, but very small portion. I then had the lamb which was good... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Been going to this place regularly for two years and a half. Tried almost everything on the menu (some items change, but the tastiest are always there, like the gnocchi and the tagines), and there has never been a single dish that hasn't blown me away. Highly recommend the chicken and porcini croquettes, the lamb brain, and especially the branzini.... More

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Forest Lake, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This place is a jewel! It has a good vibe, the food is excellent (especially the tagine), and service too!

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We really enjoyed this restaurant. The overall experience was very good but the tapas were outstanding... The lighting and scene were equally enjoyable.

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SaffronMinneapolis, General Manager at Saffron, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! Hope to see you again soon! More

Portage, Michigan
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

Stopped by to grab a quick bit and was left in the corner of the restaurant to fend for myself. Asked for a check and had to wait 20+ minuets. Emailed the owner no response. WILL NEVER GO BACK!!! I did enjoy the food but the service was so bad I had to stiff the waitress I have not had... More

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SaffronMinneapolis, Manager at Saffron, responded to this review

Hi Clint, I am very sorry you had a tainted experience at Saffron - unfortunately we never received an email from you about this. Do you recall the day you dined here? I'd like to get to the bottom of why your service was so poor. Let me know if you'd like to give us another try - we'd love... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Great restaurant. We went for an early Friday night dinner and there were many tables open. We had excellent service and the food was delicious. One of the best meals I have had I Minneapolis.

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SaffronMinneapolis, General Manager at Saffron, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! Hope to see you again soon! More

Whitehall, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Four of us ordered about twelve items, (mostly starters) then shared everything family style. We got to try so many items this way! Everything was delicious, but my favorites were the turkish hummus and the chicken and porcini muchroom croquettes. Amazing. Texture and flavor superior to any I've had before. Loved the drinks as well. Very good service and a... More

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SaffronMinneapolis, General Manager at Saffron, responded to this review

Love the review! You sound like you did it right, a great experience here is to do just that - order a ton of mezze and enjoy! Glad you were able to meet the owner as well! More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Saffron was a delight. We went during restaurant week and had a wonderful dinner with friends. As a huge fan of hummus I could have just eaten the appetizer myself but I had to share. We had three courses and each were amazing!!

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SaffronMinneapolis, General Manager at Saffron, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! If you want to catch us for Restaurant Week again, we participate in all of them...or come in just to grab that hummus you love =) More

Wabasha, Minnesota, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I couldn't have asked for anything more from this dining experience, other than a slightly more attentive server. The food was fantastic, the menu offered an array of tantalizing selections, and the mulled cider (non-alcoholic) was delicious. I enjoyed the chic yet not-overbearing decor; it was elegant, but comfortable. I'm impressed, (but not surprised after dining here) that this place... More

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