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123 N. 3rd. St, Minneapolis, MN 55467
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Ranked #59 of 1,596 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $40
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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
Chaska, Minnesota, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We just moved to down town Mpls. So this was our first night out on the town and it didn't let us down! We had a wonderful server Katie who helped us pick out some fabulous tapas. The hummus sultan,(creamy garlicky goodness,) slow cooked green beans, middle eastern sausage, fried cauliflower were all to die for. The sea bass ,... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We heard a lot about this place and were excited to try it out. Although we made reservation, there weren't many people on Saturday evening. After we were seated the server took ages to take our order. Moreover he didn't refill our water and we had to ask him on multiple occasion. We ordered turk hummus for appetizer..which was really... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I celebrated my birthday here with our family. I am a vegetarian and was happy to find several items on the menu for me. Of course, at a Mediterranian restaurant, we had to try the hummus and it didn't disappoint. For meat lovers, they also had several hummus variations with meat. We also shared the Giant Beans and Fried Cauliflower.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We usually order off the appetizer menu and share several dishes with a group. Portions are large enough to share. Absolutely delicious!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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108 reviews 108 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

We tried this for a casual Friday night dinner and we weren't disappointed in the food. We especially enjoyed the variety of non-alcoholic beverages available with each of our party of 5 ordering a different one and sharing tastes! Service was a tad slow but we overlooked that minor issue.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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79 reviews 79 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I went to Saffron with a mall group of professional colleagues on a Friday night. Saffron is in the warehouse district in downtown Minneapolis a busy area with many restaurants, bars and night clubs. Saffron is a Mediterranean cuisine restaurant but its atmosphere was no exception with a busy young professional crowd. As vegetarian ordered one of the two vegetarian... More 

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109 reviews 109 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

My adult daughter choose this restaurant because the menu offers a bit more adventurous eating options. We were disappointed. We started with a couple of fun and reasonably priced cocktails. We tasted and shared our way through several options our favorite a vegetarian tangine. Prompt friendly service added to good but not great food made for a nice evening.

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Chicago, Illinois
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362 reviews 362 reviews
286 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were looking for an upscale restaurant with character and we found it. Inspired: The hostesses were outstanding! Service: very good Atmosphere: beautiful Food: noteworthy - tomato and melon salad and the Moroccan Duck Kefta Tagine Return: yes

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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165 reviews 165 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Additional Information about Saffron

Address: 123 N. 3rd. St, Minneapolis, MN 55467
Phone Number: 612.746.5533
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
Open Hours:
Monday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Spanish

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