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Saffron

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123 N. 3rd. St, Minneapolis, MN 55467 (1st Avenue & 3rd Street)
If you are taking the light rail to downtown Minneapolis, we are only 2 blocks away from the last stop at first Ave.
612.746.5533
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 89
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 5
    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
Good Food Good Service

My wife and I ate here to celebrate her birthday. It is relatively easy to make a reservation and the service is really friendly. The wine selection is ok but the prices are good. They also have a good verity of cocktails. The food was all really good, and I wanted to try most things on the menu... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Andrew B
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I ate here to celebrate her birthday. It is relatively easy to make a reservation and the service is really friendly. The wine selection is ok but the prices are good. They also have a good verity of cocktails. The food was all really good, and I wanted to try most things on the menu. The portions... More 

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Thank Andrew B
Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of my favorite places in the city. You are made to feel most welcome here with very attentive service, especially if you choose one or several of the unique and wonderful chemistry experiments that are, indeed, the drink menu! The food has never disappointed me, as I have a penchant for Middle Eastern food, but at the same time... More 

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Thank MarkC888
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here as a couple and the food was excellent! Service was top-notch. I can't say anything bad about it, we really enjoyed ourselves. The wait staff was knowledgeable about the food and wines and offered recommendations. Management ensured we were enjoying our meal. The meals had complex flavors with forward notes and undertones of many different spices. Excellent!

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Thank MN_Mom07
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Nice restaurant with good setting, variety on the menu and bringing it with good service. Food is delicious.

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Thank Staaltje
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Everything I've ever ordered here has been amazing, including the drinks. With a vast menu of small plates, I've had meals of several appetizers and salads and no large entree and walked out perfectly happy - that allowed me to try many amazing flavors.

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Thank chocolate_dreamer
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Our host made reservations for our group of 6 well in advance and called ahead to ensure that we had a nice table and that the restaurant allowed corkage. Our dinner host has a wine cellar and brought several rare bottles of wine to celebrate a promotion for one of our group. We were met with a delay of 30... More 

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1 Thank Lukesurface
Phoenix, AZ
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Saffron was recommended to us. It is in downtown Minneapolis. The decor is warm and cozy and the food is excellent. We ordered the eggplant, the hummos & pita plate & the tomato & beet salad as appetizers. All were delicious. We shared a vegetable tagine which was also very well prepared. The service and staff were warm and friendly... More 

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Thank pcleavitt
Manassas, Virginia
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

I entertained a group of clients at this restaurant and was very pleased at the menu selection and quality of food. Very unique menu emphasizing the cuisine of the chef, North African. The seafood tagine was served in the ceramic pot and was full of robust flavors, full sized prawns and other seafood. Same goes with the lamb shank tagine.... More 

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Thank Dave C
Galway, Ireland
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Delicious lamb shank tagine,high ceilings give the place a good atmosphere inside even when packed, good service, looking forward to going back

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Thank Orbmail
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196 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

I haven't been to Saffron in a few years. I could not wait to go. But I was a little disappointed. The food was just ok. With all the restaurants in Minneapolis this was always on the top of my list. When we arrived there was barely anyone there. So I had a feeling something had changed. The food was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 123 N. 3rd. St, Minneapolis, MN 55467
    (1st Avenue & 3rd Street)
  • Public Transportation: If you are taking the light rail to downtown Minneapolis, we are only 2 blocks away from the last stop at first Ave.
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: 612.746.5533

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: French, Indian, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Spanish, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children
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

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