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123 N. 3rd. St, Minneapolis, MN 55467
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Ranked #71 of 1,604 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
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English first
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We've been to Saffron a few times but felt this recent experience to be lacking. The menu options seemed quite limited. We ordered the lamb tangine and gnocchi along with cauliflower and Beef Kubbeh apps. The apps were good but we felt lacked some of the great flavors experienced in the past. The lamb tangine was ok but the portion... More 

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Atlanta and Limoux
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Saffron restaurant lifts Mediterranean / North-African cuisine to a gourmet level, with subtle play on classic Mediterranean ingredients and North-African spice combinations. The hotness level is moderate, but the aromatic spice combinations are sublime. The decor is modern, with clean and colorful lines. The service is prompt and expert. Many unique flavor combinations point to a chef who is experimenting... More 

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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

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
87 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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377 reviews 377 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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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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