We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Saffron

123 N. 3rd. St, Minneapolis, MN
612.746.5533
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #34 of 1,581 restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Spanish
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: 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.
Reserve with OpenTable
Saffron is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Write a Review

112 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
    67
    32
    7
    5
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Minnesota
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Forest Lake, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
SaffronMinneapolis, General Manager at Saffron, responded to this review

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

Whitehall, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Contributor
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
MINNEAPOLIS
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Saffron has been our Valentines Day choice the past few years. The tasting menu is why we head to saffron. The regular menu is great, but the special tasting menus during the year are worth making the trip downtown Minneapolis. The price is more than reasonable, the greeters are so warm and kind, the waiters have all been professional and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Saffron also viewed

 
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN
 
Minneapolis, MN

Been to Saffron? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Saffron, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing