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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

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  • 12
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  • 5
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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
Always outstanding meals

My wife and I returned to Saffron for our anniversary and again, had a wonderful meal. As always, the food and service are great. We started with appetizers of persian yogurt salad with cucumbers as well as fried cauliflower and both were superb. My wife had an arugula salad and a goat cheese... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
Israeltrip7
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St. Paul, MN
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St. Paul, MN
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

My wife and I returned to Saffron for our anniversary and again, had a wonderful meal. As always, the food and service are great. We started with appetizers of persian yogurt salad with cucumbers as well as fried cauliflower and both were superb. My wife had an arugula salad and a goat cheese dumpling with mushrooms in a mushroom broth... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Arrived to meet friends that highly recommended this eatery. Our friends knew about the sharing of the food items. So, we all had fun exploring what each would like to try and shared all of our selections with each other. I encourage potential diners to share. The food was prepared perfectly and the fun cocktails were a big hit, especially... More 

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sammamish
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

One of our favorite restaurants, anywhere. Each dish is a wonderful blend of flavors you aren't going to find anywhere else. Things that sound simple-beans, potatoes, cauliflower-are amazing in their complexity and taste. You can even forgo the main courses and do nothing but sample the huge assortment of unique appetizers. Not to be missed.

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Hyderabad, India
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

The starters is what defines this place! A small list but exquisitely prepared. The entrees are ok and the choice is small. A good range of wines from different parts of the world.

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I have wanted to eat here for a long time & finally had the opportunity. This has to be one of the best restaurants in the city. It is wonderful Middle Eastern food that is a favorite of mine. We had a a wonderful waiter who answered all our questions & had some great suggestions for our meal. The food... More 

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Des Moines
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is a true middle eastern restaurant. Its food is not americanized like so many are. The food is tasty and authentic to it origins. Very nice

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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I am a huge fan of the cuisine and was not disappointed even though execution is a bit uneven. The flavors are there and the prep can be excellent ad with the paella croquettes ( which would be a staple order for me). Figs and Foie was heavier on the Figs than the Foie and let's face it -- you... More 

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Albert Lea, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Went to Minneapolis to experience a weekend of different ethnic foods. Saffron was our evening destination and it didn't disappoint us!! From the hostess to the many servers who were assigned our table we experienced nothing less than superb service!! Our water glasses were never empty as we all were all heavy water drinkers that evening. The many different varieties... More 

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Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

My husband and I had dinner last night at Saffron for the first time. Our dinners were delicious. I had the lamb shank tagine which was really delicious. The broth had a refreshing, (think cilantro) spicy flavor and was served piping hot. I don't know what combination of spices were used but the tagine had distinctive and complex flavors which... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great food, amazing Mediterranean Flavors. Friendly staff, non-pretentious and not the me-too restaurant. If you want really good food, service, and a nice but not over the top restaurant this is the best choice in Minneapolis.

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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, Indian, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Spanish, Middle Eastern

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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
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?