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Saffron Restaurant

18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
+64 3-442 0131
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“curries” (50 reviews)
“whitebait” (42 reviews)
“wild boar” (10 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

First time to Saffron it was quiet a Sunday night. The restaurant has a lovely ambiance. Service was quick and efficient the chefs were passionate and the wait staff was very knowledgable. The food was top notch nothing but praise. Thank you

1  Thank peterTownsville
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting Arrowtown with my adult family , Saffron was high on the list of dinner recommendations . The ambience and decor was very attractive , the staff and service excellent . The food was obviously prepared with love and care and showed on our plate...More

1  Thank Ann B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best lamb dish I have ever had. Can't recommend more highly. Second time we have been and did not disappoint. Pre-drink at blue door is a must.

1  Thank Andydc04
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a excellent dinner. Entree main and desert were all superb and the extras tasters they gave were also delicious. Service was also extremely good.

1  Thank Davesuz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were visiting my sister and her husband who live in Queenstown, and they know we love restaurants, and we always look forward to going somewhere really nice when we all catch up. With a few things to celebrate, a babysitter lined up, and a...More

1  Thank MissMotivated
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate twice at Saffron this week and have been many times before.The food was good,but the atmosphere was very subdued and the service and attention was most unenthusiastic. It is obvious the restaurant has new owners and the warmth and attention are no longer...More

1  Thank Marion D
Reviewed August 4, 2017

Me and my friend had a starter, main and dessert. The Whitebait as a starter was really good. The best combination I had in New Zealand so far. The market fish as a main was really boring. The fish was dry. I expect more for...More

Thank 517foodexpert
Reviewed July 19, 2017

A good quality meal with great service where the waitress new all about the menu and specials without referring to notes

Thank Joe B
Reviewed July 14, 2017

What a pleasant find and conveniently next to the Blue door bar (which I think is under the same ownership) once again great service and lovely food ,very warm atmosphere I think we had Amisfield pinot noir of some kind which as always we enjoyed...More

Reviewed July 13, 2017 via mobile

Just 15 -20 minutes drive from Queenstown Saffron is a must - the food is prepared with passion and you can see it from the presentation and also taste it - all flavours are perfectly put together ! I had the Wild boar which was...More

Thank miranda t
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September 30, 2016|
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Response from Jim K | Reviewed this property |
No" NZ Is pretty relaxed, especially in Arrowtown. Smart jeans & a decent top gets you most places.
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Arrowtown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-442 0131
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The award-wining Saffron Restaurant, located 20 minutes from Queenstown in historic Arrowtown, is known worldwide for its fabulous food and wine. Tourists, foodies and locals all appreciate the zest and passion of this vibrant establishment. Saffron showcases the best seasonal local produce of the South Island. The wine list, featuring the top producers of Central Otago wines, matches the contemporary cuisine and attentive service. Across the historic alleyway from Saffron is The Blue Door bar, the perfect place to start or finish an evening. Further along is Agave, offering a more relaxed dining style with a great mexican cuisine. Suited to all seasons, Saffron has the choice of outside dining in spring, summer and fall, and a blazing indoor fireplace in winter. Open 7 days a week Lunch from 12 noon Dinner from 6pm
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