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Saffron Restaurant

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Contemporary, New Zealand, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free Options, Fusion
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18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
+64 3-442 0131
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Aix-en-Othe, France
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had lunch here with friends and the food was fantastic!! Great flavours and a good menu! Staff very friendly and good fun. Highly recommend!

Thank Katie C
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Gorgeous food, and a wonderful atmosphere make sure you call in next door to the blue door for a drink before or after dinner x

Thank amelia c
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great dinner at Saffron Last night. Whitebait entree was perfect and matched with the Felton Rd dry Riesling. Excellent service and would recommend to anybody wanting a relaxed yet fine dining experience

1 Thank Grant D
Adelaide, Australia
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86 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here upon a recommendation and booked in for lunch. The menu was a bit distorted with Asian cuisine along with ham & pea soup and fried whitebait as specials. The tables at the front have this strange plastic top that is covered in holes and marks making it appear old and dirty. The plug in electric heaters all... More 

Thank GemRadelaide
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived to friendly service. The wine was delicious and our meal was lovely. We are super keen to come back and try more of the menu. Thank you.

Thank Michelle D
Tauranga, New Zealand
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went last year for lunch, so good we returned again this year once for lunch then booked the following day for dinner. We were not disappointed, very excellent meals well presented and good size portions. one of us is gluten free and they cater well for this. Very knowledgable friendly staff. Easy to find on the Main Street, open for... More 

1 Thank holiday2travel
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't make reservation and walked in (with seven heads to count). The restaurant staff tried to fit us in. Warm. Waiting for the seats won't be boring here: you can leaf through the menu, and most importantly, the Taste of Central Otago cookbook (available to buy home too) from their chef. In case your kids' tastebuds (like mine) do... More 

1 Thank ckm818
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had high hopes from visiting Saffron over the years --- 10 to be exact. Our favorite is the trio of curries. Unfortunately we were disappointed . The lamb was light on lamb --- and this is NZ ! The prawn curry had no prawns ! We were told they were done like Thai fish cakes ... Minced ! Could... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have dined at the majority of restaurants in the wider Queenstown area and this place really is pick of the crop! I have dined here twice now, most recently last week and for the second time my expectations have been well and truly exceeded. Service was very professional, pouring the wine in front of you and always ensuring you... More 

1 Thank Pilts018
Hong Kong
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely place to eat, great for kids too. Not to be missed on a visit to Queenstown. Excellent food and wine list.

Thank Balzones

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Contemporary, New Zealand, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free Options, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
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
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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