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Saffron Restaurant

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Contemporary, New Zealand, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
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18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
+64 3-442 0131
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Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A Queenstown area must. Drinks at the neighbouring blue door a great way to begin your evening. We had classic NZ whitebait and amazing paua tortellini to start, followed by lamb and boar mains. Wonderful friendly and efficient service added to the perfect evening. Very hard to pick between Saffron or Rata as Queenstown areas best dining.

Thank Peter R
Santa Rosa, California
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81 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful restaurant in Arrowtown for dinner. Very Romantic and quaint. Wonderful lamb dishes. Somewhat expensive but great service..

1 Thank ESTEVE A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a week early because of past reviews and were not disappointed. The staff were charming and knowledgeable, the food superb and the ambience warm and inviting. (Spoilt only by the high noise levels from a large group of braying women celebrating a 40th birthday party, but that was not the restaurant's fault, and anyway, how often does one... More 

1 Thank Robert_in_Auckland
Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Lovely cosy table setting in the window with a view out to the street busy with tourists. Exceptional attentive and knowledgeable service from a waitress who by her own admission was stretched that day. Superb food we enjoyed West Coast whitebait a delicious Asian style pork salad and beef rump, couldn't fault anything.

2 Thank NeilHBNZ
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

SUMMARY: Price: $168.50 Meals: Lamb - good ($39.50); Vegetarian Risotto - very salty ($34.50); Cos salad - excessive dressing ($9.50); 3x glasses of Otago Pinot Noir - excellent ($17.00 per glass). 12 TIPS FOR RUNNING AN UPSCALE RESTAURANT: 1. When the customer books days in advance and tells you they have a vegetarian diner and you do not have a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

We have walked past this restaurant several times without actually trying their fare. This time we were pleasantly surprised by a warm welcome from the waiter, and an interesting menu. I had the steak which was a little bit tough, but the others in our group were very happy with their choices of the salads. The food took a while... More 

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Aix-en-Othe, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 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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Restaurant Details

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