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123 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1657 (1st Avenue & 3rd Street)
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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New York City, New York
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71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here after work while in town as our colleague touts it as one of the better places in MSP. We decided to order a variety of small plates to share. We order mushrooms, hummus, octopus, and a few others including the half chicken. Overall the food was great, some items surprisingly lacked in spice flavor especially for a... More 

Thank bphillips1786
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been coming here for years and still love it. On our most recent visit, my partner and I shared the tagine with duck, and it was fantastic. The menu includes some unique and creative small plates and apps, and the wine list is solid. We've never had bad service here, although on our most recent visit it was perhaps... More 

Thank jbravo30
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159 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was recommended to us by a doctor from The Mayo Clinic and it was a hit. Our waiter, Joseph, was informative, attentive and funny! We ordered a variety of dishes to share. Loved the hummus and the green beans in tomato sauce. The lamb was delicious and my husband has never had a better steak. The spicey sauce... More 

Thank Susan F
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118 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

The restaurant has a pleasant ambiance with windows overlooking the old third street of Minneapolis. We had hummus and octopus appetizers which set the stage for a perfect dinner. There was fresh fish from the Mediterranean as a main entree along with unique salads and dessert. The service was well done, professional, courteous, and the wine list was very good.... More 

Thank Gregg V
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

I love the smaller plates/appetizers here. I don't drink but my friends love the cocktails. And the chicken main dish with eggplant lavashe is simply marvelous.

Thank hyperpoesia
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

At Saffron, Sami Wadeh prepares dishes from different Mediterranean perspectives, and the food is really unique. My partner and I had dinner there recently and it was definitely a five-star experience. We began with three small dishes, the hummus (not so small, really!) with Saffron's own flatbread--both delicious; green beans with a kind of ratatouille consistency with tomatoes and spices--this... More 

Thank brad0260
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Fabulous food and excellent service!! All around outstanding dining experience! Even bought the cookbook so we can try some of the recipes at home.

Thank Scott B
Stillwater, Minnesota
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64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

Saffron offers a Mediterranean style fare. We sampled pretty much all of the vegetarian options in small plates. Loved the caraway seed potatoes, fried cauliflower, spreads with pita, and giant fava beans. Didn't care for the tangine vegetables. Unique atmosphere! Would go back again.

Thank Mark H
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

We enjoyed some of the most flavourful, well prepared and beautifully presented food that we've had in a long time. The flavour combinations are surprising (or even downright odd) but delicious while still being true to authentic Mediterranean dishes. At our table we had several of the appetizers, a seafood tagine, a lamb tagine and lamb chops. Everything was cooked... More 

Thank Patrick B
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

We've come twice and have had consistent experiences: relaxed setting, fabulous service, and outstanding food. I wish I could eat at Saffron every day. Seriously, every bite was a treat! And dessert was so exceptional my husband wants to return and have one for dinner and another for dessert. I'd hate to have missed the entree!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $40
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Moroccan
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1657
    (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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?