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Saffron

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123 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1657 (1st Avenue & 3rd Street)
612.746.5533
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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Kihei
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153 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

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Thank Susan F
Minnesota
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118 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Thank hyperpoesia
Minneapolis
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Thank brad0260
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars 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.

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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 stars 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.

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Thank Mark H
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank Patrick B
Minnesota
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Thank Snarglebop
Greenville, South Carolina
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

We had a great meal here. Wine list perfectly chosen to compliment Mediterranean food. Service was just right to help create a relaxing evening. We shared several small plates and one lamb tagine. I would definitely recommend this place.

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Thank Noelle K
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

On a rainy night, this wasn't our first choice option but were pleased our other choice was booked out. The middle eastern dips were very very good and to have a choice of Moroccan options was a pleasant surprise. Their lamb tagine however was more like a stew or soup - less liquid would have made it much better. Also,... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$10 - $40
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Moroccan
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
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
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?