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“Great!”
Review of Saffron Restaurant

Saffron Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 41 Restaurants in Arrowtown
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Seafood, New Zealand
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: 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
Moraira, Spain
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great!”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Not cheap, but a super restaurant. Excellent service and delicious food.
We had drinks beforehand at the Blue Door, where the barman happily made the table reservation for us and a great choice it was, too.
New Zealanders dine earlier than Europeans but Saffron was buzzing when we arrived and, for once, I don't think we were the last to leave.
Thoroughly recommended. I would have enjoyed dining there again except our short stay in Arrowtown did not permit.

Visited February 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good Food....Great Wine List....then a big shock!”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

We were pretty happy when this restaurant agreed to increase a crayfish entree special to a main. Our choice was a Crayfish and Mango Salad with a Citrusy lime finish. It was quite a simple fresh and delicious salad Excellent local winelist including some of the boutique wines in addition to sourcing very good local produce. The desert was one of the best i have ever tasted a roasted banana on a thin sliver of puff pastry with passionfruit jellies and mango icecream. I am well aware of the cost of Crayfish however I have never paid that much for a main at any of the top restaurants throughout the world. The price for the main was significantly higher double the cost of other mains on the menu. Additionally it was a very simple dish not requiring a complex preparation. We were a group of friends travelling together and the other couple settled the bill otherwise I would have questioned. Perhaps this restaurant could advise the clients of the cost of their specials in advance and prevent this kind of shock! The restaurant was busy and therefore service quite inconsistent from having large gaps to having some service repeated.

  • Visited February 2013
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La Massana, Andorra
Level 6 Contributor
330 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Excellent, innovative cuisine.”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Definitely the best food we found in the Queestown area. Very interetsing menu with a numeb of novel dishes which use local NZ produce in an excellent Asian fusion mix. Nice setting in Arrowtown & good but not fussy service. Excellent wine list also. Not cheap but worth the price!

  • Visited February 2013
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Bolton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
512 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Fantastic main courses + sublime deserts”
Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Recommended here by owner of B&B in Fox Glacier. We had main courses and shared a sweet. I had the medley of three curries, which were truly amazing and exceptionally well presented. My wife had the fish and seafood mix in coconut. Good choice of local wines. We shared a goat cheese sorbet in dates and amaretto. This was brilliant. Altogether one of the best meals in a long time. Highly recommended.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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“Excellent Food”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

The meal that we had at Saffron was by far the best meal out in Queenstown and one of the better meals out ever. The food was interesting and the flavours clear and clean. i love the use of all the local produce. The service was a bit hit and miss but it was incredibly busy and we got the sense that they had been taken by surprise at how busy it was..... However we would be back in a flash.

  • Visited February 2013
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