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Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

Map & Directions 123 N. 3rd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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612-746-5533
  • Middle Eastern
  • Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Business Dining, Private Party
  • Street

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City Pages' Description

Say you love a good street-cart falafel, exploding with onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes, and leaving a trail of creamy yogurt dressing dripping down your wrist. Say you make weekly trips to Holy Land to stock up on pita, hummus, tabouli, and stuffed grape leaves. What do you do when you want to find these same flavors in your fine dining? You head to Saffron, where chef Sameh Wadi marries ingredients from the Middle East with haute-cuisine techniques he used while working at La Belle Vie. That means you'll find dishes the likes of which you've never seen served in the Twin Cities, from salmon and clam tagine to lamb brain with tomato confit-a sleeper hit, according to Wadi. "The Minnesota diner is more adventurous than I thought," he says. Wadi's $3.50 happy-hour menu, which riffs on classic bar food, is a rock-bottom bargain for gourmet food lovers. There are mini-burgers spiced with charmoula, French fries served with feta cheese, and a BLT made with house-cured lamb bacon that's the best thing between two slices of bread anywhere in town.

 
Member Reviews

  • on 11/11/10
    4

    This restaurant is a must try for everyone. The food is great and was cooked to profection. I tried new flavors I have never had before and that well keep me comming back to Saffron!

  • hhunt wrote a review for Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
    on 05/13/10
    4

    Chef Sameh Wadi was the winner of 2009 City Pages Iron Fork competition and went on to compete on the Food Network's Iron Chef!

  • on 05/06/09
    4

    Say you love a good street-cart falafel, exploding with onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes, and leaving a trail of creamy yogurt dressing dripping down your wrist. Say you make weekly trips to Holy Land to stock up on pita, hummus, tabouli, and stuffed grape leaves. What do you do when you want to find these same flavors in your fine dining? You head to Saffron, where chef Sameh... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Heavy Table on 08/07/11

    The hummus with bastirma ($9) should be the first thing everyone orders, with the duck leg tagine ($7) coming in second.

  • Marrina on 12/04/10

    Share a few small plates, grab a cocktail and you can't go wrong.

  • City Pages on 02/15/13

    From the Yum Yum bowl to the Bangkok Burrito, Saffrons exotic flavors coming out of the kitchen is sure to warm you up!

  • City Pages on 06/21/11

    Voted Best Middle Eastern Restaurant by City Pages in 2011! The Lamb BLT is especially good

  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine on 03/11/11

    Try the Lamb BLT. It’s now on the bar menu at Saffron, so go check out all the fuss.

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