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Saffron Restaurant

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Contemporary, New Zealand, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
+64 3-442 0131
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A wonderful dinner with friends and we all chose different things of the menu. No-one was disappointed. Great service and ambience,

Thank Liz N
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61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were told this one of the best restaurants in town. Ordinarily I wouldn't write a review like this but we had a table of five well seasoned travelers and we all felt the same - disappointed. Service was very slow, we waited 15 minutes just to get our drink order in and had to call over the waiter to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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68 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Heard so much about Saffron as one of the best restaurant in the country and it did not live up to the hype. Had a reservation and were seated immediately, however despite the restaurant being less than half full when we arrived it took 20 minutes for someone to take our drink order. Even water glasses were allowed to run... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our table of nine enjoyed a wonderful evening, nothing too much trouble for the maitre de and her staff. The entrees were a hit most selecting the whitebait special while I opted for sweet juicy figs baked with prosciutto and blue cheese. Having dined here on previous visits and keen to once again order the trio of curries I was... More 

1 Thank clocher44
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93 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A-mazing!!! Every dish tasted great. Atmosphere intimate. Served by a mature woman that was fantastic and knew the menu and wine list well. MUST TRY!!! A++++++

1 Thank UsFritter
Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited Saffron with a group of 15 in tow. Not an easy task for a fine dining restaurant. The staff handled our group efficiently and in a relaxed manner. The food was wonderful. My entree of Figs with Bacon and Blue Cheese was amongst the best I have ever tried. The only negative I can think of is that... More 

1 Thank David T
Melbourne, Australia
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate dinner at Saffron on a Friday night in early February. The first thing we noticed were the tables, which are covered (permanently) in brown ribbed plastic, such as what one would expect to find in a cheap outdoor cafe. It bogles the mind how anyone could have ever thought this was fitting for what purports to be an... More 

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Red Hill, Australia
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102 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The location of Saffron is in the very pretty Main Street of Arrowtown and the interior of the restaurant immediately draws you in wondering what amazing flavors will emerge. The four of us studied the menu Intently and all ordered different dishes with each having an entree and main. We all loved each of our meals and the whitebait was... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sad to report.. this place was never the real beez kneez of Indian cuisine but it was the hip joint 15 years ago in the region and that's what counts in Queenstown. Well I've been there on and off most years since and every year I've noticed the sheer arrogance of the staff increase , and a certain mediocrity of... More 

1 Thank AlainBron
Gold Coast, Australia
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129 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered 2 entrees, Vietnamese muttonbird spring rolls and the whitebait. The whitebait was lovely however in the first bite of my spring rolls there was an inch long bone. Not good... I presented it to the kitchen and maitre d however they did not seem to be to be worried when it was shown to them. We were informed... More 

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?