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Saffron Restaurant

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56 Ferreira Street, Nelspruit 1200, South Africa
+27 13 744 1146
Tue - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
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Windhoek, Namibia
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is our favorite restaurant in Nelspruit. Very good menu using fresh, local products and cooked by an excellent French chef. The owners are very friendly. Nice to have such good European food made by somebody with a real understanding of spices and flavours.

Thank SAgirl1633
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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42 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Searched for an Indian restaurant on Google Maps (as I am vegetarian and aways a "safe" bet) and Chez Vincent Guest House and Saffron Restaurant came up. I was a little disappointed when they advised me that they were not an Indian restaurant but in fact a Tapas restaurant. I hesitantly decided to stay as their menu had the best... More 

Thank Chris F
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came Back a second time since the chef took over and it is even more special to eat here!!! Enjoy a night of great food, drinks and enthousiastic staff!!

Thank Veraenbert
London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Visited this place twice in 2017 (March and October) - both time sit was truly excellent. simply great food, typical French menu, simple but well done. Lovely to sit on the terrace. Looks like ownership might have changed and it's no longer French, so maybe check that before you go...

Thank Paul S
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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811 reviews
430 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 850 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We had dined at this restaurant way back-- over 7 years ago -- when it was a French restaurant. Now the cook is South African and the menu is for the most part tapas. We like the concept of tapas because that allows us to try out many things and still not be completely full. We ordered 5 to 6... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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93 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

I was told Orange was the Top restaurant in Nelspruit , but I could not get a booking. This lead me to SAFFRON. I was not disappointed. The menu consists of various tapas. fillet, lamb , mussels, calamari to name a few. Think we tried everyone on the menu. The wine list is also extensive. I would recommend the Groot... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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209 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Part of a bed & breakfasts / hotel with the usual security fence and ample parking at the back. After reading all the reviews, we were of course very much looking forward to eating at this place. Being in Nelspruit, you have expected a nicer view or least a garden setting. Not this place, our view is the main street... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

This must be the best restaurant in town! Vincent, the French Chef and Owner, is a very talented cook. Unfortunately they just sold the place...

Thank Michel M
Belfast, United Kingdom
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409 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 376 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We ate here on our last night in South Africa, having chosen it based on previous TA reviews. The restaurant belongs to a Guest House and is located in a secure compound with parking. We were a party of five and I had made reservations online prior to arrival. The service was friendly if a tad slow and the menu... More 

Thank travelpassion
Nelspruit, South Africa
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Set in a nice atmosphere and the service is very good. What makes this place very special is not only that their food is really great, but the fact that you can order tappas from mostly anything on the menu! Makes for a really unique experience! Highly recommend it!

Thank pickytraveller2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Validated Parking, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 56 Ferreira Street, Nelspruit 1200, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Mpumalanga  >  Nelspruit
  • Phone Number: +27 13 744 1146
Saffron is a spacious, contemporary and relaxed restaurant.

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