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Saffron Indian Bistro

) #18 of 105 Restaurants in San Carlos ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Asian, Pakistani, Indian
1143 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070-2417
+1 650-593-4269
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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1143 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070-2417
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1 - 10 of 64 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our "go-to" Indian restaurant for the 11 years we lived in San Carlos, and it is still our favorite of all the Indian restaurants we have tried in 30 years in the Bay Area: Head and shoulders above most for variety and cleanliness....More

Thank JudgeMendel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A really nice indian with a range of eclectic dishes Aloo tikka was especially good as was the spicy cauliflower. Good bread and a range of tasty unusual non alcoholic drinks

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Nice place for a family or friends get together, 15 minutes from SFO airport, with an awesome taste of Indian food. Service could be better and the toilets. But for the food taste, still a good place

Thank Selvaraj V
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I love Indian cuisine and this place is consistently OUTSTANDING. I live in New York City but come out here for a few weeks every year. I discovered "Saffron" a few years ago and I’ve had their delicious lunch buffet many times – I highly...More

Thank Bev_NewYorkCity
Reviewed 7 May 2017

We have been taken there by our Indian friends for a dinner. They had a buffet option, though they said they will offer a la carte. I had the buffet and it is okay. It is not the same taste as we get in India....More

Thank Gopal_Ramanan
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Four couples ate a late Sunday lunch at the Bistro, and everyone praised the quality and variety of the various dishes. Our group included non meat eaters and gluten intolerant diners, but despite their limitations they found many tasty dishes to choose from. The service...More

Thank sleekleopard
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Finally some tasty food, not much fat and oil! That's really rare to find in the area. Buffet for lunch was well set and all items were constantly available. Clean and organized restaurant over all. I should try it for dinner

Thank Hichem E
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Honestly and sad to say, this place seems to lost the "true north". They seem to think quite alloy of themselves, have attitude for no good reason that I can tell. Food was fair, felt rushed and not welcomed. Hope it was an off night...More

Thank IsabelSanCarlos_CA
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Very nice local restaurant serving authentic Indian food. Choice of varying spice intensity for all tastes. Lots of choices

Thank 1ajf
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This is my second visit this restaurant. First time a few months a go for lunch buffet, this time for dinner. The menu has a good selection for every taste and preference. For dinner I had butter chicken, garlic nan, and mango lassi. The butter...More

Thank Moawia A
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1143 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070-2417
    (Between W. El Camino Real and Laurel)
  • Public Transportation: Taking SamTrans on El Camino get down on San Carlos Ave/ Holly Street Bus Stop. If taking Cal Train, get down at Holly Street Station (San Carlos) and Walk west on San Carlos Ave to the restaurant on the left, 5 doors from el camino real.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +1 650-593-4269
Saffron is a local neighborhood family restaurant located in the heart of downtown San Carlos , serving Northern Indian Cuisine with a commitment to using local and sustainable foods. We feature an ever-changing menu that is sure to please the Meat eaters, Vegetarians and Vegans alike, including items that are Gluten Free.
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