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123 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1657 (1st Avenue & 3rd Street)
+1 612-746-5533
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Closed
Hours:
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 22:00
Fri 16:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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247 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came here with my dad for dinner based on on TripAdviser & Yelp reviews, and this restaurant did not disappoint. The food is really well-made and the service good. There could be a bit more lighting throughout the restaurant; we had to ask our hostess if she could turn on a bit more light by our table so we... More 

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Thank dustythoughts
Muscatine, Iowa
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Great Lebanese cuisine. Owners always present to ensure a great experience. If you can get Saed to read your Turkish coffee grounds even heightens the experience. Try the stewed green beans. They sound simple but that is what makes them great!

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Thank byotty75
New York City, New York
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72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We went here after work while in town as our colleague touts it as one of the better places in MSP. We decided to order a variety of small plates to share. We order mushrooms, hummus, octopus, and a few others including the half chicken. Overall the food was great, some items surprisingly lacked in spice flavor especially for a... More 

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Thank bphillips1786
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We've been coming here for years and still love it. On our most recent visit, my partner and I shared the tagine with duck, and it was fantastic. The menu includes some unique and creative small plates and apps, and the wine list is solid. We've never had bad service here, although on our most recent visit it was perhaps... More 

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Kihei
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160 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This restaurant was recommended to us by a doctor from The Mayo Clinic and it was a hit. Our waiter, Joseph, was informative, attentive and funny! We ordered a variety of dishes to share. Loved the hummus and the green beans in tomato sauce. The lamb was delicious and my husband has never had a better steak. The spicey sauce... More 

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Thank Susan F
Minnesota
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The restaurant has a pleasant ambiance with windows overlooking the old third street of Minneapolis. We had hummus and octopus appetizers which set the stage for a perfect dinner. There was fresh fish from the Mediterranean as a main entree along with unique salads and dessert. The service was well done, professional, courteous, and the wine list was very good.... More 

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Thank Gregg V
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I love the smaller plates/appetizers here. I don't drink but my friends love the cocktails. And the chicken main dish with eggplant lavashe is simply marvelous.

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Thank hyperpoesia
Minneapolis
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

At Saffron, Sami Wadeh prepares dishes from different Mediterranean perspectives, and the food is really unique. My partner and I had dinner there recently and it was definitely a five-star experience. We began with three small dishes, the hummus (not so small, really!) with Saffron's own flatbread--both delicious; green beans with a kind of ratatouille consistency with tomatoes and spices--this... More 

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Thank brad0260
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Fabulous food and excellent service!! All around outstanding dining experience! Even bought the cookbook so we can try some of the recipes at home.

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Thank Scott B
Stillwater, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Saffron offers a Mediterranean style fare. We sampled pretty much all of the vegetarian options in small plates. Loved the caraway seed potatoes, fried cauliflower, spreads with pita, and giant fava beans. Didn't care for the tangine vegetables. Unique atmosphere! Would go back again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 40
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
16:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 22:00
Thursday
16:00 - 22:00
Friday
16:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1657
    (1st Avenue & 3rd Street)
  • Public Transportation: If you are taking the light rail to downtown Minneapolis, we are only 2 blocks away from the last stop at first Ave.
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-746-5533

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