Swanky date spot.

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge is a modern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurant in the heart of Minneapolis warehouse district. Chef Sameh Wadi was nominated in 2008 & 2009 for James Beard Award in "Rising Star" Category. Enjoy ½ price bottles of wine on Monday's from California, France, Lebanon and Argentina just to mention a few. The dining room is a warm and inviting casual restaurant, great for a date or a group of family, friends or business associates out for a fun night of food and wine and eager to please service.

Their chef is willing to accommodate vegans--just call ahead or let them know once you get there. Very good service, and the ambiance is romantic.

Added by mindy on Feb 22 10 (last updated May 26 10)

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Went here for the first time this past weekend and had a great experience. When I made the reservation I mentioned that I was vegan and asked if they'd have any problem accommodating me. They said it was absolutely no problem. When we got there, they noted that I was vegan, and brought me a menu with items checked off if they were or could be done vegan. Those items were:
- Baba Ghanoush
- Yellow Lentil Dip (SO YUMMY)
- Giant beans
- Olives/picked veggies
- Fried Cauliflower
- Green salad with fried pita chips (delicious)
- Beet Salad
- Entree: Vegetarian feature (changes often)

The vegetarian feature I had was winter vegetables with a beet vinaigrette and chickpeas. It was so incredibly flavorful and just tasted very healthy and wholesome.

They have a vegetarian tasting menu as well, but the dessert cannot be made vegan (doesn't seem like they ever have vegan desserts - aside from sorbet, that is). But the dinner we had was really amazing, and I'll definitely go back.

It's not a cheap place, so expect to pay about $20 for your entree plus any appetizers/drinks you want. But I'd say it's worth it.

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Accepts Reservations


$$$ - expensive


  • Middle Eastern/Persian
  • Mediterranean


  • Happy Hour
  • Romantic


Winter vegetables with chickpeas and beet vinaigrette

Winter vegetables with chickpeas and beet vinaigrette


5pm - 10pm
5pm - 11pm

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