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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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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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88 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We felt lucky to get a table at this highly acclaimed restaurant as we had not made a reservation . What an imaginative creative menu with portions just the right size to allow savouring of every mouthful.! We discovered we were there on the final night of chef/owner Pete Gawron. The challenge is now there for those that follow to... More 

Thank ShonaMargaret
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful service and amazing food- I had the trio of curries and they were incredible. My daughter had the steak, which was lovely and my husband had the blue cod with paua ravioli and he said 10/10 . Lovely food, beautiful flavours. The service was outstanding, nothing was too much trouble and everything explained. We cannot recommend more highly, fantastic... More 

Thank Sally012015
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are a group of 12 who went to Saffron Restaurant for lunch on Friday 14th April. Our group was a mix of really senior citizens and younger folks, with a child of 5 and a 13-month old. Because one of our companions, who is in her 80s, need to have food immediately as she has medication to take, we... More 

1 Thank Jovivivi
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Waited years to visit Saffron. A lot of customers complaining about a screaming child which the staff did nothing about. No apologies. Really made for a bad experience. Couldn't concentrate on the food. But the Beef Cheeks ordered where more miniature art than food. All in all, very amateur service and basic interior. Ruined an expensive holiday.

Thank Andrew D
Albany, Australia
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100 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner at this restaurant and loved it. The food was exceptional! We had the trio of curries and each and every one was exceptional! The menu was extensive and offered a lot of Thai favourites but a distinctive notch from anything we had previously tasted and we do eat a lot of Thai food. The decor and ambience... More 

Thank Kerrimai
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decor urgently needs attention looking dark and shabby Cleaning is another thing take a look at state of chairs wiped leather Chair legs and floor urgently need cleaning Service very perfunctory Food that we had for lunch was great and very tasty great noodle and prawn salad Good eine selection Prices were very reasonable for food quality But attention to... More 

Thank John T
Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recommended by Barry and Fiona of Queenstown Country Lodge. Set in historic Arrowtowns "Main Street", Saffron Restaurant is an elegant restaurant with excellent food and great service. We really enjoyed our evening there, and while prices are quite high the excellence of the food and service were worth it. A very pleasant experience!! Thank you Saffron.

2 Thank brindi2017
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saffron in Arrowtown was recommended to us by Wayne, the chef at MIA in Blenheim. We had enjoyed his food so decided to follow his advice. We checked the menu while visiting the fascinating refurbished town centre of this former gold mining town. It sounded good so we booked and certainly did not regret it. Would definitely go again if... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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118 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Saffron a year ago and enjoyed it so much we returned on this visit to Queenstown with family. The 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Food surpassed our memory of previous visit and waitress was brilliant. We had a variety of entrees and mains and very dish was wonderful. One of my favourite restaurants in the area.... More 

2 Thank kesbus
Perth, Australia
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We had heard about Saffron from a food blog and decided to make the 20 minute drive to the adorably quaint Arrowtown for dinner. We visited as a couple midweek and were able to secure a booking at late notice. The service from start to finish was good, being rather informal which is appropriate for a cosy restaurant like this.... 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, Brunch
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
Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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