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“I'm just mad about Saffron!”
Review of Saffron Restaurant

Saffron Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 42 Restaurants in Arrowtown
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Seafood, New Zealand
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: 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
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Had a divine meal here. Great atmosphere in the well proportioned restaurant and knowledgeable staff who had perfect timing - when to take orders, when to leave us alone, when to come and explain. There is something for everyone on the exquisite menu - just beautiful.

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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Saffron is a wonderful gem of a restaurant in Arrowtown, which is 20 minutes outside Queenstown. The town itself is very quaint and worth the visit, but the food and ambiance at Saffron would make it a worthwhile visit regardless of location. Everything is fresh, the preparations imaginative and the waitstaff very knowledgeable. Best meal in New Zealand!

Thank Chip H
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We booked dinner for a group of 16. The service, food and wine were all excellent. There was nothing but glowing reports from all delegates and as we tried pretty much every dish that must be a good recommendation for the standard of food. The waiter (Andy) was attentive and accommodating of our need to manage the wine consumption for the group. Our visit was on a monday night and it was quite busy. Prices were reasonable for 5 star food and wine. We have no hesitation in recommending the establishment.

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Thank Ross F
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Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

We've enjoyed Saffron on several occasions and we not disappointed on our most recent visit.
Bluff oysters & whitebait were superb, as were the trio of curries & rabbit mains.
We returned a couple of days later for a light supper - Jamon platter & pork sliders. Delicious!
Great waiter - very attentive, even on a very busy night (Friday).
Don't miss a pre or post dinner cocktail at the adjacent Blue
Bar - owned by Saffron. Wonderful cosy setting with a superb range of wines & spirits. Great bar manager!

Thank pauleenf
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

One of our party had been before and this was a great recommendation. Food, wine and ambiance fantastic. Arrowtown looked so good in the dark we came back for breakfast. Hardest thing was narrowing down what to go for off the menu, Lamb and Three Curries got a huge thumbs up, Cassolet was not a hit at our table

Thank Bertie_Mac
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