Saffron

4.4
59 Reviews
£25 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Saffron Edinburgh
Meze Styled Restaurant
Sharing food , cocktails and great service!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 59 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Elise
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The overall food was very good, however it can all at once so you did not have to go have breaks in between courses which became very overwhelming as good food went to waste. Service was very poor however waiters were very friendly felt very chaotic as glasses were broken over customers and generally things were very crazy would suggest to go somewhere else and save your money.

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PenelopeS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Staff were nice but food did not come at once leaving one member of the party without a meal for around ten mins. Staff were lovely but unfortunately around us multiple things were dropped which despite the fact accidents happen it was a little distractibg

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HannahF
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, we got a table outside in the evening sun was perfect!

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MairiM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, beautiful place, delicious food, great cocktails and amazing service!

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RachelC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met my son and his girlfriend at the restaurant and they’re both vegetarians. They were very impressed with the menu as were we . I had the pulled lamb burger and my partner had the buttermilk chicken burger. Both were excellent.
The waitress recommended the pistachio milk cake which we ordered and it one of the most delicious desserts we’ve tasted in a long time.
We’ve already recommended it to friends and we’ll certainly be back soon .
The flower decoration is lovely too.

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely dinner at Saffron, the service was so friendly and the table by the window was perfect for us! We each had a different burger which were all nice.. the pistachio cocktail was delish!

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Bethannie
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked an outside table at the Saffron and had a brilliant time. We ordered flatbreads and some of the sides, all were incredible, great prices and service was so quick. The cocktails were amazing too. Even though we were the last table we were not rushed to leave and were told to take our time. All staff were so lovely and very friendly. Also beautiful decor! Would definitely recommend :)

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carolinec
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place… fabulous food and great service. Will definitely go back very soon .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous decor, attentive & informative staff to guide us through the menu, fresh & tasty, full of flavour plates to share, refreshing mocktails , great value & highly recommended. A jewel in Edinburgh’s culinary crown.

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GeorgeT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was really nice. Our server was lovely, however, it seemed like she was the only waitress which made her job look quite difficult. I think they could have benefited with another server. Our waitress was lovely though, very friendly and helpful. The food was great and we would go back.

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LocalReview
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Expected more flavour punches. However, great value for money. Looks pretty. Excellent staff. Waitress was wonderful. Wine selection was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, nice atmosphere will definitely go back

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Aisha
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each course was outstanding. The flatbread was a great light starter to share, and the lamb canon was delicious, topped off with pistachio milk cake to complete an amazing meal. Plus, the colourful mocktails are so different and enjoyable.

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Gill
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal and would thoroughly recommend. Waitress was so lovely and very attentive, food was brilliant. Can't fault anything. Thankyou

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Ross
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food with good service. Busy restaurant with limited space.

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Ejw1
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Good food did not make up for the awful service and bad overall experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brianna was amazing as a waitress and We had a fabulous evening with amazing food

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vipanon
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was just ok. The chicken and avocado flatbread was nice, as was the lamb croquettes, hispi cabbage and halloumi fries. But the lamb cannon was very underseasoned with lumpy mash and the chicken burger was dry and lacked flavour.

But the worse thing was the terrible service. All the food arrived at the same time despite being told it would be staggered - and the table was too small to fit everything on. Then after we'd finished eating, no one bothered to clear our table even though the restaurant was half empty. The dirty plates were still on the table when we left. The service was very inattentive - it took several attempts to get someone's attention to ask for something, and after getting the bill we then spent another 20 mins trying to get someone's attention to pay it.

A really negative experience - and the food wasn't good enough to save it.

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Sumotartan
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lamb burger was nice but messy. Would have preferred chunky chips etc and brunch menu didn’t have halloumi fries 😕

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TeganE
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous decorations, delicious food and friendly staff!

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TimB
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding - a real revelation. Every dish we tried was very tasty indeed, beautifully cooked. Some deliciously aromatic flavours. The wine was superb and great value, and the service was very friendly, responsive and attentive. Definitely returning!

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LouiseM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely meal and cocktails and lovely service!

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AlastairSF
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was excellent though it was not busy whilst we were there. The food was generally tasty though consistently small portions; probably not surprising as the word 'mezze' applies! My partner is from Lebanon and is very picky about food, especially deriving from his home region! I would go back though did feel that it was quite expensive for what we got. Take care about the cocktails: the one I chose was flavoursome but again small and not particularly strong given it cost £8.

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JaqW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with three friends to Saffron, it was myself who choose to go there but all my friends agreed it was a good call. The service was fantastic and the restaurant itself is clean, fresh and looks beautiful. The food was fantastic, we all had something different and we were all very pleased with what we ordered. The cauliflower buffalo wings were a big hit with the four of us. I unfortunately was the designated driver so I didn’t get to taste the many different cocktails but my friends said they were a big hit. I would definitely recommend you go and check Saffron out.

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katrinaj
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service both times food not quite hot enough for me but I will definitely be back.

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Nella
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully cooked food. Excellent staff. Will be going back.

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Niamh
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Class food and great service, good location to get to as well. Very happy with our experience

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Sumotartan
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were exemplary

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Magicallion
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

First time visiting Saffron. It was a great menu, some lovely items that were adequately priced, and inventive. The food itself was nice, although some of the items ordered could have been better - the blackened salmon and the cannon of lamb - the sides and flatbreads were incredibly delicious.
Unfortunately, we weren't great fans of the cocktail selection. We ordered 4 to start the meal, and all of them were very poor. The prosecco based cocktail was flat, the tequila-based cocktail was so strong it made you wince, and the rose and saffron cocktail was overpowering and sickly. If we returned, we would order from the wine selection instead.

All in all, for a new restaurant, there are definitely things to iron out, but the quality of the service, the general ambience, and the ambition of the menu would make me recommend it to friends.

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Tubbs
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was pretty good (though the saffron cocktail was the best moment of the evening) and staff were very nice, clearly working hard. There was a bit of a delay on our food but they kept us informed so all good.

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LeighE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed this restaurant. Staff were excellent and food just as good. Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks , lovely staff💖

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Amy1
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing, service was friendly and we were well looked after. Got free desserts because of a slight delay on our food coming out which was so nice and really made the evening! We did notice that their food lift was broken and they were having to run up and down the stairs so kudos to them all.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and absolutely stunning food!!

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Emily
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really chilled environment and lovely food. The girl that served us was really lovely and very accommodating too.

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MarysiaG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Limited wine list white not chilled. Cans of beer. Limited choice. interesting menu. Eclectic. humus lovely staff very good Flat bread got chewy very quickly Toppings were good although a bit sparse. Asked if i would recommend? 🤔

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David
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good atmosphere. Good service. Food was good except for the grilled octopus which was poor - overcooked and overpriced.

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MichaelD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Some decent dishes on the menu, in particular the monkfish and the lamb were fantastic, really great spicing in both.

Service a little hectic, and table sizes far too small for what is designed as meze/sharing.

Would benefit from less bright interior to set a more intimate mood, music choice not great for dining.

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Ally
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Saffron were extremely attentive and happy to help with anything despite how busy the restaurant was. The food was delicious, came promptly and the drinks were great. The only downside was how quickly the hour and a half went past, however, completely understandable for a Saturday night so may go on a quieter day in future.

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MelissaM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service was great. Definitely will be back

FAQs

Saffron is rated 4.4 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.