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Saffron Restaurant

) #9 of 26 Restaurants in Arrowtown $$$$ , Fusion,
18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
+64 3-442 0131
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good16%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“curries” (50 reviews)
“whitebait” (40 reviews)
“wild boar” (9 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Contemporary, Fusion, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A good quality meal with great service where the waitress new all about the menu and specials without referring to notes

Thank Joe B
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a pleasant find and conveniently next to the Blue door bar (which I think is under the same ownership) once again great service and lovely food ,very warm atmosphere I think we had Amisfield pinot noir of some kind which as always we enjoyed...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just 15 -20 minutes drive from Queenstown Saffron is a must - the food is prepared with passion and you can see it from the presentation and also taste it - all flavours are perfectly put together ! I had the Wild boar which was...More

Thank miranda t
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great restaurant that wa svery popular and they are obviously making a good profit as they were able to turn down numerous clients that wanted to eat there although they had empty tables were diners had already left from, I feel that the staff...More

Thank N192FIbenjaminm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After pre drinks at the very relaxed quaint little blue door bar... We walked a few steps over the way into Saffron!... The friendly staff were very welcoming and accommodated specific needs with accomplished ease – a bonus if you’re dining with a group (there’s...More

Thank Edmund C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were treated to an amazing meal at Saffron Restaurant last week and just loved it! The restaurant has a lovely ambience, and the service was faultless. The menu was interesting and varied, and I ordered the pork belly salad as a starter, which was...More

Thank Frangipanil65
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Nice room, lovely wine, very nice service and amazing meal I had. Good on you Saffron Restaurant team!

Thank John F
Reviewed 2 June 2017

Saffron used to be THE place to go which is why I decided it would be the ultimate treat for my mother-in-law's 90th birthday and to top off a week of celebrations. There was us (table of 5) and another table of 2 that was...More

5  Thank Kathryn O
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Enjoyed a birthday dinner here. When we arrived the restaurant itself was closed but there was a sign showing us to The Blue Door. The ambience was really nice here, stone walls & a big open fire place - very cosy. The menu was still...More

Thank Alicia N
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Managed to get in with out a booking. Probably recommend to book. Food fantastic with good service. Room was a bit cold, no fire on. Dessert menu was incredible, had the Laphroig cream brûlée, wow. Would definitely go back. Just wear a few more clothes.

1  Thank Victoria_Fish
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1 October 2016|
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Response from Jim K | Reviewed this property |
No" NZ Is pretty relaxed, especially in Arrowtown. Smart jeans & a decent top gets you most places.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
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
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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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