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Saffron Cafe & Bakery

333 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-1547
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good27%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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American, Cafe, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
333 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-1547
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Saffron is a popular bakery and cafe in downtown Charleston on East Bay Street and near the Gaillard Center on Calhoun Street. Bring change with you since there are parking meters outside the restaurant. Some of our group had dined at Saffron for Happy Hour...More

Thank jazzydays
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came for the dessert, but decided to eat a meal first. The hummus and pita was great - probably the best I have had in the US. I had a chicken salad croissant that was quite yummy as well. We ordered dessert to go...More

Thank dpstlto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I just happened to discover this restaurant while walking around the downtown area of Charleston. We were so thankful we did. My husband said his tuna sandwich was the best one he has ever had. Our server even let us try a...More

Thank Karla L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the perfect place to find a dessert. I wanted something decadent and everything in the case meets this criteria. There are 3 cases that are filled with every type of pastry, cake and pie. You can get a slice of cake or pie....More

Thank Terrie J
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Dropped in prior to going to a musical at the Gaillard and was a little disappointed with the food. Known for good breakfast dishes, pasteris, salads, soup and Mediterranean foods, this was the first time we experienced food(she crab soup) served at the wrong temperature....More

Thank James P
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Saffron is a regular visit for us in Charleston. We were going to a show at the Gaillard, and had eaten a big lunch so we stopped in for soup and salad. It is best to make a reservation if there is a performance ,...More

Thank Laura P
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We came because we were looking for a brunch buffet. Waiter disappeared. Food on buffet was all dried up.

Thank Jill H
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Stopped in & found lots of goodies-- no one could pick just one so we came out with several different treats to share!! All were delicious!!

Thank Kelly S
Reviewed 14 April 2017

I don't know what's better, the food at Saffron or the service! I love the Fried Chicken Breakfast Sandwich on a croissant. And the chocolate croissants are delightful; I never leave without having one, warmed with a cafe au lait. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, dinner,...More

1  Thank LaVondilyn
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The food at Saffron is mediocre, not worth the stop. But if you have a sugar craving that won't stop, the bakery is excellent and the place to go to fix it.

Thank FWhiteIII
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Are you open on Sunday and what hours... thanks.
19 November 2016|
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Carol B
Do you have Shrimp and Grits? Do you take Reservations?
30 May 2016|
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I don't think they have Shrimp and Grits and trust me, you won't need reservations!
Sue D
Do you serve Afternoon Tea?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 333 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-1547
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: 843-722-5588
  • E-mail
Telephone 843-722-5588. Place is great & big. It also includes a Mediterranean market