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vipNCFoodie
Greensboro
26 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food and service were very good, however, we ordered three dishes, one lamb, one shrimp and one chicken. While the lamb and shrimp were plentiful in their respective dishes, there was about a teaspoon of chicken total in the chicken dish. I don't know if they underestimated the amount of chicken that would be ordered and ran out or if it was oversight but was completely unacceptable given that their prices are about 30% higher than a typical Indian restaurant. I would go back but would inquire as to the chicken situation before ordering a chicken dish.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ah, we never got to eat there. Arrived - no host or server. We waited 5 minutes and no one came out to seat us! So we left and went elsewhere for dinner - disappointing

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vipWeLoveFood
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a good meal, at a very good price with excellent service

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PotomacMom
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We decided to try a new Indian restaurant for a family dinner, and friend recommended Saffrin based upon an experience with delivered food. The decor is plain, but that didn't bother us. The restaurant is on the second floor and is accessed by an exterior metal staircase -- not an issue for us but those with mobility challenges would be good to call first. Saffron offers new and different menu options, which we enjoyed, and portions were larger than at some competitors. Both the food and service at Saffron were good, but some menu selections were better than others. All-in-all our experience was quite adequate.

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Orgelmeister
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I always love eating here. The food is authentic Indian, the service is attentive without being obtrusive. Very friendly, casual. No need to rush, but don't get bored waiting. They have our favourite wine, and the staff remembers their regular customers and what they like. The lunch buffet is not large, but the variety is great and there are always very fine vegetarian selections. I've recommended this to a number of people, all of whom have returned on their own.

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Orgelmeister
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I totally love this place. I've been here alone and am treated royally; I've been here with various and sundry friends on a number of occasions for both lunch and dinner, and we have been treated as if we were special every time. The last time was Sunday and I was with friends who had not that familiar with true Indian food, and they loved it, too, and are planning to return with some other of their friends. This is a fine place. The only handicap would be the stairs which one much climb in order to get to the restaurant -- not a problem for us, but it may be for someone in a wheel chair.

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iguana265
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Indian food. Not very busy - no need for reservations. Reasonably priced. Food came out very quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We have dinner here once a month and plan to do same for the foreseeable future. The dishes we order -- both appetizer and main courses -- are superior to comparable dishes at other local Indian restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2016
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Received chicken from the restaurant that was closer to chicken neck or chicken feet than chicken. Will never go back.

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hanksterr7
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Horrible service. Waitress would not make eye contact. Took other tables orders before taking ours and food arrived late. . Items that were ordered did not arrive. Took forever to pay the bill. Left no tip.

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GaurangP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2016
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The food was horrible and almost tasteless. I have never ate such a bad food quality in my life. Would not recommend ...

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vipRandy
Washington DC
162 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised as we had never been to Saffron before. For a strip mall restaurant, like many discoveries, it was very good. the service was friendly and timely. Food was well prepared, with a few surprises...an added side dish as a free "gift," which went very well with the meals. Based on what we saw, and we're no experts, but it felt like there was a good variety of northern and southern Indian dishes offered. we'll be back!

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mprystauk
Greensboro
21 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a delicious dinner. A group of us were celebrating my wife's birthday and we shared many items. All of them were great, but the Chili Chicken and assorted Tandoori Meats, (a large appetizer), were exceptional.

We enjoy both dine-in and take-out from Saffron and highly recommend them as the best Indian restaurant in the area.

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vipTerirose
Orlando
353 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic indian food in an inviting, comfortable setting. The wait staff is EXCELLENT.

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MichaelK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Saffron is a restaurant that offers very good value for the quality food served. While the food is fresh and well prepared, I do not think the restaurant would satisfy Indian foodies; that is, it is not in the class with Rasika in DC. Service was friendly and efficient without being annoying. I have eaten there on a numerous occasions for lunch and had the buffets, which are a real value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is excellent, the decor, very simple and plain, nothing special,
service was a bit slow, but friendly and nice people We will definitely be back.

A great value for your money, the portions are large.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the best Indian restaurant. Server Lawrence is more than best. I just can't compare this resturant with any others. I really really liked it.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I ate at saffron on New Years Eve. We went on the early side because of our two small children. The staff was extremely friendly to my children. That made me feel comfortable eating here. The service was great and the food was great as well. I would recommend Saffron to everyone. It has an awesome buffet for lunch that I will definately be coming back for.

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vipRichardB
Washington DC
657 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I chose from the menu rather than the buffet. My picks were Bhel Puri and Vegetable Jalfrezi. The former lacked the flavors of the variety of chutneys that I like so much in this Indian street food and the latter lacked the complexity of flavors I have come to expect at the three Indian restaurants I visit most often. None of these offers a buffet. It has been my experience that restaurants that do not have a buffet have to put more effort into the preparation of the dishes. The best of them take the time to learn a customer's preferences before sending an order to the kitchen. The ambiance is bland and the service was overly intrusive. I ordered green tea and was told that the restaurant did not offer it, but did have a few kinds of Lipton teabags. I chose black coffee instead, but did not finish the cup as it was either instant or badly brewed. The only positive note was the limited, but well chosen list of wines It included good values such as Allan Scott sauvignon blanc, 24 Hands cabernet, and Alamos Malbec

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vipkbetanco
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Indian food -- most likely the best in Rockville! Great lunch buffet with many vegetarian selections. We've gone several times and the food is always top-notch.

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Petalumafan
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We ordered off the menu, and one of us got the buffet. The buffet was probably below average ~ not a lot of choice, some things a little dried out. The menu item was much better. The worst part was the server...who was trying to be attentive, but was at the table WAY too often, cleaned up too soon (waited for my friend to finish her meal to take her plate...he STOOD there while she ate), and his interactions were awkward.

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vipOzuo
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I went in with low expectations so I was not disappointed. It was an ok meal.
The Vindaloo was very good but the Josh? Lamb appeared to have been warmed over from a previously cooked meal...
The whole experience was underwhelming.

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vipJean
New England
36 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the Dosa and baingan bharta. they also had a nice selection of wine.

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Orgelmeister
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent and the owners & wait staff are friendly and able to provide service without seeming to "hover". Everything I've had here I would order again; everything is well prepared and very fresh and authentic. It you enjoy Indian, this is the place to eat.

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vipMalka
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I eat in Indian restaurants often, and sometimes cook Indian food myself, and found this restaurant exceptional. The menu features a wide range of Indian dishes, many highly unusual. The service was great, attentive without being intrusive. We asked many questions about the more novel and exotic dishes and their ingredients and experimented with several. What a pleasure to discover such a terrific place. They made us feel at home.

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Orgelmeister
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is superb! The wait staff is calm and able to pace the food service without one feeling rushed, but at the same time they are attentive without being intrusive. The entire atmosphere is one of calmness and quiet, where one can have quiet conversations with friends and linger with a glass of wine after dinner. One of my favorite restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This may be the best Indian food in the Rockville vicinity. It is quite good with several items I have not seen in other restaurants. Also, they now have beer and wine. More people should discover this place.

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vipRachel
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2015
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We had good food and good service but we were the only patrons and it wAs Friday night. The restaurant has the food part right. Now they need marketing.

Also they said they get a liquor license in April. I hope this is true because they will hurt without it.

FAQs

Saffron Indian Cuisine does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Saffron Indian Cuisine also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 340-1666.

Saffron Indian Cuisine is rated 3.8 stars by 28 OpenTable diners.