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About Saffrani

An exciting and popular addition to the Edinburgh dining scene, Saffrani is an unusual take on the traditional Indian restaurant. Situated close to the Festival Theatre and Old College, Saffrani finds itself with a varied crowd flooding through the doors – everybody from tourists to students, young families and couples eager to try out their unique menu which concentrates mainly on fish and seafood, giving each an Indian flavour. There’s an extensive range of choices with meat and vegetarian dishes also given plenty of room, with each item imaginative and experimental, unlike any other in the city. Every care has been taken to match the wide selection of wines to Saffrani’s food, guaranteeing a full dining experience bar none.

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Excellent meal last night at Saffrani in Edinburgh. Only diners there but had a good meal. Food tasty, nicely spiced and served by an attentive staff. Ambience is homely as the restaurant is fairly basic and very small. Meal enjoyed by all and would recommend this restaurant.

Saffrani Edinburgh. Lovely curry, service a little slow considering they were quiet but if you're not in a rush we would recommend it. Very reasonably priced.

I think its changed hands recently, there was a new menu and different staff. I used to love this restaurant because the staff were so friendly. They still are but its not quite the same as it used to be. Food is still good though.

Superb food, the restaurant isn't glamorous or that tempting when it comes to interior but the food is superb. Flavorsome, tasty and good value. Well worth a visit.

Excellent curry enjoyed by everyone. Would recommend a visit.

Our first visit to Saffrani for some time but it was good to see that standards remain high. Welcoming, attentive staff. A good selection of dishes - mostly old favourites but beautifully cooked and presented. One of the best wine lists I've ever encountered in an Indian restaurant. And reasonable prices. What more could you ask for? Highly recommended.

Pleasant staff though overall felt it was no better than average and feel there's better out there.

Having been a few weeks previously and had a great experience we returned with friends. We were disappointed that the second visit wasn't as good, and a little embarrassed after telling our friends how great it was. One starter was still frozen and had to be sent back (although deducted from bill without prompting), and a main course arrived several minutes after the other five. The food was generally good, so would likely return in future.

Nice place, decor a little outdated but all very clean. Good food and service fine. Quiet on a sat night

Our visit to Saffrani turned out to be a great chance find. Tucked down a side street near South Bridge area we were immediately welcomed as soon as we stepped inside. Throughout our visit staff were very helpful and attentive. Menu has a good selection of dishes without being excessive, along with a good number of vegetarian dishes. Food was excellent, sauces were thick and not excessively oily, with a nice spiciness without being too hot. Good value and will be back soon.

A group of 17 of us went for a family meal Saffrani Indian restaurant in Edinburgh. The food was delicious and they catered for a large group very well, very attentive and very friendly. A little cramped for so many of us but the food, friendly staff and atmosphere made up for it.

Saffrani Edinburgh was spot on for what we wanted. Fantastic food, surroundings fine, not too plush, really lovely unassuming service. Dinner for ended up 42quid - totally reasonable. Free parking on South College St 3 mins walk from Royal Mail was nice too!!

We enjoyed our late meal at Saffrani Edinburgh last night. The service was good and the food pleasant.

Our meal at Saffrani was enjoyed by all four of us, living up to the more positive reviews we read about it beforehand. Although it was a quick meal before the Tattoo, the staff were friendly, helpful and attentive, ensuring that our meal was completed in comfortable time for us to be able to get to the show. Likely that we'll repeat the experience on another visit to Edinburgh.

We enjoyed our meal at Saffrani in Edinburgh. The venue was very busy due to the festival being on, but we did not feel either rushed or neglected. The food was good but not amazing. However, it was very good value for money.

Small menu with a lot of fish. Really friendly service and the food is probably the best in Edinburgh.


Excellent meal, good prices, ideal for a pre-theatre meal.

Another excellent meal at Saffrani. Good service and high quality food. Highly recommended

We had a very pleasant meal at Saffrani. The only problem being that I tried to pay with a credit card and the machine was not working. Therefore we paid cash but on arrival home there was a message on our ansaphone saying we were owed money so presume the credit card transaction eventually went through. A bit of a hassle!

Fish dishes very much appreciated by my Bangladeshi friends, though food and atmosphere ( on a Monday evening ) was less good than usual weekens experience