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Zaaffran, Darling Harbour, AU-NSW

Zaaffran

3.9
3.9
79 reviews
$A40 and under
Indian
‘Zaaffran’ is Indian for saffron – an exotic spice known for its exquisite aroma, colour and flavour. For centuries saffron has been used by master chefs in their dishes exclusively for the royal families of ancient India.

At Zaaffran we capture the essence of traditional Indian cuisine and present it with contemporary flair. The result is a menu that is authentic as well as innovative.

We offer a blend of culturally rich cuisine from the Indian peninsula using the freshest Australian produce – prepared by our award-winning chefs with a touch of their own alchemy.

Let us take you on a journey of unmatched culinary excellence. Discover why Indians treat each meal as a celebration of life.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–2:15 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–9:15 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:45 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 9211 8900

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Area

    Darling Harbour

  • Cross Street

    10 Darling Drive, Sydney 2000

  • Parking Details

    Harbourside Car Park by Wilson Parking100 Murray St, Pyrmont 2009 NSW

  • Public Transit

    By Train: (a) Get off at Central Station and change over to the light rail (tram). Exit at the Convention Centre. or (b) Get off at Town Hall and walk to Darling Harbour. Follow the signs to the Convention Centre. You will see Harbourside Shopping Centre on the Promenade next to the Convention Centre.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Experiences

  • THALI (Veg & N-Veg) Min 2 People

    A$58.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Choice of 2 or 3 Courses Veg-=$51/58 PP N-Veg -=$58/65 PP Served on silver plate/ feels like Royal feast. -3 Starter and 5 Mains with Assorted breads, rice, papad &chutneys. -Dessert as Rasmalai with Gulb Jamun .
  • BANQUET (VEG & N-VEG) Min 2 people

    A$48.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Veg -=$48 PP N-Veg-=$56 PP - 2 Starter and 3 Mains served with assorted breads, rice, papad & chutneys. -Dessert as Ice-Cream or Kulfi

What 79 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Sydney

    Healthy

  • Sydney

    Outdoor Eating

  • Sydney

    Scenic View

  • Sydney

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • Sydney City

    Healthy

  • Sydney City

    Outdoor Eating

  • Sydney City

    Scenic View

  • Sydney City

    Special Occasions

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  1. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Food amazing, service terrible (missed or incorrect items in order). Lovely views over Darling Harbour, but had to compete with noise from night performers on Darling Harbour for half the evening.
  2. HN

    HimanshuN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service lacking, flavours lacking. I cannot digest the fact that it’s so highly regarded. Manjit is far far better
  3. MS

    MSingh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Hospitality & Service as ridiculous deteriorated under the new management. New younger staff talk rudely and without manners. We don’t reckon, we will return. Cheers,
  4. LN

    LNLAJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Zaaffran is so acclaimed but the food and service was just like any other restaurant. Prices were quite high. The view was great.
  5. A

    Anna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Will be back for sure. This was our 2nd time.
  6. MG

    MikeG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Booked a table to find the restaurant was closed ! Very disappointed! Will not go there again !
  7. SE

    SydneyE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Food could have had a bit more spices but the tandoori was ok . Overall for the price I’ve had a lot better. The serving girl was very friendly
  8. DD

    DeeD

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was beautiful. We had the soya chaap and paneer makhan with the mushroom truffle naan and it was just delicious.
  9. RD

    RiaDM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy food, great to be able to view vivid and relatively attentive service from staff.
  10. PB

    PaulB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Not sure if it has changed ownership but we got seat okay, didn't get menu's and I had to get my own menu's, asked for drinks 4 times, then left. After going there for some 20 years and having great food and service, never again.
  11. P

    Prudence

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Very busy so took forever for our orders to be taken. They brought us the wrong naan (normal instead of butter) and they never gave us the yoghurt with the biryani. Overall an ok restaurant but I wouldn't rush back especially in peak times. But food tasted pretty good. Cutlets as entrees were amazing but $20 for 2 cutlets seems excessive.
  12. BM

    BhuvanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Finest Indian restaurant in Sydney. Loved the food. Can't go wrong with Goan fish and Chicken Sully. Would definitely visit again. The view of Darling Harbour is breathtaking. Very clean, ample of space and very well furnished.
  13. MA

    MargotA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Authentic Indian flavours and efficient service. The waiter was very friendly.
  14. J

    Jacinta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The tandoori items are my favourite.
  15. MD

    MerrickD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great Indian cuisine - my only disappointment was a lack of Tandoori on the menu, but the food ordered was outstanding full of flavour.
  16. Y

    Yummy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food. It was a bit cool sitting outside but it's quiet and has a good view.
  17. VY

    VartikaY

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    It's overrated, food was not even that good. Ordered garlic naan received cheese naan
  18. A

    Ajay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food complimented by friendly service. Awesome experience.
  19. AM

    AmitM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great Indian restaurant at a fantastic location on Darling Harbour. Authentic Indian taste . Service can be slow at times.
  20. LK

    LalitK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Over priced but good food and excellent service and environment.
  21. s

    shyamj

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Way to overpriced for what the food tastes like. Will not be coming ever again.
  22. BB

    BhaveshB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The problem Is not the venue but the open table website where you confirmed the reservation on a day when the restaurant was closed as per schedule
  23. AL

    AyanL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    Even àfter booking the staff had no clue that we had booked. Finally at the point of payment, wanted to use the dine and discover voucher which they said was possible at start. The team refused the vouchers saying they had forgotten the password for the dine and discover portal, a frustrating experience as he had to pay the amount.
  24. HS

    HimanshuS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food, good suggestions on a few dishes
  25. T

    Timtams

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. We had a great night. The beetroot cutlet was a highlight
  26. AC

    AramisCool

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was delicious the service was quietly professional and attentive and the view from the balcony absolutely spectacular. The only issue, and it was NOT the fault of the restaurant was the noisy nightclub next door.
  27. CR

    ColinR

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and tasty food with unique dishes, and great service. Due to the weather it was a bit quiet but great
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    *** Sydney’s BEST Indian Fine-dine restaurant with delicious vegetarian options *** Stunning location. The harbour view is just WOW!!! We parked at 201 Sussex St (Wilson Parking) and I believe it’s the closest car-park to the harbour. Very easy access. Staff is very welcoming & friendly. Special thanks to Mr. Vijay, Mr. Prakash and to the super talented Chef! Food was super delicious. Menu had good number of vegetarian options for Starters and Mains, both. Everything we ordered was so flavourful and tasty. We highly recommend: * Masala Soya Chaap * Bird’s Nest (Tokri Chaat with Bhalle Paapdi) * Beetroot Cutlet * Subz Malai Kofta (the best we had since we left India) * Mirch & Baingan Ka Mel * Zaaffrani Kulcha * Birthday Platter Overall, it was a wonderful experience and we highly highly recommend this place. Thank you for your hospitality, Zaaffran. You made our special day extra special!
  29. L

    kalpeshL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    service was down due to very busy on Easter Sunday. daal tadka was not upto standard. we requested sauce for the starter which wasn't given to us. some main food plate was good, some were just alright.
  30. TM

    TerriM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always superb. Service and food top notch. Very happy to see the beef ribs back on the menu, and they didn’t disappoint.
  31. H

    Harish

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Order everything in mains together (including breads), as for us we ordered 1 bread for each member and thought we will order more once the mains arrive on table to get hot breads by the time we have 1 ordered. But the next lot of breads took longer than expected and by then we didn't wanted them anyway. Ambience and food is good. FYI, Mocktail with gulab is just roohafza in lemonade.
  32. NK

    NavneetK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Service and location are we great. The food was good
  33. W

    Williamsfam

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed our first visit. Service and friendly, helpful waiters fantastic. Tandoori prawns a stand out. Chefs special chicken tenderloins another. Will definitely be back!
  34. R

    Ritu

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service. The view from outside table was marvellous.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Indian food. A great night out
  36. V

    Vamsee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Service could have been better. We did order a new dish in between and it took 35minutes to serve
  37. ED

    EugeneD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going to Zaaffran for many years and have never been disappointed. Great service, great location, and great food. Highly recommend
  38. CS

    ColleenS

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been dining at Zaaffran for over 20 years, and from the first time we ate there until our last visit a few days ago - the meals have always been enjoyable, the wait staff very attentive, we tell all our friends to eat at Zaaffran if they are in the city it was sad to see so few people in the restaurant for a lunch service on a Saturday - due to COVID Darling Harbour was very quite.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  40. NP

    NeilP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, and good views! Highly recommended!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Zaaffran offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9211 8900.

Zaaffran is rated 3.9 stars by 79 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Zaaffran

Level 2 345 Harbourside Shopping Centre Darling Harbour, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    10 Darling Drive, Sydney 2000

  • Area

    Darling Harbour

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–2:15 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–9:15 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:45 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Harbourside Car Park by Wilson Parking100 Murray St, Pyrmont 2009 NSW

  • Public Transit

    By Train: (a) Get off at Central Station and change over to the light rail (tram). Exit at the Convention Centre. or (b) Get off at Town Hall and walk to Darling Harbour. Follow the signs to the Convention Centre. You will see Harbourside Shopping Centre on the Promenade next to the Convention Centre.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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