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5.1 /6 Excellent 22 Reviews


City Centre Mediterranean £££ +100
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About Safran

Safran is a family owned and operated Persian restaurant on Leeds’ Kirkgate, unceremoniously plonked next to a Megabus stop – but don’t let that deter you. For the intrepid diner, here is a treasure trove of excellent Persian specialties to discover in a warm and welcoming environment. From its unimposing exterior, you’d be forgiven for thinking Safran is a run-of-the-mill takeaway, but don’t allow appearances to deceive – there’s something special here.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:30 - 22:00
Safran, 81 Kirkgate, LS2 7DJ Leeds

Further Information

Once inside, diners can be in no doubt that they’re in a Persian restaurant, with Persian landscapes and paintings adorning the walls, and traditional long tables for group meals as well space for intimate couple or family meals. Guests at Safran are invited to choose from a plethora of dishes, some likely to be unfamiliar to all but the most experienced Iranian food fan. So dive into a falafel plate big enough to share or opt for something a little more exotic and tuck into Iranian stew, known as bamiyeh, a sumptuous mix of lamb, okra and saffron-infused rice.

For diners with a hankering for something meaty, Safran offers an excellent Persian mix with a range of kebabs and skewered meats, great for sharing. The Leeds’ Kirkgate eatery makes all their marinades in house so expect kebabs to come with a serious kick. Safran is open daily for lunch right through into the evening for dinner service. The team at Safran have been delighting locals at this corner of the River Aire with an excellent takeaway option too, but the food at Safran, a fully-licensed restaurant, is best enjoyed from inside its cavernous dining room.


22 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 22 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: great value
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1 review so far 6
27.06.2017 12:28

Lovely place, don't be put off the kebab place look, amazing food. BYOB always a plus. Would recommend the special starter. Will definitely be returning. Thank you.

2 reviews so far 6
10.06.2017 13:09

Amazing food. I had the sultani which was amazing. They serve very large portions. One of the best Persian cuisine's around. Good value for your money.

1 review so far 6
29.04.2017 11:28

Great fresh food. Really good service. Very authentic Would give It 10 out of 10. Do not be put off by appearances. X x x

1 review so far 6
29.04.2017 05:53

Big portions, friendly staff. The chicken and lamb were seasoned and marinated to perfection. Melted in the mouth!! Reasonably priced too. We will visit again.

1 review so far 6
21.02.2016 22:50

Safran is one of my favourite restaurants in Leeds, the staff are wonderful, attentive but not in your face. We try to get there at least once a year & I tend to go with friends who I don't see on a regular basis therefore when we get together we talk non stop, we have never felt rushed to leave the table. Once again our recent experience was as good as ever. We also like that you can to, they do charge a corkage but that's understandable. Well done Safran, we will be back

2 reviews so far 5
11.04.2017 08:57

Had a mixed lamb and chicken kabab which was nice , came with rice and salad. The only thing was it stated in menu it came with yougart. We asked about this thinking it should have come with a yougart sauce. We were told it means the chicken is cooked in yougart! But she said do we want some anyway , and so was brought a dish of herby yougart which it needed! Would have been too dry without a dip for the meat! Nice size portions. It was £14 for kabab meal with a soft drink , so not cheap really for plain environment but nice food.

1 review so far 5
21.06.2017 13:39

Smart looking restaurant to say it's located in a neglected part of town, Kirkgate Nice food & plenty of it My friends had variety of kebabs & I had a stew type dish all served with piles of saffron rice Service wasnt too bad Waiter was a young lad,just learning the ropes it seemed which is OK,everyone needs to start from somewhere The order was correct when it came so no probs there Will go back again

1 review so far 4
26.04.2016 14:59

The place was pretty empty for a Friday night. Overall, my spouse and I really liked our food. I would go back soon. My spouse was not as big of a fan and would be more willing to try other places before a second trip to Safran.

1 review so far 6
10.05.2016 15:42

We went for my Birthday a large party of 13. The service was excellent and the food was even better. I'd go every week if I could. Please don't be put off because it looks like a cafe there are more table in the back room that are more like going into a restaurant. Value for money second to non.

1 review so far 5
24.03.2017 00:59

The food is very good ... dessert persian ice cream is fabulouse ... just as a suggestion for the owner please if you add the photo of foods to the menu then the non-persian customer will be more comfortable to order and see what food they will get on their dish.

2 reviews so far 4
26.02.2017 23:34

A little off the beaten track, but the smell of meat over charcoal when you walked through the door put that to the back of your mind. The decor was lacking, but the food was not. It's not a fancy place for a fancy meal, but it a good place for some good, tasty food at a very good price!!

1 review so far 5
08.07.2017 13:50

Really delicious food! My husband had the mixed grill - the meat was cooked perfectly, so tender. I had the lamb stew which was on the watery side but still very tasty. Service was friendly which is a bonus!

1 review so far 5
12.06.2016 11:12

Lovely clean Restaurant, with a quite extensive Persian style menu. The food was excellent and service was fast and efficient. Everything was freshly cooked and prepared very tasty and beautifully presented. Would certainly recommend for a short dining experience.

1 review so far 5
20.04.2017 07:57

very nice food a bit quiet when we ate but probably a bit early at 7pm nice and cheap will be back for sure bit of a dodgy area but no major issue

1 review so far 5
11.05.2016 20:00

Great food and good pricing. We were first people in the restaurant when we got there at 7:30, and food was served pretty quick even though it was all cooked fresh to order.

1 review so far 6
30.01.2017 10:09


1 review so far 6
01.09.2015 08:30

Fantastic place to eat, the food was delicious and the service second to none, nothing was too much trouble for them. Would not hesitate in recommending.

1 review so far 5
11.03.2016 12:52

Lovely traditional food and a nice atmosphere....all our party enjoyed this excellent experience. A larger wine selection would be appreciated though or an improvement in the house wine

1 review so far 3
27.04.2016 08:43

Food was absolutely superb. Service and ambience if restaurant were lacking slightly. Also, I have a nut allergy and despite me telling them about it, the service staff brought me ice cream laced with pistachio nuts, when i ordered 'vanilla', which i found wholly unacceptable.

1 review so far 4
11.05.2017 10:02

Great food but service could have been a little friendlier and more attentive. Good portion sizes and food all fresh with authentic taste, would definitely go back!

1 review so far 2
23.06.2016 13:53

The starters were good but I wasn't overly impressed with my main course. The service was friendly. Ok for a chilled meal but not the place for a special occasion (hadn't seen the venue before going).

1 review so far 6
19.03.2015 07:52

Always great food. Top service too. Been a fan for years!