An American Bistro



To our Community of Friends and Supporters,

We announce with sadness the closing of Zaferon Grill on October 13. To all of you who became a part of Zaferon’s family over the last 20 months, it has been our privilege and pleasure to serve you. We thank you and will greatly miss you.

With our gratitude,

Soody Nelson and Staff


648 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044
973-433-7533 or 973-433-7382
Dinner Hours
Tue-Thur 5 pm-9:30 pm • Fri-Sat 5 pm–10:30 pm • Sun 5 pm-8:30 pm
Brunch Hours
Sun 11 am-3 pm
Reservations required for parties of 5 or more

Enjoy our Chef's seasonal signature dishes prepared
with locally sourced
fresh ingredients and
summer flavors.

Join us for a New York style Brunch with lemon ricotta pancakes, duck confit hash, frittatas and Balthazar
bread basket.

A perfect setting for bridal parties, confirmations, anniversaries and corporate events.

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A Unique Dinning Experience

Zaferon Grill is an American Bistro offering a unique experience inspired by Mediterranean and Persian traditions and flavors. The ambiance is contemporary, casual and inviting. The open-kitchen design allows guests to watch their food being prepared.

Our culinary creations are fresh and nutritious featuring organic, hormone and antibiotic-free meat and poultry, wild caught fish and organic produce finely blended with herbs and spices from around the world. All of this is complemented by taftoon, flat bread baked in-house daily. We are committed to sustainable practices, and use locally sourced products so long as available.

There will be something for everyone to enjoy at Zaferon Grill, including gluten free, vegan and vegetarian dishes. We look forward to welcoming you soon!


Gift Cards

Zaferon Grill’s gift cards are refillable without an expiration, and can be ordered in any denomination. Please call us at 973-433-7533 or complete the form below and we will call you for payment details. We look forward to welcoming you soon!


Executive Chef

Charles Mullen

Born and raised in the Garden State, started his formative culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America. Upon graduating, he returned to New Jersey to work at the Ryland Inn. There under revered chef, Craig Shelton, Charles embraced seasonal cooking, farm to table cuisine, and worked with world class ingredients for New Jersey’s most distinguished diners. Several stops in other eateries, including the opportunity to work on the opening team of Elements in Princeton, rounded out Charles’ early years in the kitchen. Building on what he had learned, Charles traveled to cities like London, Paris, Montreal, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, and Boston with the sole purpose of exploring the culinary scene. Though trained in French cooking techniques, in his passionate pursuit of quality and excellence, Charles remains enthusiastic about international cuisine and hospitality.



Dan Ghita

By the time he was 26, Dan had circumnavigated the globe three times, stopping in exotic places rich in culture and amazing cuisine. He had the honor of serving Queen Elizabeth onboard the MS Queen Elizabeth on its maiden voyage in 2010, for which he received a medal for his distinguished service from Her Majesty. For the next seven years, Dan managed several notable South Florida restaurants in Boca Raton, Cape Cod and Milburn before joining the management team at Zaferon Grill. Dan’s elevated sense of hospitality and service excellence is invoked continuously.



Soody Nelson

“Growing up, I had a large family,” says Soody Nelson, the owner of Zaferon Grill. “We regularly had friends and relatives dine with us. Our table was always set for 10 or more people, and my mother cooked for twice that in anticipation of unexpected guests, who were always welcomed. She would offer a feast creatively and spontaneously. Every meal was prepared by my mother with fresh ingredients — farm-to-table style. Food was a sensory symphony meant to be enjoyed in its natural, pure state.” These are the same principles guiding the culinary concept at Zaferon Grill.

Just like the dining table from her childhood, Zaferon will be a place for guests to celebrate life’s goodness. “Food is at the center of every gathering and helps people share their care and love for one another.”

The name of the restaurant, Zaferon, is a subtle nod to her roots — it’s the Persian pronunciation of saffron, the trademark spice of Persian cuisine.




Modern Food with a Persian Twist at Zaferon Grill

Christine Sloan of FiOS 1 News visited Zaferon in April as a feature restaurant in their Restaurant Hunters series.

Immigrant is enjoying running restaurant, even if it’s not where she expected her career to take her

Interview with Meg Fry in ROI-NJ. Read more!

The 10 Hottest Restaurants in N.J.

Watch out, Montclair. The three-block stretch of Bloomfield Avenue that has welcomed Ariane Kitchen + Bar and Aroy-D: the Thai Elephant in recent years has a brand-new neighbor, the Mediterranean and Persian-inspired Zaferon Grill, where the owners have created a Zen-like space out of an old Domino’s. Read more!

A Persian Gem Shines in Verona

Zaferon (saffron in Persian) has become a favorite of the Safersteins. Along with the attentive waitstaff, friendliness of the eagle-eyed owner, Soody Nelson, and beautifully executed Mediterranean- and Persian-inspired cuisine of executive chef, Luis Ramirez Villarroel, we think that this restaurant is a gem. Read more!

New Business: Zaferon Grill

For those Verona residents who have been awaiting the arrival of a new kind of restaurant in town, your patience has been rewarded with Zaferon Grill. Read more!



Online ordering coming soon. In the meantime, give us a call at 973-433-7533 for delivery.


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