This is my second time dining at Sassafraz for Summerlicious and I fall in love even more after every visit. From the service to the delicious Summerlicious menu, I will be coming back. Third visit will be for their regular menu. Restaurant is just gorgeous and being located in Yorkville is a plus for an after-meal stroll.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful birthday celebration!
My husband and I took my two daughters and their boyfriends for lunch during Summerlicious to celebrate my daughter's 24th birthday. Our server was very friendly and attentive and was a pleasure to get to know. The food was great as was the selection of bubbly. This was our second Summerlicious experience at Sassafraz and will definitely be back!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Sassafraz and ordered the 'Eggs Benedict' for our son and requested that the poached eggs be scrambled ones. The chef did an outstanding piece of work even though it is just scrambed eggs. It was a true work of art. Presentation of food was spectacular coupled with outstanding tastes. Our sincerest thanks to the chef for accommodating our request.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oh my word this restaurant is definitely up there with the best Toronto has to offer on any dining experience
The chef who I've been told is Geoff Webb and boy does he know how to marry ingredients together to make sumptuous dishes that make your taste buds dance.The ambience and design of this restaurant is breath taking with the water feature and glass roof.I cannot remember my waiters name but it was an absolute pleasure for myself and 3 guests to hear the history of Sassafraz,We will definitely be returning and have not stopped telling our friends about it and recommending you.
Thank you Sassafraz for an amazing evening
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pretty much perfect!
My boyfriend and I went for Summerlicious and were not disappointed.
I ate the watercress salad, chicken, and chocolate cake, and he had the gazpacho, trout, and mango ice cream. Every course of mine was delightful, though perhaps not quite challenging enough for a foodie. While my bf thought his gazpacho was a little plain and he wouldn't have minded having my chicken, he had no problems cleaning up the ice cream.
I marked this as a "special occasion" choice because, unless you're well off and this is something you can afford every day, it's an event--a romantic one at that. The setting is peaceful even when the restaurant is near capacity; the atmosphere is conducive to staring into your loved one's eyes, uninterrupted.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent late evening Dining
Needed a great restaurant close to the Panasonic theatre, for a late evening meal after the show. We were entertaining an important client and Sassafras sure made the occasion memorable.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love open window seats
I love the air conditioned interior tables by the open patio windows which made me feel like I was sitting on the patio without all the humidity and heat. Of course for those who love the heat, there are actual patio tables. The food was delicious and the service was attentive.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
Love Sassafraz! Ate their 2 nights in a row on a recent Toronto weekend. Excellent food and the staff could not have been more terrific. Will definitely return on my next trip!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
OMG. Excellent food and service.
OMG. Excellent food and service. We can't wait to go back!!!!
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and beautiful atmosphere
We went to Sassafraz to celebrate my mom's 65th birthday. It is now her new favorite Toronto restaurant. We ate outside along the sidewalk under an awning which was really nice. We lucked out with an amazing waitress who actually took us for a tour of the inside which was beautiful!! The 'living wall' was amazing! The four of us all had different selections from the menu and all of the food was exceptional (including the bread pudding!!). Can't wait to go back and try the indoor atmosphere next time!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely worth it
Took my wife here before she left the country for a few months, and the staff went out of their way to make our night special. Very attentive service, and very friendly staff. We were given a romantic seat with a good view of the dining room, including the restaurant's beautiful "living wall" of plants. She ordered the lobster salad and duck; both were perfectly cooked and delicious. I ordered the scallops and venison. Scallops were enourmous, cooked just right and with a wonderful smokiness to their sauce; venison was very high quality, not too gamey and well complimented by the elderberry sauce.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful quiet dinner
The food was fantastic with wonderful flavours. Scallop was well cooked and the flavours well balanced. My partner loved his black cod and my duck was great, especially with the side dishes. The profiterols were amazing! The extra little appetizers and chocolate desserts was amazing and much appreciated.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a nice place
Sassafraz is really a very nice place. The decor is very sophisticated. The service was terrific. Each food item was prepared very thoughtfully - scallops, duck, tuna. All of it was very fresh and tasty. We had three kids with us (ages 11, 11, and 13) and the server let them order off of the lunch menu. They had burgers, which were very good. I also understand that the protein smoothie is not to be missed.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place if you have money
My girlfriend and I had a romantic dinner date here. I had requested a more private area and that was accommodated. Our server was friendly and did a fine job bringing us menus, taking orders and bringing them in a timely manner. The one mistake she made was to bring the wrong bottle of wine. I didn't catch the mistake when the bottle was brought out and presented to me. It was a more expensive bottle than my original choice but we didn't bring it up because we already had a sip of it and it was very delicious. Our main courses were the venison and 7oz tenderloin with kale. Both dishes were very tasty but the portions were small. I still had a great time and if I have money to spend this is the place to be.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love the relaxed elegance
I love the relaxed elegance of this restaurant, especially the lounge couch seating with view of the street life. One of my favorite spots, summer or winter, when visiting Toronto. Staff is attentive, professional and friendly. The food is nicely presented and does not disappoint.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service and atmosphere was excellent, very relaxing. Food was so good.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite Yorkville restaurants. High quality food, great and friendly service.
8/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Will you marry me?
Dear Chef, James, and everyone in between. On Saturday night, my boyfriend and I dined at Sassafraz for an evening of exquisite food and romance. Our hostess seated us to the most beautiful space in the restaurant as far as I could tell: that little precious nook in the corner. It offered the privacy and intimacy that allowed James to participate in the festivities - my boyfriend proposed. The chef presented the ring to me on a dessert platter in the most memorable way. One thousand thank you's for your thoughtfulness and participation.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for brunch
Went for an extended family brunch, first time try and very happy that we chose this place, great food. We were in the restaurant side which was a little quieter than than the bistro side. Great place give it a try
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Passed the test
I have a rule of thumb for great restaurants. I think it is easier to produce fine starters and sweets but only the very best restaurants deliver a main course which is the best of the occasion. The hormone free duck breast at Sassafraz was superb and even better than the delicious starter and sweet I enjoyed. The service was very friendly and helpful too.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was perfect. The foods are more than perfect.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for business lunch.
Great place for business lunch. Staff very attentive
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dining experience
We had a late reservation after TIFF movie and arrived earlier than expected. The hostess was friendly and accommodating, giving us a choice of seats.
My husband enjoyed his black cod and I my pasta dish. Our server, James, was The Best! He was so cheerful and helpful. When they ran out of the Sauternes I ordered after dinner, they gave me a smaller quantity on the house, as well as some lovely chocolates.
All in all, it was a fantastic dining experience!
9/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our evening spent at Sassafraz was very enjoyable, as the ambience was great, and the excellent service provided . The choice of our menu, cornish hen, was very tasty, and the accompanying vegetables and quinoa were quite palatable. I would most definitely recommend your fine dining restaurant to our friends and colleagues. Considering that it is our third visit, is a testimony to the overall patronizing feeling that we have for Sassafraz. We hope that the excellent service we had, the delicious food that is always served will continue to be enjoyed by its patrons.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sassafraz is a beautiful spot in a nice neighborhood. The decor is simple, bright and tasteful. The service is excellent, just the right amount of attentiveness and privacy. The food was superb. I had oysters, duck and creme brulee. My only criticism is that there was a small menu with few options for things like salads or charcuterie.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
food and service are excellent. It is a little slow, though.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre theatre dinner
Great food and service...great option as a pre-theatre dinner venue.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, nice neighbourhood, great ambience. A regular treat for me.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Sunday afternoon lunch
Enjoyed sitting on the patio although it was a little cramped. Our server, Mario, was excellent. The complimentary fruit while we were waiting was a welcome and refreshing touch. Enjoyed my kale/strawberry salad and my husband was pleased with his salmon. The sancerre at $19.00/glass was a bit steep but worth the splurge on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We enjoyed a special lunch here in Yorkville. This pretty restaurant pleases with essentially three eating areas. A quieter elegant dining room, a more casual indoor eating/bar area and an outdoor street scene. Service was very good and our food choices were excellent. Cost is moderate for the Toronto dining experience.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about Sassafraz is excellent! You won't be disappointed. I never am.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous food with piano chaser
A reasonable bottle of excellent wine, delicious trout and fabulous desserts all topped off with coffee and after dinner drinks at the bar while a wonderful piano player made the evening special. A slice of heaven.
10/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was amazing! I very much enjoyed my evening there. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. Fantastic!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went to Sassafraz for the first time with a friend for dinner and was very impressed. I loved the ambience! Service was courteous and quick. The food was DELICIOUS and cooked to perfection. The only thing I was hoping for was to top it off with an amazing dessert and found that the dessert list fell short so we didn't order any.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic second time too.
We were again impressed by the lovely ambiance, the efficient service and the delicious food offerings. A great place to celebrate special family occasions. Staff is friendly, welcoming and very helpful.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
My partner and I had an exceptional dining experience at Sasafraz. This was the first time for both of us and we were very happy with the experience and will definitely return.
The service was great, the food was delicious and the ambiance was very nice
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food, presentation, wine, service was all terrific. However, when our guests went to pay they were told Sassafraz does not accept debit. Unfortunately, he did not have a credit card with him & as a result had to leave the restaurant to go to an ATM. Nowhere on their website or when you book with open table does it mention that debit is not accepted. Nor did the wait staff ever mention it until the bill was presented. I'm sure it left a bad after taste with our friend. The Maître' D did offer us a glass of wine or liqueur for the inconvenience.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for celebrations
While a bit pricey for lunch, the food was very good and our server was outstanding. This is a great place for celebrations and I did notice there were several tables celebrating birthdays!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining with class
We really enjoyed our experience at Sassafras. It was our first time with you and will not be the last. Stay outstanding!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first visit to
This was my first visit to Sassafraz. It was outstanding. Even with the hype it exceeded my expectations.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful unexpected find
I was so happy to find this place. From outside it looks appealing enough, but the inside is unexpectedly nice and pleasant. The food was fantastic, and the service was very nice as well.
The prices are on the higher end of 'reasonable' but the quality of the food makes up for it.
Very nice place to consider especially for lunch with the beautiful skylight and indoor 'patio' they have in the back.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect start to a perfect ending!
My husband and I started our day with brunch at sassafras. It was beyond fabulous...the service, the setting and the food did not disappoint. It was a perfect way to end our visit to toronto as we hit the road after our wonderful meal. This is a must as a do over the next time we are in toronto. Would be fun to try for dinner....the bar is inviting and they have live music too!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Sassafraz is amazing.
Everything about Sassafraz is amazing. Go there, order the tenderloin - it's the best I've ever had and well worth it.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
was a perfect spot to connect
was a perfect spot to connect for a quiet lunch with friends. great food and service, has been consistent for many years and we will continue to return.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
celebrating a friend's engagement
Absolutely fantastic service and beautifully-presented dishes
the lighting and ambience are great- well-known Yorkville landmark and always interesting crowd
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
high end, doesn't disappoint
This is where I would always take guests to the city if the dinner is being funded by a sponsoring institution. On our most recent visit, the bill was more than $100 per person (with tax and tip), including only moderate consumption of alcohol. The food is inventive and good, and the service is really high end, what one would expect from a place like this. The room is comfortable, the tables not too close together, the staff friendly, and conversation is not at all hampered by the ambience.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
my food was good. however,
my food was good. however, the pasta was apparently quite mediocre... although I didn't personally try it
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Top class food and service.
The food and service was without doubt one of the best I have ever experienced. Memorable evening that has left a lasting impression.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Food and Service
was fantastic! Our servers were very attentive and friendly. The food was seasoned to perfection.
Each and every dish that got served to us were innovative and looked beautiful on the plate.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in toronto looking for a good dining experience. Sassafraz is worth all the hype.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
WOW WOW WOW
I had the pleasure of eating in this establishment for the first time. the food was outstanding the service was impeccable and the restaurant was magical.I would like to put a special note out to the lovely lady manager I think her name was Birgett who was a pleasure to talk to, she was so warm and welcoming. I think that everyone should to come to this restaurant for the complete experience, it is worth every penny. Thanks to your team my night was memorable and one that I will tell all my friends about.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM