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Sassafraz
Sassafraz

Sassafraz Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sassafraz.ca
  • Phone: (416) 964-2222
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Geoff Webb
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Live pianist Friday and Saturday evenings.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please note 18% gratuity is added to the check for parties of eight or larger. Only one bill will be presented.

    For all online reservations of 15 or more please contact Dennette Schott at dschott@sassafraz.ca to setup your required set menu.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bloor and Bay Streets
  • Public Transit: Bay Subway Station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 10 Bellair Street, Bay and Cumberland,
    Avenue and Cumberland.
A word from Sassafraz
Set in an array of Victorian rowhouses, Sassafraz has evolved through the decades to become a magical space in the heart of historic Yorkville. Located at the corner of Bellair and Cumberland, the little yellow house has "seen it all" from the early hippie movement of the 60"s to the lack of movement that comes from too much Bordeaux. Sassafraz offers an exceptional menu serving market-driven, French-inspired Canadian cuisine.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
Diner Reviews
  • "went there for summerlicious. Great lamb and duck breast. gonna visit again for sure!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This wasthe most disappointing meal of my entire life. The waiter was seen 3 times, when each course was served. Never were we asked how the food was, etc. I would never spend this much money again for such dismal service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We went there for Summerlicious. Everything was delicious and the services was great!. My only (semi-) complaint was that the food portions were a little small."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Went for summerlicious menu but the food was really not so impressed, especially the desserts, compared to many other restaurants with the same priced menu that I've been to. But the restaurant has very nice decor and service was excellent. I how that their normal menu would be better."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Service at the restaurant was great. Our server was attentive and the food was amazing! We sat at the outside patio and could not ask for more"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "So appreciative of the wait staff who were incredibly attentive and accommodating for our group of 5 moms and 5 babies. Great experience, great food, great ambience!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Tried the summerlicious dinner menu. Both Lamb steak and duck breast are excellent. Surprisingly the dessert is very good and not too sweet."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Sassafraz starts the night off right with a warm welcome and prompt customer service. The choice of food and drink are excellent. Quality of food is outstanding. Perfect place for a night out with friends or for celebrating a special occasion. Considering Sassafraz is in a prime location, it is easy to locate and parking is closely available."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Beautiful ambience, but they need to control those fruit flies!!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "There was a lipstick mark left on the wine glass, Penne was salty and not tasty, my friend's dessert came too late(everyone else finished their desserts when she got hers), Servers didn't care about us enough. No water flush at the restroom. I don't think I will ever visit here again."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Great place for lunch - Summerlicious selection was terrific and there was something that appealed to each of us."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Food is good and atmosphere is great too. Service is perfect. And the wine list is good choice."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Sassafraz continues to provide excellent food and service. Over the years the quality is maintained, and few restaurants achieve this. Price levels are high, but not outrageous. Reliable for lunch or dinner. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Came here for the forth year in a row for their Summerlicious and it's always a pleasure. Although the food service took a little longer than usual, once the food arrive, all was made up for! Super delicious and the staff is always welcoming. Would definitely keep coming back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "May have been the best prepared chicken breast I have ever had. Flavours were very good for my tomato gazpacho appetizer, milk chocolate mousse dessert, but main side of slivered root veg could have used a little something. Great overall experience and I would try it again!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Sassafraz and from the moment we walked into the restaurant it was a special experience. Staff were friendly and fun and very attentive, décor is gorgeous, food was fresh, local, and beautifully prepared and presented. There is an excellent selection of wine and cocktails (the Summer Splash drink was delicious!) We were there for a friend's birthday lunch and you made it a very special occasion. Will definitely be back soon and would enthusiastically recommend your restaurant to anyone for any occasion. Thank you for making it such a fun and memorable event for our group! An outstanding restaurant in a beautiful neighborhood."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "When I went to Sassafraz for first time, I was impressed by the quality of the food and service. This time the experience was different since the food was average and it took more than 40 min to get a simple appetizer. A little disappointed this time :("
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Outstanding customer service. Tentative to details by the server. Humourous at times. Definitely will go to Sassafraz again. Thanks for a memorable experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "First time dining here. Besides the romantic ambience, the service and food is top notch. We asked our server, Gio, if we could move to the tables at the end of the restaurant with the vertical plant wall & waterfall. He apologized and told us that those tables were already reserved. It was sweet of him to show us the place after our dinner and gave us a tip on how to reserve it next time. He even offered to take our picture with that spot as a background. The beef tartare is excellent and the duck breast is the best one I've tasted, cooked medium..tender and packed with flavor. The chocolate mousse dessert is heavenly. Just the right amount of sweetness. Overall, a wonderful experience. Thanks again to Gio for the excellent service!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Dining at Sassafraz was probably the best deal of Summerlicious. The $25 price tag for the prix fixe lunch was a bargain, in my opinion. The food was excellent, and the portions generous (in comparison to other restaurants' Summerlicious menus). It's great that they partake in this event; everybody should be allowed the opportunity to dine at Sassafraz, to experience the great food, the great ambiance, and the great service. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "1. The food was just ok because one of the main courses was cold when served. 2. Not infant friendly at all - washroom has no changing table. 3. Waitress was rush rush rush, dessert was there while one of the main courses was not finished yet."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "What we enjoyed most was that the Summerlicious items were from the regular menu. Perfect for real comparison. Also, enjoyed the Summerlicious menu cocktails and wine. Splendid! Great to have all the windows open and enjoy the summer in TO"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal very much. Staff were attentive. Even though restaurant was busy, our waiter was on top of things for the whole evening. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "we went here for summerlicious, and were dissapointed by the dishes we got, one of them was simply a diced tomato, and the dessert had hard nut shells in it Liked the decor, but the staff are running around like a headless chicken."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. Everything about this restaurant just screams "Class". Their Service is outstanding; the waiter we had was friendly and very helpful while being just right amount of attentive. The food was outstanding. The neighbourhood and the view was very pleasing other than the few yahoos you love to rev their engines loudly to be noticed. There were no negatives about this latest dining experience. I would whole heartedly recommend this restaurant to anyone at any time."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I had heard a lot of great things about this restaurant. I thought I'd try it out during Summerlicious. The interior décor was outstanding. It was the most positive thing about my experience. The service was polite and knowledgeable yet I felt rushed. There was barely any time between the appetizer, main, and dessert. The food was disappointing. I had high expectations, but it was just "ok". The common problem was balance. The salad was tart, it needed salt/sweet/bitter. The pasta was rich, it needed a touch of acid. The dessert was fantastic! The salty cheese, with nutty walnuts, tart dried currents, and sweet apple compote was perfectly balanced! I would give this restaurant a second chance."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The Summerlicious menu looked terrific, but the execution was very average. Tomato salad was very bland with almost no dressing and the spinach/avocado puree amounted to 2 miniscule dots on the plate. The pork entrée was a generous size but on the dry side and the seasoning was just salt and pepper not the Asian inspired seasoning as stated on the menu. Our waitress was very sweet and attentive, so no complaints there. I would say, order very basic items on the menu and don't have high expectations. The location and décor is certainly appealing but there are much better restaurants in the area - like Jacques' Bistro."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "But food took awhile to get to our table, we waited quite awhile between courses."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "First time at Sassafraz for our anniversary. Food was very good (Lamb Sirloin was excellent, Muscovy duck was a bit salty and the duck croquets excellent. The wine cost more than our prix fixe menu but wel worth it. Above all: the service was just empowered excellent. We'll go again special occasion or not! Thank you Sassafraz staff."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I've been hearing all about this place for years, so finally decided to try it out for Summerlicious. I tried the salmon and pork t-bone, and the salmon was the better of the two; the pork was dry and tough. The tomato appetizer was rather dull, but fresh tasting, and the dessert lacked (not to mention greasy finger prints were visible all over my dish -- oops!). As for the service, it was SLOW. It took us almost two hours to dine for lunch, and the place was not even at capacity. The only thing Sassafraz has going for it is the atmosphere which is well above average. When you enter the main dining room, you are pleasantly greeted with lots of natural light (from skylights) and a wall of lush plants. Beautiful!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This was a very enjoyable lunch. The service was prompt and our waiter was very pleasant. Our party ordered a variety of food and all of us thought the flavour and presentation was excellent. Although we were directed to a particular table, we asked if we could sit at another table and were told it was no problem. Many places do not like you to sit elsewhere. Good for Sassafraz for making the customer come first. We will return."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Food was quite good, except the pork chop was a bit over-cooked so not tender - expected this to be done better by Sassafraz. Dessert portions were pitifully small - looked like children's portions. Otherwise, experience was ok."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Always come here when in the mood for a well-balanced and thoughtfully designed meal. Not looking for something heavy and "filling" but more for a pleasurable sensation. The quality of the food does not disappoint."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We went to Sassafraz for a friend's birthday and it happened to be during summerlicious... Service was excellent, food was lackluster... And because we were a large group (11) - we were seated in the event space upstairs. The space was ok- but lacked the ambience and vibrancy of the main area. The drinks were great... But food was disappointing. I doubt that any of my party would be returning to the restaurant. It's too bad... Perhaps their regular menu would have been preferable... Useful to note that the summerlicious- with tax, drinks and tip- came out to more than double the summerlicious price..."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "There was no sause for a meat, only taste salt & papper. I can make this at home."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was good, service was ok...dessert though, why tangerine sauce?!?!?"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Good food - expensive drinks. For the price the decor is mediocre. Service very good."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "great night spent at the Sassafraz! Food and service was impeccable!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Atmosphere and service is always welcoming! The Summerlicious menu was OK but lacked vegetarian options. Pasta with cream sauce is not a health friendly dish which left the vegetarians in our group with no choice. The rest of the group enjoyed their meal. The drinks were very refreshing. I will be back for winterlicious depending on the menu choices. I would truly love to back. We enjoyed the place very much, and service was not too intrusive just right."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Went for Summerlicious, enjoyed a wonderful 3 course meal, the flavours, the colours - everything was plated very well. Great staff and great sitting inside but looking out the big open windows. Definitely make a reservation before heading over."
    Dined on 7/4/2014