Sassafraz
Sassafraz

Sassafraz

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sassafraz.ca/
  • Phone: 4169642222x
  • 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: Continental, Contemporary French
  • 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: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
Sassafraz reviews from OpenTable diners
214 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (134)romantic (106)fit for foodies (88)neighborhood gem (84)great for lunch (68)hot spot (61)great for outdoor dining (60)great for brunch (59)good for groups (50)notable wine list (48)scenic view (29)vibrant bar scene (22)late-night find (18)kid-friendly (11)Show More
  • Wife's Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I have eaten at Sassafraz several times in the last two years. I have received the same wonderful service and quality. It's this consistency that keeps me coming back. Food as expected was wonderful but I must say that it was Anthony our server that made us feel right at home. Thank you Anthony for making this great occasion even more memorable. You are a professional Umar September 30th 2014
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food spoiled by Noisy atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This restaurant falls victim to the all too prevalent attitude that loud music makes patrons believe that this is a "happening" place. Instead, it makes it difficult to have a quiet conversation with dinner guests. Music in the bar area would be fine but in the lovely dining room, complete with waterfall, it would be nice to HEAR the music of the waterfall, not the bass line of some popular music. There IS a market of many many guests who search with difficulty for a restaurant which offers as its product offering a combination of fine food and a fine atmosphere in which to enjoy it. Could Sassafraz be the restaurant which finally wakes up to this unsatisfied market ? I hope so, because we and many like us would be regular patrons.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • beautiful place, good food
    TODinerVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Long time favorite. Expensive but good. In the heart of Yorkville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A class above the rest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food and the plating, as well as the attention to detail is excellent. Service was good and there when needed, which is how we prefer it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Sassafraz
    SucepoodleVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I chose Sassafraz based on their menu. This restaurant surpassed in every way. My guests and I enjoyed our meal and particularly liked the desserts. A gem in Toronto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ladies who brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had an impromptu ladies' brunch and the experience was wonderful. This is a place with top-notch service, including all food arriving at the exact same time with multiple servers appearing, same with plates being cleared. We didn't feel at all rushed, we just enjoyed the delicious food and relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ca190VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Amazing!! Our server with the bleached blond hair the best ever so funny, such a grew guy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sparkles
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I've worked in this area for 16 years and it was my first visit to Sassafraz. It was a great experience with excellent service and delicious food. Looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Enjoyable Experience
    Cocoa
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food, great ambience, and great setting. Our table looked out onto the patio and the street with people walking by. In the back, there is a waterfall under a sky roof, which we will ask for next time we visit for brunch. Having a 4-month old baby, it is difficult to find places to eat. But the staff here were wonderful and accommodating to our need of stroller space, etc. They even had a little dessert treat to make our dinner memorable. Prices are on the high side - but the food and taste was great. I enjoyed the scallops appetizer very much, along with the lamb sirloin. The green fried tomato and the lobster appetizer were delicious but a bit expensive. Overall, this place was perfect for our anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Brunch
    BandCfoodiecpl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Overall a goo experience, food was presented well and favourable. Ambiance is lovely, quiet and charming.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for my 5th anniversary
    zuberio
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I decided to take my wife to dinner here on our 5th year wedding anniversary. Do not regret that decision. The food was delicious and the portion sizes were perfect. Wait staff were very helpful and attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab
    Elaine
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Excellent food, service from our waitress who is our favourite over and above!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    rthibod
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Service was excellent. A classy dining experience. The food was interesting and tasty but nothing mind blowing. My portion was a little small. Prices were better than I was expecting. I would go here again for drinks, but probably not for dinner unless invited by someone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    Loki101
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was excellent. Service was fantastic. Walked by many times and finally tried it and was thoroughly impressed! Handmade chocolates at the end of the service was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, but serious concerns!
    psyc274VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Sassafraz has great food, but we were somewhat disappointed with the kitchen. Our server was alright, but when she recommended a cheese tray at the end of the night (detailing each cheese), she came back to tell us that the kitchen was under renovation and the cheeses were deep in the freezer. After declining dessert, the waitress came to tell us that the cheese was actually 'not in the freezer' and would be served. While the platter was excellent, we we're really thrown off by the forged professionalism of the staff. Clearly they wanted to pack up for the night (9pm) and the kitchen didn't want to serve what they had already put away. For a place that is supposed to be 'higher end' in Yorkville, we were completely turned off by this alone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Ladies night out
    YUMMie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It started off good but after our appetizers we waited a long time for our main meal, no one came to apologise or to assure us someone was working on our meal. Finally the meal arrive, my bison looks dried so it must have sat under the lights for some time. We ordered desert and coffee, latte, capaucino. Well the desert arrived and again the hot drinks were no show for a long while. Finally the waitress caught our eyes and knew we were not happy. The manafer did come to apologise and the 1 desert n 4 hot drinks were taken off our bill by him. Have to say they were very quick to pick up the cash when we were handed the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ
    Iknowfoodbest
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    service was great, food was fresh and tasty. setting was romantic and quiet.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Lori
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We really enjoyed our second visit. The food was excellent and catered to my dietary needs. We will return
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    went there for summerlicious. Great lamb and duck breast. gonna visit again for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    mckeni
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I've always eaten on the patio and didn't realize how big it was inside, with the waterfall, beautiful umbrella light fixtures and glass roof, complete with a curtained private table above. Great ambiance, service and was given a private table, tucked away in the corner. Food was pretty good, including the fesh hot bread delivered in daily from an Italian bakery. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waiter Not To Be Seen
    WOWWWWWW
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food and scene
    saudia558VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed summerlicious
    Boobee
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful summerlicious experience
    Crabby1997
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing staff
    Rebecca18VIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    Kama
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Tried the summerlicious dinner menu. Both Lamb steak and duck breast are excellent. Surprisingly the dessert is very good and not too sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Spot on Cumberland
    NancyKnowsFood
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodLVR
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had the Summerlicious menu, which was extensive and our choices were delicious. The service was excellent, I will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flies
    Eatnwfriends
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Beautiful ambience, but they need to control those fruit flies!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No good
    August
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great place for lunch - Summerlicious selection was terrific and there was something that appealed to each of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will go back for good food
    Gundam12
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food is good and atmosphere is great too. Service is perfect. And the wine list is good choice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good...As Usual
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Summerlicious 2014
    cctt
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience, great food.
    MrLemon
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely lunch
    speciallunch
    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, dรฉcor 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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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 :(
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mgs04
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    David
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate