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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "But food took awhile to get to our table, we waited quite awhile between courses."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "There was no sause for a meat, only taste salt & papper. I can make this at home."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "great night spent at the Sassafraz! Food and service was impeccable!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food was good, service was ok...dessert though, why tangerine sauce?!?!?"
    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
  • "We asked to take back one of our orders (lam chop) because it was undercooked and the waiters took it back and brought a new, better cooked lamb with no problems. The ambience was great and the service was simply excellent and the staff was friendly and efficient no matter what the request!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have been to Sassafraz a few times before, with the service/food being either really great or lacklustre. We went for brunch and everything was wonderful. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was attentive & friendly."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Met all my expectations. A good time was enjoyed by all. I would certainly return."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My daughter and I were looking for dinner and came by the restaurant. She had the tuna and I had the gespacho. It was so good, we had to come back. It was just as good. With the siracha sauce, edamame and purple potatoes, it is a lovely meal. Tomato salad was very refreshing and the soup had just the right amount of heat."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My duck breast was over the top fantastic, but my wife's halibut was overdone and dry, and the bearnaise was almost non-existent. She asked for extra bearnaise to help offset the dryness of the halibut. The service was terrific- friendly and knowledgeable Appetizers of oysters- they were nice and clean- not gritty The Nova Scotia Digby scallops were amazing"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Went to Sassafraz for Father's Day brunch and it was great. The staff were very attentive. The portions, however, were a little too big. Really enjoyed sitting on the patio. Would definitely go back"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great service, beautiful restaurant, amazing food. I would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our server Jessica was amazing! Consistently made sure that everything was good! Checked on us very frequently. Was knowledgeable in the venue. Did not rush us to leave although we were there over 2 hours. The food was great! The soup was amazing! I wanted more. The grilled cheese was outstanding. We got it split for each of us as if each plate was a separate order- we were impressed! The ambience was romantic, the couches were very comfortable! The music was perfect! I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Had a great time with great food, excellent service from Michael. A neighborhood gem. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 1st anniversary at Sassafraz. We were treated to the most romantic table in the house, a wonderful little nook in the back between their beautiful living wall and impressive wine room. It muted the noise, and made for a very romantic spot. Servers were attentive and very knowledgeable about the cuisine. For appetizers, she had the scallops and I the fired green tomatoes. Scallops wonderfully smokey and complex, the tomatoes a perfect mix of sweet and tart. For entrees, the bison and tenderloin. Cooked perfectly, paired with delicious sides. Dessert: Esspresso cheesecake and milk chocolate mousse; scrumptious."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The waiter was very friendly , I drink water like a machine but every time my glass was low it was always filled back up. Complimentary dessert was given which was a pleasantry. The meat was just fabulous, i had beef tenderloin well done and It was perfect quality, the meat was not burnt , it was cooked throughout. It was just a terrific night and it wouldn't have been possible without the great service. I give tip where it's due , and it was certainly due here. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "As always service at sassfraz is amazing as is the food. I return often and its always a pleasure."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We loved our dinner at Sassafraz. Food was delicious, we had beef, Cornish hen, lamb and fish, everything was exquisite. As starters we had green fried tomatoes and buffala mozzarella, which were very fresh and tasteful. Nice decor and excellent service. The only negative point was the karaoke noise coming from the private party room. Other than that, I would definitely recommend the restaurant as a great choice for special occasions."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food, service and ambiance were fine...totally acceptable. However, for the price of dinner I would have expected more. We paid about $250 for apps and mains for two plus a bottle of white wine. There are many places in the neighbourhood that are more reasonably priced with as good (or better) food and service. I think you're paying for the name and the chance to see a celeb. That said, if someone offered to take me and was going to pay, I'd happily go again...just overpriced for me."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Please bring back the white truffle macaroni & cheese."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Super service made my whole family feel welcome and valued. Great table by the window added to the atmosphere. There were half a dozen little kids in for brunch but I wouldn't have knows because they were so well behaved. The food, as usual was excellent at a great value."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was excellent and staff was very pleasant, beautiful ambience and décor"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This is the first time i have been to Sassafraz and I am very impressed. The service was impeccable, very professional and relaxed. Our ordes came on time, and the food was simply delicious. I ordered the PEI Beef Steak and it was very good."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Short menu but nice offerings & great service. Try the flank steak salad.The grilled cheese is decadent!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I had my first of a series birthday dinner celebrations at Sassafraz recently. The food and the service was amazing! Loved it there!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Food was delicious. I would say the items on the menu were not very daring so would recommend for someone that enjoys well prepared foodie quality without unusual combinations and ingredients. The restaurant is beautiful, its much larger than I thought. I like a restaurant with energy, hustle and bustle but for the amount of people there I found it disturbingly noisy but this may have been due to one set of loud neighbours. Service was great, quick, very attentive and knowledgeable. Only snafu was with our bottle of wine which was opened and poured after our appetizers were halfway done. Location is great, in the heart of Yorkville and a stones throw from the subway. All in all it was good. I would go back. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014