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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Overall a goo experience, food was presented well and favourable. Ambiance is lovely, quiet and charming."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Excellent food, service from our waitress who is our favourite over and above!!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "service was great, food was fresh and tasty. setting was romantic and quiet."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our second visit. The food was excellent and catered to my dietary needs. We will return"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "went there for summerlicious. Great lamb and duck breast. gonna visit again for sure!"
    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!"
    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
  • "We had the Summerlicious menu, which was extensive and our choices were delicious. The service was excellent, I will go back!"
    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