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
227 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (143)romantic (113)fit for foodies (99)neighborhood gem (90)hot spot (72)great for lunch (68)good for groups (59)great for brunch (58)great for outdoor dining (57)notable wine list (44)scenic view (22)vibrant bar scene (22)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • No Olives!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had a decent dinner. Ordered their olives appetizer intending to take left overs home (only 1 out of 3 liked olives in our group). Asked them to pack them up an upon leaving asked for them and they'd forgotten and thrown them away! And said they 'didn't have any more to give us'! Seriously? A restaurant of this caliber? Obviously will not be visiting S again. Many other great restaurants in Toronto with great food and great service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Deliciously57
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great experience, great food, great staff! Great ambiance, classy and inviting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissapointing
    luv2cheersVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Thanklessgiving dinner. Each time I visit my daughter in Toronto we'll have lunch or dinner at this restaurant always preferring the lounge for its cosy relaxed atmosphere. The food and presentation never disappoint but this time the evening was ruined by an indifferent staff on a night with very few tables occupied. Staff seemed preoccupied with each other and for a higher end restaurant to serve you a glass of wine from a newly opened bottle without a taste or seeing the bartender pour remnants of previously opened bottle wine in to a freshly opened one was surprising but befitting of an indifferent staff.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I have traveled all over the world and this is still one of my favorite restaurants. The dining room is beautiful and very elegant. The service is friendly and on point. Food is excellent, extremely fresh and full of flavor. Sassafraz does it right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A delightful dinner
    PiterVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We happened upon this upscale restaurant in Toronto and were very delighted with our whole experience. A fresh heirloom tomato salad, delicious wine, perfect halibut dinner and a treat of fresh local cheese for desert. Our server, Anthony was a pleasure, very knowledgeable and enhanced our dining experience. For a quite dinner, I would recommend the dining room over the bar which was more energetic with a large party. The topiary "planted wall" gave a pleasing view for the dining room. Great chef with wonderful flavors . . . a definite treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    Kristine
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The restaurant was very accommodating in hosting our large group. Our waitress, Alison, was amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent meal
    Foodwest
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    this was a dinner with business colleagues and we had an excellent meal with superb service. One of our group was very late arriving in Toronto and the restaurant said they would keep the kitchen open for him. In the end he did not make it. But it ays a lot about the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet excellence
    Avocat
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Could not have been a better experience. Such a delight to find a quiet place where you can have conversation without straining to hear. Great food and lovely service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    First time at Sassafraz. It is a fairly conservative, upscale Yorkville restaurant. Very tasteful decor and lots of space. Service was excellent, but menu probably a bit too traditional for anyone the age of 50. Nevertheless, had a very enjoyable dinner and the noise level and ambiance was perfect for conversation.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific in All Ways!!
    Anne
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food was exceptional, all 4 of us enjoyed our meals.....Tuna and Steaks were excellent for all. Ambience was stellar, very pretty dinning room! And the service was the best of All, our waitress Vivianne was sweet and funny and Very on the Ball! I can not wait to go back again. It was definitely worth the money. I would recommend for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Delicious and interesting
    carole
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food at Sassafratz is always delicious and there is great variety. My only complaint this time was the service - not the server - she was very friendly but things were very slow. I don't mind waiting for good food, i realize that it takes time to prepare but we had to wait forever for drinks from the bar and even a cappuccino took so long. I think the barkeep was too busy and had too much to do. I would suggest getting him some extra help! I had finished my regular coffee before my friend got her cappuccino and at the beginning of the meal we waited a long time for Sangria as well. My son arrived a short while after us and he waited a long time for a whisky sour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    ngalletVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We used the bring your own wine possibility and it was exceptionnal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sassafraligious
    Essenguru
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My daughter and I loved this restaurant. The waiter and all the wait staff were amazing, friendly and efficient, the food was super delicious! A must go to in Toronto!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Need to increase the selection of food. Quality of the food is very good but limited choice for dinner and lunch
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprising Disappointment
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    What a surprising disappointment. The restaurant seems to be on its last legs. Not a busy night, and the kitchen could not supply 4 of the 9 entrees on the menu. One member of our party ended up ordering a hamburger from the bar menu. My entrée was beyond overdone...literally burned on the bottom. Service was spotty. Unfortunately, I can no longer recommend this restaurant to anyone for any reason.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wife's Birthday
    umar
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Place in Toronto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Definitely go for it! Very nice place, delicious food and an amazing service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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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
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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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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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
  • 👌👌👌👌👌
    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
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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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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.