Sassafraz

4.5
2034 reviews
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Contemporary Canadian
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 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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ML
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food — love the prawn and tuna ceviche. The ribeye steak melts in your mouth. Excellent service (Brian—merci!) and the sommelier (merci!! The wine was outstanding!)

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing!!! Totally loved it and would definitely go back.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love sitting under the skylight;the food was amazing. I loved the halibut- fresh and light with an amazing sauce. My partner had the striploin- which was perfectly cooked. Definitely a favourite spot for us!

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We've sat on the patio for lunch four times over the past two months and enjoyed ourselves very much. Georgia 75 is professional and friendly. We will be back.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Salmon was a bit undercooked service was ok

B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! Food, service and ambience was beyond compare. Our first visit and we will definitely return again soon.

J
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service both amazing, as usual!

QY
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent experience. Loved the food and ambiance. We definitely visit again

NM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute home-run!
Request to be seated by the 'living garden' was full-filled. No wait time as we arrived for our scheduled reservation.

Will definitely celebrate memorable evenings in the future.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a business meal in Yorkville. Great service and food.

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive and delicious food in an elegant atmosphere. Great neighborhood to walk around in to boot.

NC
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunmerlicious meal. Delicious!! And sitting outside on Cumberland people watching was a lot of fun.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

KR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was good. Service was quite slow. Had o wait a long time. Maybe being a Sunday

SP
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Very slow service. Took almost an hour to get the main course. Restaurant was busy but by no means full. Food (when it came) was very nice though.

a
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

i have been there previously and was very satisfied with the food and drinks. the experience this time was horrible. Not sure if it had anything to do with Summerlicious however the drinks were horrible. sent back three times ( gin and tonic) ordered mint tea, received green tea. told the server only to receive the same green tea! drinks deducted from the bill. totally appreciated that gesture however the night was already a disappointment :(

R
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sassafraz never disappoints. We make a point of going when we visit Toronto now that we have moved to Windsor. We tried the Summer set meal for once in my dining experience I could find something from each course that I like. We had AMAZING cocktails to start these are obviously made with taste in mind the same as the food! I had the Duck pate which was probably the best I have ever tasted and wished I could take a big pot home! My husband had Halibut as a main and was overwhelmed with the way it had been prepared in fact he compared it to a sea bass that he once ate in Paris. My strip loin was perfectly cooked beautifully seared flavor. We will be longing for a meal such as this until we get to Toronto again unfortunately Windsor does not have many fine dining experiences for us as we would like.

DT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my best summerlicious experiences
I highly recommend coming for summerlicious lunch

TC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Warm cozy place that is good for Sunday brunch and afternoon tea. We enjoy it much!

SS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there for my bachelorette party and it was a great experience. The service was great, they even helped my friend setup the party balloons. The food was great, we got the summerlicious menu items. For the desert, the flourless chocolate bar was the best dessert I have ever had, super delicious! The ambience and the interior of the restaurant was beautiful and romantic. Overall, my girlfriends and I enjoyed our dinner and had a great time.

S
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the service
Love the ambience
Tried the strip-loin it was really good

AH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with great food and ambiance. Service was very professional.

l
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful surprise, in the Yorkville area...
Awesome ambience, with a unique ‘indoor waterfall’,
comfortable seating , delicious menu choices,
attentive staff ...highly recommended!

JD
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night, service and food were outstanding. Tables are far enough apart to still be intermate. Loved the e tire experience

MT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I would recommend Sassafraz for its ambience and service, but not for the Summerlicious appetizer and main I had (Ceviche and steak) bceause they were bland.

r
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

I was not happy with the saffron chicken served as part of summerlicious. It tasted weird.

SE
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our service and ambiance was great but the food could have been better. The appetizers need to be improved.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food not cooked nor presented well. Wait staff is very impersonal. So many other places to go to in the area that provide better value.

OL
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall experience was good but the premise was really noisy that I could hardly hear my dinner companion. The peach non alcoholic cocktail was bland.

AE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Our lunch reservation table was ready on time & they located us in a preferred area as requested. ambience by the waterfall is lovely. Staff are efficient , friendly & professional yet unobtrusive. No pressure to turnover the table for the next guest within 2hours or to order alcohol. Love the skylight-filled sunny atrium by the waterfall! Had The Summerlicious menu & the trout was pan-fried to perfection with extra crispy skin but tender meat. Marinated Thai short ribs were excellent altho wish there were more on our appetizer plate! Lol. Strawberry panacotta also very good . All for only $28. +tax+tip. It was a very enjoyable & relaxing luncheon! If only the drive back home at rush hour could’ve been less stressful we’d go more often!

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very good, food excellent, atmosphere good, a little noisy at first, then it quite done. Good overall would come again

l
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We requested to be seated in the coolest area as the day was hot and humid. Loved sitting in the atrium next to the waterfall and living wall. This also turned out to be the quietest area as we noticed the other spaces were very noisy on our way out.
Service was excellent. Explained our time constraint and we were served in a timely manner.
My friend had the Caesar salad and I had the short ribs. The salad had a nice light dressing and the mango slaw that accompanied the ribs was very tasty.
I ordered the burger and fries, and like many other reviewers, was very pleased with this choice. The quality of the meat was excellent and the onion chutney delicious.
My friend enjoyed the roast chicken breast.
We both had the flourless chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Perfect blueberries in coulis were on the side. The combination was magical.
Hope to return soon.

TB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Their summerlicious menu is excellent value!

LL
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wish my group could eat outside, however there is a minimum limit

JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents and in-laws loved coming here for Summerlicious. Portions were a good size, server was excellent. We'll be back!

DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been coming for many years. Traditionally for our anniversary, but also for my birthday as it is one of my favourite restaurants. Always good food & great service!

EB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Apparently, they were short handed and no one knew who our waiter was. So we sat for a half hour without service. Even the the entree was very late . Good was very good though.

TR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was awesome, highly recommend Sassafraz!

c
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

This restaurant has in the past been one of our favourites. However, we were all hoarse trying to Two portions were highly salted (i.e., soup, noodles) - I guess salt was necessary for flavor? Not sure if we will return. The service was excellent.

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