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Sassafraz, Toronto, ON

Sassafraz

4.4
4.4
2840 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
A beloved local landmark, Sassafraz has welcomed guests to enjoy its contemporary Canadian cuisine, warm hospitality, and unparalleled service for over two decades. Chef Geoff Webb's ever-evolving seasonal menu showcases our relationships with local farms and purveyors. Set in an array of Victorian rowhouses, Sassafraz has evolved through the decades to become a magical space in the heart of historic Yorkville. The iconic little house and its romantic interior make it one of the most stunning restaurants in Toronto.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Bistro, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–4:45 pm Dinner Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 964-2222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Geoff Webb

  • Private party facilities

    Sassafraz is the perfect setting for a corporate event, a wedding reception or a private event of any kind. With over 10,000 square feet on two levels, Sassafraz is available for lunch, dinner or cocktail receptions. Our cuisine and unparalleled service makes Sassafraz the venue of choice for many Fortune 500 companies. (photo courtesy of Manuela Stefan Photography)

  • Private party contact

    Dennette Schott: (416) 964-2222 ext. 222

  • Neighborhood

    Yorkville

  • Cross street

    Bloor and Bay Streets

  • Parking details

    10 Bellair Street, Bay and Cumberland, Avenue and Cumberland.

  • Public transit

    Bay Subway Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Cocktails, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,840 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Toronto

    Contemporary Canadian

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  1. G

    Gigi

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Omelette was just ordinary. Fish tacos were good. Friendly service
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Paul our server made our evening extra special for my birthday. We will all be returning back very soon!!
  3. PC

    PauletteC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely restaurant. And the food was incredible. Highly recommend.
  4. k

    kristis

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful Ambiance love the cafe so fun! Great burger and Frites!
  5. JS

    JacqulineS

    Toronto

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    I booked for a dining table for 4 , but it comes by 6 . The stuff was very helpful to find us a table for 5 . Actually we’re girls feel quite confit closer to each other during we’ve not met for almost 3 years during the pandemic Food was good and with the service as well , as the usual. Duck pate is our favorite thanks for the extra biscuits
  6. S

    Snobling

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The truffle fries were done well and the most flavourful ones we’ve had from anywhere to date. Inside looked lovely, but we sat on the patio to enjoy the afternoon weather. Didn’t need the heat lamps but appreciated there was the option of we needed it.
  7. AD

    AshaD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience.. staff is very courteous and efficient. Will recommend to family and friends..
  8. E

    Emily

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The music was bad aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
  9. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We can always count on the quality and an enjoyable experience. Wait staff is amazing. Would definitely recommend
  10. t

    thebajangirl

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! I hadn’t been to Sassafraz in years so I was excited to dine there again and I’m so glad I did! The food and the ambience were on point. However, it was the service that stood out for me. James was amazing and truly has a gift when it comes to service. He’s one of the best and I’ve been to a lot of restaurants in Toronto and abroad. His attention to detail along with his ability to “read the room” made our experience one to remember. I will definitely be back and can’t wait to dine in James’ section again!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wish you had better gin for your cocktails than beefeater gin. This comes across as being cheap and reflects badly upon the restaurant. Regardless we had a great time!
  12. RS

    RonS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Took time for waitress to serve us, considering restaurant was not full.
  13. K

    Kaferini

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to celebrate a friends birthday and you didn’t disappoint. The service was excellent and the food delicious. The seating was extremely comfortable.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always is an amazing place to go and enjoy a brunch ! Excellent food and atmosphere
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manitoba

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was good, yet the service needs to be improved. While we asked for plain water instead of sparkling, waiter served us Evian with bottle open without asking.
  16. MC

    MicheleCG

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lovely brunch. Great location. Server very nice but had too many tables so was 30 minutes before our order taken … but after that, drinks/food served soon.
  17. P

    Perdi

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, amazing food and ambience! It's all 5 stars for me.
  18. d

    dininggalore

    Toronto

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a New York visitor & thought it would be a great place to take her.
  19. TT

    TaraTT

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love this restaurant! It’s my go-to for lunch in Yorkville. Also great for dinner. Reliable stylish and a great menu.
  20. OS

    OST15

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful lunch with my daughter before her wedding day. We had the fish tacos and Caesar salad, both were tasty and creative. The service was excellent.
  21. TM

    TeacherMike

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I seem to recall the portions of cheese on the cheese tray as larger and the choice of cheeses being 3/5 varieties. There was no choice this time. The manager disputes my memory, and he may be correct, but it is my memory. My friend and I always enjoy coming downtown for lunch at Sassafraz. We will continue to make the trip!
  22. A

    Andrea

    London

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good food and service together with nice ambiance. We were fortunate to have a quiet table; it was a Tuesday evening. Other parts of the restaurant were noisier. Would recommend.
  23. SM

    SarahM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We have gone to Sassafraz for decades but this last visit really left a horrible taste. The only thing I gave more than one star to was the food and I only rated it a 2 because it didn’t make us sick. The dining room was closed due to loud renovations on the floor above, which you could still hear in the bar area. We were sat and were not waited on for almost 20 minutes. It appeared they opened short staffed, as our waitress came in and right to our table. Our coffee mug had lipstick from the last guest (we came at open) and we were comped the five dollar cup of coffee. The expectation is always that your meal here will be more expensive than at other places, but the food was never mediocre. The serving sizes are much smaller. And charging two dollars for a loaf of stale, half hollow loaf of bread and calling it warmed was disappointing. Most of the meals came cold, with the Eggs Benedict being the most disappointing meal. Our waitresses (who changed throughout the service) were not attentive at all and only offered us more coffee at the end of the meal. Overall, this was not only the most disappointing visit to Sassafraz, but the worst brunch I have attended. And after, we ended up eating less than an hour later because everyone was still hungry. Definitely won’t be back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le personnel du restaurant est adorable.
  25. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Smooth instrumental Jazz would have been a better choice of music. Otherwise the restaurant was a good place to celebrate our anniversary. We enjoy quiet fine food restaurants. It seems harder to find quiet dining places that serve fine food.
  26. B

    Berke

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food delicious but very small portion. We had ahi tuna salad for 32.00 and it was tasty but not good value for the price.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food…great ambiance….great vibe at Sassafraz!!!
  28. KB

    KathleenB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service from Emil. A totally enjoyable evening.
  29. SW

    ScarlettW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Atmosphere is good but the food is just average
  30. a

    alex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful - really enjoyed excellent salmon and shrimp lunches
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  32. N

    Nicky

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    A nice meal…but not memorable. We were sat at the back of the restaurant in front of the waterfall. We could hardly see our food it was so dark! We acquired a second candle from the empty table beside us in order to read the menu….2 were needed!
  33. P

    Patron

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Soba too salty. Three crostini not enough for the amount of pate, had to order bread just to finish. Dining room was very humid by the end, like a sauna, despite a cool night out.
  34. NK

    NKerr

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Cocktails and food completely underwhelming and uninspired which is disappointing for a restaurant with such a great location in Yorkville.
  35. MS

    MassimoS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant. Great food and service. Will be back again.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time, food was very tasty and service was fast and friendly. Atmosphere was beautiful, with dim lighting and a lovely waterfall wall piece. Made for a very memorable evening. We will be back.
  37. M

    Michael

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The worst service I ever had the server was absent forgot to take dinner order
  38. MM

    MMmm

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    I was very disappointed in the service we received. Anytime we needed something we had to flag someone down to come to our table. We were there for 2 hours and were only able to order one cocktail, a shared app, bottle of wine and main course. And the wine arrived after our main courses were done! We wanted to order dessert but no one came to our table for 20min after our mains were cleared! We never had a manager come to our table, which, at your prices, should be a standard of service. No one seemed to care that we were there, wanting to spend money on a fun dinner out. I would think twice before returning to Sassafraz based on our experience tonight.
  39. LW

    LeslieW

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Too notch service, food and wait staff. We will be back!
  40. WS

    WendyS

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Bright and airy restaurant. Situated close to the Bay subway stop in Yorkville. Staff was attentive, food was enjoyable. Appropriate for business meals and people watching on a summer's eve.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Sassafraz offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 964-2222.

Sassafraz is rated 4.4 stars by 2840 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today
Google Map for Sassafraz

100 Cumberland Street, Toronto, ON M5R 1A6

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bloor and Bay Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Yorkville

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–4:45 pm Dinner Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Bistro, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    10 Bellair Street, Bay and Cumberland, Avenue and Cumberland.

  • Public transit

    Bay Subway Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Geoff Webb

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Cocktails, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (416) 964-2222

  • Private party facilities

    Sassafraz is the perfect setting for a corporate event, a wedding reception or a private event of any kind. With over 10,000 square feet on two levels, Sassafraz is available for lunch, dinner or cocktail receptions. Our cuisine and unparalleled service makes Sassafraz the venue of choice for many Fortune 500 companies. (photo courtesy of Manuela Stefan Photography)

  • Private party contact

    Dennette Schott: (416) 964-2222 ext. 222

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