Sassafraz

4.6
2493 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2493 people are saying
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Frank
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is amazing, from the starters right to the dessert. It was all delicious, my compliments to the chef

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Louise
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to go back!
Great dinner place and location!

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DeborahF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS SERVICE and delicious food as always. Ambience was lovely. This is truly a unique restaurant, you must try it!!!!!

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SuzanneD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and attractive both inside and out. Also has a beautiful indoor garden wall. Food
Is good for light and hearty appetites! I love the guacamole and taro chips and duck pate.
Nice cheerful wait staff (Austin).
Good reentry into our Covid world!

MD
vipMariaD
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were not disappointed. Sassafraz has been one of our favourite places for almost 10 years. Thank you!

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Nova
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent service by our waiter !

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vipElaineN
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great brunch menu and really enjoyed the food, service and ambience.

GM
GavinM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food on a pleasant patio on a small street which nonetheless had some noisy vehicles. The service was very good, but waiters were spread out over a biggish area.

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Shoes
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and pleasant service. A very nice experience

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AnnaT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu selection for appetizers and mains. Did not feel rushed. All wait staff very polite and attentive loved the expanded outdoor seating!!! Great adherence to social distancing and hand cleaning and masking. Thank you for a wonderful experience

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Foody
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out on the patio enjoyed the great food! Everything we ordered was yummy!

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Lunchattendeesintoronto4
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was an absolute delight and attentive

Great spot for lunch

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TerryM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The service was frankly brutal, I asked for our second glass of wine on three different occasions with absolutely nothing happening. It was apparent that our server was being asked to serve way too many tables so I have some sympathy for him. It also took three requests to get the bill.

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AnthonyM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very pleasant and enjoyable lunch. Atmosphere was excellent; noise moderate. The food (fish tacos - salmon) and beef ragu entree were both excellent. A scoop of ice cream for dessert accompanying espresso was nice. Always enjoy dining at Sassafraz. The experience is always consistent and would definitely return.

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Louis8
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and very calm atmosphere.
Soft lighting and very gentle waiters.
Food was not bad but depend what you order.
I will definitely go back .
Slight overpriced.

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Bellyfirst
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We opted to eat outside, and the staff made it very pleasant. The mac and cheese appetizer we shared was sublime, the lamb ragu was really lovely, his wine and my mojito were thoroughly excellent, but I do wish the sauce that was atop the wild boar chop could be re-thought: the strawberry just didn’t do it, at least for my taste or my companion’s. Maybe a deeper sugar flavour like dark brown sugar, molasses, palm sugar or maple syrup would be better? Or perhaps a different fruit like a pear or peach (not citrus though, and not another berry; judging from the strawberry, fruit like that is kind of jarring and didn’t pair well at all. No depth nor enough sweetness. Just didn’t pull its weight on any level). The potatoes were also a little underdone, but the cabbage was great.

Our waiter was so kind and attentive! And we got a slice of cheesecake gratis because we were there for our anniversary, and had a our reception at Sassafraz a few years ago. Just a wonderful place, with such kind staff. My personal view on the sauce accompanying the boar chop aside, the flavours here are always a delight, as are the great staff, making it such a great spot, even during the plague.

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CatherineT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had to ask for a wine list. Food was good but not fabulous.
Menu too limited.
Waiter ok…. Was expecting more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Birthday - great!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Slower service and less knowledgeable server than I’ve experienced in past visits. Food was excellent. However, I do understand that there are likely staffing shortages due to covid-19 challenges. Happy to have the opportunity to dine out though!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Food and drinks are always great. Server was uninterested in serving us and left without handing our table over to another server. Odd experience. Most of the other staff are great though!

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StephanieC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great to be there, we had a great table outside still able to enjoy what’s left of summer. Our server was great. Thanks!

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DarrenM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best, juiciest salmon and burgers. Great spot for people watching and feeling like you're in the middle of it all, but still very intimate.

GD
vipGregD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sassafraz continues to be a top restaurant in the city. Hands down value, fresh and modern atmosphere, causal but professional service. It is good to come back to Sassafraz always.

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NathanS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was pretty good. Nothing flashy but delicious. Not a lot of attention from our server and service was slow. Seemed like we were an inconvenience. Hostess, food runner and another server who cleared our table were all hospitable.

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biginjpn
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Patio can be excellent for people-watching or busy and disruptive depending on the desired experience.

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Anwar
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Definitely the best place to eat at Yorkville. The food is always excellent and consistent. And the service is great.

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RobertC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very average. Love the ambiance but food and service are just middle of the road.

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food - my favourite high end restaurant in Toronto!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and perfect service!

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Erskine
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good but expensive. Portions are small. Service was a little slow but given the circumstances of patio dining, acceptable.

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DarenH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

menu was solid, good range of choices to please a variety of tastes. ambience and noise level were perfect for having a productive business dinner. Server was attentive and on time with everything. took good care of us

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PatH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent visit. Food outstanding as usual and service was excellent, professional, engaged, polite and helpful.
Only disappointing aspect was that the kitchen had run out of black tea. Hope you get some soon, especially the Earl Grey.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Pasta initially cold, later - lukewarm coffee. Tuna salad and pasta ragu was very tasty. Service was friendly. Initial seating was too awkward for eating a meal- the server agreed to change seating.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and great service. I hadn’t been before but had of course heard a lot about it. It definitely lived up to the hype no question.

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ArmindaR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The weather was so bad that I didn’t think the restaurant was going to be able to accommodate us.
We had a patio reservation and from the moment we arrived the staff were super nice and friendly. It started to rain outside and the staff quickly set up a table for us inside.
The food was exceptional!! The drinks were heavenly, the “French Martini” is a must!
Thank you again for the staff at Sassfraz for the phenomenal services on Saturday night!

PW
vipPetrinaW
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Beautiful surroundings and amazing food. I have always wanted to eat here and now I know why. I can’t wait to come back. Highly recommend.

EA
ErnieA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always, and the service was great also!

MN
MiaN
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Overpriced disappointing brunch with tiny portion. The salads were bland and boring. It also took 45’ for food to come out. Will never come back.

HB
HafsaB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was very mediocre. Missing on the taste elements.

FAQs

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

Sassafraz is rated 4.6 stars by 2493 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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