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About 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.

100 Cumberland Street
Toronto, ON M5R 1A6
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Lunch: Monday – Thursday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Friday 11:30am – 4:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm;
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am

Cross Street:
Bloor and Bay Streets

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 964-2222

Website:
http://www.sassafraz.ca/

Entertainment:
Live pianist Friday and Saturday evenings.

Parking Details:
10 Bellair Street, Bay and Cumberland,
Avenue and Cumberland.

Public Transit:
Bay Subway Station

Executive Chef:
Geoff Webb

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
Please note 18% surcharge is added to the check for parties of eight or larger (13% auto gratuity + 5% operational charge). Only one bill will be presented.

For all reservations of 9 or more guests please contact the restaurant at
416-964-2222 or info@sassfraz.ca

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Serving brunch, reservations 11:00am to 4:00pm, open to 6:00pm

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Closed December 25, 2017 and January 1, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Dinner (a la carte) – 5:00pm – 1:00am
Live entertainment, John Roby (vocalist/pianist)
Party favours, Champagne toast

Sassafraz Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (29)
Good for a Date (28)
Business Meals (26)
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Good for Anniversaries (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Romantic (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Great for Brunch (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Cozy (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Fun (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Healthy (9)
People Watching (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Casual (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Live Music (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Authentic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Waterfront (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

A longtime favourite for special occasions. Dining room or more casual bar cafe. We had lunch after a nearby meeting. The service was excellent as usual. The food was nicely prepared, though bland compared to other visits. We had two noisy groups seated near us, which made conversation difficult until they left. Overall, enjoyable but not quite up to the Sassafraz standard.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great restaurant in the heart of Yorkville. Food and service was fantastic.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Found this place through another site as I was looking for brunch on a Sunday. We were not disappointed. Staff were very attentive and accommodating. Food was delicious. I would love return and try the dinner menu.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went for a birthday, food was nice, servers were informative of the food, waitress's attitude was great, professional and cheerful, also responsive and aware of your table when needed.

if you looking for purely amazing food that makes you wow, I don't think this is the place.
but if you want good food, good environment with very high quality staff that wont embarrass you for any occasion. This is a very good option for that.

birthday desert was served before the bill.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great good and great service.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

A few issues, why not gluten free breads... It was brunch. Need to have it for egg dishes! Wine was delivered and served warm; they held it in the back to cool.. Why not a ice bucket by guest? Food was good. Presentation for Tuna could have been prettier. Thank u

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 18, 2017

It was our girls reunion coming together from Singapore, UK and Canada. Had a great time n a perfect place to sealed our last evening before parting. Highly recommended for a fun night gathering with good food n drink!

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Always a huge fan of sassafraz - great food and fantastic service!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (London)·Dined on October 16, 2017

A real gem. Wonderful good in a very pleasant environment. Our waiter was lovely. In a busy conference week this was the only evening where I relaxed and felt welcome

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I had suggested my friend to go there for brunch and i felt bad.
At 12.30 on sunday they were out of ‘sausage’ which was one of the main ingredients in their menu (the one. I’ve selected) . Unacceptable, they didn’t suggest complimentary fruit or coffee or something, they charged full price. Oh, almost forgot.. doulbles up the bacon with some extra-crispy (burnt) bacon. And there was a half kumato tomato, small size .
My friend got rhe egg whites with quinoa salad, it was no salad, just some sprinkles
Never going there again for food. Just for some drinks in the patio in summer

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

In Toronto’s tony neighborhood of Yorkville in the heart of the fun area of restaurants. Great food and more of a cool restaurant than the other bars. Blue crab and duck were superb. Great service

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was fabulous, the service indifferent, and the decor a little sterile. Still had a great evening with friends and the most important thing - the food - was out of this world.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Lovely evening.. excellent food and very pretty decor. Service was quick and friendly. Try the baked avocado wedges!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Attended an early dinner slot prior to theatre. We let our server know we were tight for time. He was fantastic, getting our drinks, appetizers and mains to us at a steady flow but we never felt rushed. Great wine pairings revommended by our server and they presented my husband with a lovely piece of cheesecake for desert in honour of his birthday.

All in all a lovely evening.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Really enjoyed the live music and drinks would go back next time in Toronto.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Very good but could have been better. Best part of the dinner was dessert. Service okay, food was good but not great. Pretty Dining room.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Delicious food and great service! We went for my boyfriend's birthday and the staff were amazing.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Seated near bar. Too noisy for a couple.
Service was good at beginning of meal but was lacking near the end.
Food was good for apps, fair to poor for mains.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Fish taco was good but the crab salad was not what I expected to be. They replaced it right away with meatballs which was delicious. Great service.

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Enjoyed the different menu selections. Great service. Classy but not pretentious.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Came for my brunch with my friend and ordered the lobster croque madame and pancakes. The portion of the lobster dish was a little disappointing but the taste was good. We both enjoyed the pancakes. I would probably return at some point to try their dinner menu but maybe not brunch again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Sassafraz is by far my favourite restaurant in Toronto. The food is consistently excellent, the ambience lends itself to relaxing conversation and dining. Have had three business lunches here and all led to successful deals. Just sayin.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Beautiful place for music but unfortunate that there is not jazz offered nightly. Food and presentation were very good. Service started out beautifully but this tendency, now seemingly in use in all restaurants, even fine dining ones, to lavish lots of attentive service and style at the beginning of the meal from a main server and maitre d' but to then have a new person serve everything else each time, then collect emptied plates the same way over the rest of the evening is impersonal and detracts from a dining experience. I am personally hoping this practice is dropped.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

It was a pleasant surprise to see the renovated dining room with the living wall and water fall - gorgeous. I would certainly recommend the dining room however it did get a little noisy with the children in the room. I would think dinner would be much quieter. Great brunch experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

It was a great experience. Food quality and the environment was very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Food and atmosphere are excellent!
The waiter (Corey - spelling) that served us had a causal attitude and was quite informal using terms like 'for sure'. He even suggested that while the tuna is served seared and raw in the center, it could be cooked all the way through - not a good suggestion in our opinion. We also noted him leaning on the wall while taking orders at another table - again quite casual.
As he excused his reach across the table I noted that his shirt sleeves were quite soiled leading me to wonder about cleanliness in general. I would expect that at a restaurant of this caliber that wait staff would be held to standards that include clean clothes, hands etc.
This waiter also struggled with proper timing. We ordered dessert and coffees and at the same time indicated that we'd like one more glass of wine. He brought the coffee before the wine. Clearly the wine should have come first followed by the coffee and dessert.
This service took away from our overall enjoyment but we will be back.
Hoping this is helpful.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

The food was delicious, ambiance was relaxed and high end, our waitress was so sweet and attentive. The portions are small for the price but that's what you get for a high end restaurant. Highly recommend!

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Living across the street from this Yorkville hot spot you forget it's more then a trendy bar. Unfortunately, between a lipstick stained coffee cup, mixed up orders, a delayed order, an MIA server and being given the wrong bill I can hardly say Sassafraz is consistent. It is, however, a nice spot with descent food.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 1, 2017

I've been here dozens of times and was both surprised and disappointed by the food quality. The appetizer we ordered came barely warm and both entrees came cool and under cooked. Steak salad, ordered medium rare, arrived blue. Very disappointing.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Service was outstanding. My steak was a little bit overcooked (I asked for Medium Rare, the waitress said that the chef recommends medium, but the steak came well done). Dessert was delicious.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Amazing food, excellent service and atmosphere. I would definitely recommend and I will definitely be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Quality of the food was great.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Wonderful food and service

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Beautiful ambience from lots of light and a living wall in the atrium area of the restaurant. Lovely brunch menu and pleasant service.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 25, 2017

From start to finish, everything was outstanding. Very affordable prices for lunch in Yorkville.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 24, 2017

The server kind of rushed us for the drinks order, but service was good thereafter. My magret was absolutely divine. Chai creme brule did not resemble a creme brule in any way excpet for the presentation. Desserts have room for improvement but main dishes were really special!

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Beautiful restaurant. Service was great. Waiter was very knowledgeable and picked the food and wines for us. We enjoyed everything and looking forward to our next visit.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

The service was excellent our server had amazing wine knowledge ! Food was excellent and the bartender made it special mixed is a few specialty shots for my birthday party !! It was fun, casual, dining atmosphere!! Definetly my favorite restaurant I have come for my birthday celebrations here before and the restaurant is a gem ! Thank you !!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Quite disappointed by our most recent dinner dining experience. Two of three menu items we ordered were not available. Waitress could not give wine recommendations. Have been visiting for years and seems this establishment is going downhill (for dinner at least). Breakfast, brunch and lunch have been good however I cannot recommend going for dinner with much better dining options in Yorkville.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food, slow and inattentive service in a nearly empty restaurant !

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