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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

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Business Meals (24)
Good for a Date (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Romantic (18)
Great for Brunch (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Cozy (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Fun (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Healthy (10)
Casual (9)
Hot Spot (9)
People Watching (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Live Music (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Authentic (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (London)·Dined 2 days ago

We have been here many times before and always enjoyed. Usually my boyfriend orders the beef tenderloin and I opt for a different dish so we can try each others. This time I ordered the beef tenderloin so I wouldn’t be wishing I had ordered it after trying his. Our food came out extremely quick, usually a great thing but when you’ve ordered a medium rare and it comes out blue that’s not optimal. The outside of the tenderloin were slightly warm and browned but cutting into the beef if was cold and completely raw inside. I sent it back to have it cooked more, it came out very quickly again... still undercooked but at least not cold. I didn’t want to be that extremely fussy person sending it back a second time so I ate it, I wish I hadn’t. Both my boyfriend and I got extremely sick through the night. I have been going to sassafraz for years, but that was my last time. This place isn’t as good as it once was.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

Loved the live jazz piano player. Ordered the steak it was cooked perfectly. I simply asked for it done as the chef would do it and left it to their best judgement.

Outstanding night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 6, 2017

A very nice experience with a top notch staff, great location, and well designed space for quiet socializing. A bit overpriced; an interesting but limited menu. Nevertheless, recommended.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Wonderful food and lovely service. Thank you for a great afternoon. The French 75’s were an amazing treat!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The service was AMAZING! Everyone is very friendly! My husband I have been coming for 8 years, and have never had a disappointing meal! This is my favorite restaurant in Toronto!

Thank you,

Michelle. Russell

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Sassafraz was awesome as usual. Very nice venue, attentive but not overbearing service and tasty creative dishes to enjoy!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, People Watching, Sunday Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great experience. Service was attentive. Price point reasonable. Recommend to try

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were seated in a very cozy corner in the dining room where we could see the full moon casting its light through the cathedral shaped skylight.

We had the pea, asparagus soup, oysters, beef tartar with frites, shrimp pasta and finished off the meal with the creme brûlée and expresso. We enjoyed the meal, atmosphere and Michael our server that eve was excellent.

After dinner we made our way to the piano lounge where we were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful and entertaining pianists Sebastien and John.

I would highly recommend this restaurant for the food, atmosphere and pre or after dinner lounge entertainment.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Service was very slow!
Also very noisy that night with a big group standing there chatting next to our table.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The atmosphere was incredibly cozy and nice, the server was very attentive and energetic and the food was amazing ! Overall great place for anniversaries or a business meal

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service from kitchen was slow, eggs benny were cool and poached eggs were almost hard boiled. Have had better meals before. Service good

Tags: Casual, Healthy
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent service! The chef and server were very accommodating to my husband's vegan diet. They customized the meal for him and saved his birthday! The only recommendation I have is to increase the portion of the meals a tad bit. Other than that, we shall be returning.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Vegan, Authentic, Live Music, Business Meals, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great meal. Great Service.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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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