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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

Sassafraz Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (63)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
Special Occasion (52)
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Romantic (36)
Business Meals (32)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Cozy (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Great for Lunch (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Good for Groups (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Casual (12)
People Watching (11)
Afternoon Coffee (10)
Fun (10)
Healthy (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Afternoon Tea (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Live Music (6)
Seasonal (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Authentic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Scenic View (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Vegan (3)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined a day ago

It was Sunday and they offer only brunch. But luckily burger on menu for partner and pancakes daughter said were great tasting. I enjoyed the egg white omelet with quinoa salad.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 2 days ago

Beautiful afternoon spent at Sassafraz. I made a request for a round table in the back room. We arrived 1 hour early and they still honoured that request. Service was wonderful. The food, delicious. It's a little pricey but not unreasonable for Yorkville. It felt more like an experience than just lunch.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Generally superb cuisine, attentive service and elegant ambiance, slightly marred this time by a lukewarm entree, having to remind staff about our wine and drinks order which didn't arrive until after the appetizers were finished and a misunderstood dessert substitution. Still a lovely restaurant, but a little disappointing considering the price point and reputation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely delicious and incredible! A must go to!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We ladies had a lovely lunch.
Only comment .... we thought $24.00 for six oysters was steep.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service, but we were a surprised that even with an Open Table reservation, they didn’t have a table in the dining room for us. We had to seat ourselves at the ‘cafe’ side. Our server was great and made up for the situation and the food was delicious, generous portions and flavourful.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Wonderful meal, superb service, location & modern decor to boot! Food was not really as creative or tasty as other trips to the restaurant (Huge emphasis on barley on the current menu), still very good, just not outstanding. I will come back, this is a family staple and we generally dine at Sassafraz twice a year.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Their service was good but the food was sad and not worth it. Too uptight.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Poor service was the main problem
Had to return one entre and it came back wrong
Also ordered champagne which was forgotten

Food was very tasty and nice place

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 (Montreal)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Husband and I went here for brunch this past weekend and chose to sit in the cafe area on the couches. It was a very snowy day so I imagine this is why it was quite empty (Id expected itnto be busier). We tried the steak and eggs and lobster croque madame. Husband found the steak to be undercooked. However the rest of the food was very good. The service was good as well. Didnt have to wait very long for food and the server checked in frequently making sure everything was ok with the meal.
The only grievance I have is that the website doesn't specify that the weekend brunch is an all day thing. We'd actually gone in at 1:30 pm expecting to have lunch. However we learned that they only have a brunch menu until 5 pm when thet switch to dinner. We were already there so decided to try out the items from the brunch menu, as I said above. I'm interested to try lunch or dinner here perhaps at a later time.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great place for a large group. Good food and service

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 8, 2018

A last minute decision to go to Sassafraz during Winterlicious. Excellent food, a large choice (compared to other Winterlicious venues), reasonably priced wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on February 8, 2018

This restaurant has been on my bucketlist for quite a while and it didn't disappoint.

Went for date night and the space was amazing. Loved the vaulted ceiling in the dining area and the waterfall. Food was on point. I had the lamb meatballs as a starter lamb shoulder as a main and a selection of cheeses for desert. Meatballs were amazing. The lamb shoulder was literally a melt in your mouth experience.... However, the cheese selection (note to self don't ever, EVER order blue cheese again) wasn't my thing. It was a winterlicious prix fix selections.

I highly recommend this restaurant especially for those romantic date nights 😁

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great meal and service.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Visited During Winterlicious. As usual Sassafraz, unlike some other Winterlicious venues, does not offer smaller portions because of Winterlicious prices. Food is delicious and while you have appetizer, entree & dessert included, you might be better off to have the cheese tray dessert ( ok charcuterie) with your wine/appetizer so that the flavours of the entrees are the final flavours that you experience. Just delicious. Missing some of the senior staff this year who had service done to a fine art, maybe it was just a one off. Beautiful atmosphere. Casual or Special Occasion- well worth a visit. A Toronto favourite. Still.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I had to ask for a clean tablecloth. For that we changed table and had the server mixed up when bringing our food.
One piece of fish was hardly cooked but I had another plate brought to me.
Everything was corrected but I expected better from that restaurant. Maybe winterlicious changes few things...

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I ordered from the Winterlicious menu, and I must say this place doesn’t disappoint. I had the duck pate, veal chop and cheesecake.
The pate tasted amazing, but I think the portion of the pate is a bit too much, would love the dish even more it came with more sides to complement the taste of the pate.
Veal chop itself was very well done, but the risotto was too hard.
Cheesecake was alright, not exceptional but not terrible as well.
Overall the ambiance is great and service was mediocre, probably because I went on a very busy night.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We went for winterlicious on a double date. Things didn't start out well as we waited by the front door for about 10min, completely ignored by any staff that walked by, before a hostess finally came to seat us. Then I had to ask her to deal with our coats as she did not offer (and this is not the kind of place where you throw it over the back of your chair). Thankfully things improved from there as our table service was very professional and the food was excellent. The dining room is beautiful and the regular menu not as pricey as I thought. It's certainly not a budget place, but not unreasonable and would be quite the impressive spot to take a date.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Food was excellent as usual. Service was just OK. I had much better server before at that restaurant.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I really enjoyed the food and was extremely impressed with the service.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great food

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We were there for the winterlicious menu and the food was fine, not bad but also not amazing (their regular menu might be better?). We also felt rushed by our waiter, especially when he came around for the bill when we hadn’t finished our dessert. Nonetheless, the restaurant itself is very pretty, clean, and organized. Hostess and bus boys were very professional and provided great service.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Wonderful menu. We were late being seated and ended up in a draft by the window.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We enjoyed the Winterlicious lunch menu very much. The butternut squash soup was delicious, the spinach salad with shaved beets and fennel was superb. The Arctic char was beautiful and even the accompanying mashed potatoes were great. The cheesecake was creamy and smooth and my friend enjoyed her selection of Canadian cheeses. Altogether a wonderful lunch with very attentive service!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 5, 2018

I usually don't give the top star to anything but I couldn't resist for my lunch at Sassafraz. It was superb. Wish I could come more often but my fixed budget doesn't allow it, however, I'll be back sometime for another meal - hopefully dinner.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Enjoyed your vertical garden immensely! Recommendations for wine selection was amazing. Attentive to each client with questions such as allergies. We even had a personalized dessert with a birthday lit candle!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Scenic View, Healthy, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Love my overall experience. The food is really good, thought it's a little heavy for me because I went for a creamy appetizer, a creamy mains and cheesecakes. I wasn't aware of it. Anyways, a must go for winterlicious!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 4, 2018

nothing short of amazing!
the ambiance, service and food were outstanding.

It is cozy yet so elegant at the same time, i would defintely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I was disappointed about the service that we got this time. She was abrupt. And that affacts our dining experience. It is ashamed.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Foods are incredible! I am sure I will visit again.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were at the restaurant for Winterlicious lunch. We have been to Sassafraz many times before with my partners. The service this time could have been faster. We couldn’t find our waiter at most time. The food selection, quality and taste of food was excellent. We were sat at the entrance of the door and each time the door open, it gave us a cold breeeze. Why would they even put a table at the angle they did we couldn’t understand. The value of cocktail drink we had and the price was for lunch was excellent. We were bunch of ladies celebrating one of our birthday so it was the perfect spot for that. Definitely go back and have been recommending the restaurant to our friends.

Tags: Vegan, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Romantic, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This was our first time here and we really enjoyed the atmosphere and interior decor of the restaurant! Our server was lovely and the food we tried for Winterlicious was really good as well! Portions are decent, could be bigger but overall a great experience.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Had a great lunch with a friend here! This restaurant has a beautiful plant wall in the back dining room. Food was great :)

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Waiters were great. But the kitchen took forever to bring out our food, the place wasn’t busy so not sure why it took forever. Food was okay

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Our server was so sloppy & kept on complaining! Food was tasteless!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The food was good. Maybe a little too much sauce accompagnement for the people with sensitive digestive system.

Tags: Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Went during winterlicious. Menu was full of many options, vrgan friendly and for meat eaters. Great ambiance and service. Would highly recommend if willing to spend on a nice dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Romantic
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 30, 2018

First time here. Enjoyed the Winerlicious meal special service was great. The atmosphere was very bright and cheery in the dining area. Spent several days in the Yorkville area and this was our favorite place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Went for winterlicious the chicken was a bit dry. The whole menu selection for winterlicious was too grainy. Grains and dairy in everything.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Very nice food and bread. outstanding service, love the appetizer a lot, the dessert is a little bit too sweet though. Overall is 4/5

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee
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