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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (38)
Good for a Date (35)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
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Romantic (21)
Business Meals (20)
Cozy (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Great for Brunch (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Healthy (8)
People Watching (8)
Fun (7)
Casual (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Live Music (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Seasonal (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Scenic View (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Authentic (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 7 days ago

It was a pleasant place for my birthday lunch. The service was friendly yet professional. The place was not very busy so staff was attentive. Perhaps they could have allowed a bit more time for one to savour the ambiance, after all it was a celebration not business lunch.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food was great but to be honest they were very small portions so the price point was slightly steep.
Server Amelia G was amazing! Personable, knowledgeable and table tapped just the right amount.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Gluten Free Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 11, 2018

It was good. Every staff was kind. :)

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Below average food. This is a real shame since the restaurant is very nice and the service is excellent.

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great service and awesome ambience. Wine selection is good. The veal chop wasn’t well seasoned and the room was cold. Will definitely go back!
NB: Not a lot of options for vegans.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Good food and great service, nice environment. It is a nice restaurant to have lunch and dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Food was excellent. Had the mushroom soup and salmon with quinoa. Our waitress ... sorry forgot her name ... was excellent. Extremely attentive and very helpful with the menu.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

So sad!!!
First date ...
The martini's were watered down and we had to send the oysters back.
The menu looked amazing and the piano player was fantastic.
We decided not to take a chance on the main and we walked to another cute place near by.
Maybe it was a one off bad night for them?
The date ended up being wonderful but Sassafraz didn't do it for us.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Service was great. The food was a bit slow. Most of the dishes for the evening were over seasoned. Though for the groupon offer, it offered quite a wide selection. It is no longer a special dining experience given now that there are a lot more great restaurant all over Toronto as compared to 10 years ago.

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

We were looking forward to the veal but were told it was sold out. Otherwise, it was good experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I always go to Sassafraz to celebrate my husband's birthday each year and we have never been disappointed. The food is always delicious and the staff are generally very attentive. I would suggest going earlier then later as I found it was quite noisy later in the evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Food was great - but not all of it was amazing. We had ordered the beef brisket poutine and octopus as appetizers. The server was not very attentive and did not repeat our order. We ended up with pulled pork instead of poutine! He also had to come back to ask what my husband ordered for dessert again. Was quite disapppointed by the service. The mains were better as our order was correct! The veal had lots of tendon in it. Notably the steak knife was given to my husband even though he ordered scallops! I expected the service to be a little more attentive at this establishment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was incredible , service was great! Very beautiful restaurant !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Delicious. Great ambiance, attentive staff, amazing food and great company

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The service and the food was great. We had a great time and an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food and service was impeccable. Would highly recommend for a special occasion . Expensive but worth it . venue very cozy but not crowded , the perfect balance. Corn and crab chowder and arctic char were dishes to dream about . Bon apetit

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Horrible service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

As another reviewer noted, we came for the food and will come back for the service. Very low key though attentive (actually got called by name as the server took the effort to note the reservation name on his own).

Food was consistently good - ingredients fresh and love their take on common dishes (like poutine). Was not pressed for time and the pacing was perfect.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Service was slow and food was not great

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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on December 20, 2017

A friend recommended this restaurant, and it turned out to be very worthwhile. There is a fairly noisy bar, but the restaurant itself, behind a door, is calm, and the white tableclothed decor suggests formality and sophistication.
The menu is well chosen, and the wine list reasonably comprehensive.
Food was good; service was excellent.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Loved the decor, the service and the food. The scallops and duck were out of this world. The flourless cake was awesome for gluten-free diners. Will definitely return.

Tags: Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great food, beautiful seating under the skylight and exceptional service!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

My boyfriend and I had a really great time, the food was amazing, the services was great, and it had such a nice atmosphere! I would recommend it to any one

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We arrived for a 6:30 reservation, service was a little slow, but we did order and the food was great. While waiting for our dessert we were asked if we were told that we would have to vacate our table by 8:30pm. It must have taken at least 15:00more ,minutes for our dessert to arrive. Meanwhile our cappuccinos are getting cold! Finally our dessert arrived and we requested the bill. Not a nice way to end a celebratory evening - even if it is approx a week before Christmas.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Worse food in Toronto !

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I have always enjoyed Sassafras but was disappointed in the food this time around.
Turnips being sour. Crab soup had an off putting smell.
I will go back. Maybe just an off day.

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Really nice lunch - occasion was my husband's birthday

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Live Music, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Server was great, she was friendly, quick, and conversed well.
The food was just ok to be honest.
The escargot and bacon I had was bland (Weird considering bacon itself is salty)
The lamb meatballs weren't very flavorful either
My friend and I both left simply saying wow, that was just “Meh!”

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 (London)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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

Jalapeno cocktail was delicious.

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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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