Sassafraz

4.6
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2186 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food and service

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went on Valentine's Day, and also my girlfriend's birthday. The foods were generally high-quality and the beef tenderloin was the best beef we've ever tasted!! Got birthday candle & "happy birthday" written with chocolate on the plate as planned. Overall, satisfied!

DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food4Service5Ambience2

The food was good and our server was great. However, I had made reservations here for Valentines day more than a month in advance and even showed up to the restaurant before our booking time, and the only available seating they had for us two was at a group table. The seating was terrible for the occasion of the dinner and I was extremely disappointed considering the effort I put in months in advance to make a reservations.

S
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have to say the location of this restaurant is very good, the staff is very friendly, I went with my boyfriend on valentine's day, the set meal is about $90 per person. The food is delicious and beautifully placed.

LM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely experience. It was our first time there and the food was delicious, service was exceptional and restaurant itself was beautiful. We'll definitely be back.

MJ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

I have been to Sassafraz several times before for business meetings. I went for Winterlicious and was quite underwhelmed with the flavour of the food. I had the duck pate to start which was quite rich in flavour and was just not quite something I liked but tried it anyways. I next had the rainbow trout and it was two super small pieces of fish and the entire dish lacked much flavour at all. It was like the chef had forgotten to add any salt/pepper to the dish. The rainbow trout dish was a large disappointment. The meal ended well though as the dessert was the saving grace. The flourless chocolate bar with vanilla ice cream was the perfect combination. I would definitely eat this dessert again multiple times. I hope next time I go, the main menu will be more appeasing.

PH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely meal. Winterlicious dinner- good choices and generous portions. Lots of nice wines by the glass.

IR
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent!

R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Quality and size of portions for 3-course meal were excellent. Service was lovely! Enjoyed the seats in the older part of the restaurant where bar is located.

WM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food. Terrific service. It's been a while but we'll certainly be back soon.

EE
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance! We went to Winterlicious twice because the food was so delicious and big enough portions.

DN
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely time celebrating a birthday. Delicious food, great service and just the right place to wish someone a special birthday.

JG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

The salmon that I had was very salty no impress, the plate with Black noodles not a great choice,

F
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Really nice space, enjoyed the variety of the menu, food came out quickly with nice presentation. Service was sub-par. The waitress barely spoke to us, we weren't asked about drinks, water glasses were always empty and we had to grab someones attention to get anything.

SE
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic ! White beans with the chicken were a pleasant surprise. Everywhere else it is the usual mached potatoes :) Thank you for being part of Winterlicious and Summerlicious.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was fantastic. I felt the waitress was very short and abrupt in her approach. The assisting staff was super friendly .
There should be an option of gluten free bread or rice cake or cracker in opening bread basket as many people have True Gluten intolerance . Food was spectacular. Our waitress made no effort to explain the dishes. I think people are drawn in by staff that understand the menu. It should be a dining experience.

NG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and good service. Our
Server was excellent and the food was delicious and well priced for winterlicious.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very good food and not too noisy for once in North America.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service as always.

LB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place! Loved the living wall of plants - very cool! Food was great, as was the service.

z
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sassafraz never disappoints in the past 3 visits. I went there this time to try the Winterlicious menu and it was really great. All the other friends were happy with their food as well. There are vegetarian options as well.

F
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Tried Sassafraz's Winterlicious lunch menu and it was ok. Nothing spectacular. My son thought my home cooked meal was better and I am an average cook! For what I spent, I could have a whole week worth of groceries. I really wanted to love it but didn't....

g
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed a fabulous lunch today during Winterlicious. The food was delicious and an amazing value. We will definitely be back!

B
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

When you make a reservation, ask for a table beside a window and in the room without the bar! Ask for Brian for your waiter.

LD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Front door staff not very welcoming, but everything else was fantastic.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptionally good service. Very impressive. They prepared a special plate when they found that we are celebrating our engagement. Escargots were delicious!

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food and atmosphere

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a wonderful dining experience! My girl and i went there for winterlious and food is surprisingly good. You can tell how much thoughts go into their dishes. From starter to desert, they have all been prepared with care and love.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time at sassafraz, after hearing many good things. My friends and I came to experience winterlicous and it exceeded my expectations from the food, the ambiance to the service. I would definitely come again.

C
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a wonderful experience for me and my co-workers. We took lots of pictures of the food and our group. Our server was extremely conscientious. Timing of everything was perfect. Of course, the food was excellent.

d
Toronto
43 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and service, good for everyday or special occasions.

AA
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service! Very nice meal. Wonderful Winterliscous menu choices!

M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Winterlicious definitely brought down the quality of the food here. Regular dinning menu is better.

KT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We like Sassafraz since long time ago. Usually come here for steak. This time decide to try their winterlicious.
Sassafraz has done very good for this event. Some other shop kind of let customer feel they are cheating out but Sassafraz let you enjoy even with deserts.

(Maybe I was very hungry..lol)

Appetizers I recommend the duck pate. Very creamy and light! Kosovo’s for chef pairing it with jam. The escargot has very good flavour however light too light with salt in my opinion. It was as if no salt was add at all.

Main dish wild boar was very very good! Full flavour and cook to profession. Tender and good pairing with sourcabagge and roasted potatoes. Rainbow trout was liked by my wife so must be good also.

I wasn’t expecting much for desert but their putting was a good surprise to me! Definitely recommended!

Also, their winter punch was refreshing!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Came in for lunch with a friend and was served by Beatina, who was absolutely lovely! The food was OK couldn’t complain and the ambience of the restaurant is to die for! Beatina really enhanced my experience at Sassafras with exceptional hospitality!

v
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful space, excellent value during Winterlicious. The food was outstanding. Would definitely come back even after Winterlicious ends. I want to sit under that plant wall all day.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

First time at sassafraz and the food was amazing!

T
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Crispy porchetta good, lamb Ragu excellent, dessert very good! Interior is beautiful.

s
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are always so grateful for the kind staff. Thank you for being so wonderful to our very young children. The best!

FV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience2

We got seated at the back corner of the restaurant where the water fall is. From the moment we sat down, the area was freezing. There was a brutally cold draft coming from under the table area that made it way to uncomfortable to enjoy our meal. We told our waitress and she said she would speak to the manager. She checked in again after a few minutes but it was still beyond freezing. It felt like we were seated outside. There was no mention of even moving us to another table. Quite disappointed with our winterlicious experience because of this, which is unfortunate because we thoroughly enjoyed our Summerlicious experience. Do not sit near the waterfall.

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