Sassafraz

4.4
1725 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French
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  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, Continental
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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
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Phone number
(416) 964-2222
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Geoff Webb
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Bloor and Bay Streets
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Parking Details
10 Bellair Street, Bay and Cumberland,
Avenue and Cumberland.
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Public Transit
Bay Subway Station
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Entertainment
Live pianist Friday and Saturday evenings.
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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
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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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".

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What 1725 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.5
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

It’s for the atmosphere that I attend this restaurant.

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Naples
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent - two of our party ordered steaks which arrived exactly as ordered, and the other ordered the duck - and raved about it. We were served by Georgia and she was excellent - making great suggestions and being attentive without hovering. Overall an excellent evening.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was lovely!

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OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely brunch. Food was delicious, waiter was very friendly.

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CC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food excellent service - great birthday lunch

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SC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had lunch with my two sisters. Food was great, service was terrific.

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DG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my second time there and the experience could not have been more enjoyable!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was lovely as usual. Enjoyable :)

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AG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

The reviews were true. This place truly is over-seasoned and a bit unreasonable in small portion sizes. I am all for small french portion fare - however, then the expectation needs to be set that your meal needs to be 5 courses.
We had two apps & an entree and left starving.
But the staff were lovely and the ambience was lovely and it is a very nice spot and the food was tasty, despite being too salty

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PG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I've been to Sassafraz many times for dinner and lunch, and for special events. The service and quality of food and wine is always excellent. It's a "to-be-seen" location without pretension. Love it.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Steak was medium well when ordered rare.

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s
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

always a great place - service has gotten much better since I last visited. I will be returning

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed dinner

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DK
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food, gracious and comfortable décor … Service was a little overly casual. Timing of meal was both rushed and slow.
We will certainly return.

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BW
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great venue and great food. Wonderful service. I love it there!

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LG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our lunch. The wait staff were attentive and the atmosphere is wonderful.

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NE
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice outdoor seating and good people watching. Food was very good and overall experience was nice on a hot humid day.

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RS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great place! Very accomodating. Outstanding food presentations.

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JM
Toronto
63 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This is one of the regular places to dine for me and my wife; the food is very good and the service is excellent.

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DK
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The menu is varied and easily satisfied guest with varied tastes, The service lead by Georgia was excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent taste, enjoyed very much

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JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Server was Excellent. German woman from Stuttgart. ( can’t remember her name)

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R
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Comfortable, quiet upscale environment. Very safe choice both food and environment-wise. Food is like good quality banquet food. Would probably be a good choice for a business lunch.

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p
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Food was terrible. Salad was warm and soggy and EXPENSIVE
Samosas were cold
I don't understand how they can stay in business.
I wouldn't go there again

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VK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Sassafraz always delivers. It is always predictably good.

My only comment is that the wait staff could do with a little more training on how they present the food, a lightly gentler more elegant demenour would be appreciated.
Thank you

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l
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant fits the bill, whether you want casual dining or an up-scale date night.

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KS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and full of good humour. Food was promptly served and so fresh and tasty. We were very happy that the seating allowed for private conversation.

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JP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had the duck and Cornish hen, both were great! Very nice atmosphere and service.

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Unfortunately took forever to get the bill (15+ minutes), otherwise the food and ambience was great.

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FK
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a place my boys and I love to go when we feel like having a special brunch. Imthe good, ambiance and location give it that extra special feel.

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NM
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

I chose Sassafraz for a special occasion dinner with my best friend who was visiting from out of town. I have had good experiences here in the past and the location was perfect to show her a lovely area of the city and a beautiful restaurant. While the food was delicious, I cannot stress enough how deeply disappointed we were with the level of service we received. We had an 8:00 reservation, for which we arrived on time. We were greeted promptly by our server and provided waters, but then watched as our server ignored our table for the next 20-25 minutes while serving people that came after us, cleared empty tables and touched base with every other table in his section aside from us. When we finally flagged him down to order drinks and our dinner, it took another 15-20 minutes to even receive a glass of wine and one cocktail. It was 840 when we finally received our drinks. The food was delicious, but again, we had to get our servers attention to get drink refills. When it came to ordering dessert, my friend ordered a glass of prosecco while I ordered a dessert and my food came far before her drink arrived. At this point I should note it was after 10:00pm and the restaurant was virtually empty and the bar was not busy. While the food and ambiance of Sassafraz make for an enjoyable experience, the service left us with a terrible taste in our mouths and made for a disappointing evening.

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LM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Were very good a accommodating my celiac condition and allowing us to share meals.

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DK
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The new décor is lovely. The menu (lunch) was fun and very tasty. Our service was exceptional. Sassafraz has be re-invented, again. It gets better every time.

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SM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our service was amazing. Food and drinks were beautifully presented and delicious. Thank you! I’ll be back. :)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

It took a while to be greeted by the front staff. The service was good but a bit awkward. During the meal I was called by the restaurant to see if we were coming for our reservation. Food was good, if not a bit under seasoned. Overall a nice night out with a few miscues.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I made a note on reservation that the dinner is for my father-in-law’s birthday, and requested a table we’d like to be seated. When we arrived there, yes, we were directed to the table we wanted. As there was no mention of the birthday in the beginning from our server, i thought maybe they forgot. When dessert dish came out, there was a lighted candle with ‘Happy Birthday’ writing on our birthday man’s plate. It was definitely surprising and exceptional service. :)

Our family made good comments on beef tartare, King Cole duck breast and tenderloin.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sassafraz always exceeds our expectations. Warmly welcomed upon arrival, seated at a great table and engaging conversation with the service team. We dined for Summerlicious - lots of selection, the portions were well-sized (great value!) and delicious. Will be back again soon!

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JR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Summerlicious at Sassafraz was excellent value for those of us who value quality over quantity.

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t
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

waitress never came back....... she forgot about us like we never excisted in first place.....

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U
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Poor service - waited very long to have our order taken (other tables that came after us had their orders in before us), the bill took very long to get to our table and our bill came and there were erroneous items on it

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