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Sassafraz, Toronto, ON

Sassafraz

4.5
4.5
2977 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
A beloved local landmark, Sassafraz has welcomed guests to enjoy its contemporary Canadian cuisine, warm hospitality, and unparalleled service for over two decades. Chef Geoff Webb's ever-evolving seasonal menu showcases our relationships with local farms and purveyors. Set in an array of Victorian rowhouses, Sassafraz has evolved through the decades to become a magical space in the heart of historic Yorkville. The iconic little house and its romantic interior make it one of the most stunning restaurants in Toronto.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 67 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Bistro, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–4:45 pm Dinner Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 964-2222

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Geoff Webb

  • Private party facilities

    Sassafraz is the perfect setting for a corporate event, a wedding reception or a private event of any kind. With over 10,000 square feet on two levels, Sassafraz is available for lunch, dinner or cocktail receptions. Our cuisine and unparalleled service makes Sassafraz the venue of choice for many Fortune 500 companies. (photo courtesy of Manuela Stefan Photography)

  • Private party contact

    Dennette Schott: (416) 964-2222 ext. 222

  • Neighbourhood

    Yorkville

  • Cross Street

    Bloor and Bay Streets

  • Parking Details

    10 Bellair Street, Bay and Cumberland, Avenue and Cumberland.

  • Public Transit

    Bay Subway Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Cocktails, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,977 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Toronto

    Contemporary Canadian

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  1. g

    gourmetgirl

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Given the beautiful ambience and excellent food, what was lacking was the serving style. Staff were friendly but they didn't seem to know that guests are served from the left. As it was, servers served from the right and even across the table. Awkward.
  2. LD

    LourdesD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It was a good experience. The food is very good, nice ambiance and fast service.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We had the Mac and cheese appetizer. It is very bland and tasteless. The main course was very small. The best part of the meal was the dessert. Overall a bit disappointing and not a good value for the money.
  4. KM

    KMac

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We've been to sassafraz many times and always enjoy it. This time was also very good. Food was exceptional as always. We went for winterlicious and had the fixed price menu. The lamb shank was amazing but the other food was also very good. The only negative I would say was that the restaurant was very loud. We came on a Saturday at 5pm which we were hoping would be quieter but it was still quite loud and got louder as the night went on. We were placed at a table for 2 right in the middle of the restaurant which was fine but there was lots of traffic. People weaving around our table. This was the first night my husband and I were out in a while away from our toddler so we were hoping for something more intimate but it was fine. The servers overall are always very good. I hsd dietary restrictions and they were good about accomodating. But there were a couple of times that we had to ask for more bread or more water. Also we were told by the host that we would have a limit of an hour and 45 mins at our table because it was a busy night which was fine with us. But the food was sometimes a bit slow especially towards the end of the evening. And we were waiting on our server to bring out the bill at the end for quite a while. Overall a great meal at sassafraz as per usual.
  5. DI

    DonnaI

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Awesome experience and the Winterlicious Menu had very good choices. Well done!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal. Food was great. Staff is really friendly and accommodating. Awesome service by Derek.
  7. MA

    MARKR

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were at Sassafraz for lunch and found the food, service and surrounding truly outstanding. You will love the plant wall. We found the food was great and the service was outstanding. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Toronto. We will definitely go back again soon.
  8. DG

    DanielleG

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really like the ambiance of the restaurant. The food was great. The choice on the menu for Winterlicious was amazing. Service was also great.
  9. 3

    3eeaman

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server provided exceptional service when taking our food and drink orders, as well as bringing our orders in a timely manner. We ordered OJ mimosa to start off as our drinks. He informed us that there were brunch options and winterlicious options to choose from. We then went with the winterlicious option for lunch. Ordered their soup and beet salad as the appetizers. It was tasty to start off, especially the butternut squash soup. The entrée we ordered was delicious to devour. We ordered the Braised Lamb Ragoût and Atlantic salmon with chilled soba noodles were made at the right temperature with tasty Flavours and texture. Lastly, the cheesecake and the aged cheese board we ordered marked the highlight of our positive experience at Sassafraz. We greatly appreciate having Derrick as our server for the lunch hour and will come back again to try the brunch menu soon.
  10. S

    Shauna

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great. Wonderful service and delicious food. Would go again for sure.
  11. O

    Odette

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    What spoiled the entire experience was when the hostess (who seated my party of two) had the gall to tell me there's a time limit to dine, "because it's Winterlicious". The table next to ours had three women who were there before us AND also clearly dining from said the Winterlicious menu; however; they were in NO hurry to dine and depart in a haste. After they ate, they ate, they sat at the table socializing. When we finally got up to leave, the bloke with the ponytail made another comment about the length of time it took us to dine. It was VERY offensive!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Winterlicious Menu Fabulous Food
  13. MR

    MandiR

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Visited Sassafraz for quick dinner before a show and meal was adequate but did not wow. Best dishes; salmon, seared eggplant & flourless torte. Seafood chowder was salty and basically just liquid. Portions rather small for the price.
  14. B

    Bunmom

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Went with friend for Winterlicious. Great value and good portions. Delicious food. Many options to choose from. Great service. The only drawback was that we were seated next to someone who spoke loudly all night.
  15. WS

    WSHfromMK

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I had Sassafraz on my to eat list for many years and this was my first time there to try the winterliciou. The portion of the food was really good but the taste of the food was so so.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I love coming to Sassafraz, the food there is always excellent, as is the service. My friend, and I cannot say enough about the waitress, whom we always ask for her name is Bettina, she is the best, we have all gotten to know each other a little bit over the years, and when we go to dine there, it feels like we’re going to see family.The atmosphere is upbeat, we always feel good going there and have been doing so for many many years.
  17. m

    moni

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fabulous!!! I hadn't been in years and decided to use winterlicious as my return.. I had the pate.. the wild boar ragu and the flour less chocolate cake and everything was delicious from the pasta being al dente so tasty and a very generous portion to the blueberry that went so well with the pate.. my friend had the chowder. The consistency and taste were incredible and then the lamb that he loved and again was an amazing portion and great with lentils.. Our server Asla - I hope I spelled it properly - was super friendly and genuine and attentive but not overly so and not in a looking for tips way... thank you for such great service and for helping to make the evening all that much better It was a great return to a past amd now again favourite spot!!!!
  18. AC

    AndrewC

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. We will be back
  19. M

    Marilina

    Toronto

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. I didn’t like the duck patty as much because it was extremely salty.
  20. KM

    KarlM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place. My second time here. Great food, service, ambience and location. A true gem.
  21. S

    Stephen

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    This is a lovely spot for brunch. For what you pay, you receive fine dining service and ambience. The food could be better though. It's good, but not stellar.
  22. DS

    DerekS

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Winterlicious menu is delicious and great portion. However, perhaps due to winterlicious event the restaurant was too noisy that night. It was quite difficult to talk with friends during the dinner.
  23. S

    Suhail

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was nice but not great. We ordered Lamb Shank and Atlantic Salmon, really liked the salmon, lamb shank was bland. Overall, the experience, ambience and service was great.
  24. DL

    DaisyL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The lamp shank has too much fat and not flavores enough on the inside. Also a bit over cooked
  25. LY

    LindaY

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Love the ambience of the cafe dining. Service was excellent. I ordered the burger and salad. Burger was a bit dry - overdone and the onion topping was cold so the temperature was not satisfactory. The Salad was also much too salty which left me thirsty all night. I would say this is place for drinks and to soak up the yorkville vibe.
  26. KC

    KereneC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, haven't visited Sassafraz in a few years, but visited recently for the Winterlicious event, food was excellent, staff nice, thx for the extra warm bread, my friend and I really enjoyed our visit.
  27. C

    Carrie

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    This was our family's favourite place, we went there last night for the first time since pandemic onset, place and services are excellent, the server who doesn't serve our table also came and offered for extra help, warm welcoming ... etc., when he saw our server was tied up with other customers. Unfortunately I feel like they changed chef, we were a party of 7, and four out of us were up-set with our entrees, I didn't pay much attention to the appetizers as we ordered a bunch and shared in the table, but the entrees are disappointing. A lot of our favourite choices were sold out (it was only 6:30 pm!) and server said Sunday is crucial ... OK, I kinda accept that. However, medium steak became well done, Stephan' gladly replaced it with two tenderloin which were OK. Sober tastes sour when chewing, it was not the sauce, seems like the pasta itself is expired ??, Grilled Wild Boar chop came in so dry and tough, with the inside still cold, my cooking experience made me feel that the pork chop was cooked and kept in the fridge, chef simply took it out and reheat it on the grill ... it was probably the worst dish on the table. Stephan' took it back, and tried to offer something, but since I had 1/3 of the huge dry tough chewy pork chop, I didn't need anything else, he insisted to offer me a small pc of grilled salmon which is nice. My daughter's pasta tastes awful but since almost everyone was voicing out concern, she didn't want to add on Stephan's stress but only told me about it after we left, since it was Chinese New Year, our mood was great despite the food quality, the restaurant's ambiance is as great as always, except there is only 3-4 tables of customers. Stephan' felt so sorry and insisted to offer us two dessert board which was probably the most tasteful item out of the whole dinner. So if I am going back, I would only order dessert, until they figure out what went wrong with their kitchen. Service wise, I would give 5 stars.
  28. E

    Emily

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a group of 6 for a bridal celebration. The staff were attentive and the food was excellent! I reliably like coming back here for any occasion and any meal.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall1food1service4ambience5
    My family and I have eaten here before and my Mom who is celiac hasn’t had any issues with the food. Unfortunately, on this occasion my Mom got extremely ill. She was very clear with the waiter that she had celiac and he assured her that there would be no issues. There was possibly a miscommunication between the waiter and the kitchen so please be aware for anyone who has an allergy that there may be cross contamination. It is important to educate the staff that celiac is not a choice but rather a medical condition and if my Mom was not as healthy as she is now, this could have been a lot more serious.
  30. MS

    MichaelS

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great music, great food and Paul (our waiter) was fantastic!
  31. s

    susaun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time for brunch. Nice selection. Eggs Benedict were done to perfection. Lovely and attentive service, as always. Will be back!
  32. SP

    SandraP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The best table, great service and never felt rushed and a great brunch!
  33. BD

    BrunoD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good service. The cheesecake was tasted so good.
  34. A

    Anne

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Amazing waiting from the lovely lady, great seating and atmosphere ❤️ menu could become more interesting and tacos could be improved ☺️
  35. CC

    ChristopherC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    a wonderful way to spend new years eve with great food and ambience.
  36. MP

    MikeP

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at sassafraz and had an amazing new years eve dinner. Pre fixed meal was amazing, lively music on edpiano, terrific ambiance, attentive service by the hostess who took care me and my wife (sorry cannot remember her name but she had red hair). Overall well done sassafraz! Looking forward dine again in 2023. Mike
  37. KR

    KarenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent steak, cooked to perfection, caesar salad not so good, great dessert. Good wine selection. Excellent service. Live music pleasant but a bit loud for conversations. But good atmosphere for new years party hats etc. Good experience . Would definitely recommend
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was good and service was exceptional ! Would definitely come back again .
  39. m

    michaelk

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good appetizers and desserts but main course is not fresh and tender
  40. S

    Shivana

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    perfect place to celebrate the new year. intimate ambiance and the fixed price menu was delicious.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Sassafraz offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 964-2222.

Sassafraz is rated 4.5 stars by 2977 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 67 times today
Google Map for Sassafraz

100 Cumberland Street, Toronto, ON M5R 1A6

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Bloor and Bay Streets

  • Neighbourhood

    Yorkville

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–4:45 pm Dinner Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Bistro, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    10 Bellair Street, Bay and Cumberland, Avenue and Cumberland.

  • Public Transit

    Bay Subway Station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Geoff Webb

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Cocktails, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (416) 964-2222

  • Private party facilities

    Sassafraz is the perfect setting for a corporate event, a wedding reception or a private event of any kind. With over 10,000 square feet on two levels, Sassafraz is available for lunch, dinner or cocktail receptions. Our cuisine and unparalleled service makes Sassafraz the venue of choice for many Fortune 500 companies. (photo courtesy of Manuela Stefan Photography)

  • Private party contact

    Dennette Schott: (416) 964-2222 ext. 222

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