Sassafraz

4.5
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2209 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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJeffreyC
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and a great attitude.
The menu was creative and yummy.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food

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AmiS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Sassafraz was relatively quiet that evening and the four of us enjoyed great food and great conversation.

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CateK
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful dining room and great good. We enjoyed our lunch here.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was perfect as usual 👌🏻

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AlexM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Vegetarian Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash was outstanding. So was the beet salad.

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MargueriteG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was very good. Lamb Rigatoni was OK - would not order that again. Otherwise the food was very good. Service was sporadic/inconsistent. Original server thanked us 3 times for "taking care of the wine" - we pulled an ice bucket over to our own table and poured our own wine. Question - IF as our server, you notice this - your thank you to us, then why did you NOT attend to pouring the wine after noticing?? Server who took our food order was friendly. Food was delivered and cleared away in a professional manner. When filling out the on-line reservation, one question was whether we were celebrating any special occasion - our response was YES - Anniversary and also asked to sit at a table that was more secluded if possible. It seems none of this information was noted by the restaurant as they seated us at a table that in our opinion was not really secluded and there was NO mention of an Anniversary. We purposely made an early evening dinner reservation in hopes that secluded seating would be more abundant at that time. Question - why add that option for information on the reservation if you don't action or acknowledge it?? This sets up the guest for an expectation of at the least, a mention or congratulation but when disregarded, it sets up the guest for a disappointment.

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RamyK
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

this is a modern chic french canadian restaurant that is perfect for a special occasion or corporate dinner. the presentation is on point, the food is great and the staff is friendly.

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Sassafraz
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Host team seated us right away and provided us with the choice of table. Waiter was very patient with a pleasant demeanor. Soup was cold, tacos were told they were salmon but I don't believe they were.....also could have used some spice....cheese plate (can't go wrong with cheese). Nice restaurant overall.

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RichardL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service, nice ambiance and super food! Makes for a lovely dining experience.

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Jeevs
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My wife and I were there for our anniversary. The ambiance and the food was exceptional. The service was decent although it took a while to track down our waiter for the bill. Would recommend.

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DavidB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice restaurant, excellent service and great food. Was disappointed to have a table right beside the kitchen despite making a reservation 10 days in advance. I guess my wife and I are not well connected enough to warrant a decent table. We did however have a wonderful server so that helped somewhat.

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CharleneP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Great service. Food was sadly mediocre. Expected more; assuming it was just my selection.

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Kate
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, delicious food, wonderful service!

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Zenico
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good experience in terms of food and service. It is a bit pricey for what it is, but worth trying!

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JennyG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was top notch

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food and service

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DanielK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

The restaurant itself is very nice, the prices are reasonable for the quality of food and service. Service was fantastic.
However, I asked for a rare steak and received a completely raw steak (there was no grain when you cut it open, just raw slab). The restaurant of course brought me a new one, which was great, but barely offered an apology and nothing else in that regard. It was a mildly upsetting experience.

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DebbieA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sassafraz never disappoints! My spouse and I will keep going back. Exceptional food, exceptional service, exceptional atmosphere. Thank you Sassafraz!

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Sara
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

Not impressed with the food at all very disappointed. Steak was so red and asked for medium well

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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!

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DanialC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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Sylvia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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HannahH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place to spend Valentine's Day!
We were unable to get dinner reservations so we booked a late lunch at 3:30pm.
As it turns out it was great for us as we had almost all of the back room, with the flower, wall to ourselves.
We had a very relaxing, delicious and enjoyable meal and were so satisfied that we didn't need dinner later either.
Thanks for a fantastic time!

LM
LarisaM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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Mytimetodine
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Reunion with a friend I haven’t seen in 6 years. Staff was very attentive but not intrusive, food was amazing, I always enjoy coming back here.

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MichaelJ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
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.

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PamH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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IrisR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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Reggie115
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
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.

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WayneM
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

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EllenE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Dubai
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and good service. Would recommend to all considering to eat at Sassafraz.

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DonN
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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JennyG
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

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

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Frankie
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.

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SherineE
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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NadineG
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.

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

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

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