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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" 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.
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
Bloor and Bay Streets
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Live pianist Friday and Saturday evenings.
10 Bellair Street, Bay and Cumberland,
Avenue and Cumberland.
Bay Subway Station
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 email@example.com
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".
Sassafraz Ratings and Reviews
A longtime favourite for special occasions. Dining room or more casual bar cafe. We had lunch after a nearby meeting. The service was excellent as usual. The food was nicely prepared, though bland compared to other visits. We had two noisy groups seated near us, which made conversation difficult until they left. Overall, enjoyable but not quite up to the Sassafraz standard.
Great restaurant in the heart of Yorkville. Food and service was fantastic.
Found this place through another site as I was looking for brunch on a Sunday. We were not disappointed. Staff were very attentive and accommodating. Food was delicious. I would love return and try the dinner menu.
Went for a birthday, food was nice, servers were informative of the food, waitress's attitude was great, professional and cheerful, also responsive and aware of your table when needed.
if you looking for purely amazing food that makes you wow, I don't think this is the place.
but if you want good food, good environment with very high quality staff that wont embarrass you for any occasion. This is a very good option for that.
birthday desert was served before the bill.
Great good and great service.
A few issues, why not gluten free breads... It was brunch. Need to have it for egg dishes! Wine was delivered and served warm; they held it in the back to cool.. Why not a ice bucket by guest? Food was good. Presentation for Tuna could have been prettier. Thank u
It was our girls reunion coming together from Singapore, UK and Canada. Had a great time n a perfect place to sealed our last evening before parting. Highly recommended for a fun night gathering with good food n drink!
Always a huge fan of sassafraz - great food and fantastic service!
A real gem. Wonderful good in a very pleasant environment. Our waiter was lovely. In a busy conference week this was the only evening where I relaxed and felt welcome
I had suggested my friend to go there for brunch and i felt bad.
At 12.30 on sunday they were out of ‘sausage’ which was one of the main ingredients in their menu (the one. I’ve selected) . Unacceptable, they didn’t suggest complimentary fruit or coffee or something, they charged full price. Oh, almost forgot.. doulbles up the bacon with some extra-crispy (burnt) bacon. And there was a half kumato tomato, small size .
My friend got rhe egg whites with quinoa salad, it was no salad, just some sprinkles
Never going there again for food. Just for some drinks in the patio in summer
In Toronto’s tony neighborhood of Yorkville in the heart of the fun area of restaurants. Great food and more of a cool restaurant than the other bars. Blue crab and duck were superb. Great service
The food was fabulous, the service indifferent, and the decor a little sterile. Still had a great evening with friends and the most important thing - the food - was out of this world.
Lovely evening.. excellent food and very pretty decor. Service was quick and friendly. Try the baked avocado wedges!
Attended an early dinner slot prior to theatre. We let our server know we were tight for time. He was fantastic, getting our drinks, appetizers and mains to us at a steady flow but we never felt rushed. Great wine pairings revommended by our server and they presented my husband with a lovely piece of cheesecake for desert in honour of his birthday.
All in all a lovely evening.
Really enjoyed the live music and drinks would go back next time in Toronto.
Very good but could have been better. Best part of the dinner was dessert. Service okay, food was good but not great. Pretty Dining room.
Delicious food and great service! We went for my boyfriend's birthday and the staff were amazing.
Seated near bar. Too noisy for a couple.
Service was good at beginning of meal but was lacking near the end.
Food was good for apps, fair to poor for mains.
Fish taco was good but the crab salad was not what I expected to be. They replaced it right away with meatballs which was delicious. Great service.
Enjoyed the different menu selections. Great service. Classy but not pretentious.
Came for my brunch with my friend and ordered the lobster croque madame and pancakes. The portion of the lobster dish was a little disappointing but the taste was good. We both enjoyed the pancakes. I would probably return at some point to try their dinner menu but maybe not brunch again.
Sassafraz is by far my favourite restaurant in Toronto. The food is consistently excellent, the ambience lends itself to relaxing conversation and dining. Have had three business lunches here and all led to successful deals. Just sayin.
Beautiful place for music but unfortunate that there is not jazz offered nightly. Food and presentation were very good. Service started out beautifully but this tendency, now seemingly in use in all restaurants, even fine dining ones, to lavish lots of attentive service and style at the beginning of the meal from a main server and maitre d' but to then have a new person serve everything else each time, then collect emptied plates the same way over the rest of the evening is impersonal and detracts from a dining experience. I am personally hoping this practice is dropped.
It was a pleasant surprise to see the renovated dining room with the living wall and water fall - gorgeous. I would certainly recommend the dining room however it did get a little noisy with the children in the room. I would think dinner would be much quieter. Great brunch experience.
It was a great experience. Food quality and the environment was very good.
Food and atmosphere are excellent!
The waiter (Corey - spelling) that served us had a causal attitude and was quite informal using terms like 'for sure'. He even suggested that while the tuna is served seared and raw in the center, it could be cooked all the way through - not a good suggestion in our opinion. We also noted him leaning on the wall while taking orders at another table - again quite casual.
As he excused his reach across the table I noted that his shirt sleeves were quite soiled leading me to wonder about cleanliness in general. I would expect that at a restaurant of this caliber that wait staff would be held to standards that include clean clothes, hands etc.
This waiter also struggled with proper timing. We ordered dessert and coffees and at the same time indicated that we'd like one more glass of wine. He brought the coffee before the wine. Clearly the wine should have come first followed by the coffee and dessert.
This service took away from our overall enjoyment but we will be back.
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The food was delicious, ambiance was relaxed and high end, our waitress was so sweet and attentive. The portions are small for the price but that's what you get for a high end restaurant. Highly recommend!
Living across the street from this Yorkville hot spot you forget it's more then a trendy bar. Unfortunately, between a lipstick stained coffee cup, mixed up orders, a delayed order, an MIA server and being given the wrong bill I can hardly say Sassafraz is consistent. It is, however, a nice spot with descent food.
I've been here dozens of times and was both surprised and disappointed by the food quality. The appetizer we ordered came barely warm and both entrees came cool and under cooked. Steak salad, ordered medium rare, arrived blue. Very disappointing.
Service was outstanding. My steak was a little bit overcooked (I asked for Medium Rare, the waitress said that the chef recommends medium, but the steak came well done). Dessert was delicious.
Amazing food, excellent service and atmosphere. I would definitely recommend and I will definitely be back.
Quality of the food was great.
Wonderful food and service
Beautiful ambience from lots of light and a living wall in the atrium area of the restaurant. Lovely brunch menu and pleasant service.
From start to finish, everything was outstanding. Very affordable prices for lunch in Yorkville.
The server kind of rushed us for the drinks order, but service was good thereafter. My magret was absolutely divine. Chai creme brule did not resemble a creme brule in any way excpet for the presentation. Desserts have room for improvement but main dishes were really special!
Beautiful restaurant. Service was great. Waiter was very knowledgeable and picked the food and wines for us. We enjoyed everything and looking forward to our next visit.
The service was excellent our server had amazing wine knowledge ! Food was excellent and the bartender made it special mixed is a few specialty shots for my birthday party !! It was fun, casual, dining atmosphere!! Definetly my favorite restaurant I have come for my birthday celebrations here before and the restaurant is a gem ! Thank you !!
Quite disappointed by our most recent dinner dining experience. Two of three menu items we ordered were not available. Waitress could not give wine recommendations. Have been visiting for years and seems this establishment is going downhill (for dinner at least). Breakfast, brunch and lunch have been good however I cannot recommend going for dinner with much better dining options in Yorkville.
Great food, slow and inattentive service in a nearly empty restaurant !
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