Sassafraz

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2105 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.

Special Offers

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Open December 24, serving lunch 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in 2020 at Sassafraz! Live music and regular à la carte menu - complimentary glass of champagne & party favours at midnight. Space is limited so please book early.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2105 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
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MM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent time at Sassafraz on Sunday night. Very good service - knew when to leave us alone, but also when we needed service. Food was terrific. Cant wait to go back.

SS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and excellent service. Had a very memorable evening so much that we stayed back in the lounge for some after-dinner drinks. Keep up the good work!

CJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

My husband and I went for his birthday. The atmosphere was perfect, the service was okay. We waited about 15 minutes to get asked what we wanted to drink or eat (other than water). We found our server wasn’t available, nor did we know her name. However, it was probably because not enough people were working and it was busy. I’ve been vegetarian for 8 years however began eating meat while feeding my baby and I asked for medium steak and got rare ($37 steak) which is too much for me at the moment. I had to give it to my husband to eat. Didn’t want it reheated. Just expected the steak cooked correctly or at least close to. Everything else did taste amazing and will probably be back again.

GA
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chose Sassafraz for a team Christmas lunch. Excellent food and service. Very pleased.

B
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was personable and informed. She helped us to make our food choices. The fish tacos featured ahi tuna and were delicious. Although there were attentive staff around no one ever touched a plate or fork until everyone at the table was finished each course. Much appreciated.
The room was elegant and the service never rushed even though it's a busy time of year. Five stars.

EC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always have a great time when I come here. They have a fantastic brunch and their french onion soup is one of my favourites in the city! The space is absolutely beautiful and perfect for special occasions.

r
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My mom and I went on a much needed girls weekend and chose Sassafraz for dinner. We were not disappointed! The food and drink were amazing and the ambience was nothing but inviting. We will be back!

R
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were not disappointed. A very busy Saturday afternoon brunch in a bustling trendy place for brunch. We arrived before our reservation but we were promtly seated. We were able to talk without the interruption from surrounding noise, which was wonderful. The service was prompt but unhurried. Food was very good, we enjoyed everything.

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We felt the menu was restricted for main courses. There was definitely more variety on the appetizer side. Lamb ragout although delicious would have benefitted from an actual bite or two of meat and the portion could have been a bit more generous. The boar chop was delicious but arrived on a unheard plate.

Service was excellent and we appreciated the coat check.

RT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I wish I remembered our servers name because he was pretty amazing! We never felt rushed or interrupted.
He was available every time we needed him like as if he had a 6th sense and discreet when we didn’t .
As always a great evening at Sassafraz!

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great time at sassafraz on Friday November 22nd 2019

Food was excellent
Service was impeccable
Atmosphere was great a little loud yet acceptable

Overall a great restaurant with delicious food and great wine

Bravo sassafraz

SM
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very happy over-all. Great service, great food & ambience.

GM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great restaurant in Yorkville. Not pretentious. Great food - the halibut was perfectly cooked. Extensive wine list including high end wines by the glass. Service was very good. Engaging and helpful wait staff. Will be back.

NB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and perfect ambiance!

m
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best French onion soup ever!!
Super service
Not cheap

A
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I love the ambiance! Food was great! Will go back!

P
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location. Friendly staff. Delicious food. I definitely will be returning.

T
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is the second year I have held my birthday lunch at Sassafraz.
I like to book the round table in the garden. There were nine ladies this year so was unable to book the
round table. One lady dropped our at the last minute, the restaurant was very accommodating, they reset the
round table for eight. I got my favorite table and i was surrounded by my best pals.
Everyone enjoys the food and the service...all very good.

OT
Toronto
70 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious French onion soup. Service was top notch

JB
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to Sassafraz many times for lunch and dinner, this time with visiting friends for Sunday brunch. It never misses. Great ambience, service and food. A light, bright décor just adds to it all. I was in the mood for carbs and started with their scones (tasty) followed by French toast (a great big helping). I said I would leave some on the plate (didn't happen). You can always be pure on Monday. When you have guests you want everything to be right. At Sassafraz it always is.

MC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at Sassafraz on Saturday night. There was a wedding going on above the main restaurant which added some noise to our ambiance, but overall it was quite well managed. The food was outstanding (charcuterie board and burgers) and the drinks were delicious and powerful!! The spicy margarita is a must try.

SN
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Das Sassafraz ist immer sehr schön. Wenngleich die Preise extrem gehoben sind. Der Service ist sehr zuvorkommend und das Essen sehr gut. Die Zwiebelsuppe ein Gedicht.
Wir waren mit Freunden und von der Reservierung über den Service etc war alles wunderbar.
Abzug eines Sterns, weil es wirklich sehr sehr teuer ist.

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and the service was excellent. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys dining out.

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My luncheon companion and I were delighted with the menu, especially since I am a vegetarian. The dish we both ordered was tasty, subtle and filling. The wine was good and reasonably priced for a Toronto Yorkville restaurant. The dining room was bright with natural light. The upholstered chairs cut down noise which was, at a minimum anyway. The servers were pleasant and attentive.

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our second visit in seven weeks. We came back because our first experience was so positive. And we’ll be there again soon. Your vegetarian options are out of this world, as are your desserts. Can hardly wait until next time.

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always ...predictably outstanding

M
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

I was attending a personal/business meeting and we needed a quiet place where we were not rushed. Sassafras was just perfect. The service was great and the meal just hit the spot. Thank you for everything. I will be back!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress Bettina was fabulous. Made several excellent recommendations and was a joy to speak with.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Evelyn was a great waitress. Very friendly, conversational, provided great recommendations and made my sisters Birthday dinner a success. Not only did she provide a dessert for her bday but provided a great recommendation on a bday drink and joined in on singing happy birthday!! Thank you Evelyn for the great service!!!

MK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

The food was great. However, my waiter gave me creepy looks. That did made my dining experience quite unpleasant. Also, I didn't feel very welcomed. It was my wife's birthday.

SB
Edmonton
50 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was very good and the service very attentive. The price point, particularly given the restaurant’s location, was excellent. It had a lovely ambience and was very well appointed. When I travel to this area again, I would definitely look to return!

c
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Mothers birthday

EB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu had changed slightly since the last time I dined here, which is a good thing. (The bartender noted that the staff has input into the new winter line-up of cocktails). The oysters were excellent, the agnolotti and tomato salad (with shrimp) also excellent. I'm a big fan of Niagara wines and the Tawse reisling did not disappoint. My favourite part is the sorbet. We tried peach and passion fruit, both bursting with flavour. Beautiful restaurant with attentive service and ambiance.

LE
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Overall very good but service by our server was strange. Described a dish as medium spicy hot but when it was delivered had no heat at all. He told us another dish contained pesto although the menu made no such mention. Or maybe needs better training

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

foods are bad
service is also bad

b
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner didn’t disappoint. We had a diet restriction and the menu still had enough choices to keep us all happy, and even share!

Great wine selection too.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I had an absolutely incredible experience here.
Everything was perfect for my birthday.
I will be back

PJ
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always great

NL
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and perfectly paired with the wine our server selected. We had an amazing dinner at Sassafraz!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite places for a leisurely lunch with friends. Excellent service and great food. Love the seared tuna salad with avocado and pomegranate seeds!

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