Sassafraz

4.6
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2127 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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MW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Context: Went for an anniversary celebration with my significant other.

Food and value: Fairly priced for good-quality food. We had the 10oz steak and halibut, paired with the Shiraz and New Zealand Sauv Blanc. Up to expectations from such an establishment.

Service: Good at the beginning. Our server was Austin, who was professional and even helped us to take pictures. As the restaurant got busier, Austin was less attentive. We waited 15+ minutes for a dessert menu after entrees, and 30+ minutes for the bill after dessert (at 25 minutes, I went to go ask the hostess whether we pay at the front or at the table, as I was so incredulous as to the delay). Maybe the attention shift was because of a perception that we would not tip as well as the other tables; if so, I was prepared to tip 20%+ that day, but tipped much less due to the inattentiveness at the end.

Atmosphere: Upscale and relaxing. Suitable for romantic dates and group dinners of a more classy nature.

Overall: Good experience with some inattentive service at the end.

SK
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great for a business meal!

MT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were amazing. Would definitely go back and recommend anyone to go!!

I had the baby kale salad - very good; as a main I had he Harrison Co-op chicken supreme - the chicken was so moist and juicy - would highly recommend.

I wish I could remember the name of the waitress - she was amazing.

PJ
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

usually good however brunch French toast were soggy, not very appealing

LA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful place for a romantic, business, or family meal

GC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner New Years Eve! Service was top notch and food was delicious
Oysters, Halibut and French Fries were so delicious! And the wine selection is great
Beautiful venue

PS
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our New Year's eve dinner experience was a classy affair and so much fun; the dining room is spacious and elegant; the jazz band was fabulous; the waiters were patient and attentive; the food was delicious. The lamb ragout was divine!

A
Toronto
50 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went on New Years Eve! The food never fails and service was pretty good. Only issue was the music during the bands intermission. It was awful. The sound from the speaker was tinney and irritating! Who ever put the playlist together does not know Music. Very bad choices. I would not go back on New Year Eve, however any other time I would as I live near by and the food is usually good.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

New Year’s eve

OT
Toronto
72 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Staff were very friendly and service was exceptional. Everything we ordered were delicious. Steak was cooked perfectly.

MO
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good food. Portion size and quality good. Halibut was great. Service was slow. Prosecco was warm and not better when asked to chill.

SG
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most lovely dinner. The cocktails, appetizers and main course were all perfection. The restaurant is just perfect

PK
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, ambiance but perhaps more snacks options with drinks and gluten-free bread would have been more world-class - this is often now standard at luxury restaurants elsewhere nowadays. So that was a bit disappointing.

OT
Toronto
72 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Onion soup was delicious.

HG
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Nice atmosphere. Food completely below expectations - both in terms of choices and taste. Basically a fast food restaurant that wants to be something else - it isnt! Waitress was nice but lacked knowledge about the dishes and hardly attended the table - had to wait quite a while each time.

EB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Our server wasn’t good, took a long time to get our coffees seemed like she forgot about us

ST
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really good stuff. Great atmosphere and food.

B
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food

R
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We were three for lunch . I reserved a front table because it was good for conversation last time but very noisy this time perhaps it was because of the Christmas season. Overall the experience was good though . The quality of the food was good as was the service. We will return for special occasions.

M
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was very enjoyable. I would recommend to anyone looking for quality food and excellent service. Beautiful restaurant.

MM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
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 on 7 December 2019
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 on 7 December 2019
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.

t
Toronto
64 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful saturday lunch. Excellent food and service- great ambiance!

GA
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

B
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 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 1 December 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 30 November 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 30 November 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 24 November 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
12 reviews
Dined on 23 November 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
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 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 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 22 November 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
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and perfect ambiance!

m
Miami
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

T
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on 13 November 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
72 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious French onion soup. Service was top notch

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