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Sassafraz

100 Cumberland St, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1A6, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
(416) 964-2222
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Ranked #409 of 6,600 restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $31 - $70
Cuisines: European, Bistro
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Cross street: Bloor and Bay Streets
Transit: Bay Subway Station
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Zurich, Switzerland
Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
530 helpful votes 530 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We came for a snack and found some great healthy food and drinks. Unfortunately the service was not the fastest so despite enjoying the view over the street and the interesting pedestrians we drank our coffee elsewhere.

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SassafrazToronto, Manager at Sassafraz, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback. We do try to entertain a more european-style pace of dining and will be sharing your comments with our management. More

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

It has been 30 years since I have returned to have lunch at Sassafraz in Yorkville. My friend and I decided to share two dishes, the arugula salad and the scallops. The salad tasted good but was minuscule. The scallops (only 1 1/2 each) tasted great but came with scant amount of soggy wild rice which was tasteless. I told... More

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SassafrazToronto, Manager at Sassafraz, responded to this review

One of our core values is to over deliver on guest expectations and we're sorry to hear that this was not part of your experience. Please feel free to email us at info@sassafraz.ca with any other details you would like to share. More

Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My friend and I had dinner here during Summerlicious. Surprisingly this was my first visit to Sassafraz, even though I'm a Toronto local! The food was beautifully plated and tasted fantastic! I had the buffalo mozzarella to start and we both had lamb as our main, which we loved! To finish it off I had the Pina Colada Panna Cotta... More

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SassafrazToronto, Manager at Sassafraz, responded to this review

Thank you, we love to hear this (especially from a Toronto local)! We'll be sharing your compliments with our team and look forward to your next visit. More

Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Went there today with family for summerlicious, were greeted by several snobby girls who forced us to sit at the bar to wait for our table to get ready. Our server Gio was really nice and friendly though. Food was mediocre, we ordered Lamb sirloin and Cornish hen. I dunno how but they managed to overcook a Cornish hen....was not... More

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SassafrazToronto, Manager at Sassafraz, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to comment. We'll be sure to review your dishes with our kitchen team. More

Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Went there for summerlicious with friends. The atmosphere was really nice. The server was really friendly and professional. Absolutely enjoyed our meal. We had beef tartar and Buffalo Mozzarella. The poached quail egg went really well with the beef tartar. As for the entree we had duck breast which was delicious. The orange reduction brought out the favour. Absolutely done... More

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SassafrazToronto, Manager at Sassafraz, responded to this review

Thank you for the delicious recap of your experience with us! We're looking forward to serving you again soon. More

Orange, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I'll certainly give Sassasfraz another chance but likely again only for an after dinner drink or desert. The night we went the place was dead (odd for a Friday) and frankly the service was adequate but not super friendly.That said, great spot and great espresso Doddsy.

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SassafrazToronto, Manager at Sassafraz, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to comment. More

Toronto
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100 reviews 100 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I've been here three times and each time for brunch. Sit at the dining room on the left when you enter, and near the back of the room. I like the manmade, gentle waterfall by the wall and the natural light flooding in from the windowed ceiling. It's very peaceful, quiet, and posh. The food is good and they make... More

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SassafrazToronto, Manager at Sassafraz, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We hope you enjoyed the serene nature of our bio-wall. More

Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Went for Summerlicious, great menu options, and great service. I love going to Yorkville, just to walk around and people watch. It's a great place to have a great meal and enjoy the view from the large windows that open onto Cumberland. Definitely make a reservation in advance.

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SassafrazToronto, Manager at Sassafraz, responded to this review

Thanks for the compliments! We're glad you enjoyed the view. More

Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

for years I have been having a deep fried calamari at my special table on the corner of Belair and Cumberland. Calamari and a Kiir - my usual. On Canada Day I visited to see if the old taste was still there. No - they stopped making it and have replaced it with 4 new alternatives. I asked for the... More

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SassafrazToronto, Manager at Sassafraz, responded to this review

A pleasure to reminisce with you about the evolution of Yorkville over a plate of buffalo mozzarella. We're looking forward to your next visit. More

Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

this is a lovely cafe, on a corner made for people watching. It is well worth grabbing a table outside if you can but if you sit inside you'll find tables that remind you of Paris and couch groupings which shout - sit, stay, and chat. It has great ambience and great vibe. We went for a summer brunch. The... More

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SassafrazToronto, Manager at Sassafraz, responded to this review

Thank you! We loved your description of our Parisian style atmosphere and we're pleased to hear that you had a great experience. More

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