Lai Wah Heen Restaurant
Lai Wah Heen Restaurant

Lai Wah Heen Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.laiwahheen.com/
  • Phone: (416) 977-9899
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Friday
    Lunch: 11:30AM - 3:00 PM, Dinner: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Saturday
    Lunch: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Dinner: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Sunday
    Lunch: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Dinner: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Sam Tse
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Chef’s Table is located at the south east corner of the dining room, a platform table can seat up to 14 guests, surrounded by glass wall with a breathtaking view.
    The VIP room provides private dining in maple-paneled seclusion, which accommodates maximum 20 guests.
    The minimum charge of the Chef’s Table and the VIP Room is $80.00 / person for dinner and $40.00 / person for lunch, minimum for 10 persons. Pre-arranged menu is required, please contact our manager for details
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 4169779899x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dundas St. W, Doubletree Hilton 2/F
  • Public Transit: South West corner of Dundas Street and Chestnut street.
    Two blocks west of Dundas subway station.
    Two blocks east of St. Patrick subway station.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: We offer a special rate of $ 5.00 per car for our patrons to park at the hotel underground parking, available on a first come first serve basic.
A word from Lai Wah Heen Restaurant
At the internationally renowned Lai Wah Heen Restaurant, cuisine and culture come together to create an authentic Chinese dining experience that remains unrivaled amongst Toronto’s top-seated restaurants.

Lai Wah Heen, meaning “a luxurious meeting place,” has achieved the superb quality and true character of the best Hong Kong restaurants.

With accolades from; The New York Times - “the best dim sum in Toronto, maybe the best in North America”, Gourmet Magazine – “a sense of Hong Kong’s new culinary design” and enRoute Magazine – “edible masterpieces rarely savoured outside of Hong Kong”, Lai Wah Heen Restaurant continues to deliver the highest standards to Toronto diners.

The Lai Wah Heen team brings the latest trends in Chinese cuisine – exotic herbs and spices from the Pacific Rim, skillful use of tropical fruits and seafood dishes of exquisite refinement.
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Lai Wah Heen Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (33)fit for foodies (33)special occasion (32)great for lunch (25)great for brunch (18)neighborhood gem (9)kid-friendly (8)romantic (8)great for outdoor dining (4)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Food is exceptional
    Visionary
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The food is exceptional. Definitely one of the best Chinese restaurant in town. I particularly like the tea selection. The price is on the high side, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Like Dining in Tsim Sha Tsui
    Baronet
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Exquisite contemporary Cantonese cuisine served in a traditional manner by Hong Kong waiters
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very disappointing.
    patron1
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I ate lunch here about ten years ago and it was wonderful. This time I thought the food was inferior - the most mediocre dim sum I've ever tasted. And the service was not great either. The restaurant was only a quarter full but my friends and I felt fairly ignored the entire time. It was also very expensive. None of us will be returning.
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  • Great Peking Duck
    NCeater
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The restaurant was a little difficult to find; it is on a side street and the 2nd floor of the Doubletree hotel. But once we got there the service and food were great - the Peking duck was very tasty, the lettuce wraps a wonderful follow up and the main courses more than sufficient. The only issue we had was the poor quality and expensive wine list. We did not realize this was also a BYOB place until too late and even then there is a $25 corkage fee. Overall would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Renovation
    C0lbyVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The restaurant has never been renovated and it looks exactly the same as 15 years ago. Time to have a major renovation to resume it's best Chinese restaurant in Toronto.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive dim sum due to location
    Megan1
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Food is good ... the dim sum is pricier than most because the restaurant is in a prime downtown location. Remember, they have to pay their staff and overhead costs and rent etc. So $6.50 for 4 pieces of har gow may seem expensive, compared to other restaurants in Chinatown, I suppose it is reasonable; again, because of the location of the restaurant. In total, there were 3 of us and the bill (with tax and tip) came up to $140 (for dim sum). (Mind you, we ordered extra for take-out ... so the food was really for 4 people). The restaurant gets rave reviews, so I had to try it once. I can't see myself returning though, as there are other expensive dim sum places to try (e.g. Crown Princess, Pearl etc.). Over all, a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Restaurant
    JRAC
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My wife and I have dined at LWHR perhaps once a year for the last twenty years. We have hosted gatherings of ten people on a couple of occasions and on one memorable occasion we booked the private divining room for a much larger group. We have always found the staff, decor, service, and food to be superb. The prices seem to us to be about right. LWHR was the ideal venue to celebrate both Mother's Day and our Wedding Anniversary (our 55th!). The only false note was the condition of the washrooms, both men's and women's. There seemed to be evidence of a flood of some sort. We saw a notice to the effect that something or other was out of order. We look forward to our next visit. Thank you for maintaining quality and standards.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre
    dimsumlocal
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Service was not very pleasant. Was ignored when I first walked in. Had to flag the wait staff. Was not asked if we wanted drinks. No recommendations given. Food was good, a step up from local Dim Sum. Dishes that were unique to restaurant were good. However the expected standard fare was just that.
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  • Not Great Service
    ultra77
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    With the price they are charging, I expected to have better service. Food is not bad but not worth the money. Will not consider dining there again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Dim Sum
    ithacafoodie
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Outstanding dim sum in a pleasant setting. Pretty much every dish was fantastic
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great dinner
    weekenddiner
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    we just picked this restaurant as something different as we have never been to Toronto before. the food and service was excellent. staff assisted us in making choices from the large menu. I would say if you are ever in the area try it out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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  • great dim sum & outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Great dim sum prepared with care. Excellent, attentive service.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best
    EvM2304VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Not the best dim sum in Toronto, definitely not in North America. Fancy dim sum, pretty tasty, but expected more after reading that the New York Times called this place possibly the best in North America... Will go back though
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  • Great Chinese in Toronto
    NjpirateVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    One of the finest Chinese restaursnts I'ved ever dined at. Every course was delicious, the soup, the entrees, the rice, and the desserts. Service was as good as I 've ever experienced. Beautiful dining room and very convenient for us as we staying at the Doubletree hotel in which the restaurant is located.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ramon
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We made the reservation for 8:15 pm..we were on time and the tables were prepared for our party of 16... The food was ok..nothing out of this world...but we feel that it was late for them..when we ordered the desserts the kitchen was closed, they should notify that before..and the whiskey ended ... Not recomended
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  • Absolutely worst dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    From waiting to be acknowledged at the door, to waiting for a server, waiting for tea, waiting for water to then being served the worst cooked food I've experienced to the pricing to the continued bad service, I am not sure how this restaurant is in business. This restaurant doesn't even deserve one star but there is not an option for that.
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  • Best Dim Sum in North America
    Alex
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food was spectacular with prices to match. In all my travels across USA and Canada, I have found no dim sum better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Re-design Dim Sum Menu
    Danny
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    There is a need to re-design the dim sum menu, which has not been revitalized for over a year. Many years ago, there used to be a wide variety of choices and new menus every few months.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent quality, pricey
    Kev007
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The dim sum at Lai Wah Heen is very good, but the prices more than reflect that. Nowadays, you can find similarly good Chinese food in Richmond Hill for lower prices. Lai Wah Heen's service, however, is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Excellent food, but pricey for what you get. Service was slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dim Sum in Toronto
    SnowWhite
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Selection is always unique and fantastic! Pork Belly is divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strange location, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had read that this would be the best Chinese food in Canada, and perhaps the best outside Hong Kong. Not sure id go that far, but the food was very good. The location is a bit bizarre, hidden on an upper floor of a Doubletree Hotel. Not the location you might expect for a top restaurant. Parking garage was creepy, and you had to enter through a dingy hotel lobby, up some stairs with limited signage. I've heard that the Dim Sum is outstanding, so we'll likely give it another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but no longer great
    KitLoriVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I have been to LWH at least 20 times over many years and it had always delivered both amazing food and sophisticated service. The food is still very good but the wine list is now very limited and uninteresting. We arrived at 7pm on a Saturday night and were constantly rushed by the service. There was no communication between the levels of service, so less than two minutes after telling the wine captain that we would chose wine after we selected food, we had to give the same message to two different servers. This sort of thing went on all night. I we were asked about dessert 8 times after saying (each time) that we wanted to finish our wine first. We would have ordered more, but felt totally rushed and went elsewhere for after dinner drinks!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dimsum. Polite and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Excellent Dimsum. Polite and helpful service. One of the best dimsum experiences we've had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The service was attentive. They payed attention to my allergy. The food was fresh and delicious, very nicely flavoured.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ambience and price do not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Ambience and price do not match the quality of the food. Many alternatives for Chinese food in the City. Better taste and and cost.
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  • High end dim sum! Best service
    Vistolas
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Not the typical dim sum. Everything is more expensive than usual dim sum or Chinese cuisine but it is delicious. Foie gras and pork pastry was delicious! The chefs creations for dim sum are a treat. The service is top notch. When visiting Toronto we enjoy coming here for dim sum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like in Shanghai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Very nice Art Deco comfortable dining room. Enjoyed their special dishes on the Chinese New Year Menu. Excellent service.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated Chinese fare!
    apache32
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Hello, My sweethearts favourite birthday stop for Peking duck. The staff prepare it perfectly with crunchy skin and tender moist duck breast served on a small wheat tortea with cucumber and green onion with a perfect hoisen sauce. Then more great duck on lettuce leafs. Cheers, John & Penny
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dim Sum Plus
    Jack
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    celebrating the lunar new year of the horse at Lai Wah Heen was a treat. we had the new year prix fixe dim sum, each of the 10 items was delicious and artfully put together. we would highly recommend the restaurant to anyone who is looking for a dim sum that is well beyond the usual fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Ho-hummm
    TorontoFoodie
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Food is good, not spectacular and service is lacklustre...considering that place is pricey...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Lai Wah Heen
    SunnyD
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Rol San is usually my go to place for dim sum but to be different we tried this place. It was highly recommended by someone we knew. I was reluctant to go anywhere else but my usual spot, but so glad I tried! Delicious food (esp. the har gow, turnip cake, and milk custard tarts, short ribs), excellent service(felt like we had 3 servers doting on our table), beautiful decor (nice table settings, a lot of space between tables, a fountain at the entrance.) It's pricier than average so it's a nice place if you want somewhere special to go for dim sum (in our case). They do have more than just dim sum though. Maybe next time. : ) High quality food. Made and served with care. Would come back again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrated Chinese New Year
    kenwoo
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I've been here a few times, this time it was the busiest that I've ever seen it, probably because it was the beginning of Chinese New Year. As a result, the food service was a little slow and dishes came one at time. Our main dish was "Catch of the Day" which was Sea Bass steamed with soy sauce, oil, green onions and garlic. It was fresh and very tasty. I would definitely continue to patronize this pleasant venue. Unlike many other Chinese restaurants the place is clean and has cloth table clothes. The staff is always friendly and polite. It is definitely a few steps above most Chinese restaurants in the downtown.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special thanks to Chef & Canson :)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I was shocked to see my elder daughter eating all the traditional Chinese New Year food like black moss, dried oyster, pork hock etc that she was reluctant to even try in the past :) It's the magic the Chef plays in Crystal Purse etc. :) :) And thank you Canson for the free dessert, especially the one for my elder daughter which is her favourite, and the sweet Chinese New Year Cake that could be taken cold with dry coconut :) :) :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Iakram
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Good quality food. Great service. Reasonable price for you're getting i.e. high end Chinese food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dim Sum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We chose the Prix Fixe Dim Sum (for four), added one item from the regular menu, and the staff accommodated an allergy with a tasty substitute! Everything that came to the table was well-prepared, flavours blended well, and the presentation was perfect. The final dish of "Truffle & lobster escalopes on thin noodles flavored with truffle scented oil" was exquisite! We'll definitely be back..
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back to where it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I was disappointed last time with the food, and they changed the chef. Now it is back to what it used to be.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continued Excellence
    Ed2goVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We have been to Lai Wah Heen many times over the years. Their dim sum continues to be the most imaginative and flavorful dim sum in a city with a lot of competitors. I've never had any better, even in HK or PRC. The truffle dishes were a delight, but the biggest surprise was the wonderful cold shredded chicken. A dish that would rival any we had in Szechuan itself. A contrast of tastes, textures and colour that made it a real standout. And the lychee-scented tea we had with our meal was the perfect accompaniment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as always
    Seamus
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    This is a very special Toronto Restaurant. Over the past six years I have occasionally dined here and have never been disappoint. Every meal has been outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little tag pricey
    Foody
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We had the Dim Sum Prex Fix. The food presentation was great but not as tasty, and the ingredients were not generous enough. Tip suggestions in % amount should not be entered. Let customers decide their own tip amount. As always, downtown dinning is inconvenient as parking is difficult.
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