Lai Wah Heen Restaurant
Lai Wah Heen Restaurant

Lai Wah Heen Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.laiwahheen.com/
  • Phone: 4169779899x
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Lai Wah Heen Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelQuiet
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (33)special occasion (26)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (22)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (9)neighborhood gem (9)romantic (8)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Lai Wah Heen has the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/27/2010
    Lai Wah Heen has the best dim sum in Toronto and the presentation and service are outstanding.Very friendly staff.Lovely room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Excellent Food, though the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/20/2010
    Excellent Food, though the atmosphere can greatly be improved.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the Duck and Kung
    RoyalDutchVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2010
    Enjoyed the Duck and Kung Pao Chicken. Very good table side service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Great Place, Decent Dim Sums, perfe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2010
    Great Place, Decent Dim Sums, perfect for business
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  • best dim sum in the city.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2010
    best dim sum in the city. pricey but virtually greaseless
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On a recent work trip to Toronto
    thorin
    Dined on 11/10/2010
    On a recent work trip to Toronto my team made a reservation and stopped in here for some Dim Sum. The food was great and the staff was very helpful. When they noticed we were focused on the Dim Sum section of the normal menu they gave us a quick order sheet for Dim Sum. Reading on the web site I found that they did Dim Sum for lunch every day. Unfortunately the web site did not indicate that this wraps up around 3PM and we'd made our reservation for 2PM (we'd been working overnight). Anyway we found out when we arrived and the helpful staff came to check on us at about 245PM to ensure we didn't need anything further before 3PM so it all worked out fine in the end.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Very unique. Our first experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/6/2010
    Very unique. Our first experience in a North American Chinese restaurant. The staff were great in helping us choose from an extensive menu. Food arrived promptly. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • this is one of the best chinese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/29/2010
    this is one of the best chinese restaurants in toronto. very high quality food. the peking duck is the best in the city
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • As a native Vancouverite,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/27/2010
    As a native Vancouverite, and having traveled to Hong Kong, I must say this was the best dim sum I have had in a long time. Very fresh shrimps, light as air rich noodle and wrappers. Very clean, efficient service, worth the price. Went twice in one week! Keep up the excellent work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Peking Duck in the city,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/23/2010
    Best Peking Duck in the city, elegantly served but without fuss. Very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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  • I've been here for Dim Sum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/23/2010
    I've been here for Dim Sum twice. Both times the dim sum was very good. If you're looking for something new and innovative then Lai Wah Heen has a few unique dishes that are quite good, but nothing earth shattering. In terms of dim sum, Lai Wah Heen shines in freshness, texture, and a balanced flavours. Someone who focuses on flavour alone will be hard pressed to justify the cost at Lai Wah Heen. But for someone who can appreciate the subtle qualities of dim sum, then Lai Wah Heen would be one of the best I've tried in TO.
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  • Based on previous reviews,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/22/2010
    Based on previous reviews, I expected far better food. My wife and I felt that the food was pedestrian, the hot and sour soup was excellent but everything was downhill from there. Considering the cost, of which we were aware before attending, this was NOT a good experience.
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  • There are a lot of dim sum
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2010
    There are a lot of dim sum to choose and they all taste great. However, I've had better dim sum for a cheaper price in Vancouver/Richmond.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Been to Lai Wah Heen many
    howi
    Dined on 10/15/2010
    Been to Lai Wah Heen many times but found that the food for dinner seems to be more consistent and better than lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been to Lai Wah Heen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/10/2010
    We have been to Lai Wah Heen several times, and had viewed the menu choices online before we arrived. Very elegant space with friendly staff. Dim Sum is ordered by filling out a checklist, a very easy and accurate method. Nice because you can order as much, or little, of an item as you wish. Beyond the checklist there is an almost infinite variety on the main menu. The portions are brought to the table as they are produced: fresh, hot and artistic in presentation. Delicious. Very different from the usual Chinese restaurants. If you want more selections, add them to the checklist. When you are finished, pick a couple of desserts. Small and attractive, they are not overly sweet... just a nice ending to a relaxing brunch. Dim Sum is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Excellent dim sum. Took visitors
    LiviaM
    Dined on 10/5/2010
    Excellent dim sum. Took visitors to Canada here and they had eaten at the best restaurants in Singapore and Hong Kong. They were very impressed by the food and the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall, I would give Lai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/3/2010
    Overall, I would give Lai Wah Heen no better than a middle rating. The food is of high quality, but the prices are also quite high. Maybe I didn't order their best dishes, but I have had more inventive, better tasting dim sum at places like Yank Sing in San Francisco and Imperial in Vancouver. The setting was nice enough and the service was reasonably good, but nothing really stands out as spectacular.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is an extraordinary dining
    Eagle779VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2010
    This is an extraordinary dining experience. The Peking duck is labeled an "appetizer," but it makes a great (and ample) full meal for two to four people. Everything on the menu is authentic and beautifully prepared and presented. The limited but serious wine list enhances the overall experience. Service is attentive and prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • I've been to Lai Wah Heen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2010
    I've been to Lai Wah Heen many times and it's consistently excellent. The dim sum is the best this side of Hong Kong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went here for lunch and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/12/2010
    We went here for lunch and it was amazing. Basically its chinese dim sum with a flair.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • no the greatest Chinese dim
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/11/2010
    no the greatest Chinese dim sum place and price was ok,as it was in a hotel!
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  • Lai Wah Heen is simply the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/11/2010
    Lai Wah Heen is simply the finest Dim Sum restaurant I have ever dined in. Each dish is amazing and the service is superb. I have dined there many times and have never been disappointed. My favorite restaurant in Toronto by far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Sadly, this restaurant has
    TimWVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2010
    Sadly, this restaurant has taken a sharp downturn. I am a dim sum conoisseur that appreciated and recommended this restaurant, but not anymore. The food was far from good quality as the beef tasted like it had gone bad, the ingredients unfresh, and the food far from tasteful. Based on our last two visits, my family & I do not plan on frequenting Lai Wah Heen anymore. Such a shame because it was so good that we even had my sister's wedding dinner reception here. Finally, the service was atrocious, as it took 20 minutes just to get the bill (that was just the tip of the iceberg).
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  • I like the dim sum and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/3/2010
    I like the dim sum and the noodle dish I ordered. It is a bit pricey; but nice for a special ocassion. The cal also advertise that parking is validated at the hotel for their patrons.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have enjoyed very sofisticated
    umisoba
    Dined on 8/26/2010
    We have enjoyed very sofisticated dim sum. Good servce, nice decor. Pricy,but worth the money.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for special occasions,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2010
    Great place for special occasions, the food was amazing, the service was great. Since it was our special occasion we asked for a corner that would seperate us from the rest of the customers if possible, and that's exactly what we got. Would love to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Expected much more. Found
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2010
    Expected much more. Found the dim-sum fresh but under-flavored.
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  • great food---but watch where/how
    gerryVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2010
    great food---but watch where/how you book don't book from their web site via opentable. go straight to open table. I did not get my 100 points---a bit peed....off!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate