DaiLo

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At DaiLo, we believe eating well is a fundamental part of living well, and how we cook, reflects how we live. Thoughtful and high quality ingredients lead to better lives and more delicious meals. Our New Asian Cuisine is predominantly Chinese fare but it follows the French tradition. At the heart of the menu is a love and respect for the dishes Chef Nick Liu ate growing up as the son of Hakka parents in Canada, but importantly, they are the dishes his ancestors have been eating for hundreds of years. Ancient favourites are augmented by Liu’s signature flair and updated to suit the western palate and the modern demand for local and sustainable ingredients.
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New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was the first time for me and my daughter from NY and we both absolutely loved the food and the presentation - so unique, so delicious! We were luckily sitting in the bar so we had excellent service from the bar tender who was ready to give us very good recommendations and the area is not noisy at all. The chairs might a little small for a ' chunky' woman like me! However, it was ok.

Will definitely recommend and return! What a very pleasant surprise!

IS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS
GREAT SERVICE AND VERY HELPFUL WITH NAVIGATING THE MENU. EASIEST BILL DIVISION OF ALL TIME AS WELL :) WOULD DEFINITELY GO BACK

SN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We had gone there when it first opened and loved it and tonight was just as good.
The service by Pete was exceptional and we can’t wait to go back again soon.

DG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the innovative dishes and the family style, sharing plates. Lovely cocktails. Our server was excellent !

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved food, service, attention of our server Katherine (Catherine?). Two thumbs up.

N
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the dinner very much. My guest kept saying it wasn't like any other Chinese restaurant he'd ever been to; of course, it's actually fusion cuisine, and well handled. The portions were larger than I expected and one main dish and three small ones were more than enough to feed two people.

RC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, especially the appetizers. The truffle rice is exquisite. The wine list is extensive and will not push one into poverty. Highly recommend!

w
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DaiLo always provides lovely cocktails, with excellent food and service. We usually order the tasting menu. This trip our favourite new dish was a Japanese custard with tobiko and yuzu butter.
 DaiLo is almost unique among Toronto restaurants in that it does not insist on playing music at gale force. We enjoy being able to talk, and are introducing our friends to a place which has good food and is conversation-friendly.

J
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we have the desire for a great meal, a beautiful place and awesome service we always return to Dalio. Chef Nick & Chef Dennis are always developing new and tasty dishes so there is always something new to try.

C
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the interior and the upstairs bar. The food was beautiful to look at and to eat. Staff were friendly, casual but professional. LOVED IT

DG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ambience received 4/5 stars because we sat at the bar and seating is tight... and the hostess accomodated our request to move to the other side of the bar - our original seats we were in the corner facing a wall..

So just in case you select bar seating - just know you will be in tight quarters... the gentleman beside me kept hitting my elbow as I dined (not his fault)...

I would definitely go back again but would not choose bar seating.

CB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated with a meal at DaiLo followig our wedding and we already can't wait to go back. The food was outstanding; flavors were out of this world and variety was phenomenal. Chef's grandmother's recipe for the shrimp and pork wontons - TO DIE FOR. The service at the bar was such an experience for us! We did the bar seating and were taken care of by the bartender, Shannon. He was so knowledgeable about the menu and he's definitely whipped up his fair share of cocktails. He made our night! Would highly recommend. Best meal we've ever had!

C
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Too many deep fried ingredients for a restaurant at this price level. Some appetizers were oversaulted.

KS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our most favourite restaurant in the city, best food and service.

B
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had the Dailo's Choice (chef's selection) but strangely the table beside us had all the same dishes plus two more. Not sure why... In the end we were still satisfied with the meal but a bit confused.

g
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious and such a great value. Loved the tasting menu and drinks.

Q
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect. Staff is fantastic. Shannon the bartender is always so attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Love his sense of humour. The owner came to personally solve an issue and ensure that we were satisfied. The servers and waitstaff are positive and upbeat. The food is always delicious. It never disappoints! Love love love DaiLo! Thank you for making every dining experience perfect!

MG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Perfect spot to try some new food and great cocktails. The pea dumplings are one of the best dishes I’ve had in toronto... seriously amazing

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

AS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were there a year ago and I have to say i think the food was a tad better.
Still a great spot. Would definitely recommend.

MS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant - never disappoints. Great atmosphere, great staff and excellent food.

L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food and service was friendly and delicious! We ordered 3 appetizers and 3 mains and it was quite a bit for 2 people, but just couldn’t put our forks down. Favourite dish was the Ontario pea dumplings — fresh, creamy, salty, delicately wrapped! Lastly, there was an educated sommelier on site who helped us chose the most perfect stinky wine that satisfied our crave.

Would definitely recommend Dailo for a tasty date night if you’re into creative Asian cuisine :)

IK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cant wait to go back. The food was absolutely delicious. The service was excellent.

MD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Apps and small dishes better than the big ones in my experience. They have more flavour and the large dishes always a bit dry and less taste.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You guys did it again. So good!!

Z
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I first went to DaiLo about four months ago and loved the food and the prices. This time around, it seemed to be considerably more expensive, although the food was extremely tasty. The wine pours are definitely on the stingy side. Noise levels escalate to uncomfortable after about 7:30 but some people seems to like that. I would recommend this to people who enjoy an "energetic" vibe.

R
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Experience at Dailo. Best meal experience in Toronto during our two years living here. We went for my husband's birthday and did the tasting menu, which I highly recommend, a great value and way to experience a lot of the menu. Service was exceptional. Our cocktails took a quite while to come out as there was a backup at the bar, but the server brought over a small glass of sparkling wine to hold us over. That gesture was highly appreciated! We can't stop talking about our experience to all our friends and colleagues. We will be back soon!

EF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I had their chef's choice for dinner which was a wise decision because everything was good. The Canadian trout was filleted and then deep fried so that the skin and the bones were crispy. We consumed the whole fish. The octopus and pork belly on jicama taco was savory with a unique crunch, and two kinds of dumplings: one that had a zucchini stuffing, fried and the other with mixed meats, steamed with XO sauce. The tastes were a delightful blend of Cantonese and western, perhaps a little French influence. The service was very pleasant as the wait staff were knowledgeable about the food and enthusiastic about the institution - all good signs. The decor is unassuming but like all great Chinese restaurants, it is the cuisine and not the ambiance that is important. DaiLo means big brother in Cantonese and I gather the restaurant was named in honor of the chef's older brother.

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently fantastic experience. The food and service are always amazing.

TH
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our tenth anniversary dinner, first time at DaiLo, and we had heard so much about it from friends. It did not disappoint in any way. Seated at the bar and under the skylight, it made for a great view and atmosphere for the evening. We ordered the chef's menu, each of the dishes a different flavour and burst of deliciousness, perfectly layered selection from the chef. They were more than generous with the amount of food and we left with full bellies and big smiles. This may well be our 'traditional' anniversary restaurant! (Oh, and the drinks, you want to try one from each section!)

2
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I returned with my daughter as I wanted to share my prior experience
Did not disappoint the second time and was thrilled to leave food and wine choices to our wonderful server
Fun energetic and delicious on all fronts

PS
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Imaginative food full of flavour and fresh ingredients, excellent cocktails, charming staff and a complete lack of pretension. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

OB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and outstanding experience! They built a sharing menu for our table that was absolutely incredible.

DT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Coming in from Montréal, our expectations we high, and we were not disappointed. We had the degustation menu, all chosen by the Chef. Definitely the way to go at this place. The sommelier chose our wines to accompany this varied menu, which make the meal even better. He was excellent as was our waiter and the staff that accompanied him. This restaurant is a must, but do make reservations, Bon appetite.
Diane T.

E
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've had. I've already recommended the restaurant to a number of people. The food was incredibly unique. Outstanding from beginning to end. The tasting menu is a must.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was great!

P
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

A cozy and vibrant (or one might call it noisy) restaurant with an interesting menu. Fried Watermelon highly recommended: it was a fun experience to eat warm, lightly battered, tossed watermelon cubes. However, the other creative dishes were not that impressive:
1. The texture of the Burmese Tofu was mushy and didn’t taste like tofu.
2. The octopus in the Crispy Octopus Taco was chewy, and the combination of octopus and pork was strange and unjustified.
3. The Ontario Pea Dumplings should be renamed mushroom dumplings as one couldn’t taste the pea; the dish tasted more like a cream of mushroom soup.
4. The Hakka Brown Wontons were very salty due to the XO sauce.
5. The Grilled Baby Back Ribs were tender, but the flavour reminded one of Indian cuisine instead of Chinese.
The service was good, although the restaurant didn’t recognize the special occasion we had indicated upon booking that we’d be celebrating.

KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Presentation was beautiful and service was flawless, but food lacked flavor. Although we had high expectations based upon other reviews, we were very disappointed in the dishes we ordered, the trout and the ribs. Even the side sauces were lackluster and did not compliment the food. So sorry to post such a negative review, but that was our experience.

m
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything we ordered was prepared to perfection - gourmet and very tasty!

j
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant. My second visit and once again highly memorable. Asian fusion would be my description. Crunchy with sesame flavour. Fascinating twists in salads and wontons and steak. Wonderfully attentive service. Seated at bar. Great cocktails. Tasting menu highly recommended.

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