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Lai Wah Heen Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1012 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Chinese
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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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Dim Sum

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri, Sun 6:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 977-9899

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sam Tse

  • 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: (416) 977-9899

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District

  • Cross street

    Dundas St. W, Doubletree Hilton 2/F

  • 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.

  • Public transit

    South West corner of Dundas Street and Chestnut street.<br />Two blocks west of Dundas subway station.<br />Two blocks east of St. Patrick subway station.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,012 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Old Toronto

    Great for brunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service. Easily one of the best Chinese restaurants in Canada and the U.S. (coming from a Los Angeles native).
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience!
  3. N

    Navalperson

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great menu;diversity of dishes;could benefit from some pure vegetarian dishes.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Great!
  5. JH

    JoanneH

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lai Wah Heen is a favourite dim sum restaurant. Fresh flavourful traditional items on the menu with outstanding signature dishes. Service is excellent. But you order directly from the menu so no little carts of dim sum.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I think one of the manager was acting weird when it comes to our table; when he was serving us, he just mumbled something to himself and avoid us, instead of introducing the dishes. We felt weird
  7. b

    bbrown55

    Toronto

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Although all the reviews were for Dim Sum we were disappointed that it was only an appetizer. We were expecting full dim sum service for dinner. Prices are high.
  8. NT

    NoThankYou

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Not the restaurant I remember. Most dishes seemed the same. The fillings for shrimp, lobster, crab were all the same mashed paste. All pieces were WAY too large for dim sum which really should be bite sized and able to eat with just chopsticks. We had to ask for a fork and knife to eat some pieces! Got the lunch prix fixe for $55/person and anything seafood had the same mashed shellfish base that was the same seemingly for all dishes, the noodles were very bland, the lobster on the noodles were over cooked, tough and extremely difficult to chew. Almost choked on it. Extremely disappointing. Not the unique dim sum experience I remember from years ago.
  9. KM

    KM17

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious - complex flavors, generous portions, high quality ingredients (cashews, duck, scallops, vegetables), cooked perfectly - we will be back!
  10. K

    Konstantin

    Toronto

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lai Wah Heen is a great hidden gem for Dim Sum. I did not know it existed, but I am glad I have discovered it as it is much better than the other places we usually go to. Located in the Double Tree Hotel, we were greeted by friendly and extremely attentive staff who made sure that everything was to our satisfaction and that the tea was always full. We ordered using the typical order form. Dim Sum is a lot of thing, but these few things really stood out! Truffle chicken dumplings -- we got an order and just had to get more. They were delicious, flavourful, and heated right through. Ideal with the hot sauce. Pork buns -- classic dim sum, with a glaze of honey bbq sauce. Flaky, slightly sticky, and sweet and salty! Shredded chicken -- simple and delicious. If you are up for some simple fair, this dish is the way to go. Absolutely delicious! Mango tapioca dessert with Lycee. Wow! This was like drinking liquid gold. The prices were also very acceptable for the meal. I would definitely return!
  11. D

    Deborah

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food in a comfortable dining room with attentive waiters.
  12. L

    Lele

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great every time! Wonderful food and fast service!
  13. PC

    PCRo

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Not easy to choose when you don't know much about cantoneese food. They should offer tasting menus.
  14. k

    kittyeats

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience, food, and service! Five stars.
  15. DS

    DSmythe

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an excellent experience and meal here. Every dish was delicious. The foie Gras tart was incredible!
  16. j

    jimmyc

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience1
    For dinner, because the lights were so bright and on a Sat night the restaurant was 1/3 full, ambiance was missing. Food was pretty good but I would recommend it as a lunch place, not dinner.
  17. US

    USVisitor

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, excellent service and comfortable ambience.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The service seemed too rushed. We order one of the prix fixe menu items. The pork belly was very good, as was the sea cucumber, but the lobster was maybe a bit old and the noodles were over cooked. Overall, our order was overpriced for the quality of the food.
  19. J

    Joseph

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a regular diner at Lai Wah Heen, I eat here quite often because it is such a wonderful dining experience.
  20. JD

    JoanneD

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lai Wah Heen food is consistently fantastic. we keep finding new dishes to try and love. the classic standbys are always there too. Love this restaurant!!!
  21. K

    Koko

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    outstanding, one of the best Chinese restaurants in town
  22. j

    jayz

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, incredibly attentive and friendly; Peking duck was amazing!
  23. JC

    JudyC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    If you prefer a nicer venue with less noise level than the usually crowded dim sum restaurants, this will be the right fit for you. The dim sum quality is ok to good, some dishes better than the other. The desserts seem to stand out more. If you are lucky enough to catch the baked egg custard tarts just right out of the oven, you will have a blast.
  24. h

    hadinnyc

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was recommended to this restaurant and it did not disappoint! All of the dim sum dishes were exceptional and you will not find these dishes at other places.
  25. GL

    GordonL

    Vancouver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dim sum lunch for our nieces and two of their partners. The food, as it has been in the past, was excellent as was the service.
  26. R

    Rosemary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were exquisite! I was pleasantly surprised at how creative the presentation was too and I will definitely be back! Thank you.
  27. HI

    HidetoshiI

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent. I plan to come back again.
  28. P

    Polista

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    looking for more ambience in an upmarket restaurant to be honest. The food was lovely and service great but the cocktail absolutely awful.
  29. T

    Toothytheblack

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Plating needs to improve a lot. Almost all dishes look like a $10 dish at best. Ingredients used are expensive, but flavours are mediocre.
  30. G

    Guidogal

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Food was so so.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, high quality dim sum in an upscale atmosphere. The service was great and I would definitely return for dim sum and Chinese food again.
  32. P

    Patricia

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was quiet, stylish and had absolutely amazing food. We all enjoyed everything we ordered (table of 6). As for the service, they went above and beyond - they called us shortly after we left to tell us we had overpaid and returned the extra charge. I am very impressed and will go there again and again.
  33. L

    Lizzz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lai Wah Heen has the best valued Summerlicious dinner menu in my opinion.
  34. e

    em2052

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Lai Wah Heen is one of my favourite restaurants. However, the main courses this time were disappointing. The rest of the three-course meal, along with the rice and vegetables, was very good as usual. But the main courses were not up to the usual standard.
  35. DG

    DG1980

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Don't waste your money at this restaurant! They advertise this as a higher end Chinese restaurant. In reality, it is no better than any of the numerous restaurants you can find just down the street in Chinatown, but 5x the price. The service is poor, the food is very average and the building it is in is a dark cavernous creepy run-down hotel. I took the family there for my mum's 70th birthday for the Summerlicious menu. The entire experience was underwhelming and I still feel sick having paid almost $500 for what should have been a $120 meal.
  36. P

    Pamelda

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and our server, Joseph guided us through the dim sum menu with excellent selections. Would definitely go again.
  37. GL

    GaryL

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Haven't been there for more than 10 years. Overall was a good experience particularly met with the manager Vincent again. But unfortunately, the food couldn't give me a high impression. Missing details on many items which I couldn't accept at such level of restaurant. If you ask me will I go again? Yes, the only reason is to see Vincent.
  38. PS

    PhilS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food. Great ambience and worth the cost.
  39. J

    Joseph

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lai Wah Heen serves the best dim sum in Toronto. Period. It is a little more expensive than some other places that serve pre frozen mushy dumplings. Lai Wah Heen has a first rate dim sum chef that prepares them fresh daily. The ambience is lovely. Even when it's busy, it's never loud and noisy. The service is impeccable. Somebody is always nearby to help you when needed. My favorite restaurant in Toronto.
  40. A

    Andy

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food was not as described it came to our table Luke warm at best. We had to pour our own wine which seemed odd as they were pouring for the other patrons at the other tables this is maybe we were a family with 2 teenagers and a younger daughter nonetheless this seemed odd. It appears that they were more interested in serving their summerliscious dishes despite us ordering their Peking duck course with a bill upwards of $350 for Chinese food could have eaten like royalty at a myriad of high end Chinese or other cuisine such as La banan, bar Isabel or any of the gusto restaurants and would have been very happy this place has nothing on R&D imo as well as our kids who have been foodies for the last 3-4 yrs dining at some of the city’s best restaurants the one redeeming factor was a nice dessert for our sons birthday

FAQs

Lai Wah Heen Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Lai Wah Heen Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 977-9899.

Lai Wah Heen Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1012 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Lai Wah Heen Restaurant

108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Dundas St. W, Doubletree Hilton 2/F

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri, Sun 6:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Dim Sum

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sam Tse

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (416) 977-9899

  • 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: (416) 977-9899

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