Lai Wah Heen Restaurant

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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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RI
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a great experience and the best dim sum I’ve ever head. Their reputation of best in North America stands true year after year!

SR
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dim sum in all of Toronto!! And great service!!

OT
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Wasn’t enough waiter to service customer. Food was decent but overpriced for what you can normally pay for in another restaurant. I would suggest them hiring more waiters

SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, great service, very good value.
Dumplings and Peking duck were outstanding - need to come back again to try other dishes.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

new years day lunch

NR
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fabulous, and so was the service. The prices are on the higher side, but worth it in my opinion. Its a good place to go with a group and split the food and bill. Not ideal for a date.

SL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Quality and value of food is great.
Service is excellent.
Parking can be hard to find depends on time of the day.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Peking duck for 8 on Christmas Day. The food and service were superb, and the price very reasonable.

OT
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. The Peking Duck was delicious. Thanks for a great meal on Christmas Day

RK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Nothing special, at an elevated price level. Can get the same quality of food in Chinatown for significantly less. The room is very hotel-restaurant. Service is weak. Have only ever heard great things, but our experience can’t confirm them.

GM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Looking for more flavor...Cantonese noodles were poor, mushroom bokchoy pretty good.
Peking duck very good.
Expectations much higher.

B
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service all in all, it was a nice lunchtime experience with my family.

L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Super disappointing. Expensive, not tasty. Service was medicore at best. Better, and less expensive Chinese restaurants in Toronto.

AL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent.

Might be time to get some new chairs. Some of them are nicked and don't look good in daylight. The upholstery on one chair was scratched up at our table.

C
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best dim sum in Toronto. Fresh, custom made, no MSG. Special dishes like
spicy shredded chicken with cucumber
black fungus salad
foie gras and duck
glazed pear
abalone and scallop dumpling

AE
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Dim Sum I've ever been to!! will be there every week from now on...

SL
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I picked this restaurant to celebrate my Dad's birthday. Food was interesting, more fusion than authentic Chinese food. When it came time to pay, the restaurant refused to accept the OpenTable dining cheque claiming that they bounce and they would be out the money plus a nsf fee. I find it difficult to accept that a cheque issued by a Canadian charter bank on behalf of open table would bounce. I did not leave this experience feeling good .

2
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food is not worth the price. People are not friendly also!!! Very disappointed ☹️

PC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Some of the food was not warm enough yesterday and it was very noisy in the 2nd half of our meal because a party of about 30 guys were standing around having pre meal drinks and chatting.

MM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great experience to try Chinese food, it was fun being able to try some familiar dishes done with good quality ingredients and their Lai Wah Heen twist! A must try for Chinese food lovers!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food good but to expensive for what it is.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time
Service great and food beautiful

CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pleasant, attractive space, tucked away on the second floor of a rather unpromising-looking hotel. Excellent dim sum, if somewhat pricey. Service was a little slow but very courteous. Overall, we enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere and inventive take on classic dim sum.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food is overpriced and not tasty as it’s price

R
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new go-to spot for dim sum. The food was excellent and the service was very friendly and attentive.

CR
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It has gone down. We did not like the way the Peking duck was served.

DB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Waited at the front 10 minutes for someone to greet/seat us in the empty restaurant. Service very indifferent in general. Food superb. Hotel setting is very generic. Too bad, this kitchen deserves better in all other areas

LD
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb fine dining Chinese food. Recommended for the fine taster.

RO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster shaped dim sum was really CUTE and delicious.

CL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Used to be much better. Felt a bit sad, with the exception of the mushroom dish, the other dishes we had were not spectacular.

c
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

very nice place to eat, very quiet , unlike most Chinese restaurant. most of the waiters are good. also if you get there early you can park at the hotel garage for $5.

SR
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great service and great food!

o
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

This was without a doubt the worst Chinese food we have ever eaten. No flavor, we had to put sweet and sour sauce in the fried rice just to give it taste. We have eaten Chinese food all around the US and in Europe. Boring food, boring place, don’t waste your time or money...in addition this is in a Doubletree hotel which is not mentioned in any of their marketing.

WL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to eat. Some of the best Chinese food ever.

F
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Quiet and perfect for business meeting. Linens and china etc. Highly recommend- have coming here for years.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Chinese food ever terrific thank you

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

9 days in Canada, this is the best food so far. Wonderful

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I had better quality before

NW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as well as service are top of the line.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and great service!