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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vipparajoloco
Toronto
140 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our favorite Pekin duck go to restaurant while in the neighbourhood . A wonderful choice of unusual tea.
Looking forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best dim sum I’ve had would recommend to anyone.

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DougF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Dim Sum and beautifully presented for our party of five at a work lunch. Highly recommended, we have been there twice. It is a bit more than some places but still very reasonable and worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely luncheon at Lai Wah Heen. We’ve been there a few times and the food and service did not disappoint.
Would highly recommend it as it’s probably the best dim sum place in TO!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and service, very professional and welcoming. Food was delicious, and well presented.

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RayW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambience was perfect for a business lunch.
The stuff were attentive and courteous and kept the tea pot full frequently.
Good variety of vegetarian food.
Had the usual shrimp dumpling, spring rolls, sticky rice warp. We also ordered the rice roll with assorted mushrooms which were a bit hard to the bite. Otherwise all dim sum we had were excellent.
Did not see any coat rack or coat checking facility. Bring heavy winner coats into the such a restaurant and hanging over the back of the chairs is quiet unsightly.

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jokelijn
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Been to Lai Wah Heen a few times over the years. Took a relative who has lived in Shanghai for many years and loves dim sum.

This visit did not stand out as one of the best.
Most dishes arrived at the same time and were not as piping hot as we remember them to be in the past.
For a Saturday lunch the restaurant was not nearly as busy as we have experienced in the past. Sadly the coronavurus must take the blame for that.

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rarecat
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently well-prepared food. We have come here to celebrate Xhinese New Year for my years - always reliable. Excellent attentive service and quiet ambiance - where else can you hear yourself talk!

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JozefP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

High end Chinese & fusion menu, fantastic light flavours! Service as always efficient but not in your face. If you want to taste Cantonese specialties but also like foiegras and truffles, you’re at the right place ! Highly recommended!

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LindaP
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice meal in a quiet setting. Excellent service.

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RichardU
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went there to celebrate Lunar New Year. The highlight of our meal was Peking Duck, it was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was impeccable. I will definitely come again and recommend it to friends.

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Rania
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
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!

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vipSandraR
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
5 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

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SergiyC
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

new years day lunch

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NizzyR
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
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.

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StevenL
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.

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KimM
Montreal
2 reviews
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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RobertK
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.

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GraemeM
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.

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vipBill22
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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Linda
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.

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AnneL
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.

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Chuen
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

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vipAmalE
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...

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SimonL
Toronto
19 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 .

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2happy
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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PCheung
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.

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MitchellM
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food good but to expensive for what it is.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time
Service great and food beautiful

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CamillaB
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food is overpriced and not tasty as it’s price

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vipRosebot
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.

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CatherineR
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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vipDBS8
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

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LissaDj
Calgary
7 reviews