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Lai Wah Heen Restaurant

674 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Chinese, Dim Sum
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Hours of operation
Monday to Friday
Lunch: 11:30AM - 3:00 PM, Dinner: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lunch: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Dinner: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Lunch: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Dinner: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(416) 977-9899
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sam Tse
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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
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Private party contact
Manager: (416) 977-9899
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Cross street
Dundas St. W, Doubletree Hilton 2/F
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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.
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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.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 674 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great spot for CNY dim sum lunch. Very respective of OpenTable resos! Definitely book ahead - busy spot but no wait with reservation.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Chinese New Year

Johnny (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Good variety of real Chinese food. The place was busy and yet the service was done promptly with a smile!. A bit pricey but worth it.
My only beef: my tea cup was chipped and cracked; not what you would expect from a high end restaurant. When requested, the cup was quickly replaced. Staff should be more attentive to these "minor" detail before the guests arrive.

DaoR (Montreal)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We were quite disapointed about this experience because the quality and service that we know about 5 years ago had gone down a lot.
For the price of the food , it is not valuable!

DinerX (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Good good. Desserts quite good. No carts....

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Really great food and great staff.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent service. Manager Vincent is second to none.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

The dim sum dishes are perfectly prepared with delicate flavours and visual appeal. Chinese food comparable to some of the best restaurants in Hong Kong. Service is attentive without being intrusive. Excellent wine pairings--just ask for assistance. A true delight and a special oasis within the city of Toronto.

vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

We’d been to this restaurant years ago when it first opened. It has radically changed.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

you cannot go wrong! amazing food and great for vegetarians

OpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Worth trying. Probably one of the best dim sum restaurants in Toronto.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Still one of the best Dim Sum places.

OpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Definitely a bit overpriced, but still worthy trying at least once in your life time. Highly recommend the “Dongpo” pork (东坡肉)

Yuli (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Their food was pricy with a “just not bad” level. The most unbearable issue was their washrooms are so outdated, some of them were out of function which you would have never thought they belong to such a “so-called-upscale” restaurant!!

The washroom experience was so bad that I decided not to visit this restaurant again!I just couldn’t understand why the owner wouldn’t want to spend a little bit of money to renovate their washroom. I thought this restaurant would have been a good place for my family to enjoy a nice Xmas dinner. I was totally disappointed.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Great DimSum always. Great food and great service Many choices and food comes quickly.

DJTF (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Made reservations over lunch. Waited a while to have our order taken. Ordered the prix fixe---a couple of the courses were quite good, but nothing outstanding, and some rather bland. A large group came in and monopolized multiple servers' attention---we waited 35 minutes for our 'dessert' course, which truly wasn't worth the wait and nothing more than you would find (for much less) at a regular dim sum restaurant in Chinatown. Given this was during the business-lunch hour, and that the large group had made a reservation, service levels should have been better planned. The entire experience felt like a waste of money.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

I’m fairly new to Toronto and had a fair share of dim sum in Chinatown. This place comes close to those weekend dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong that I frequent.

Lexy (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on November 26, 2017

I was recommended by a website to celebrate my friend's birthday there. However, the waiter serving us was a bit unfriendly. They told me they would put a birthday candle for my friend but they totally forgot it! And Dongpo Pork was initially hard to eat and later we required a second cook. The food was not that delicious with expensive price. I don't think I'll go there again.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2017

Fourteen years since the first Tim I ate there. Quite a feat to keep the quality of the food and the service at this level for so long. Bravo!

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

The food is not even comparable to a local restaurant although it should be a high end one. Service is so-so. Was there a few years ago and it was not like that.