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Lai Wah Heen Restaurant

4.7
4.7
957 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

7:00 PM


Booked 9 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

    Downtown / 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 957 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Old Toronto

    Business Meals

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  1. SB

    2SnowBirds

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is delicious. Ladies washrooms look a bit tired and should replace the sinks
  2. b

    bennyg

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and excellent service. An amazing experience.
  4. GP

    GianpaoloP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Chinese food and special dim sum lunch experience. One of the best in town . Highly recommended
  5. SM

    SaraMN

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I haven't been here in years and I'm happy to know the food hasn't changed. Innovative dim sum with top quality ingredients.
  6. BL

    BarbaraL

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was outstanding. White tablecloth and napkins. Decor classy. Quiet. Tables spread apart. Service high class, unusual for Asian restaurant. Will definitely return.
  7. N

    Novi

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Overall pretty good, but not every dish was good. Oyster congee was tasty but oyster had strange smell, indicating not very fresh oyster...?
  8. J

    Joseph

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am a regular diner at Lai Wah Heen. I try to come once a week late morning for dim sum. Long ago i tried other restaurants serving dim sum in the downtown area and was consistently disappointed with the quality of the food. Besides the great food, the ambience is beautiful, and there is no loud music blaring in the background. Highly recommended.
  9. DS

    DavidS

    Hungary

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ask the staff, they are super helpful and can make you personalized recommendations to treat your palate to one of the worlds finest restaurants .
  10. S

    Samantha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made a last minute reservation and enjoyed every second of our experience! It was a quiet Monday evening at the restaurant, our servers were very helpful and attentive. We had the famous dim dim as well as a tasting menu and a few cocktails! We left very full and satisfied, will definitely be coming back to try the peaking duck next time!
  11. PT

    PaulTK

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic all around. Best Peking Duck in the city and first-class service.
  12. GG

    GaryG

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a really good restaurant with many offerings which will please just about everyone. There were a couple of young children there but I am unsure if they can truly appreciate the dining experience.
  13. RR

    RaviR

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service with a touch of class. Really enjoy this little gem!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. Went with a large group and the restaurant was perfect- food was delicious, staff was generous and accommodating. Thank you!
  15. MB

    MarkB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Wheel chair accessible. Amazing staff. Excellent Peking Duck.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Excellent service with good food. Considered this is located inside a hotel, you are paying premium for the ambience and service. Food tastes in generally good, but the choices are not that many. It is understandable and it would be good to try once. The lobster dumpling was a disappointment, however.
  17. SS

    SamanthaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Dim sum was amazing and their chilli oil beats all other high end dining dim sum spots I have been too. Make sure you are not sitting near a party if your looking for a quite place with great service.
  18. JC

    JosephC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best (if not the best) chinese restaurant, Hong Kong style, in North America.
  19. H

    Hungryagain

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was excellent - service very attentive - Large room with little noise - try the scallops; they are excellent
  20. SF

    ScottF

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Food was great. Order the Peking Duck!
  21. E

    Elle

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Service has been better in the past, food was excellent.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was excellent. Food was fantastic.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is fantastic and food is refined and delicious!
  24. A

    Alex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THIS RESTAURANT DOES NOT EXIST ANY MORE. IT IS GONE.
  25. BT

    BenoitfromTo

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A great option if you want delicious Chinese food in a quiet room and you are willing to pay for it.
  26. KS

    KathyS

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good consistently amazing ! Service and ambiance very good. Highly recommend
  27. c

    catherinep

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Average but very expensive, not sure why ?...everything on menu is 30% more expensive compared to comparable restaurants
  28. JZ

    JoeyZ

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    service has been great. Food is still good but price has gone up a bit. Very quiet now with less customers unlike the crowded environment before.
  29. SM

    SheikaM

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. The best Dim Sum in Toronto. Creative, delicious and service is on point. A gem.
  30. SM

    SbMu

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nice but not crazy quality dishes especially regarding the price.
  31. AT

    AliT

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming here for over twenty years and have enjoyed each and every visit. Our children were babies in strollers trying dim sum for the first time and are now in their twenties and have many fond memories. The two course duck dish is the best!!!
  32. RK

    RashmiK

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Very disappointed in the food, we had heard great reviews on the restaurant. Found it very expensive for the quality and quantity of food that was served.
  33. TT

    TT88

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dim sum, great service, and definitely will be coming back again soon.
  34. MA

    MelissaAP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lai Wah Heen is one of my favorite places in TO. The pecking duck is devine! As is the rest of the food. Elegant dim sum and very much worth the price.
  35. SC

    SuzanneC

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, an outstanding experience. We hope to return to Toronto and Lai Wah Heen soon.
  36. MZ

    MarleneZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience and most helpful in accommodating our vegetarian needs.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience for my Mom’s 65th. They gave us a private area and the Peking duck was amazing! Great service too.
  38. JV

    JohnnyV

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome everything
  39. SC

    SuzanneC

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We discovered Lei Wah Heen nearly 25 years ago.Having moved away, we hadn’t eaten there in a long time but we found it still held exacting standards for food, service and ambiance. We had the Imperial Prix Fixe dinner and will dream of it and hope to return.
  40. F

    Foodie

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Everything was excellent, food and service is amazing.

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 4.7 stars by 957 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 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

    Downtown / 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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