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Lai Wah Heen Restaurant

4.4
687 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Chinese
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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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Cuisines
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

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

Sunday
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.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 687 People Are Saying
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1.0Dined 5 days ago

The restaurant was tired. The youngest people there were probably 75. There are better, more vibrant restaurants.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great spot for upscale dim sum in an elegant space.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Best Dim Sum in the city. Having lived in Hong Kong, only restaurant in Toronto that compares. We know staff and they are always welcoming and attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Dim sum was tasty and the Peking Duck was especially delicious

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food and service was just not worth the price. Mediocre quality overall. Won’t be coming back.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Amazing food and the staff were all so attentive! Awesome experience

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

We usually visit for dim sums and they have tasty and authentic dim sums like lobster dumplings, deep fried taro with ostrich meat, and fois gras siu mai. This time we visited for dinner and really enjoyed it. Service was prompt and excellent as usual. We had the conpoy fish maw soup which would be more worth its price if there was a whole piece of conpoy in it, the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly, the deep fried lamb rack which was delicious and surprisingly not greasy at all, the wok-baked jumbo shrimps, scallops and oysters in spicy wine sauce which was not spicy as expected, and the fried multi-grain rice with sweet corn and diced chicken. The scallops and oysters were cooked perfectly but not the shrimps whose texture and taste weren’t right somehow. The best dish of the night was the fried multi-grain rice which was not greasy and totally delectable. At the end of the meal, we were treated with red bean sweet soup. It was a nice touch. We would definitely be returning for dinner again to try out other creative dishes soon!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We had our annual Chinese New Year get together with non-Chinese friends here and the food was superby. I have to say I have not tasted such well-prepared Chinese food even in the best restaurants in Markham or any of the places north of the 401. The pork belly was almost as good as the "authentic" ones we tasted in Hangzhou, China. All the dishes were done to perfection and service was attentive. Will certainly return next year.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Lovely foie gras fried wonton with truffle consommé soup! Unusual and delicate . Peking duck never disappoints here, a standard for past decades. Special high end teas use to be served in a more exact and traditional way in the past ... we miss that!

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Music was just right. We were actually able to have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent service. Fresh seafood. Delicious.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Excellent and real Chinese food. It would be better if the waiters and waitresses can be more patient during the service.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Chinese New Year

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Really great food and great staff.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent service. Manager Vincent is second to none.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

you cannot go wrong! amazing food and great for vegetarians

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3.0Dined on January 2, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Still one of the best Dim Sum places.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Good Chinese restaurant in downtown Toronto.

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3.0Dined 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)

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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1.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on November 19, 2017

We arrived late. It was 15:40 and the restaurant closed at 16:00. So that is on us and perhaps justifies what came next. There was a large amount of food brought up all at once (we ordered a prix-fixe 50 cad) and apart from the soup (which was great) the food was rather plain and tasteless. I had been there before for dinner and had a terrific experience so it was quite a disappointment this time.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent dim sum! Excellent service! The food is fresh and generous. It costs a little more than other places, but the beautiful, elegant ambience, that is also very family friendly, makes a deep impression of smooth professionalism and care for details and some of the best dim sum to be found anywhere! Thank you, Lai Wah Heen and its outstanding staff at the entrance, service to the table, and most especially in the kitchen!

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2.0Dined on November 18, 2017

We heard that the chef is changed (actually most people in kitchen) therefore food quality is nothing compare to the standard that this restaurant serve few years ago. It is below par for this high class Chinese restaurant. Very disappointed!

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

I went to Toronto with a friend who once lived there and frequented Lai Wah Heen for Sunday brunch. The dim sum was incredible! The waiter was very helpful with suggestions of volume to order. All of the food was delicious and beautifully prepared. I highly recommend this restaurant...and there is free parking in the Doubletree's garage.

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2.0Dined on November 11, 2017

It's kind of pricey but everything is mediocre.

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3.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Unfortunately the premier spot for Dim Sum in Toronto has lost it’s appeal. The quality of the food has decreased quite dramatically

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3.0Dined on October 25, 2017

We went for the Peking Duck. The duck skin was not crispy, the waiter prepared each pancake away from the table where my guests could not see the procedure, the pancakes were too thick and heavy and not enough sauce was put on the pancake. I was disappointed. We should have been given the ingredients and allowed to prepare each pancake to our taste.
While waiting for the duck, a waitress placed three plates of dim sum in front of us, without comment. They seemed too large to be complimentary and were whisked away when I asked what they were. They were then delivered to another table of three.
For dessert we ordered ice cream. It was store-bought and took a long time to arrive.

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