About Lai Wah Heen Restaurant

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.

108 Chestnut Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1R3
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Chinese, Dim Sum

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

Cross Street:
Dundas St. W, Doubletree Hilton 2/F

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 977-9899

Website:
http://www.laiwahheen.com/

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.

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

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Lai Wah Heen Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.3

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4.3

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3.9

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77% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Romantic (4)
Casual (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Cozy (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Chinese New Year

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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 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.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Really great food and great staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent service. Manager Vincent is second to none.

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 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 4, 2018

you cannot go wrong! amazing food and great for vegetarians

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (London)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Still one of the best Dim Sum places.

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 (London)·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)

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 (Toronto)·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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic
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 (Toronto)·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.

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 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Business Meals, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·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.

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 (Toronto)·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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 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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 (Toronto)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined 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!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 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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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It's kind of pricey but everything is mediocre.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 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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 (Toronto)·Dined 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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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on October 25, 2017

For many years this has been our favourite place for Cantonese-style dim sum in Toronto, and it's always a pleasure to return. It's an elegant, upmarket space that manages to be relaxed and warm at the same time. The service is attentive and discreet, and helpful when help is needed. We ordered the prix fixe tasting menu ($100 for 2) and a couple of basic add-ons - har gao and some greens (kale) in oyster sauce. They do these basics perfectly, which is always a good sign in an expensive restaurant. Har gao, for instance, always seems to me to be the ideal test for a dim sum place at whatever level, and here both the wrapping (soft but also slightly chewy) and the filling (large firm pieces of prawn) were as good as you will find anywhere in Hong Kong. The prix fixe items are their show pieces and our responses were uneven. Some items were superb - the seafood bisque, the noodles with lobster in a delicious truffle broth, the crab claw, both the dessert items. Others were just a little disappointing; for instance, the mushrooms and vegetables wrapped in bean curd with grated truffles seemed strangely tasteless to both of us. Two other comments: their flagship items seem to have gotten larger and more difficult to handle with chopsticks (not quite little treasures any longer), and I think they could do away with the hokey animal shaped items - mice, crabs etc. When we return - which of course we shall - we'll choose the items we like best from the general menu rather than the prix fixe, but the prix fixe is a very good place to start for anyone coming here for the first time. The pu erh tea was excellent as always.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent food and elegant serving of each dish on a separate plate. Most enjoyable Chinese dining as the food came one dish at a time so we could enjoy it gradually.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

we had a great time, the staff was super attentive and able to help us with menu recomendations.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I found the food to be quite tasteless, unexciting, and over-priced. In truth, the cuisine does not match the reputation.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I ordered several dim sum dishes and they tasted good. The services are really good. The price is reasonable.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Raum Frankfurt)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Best Chinese food I've ever had, anywhere in the world. Amazing service and very pleasant ambiance round out a fantastic picture. Highly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The food was over rated and the waiter was not honest. He let us order so much without warning us that is too much. We will not go back again.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Server - unfriendly , Manager - not interested and engaged with his guests
Food - not even close to the price tag attached. We were better off dining at one of those place on Chinatown. Least we would have gotten the authentic cultural experience

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent food! Service was ok. The items are pricey but overall a good place to eat.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Ordinary experience in an ordinary restaurant. Nothing so special about the food. The dim sum were cold and the service too fast. Too expensive for an ordinary experience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Lai Wah Heen is a great place to meet friends downtown where you can actually talk. A flexible menu allows everyone to have traditional food with new twists. We were there during the week and the clients varied from business people, couples, friends anf family.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 20, 2017

It was an enjoyable dim sum. We had prefix plus extra choices. Server was so nice. The only negative was the guy at the door. Too busy talking on the phone to acknowledge us. When we moved towards the restaurant to have a peek he abruptly told us to " stay right here". Thankfully we were sat by a nice gentleman.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent high end Chinese cuisine. Professional and efficient service. Wine list could be improved a bit.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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