R&D Restaurant - Toronto

4.6
857 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Asian
R&D is an urban casual restaurant in the heart of Toronto’s iconic Chinatown, headed by first-ever MasterChef Canada winner Eric Chong and his mentor, Michelin-starred restaurant owner Alvin Leung. The stylish interior reflects R&D's dualistic nature: open & abuzz with energy while preserving an intimate atmosphere.

At R&D, eastern dishes meet western style in the form of modern Chinese sharing plates, where classic ingredients are given a vanguard treatment.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 857 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChelseaAW
Montreal
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food & very friendly service. The portions were spot on. My boyfriend absolutely loved the Kalbi beef baos.

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Steve
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food with fair prices. Staff was very nice. Food came out fast, delicious, and perfectly cooked. Would recommend the fried chicken, fried rice, and bone marrow.

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Marie
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks were fantastic! The staff was very helpful and friendly. Would absolutely go back for the Matcha Lava Cake. Thank you for the wonderful dinner.

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TamaraC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and atmosphere not too mention cocktails at R&D are delicious and pair well with food.

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RayanA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The chow mien was inedible and duck was cold. Service was good though.

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PaulN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can’t count the number of times we have eaten here. The food is outstanding and the drinks are delicious. The value for your money is what keeps us coming back.

Chef Eric is personable and comfortable with his celebrity. He knows many guests come to see him and if he’s available he’s always table side for a chat.

The menu changes seasonally but there are a few staples. Grandpa’s Fun Gao should not be missed. Be adventurous, go outside your comfort zone, try something new. Also, go with friends the portions are huge and all designed for sharing.

Enjoy!!

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MrCanada
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were extremely disappointed that wine by the glass was not available so they force you to buy a whole bottle. Nice way to increase your profit for the evening. If that was the case it should have been posted on their website. Or at least the bottle of wine should have been discounted. It definitely started our evening off on the wrong foot and then we seemed rush to order a bottle of wine. Not a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was amazing. Eric was awesome. Served us our food and took the time to talk about the dishes

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome. Eric Chong even served us personally!

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SeanB
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great as always! The fried chicken protein content was lower than expected but still great!

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RaymondH
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food and service. The duck was well made as well.

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GhislaineJ
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food! Loved the decor! The service was excellent! We’ll be back!

FJ
FrankieJing
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef was amazing, it is obvious that he has taken a lot of thought into his food, a rareity for restaurants in Toronto.

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Devon
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night at R&D. The service was great- food was amazing ! Duck was incredible- definitely will be back soon

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, the servers know the menu really well and make great suggestions. Food is all to share which is fun for a date - we had the dim sum buns (amazing!), bone marrow, low mien and bok choy side, all very good but I’d say dim sum and bone marrow were our Favorite. Cocktails are also incredible, if you can make it there before 7 for the $7 special. Worth it to pay full price though, very nice ingredients.

I think our servers name was Ray...he was very attentive and knowledgeable. Thank you!

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vipscreamingmonkey
Toronto
38 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

"best duck in town' is the best! Now it's my 2nd time eating this and it is just as good as the 1st time. Perfectly done, juicy. All the other menu offering are also very good. I recommend it highly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It took us six years after Eric won the first MasterChef Canada competition to finally make it to his restaurant. We ordered the marrow, fried chicken and fried rice which was very filling for the two of us. Each dish was so flavorful. We were able to scan a QR code on the table to view the menus on our phone. The staff were all great about providing a safe dining experience with excellent service. Will definitely come back again to try some of their other dishes.

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DeepakJ
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For a first time visitor, I had an amazing experience at R&D. Everything right from the friendliness of the servers to the food options and the food taste and price was absolutely wonderful. I definitely have a new favorite to go again..👍👍👍

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal at R&D: delicious dishes served in a great setting. We didn't try the self-proclaimed "best [Peking] duck in the city", but we're mightily tempted to come back for it!

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SharonO
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had a good experience. The food and service was great

MD
MargD
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Innovative menu and superb flavour and presentation. Great friendly service. Love the decor too.
Will go back again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful design in the heart of Chinatown supercool

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Samuel
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I really enjoyed that it wasn't basic Chinese-restaurant food. It was pretty hip (and noisy), but then again, my visit was on a Friday evening.

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Emily
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was nothing to go crazy over; just fancy descriptions and not much to support it. The server was good but each dish was brought out independently, forcing us to wait a while for the entire order to be fulfilled.

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edwardk
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NOthing but great things to say. They are doing it right

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Anon
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious food, great service and vibe. Will definitely be returning.

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Sasha
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good overall, very limited options for vegans or vegetarians though.

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JCJC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and a delicious modern twist on Chinese food. The duck is something you must try if you come here!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As fans of MasterChef TV show, we went to taste and experience food of superior quality, taste and finesse - and we found exactly that. Never had food so brilliantly prepared, multiple layers of flavour just explodes in the mouth. Nice and cozy restaurant with great service. It was an honour to meet MC Canada season 1 winner Chef Eric.

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Cameron
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for a Valentine’s Day date and ordered the duck in advance because we had to see if it really was the best duck in the city. Can’t say I was disappointed. The ambience helped contribute to a wonderful night with a great playlist and great lighting. We only had the duck and sake flights which were both delicious in their own right. We will definitely be back to try out the rest of the menu.

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MarkO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service, would definitely come back

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Luvlees
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious and came out really fast, maybe too fast? They arrived before our drinks. Our waitress was very kind and attentive.

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NelsonF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience. My girlfriend gave me a special gift after taking her here. Will do again.

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Andrewd
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great spot. Service was awesome. Ray the server was cool. Food and choices are pretty tasty.

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IdfaA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Recommended drink: the passion fruit cocktail
Recommended food: the beef spring rolls.
We went there on Valentine’s Day and while the service was good we felt like they were trying to rush us a bit.
Perhaps it would be better on a less busy evening.

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WayneB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to R&D many times now and my wife and I always look forward to the next time. The food, the atmosphere are great and the staff are very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I felt that the service was not that great because we reserved a table for 8:30pm and ended up being seated around 9 and it seemed like the waiter paid more attention to others. But once we were seated, what I liked was he would ask us how we were doing once we got the food. I went for winterlicious and felt the food quality was ok. Not bad but not great (possibly let down by my high expectations). I would recommend going to experience it but most likely will not go more than once.

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vipAnonymous
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Winterlicious 2020. Been to R&D a few times and like most of their dishes but the quality during Winterlicious was abysmal. Despite offering only the condensed Winterlicious menu and the dishes being just smaller versions of the regular menu, the execution of the food was poor. The fusion concepts were badly thought out and detracted from the enjoyment of the ingredients.

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Charlotte
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Our visit was during Wintherlicious.
The starter was fine but both main and dessert was a little disappointing - grainy cheesecake for instance.
The service was off, even though our waitress was smiling and nice, she was super confused, didn’t understand our order and brought the wrong main for me. We couldn’t help ourselves from laughing a little bit about how off it was, so in that sense it was entertaining as well.

MB
MarkB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Asian fusion menu. Fantastic atmosphere and great service. Will definitely be back!

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R&D Restaurant - Toronto does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. R&D Restaurant - Toronto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 586-1241.

R&D Restaurant - Toronto is rated 4.6 stars by 857 OpenTable diners.

R&D Restaurant - Toronto does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.oliverbonacini.com/e-gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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