R&D Restaurant - Toronto

4.7
884 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
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 884 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quelle belle découverte! Tout était parfait. Merci

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Emily
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at R&D is exceptional and the service is outstanding. The owner Eric was a winner of Masterchef Canada and was very gracious when meeting fans of his from the show (myself included).

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EthanM
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful time at R&D. Amazing drinks and small plates. We ordered the duck, and while exceptionally tender, I wish more of the flavor had made it deeper into the meat instead of being mostly in the skin.

Bok Choy was phenomenal, Beef Bao and French Onion Spring Rolls were incredible.

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PaulB
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best meal we’ve had in a very long time. My wife likes a lot of veggie dishes. I thought I would not enjoy but excellent dishes.

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RichardL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is excellent and the unique take on almost all of their offerings makes this almost worth the cost. My party and I had a lovely time. The cost seems high given what you get. But the service more than makes up for it.

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RoccoS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.
Creative menu
Will definitely go back.

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vipJonathanN
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fusion of Canadian and Chinese foods with lots of very creative combos

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SparshR
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was okay. I think more variety would help! Also try to incorporate more SE Asia dishes in your menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing to see Chef Chong in the kitchen and even personally serving some tables. The food was amazing and good portions. Definitely would order/ go there again

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LisaK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible as usual and the service was wonderful. I can enthusiastically recommend the mushroom risotto, the brussel sprouts and the steak tataki. It was my friend's first time there and she was very pleased with the restaurant and wants to go back again. The only request I would make is that there be lactose free desserts available. Also, please bring back the oolong gin and tonic.

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sofiaD
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible French Onion Spring Rolls, dumplings, rice, and truly the best duck in the city. Do yourself a favour and order that one day in advance of going with 4 or more people. Absolutely delicious!!

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MWCalgary
Calgary
33 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far one of the best restaurants we have eaten. Loved every dish. Every plate is carefully crafted and full of flavours and textures. Chef Eric is in the kitchen personally preparing things. Service was excellent. The duck was absolutely prefect and a must have. Once you think you had the best dish another comes along and is better. The desserts are so good, we could not pass on even though we were very satisfied. A must visit in Toronto.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staff were very welcoming and attentive.

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JanetF
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

R&D is a Toronto gem. I've eaten there twice and it's quickly become one of my favourite spots.

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GLaDOS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the peking duck and some other appetizers. Everything was delicious. I will say though if its your first time having Peking duck, it's A LOT of food for two people so be prepared to take some home.

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JocelynLau8715
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic way to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and just as good as we remembered it to be! thank you for having us- everything was perfect and we can't wait to return!

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CarlosP
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing staff, amazing time. Will definitely be back.

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BrianG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for some beautiful tasty food. Great value

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AlbertT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for the Best Duck In The City, which was absolutely delicious! Also got the CSB, Grandpa's Fun Guo, Bone Marrow, and Chili crab Siu Mai. All of the dishes were phenomenal! Definitely would come back again!!

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MichaelB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, as always

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team was incredible at accommodating my shellfish allergy. The service was excellent. The food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Food was phenomenal and service was extremely friendly and professional. Worth a visit for sure!

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joyce
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After takeout during lockdown this was our first time of experiencing the restaurant. We were lucky to be able to have the duck even though we had not pre-ordered. The waiter was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful with recommendations. We are already talking about going back to try other menu items.

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Weeder
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dinner out- food, service and atmosphere was excellent!

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LloydG
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I would recommend this restaurant. Food was delicious and service was outstanding. Water glasses always filled. Server even recommended what to order. Will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, great food, great service! A repeat for sure!

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ChelseaAW
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, very nice and helpful waiters

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Steve
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
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 on July 31, 2021
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 on July 31, 2021
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 on July 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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

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PaulN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
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
8 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
6 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!

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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.

FAQs

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 4.7 stars by 884 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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