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R&D Restaurant - Toronto, Toronto, ON

R&D Restaurant - Toronto

4.6
4.6
1091 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian, Asian, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 586-1241

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Eric Chong

  • Private party facilities

    With its eclectic and laid-back interior, animated Chinatown home and daring Asian fusion fare, R&D is an ideal venue for lively cocktail receptions, intimate group dinners and more.

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown / Kensington Market

  • Cross street

    Spadina & Grange

  • Parking details

    Street parking available on Spadina Avenue. Public parking available on Sullivan Street.

  • Public transit

    Accessible via the 510 Spadina streetcar. Located in front of the Sullivan Street stop.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Best Duck in the City

    Multiple dates available
    Savour Chef Eric Chong's famous whole-roasted Pekin Duck for $110. Featuring garlic hoisin, leeks and steamed baos, you're in for a formidable feast for two (or more)! We need 24 hours' notice to prepare your duck. Please book your reservation at least one day in advance and indicate how many ducks to prepare in the reservation note.

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What 1,091 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. AN

    ANDREWH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All star service in a really fun atmosphere.. Inventive menu and I highly recommend sitting at the chef’s bar where all the action is.. The kitchen team will make sure you’re having a good time
  2. LF

    LukeF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best duck we've ever had! A great choice for an anniversary dinner like ours or even for a lazy night where you don't want to cook! Imaginative and tantalizing cocktails, old fashion was reimagined and also the best we've ever had! Everyone was so friendly and helpful - top notch staff! We'll be going back again for sure!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Different dishes which makes the experience really fun. Staff is super nice. We will go again soon!
  4. m

    minnis

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good time at R&D. Delicious food, delicious drinks, really great value.
  5. GL

    GuyL

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time visiting R&D, really happy to have picked this restaurant during our stay in To. The menu is very creative, it was hard to limit the 2 of us to only 5 plates, as we would have loved to taste all of them, just wished we were with our 3 hungry young adults children and pick more plates:-(. Service was excellent, the waiter knew his menu inside out and was great to counsel us. Plates were on our table quickly. Flavourful dishes, except maybe the «popcorn schrimps » which were kind of dull. Will return.
  6. JU

    JohnUhoh

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found this place because it's a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant. Would have walked right past it otherwise. It was fantastic - from the food (the pork buns, beef kalbi bao and salmon sashimi were all creative and delicious) to the service, it was a great experience.
  7. D

    Dlynn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    Crab pasta was hard and flavour is not appealing. Broccolini very salty. Best dish was duck and beef tartar. Waiter recommended everything was good, dropped off the food and left.
  8. DB

    DawnB

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, as I've come to expect an have yet to be disappointed.
  9. CD

    CD100

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Nothing special. Menu lacked. No attention to plating.
  10. JA

    JAYPW

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Coming from an Asian Chinese cultural background, there were some identifiable items on the menu that seemed to be within our repertoire of staple foods, but every dish had a unique taste and we were thoroughly impressed. We've been to many places in Toronto with their own interpretations of Asian Chinese cuisine, but this was definitely memorable. Highly recommend sitting on the Chef's rail to watch the restaurant staff at work. Look forward to the next opportunity here to try something else.
  11. G

    Greg

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food is still just as good as it ever was, but portion sizes are down noticeably, turning this from a worthwhile splurge into a straight-up expensive night out. Service is great as always - they took great care of me and my gluten allergy. The wine is cheap and the menu is still excellent; it's just all a bit stingier than it used to be. Would still recommend, especially if you're headed to a concert after, as you'll no longer need to account for leftovers.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The duck is really impressive stuff! Thoroughly enjoyed it with family and would definitely recommend for those looking for an incredible culinary experience plus relaxing ambience.
  13. E

    Eden

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The food is about average and it is not authentic Asian food you'd expect. If you want the authentic Asian food, this is not the right place. However, the dining experience was great.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always! Love coming together and sharing all the dishes!! Loved to Mapo Tofu & Hamachi Sashimi 🫶🏽
  15. CO

    CharlieO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just took my girlfriend here to celebrate our anniversary and it was AMAZING. Eric sat us at the chef rail and we got to see first hand how smoothly and efficiently the kitchen runs. The food was absolutely to die for. Since it was a special occasion, Eric was kind enough to do a chef's choice tasting menu for us and we got to try most of the menu. The best asian spot in town!
  16. s

    sukhyh

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was outstanding, the waiter was good, but never got back to us on drinks we might want to additionally order, and one of the dishes we ordered was missed and fixed - brought to us later. My 7 year old said the C&B buns were BETTER than cake even!!! we had 3 apps, 2 large mains, and one vegetable, we were quite full!! The potstickers, and fried rice, delicious!! Overall the meal was worth the price, the staff also were not snobby, and thanked us for coming. I love a non-snobby great food experience.
  17. O

    Otto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Overall it was great but the table service has opportunity to improve. The server did not replace dirty plate before main course and clearing the table before everyone finished to meal.
  18. J

    Jeesh

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and our waiter made an excellent suggestion to help with ordering.
  19. H

    Hercherdern

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff all around. Professional, kind, courteous, but also real. Chef’s rail seating was a lovely experience. Food was superb, delicious, innovative, with amazing presentation. Great ambiance, very unique experience. Would 100% recommend :)
  20. LC

    LeiC

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I was not impressed with the taste of food. So so.
  21. FA

    FoodieAS

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, good service - felt a little rushed as we were half way down to our second beer and had to chug it down. Amazing food and would definitely go back to try the peking duck hopefully wouldn’t be this busy or just wouldn’t get the second drink.
  22. RS

    RyanS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Definitely worth checking out! Will be back for the peking duck.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere! Would recommend to anyone
  24. JW

    JenniferW

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Sitting at the Chef's Counter was a lot of fun :)
  25. FC

    FletcherC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    R&D has great food, as one would expect from a Master Chef winner. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone who wants to try innovative and tasty food. The price is moderate and reflective of the quality. The atmosphere is not perfect. The music seemed to be playing just for the kitchen staff and It could not really be heard in the seating areas. Overall it was a great time and my recommendation for food is the Jerk Pork Bao.
  26. 3

    3eeaman

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I went to R&D for their summerlicious dinner. The deco and atmosphere gave urban and modern vibes. We ordered the appetizers of lamb spiducci and it was flavourful with the sauce and the cook was cooked to perfection. The host was very friendly and helpful when recommending us what to try for the entrée. I ordered the Bburinkle style fried chicken with umami cheese crust and 16-spices. The chicken was cooked perfectly moist and hot when cutting it open. The skin was crispy with the 16-spices and umami cheese crust being smothering onto the chicken. My friend ordered the beef panang dish and she enjoyed the tenderness of the beef and that it is not coconut based like many generic Thai places for beef panang. The portion for it was filling for her and wanted to save room for dessert. I made the right decision to listen to the host to order the chicken over the fried rice since I barely consume fried chicken. Lastly, we ordered the sweet corn panna cotta and the flourless chocolate torte. The flourless chocolate torte was delicious to devour with the cherry sauce and amaretto ice cream. Not heavy like many places when they make chocolate desserts to be more heavy to devour. The sweet corn panna cotta was sweet and crunchy to devour. I enjoyed the panna cotta very much especially when the cornflakes and popcorn gave texture to the dessert when it also had wild blueberries on it. The chef and cook brought the food over with poise and professionalism as well as described the dishes in front of us. We got to see Eric Chong in the open kitchen as well as his staff members in action. Very friendly service that we would like to come visit again in the near future.
  27. S

    Scout

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Went for the Summerlicious meal. Food was great and well prepared, but since it was Summerlicious, portions were a bit smaller with some dishes. That could also be caused by increased food prices. The chocolate torte was excellent. Will come back as the restaurant is friendly, in a great location, and my friend’s kids are in awe of Chef Eric.
  28. A

    Ashley

    Toronto

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Summerlicious was great! Loved the varieties on the menu and enjoyed the appetizers and mains but the desserts were disappointing.
  29. AP

    AnnieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had planned to go to R&D for our anniversary. Upon checking into the restaurant's website for the menu, we discovered that they were participating in Summerlicious. So we opted for the Summerlicious menu. What an excellent way to showcase the restaurant's food! The flavours of the dishes were exquisite and well prepared. Service was excellent. Our waiter was knowledgable and accommodating. We would definitely go back and take family and friends.
  30. R

    Rajeet

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    the portion size was terrible. I was still hungry after eating.
  31. JL

    JocelynLau8715

    Toronto

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVED our Chef's Rail Experience! Greeted by Chef/Owner Eric Chong was a delight- he's super nice and funny! We celebrated our anniversary there (just like we did last year!) with the Peking Duck and this year, we had their Panna Cotta (a Summerlicious only item) which was super harmonious with its flavours & textures! This place has become a "hot spot" for us to visit for special occasions, and we'll definitely be back again!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful Summerlicious menu! Will be back for the regular dinner menu
  33. CT

    CharT

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was delicious! The duck was to die for
  34. JC

    JenniferC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for Summerlicious, the fried rice and chocolate torte was delicious!
  35. JD

    JulieD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience I’ve had in a long while. Not only was the food delicious the service was stellar. Thanks so much!
  36. FK

    FannyK

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great flavours, inventive cuisine, funky decor, knowledgeable and friendly staff, casual atmosphere … Chef Eric Chong part of a well organized team in the kitchen. A wonderful ‘foodie’ experience.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, I think in terms of ambience the front of the room felt very segregated from the rest of the restaurant so it was hard to take it all in. The back part of the room seemed a little too chaotic and people were packed in so opted for sitting in the front across from the bar. the service was excellent and the food came out very quickly.
  38. CV

    CesarV

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Summerlicious
  39. C

    Cdapanda

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wanted to give my cousin and his wife hailing all the way from Seattle a dining experience and knew that Chef Eric and his team would deliver! Not only did they deliver but way exceeded my expectations with the food, the attention and the thoughtfulness of each interaction! The pandemic has kept us away for far too long. Can’t wait to go back to sample the things we were too full to try this time around!
  40. T

    Traveller

    Toronto

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, Asian with a twist. Fabulous service. Fun to sit at counter.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for R&D Restaurant - Toronto

241 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2E2

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Spadina & Grange

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown / Kensington Market

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian, Asian, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking available on Spadina Avenue. Public parking available on Sullivan Street.

  • Public transit

    Accessible via the 510 Spadina streetcar. Located in front of the Sullivan Street stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Eric Chong

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (416) 586-1241

  • Private party facilities

    With its eclectic and laid-back interior, animated Chinatown home and daring Asian fusion fare, R&D is an ideal venue for lively cocktail receptions, intimate group dinners and more.

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