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Lai Wah Heen

#287 of 6,840 Restaurants in Toronto
#309 of 7,519 Places to Eat in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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110 Chestnut St, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1R3, Canada (Dundas Street West)
South West corner of Dundas Street and Chestnut street. Two blocks west of Dundas subway station. Two blocks east of St. Patrick subway station.
416-977-9899
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Tue 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Almost perfect

Lai Wah Heen is a wonderful place in downtown Toronto to get a good dim sum lunch. The decor is regal and the service is prompt, friendly, and efficient. The delicate rice noodle pouch filled with crab, shrimp, and chives is a perfect blend of flavours, while the buns filled with barbequed pork are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Well_Travelled_TO
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Toronto, Canada
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Michigan
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104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food here was so delicious. We like to have Chinese/Asian for New Years Eve and this place was awesome. The food, the service and the restaurant were all outstanding. The guava molten dumpling was so good and so different, glad we took the servers suggestion.

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Thank Travel4funnMichigan
Dexter, Michigan
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274 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

First a very nice facility cater to mainly well to do Asians. We had a small dinner but the food was basic but truly superior. Wh had the ma po tofu and the three cup chicken. The prices matched the quality. They have many sea food dishes and a interesting selection of dim sum,They have an extensive wine list, where... More 

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Thank pen1
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

This is my first time writing a review. After we settled the bill, out of expectation, the waitress rushed out and demand for more tips! She was literally arguing with us on the basis that we did not put enough tips for her. The service and food was bad to start in the first place. Am never going back again... More 

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Thank shirley L
Toronto, Canada
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Lai Wah Heen is a wonderful place in downtown Toronto to get a good dim sum lunch. The decor is regal and the service is prompt, friendly, and efficient. The delicate rice noodle pouch filled with crab, shrimp, and chives is a perfect blend of flavours, while the buns filled with barbequed pork are fluffy and somewhat sweet. I find... More 

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Thank Well_Travelled_TO
Montreal, Canada
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163 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

I believe that Lai Wah Heen is known for their peking duck, and I think it is absolutely fantastic! It really was delicious and I would come if I suddenly had a Pekind duck craving if I happened to be in the city. The only thing is, I am convinced that they do not serve you the entire duck. At... More 

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Thank Sheila514
Guelph, Canada
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

Went to the restaurant with friends visiting from Singapore. They ordered all the dishes, highlighted by Peking Duck that was excellent. As a person who doesn't eat this type of food often I enjoyed it but my visiting friends called it just "pretty good"

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Thank Jeff G
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

particularly when you are so close to Toronto’s vibrant China Town, but it was highly rated and when we looked in we were pleasantly surprised to see quite a number of Chinese families seemingly enjoying the food. Having tried this restaurant, I can well understand why. The food is great! The service is attentive and polished! The atmo is delightfully... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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273 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 435 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

I dined at this elegant Chinese restaurant years ago when it was located in the Metropolitan Hotel. Back then, Lai Wah Heen received glowing reviews and it was a darling of all the critics. Lately, you hear very little about LWH, as social media extols the virtues of trendier and hipper establishments catering to that pervasive youthful vibe. However, Lai... More 

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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99 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

This was my second time to Lai Wah Heen. Once again it did not disappoint. It is too bad that on a Thursday night this place was rather empty. We had an early res but by the time we left at about 9 I think we were the only people there. Maybe because it is in a hotel on the... More 

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Toulouse, France
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255 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

The Lai Wah Heen restaurant appeals to the upscale Toronto market but the food itself is not particularly interesting or flavorful if you are a fan of dim sum. I love dim sum and was disappointed but then maybe I've had the good fortune to try dim sum in less formal environment but with the focus on the food. Service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 110 Chestnut St, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1R3, Canada
    (Dundas Street West)
  • Public Transportation: South West corner of Dundas Street and Chestnut street. Two blocks west of Dundas subway station. Two blocks east of St. Patrick subway station.
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 416-977-9899

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 51 - 51
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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