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Lai Wah Heen

110 Chestnut St, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1R3, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
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Ranked #295 of 6,561 restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $51 - $51
Cuisines: Chinese, Shanghai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Cross street: Dundas Street West
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.
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75% Recommend
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Dim sum here was good. Shrimp and scallion rice rolls were ok. Deep fried crab and tofu - salty, but tasty. Stick rice was nicely prepared but unexciting. Shu mai with scallops - good, maybe too subtle. Crystal purse with peking duck: dull and gelatinous. Gai lan with oyster sauce - ordinary. Professional and prompt service. An interesting tea selection.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Okay so we racked up a massive bill. We got every penny's worth (or Loony). Simply one of the greatest culinary experiences of our lives, and very possibly the single best. We ordered off of the VIP menu and words cannot describe the experience. Get there by hook or crook. Spend as much as you can. You will not be... More

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Carrying Place
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

What a find! If you love dim sum, you do not want to miss this place. While it is a bit pricier than the average dim sum, it is well worth the extra cost, keeping in mind that dim sums are usually very reasonably priced. The restaurant clients were mostly Asian, which always suggests to me that I could be... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Came here for dim sum with another couple. Arrived before opening. Lots of folks on the street looking for the address. There's a large sign 40 feet above you but no street signage or address number. It's upstairs in a hotel with a different address, The decor is absolutely beautiful. Kind of minimalist Chinese with lots of natural light. The... More

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Top Contributor
286 reviews 286 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I enjoyed the food in this restaurant. The atmosphere was a bit lacking, but the food was worth the trip. Mind you -- it took a while to find it - it is on the second floor of the Doubletree. Did not see that and spent far too long looking for it. But persevere - the food is very good.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Excellent dim sum is found here, probably, the best in Toronto. Service was very professional and timely, too. Wine list was nice enough, and their tea menu is stellar. This was a memorable lunch experience, and I do recommend it.

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Sudbury, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Dined here this past week. Experienced their Dim Sum platter for an appetizer--out of this world. The menu is large with a lot of variety and, thankfully, the waitress was extremely helpful. There were 4 of us (my wife, my son and daughter-in-law) and, we each ordered something different so we could share. These included the jumbo prawns, a beef... More

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Elora, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

My husband and I visited here on a Sat night for dinner. Most of the tables were filled with groups of diners - not many tables for 2. Many were celebrating Chinese New Year. Service was excellent - helpful and friendly. Peking Duck is their specialty and it was exceptional. Can't wait to go back for more!

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Toronto, Canada
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240 reviews 240 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

I came here recently with a group of friends to celebrate Chinese New Year. We all shared a tasting menu that included classic delicacies such as shark fin soup, abalone, sea cucumbers, and the like. There was also duck, pork, fish, chicken, and lobster served on platters for our party. All told, it was 115$ per person out the door.... More

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Montreal, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We heard very good reviews for this restaurant but even though the food was very good, we found that the prices were a bit too high. We ordered the chicken and the shrimps with wine sauce. The chicken was excellent but the shrimps were tough and smelled of seafood. The atmosphere was cold and we realized that the Dim Sun... More

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