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Lai Wah Heen

#460 of 6,693 Restaurants in Toronto
#511 of 7,217 Places to Eat in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Downtown
Chinese, Shanghai
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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: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 69
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  • 66
    Very good
  • 33
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  • 9
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The most expensive Dim Sum ever

We went to Lai Wah Heen as it was right in our Hotel to have Dim Sum. First, it is not owned by the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, but we encountered a Chinese Restaurant which charged Hilton or Fairmont style pricing. We were shocked as a couple to have drank only tea, and for our food our orders came... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Ken L
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Delta, Canada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
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Delta, Canada
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70 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We went to Lai Wah Heen as it was right in our Hotel to have Dim Sum. First, it is not owned by the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, but we encountered a Chinese Restaurant which charged Hilton or Fairmont style pricing. We were shocked as a couple to have drank only tea, and for our food our orders came to around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed our dim sum lunch here. There are no carts here and the food is made to order so it comes out nice and hot and fresh. The individual items are quite large; actually some of the larger ones we have ever had at a dim sum place. Sometimes at dim sum you order a lot... More 

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Dined with colleagues for Chinese New Year. Had the good fortune of having a Chinese colleague make delicious and varied selections for the group. Nice atmosphere, superb food.

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Really, really good Chinese food with awesome dinner service. Loved the shrimp and the food overall was really good. Worth a visit but expect it to be expensive :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Over the years the standard hasn't changed and it is a good place to take in-laws for a treat, or recommend to western friends who want chinese food but wouldn't do well with noise, crowds, plastic or absent tablecloths or if they need an english menu and service. Food has always been good; not outstanding. Of course eating here is... More 

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Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Excellent food and service. Best iced tea ever. Had dinner here on our honeymoon 15 years ago. Glad we came back.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

If you come to Hong Kong, meals at very cheap restaurants ($5-10 CAD) in Mei Foo, Sham Shui Po and Mong Kok probably taste the same as the food at Lai Wah Heen. Coming into a restaurant at hotel with reasonably high prices for Chinese food made me expect a lot of high quality fine food, however, we were disappointed.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Went here with my wife and two young kids to celebrate New Year's Day. Service was prompt and the course came just in time for us to enjoy each one without feeling stuffed. The flavours were complex yet the kids loved it, and we all enjoyed the surprising sensation of the duck's crispy skin melting in our mouths plus the... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We had the peking duck which is wonderful. The other dishes were very good too. Great service with very attentive servers. All in great place to have quality fine Chinese dining.

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Durham, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Ate here a gluttonous 5 times over a 9 day period in June 2015--each time with different groups of friends, all of whom admitted it was the best dim sum they'd ever tasted. Very fresh ingredients, perfectly cooked. The ambience is quiet and elegant, but the layout of the restaurant makes it difficult to maneuver a large stroller or a... 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, Shanghai

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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