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Lai Wah Heen

110 Chestnut St, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1R3, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
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Ranked #353 of 6,620 restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $51 - $51
Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Toronto, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013 via mobile

Lai Wah Heen used to be my family's favourite restaurant in Toronto (for both dim sim and dinner). We would go there almost every week for the dining ambience and top quality Chinese food in the city. The prices are much higher than other Chinese restaurants, but it was completely worth it. I'm sad to say that I will not... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Very tasty dim sum. Crab was done in the shape of a crab which was unique. Seafood noodles were great.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

I love traditional dim sum in Toronto. The bustle of the steamer carts, the plastic table cloths and the variety of dishes all make for one of my favorite dining experiences. Lai Wah Heen takes amazing dim sum and kicks it up a notch. The ambiance and service is what I would expect from a French-fusion restaurant. The har gow,... More

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Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

A well known Chinese restaurant on the 2nd floor of the Metropole Hotel. The entrance is not up to the standard of the Restaurant.Wewere a table of eight ,ordered the famous Dim Sum, which were very good, Pekingese duck, was a disappointment, cold and dry! The rest of the food was rather good. The service was not that great, waitress... More

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Ulm, Germany
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57 reviews 57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

I had visited Lai Waheen perhaps 10 years ago and had fond memories. At the time I was relatively new to the delights of Dim Sum and the experience was fantastic. I am not sure whether the level of performance has slipped a little or whether I am just more used to excellent Dim Sum, but while I enjoyed my... More

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

This upscale Chinese restaurant is a jewel. Located in the Metropolitan hotel, it offers an elegant, tranquil atmosphere and the best Dim Sum you will find anywhere. Artfully designed, delicate flavors, a wide selection. Don't miss the wok fried turnip cake , siu Mai or the deep fired eggplant with shrimp paste and garlic. Fried "cocoon" of shredded Chinese radish... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Some really fun appetizer I had never seen in other Chinese restaurants. Entrees were just okay, but they did look good.

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Jacksonville FL
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We really enjoyed the dining experience at Lai Wah Heen. It was easy to make reservations, service was prompt and courteous, and the food was amazing! I was particularly impressed with the oyster (not pictured) very delicate and amazing flavor! The crab and lobster were also delightful. I would highly recommend.

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Burlington Ontario
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We have wanted to dine at Lai Wah Heen for some time. We have eaten Diim Sum at very good quality establishments for 25+ years so I was interested in trying this restaurant based on long standing positive reviews. I found the decor taste full and the service to be excellent. The price was reasonable based on the quality of... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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106 reviews 106 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Beautiful restaurant in the Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto. Upscale Chinese cuisine. Had a fixed price multiple course dinner. Appetizer sampler, Peking Duck, Lobster, excellent service thoughtful presentation. Great wine list.

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