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Lai Wah Heen

#293 of 7,073 Restaurants 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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11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 am
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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, Brunch, Dinner, 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
Great food, albeit pricey

My boyfriend and I went there for the dim sum menu on a chilly Sunday. We did not have reservations (recommended!) but were able to get seated in less than 10 minutes, around 12 or 1 pm. The food was well presented, flavourful, and fresh. I had no doubt that the chef(s) made efforts in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2012
onajetplanejas
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

My boyfriend and I went there for the dim sum menu on a chilly Sunday. We did not have reservations (recommended!) but were able to get seated in less than 10 minutes, around 12 or 1 pm. The food was well presented, flavourful, and fresh. I had no doubt that the chef(s) made efforts in the deliberate and tasty menu.... More 

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Thank onajetplanejas
Roseland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

Not your ordinary dim sum place. It was pricey but worth it. Food is excellent!!! Not greasy and comparable to the best dim sum places in Hong Kong. We went with two other friends and we had the innovative tasting menu. The service is great and the waiters are very attentive. Would recommend going there for special occasions due to... More 

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Thank First T
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

This restaurant is an annual tradition during my visit to TO for the film festival (9 yrs consec.). Love it. The food is beautiful, the service excellent. Can't get dim sum like this anywhere else.

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Thank Buffoodie
Kelowna, Canada
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44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011

The service is beyond A+. We ordered the set price dim sum which is very good tasting but for me dim sum should be casual and relaxed.

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Thank vistolas
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

Lai Wah Heen has pretty much been my standard for Dim Sum in Toronto especially in the downtown core. Generally Dim Sum isn't suppose to cheap so be expected to pay $25-30/person that's including taxes/tips. My other dim sum experiences include Casa Imperial (pretty much the same), Crown Princess (little bit mediocre for the price), Dynasty (improved a lot since... More 

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Thank Michael C
Bradfordwoods, PA
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157 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

We stopped here for dim sum after reading positive reviews on trip advisor. We were disappointed with the interior of the restaurant. It's located on the second floor of a hotel, and has the drab (not to say downscale) feel of someplace you'd go for a business lunch. However, we were very happy with the price fixe dim sum, which... More 

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Thank Juliet K
Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain
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330 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

Without doubt the best Chinese meal we have ever eaten, anywhere in the world. Expensive but truly delicious and good, attentive, but low key service. We started with the Peking (Beijing) Duck which came in two courses. The first was the usual crispy duck with spring onions, cucumber & hoisin sauce in rice pancakes. The duck came whole to the... More 

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Thank Ian A
Bangkok, Thailand
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95 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

likes: traditional dim sum items especially the steamed prawn dumplings, steamed pork ribs, steamed rice rolls with prans dislikes: the congee is overly tasteless and consistency too thin and watery; i make a better version.

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Thank GeraldSingapore
London
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482 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 283 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

We were visiting Toronto from London and tried this Chinese restaurant following rave reviews in all the guide books. It's located in the Metropolitan Hotel so a reasonably central downtown location. The room is very stylish and the service slick and professional. We were slightly disappointed with the food however, given the rave reviews - nothing really stood out for... More 

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Thank Susan8552
Dallas, Texas
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48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

This restaurant was recommend to us by the concierge at the Intercontinental hotel, and we loved the choice. The food was very good, the peking duck was exquisite, noodles with lobster delicious. We also ordered praws and chiken both with spice souce and the dishes were prepared with great flavor. Wines were expensive so we order Tsing Tao beer that... 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: Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups
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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