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“Best Chinese Restaurant in the Toronto area.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Swatow Restaurant

Swatow Restaurant
Ranked #281 of 8,401 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Toronto, Ontario
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best Chinese Restaurant in the Toronto area.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

I've been going to this restaurant for the past 25 years, great service and staff. Can't really complain when the food arrived at your table within 5 minutes no matter how busy they are. But the best thing is their food, prices are reasonably low and the food is fantastic, I can't think of 1 dish I would say was OK, it's all mouth watering good.

The only downside is their bathroom but what do you expect in downtown Toronto Chinatown.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Mr_HLee
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Missouri
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146 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“awesome food; shrimp !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2012

We ate here after visiting the AGO. The food was to die for. Fish Sliced Noodle Soup, Shrimp Dumpling Soup, Pan Fried Dumplings, Deep Fried Shrimp Wonton, Shrimp w/ Eggplant on Rice, Shrimp in Lobster Sauce ... mmmmm

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank naranja10
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Toronto, Canada
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118 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Tasty and consistent”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

Your average hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant with reliably good soup and broad range of dishes. Open late for night owls.

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1 Thank Tripsteroid
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Vaughan, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Chinese in Toronto!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

If you're looking for the best Chinese Restaurant in Toronto, look no further. Swatow is the place to eat! Great, great food!!!

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Ottawa, Canada
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Set aside the tired decor and cafeteria-like atmosphere, the food is fantastic!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2011

Swatow has been our go-to Chinatown spot for years and now that we've moved to Ottawa we miss it dearly. Dropped in there last week and were not dissapointed; huge portions of delicious, no-nonsense, Fukien style food. The soups are always great although we did find the "Four Kind Balls" soup stretched our comfort zone a little.
Ask your server for reccomendations and try a number of dishes.
Service is a little abrupt but the food comes quickly and the staff are generally helpful.
Love this place!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank lookinfornosh
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