Lai Wah Heen Restaurant

4.4
821 reviews
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Chinese
At the internationally renowned Lai Wah Heen Restaurant, cuisine and culture come together to create an authentic Chinese dining experience that remains unrivaled amongst Toronto’s top-seated restaurants.

Lai Wah Heen, meaning “a luxurious meeting place,” has achieved the superb quality and true character of the best Hong Kong restaurants.

With accolades from; The New York Times - “the best dim sum in Toronto, maybe the best in North America”, Gourmet Magazine – “a sense of Hong Kong’s new culinary design” and enRoute Magazine – “edible masterpieces rarely savoured outside of Hong Kong”, Lai Wah Heen Restaurant continues to deliver the highest standards to Toronto diners.

The Lai Wah Heen team brings the latest trends in Chinese cuisine – exotic herbs and spices from the Pacific Rim, skillful use of tropical fruits and seafood dishes of exquisite refinement.
What 821 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding; Peking duck was to their usual high standard, but other dishes were also great. The fried noodles with seafood, and the noodles with chicken and vegetables were especially notable. Service was solicitous. We all had a wonderful time

C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service with great recommendations from our server. Some of the best Chinese food we’ve ever tasted.

KS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our wedding anniversary which we celebrated with a trip to Toronto and dinner at this restaurant listed in Fodor’s guide. We weren’t sure what to order and waitress did not seem willing or able to offer suggestions. We ordered price fixe Surf and Turf and champagne. Champagne was not very cold but improved by second glass. Food was beautifully presented but monotonous, all very rich and one course out of order. All together a disappointing experience in a highly recommended restaurant. We are not unfamiliar with Chinese food, by the way. Perhaps we ordered wrong thing, but who knows.

LB
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

spectacular meal with great service. located on second floor of hotel so just a bit harder to find.

AF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was good as usual. Disappointed at the cocktail, but that was expected at a Chinese restaurant. The noice level was good, and that was after we asked to be seated at a different table. If not, we would be amidst other clients and that could be noisy.

f
Western NC
60 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great to see lots of Chinese people eating in a Chinese restaurant. The food is great and the service friendly and professional.

Strange to find it in a doubletree hotel, but it was so much better than we expected.

JT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff, well worth the $$$. Will definitely be back.

A
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, a little overpriced for Chinese food , but excellent service

O
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative artwork that is also delicious!
Great atmosphere. Attentive staff.

RL
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like it here for meetings. Staff knows you and is discreet and professional.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

t
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent Peking Duck; service very attentive; personalized recommendations from owner; bring your appetite! Lots of wonderful choices!! Don’t miss this lovely gem.

PL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy this restaurant. They kept their standard and a great place to entertain guests. I never have to worry about their food or service when I invite guests to this restaurant for dinner.

G
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good and consistent...best peking duck outside of Asia...

K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was my first time having DimSum at this restaurant, which was recommended by a friend. The food was alright. I didn’t find it very special and different comparing to other DimSum restaurants. However, the service was excellent.

GB
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice setting on 2nd floor of the Doubletree Toronto on Chestnut. Lots of Chinese decor. Enjoyed the Peking duck appetizer. Served by the staff at table side. The rest of our entrees were good, but not great. The wait staff were very nice, but scarcely visited our table. That became more apparent as the room filled with diners. Might return for a special occasion, but priced above our regular dining venues.

h
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have eaten here regularly since the restaurant opened approximately 25 years ago and have had an outstanding experience every time.
In my opinion, the best Cantonese food in North America.

JB
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is good but very rushed from starter to main course..

s
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious but the bathroom was disgusting. Luckily I didn’t see it until I was leaving. There was human waste on the toilet seat and on the wall. It made me wish I had not eaten there.

OT
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peking Duck is OUTSTANDING!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good but the Peking duck portions was too few. Better do it like Hong Kong where duck meat were placed on a dish and the customer choose how many they want to eat.

CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was very mediocre. Not worth the price at all

TT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, especially the bbq pork pastries, egg tarts, shrimp dumplings, bbq steamed buns, and lobster dumpling. This place is more expensive than your usual cheap dim sum place, but the food is so much fresher and better that it is worth it. Great place for celebrating special occasions too.

BW
San Diego
92 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very good Dim Sum lunch. There were many choices and we were able to get a nice variety, all of which were very good. We asked that they not bring everything at once, which they did. This helped make the meal even more enjoyable.

C
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Good ambiance for group meals. Decent Dim sum but not fantastic.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a truly beautiful place to have dinner! The room is gorgeous, as is the presentation at the table. We had dim sum appetizers, Kung pao and a shredded chicken and vegetable noodle dish - all excellent.

BB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really nice waiters. Food was also delicious, it was just actually a bit too quiet, but I still enjoyed the night out with my boyfriend very much! If you want to eat really good dim sum, Lai wah is the right place!

X
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food is terrible, especially the $100 fish soup, which is likely the worst fish souo I've ever gotten at a restaurant.

V
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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EO
Italy
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good Peking duck. Outstanding service. Pricey.

CL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal for my birthday celebration. The wait staff was extremely attentive. Lovely ambiance. Every dish was tasty and well presented. They brought out a special desert for my birthday.

TP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointing. Food was good but, given the price and the reputation, we expected more. Best were the sauces. Service was professional but not friendly.

FO
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

very bad quality of foods for dinner dining ! exceptional expensive for its value.....

e
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our go-to place for upscale Chinese food. Peking duck is amazing and not a long wait. Everything else also much tastier than average. Service is excellent!! Expensive but if you are in the mood to splurge, this is a good choice.

FB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - good location in downtown. Nice ambiance, and dim sum service on Sat. Morning

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it is good very much!

SA
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food accompanied by high quality service. A personal favorite in Toronto.

B
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent old school traditional Chinese food and very attentive service. Roads around the area are a bit of a pain at the moment, but worth the trouble.

BL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good dim sum but there was a certain sameness to the dishes. Services was professional and quick. Would certainly go back

JL
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Too expensive
Service, food, ambience do not justify the price

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