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The Best Dim Sum in Downtown Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / March 6, 2015

dim sum downtown torontoThe best dim sum in downtown Toronto has evolved over the years. Cart service has largely disappeared, hotels are no longer the hotspots and many places on this list give their Markham, Richmond Hill and Scarborough counterparts a good run for their money when it comes to killer har gow, shao mai and cheong fan.

Here are the best dim sum restaurants in downtown Toronto.

See also:

The Best Dim Sum in Toronto
The Best Dumplings in Toronto
The Best Chinese Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo. He hangs out on the Twitter and his own mansion.

Rosewood

Rosewood

A relative newcomer, Rosewood in Chinatown serves excellent quality dim sum at affordable prices. It’s always advisable to get a seat on the upper floor (great for people-watching and avoiding cold drafts) while you sit and sift through their diverse menu of dim sum offerings. More »

Kwan

Kwan

Another newcomer, Kwan at Yonge and St. Clair is a breath of fresh air (tinged with dumpling smells, naturally) in the midtown culinary scene. The elegant restaurant has pleasant (though sometimes slow) service, and serves up killer rice rolls (cheong fan). What’s not to like? More »

Luckee

Luckee

Bringing glamour (and quality) back to the downtown hotel dining scene, Susur Lee's Luckee does dim sum options all day (just like their bar menu) so you can pair one of their succulent and orange-coloured har gows with a glass of sangria. Now that’s dim sum-ing like a boss. More »

Dynasty (Yorkville)

Dynasty (Yorkville)

A Yorkville classic, Dynasty offers occasional celebrity sightings with your delicious steamed dumplings. On the menu are an array of sophisticated (and rather pricey) options that you normally don’t encounter in run-of-the-mill dim sum joints. Case in point - the delightfully light yet tasty scallop dumplings. More »

Asian Legend

Asian Legend

The Asian Legend chain does many kinds of dishes well, and while the menu here is pretty standard (except for their excellent soup-filled dumplings), it's still a worthy option when seeking out dim sum in Chinatown. More »

Crown Princess

Crown Princess

This ostentatiously decorated restaurant has plenty of fans thanks to their excellent dim sum as well the utter ridiculousness of its interior design. Try not to let all the gleam of the marble and faux-European decor distract you from the juicy chicken feet or the tasty shao mai dumplings. More »

Lai Wah Heen

Lai Wah Heen

This high-end spot in the Metropolitan Hotel has impressive upscale takes on your everyday dim sum menu items, the foie gras shao mai being one such highlight. Excellent service and a serene dining room make this an elegant, delicious experience. More »

Rol San

Rol San

For a simple, no-frills experience Rol San delivers. Expect plentiful but cramped seating, mediocre service and deliciously fresh food. Ask for a spot in the back room. More »

Pearl Harbourfront

Pearl Harbourfront

A timeless classic (they’ve been serving dim sum for 30 years) and winner of multiple awards, this lakeside spot is the go-to place if you want your dim sum with a view. Don't miss out on the sweet and delicious barbeque pork buns. More »

Discussion

17 Comments

Canterbury Tail / March 6, 2015 at 03:40 pm
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When did Yonge and St Clair move to Downtown?
Marc replying to a comment from Canterbury Tail / March 6, 2015 at 04:19 pm
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The same time anything west of Christie became "downtown".
Pearl Necklace / March 6, 2015 at 04:21 pm
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Pearl Harbourfront is waaaaaaay better than most of these. Quality is on par with Luckee, Lai Wah Heen and Dynasty.

They have cart service, the view is amazing and the place is clean and nice.

I think any dim sum is truly measured by the Har Gau - The Pearl's is always on point, skin is thin and shrimp is bountiful.
anand / March 6, 2015 at 06:13 pm
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Bogus list with no Richmond hill spots...
GeoTech / March 6, 2015 at 06:43 pm
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Wow Pink Pearl is pricey for dimsum. Same goes for dimsum in Yorkville. I've been eating dimsum in Toronto since the early 60's I know good dimsum. Its obvious the writer of this post doesn't . I'm not saying it's bad dimsum . I have eaten there, being on queens quay or in Yorkville may make it tastes better to some better that's just dims the experience of what dimsum is all about.
sandman / March 6, 2015 at 07:18 pm
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At least this time they didn't put any places from Mississauga, Oakville or Markham?
Mike / March 6, 2015 at 07:49 pm
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Asian Legend is not dim sum. Thank goodness Mandarin and Manchu Wok weren't included on the list...although I'll bet someone at BlogTO considered putting them on.
Nathan / March 6, 2015 at 09:00 pm
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What about Dim Sum King on Dundas??....still got carts, relatively clean place, good price.
lxpatterson replying to a comment from Mike / March 6, 2015 at 11:29 pm
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Most of these are dim sum joints, but Asian Legend should probably be labelled "dim sum style" I guess because dishes are small and shareable and there's dumplings.
SR8801 / March 7, 2015 at 09:55 am
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I miss Kim Moon. I haven't found any dim sum downtown which even comes close. Rest in peace, old tasty friend.
Stephanie replying to a comment from anand / March 7, 2015 at 10:32 am
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It would sure be bogus to be calling "Richmond Hill" part of downtown Toronto.
b / March 8, 2015 at 01:01 pm
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FYI

Authentic dim sum doesn't mean carts.

ALSO

Asian legend is not dim sum. People don't go there to yum cha.
JP / March 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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The writer must be partial to Rol San for some reason. Always on his best dim sum in Toronto lists. Can't say I would include it. Dim Sum King should be on here instead.
Kenny / March 31, 2015 at 01:20 pm
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Just went to Rosewood. Deginitely does not deserve the first spot. It was mediocre at best. Prices were cheap though
Dumpling Master / May 9, 2015 at 07:15 pm
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Nice to see Rol San not at the top like they are in NOW mag. Way over rated and not worth the line up.
Penguin Fancier / July 29, 2015 at 04:25 pm
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There's something wrong with the list. Although I like Rosewood (#1) it's not in the same "league" as the others, the biggest difference being that Rosewood is one of those ubiquitous $2.50/dish all-day dim sum joints.
Quarant / August 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm
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I miss the Hong Kong Bakery.

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