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The Best Dim Sum in Downtown Toronto

The best spots for dim sum in downtown Toronto buzz with energy morning, noon and night. From steaming bamboo baskets of har gow and char siu bao to soy-slicked cheung fun pushed out in carts or made fresh to order from a checklist, some of these centrally located dim sum houses have even incorporated luxury ingredients that are packaged in whimsical forms.

Here's the best dim sum in downtown Toronto.


Rosewood Chinese Cuisine
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Rosewood Chinese Cuisine

Answering the call for quality all-day dim sum, this two-storey Chinatown restaurant offers weekday specials and is AYCE in the evening. While à la carte is a little more than average, the food is prepared to order and the menu does have pictures that might be helpful to newbies trying to decipher what to order.

Rol San
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Rol San

A Chinatown stalwart, this dining room is a local favourite for all-day dim sum and has a back room that’s been made famous by Serge Ibaka post-Raptors win (it was also one of the former Raptors’ favourite restaurants).


Dim Sum King
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Dim Sum King

Find dim sum cart service at this second-floor traditional Chinese banquet hall close to the AGO, complete with the classic dragon and phoenix décor. Expect the staples from steamed pork buns to fried shrimp dumplings with mayonnaise, sweet tofu with syrup, and wobbly lychee and osmanthus jelly.

Dynasty Chinese Cuisine
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Dynasty Chinese Cuisine

This Yorkville institution has been a reliable source for plump har gow, meaty spareribs, and piping hot liu sha baos (steamed salted egg yolk custard buns). The latter, when pulled apart, reveals a molten and glorious center that’s a balance of salty and sweet.


Lai Wah Heen
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Lai Wah Heen

Located on the second floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown near Toronto City Hall, this elegant Cantonese restaurant is on the spendy side but serves contemporary refined dim sum. There are the classics done well, but also playful takes on steamed and fried dumplings that are filled with premium ingredients such as lobster (shaped as a steamed lobster dumpling) or Berkshire Pork (in the pig-like ham sui gok).


Pearl Harbourfront
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Pearl Harbourfront

If dim sum with a view is what you’re looking for, then this Harbourfront restaurant fits the bill. While it is pricier than most, it does offer dim sum service every day of the week with panoramic views of Lake Ontario.

Moon Palace
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Moon Palace

Dominating the lofted old Spring Rolls space at Atrium on Bay, this elegant restaurant specializes in Cantonese cuisine and leans heavily on seafood. While you might start with a black truffle siu mai you might end up christening your meal with a lobster combo for two.


Sky Dragon
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Sky Dragon

This Chinatown institution has been serving dim sum from the fifth floor of Dragon City Mall. Check out the views of downtown from the dining room which still has dim sum carts pushing out orders of chicken feet and more.

Dine & Dim
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Dine & Dim

Taking over the location of East Chinatown mainstay Pearl Court in 2019, this new Chinese restaurant might have had a complete dining room overhaul but still serves the same menu favourites.

Photos by

@shewwwiii of Dim Sum King, @vero_eats of Dynasty Chinese Cuisine, Lai Wah Heen@yamisohungry of Pearl Harbourfront, Moon Palace@ineedjoo of Sky Dragon, Dine & Dim. blogTO for all other photos. 


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