R&D Restaurant - Toronto

4.4
757 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
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R&D is an urban casual restaurant in the heart of Toronto’s iconic Chinatown, headed by first-ever MasterChef Canada winner Eric Chong and his mentor, Michelin-starred restaurant owner Alvin Leung. The stylish interior reflects R&D's dualistic nature: open & abuzz with energy while preserving an intimate atmosphere.

At R&D, eastern dishes meet western style in the form of modern Chinese sharing plates, where classic ingredients are given a vanguard treatment. The eclectic menu features bite-sized dishes like Grandpa's Fun Guo and CSB (char siu bao), and sharing plates like the Best Duck in the City and Laksa Seafood Chow Mein. An innovative and vibrant selection of cocktails complement the bold and playful fare.

To secure your order for the "Best Duck in the City" please make a note in the "Special Request" field when making your reservation.
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious. The atmosphere is great.I will definitely go back.

U
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I had an incredible anniversary dinner at R&D. Spencer was one of the best servers I've ever had. Food was excellent and reasonably priced, given the quality.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Overall our experience was mixed. Some dishes were great -- creative, unique flavour, well presented. Others were bland or overdone (too much sauce or spice). In some cases it came across as though the chef was trying too hard.

Service was quite attentive, noise level was a bit high at times.

Not sure we'll try R&D again. For the money the value doesn't seem to be there.

SL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent! Explosion of flavours with every dish. Highly recommend it.

TM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

I was not impressed at all with the food, had much higher expectations from the reviews.

B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was perfect. Felt like a very welcomed guest. Thoroughly enjoyed the food. Some of the best I’ve ever eaten. I will definitely return and I highly recommend. I found the prices very reasonable for both the quantity and quality of food

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Genial. Buena cocina y presentación en ambiente moderno y cálido. Buenos cócteles y servicio atento. Muy recomendable.

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SK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

CSB, Slaw, Octopus, teokpokki and Fried Chicken. The Icarus, Lychee Cocktail and West Indian Orange Sparkling Water.

GS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Wish you success with the under 30 crowd! Noise factor impossible!

SK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in a long time...

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Asiatic Fusion cuisine in a nice modern environment. Service is good.

SW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time at R & D. We had been meaning to try out this restaurant for a while and it definitely got our thumbs up! Loved the CSB ( cha sui boa). Infact was the best we have had. The food was sooo good. Service was excellent and it was nice to have Eric Cheong come to our table (we had been a fan of him from his Master chef days). Can’t wait to go back. Next time we want to try the duck.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 1

Food was disappointing, overly spiced without proper warning and the featured Peking duck was a huge disappointment

CD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Some of the dishes were amazing, but others were completely bland with no originality (seafood chow main - why is this on the menu???). Service was rushed. Prices were high for the plate size.

c
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

I can't remember our servers name but he was a slim tallish white guy may have been blonde working the back left corner on Jul 26. He took very long and was less than pleasant once he realized we had questions and didnt want to order the way he suggested. I came there for the crab and he said he thinks its unavailable, we asked him to check and he never got back to us so two of us were pretty disappointed as the menu doesn't say limited quantities. The popcorn shrimp was bland, Beef cheek coleslaw was unseasoned and overall we weren't impressed with the food minus the one with Japanese rice cakes.
My friend was so excited to go there for her bday but sadly none of us will never be back.

G
Munich
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amasing Wok Lobster!

C
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

OMG! We just loved this place! The food was so interesting and exciting! As was the cocktails! If I lived here in Toronto this would be our regular hang out. The chef here is brilliant, as is the bartender!

A must for anyone living or visiting the Toronto area. We will miss you!

WN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

2 of us went for Summerlicious 2019. It was hit and miss throughout the meal. Some dishes excellent, some mediocre and some completely missed the mark. All in all a bit of a disappointment, and not one where I felt I received value for money spent.

EC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about our dining experience was fantastic, particularly our server Arthur was wonderful and made the experience very special.

D
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food and service at the restaurant, the $6 cocktails were delicious too. Tried the summerlicious menu which had a nice variety, the crispy tofu dish was my favourite.

SK
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food!!!! Great service! Reasonably priced for summerlicious, would definitely go back and recommended to family and friends already!

AK
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I went with a friend for Summerlicious. We got great seats at the bar where we could watch the chef prepare the food. The servings were larger than I expected, which was nice, and everything tasted great! We had the bao and the shrimps for appetizers, the beef brisket noodle and the clams for entrees, and a Vietnamese coffee cake and a sort of tofu pudding for dessert. Great for sharing! My only complaint would be that the waiter, although he provided excellent service throughout the meal, was really pushy about getting my friend and I to order drinks. We only had water and he asked us (almost felt like he was pressuring us) 4 or 5 times to get drinks. Overall though it was a great experience, and I will definitely go back to try their Peking duck which looked delicious.

ND
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great little spot on Spadina around the corner from home. Interested in coming back to try the duck which was being served at the next table and looked incredible. Very comfortable feeling and nice to try a new(er) O & B restaurant.

AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are definitely foodies dining at approximately 75 out of 100 top rated restaurants in the gta keeping in mind we are also health conscious and mostly plant based. Even for a plant based and or meat eating individual this restaurant fits the bill. Spencer and his staff are all amazing and catered to our kids as we’ll while making some outstanding drinks that were not all on the bar list. Worth every dime or dollar 😋

CT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

R&D was a great place to eat dinner! We got the bibimbap and seafood chow mein and couldn't have been more impressed. They have delicious food with absolutely amazing drinks. The only downside is the amount of noise in relation to where we saw. We sat in the front lounge area as opposed to the dining room in the back which could have been why it was so loud. Other than that - great place and would recommend.

S
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Sumerlicious menu was good, but didn’t live up to the hype. We ordered an extra item off the regular menu and it was the worst part of the meal. Would go back to see if it is better when it’s not summerlicious but overall underwhelming.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great night! Although summerlicious we chose to have our waiter select a few shareable Dishes for us - is was great!

F
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Food was fantastic and service was attentive and accommodating. Will definitely return - especially for the happy hour!

TB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a reservation at 5:30 and we were seated right away. The decor is amazing, a mix of metals and rustic, super cool for photos! The staff were super attentive and always made sure we had our drinks, water, food etc. I loved that they waited for us to finish one course before they brought the others because the tables are a little small so it is hard to fit a lot of stuff on them. Overall the decor is so cool, food was amazing and the staff were some of the best!! Will return soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great meal. The service was decent, even though they were very busy. Food was amazing, very tasty and unique.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Worst experience ever. We had reservation then a tall guy just sat us at front while whole dining room was empty. He told us that’s for reservations. Sounds like we didn’t have reservation eh? We asked if we could seat there, he confirmed, after we just sat he said it’s for big party... but the big party never came while I was dining, he sat other 2 people there. LOL sure. I asked about daily special 5-7pm, he was being so rude just showed me the corktails on summerlicous menu, and said they don’t have the special. Food was really bad, we ordered salad literally looks like some ingredients should add to chow-mien. Lol jokes. Not recommend.

B
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Service, presentation, ambiance were all excellent. The cocktail my husband ordered, Rich Girl, was the smoothest whiskey drink we’ve ever had. The menu promised a lot, but the food didn’t deliver. It was pretty bland. Maybe it was just what we ordered? The experience was so good that we’re planning on trying again.

o
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Service was excellent. Food tasty . Noise level high .
Value for money was average.

MG
Montreal
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal! Sat facing the kitchen which was absolutely great to watch Chef Eric and his sous chefs work. Food was outstanding, very large portions and excellent cocktails.

JC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

We chose this restaurant for two reasons, we love Chinese food and we are so excited for Eric from Master Chef to be partnered with Alfred in this awesome opportunity. The food did not disappoint. It was flavourful, innovative and elevated from traditional Chinese cooking. Yum!! Our waiter was a contrast to Eric's humility which is what drew us to this fantastic chef. Our waiter was impatient, rude and in a snit for the entire time. It was though he had personally taken on the attitude of achieving the success of the restaurant. It brought a lot of tension to our table. We were taking out guests to thanks them for a kindness they had extended to us and had to apologize for the evening instead.

MH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

R&D is consistently the best meal I'll eat in any given month. The menu is constantly evolving, the music is fantastic, and the TV above the bar playing old kung-fu movies is just the icing on the cake.

Can't praise this place enough

M
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Fun vibe and great happy hour.

j
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Drinks were too pricey but food was so excellent

CA
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

WOW. Sophisticated, cool, delicious. Reminds me of what you could find in NYC or Paris were when those cities were more interested in being cities and less in being tourist machines.
I was in Toronto for only 5 days- I had to go to R the fried rice was like none we had before. The brown rice ice cream was spectacular- I would not have ordered it and was ever grateful when our waiter (who was wonderful) brought for us to taste. The lobster, the kalbi tostadas, the dou fu fah... I could go on about every item we ate and how I regret the things we did not get to eat. Let me paint you a picture of our date night: my husband and I are dressed to the ninth, we are drinking a glass of some languedoc of sorts, in a beautifully decorated room while grandfather's dumplings are dancing in our mouths, some old kung fu movie is on a screen and Lamar's King Kunta is playing on the air. Seriously, chef Eric, you are EVERYTHING and your staff is amazing. It seems ti me that you, like your city, Toronto, are simply not receiving the many accolades you deserve. Thank you for feeding us extraordinarily...

R
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

The starting app buns were good and we enjoyed it very much. The cocktail hour drinks were okay, but wasn't interesting for its value. The main course (bibimbap) was a miss and it was soaked with overly spicy sauce. We were told that the rice would be crispy at the bottom, but the rice remained wet and slimy.

Our sever was excellent and attentive. He recommended a bowl of steam rice to counter the spice for our food, but we had enough and lost our appetite for our food.

Overall, we went in to R&D with high expectations thinking the winner of master chef Canada was going to be there to supervise and maintain quality and control of the food. I think there is room for improvement, better quality control, and consistency is important.

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