R&D Restaurant - Toronto

4.8
922 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Asian
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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 922 People Are Saying
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4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

What is with the decor of the place? It was my first and last time here.

The seats are extremely damaged. The leather booth seat was so awkward to sit on cause it has extremely large tears in them. I don’t know what happened to the decor of this place 😅

Fried chicken was meh, I did like the cha siu bow though

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AlvinL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was pretty good overall but some lacked the quality for the price they charge. For example the jerk octopus was overall great but was not very warm and was a bit damp.

AP
APtoronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous spot for an indulgent dinner with colleagues. Food was outstanding, we shared everything and ate through most of the menu. Duck is definitely a highlight for a group, would book again for any occasion.

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Meli
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was fast and delicious. Server and host were very friendly and professional.

Weird atmosphere. A cold frat-boy vibe with pop music playing. Maybe it's a place for students and non locals to check out.

Our table for our reservation was not ready, and there was a back log of people waiting to be seated. We didn't end up getting our reserved seat as it didn't become available while we stood in the entrance. We ended up sitting at the bar area behind a post. Perhaps this contributed to the bad vibes being so close to the line ups of people also waiting for their tables. It was a lot of money to spend to be stuck at a small bar table trying to eat family style.

We were not offered anything for the long wait and for giving up our reserved seat.

LF
LiamF
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unreal. Eric you're the man -awesome dinner, awesome night.

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vipyazzy
Ottawa
48 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fantastic. modern take on traditional Chinese fare. Every aspect of this meal was delicious, with a cool room and great service. Highly recommended.

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Mont
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The French Onion Spring Rolls and CSBs were out of this world. If you can only order 2 things, 100% buy these!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Food wasn’t that great- wasn’t worth the money.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was incredible.

PO
PamelaO
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s my second visit …..excellent food n service.
Hopefully there’s lunch in future.
Music a little too loud.

HD
HeatherD
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This our second time enjoying the delicious entree’s. Each cocktail is curated with delicious outcome. I have dreams about the fried chicken!

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Ajay
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great Service. Very Accommodating. The roasted duck with the steamed baos was incredible. Eric Chong presents a very unique and delicious menu. Go check it out!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always. Fantastic food and the best service and experience.

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Tasty
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was EXCELLENT ! SERVICE was FANTASTIC ! The wagyu beef is a MUST order, might be pricy for some but it's worth every penny and the sauce accommodate with the beef is nice too but don't need it.

Peking duck was great but I wish it could have included the lettuce wrap too. The portion of the bao that comes with the Peking duck is enough to accommodate the amount of meat. I hope "Eric" will consider including lettuce with the dish.

We ordered: CSB, GRANDPA’S FUN GUO, HOKKAIDO SCALLOP SIU MAI, LO BAK GO, SPICY CUCUMBER SALAD, WOK-FRIED GAI LAN, POPCORN SHRIMP, JERK OCTOPUS, WAGYU RIB CAP, BEST DUCK IN THE CITY, MATCHA LAVA CAKE, PARIS-BREST, and ICE CREAM.

All the items are to each it own taste, their are a couple of dishes I dislike but my guests love them. However, we are agreed that the LO BAK GO was too soggy and that was the ONLY dish that wasn't up to the standard.

Overall, it was an awesome experienced. Thank you to all the workers !

KO
KristineO
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We sat by the open kitchen and saw everything being made to order right before our eyes. We got the chance to get a feel of the place before it got filled up…it’s one of those places where you look up, down, right, and left. The place was spacious, warm, and cosy while looking refined and modern. Service was brilliant, food was amazing, but would like to see more variety in the appetizers.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service with staff mindful of us having a 2 year old with us. Cannot recommend enough

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KalebS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience and delicious food. Service was lovely and attentive. Can't wait to come back!

BL
BridgetL
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice mix of menu options to accmmodate almost any palate/rpreference. Lovely flavours and the service is outstanding!

JD
JasonD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Chinese food I have ever had. Absolutely incredible

TN
TaNS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Fantastic food and atmosphere! Staff were some of the most professional in the city! Our server was so helpful with choices of meals. We were seated 10-15 mins late and didn’t think anything of it/ weren’t bothered because that seems to be normal service in Toronto restaurants but the staff here went over and above to express their apologies to us which we thought was really nice of them and just showed how much they care about their customers overall experience. Highly recommend this restaurant on all levels, you won’t be disappointed :)

JP
JuliaP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The service was absolutely outstanding. The food was extremely flavourful as well

LD
LaurenD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice menu variety, lots of tasty options. I enjoyed the french onion spring rolls and spicy cucumber salad in particular. I might have missed it but I wish they offered sake options as well.

CF
ChrisF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good atmosphere ( but music can be loud if you want to talk a lot)
Duck very tasty

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Zuma
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's been a couple of years since I've been here, and the food and cocktails remain outstanding.

NZ
NicZ
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Always a great experience there. Lots of great food and cocktails.

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Minna
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything we ordered was amazing! (And we ordered A LOT) The service was also amazing - friendly and helpful. Seeing Eric Chong out and about was especially exciting. Loved the experience and we'll all be returning soon.

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Elizabeth
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing! We had about four dim sum plates and two small plates, and it was plenty of food for three of us. The service was good and the food all came out pretty quickly.

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viphospitalityfoodie24
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent food and service! Will definitely come back! Our server paid great attention to detail. We said we were in a bit of a rush (pregame dinner) and he ensured the food came out timely yet still appropriately coursed! We are in the industry and this was huge for us!

Only feedback is Decor could be updated/elevated to up the vibe.

BH
BikkiH
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Toronto!!
The food, staff and atmosphere was the best experience ever.

Had an amazing time with family and friends for my birthday!!
Would recommend it to anyone looking to for an explosive dine-in experience!!

Bikki Hans

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Peking duck was incredible. Well worth the reservation. A bit much for 2 people but so damn good.

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jopolis
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was fantastic even though it was turning into a busy night. The kalbi beef bao blew everything else out of the water so we got an additional order. The pinot grigio (fontamara, in case it changes) was also incredible. We drove in from Chicago but upon return to Toronto, would love to go again.

WM
WendyM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food at reasonable prices. Interesting concept to categorize menu items by size and food type. Staff were very helpful in making food and beverage choices. Very good and interesting cocktails---we really liked Hush and Wonder. Intriguing décor.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing vibes coupled with amazingly creative Dim Sum! R&D is the perfect place for a mind-opening Asian (mostly Hong Kong food) cuisine dining experience.

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KathyL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Loved the food. Nice ambiance more casual than photo’s depict, service was ok considering they may have been short staffed due to COVID.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was very good. Our server was very attentive and was very knowledgeable about the menu. The food was outstanding, my girlfriend isnt a very big fan of Asian cuisine it she enjoyed every dish we had. The only thing I wasn’t happy about was the 35 dollar corkage fee. Overall it was a great experience!!

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HeatherR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My son chose the restaurant based on the owners, I was excited to go based on the menu and neither of us were disappointed. My son was very happy that Eric, one of the owners, spoke to us at the end of the night, really made it a great experience.

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DarynD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love everything about this restaurant and I’ve never had a bad exoerience

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KeithQ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great! Had to order the Peking duck 24 hours in advance and was very happy we did. The duck was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a great experience at R&D, I’ve tried quite a few things on the food and drink menu, and they’ve always been great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quelle belle découverte! Tout était parfait. Merci

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R&D Restaurant - Toronto is rated 4.8 stars by 922 OpenTable diners.

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