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R&D Restaurant - Toronto, Toronto, ON
Award-winning

R&D Restaurant - Toronto

4.6
4.6
1314 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Asian, Asian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 586-1241
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Eric Chong
  • Private party facilities
    With its eclectic and laid-back interior, animated Chinatown home and daring Asian fusion fare, R&D is an ideal venue for lively cocktail receptions, intimate group dinners and more.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighbourhood
    Chinatown / Kensington Market
  • Cross Street
    Spadina & Grange
  • Parking Details
    Street parking available on Spadina Avenue. Public parking available on Sullivan Street.
  • Public Transit
    Accessible via the 510 Spadina streetcar. Located in front of the Sullivan Street stop.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Best Duck in the City

    Multiple dates available
    Savour Chef Eric Chong's famous whole-roasted Pekin Duck for $120. Featuring roasted garlic hoisin, leeks and steamed baos, you're in for a formidable feast for two (or more)! We need 24 hours' notice to prepare your duck. Please book your reservation at least one day in advance and indicate how many ducks to prepare in the reservation note.
    Best Duck in the City photo

What 1,314 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Innovative

  • Toronto

    Innovative

1,314 Reviews
  1. Ureak

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Fine food. Nice service. Too much loud, but like everywhere now.

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  2. Stella

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Always love to come back!

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  3. chloet

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The r&d fried rice and char sui milk buns were the best… the char sui large dish and sui mai not great. Prawn toast was good

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  4. carl

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant. Wonderful, friendly and professional service. Incredible food. Really nice vibe. We absolutely loved the food. Will be returning for the best duck in the city!

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  5. MitchellG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ate on the menu was incredible. The flavours were unique and wonderful.

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  6. Dani

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Vibe was off compared to other restaurants of the same “caliber” in Toronto. High price point for food, some dishes were good some just OK. We had a 8:45 PM seating on a Saturday night and we felt rushed to leave at 10:15 PM. For a group of 4, ordering food and cocktails, that’s not how you want to feel. Having just dined at Mimi Chinese - R&D fell very short.

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  7. Laurie

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is such a fun restaurant! The food is so interesting and delicious. Our server was delightful. It s a special place.

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  8. Kody

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came to celebrate my anniversary dinner. The entire night had a very warm and friendly vibe. Very positive experience with the food and environment. Ordered 5 dishes and no crumbs left, all were delicious. Enjoyed the company of Chef Tyler watching him cook and explaining the dishes. Definitely recommending and coming back!

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  9. RonR

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food experience - very eclectic, but tasty with reasonable portions

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  10. Strummer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic fusion cuisine - would highly recommend the green beans, Dan Dan noodles and Iberico Char Siu!

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  11. Jayjay

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    For those that want an approachable version of Chinese food

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  12. CharT

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My parents are in town from overseas and I took them here for dinner and they really enjoyed it!

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  13. JadeP

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Second time here. Great experience. The foie was slapping. Will be back 100%!

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  14. Docbells

    Vancouver

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service - amazing food - their Peking Duck was really one of the best we have ever had. Delicious drinks from the bartender, Dylan, who could not have been more accommodating.

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  15. SofiaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our best dining experience in Toronto yet. The food has unexpected and delicious flavors that create an out-of-body experience.

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  16. StephTravels

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had another great dinner with excellent service, great chats with the whole team and amazing food! They take such care to make sure that ever guest has a special experience and managed my allergies so well with so much care and attention. We had the duck this time and it is the best we've ever had! 12/10!

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  17. jLau8715

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE R&D! The modern take on Peking Duck has truly spoiled me for choice. Our cocktails were perfect, balanced and paired well with the food. The Kalbi beef baos were a true surprise, as I rarely eat kimchi...but the kewpie mayo balanced the heat making it easy to eat.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great from start to finish Ian and Staff are terrific Many Thanks for an outstanding meal and evening an

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  19. FoodieFamily

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Props to Ray, our server, for attentive and great service!

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  20. Jackie

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cocktails. Food came at a good pace and was just sublime both in presentation and taste.

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  21. Travis

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fresh and delicious. The pace at which the food comes out is very methodical and makes the experience very enjoyable.

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  22. StevenH

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Unfortunately, the quality of the meal wasn't as good as it was in the past with the flagship duck lagging in taste this evening. The group however did enjoy the other dishes such as the RD Fried Rice, which the group thought was the highlight of the meal. Staff was overwhelmed, so service was behind pace with dirty plates on table crowding out new dishes.

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  23. Traveller

    Toronto

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Counter is interesting to watch and good presentation lovely.

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  24. TigF

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been wanting to come here since pre-pandemic. Well worth the wait because I can’t remember the last time I was this impressed with a menu! Everything we ordered was very good (Kalbi Beef Baos, Spiducci Lamb), to exceptional (French Onion Spring Rolls, Bang Bang Cauliflower, Dandan Mian). We don’t usually do desserts but everything was so good that we felt we would be remiss in not trying so we had the Kalamnsi Tart and the Ube Panna Cotta which were both delicately flavoured in their own way and excellent.

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  25. TracyN

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited R&D restaurant and was pleasantly surprised by the food quality. Ordered various dishes before a concert, and they mostly lived up to expectations. The pork and crab shiu mai were interesting to try, but at $18, they felt overpriced for the portion. The beef bao, on the other hand, had flavorful beef and well-balanced sauce, but the Bao's texture disappointed – lacking the desired fluffiness and being somewhat chewy. A highlight was the R&D rice, a true gem. Steamed and dried for 2 days, it offered a lightness that traditional rice dishes often lack. The harmonious blend of ingredients elevated the dish to perfection. Our server and service was 10/10, I believe his name is Dylan. Overall, R&D restaurant's food exceeded expectations, particularly the standout R&D rice – a definite must-try. Will be back to try the duck!

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  26. ChrisG

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All three appetizers we tried (CSB, French onion spring rolls, Kalbi beef bao) were incredible. Entrees were great also, but honestly the appetizers were in a different league.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. We had the beef buns, popcorn shrimp and fried rice. I had their Mai Thai and was awesome.

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  28. KarlS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Two of the the three things I ordered were very good but beans were not very good. Would have been nice for wait staff to tell me that things would come out at same time which meant by the time I finished dinner it was cold. Cost was high and experience was low.

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  29. CharlotteB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Summerlicious 2023 line up was ok. The food didn't look exactly like the photos marketed. Food was ok in terms of taste. What I liked was we were able to take the mains home because they give you a lot!

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  30. JasonB

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful venue, tasty and intriguing food. We were so lucky to meet chef Eric when we went

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  31. ScoM

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The start of the meal fantastic. Pork and crab siu mai super flavorful and well thought out combination. We had a roll super crispy and not at all greasy. Filled with caramelized onion cheese and brisket, a take off of French onion soup flavor. Again fantastic and if that’s all we ordered it would be a 5 star review. We ordered 3 vegetable dishes: cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and long beans. All 3 separate vegetable dishes had an un proportionate amount of sauce. All were over cooked . All could have been 5 star dishes, if they weren’t over sauced and overcooked. The final dish a fried rice was an amazing diversity of ingredients and flavors. A great dish except super oily. How unfortunate. Over all a great restaurant and a wonderful experience. We will be back and hope the strong hand on the ladle and the off timing on the vegetables was an anomaly.

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  32. MitchM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Took my friend here for his birthday dinner. We got the Peking Duck which was incredible but the star of the show was Wok Lobster. I have celiac disease and they were accommodating to my gluten free requests.

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  33. DerekB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is phenomenal. The food is incredible, the service is fast and the servers are great. Expensive, but well worth the price.

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  34. Monica

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    R&D was alright. The food was disappointing if I'm honest. I have had friends rave about the food but when we went there our dishes were cold and truthfully not that tasty. Not sure if the kitchen is inconsistent depending on who is working? Service was good, drinks were okay and overpriced. Not bad but not great.

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  35. Geoff

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overall the experience was pretty good, however as an Asian customer the food was way too salty when compared to traditional Chinese food. Would come back and try other selections but will definitely request it to be lighter on the salt side.

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  36. ClaytonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, celebrated an anniversary and received complimentary Prosecco, overall it was a great time. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to go

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  37. Peter

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been here twice. The food was amazing both visits!!

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  38. WayneC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a super pleasant experience trying the summerlicous menu. Eric was super courteous and explained the dishes to us when he has the team. Kitchen staff were well organized, food were served very timely. Dishes were super unique, amazing flavours and texture in every bite. Would come again.

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  39. DeannaB

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great first time! Already planning to go back with friends to be able to order more food to try.

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  40. Lindsay

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous service, even better food! Highly recommend for elevated Chinese cuisine.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for R&D Restaurant - Toronto

241 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2E2

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross Street
    Spadina & Grange
  • Neighbourhood
    Chinatown / Kensington Market
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Asian, Asian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street parking available on Spadina Avenue. Public parking available on Sullivan Street.
  • Public Transit
    Accessible via the 510 Spadina streetcar. Located in front of the Sullivan Street stop.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Eric Chong
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (416) 586-1241
  • Private party facilities
    With its eclectic and laid-back interior, animated Chinatown home and daring Asian fusion fare, R&D is an ideal venue for lively cocktail receptions, intimate group dinners and more.
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