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Swatow Restaurant

#220 of 6,788 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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309 Spadina Ave, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2E6, Canada
+1 416-977-0601
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We ordered fresh prawn dumpling soup, one with noodles and one without. Absolutely delicious. Fried tofu snack was above average - before with ginger and onions and mixed seafood with vegetables. Every dish was wonderful, but we came away with enough for another meal. The restaurant is tiny, busy, and on a main Toronto artery but well served by transit.... More 

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Peterborough, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

We were walking Spadina St. looking for some Asian food before going to a show. We stumbled into a lineup of Asians waiting to get a table at Swatow. We obviously joined the lineup. It didn't take long to get a table and the food started arriving very quickly. The food was good. I have had better Asian food but... More 

Thank johnpublican
Toronto, ON, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

I used to eat here during my University of Toronto days. The décor has barely changed as well as the service and food. We ordered shrimp with lobster sauce on rice, beef with black bean sauce on rice noodle, and fried wontons. The total including tax and tip was about $35. The shrimp with lobster sauce on rice tasted great... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Order shrimp dumpling soup with noodles and brisket! Especially if it's a cold and crappy day. All soups are super yummy!

Thank daveeatyummy
Hong Kong, China
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406 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Just tried today as my brunch. I ordered the signature soup noodle which has everything including fish ball, beef ball, beef, dumpling etc. Not tasty to me. This kind of noodles in my home town is x10 times more delicious. What a waste of my quota of appetite! There are so many other choices in the city. I should have... More 

Thank MissHK2009
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Unassuming restaurant with fast efficient service serving really good and authentic Cantonese dishes. On a recent long weekend trip to Toronto we actually are here twice. Second time at midnight post Adele concert. Dumplings are amazing, duck noodle soup was very good. A few surprising ingredients in their house special noodle soup that would not be our first choice. But... More 

Thank seaniem
Comox,British Columbia,Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I don't mean the restaurant is dirty however it wasn't overly clean,I mean it is quick fresh & tasty and old school Chinatown service.Not great not bad but effective. Food was very good and I love restaurants like this. Prices very fair and portions significant The only thing missing for me was BBQ Pork and Duck hanging in the window.... More 

Thank islandrockin
southern ontario canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Such a relief to finally have proper authentic Chinese food. Loved it. Extremely delicious Just can't say more. After going to so many bad places in Markham.. it was great to taste real Chinese cooking

Thank See_Why_9
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Non-descript location on Spandina recommended by a private driver after a late night. Arrived at 2:30, place was almost full. Plain, white tables, no ambiance to speak of. Wait staff is all business and for good reason. This placed was lined up by 3am and out the door when we left at 3:30am. Home style presentation, portions were huge. Food... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

A great place in Chinatown, food tastes like in China, and there are mainly Chinese guests. Big choice of congee. Great value!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 309 Spadina Ave, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2E6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-977-0601

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
Toronto's main Chinatown has the honor of being the largest in North America. Gaping down across Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, the area is a wonderful medley of shops and restaurants, busy signs and bright red gates, a destination for foodie fun. Chinatown's streets are always bustling, packed with people and outdoor stalls hawking fresh produce and products. The restaurants and authentic marketplaces that shoulder in against each other display shining roast ducks and menus studded with dumplings and noodle bowls. The air is pervaded with music. different languages, and the smell of fried food and mouth-watering desserts. Chinatown's restaurants represent a broad range of fare, from traditional Szechuan and Shanghai foods, to other Asian delicacies, including some of the top Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean spots in the city. Whether you're in the mood for a sit-down tea house or a bubble tea to go, Chinatown is the spot to enjoy an exciting walk and the promise of leaving satisfied.
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