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Swatow Restaurant

#289 of 6,814 Restaurants in Toronto
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309 Spadina Ave, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2E6, Canada
+1 416-977-0601
Today
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered takeaway bbq pork rice.. When they bagged the order they said bbq rice.. We get home and we find bbq noodles.. Please can you train your staff to understand the difference as this was really disapointing!

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Thank David C
Blue Mountains, Canada
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180 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and self were in Toronto for a meeting and wanted some really good Chinese food. The front desk person at One King gave us the address and we started to walk there. Quite the walk from there and we decided we would get a taxi home. The restaurant was so busy but we waited and 15 minutes later... More 

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Thank Boris2552
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good food and, meals are cheap. Usually get duck with fried rice. It is cash only restaurant but they have atm inside the restaurant.

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1 Thank n k
Mississauga, Canada
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food here is excellent and has been for 30 years! I first came here when I was in University. It hasn't changed much and that's just fine by me. I know what to expect, great food from the Swatow region of mainland China. Everyone I have ever taken has been more than pleased and satiated!

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Thank Dr T
Michigan
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Recommended by hotel concierge, hoped for better. Can be crazy busy with line out the door and doors open to the cold air. We finally got a table, but near door and uncomfortably cold. Soon figured out you are expected to write down your order on paper provided. When filling out order, noticed 'Cash Only'. Wish I had been advised... More 

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1 Thank Ray D
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Have been going here for 20+ years. Big bowl of hot and sour soup is a great starter for the whole table. Expect to find the place get busier after 10 pm till 1 am. Medium prices. Expect to pay $15 per person

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Thank Dave H
Toronto, Canada
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171 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Firstly, my wife and I are of Asian descent, I was born in Canada and my wife in Taiwan. I'm not saying that we are food experts but we definitely have a good handle on what is good and what is not. Having said that, I honestly do not know how this place has survived for so many years. If... More 

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Thank easyHwolf
Toronto, Canada
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great spot for late-night eats on Spadina. Food is fresh and tasty, great value for money, and friendly, fast service.

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1 Thank RamblingGal42
Richmond Hill, Canada
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143 reviews
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

We have been returning to Swatow Restaurant at least once a month,every month for years! We were back again today for lunch. Always yummy food at reasonable prices. We order a variety of rice dishes, noodle dishes, congee, etc. So far there hasn't been any item on the menu that we don't enjoy. Simple and modest restaurant that always satisfies!

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Thank May W
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Reviewed 14 January 2017 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
Chinatown
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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