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Swatow Restaurant

#285 of 6,804 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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Mississauga, Canada
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank Ray D
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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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166 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 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 25 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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Thank RamblingGal42
Richmond Hill, Canada
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141 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Peterborough, Canada
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78 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 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 

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Toronto, ON, Canada
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168 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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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Thank yorkie1552
Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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