Itching for dim sum?
For beginners, the first thing that comes to mind is to search for restaurants in Chinatown (Spadina & Dundas) or the less popular ‘old Chinatown’ (Broadview & Gerrard), because that’s where our parents experienced the best dim sum restaurants in Toronto.
Well, you’ll be surprised that some of the best dim sum restaurants can be found in Scarborough.
In addition, parking in Scarborough is easily accessible with FREE plaza parking – compared to dim sum restaurants located in downtown Toronto.
Imagine looking for parking and then waiting in line for a table at the restaurant. By the time you get a table, dim sum hour will most likely be over – unless you want to start your sim sum adventure at 7 o’clock in the morning.
Dim sum shouldn’t be frustrating or a chore. It should be enjoyed with your family and friends!
Here you will find a list of some of the best dim sum restaurants in Scarborough. We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.
By the way, in case you have visitors coming from out of town, we also recommend bringing them to the best Chinese food in Toronto – you and your guests won’t be disappointed with this delicious list!
1. Very Fair Seafood Cuisine
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Address: 17 Milliken Blvd, Scarborough, ON M1V 5H6
Here’s one of the few remaining Chinese restaurants with that classic Chinese vibe in their exterior structure – makes it feel like you’re in China!
This location is popular for families get-togethers for dim sum. Although it is very spacious, if you’re not there early on the weekends you may find yourself waiting a long time for a table.
During our visit, there were a lot of people waiting in line so the wait time was longer than usual. After we were seated and placed our order, the food came out quickly from their kitchen.
All the dim sum were hot, fresh and well-seasoned. It was one of the best dim sum we had in a long time. The staff are friendly and they serve delicious dim sum. Enough said.
2. Ding Tai Fung
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Address: 175 Commander Blvd UNIT 1, Scarborough, ON M1S 3M7
Want to try a different dim sum experience? We highly recommend going to Ding Tai Fung – it’s one of the best!
Upon visiting this place and opening the menu, you’ll notice that the dim sum they offer are not the typical dim sum you’re familiar with.
Ding Tai Fung specializes in Shanghai dim sum which is different from the Cantonese-style dim sum. Their dishes are usually larger and stronger in flavour, and the xiao long bao are soup filled dumplings.
Don’t forget to order the Steamed Soup Dumplings with Pork Filling Xiao Long Bao during your visit. Just be careful not to burn yourself as the soup in the dumpling is quite hot.
The food is made to order so it’s fresh and steaming hot. Once you place your order, it takes roughly 8 to 10 minutes to have the food prepared and served to you.
If you visit this restaurant during the weekend, be prepared for a long wait.
However, if you can’t be bothered with the long wait line then in the same plaza there’s another dim sum place (Cantonese-style) you can go to that is just a few steps away – Grandeur Palace.
3. Perfect Chinese
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Address: 4386 Sheppard Avenue E, Scarborough Ontario, M1S 1T8
Perfect Chinese restaurant has been operating since the early 80s and is still one of the popular dim sum restaurants to go to in Scarborough.
The restaurant is spacious so it won’t be difficult to get a table.
Their morning dim sum hours are from 7 AM to 11 AM; however, if you missed it, don’t worry – Perfect Chinese serves ALL DAY dim sum!
Craving for dim sum after midnight? Not a problem – this restaurant got you covered as well! In addition to their all day dim sum, this restaurant is also open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Har Gow and Siu Mai at 1 AM and don’t have to worry about the morning lineup – awesome!
4. Tak Fu Dim Sum Emperor
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Address: 633 Silver Star Blvd, Scarborough, ON M1V 5N1
This is not your average dim sum restaurant where it’s fancy and spacious. Don’t expect to come with a large group and be seated together in a round table.
The food was priced well and the food was delicious (hot and fresh) – we highly recommend the har gow, siu mai, and the rice rolls!
This is a small establishment so they don’t have the luxury of hiring many workers. As a result, service is not as fast as larger dim sum restaurants. However, the quality of their service more than makes up for the speed.
For those looking for a quiet place to satisfy your dim sum itch and an eat-and-leave atmosphere, then this restaurant should be on your list.
5. Grandeur Palace
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Address: 2301 Brimley Rd #128, Scarborough, ON M1S 3L6
Just like their name, this place is grand. Very spacious and lively atmosphere.
Dim sum was delicious and what made it even better was that small, medium, and large sized dishes were all priced the same.
Not sure if this was temporary pricing but definitely an added bonus.
If you want a place to enjoy dim sum on the weekends with your family, especially when you have a large group of people, then this restaurant is perfect to accommodate your parties’ needs.
Due to COVID, they also set up a patio section. The experience will definitely be unique as dim sum has always been indoors.
If there’s a long wait for this restaurant and you want to try something different, located in the same plaza is another dim sum place you can go to that is just a few steps away – Ding Tai Fung – Shanghai dim sum.
6. Crown Prince Fine Dining and Banquet
Address: 3600 Victoria Park Ave, North York, ON M2H 3B2
This was one of our favorite dim sum spots to hit up in the Scarborough and North York area over a decade ago, and we still come here to indulge in their morning specialties as you can see in our personal Crown Prince Fine Dining dim sum review here – you can check out what’s good and what you should avoid.
Compared to other dim sum restaurants in Scarborough, this one is fancier – just look at their teapot! But not as fancy as Casa Imperial.
Okay, so, technically Crown Prince Fine Dining is in North York (and not Scarborough) since it’s on Victoria Park, but close enough or us to include it in our list here.
As you would expect, the cost of their dim sum is pricier than other dim sum places.
During your visit here, you should definitely try the deep-fried taro dumpling and deep-fried sticky dumpling with meat – crispy and flavorful – it’s out of this world!
This is the restaurant you want to bring your guests if you want to impress them.
7. Casa Imperial
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Address: 4125 Steeles Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1W 3T4
Many people get confused about whether this dim sum restaurant is in Markham or Scarborough. Since this restaurant is located on the south side of Steeles, it’s technically part of Scarborough.
A way to describe Casa Imperial is luxury meets dim sum. If you have ever driven by this place, you wouldn’t have guessed it was a restaurant – especially one that serves dim sum.
Being on the fancy end of the spectrum (interior design with ornate chandeliers and paintings), their food is more expensive than what you would pay at other restaurants.
They also serve dim sums that you will not find at other places. When was the last time you had lobster soup, milk tart with swallow’s nest, or abalone for dim sum?
But we must say the quality of the food is much better than other places we have visited as well – less oily.
If you’re looking for a unique experience, have family or friends visiting from out of town, or some special occasion, then you may want to add this place to your itinerary.
Just remember to bring some extra cash or increase your credit limit if necessary! 😊
8. Casa Deluz
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Address: 1571 Sandhurst Cir, Scarborough, ON M1V 1V2
This restaurant was once occupied by the once popular Ruby Restaurant.
Like other Chinese restaurants, the atmosphere was nice and very spacious.
The quality of their food tasted much better and the portion size is bigger than what we remembered during our last visit here. Pre-COVID, we remember the food being a bit oily.
Maybe they changed their chefs as the quality definitely improved for the better.
Quick tip: A little trick that one of our friends like to do to dim sum he finds too oily – it’s to “wash” it with tea first before eating – dipping the har gow in the tea cup, the tea should “capture” some of the oil from the dim sum and leave it in the tea cup.
Does this work? – he believes so.
Just don’t be embarrassed if people start staring at you or give you the quirky eye.