Mother's Dumplings

Mother's Dumplings

421 Spadina Ave. (btwn College & Cecil St.), Toronto ON M5T 2G6, Canada
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–10:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
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Welcome to Mother’s Dumplings, a cozy, welcoming café in the heart of Chinatown serving delicious Northern Chinese style comfort food based on family recipes!


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  • dumplings
  • wonton soup
  • pork
  • great value
  • traditional atmosphere
  • Chinese food
  • happy hour
  • vegetarian food
  • authentic
  • comfort food
  • family-friendly
  • good for a quick meal
  • big portions
  • lamb
  • beef
  • shrimp
  • noodles
  • eggs
  • handmade
  • spaghetti
  • AskMen

    One of TO’s best kept secrets. What makes the place so great is its simplicity. No razzle-dazzle. No elaborate menus. Just great food, made right before your eyes. Try the green onion pancake.

    AskMen · February 26, 2010
  • Christopher Y.

    Try the dumplings

    Christopher Y · November 2, 2010
  • Julie T.

    The dumplings are made fresh to order and taste great! Get the $1 bowl of soup to dip with, it tastes amazing.

    Julie Tyios · September 24, 2010
  • photojunkie

    My favorite items here are the Pork and Dill dumplings and the Green Onion pancake. The food is delicious and affordable. A definite must try. You will love it.

    photojunkie · April 19, 2012
  • Sabrina T.

    Toronto's BEST kept secret. just north of the main area of chinatown. the best dumplings in town. nothing special. just simple homemade chinese food!

    Sabrina T · August 16, 2011
  • Samantha B.

    Best wonton soup I've ever had!!!

    Samantha Bridge · June 15, 2010
  • barry g.

    our new favorite place for Chinese, period. Steamed and fried dumplings are awesome!! 2 can eat like pigs for around $25 and still take a doggie bag.

    barry goldlist · April 10, 2010
  • Spotlight

    A great place for dumplings and Chinese cuisine. Try the vegetarian bao zi

    Spotlight · October 19, 2014
  • Panic M.

    normally I would never trust an Asian place that hires white people but this place is kinda tasty

    Panic Manual · January 1, 2013
  • Terry M.

    Be warned the dumplings are so good you can eat yourself into pain here! You have to try the green onion pancake

    Terry Myers · May 9, 2012
  • @kingmo

    All dumplings, all the time. Can be a belly-filling one-trick pony, but they know what they're doing and they do it really well! Ask for sauces to round out the flavour excursion

    @kingmo · December 18, 2011
  • Denise P.

    Get the green onion pancakes with your dumplings!

    Denise Pinto · March 28, 2011
  • P. Z.

    Try the steamed whole wheat cabbage and pork. Beef steam buns are great too!

    P. Zabeti · December 7, 2010
  • Raffaele P.

    It was ok. Nothing mind blowing. Lots of food for cheap. Good for students or late l dining after a night out on the town. Best Dim Sum in my opinion is at Cha Lau (formerly Cha Liu). #Amazing!

    Raffaele Posteraro · September 2, 2014
  • Nathan G.

    The juicy dumplings are great and the wonton soup is my fave.

    Nathan Garvie · August 24, 2014
  • Julia T.

    Been here lots of times. Favourite hangout in the area. Love the pork and chive dumplings. Make sure to order the green onion potato pancake as well!

    Julia Trench · July 21, 2013
  • RTWgirl A.

    I've never seen lamb shumai in other dumpling spots....try it, it was tasty

    RTWgirl Arnette · June 7, 2013
  • Cate

    So yummy and has really great prices! One person can eat enough to be full for about $10.

    Cate · November 19, 2012
  • Miguel F.

    Mother Fucking Dumplings!!!!

    Miguel Florendo · May 8, 2012
  • Jenny Y.

    Try the lamb siu-mai. So juicy.

    Jenny Yuen · January 24, 2012
  • MlleTravelista

    The pan-fried dumplings are the best. Skip the boiled.

    MlleTravelista · November 21, 2011
  • Chris W.

    Pork and chive dumpling. Steamed. It's the only way.

    Chris Whyte · October 22, 2011
  • Terry M.

    Best dumplings in toronto.

    Terry Myers · October 18, 2011
  • Sadie W.

    Obviously not a "best kept secret" since everyone knows about it & it's been there for ages. Don't be fooled.

    Sadie W · September 14, 2011
  • Jorge G.

    No credit cards

    Jorge Guerrerro · September 10, 2011
  • Ann P.

    You can buy fresh or frozen bags of dumplings to take home.

    Ann P · March 4, 2011
  • Casey R.

    the melon dumplings are the best. go with a group and you'll be full on $12

    Casey Reid · March 3, 2011
  • Ben P.

    Onion pancake is obvious choice. Also pan fried pork dumplings.

    Ben Pettigrew · January 2, 2011
  • Taryn K.

    Da-lu soup is amazing

    Taryn Kelly · October 9, 2010
  • Veronica W.

    Love their onion pancakes!

    Veronica W · February 20, 2010
  • Bastian K.

    Wow. Dumpling heaven. Bring friends and order lots!

    Bastian Koell · January 13
  • Sean O.

    The dumplings here are so good it should be called Heaven's dumplings. The staff and cooks were so friendly - great great place.

    Sean O'Brien · August 31, 2014
  • Chris M.

    Love the fried dumplings, but my favourite taste is the pork and dill (only boiled).

    Chris Meek · August 30, 2014
  • 🚧Francisco™💀🚧

    I hate to say it but #motherdumpling better than the #dumpling house.

    🚧Francisco™💀🚧 · August 12, 2014
  • Anna B.

    Amazing dumplings! I especially love the pan-fried & the pancakes.

    Anna Banana · August 8, 2014
  • The Wall Street Journal

    A traditional restaurant in Chinatown. You can go with your friends and get dumplings, and it's just amazing. Read more

    The Wall Street Journal · August 3, 2014
  • Lori M.

    Pork & dill dumplings are the best. Can order boiled or pan-fried.

    Lori Mastronardi · June 3, 2014
  • Elame

    Steer away from the jia jia mein!!

    Elame · November 10, 2013
  • Tejas M.

    Very busy. Took forever to get our food. Also couldn't split our bill in the end. Definitely prefer take-out over eating in.

    Tejas Manjunath · August 6, 2013
  • Sabah H.

    Stick to the dumplings and pancakes, they were awesome!!

    Sabah Haddara · July 7, 2013
  • Tejas M.

    Really long wait for takeout. Order over the phone and pick up instead! Dumplings were amazing though!

    Tejas Manjunath · June 25, 2013
  • Jonathan M.

    The dumplings are a little bland. Be sure to add soy sauce/vinegar for flavour.

    Jonathan M. · May 15, 2013
  • Adam F.

    Vicky made me do it!

    Adam Falardeau · May 12, 2013
  • Erica L.

    LOVE this place. Best handmade dumplings at an outlandish price!

    Erica Leibner · May 6, 2013
  • Devin M.

    Beef and onion roll, melon shrimp and pork pan fried, pork and green onion steamed. Best thing on Spadina aside from the ruler; Kings noodle house

    Devin Moore · April 18, 2013
  • William L.

    For me, Mother's Dumplings is all about the pan fried pork and chives dumplings.

    William Lopez · April 6, 2013
  • Stacy H.

    Pork and dill are the best.

    Stacy Hylton · March 14, 2013
  • Frank C.

    Vastly overrated on Yelp. Came once and will never again. Sadface.

    Frank Caron · January 6, 2013
  • Elisa P.

    $2.50 beer for happy hour, m-f before 6pm. Great with a big plate of dumplings.

    Elisa Prajogo · September 11, 2012
  • JugnooMe

    Mother's Dumplings serves great food and made it onto Jugnoo's NXnecessities list. Hungry for more good eats? Check out for the rest of the NXnecessities.

    JugnooMe · June 11, 2012

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