HOTHOUSE

4.4
1614 reviews
CAN$30 and under
International
Welcome to HOTHOUSE, one of Toronto's destination food and wine eateries. We nourish your family like we would our own, and believe quality food shouldn't break the bank. Located in the historic St. Lawrence neighbourhood, we're situated amongst many of the city's iconic landmarks and entertainment hotspots and are in close proximity to the Financial and Theatre districts.

HOTHOUSE offers a multicultural menu reflective of our city's diversity. With local produce at our doorstep, we offer fresh food with a sophisticated wine and cocktail menu to match. Whether you're joining us for a romantic dinner for two or hosting your family at our famous brunch buffet, a warm welcome awaits you.

Patio at the HOTHOUSE is open now. We are currently not taking reservations. Seating available on first come first
serve basis.



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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1614 People Are Saying
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4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
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EPICure
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the live jazz band! Did quality was excellent. Waitress was attentive and brilliant. Bathrooms were clean. Brilliant experience!

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LorenzoM
Montreal
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, our waitress was very helpful and attentive to our needs.

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ems001
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great location and a big restaurant. Food was tasty and staff were attentive. Nice spot for a casual lunch. Wish they had brunch on the weekdays but not enough demand probably - so they only have it on the weekend.
I had the large jambalaya and it was yummy! The tiramisu is also delicious.

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Riverrunner
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was great, this was a pre-concert meal and was perfect location.

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RD17
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We love the Hothouse! Food and service are always good. Great choices on the menu, a little something for everyone! The Wild Boar pasta dish is amazing!

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Carol
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Amazing brunch! Great variety of food and amazing live music. Totally worth it.

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FloM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great news - Hothouse Sunday brunch buffet is back. Minor change with the carved meats and omelette station near the front of the restaurant. Selection is otherwise similar to pre-Covid. Great jazz music. Hand sanitizing before entering the buffet section. Sneeze guards at the stations. Seems Covid safe. Enjoyed the time spent. Not a cheap event at $35, drinks extra. Tax and tips also need to be added. However, worth the splurge for a special occasion, even if it is just to celebrate the return of the buffet.

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KirkB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Local staple never disappoints. Great location to meet up with our friends. Menu has nice variety and the food & service was just fine. No complaints whatsoever. Will certainly return and will recommend to others.

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SandeeT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We had dinner at Hot House prior to attending the Leafs game. The ambiance was nice, relaxing and quiet. The service was quick and the server was polite and friendly. The food was nothing special but we weren’t looking for a gourmet meal or fine dining experience. I had the Pad Thai bowl and my husband had the straight up burger. The Pad Thai was average as was the burger but that being said, they weren’t bad, just average. We were just looking to have a quick bite before the game. Will we return, of course.

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Theresa
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Excellent restaurant that I have been visiting for years. Good variety of food at moderate prices. Our server, Patty was very friendly and attentive.

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SHAI
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Food is yummy at a good price. Restaurant is at a prime location.

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ElleDea
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here on a Tuesday night for a birthday dinner. It was quiet because of the day, but the ambience was very nice regardless. Food and drinks were delicious and surprisingly affordable for its location. They have a particularly creative cocktail list that is definitely worth a look. Their menu is seasonal, so we're excited to come back at different times and see what's new! Our server was very nice and went the extra mile to make sure we had the best possible meal. We were very happy with our first experience here.

What we had...

For drinks:
- Spiced Pun'kin Punch - fans of dark & stormy's and bourbon sours will like this one
- Habanero Ginger Apple Cider - a unique cocktail that's not too sweet and has a subtle heat to it, very tasty
- bottle of red wine (Ca'omi Rosso di Napa) - bottles were 1/2 price!

For food,
- Halloumi fries (appetizer) - good portion for 2 people (~3 each)
- BBQ Back Ribs - perfectly done, fall-off-the-bone
- Makhani Chicken Curry - the highlight of the night; truly delicious
- Sticky Toffee Pudding - a great way to end the meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The heaters on the patio were fantastic this evening. We will definitely be coming back this winter.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Return to HH Buffet brunch

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courtneyb
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My favourite spot since I was a child. Was super excited that their Sunday brunch is finally back. Lots of quality options.

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Mumko
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything I had tasted very good but the memory of the delicious bread pudding will stay with me for a long time!!

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Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Sunday Brunch Buffet was very good. Up to pre-pandemic standards!

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MartinL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Bon rapport qualité/prix et excellent service!

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WendyC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

had many good meals at this restaurant over the years, but not this one. Food tasted off, possible frozen or old. Been sick for days now.

Too bad, will not be going back. A dramatic slide for a normally predictably decent meal.

LM
LindaM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I would eat their mushroom soup everyday -- it's that good -- and the stir fry was very tasty, with enough shrimp (some places are very stingy with shrimp) with the tails off, which I prefer, since it's so much easier to eat. My husband had the French onion soup and the gnocci -- which he thought was delicious. Service was good -- no complaints. I would visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

The food was terrible.

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barone77
Toronto
50 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our group met for brunch and the HH was great as usual. We had excellent service from the wait staff

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I was there for a business lunch. The service there is typically good. Attentive and the servers have a decent knowledge of their menu.. The recommendations they have made have all been good.

They were able seat us and have the bill in our hands in a timely manner. Which is appreciated if you have a busy or tight schedule.

The food itself was good. I had one of the pizzas and we had some wine. The pizza was done well. Thin crust and a decent amount of toppings. This of course depends on the individual and your likes but I felt it was a good amount of each ingredient on the pizza.

It’s a nice restaurant with good ambience and a reasonable price. I have added this restaurant to my regular rotation of places I will host businesses lunches at in the downtown Toronto area.

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KatieF
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a cozy dinner for four on the patio with three heaters--and the staff, hostess, waiters and manager were as warm as the flames and as excellent as the food. We will come back!

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Jaclyn
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I had a lovely lunch, thanks! Service was friendly and attentive and the food was delicious.

JD
JohnD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You just cannot beat the entire experience of eating at the Hot House Cafe love it!

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Babs
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious as usual and big portions. I had lamb shank and my friend the lasagna. They did some decorating during Covid including the outside patio area and the ambiance is really nice.

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vipYYZresidents
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were inside Hothouse for the first time since Covid started, and it was great to have that choice, instead of just the patio. It was a quiet evening so our table was well spaced from anyone else. Always friendly efficient service and good quality food.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience5

Service was very slow, food was cold and we had to ask for everything (condiments, water, etc). Probably wouldn’t go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Overall everything was very good. Great service by the waiter and staff was very friendly. There was a bit of a longer wait for the food than usual but other than that food was great.

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TomM
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Just plain meh

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Maggie
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food here great recommendations from the server. Never disappointed

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JessicaY
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Good to be back!! Lasagna was a bit salty but all else was good!

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RobertP
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Server was very pleasant. Food was mediocre at best. Four of us and all had issues or concerns. Not enough dressing on salad, pasta dish was just ok, veggies were lukewarm but they did replace them. Croissant sandwich was square (?) and the meat was tough, eggs Benedict warm but not hot. May not rush back. Too bad. Handy location to the market. Prices are not cheap, so our expectations were higher. Our server was nice but we had to chase down our bill from another server.

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CheryleF
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was good. A server was training with our server and she was attentive and if we had questions she would go ask. Food was very good.

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Kath
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A great neighborhood choice, food always very good.

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Marilyn7
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Good food. Good location. Great service. Well spaced seating.

JJ
JillJ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Went for Sunday brunch. Overall good food and value. Coffee was just okay which is so disappointing especially when you are there for brunch.

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HelenG
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

This time, I did not have a good experience.
Food was way too expencive for what we ate.
18 dollars for an Avocado toast? Come on...it was basically a slice of bread with probably half avocado and 2 poached eggs.

My boyfriend ordered the St Lawrence Classic and the pemeal bacon was soo dry he almost chocked at every bite.

I won't recommend this place.

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April
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

Best calamari rings and strawberry cheesecake I've ever had. Worst aioli I've ever had, was supposed to be pineapple flavoured but tasted like nothing. Waitress was meh, the table they gave me was in an awkward position and meh. It came highly recommended by the hotel concierge and barely hit Boston Pizza levels of restaurant experience. At least the food was good. Probably will never go back.

FAQs

HOTHOUSE does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. HOTHOUSE also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 366-7800.

HOTHOUSE is rated 4.4 stars by 1614 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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