Hot House Restaurant & Bar

4.4
717 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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International
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasion
Located in Toronto's historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and in close proximity to the city's Financial and Theatre districts, The HotHouse offers a multicultural menu reflective of the diversity of our fair city and the local produce at our doorstep with a sophisticated wine and cocktail program to match.
Join us for a romantic dinner for two, or bring your family to enjoy our award winning buffets on Wednesday night or Sunday brunch until 3 pm.
A warm welcome awaits you, and if its spring or summer, join us on our patio !


If you are looking for the best patio in the City, then Hot House Restaurant & Bar is the place to be!

WEDNESDAYS!
Enjoy our popular Wednesday Night Buffet from 5 to 9 pm


SUNDAY BRUNCH
Come for our award-winning Sunday Brunch. Omelette station, dessert paradise and so much variaty awaits you from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Enjoy our live Jazz!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
International, Italian, Comfort Food
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Hours of Operation
Brunch
Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 366-7800
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Curt Hospedales
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Catering
Professional catering for corporate and private events in the Toronto area. Choose a selection from our existing menus or allow us to custom create a menu for your event.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Front and Church
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Parking Details
Paid Parking underground garage next door called INDIGO - $8 on evenings and weekends.
There is also a GREEN P at the bottom of the Esplanade if you prefer..
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Public Transit
Just a short walk from both King & Union Subway Stations (5-7 minutes), and a slapshot away from the Air Canada Centre.
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Entertainment
Our award-winning Sunday Brunch features a live Jazz band. come and join us for one of the best Brunch in the City!
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Special Events & Promotions
We host weddings, showers, rehersal dinners and more!
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
717 reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
53%
Very Good
33%
Good
10%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CE
Toronto
1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fantastic, plenty of good menu options. Service was equally as wonderful, experienced knowledgeable server. Overall a fantastic night out. Would highly reccomend

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FM
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5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

good food and very nice and casual good choices and fun environment

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DA
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Quick service by friendly staff. The food was delicious as well. Lots of options from Seafood and steaks to burgers, so good variety if in a group. Patio outside was nice, would recommend sitting on the I interior section to avoid passerby food gawkers.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Birthday party

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E
1 review
4.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We have been to The Hot House now, and it has never failed to disappoint.

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RP
Toronto
1 review
4.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had the buffet. The roast beef could have been a bit more tender. It was not as good as we remembered. But everything else was exceptional.

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BD
Toronto
1 review
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

as always the food was excellent. I did notice a change to the menu and two of my favourites have been removed, leaving me very little entree choice.

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LL
Toronto
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I live on Queens Quay, and this spot at Front and Church has become my favorite restaurant in the area. It's walkable and an easy ride. I've been here 3 times this summer and the food has been excellent each time. The service is attentive and efficient, the seating is comfortable, and the atmosphere is calm and relaxed. I never feel rushed. I've especially enjoyed the mussels...delicious. I'll be back again soon.

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NN
Toronto
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Always love Hot House...reliable and consistent. Great choice of food and wine.

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F
Toronto
1 review
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

I was very disappointed as this used to be a favourite restaurant.
The Summerlicious dinner menu was ok but the Chicken was bland. The portion was ,large and none of us could finish but there was no flavour. I suggest you serve a better sauce and some other veg combination.
The toilets are a disgrace. They are dated, not maintained and an open basket was placed under the hand drier which blew all the used tissues round the entire area. An upgrade is very necessary.

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KS
Toronto
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very good service, professional and prompt, friendly without being intrusive. Not too loud despite being fairly busy. Summerlicious menu had lots of options that weren't on the regular menu.

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SM
1 review
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The restaurant was great. The food was delicious and my friends and I would go back again. The noise level was perfect. No need to scream or say "pardon" all the time.

Best of all their free bread was hot and fresh.

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EL
1 review
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The cauliflower jerky was fabulous. But I think your prices have increased. $3.50 for a glass of Pepsi??? Puhleese

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KT
Toronto
1 review
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was Christopher and he was wonderful. He was confident and made great suggestions. I had the rib eye - one of the best steaks I've ever had. The wine coupling Christopher recommended was perfection. A California red. We had a check in from a manager and that was nice too. I will definitely return!!

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LL
Toronto
1 review
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. My friend and I met for lunch and were quickly seated in a comfortable spot. Servers were helpful and friendly. We decided to share the mussels (delicious) and an excellent Caesar salad. We were able to enjoy our food and our visit in a relaxed atmosphere. We will definitely return.

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TS
Toronto
1 review
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Friends and I went to The Hot House for dinner before seeing Jill Scott and we had an enjoyable time. The ambience was nice, our server was good and the food and drinks we had were delicious! We'll be back soon for the Sunday brunch :)

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LE
New Orleans
1 review
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

OVERLY LOUD NOISE LEVEL WITH A FULL RESTAURANT. COULD USE INSULATION.
FOOD & SERVICE EXCELLENT. FRIENDLY. GOOD VALUE.

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r
Toronto
7 reviews
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

I have been going to hothouse since it opened ..but will never go again on a Saturday night. Terrible service. Compared to thru the week.

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DP
Toronto
1 review
3.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I did not like the menu changes as most of my favourite dishes were removed or changed. I ordered the Asian stir fry with chicken and it was very oily. The crab cakes are more potato than crab. The wild boar bolognese was still delicious. The caesar salad was bland but the diavolo pizza was good. Mixed review. It took a while to receive the appetizer and we had to ask for refills as they weren't offered.

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FB
1 review
4.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Love Hothouse and staff, always welcoming and friendly...food always good, never disapoints..

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FR
1 review
3.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

The food was very well prepared and presented, enjoyed by all in the group. The server was very pleasant and attentive, he was able to prepare an 'off the menu' gluten free/ vegetarian option that was much appreciated.
The only negative aspect of the evening was that for the first half hour we had to endure the noise and antics of a group of students who did not appear to have any adult supervision, nor did the service staff try to contain them. Their volume, jostling and bumping in and out of the connecting booth was very annoying. While I do enjoy youthful enthusiasm I do not appreciate poor manners.

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OT
Toronto
16 reviews
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

My seafood pizza was very good. I loved the sparkling water and the size of the bottle it comes in was very good at keeping me hydrated. The servers were all very friendly and professional and I was very happy that the price for refilling my drinks was kept to a minimum. However, I do wish they would serve Coke products instead of Pepsi products because unlike Coke, Pepsi is too sweet to mix with rum and other liquors that I like.

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e
Toronto
17 reviews
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Came here for dinner and we both ordered the prix-fix menu. The striploin was cooked to a perfect medium-rare, the half rack of ribs was sweet and tender too. Overall was a good experience.

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CR
1 review
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Haven’t been here for almost 15 years. Had a great table where we could people watch. Really liked both the entree and dessert. Service was attentive. Will come again.

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EA
1 review
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Hot House has been a long favourite of mine, since moving to Toronto at the turn of the century. The menu and staff changes, but the quality of food and service has always been above par. Always a pleasure to go there, especially for the fantastic Sunday brunch.

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VD
Toronto
1 review
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were excellent as always. We are looking forward to the patio renovations.

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A
Toronto
1 review
2.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Overall the Food was very good. The CrabCakes were amazing.
The Chicken was very grisley and not chewable. We couldn't finish it. Bad cuts of meat.

The big issue was the service, we were the only ones in the restaurant and our waitress forgot our order 3x
Overall 2* restaurant.

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GW
1 review
4.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The dishes were typical and the cooking was ordinary. The presentation was from mass production, diner style...

The service was basic but not attentive. I need to ask for refill of water. This could just be an individual case.

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RA
1 review
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was a casual dinner but staff attended to our needs as if it was special. They made recommendations, followed through on special needs as if was an everyday matter and not in need of explanation on our part. Delivery was timely and food was great. This was not the first time for us and it will not be the last. Thanks team, well done.

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PS
1 review
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This is my go-to restaurant for any number of occasions, whether it's someone leaving the company or just a beautiful, warm day to sit in the sun. I almost always order the wild boar bolognese and my friend and co-worker always has the lasagna. Neither of us has ever not thoroughly enjoyed our meal. In the summer, try to get a table outside. Wonderful atmosphere and one of the owners is frequently there at lunch. They love their restaurant and it shows! Highly recommended.

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HO
Toronto
1 review
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

I’ve been to this restaurant numerous times during my visits to Toronto. Really love the food, atmosphere, etc. The only minor complaint that I would offer is that once the meal is over, I feel like I’m being rushed out.
I will still patronize this establishment because overall, it is my favourite place in Toronto. The front-line staff are great and service bar none.

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KP
1 review
1.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Horrible. Was a special occasion, booked with notes stating that it was a birthday, even called to confirm. I get there’s on the day of, nothing was done. No birthday cake, no special greeting, nothing. Horrible service. Do not take for a special occasion

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b
Toronto
18 reviews
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We have been to HHC many times and it is always great: Big menu with lots of interesting items to choose from, and friendly, knowledgeable service.

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K
Toronto
14 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I made reservations about a month before Mother’s Day. I received a call two days before saying that they overbooked due to an online error and I had the option to take a credit to visit another day or to go to their sister restaurant. I was so disappointed that I told the girl let me think about what I want to do. The next day I was lucky enough that a manager picked up the phone and said don’t worry about it I will have a table when I get there, when I arrived the next day he knew who I was right away! So sweet. Anyways I came here because my co worker recommended it and said she comes every year for Mother’s Day! If you have the chance to come for branch buffet it is worth every dollar ! Customer service is the best, a manager went around to say hi to every table to make sure everyone was happy. The lasagna is really good ! People were fighting over watermelon though. Cheesecake selection is great. If your driving I parked the next street over for $10(sat&sun rate). I will definitely come again to see what Wednesday’s dinner buffet is like.

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DR
Toronto
1 review
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hot House has been the number 1 spot for me and my guests to enjoy brunch on a Sunday. The good is excellent (so many selections) along with the atmosphere. Amazing as always!!!

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Tahoe
6 reviews
4.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First time visit to Toronto and this restaurant was a short walk from our hotel. It was nice that breakfast/ brunch was served until 2pm on Saturday. Nice atmosphere and a nice place to people watch from our window table. Food was good and service was nice, too! We tried to return on Sunday, Mother’s Day, before heading to the airport and found that this restaurant has a Mother’s Day brunch and must be very popular since it was packed! Definitely needed a reservation. Anyway, we had to eat elsewhere.

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AA
Toronto
1 review
5.0Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and great food. Can't wait to go again!

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F
Toronto
8 reviews
5.0Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have gone to The Hot House on numerous occasions for lunch. The food and service is always A1.

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O
1 review
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely time. Waitress was very thorough about the menus and also stressed any meal could be substutitude for vegan meal

Service was great, meals were well presented, flavourful and great value for the money.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is always consistently good. Service was great.

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