HOTHOUSE

4.3
810 reviews
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  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch
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 the diversity of our fair city. 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. Not to mention if weather permits, join us on our expansive patio!

WEDNESDAY GOURMET BUFFET
Feast with us every Wednesday evening from 5 to 9 pm.

SUNDAY BRUNCH
Don't miss our award-winning brunch buffet with live jazz music ev
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JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Washrooms are currently under renovation. An unlocked, outhouse has been set up outside of the restaurant on the patio. This would be unacceptable at any time, but most especially in mid-winter.
Food is pretty good and prices are reasonable, but wait until the renovations are complete before dining here.

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MM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Last night's meal was somewhat disappointing. The Caesar salad was wilted. The fish special was so-so but the vegetables were drenched in oil. The tiramisu, however, was excellent - as always. I asked for a table by the south window but was assigned an interior table without explanation or apology. I hope this is not an indication of what is to be expected from the new ownership.

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DI
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Except for having to leave to use the bathroom
Outside, it was a great experience with excellent service

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MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I wanted to start of by saying that this place is an institution. I have gone for many years. I made a reservation through open table on Wednesday as i was booking based on the evening buffet, we were a group with growing boys and good appetites. But when got there we were told that this time of year in January they dont have the buffet. That was ok and understandable.

However had i know that the restaurant was under renos and the mens bathroom was outside in the cold in a trailer. I would likely not made a reservation that time, as this was a pre theater meal. We also had a birds eye view of people going in and out of the bathroom. Which in the end we found humor.

Might i suggest that hothouse let us know on there website that they are under renos.

Again this isnt going to stop me from coming back, but it definitely didnt give a good last impression

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t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Great service. I was dining with work colleagues and we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Hothouse. Great variety of foods and all of the choices we made were winners.

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d
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

at service in spite of the construction. Tasty Poke!

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T
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

My only problem with HotHouse is noise. Our table of four was very close to a table for (I think) eight which isn't good planning.

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ES
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hot House is one of my favourite places to dine in Toronto. Food and service is always outstanding.

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HE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service. The food was good and reasonably priced. We had a nice window seat where we could watch people going by. It made for a nice dinner before going to the theatre. I would recommend this restaurant to friends.

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The service was amazing and so was the food! Even though there was a large bus tour and minimal staff we felt well taken care of. The food was delicious, flavourful and presented beautifully. Thanks for a great experience.

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FA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Its an OK place, nice ambience, good service, not the best food, but alright, had a good time overall.

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BD
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend an I went to Hot House for New Year's Day Brunch. As we both walk with aids, she, a cane and I use a walker. I requested a table on the main floor and not up any stairs. However, I knew this would be difficult since the buffet is set up on this floor space. They did their best and gave us a table just up the stairs and not far from the buffet. When we needed help there was always someone available to carry our plates back to our table and assist us up the stairs. The service was marvellous. I was at Hot House several months ago for lunch and was disappointed in the limited menu. My two Jr. High School friends and I meet about 3 times a year...we've been friends for 60 years now, and always enjoyed Hot House until this last time in October. I spoke with the manager as we were leaving and expressed my disappointment. To my delight, when I was making this reservation, I noticed their menu has expanded. So, we will continue meeting here because the food is so good.

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

HotHouse is a fabulous restaurant. I have been there many times and have never been disappointed. Menu is Italian Fusion with superb pastas, pizza, chicken and seafood. Wine list is extensive and service is attentive. However, they didn't get my OpenTable reservation. We were lucky to be seated. They said their computers had been "acting up" all day. Perhaps. But I am nervous about third party booking systems like OpenTable and probably won't use one again. The restaurant was VERY busy so reservations are highly recommended. Go. You won't be disappointed.

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SL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Meals were great and the proportion was just right. The desserts were surprisingly big and shareable. Overall great experience

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j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our favorite server Christopher R wasn't working that night but Raoul was very good.

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The one Vegan item, the stir fry, is very good. There used to be a pasta with vegs, but it was taken off the menu.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second year dining at HotHouse on Christmas Eve and we returned because our past experience was so good. This time was equally enjoyable. Thank you!

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RM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Friendly greeting, comfortable seating, prompt service, and very good food. One of our favourite restaurants.

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JV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

Had made reservations but were placed at a table in a high traffic area notwithstanding the existence of several open tables in quieter and less busy areas. We asked to move and staff accommodated the request no problem. Server was great. Food not so much. Ordered one of the most expensive dishes - prime rib, medium rare. It came well done and the texture was rubbery. Server had no problem taking it back. Returned with medium rare but again rubbery and not very good. I will go again but will not order that dish.

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j
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Christopher was our server and is excellent at his job. First class server takes our needs into consideration.

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great experience at Hothouse. Our waiter was fantastic, the best service I've had in a long time. I would highly recommend Hothouse and sit in Arturo's section if you can!

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GP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent as usual. Did the reservation through Open Table and asked for a booth. That's what we got. Everyone in our group enjoyed their dinner!

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Very comfortable relaxed atmosphere. The server was prompt, cheerful and courteous and had no problem acceding to special requests such as one couple splitting the steak entree. We were a group of six including two children and we all enjoyed our lovely meal.

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L
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Join my friends here often for a nice lunch and good gab.

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e
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great server!

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JM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always very reliable. Good food, good service, nice ambience.

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r
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

we dined here with 8 ladies prior to a concert at the Sony Centre (just an easy walk away)....they accommodated us; served us well; food was delicious and brought in a timely fashion - would definitely dine here again

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Server was very rude and got my order completely wrong. Manager was courteous about it.

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VR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Sadly the wonderful Tomato Basil soup disappeared from the menu. Most pastas are great. Gnocchi is great if you like a rich and creamy dish. Not sure the curry is authentic. It is vey loud during peak hours - understandable given size of the restaurant.

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A
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

We enjoy the cafe, the menu, etc. I must report, however, that it was very noisy - almost impossible to have a quiet conversation. Not sure what can be done about this. Otherwise we enjoyed our meals.

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ST
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Manager in the restaurant was very attentive and sent us complimentary glasses of Champlain because it was our wedding anniversary. We went in Dec 8th
Food was hot and tasty! We will definitely come back
Waitress was not the best :). She didn't understand my English even though nobody else have problems ever to understand me! I live in Canada for 19 years by now and employed as a manager :) . I will just ask for a differetnt waiter next time I will be there

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C
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

it was very good. thank you so much! I love the area.

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I go to Hot House often because I find the food consistent, never had a bad meal. As well, the servers were always good.

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m
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was totally attentive at a time when the restaurant was packed and he was great right til the end! Smiling & solicitous of our every need.

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AC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and quick service. Nothing exceptional just a decent place to eat

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FL
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The staff gave great service. The food used quality ingredients and it showed. Noise level (dinner time) not great for table conversations. Overall, would definitely recommend

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service good food overall great value

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NN
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was okay. We got there half way through the Wednesday night buffet. The salmon was cold and unseasoned and there was a salmon pasta dish that was also really bland. There was a lentil salad that was not cooked properly and was also really bland. The made-to-order station looked messy so I didn't bother trying it. Highlights were the freshly cut fruit, tofu and veggie stir-fry, mussels and a cheesy tortellini dish. Sorry my first plate I pretty much only are those items.

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PV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We have been to the restaurant a number of times and always enjoyed going there but the buffet on Wednesday night was quite poor and the place was very nosiy. we had brought friends with us after telling them how good it was and we were quite embrassed that it was not as we had enjoyed before.

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PD
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The front of house staff did their very best to get us seated quickly even though a bus group had just arrived. Two of us enjoyed the prix fixe menu and enjoyed it very much and thought it was a great value. Awesome gravy and Yorkshire pudding with the prime rib.

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