HOTHOUSE

4.2
896 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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  • Lunch
  • Pre/post-theatre
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

Private Dining

Great food is the foundation of every noteworthy event. Whether you're hosting a corporate dinner or private event, HOTHOUSE delivers an unforgettable dining experience. Our venues host a range of capacities up to 350 people. Share your event needs and we'll craft a uniquely catered celebration.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Quite loud .
Table was sticky on the edge - hmm...
Ribs were clearly parboiled and that has no pork grilled flavor :-(
Salad was good and filling , loved the mint leaves

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VJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had supper on the patio. Some street noise with a few sirens but the booth was very comfortable and the people watching was fun. The ceasar and market salads were delicious as were the lasagna and penne sambuca. The service was very good. Adding Bacardi rum to their selection would have made this perfection.

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TB
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with great service and good. The buffet on Wed night & Sunday brunch are beyond excellent!! They've been in business for 25 yrs...they have it figured out. The patio is amazing...the'vee done it up beautifully. A bit noisy out there during the day due to construction going on just west of them on Wellington but does not interfere with conversation...just a bit annoying.

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JK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My daughter loves this place and we came to celebrate her birthday. I have been there a few times at her request and as always it was great.

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JR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best all u can eat brunch in Ontario. Thanks for all

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T
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I am always enjoy the patio at the Hothouse it’s a perfect way to spend a summer evening. The service and food are usually good and the atmosphere is low key and relaxing. The only issues I had on this visit was that the hostess never checked me in and I received an email from open table stating I was a no show and that the cappuccino machine wasn’t working. Overall though I had a lovely experience.

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PR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was friendly and patient. Wild boar pasta was delicious. Mixed green salad was not fresh and didn’t live up to the description. Lovely patio on Front, surprisingly quiet.

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TH
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

I ordered beet salad with chicken breast. My salad only had 3 small pieces of beets. The chicken breast was too dry to eat. The waiter did not return so I waited until another waiter noticed I wasn’t eating and was trying to get som attention. He kindly got me a properly cooked piece of chicken. Most in my group were finished by this time. Our waiter came to remove plates but never said anything to me. No apology. I will not retort this restaurant.

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CV
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious brunch for Canada's day. The food was really good, with different options!

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T
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was impressed that my request was filled for an outdoor table - on 2 counts: the request went through (I’ve had problems with requests in the past) & that Hot House honoured the request (many places make you take your chances on outdoor seating). As usual, Hot House staff was very friendly & efficient. The food was very good.

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b
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was good as always

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BD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have enjoyed Hot House for over 20 years. I noticed a huge change in the menu when the restaurant changed hands and I didn't like it. After speaking with the manager I noticed he listened and changes were made. The food is back to HH standards and the menu now has better choices...more variety.

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H
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Was pleasantly surprised at my dining experience. Had an early dinner (6 pm ) reservation so the large restaurant was relatively quiet. Yippee! Liked the menu and my salmon dinner was delicious. My friend ordered a cobb salad which she said was very good.

Our server was very efficient and kept refreshing my water glass. Nice choice of wine as well.

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Server was lovely--food very disappointing and a change for the worse. Pizza was hard/burnt, toppings were burnt--like cardboard. Aglio/olio rappini pasta wasn't tossed in olive oil so it was a hard lump in the middle of the plate--not twirlable, dry and inedible, no olive oil sauce, about 3 delicious cloves of garlic- needed much more of both. This used to be my favourite dish and the fact that the kitchen didn't know that giving a guest a hard clump of dry pasta is OK was very disappointing. I asked if the jerk cauliflower was vegan/had dairy (allergic), was told no it's fine as it-- and it was served on a creamy/mayonnaise based (?) undescribed sauce which was obviously dairy based, so i could only eat some of the florets. I asked my friend to specifically go there and I was actually embarrassed at the food quality. The people and servers are really lovely, I'm sad to lose this place off my regularly go to list.

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GG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, a very pleasant place to have lunch. This a regular "go to" place for myself and family/friends.

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SD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

The food was perfectly fine but not amazing, and the service was very slow.

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RM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our ‘Go To’ restaurant choices.

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KF
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was exceptionally accommodating. We had a baby in our group (she was very helpful) and someone wanted a modification to their main dish (done with a smile). Food was as good as always.

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LM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

My seafood pasta puttanesca was wonderful but the codcake appetizer was disappointing, very little flavour. I also miss the more colorful decor from before the latest Reno. It's a bit lacking in character. Everyone in our group of six was happy with their mains. Loved it that they offered smaller and larger pasta portions.

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TB
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Long time favorite spot to have lunch especially when catching up with a friend. Not noisy like some places so you can actually have a conversation. New menu is pretty good but not as much variety as they once had. The cod cakes are delicious!! Great service too!!

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S
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ate here for Sunday brunch. It is a lovely restaurant and there was a wonderful variety of food.

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TC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Friendly bar staff made us feel very welcome which was only for a drink on our first night in Toronto. During our discussion the restaurant was recommended and consequently, we returned 3 nights later. The excellent food was complimented by a great table and service.

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C
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was the perfect b day dinner for my friend visiting from Japan

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CB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good selection of food, with plenty of options for groups with different tastes. Friendly staff.

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Awesome, be going since 1996!!
Great evening out and fantastic food!!

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DM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Sadly a high school group took over access to the buffet. If we had known would not have gone

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came here for the Wednesday gourmet buffet. It was our first time here and the server answers all our questions patiently. The food was really good. I really liked the chicken BBQ. Also, their cakes were really good. They have different flavors to choose from

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NP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been going to Hot House for many years and it is probably my favourite restaurant in Toronto. I belong to an annuitant club and we've been holding our opening luncheon there for the past nine years. The food is always good but the it's the staff who really make the difference.

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DD
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I was extremely disappointed with my Salad. The superfood bowl. There was lots of kale but very few vegetables. A few florets of broccoli, a few very tiny pieces of butternut squash, about 5 pomegranate seeds. Very little quinoa as it was mixed in with the salad dressing. Would not return to the Hot House Cafe. Was extremely dissatisfied and would not recommend it to my friends.

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit to the Hot House. We were seated at a great table by the window away from all the hustle and bustle of a restaurant. Our server was very friendly and accommodating so that we did not feel rushed. The food suggestions were helpful. The food was delicious! We will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely an outstanding experience! Excellent wait staff and attention despite a large party beside us. In and out in under an hour when requested so we could make a show. Returned later that night for dessert. Highly recommend!

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S
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A very pleasant lunch. Server was friendly and attentive.

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We chose Hothouse for our pre-theatre dinner because of it's proximity to the Elgin Theatre and because of its understated atmosphere. We had my 89 year old mom with us who has both vision and hearing loss and we really appreciate that it never seems to get too loud or too dark. The friendly staff and the good food definitely made a great impression on my mom (My wife and I had already been there 3-4 times before so we knew what to expect :) ). I have no hesitation in recommending Hothouse to others.

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AC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Friendly staff, quick service and good food. We will come back.

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

the server was pleasant as always -the location is good for theatre goers - we should have had the Saturday Prix Fixe meal - it would have been a better value. One of our choices was the Cappelleti - the meal was definitely hot - the sauce good - the pasta not very good. I have chosen better entrees on other occasions.

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SS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Reserved for 11pm.
Showed up 30 minutes earlier, was told that it was "last call" for kitchen.
Why would you take a reservation at 11pm if the kitchen is closing?
Disappointing service, didn't feel welcome.
Restaurant is under renovation, I would make sure my customers feel very well taken care of.
Place was completely empty, we were ask to split the group on 2 tables (14 people total) anyway for easier service. Did not make sense, felt like we were an annoyance for the service team.
Won't be going back.

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always fantastic. Thanks for keeping my Zinfandel on hand.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It was okay but we went specifically for the brunch buffet. We had 3:39 reservations but were not notified the last seating for the buffet was at 3;00 so we were rushed and disappointed.

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BD
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again the buffet was outstanding. The roast of beef was done to perfection as we're the many pasta dishes. I very much enjoy our time there. Our reservation was for 3:30 so many of the desserts were gone however, after so much food we didn't much. The little lemon squares we're so tangy, they were fabulous. This year the desserts were in a different location. My guest and I both use walkers so it was difficult transversing the stairs...but we did. We preferred the original location. Mind you, it appeared to be much busier than usual and seating was in the dessert area.

We are planning out next trip.

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T
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Four of us had a very good dinner served by a particularly attentive sever. She made our dinner even more pleasurable.

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