HOTHOUSE

4.3
866 reviews
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  • Casual
  • Pre/post-theatre
  • Good for a Date
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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
5 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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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The food was okay for Saturday brunch, but for the price And menu options probably better going somewhere else in the area. I prefer to go to their Sunday buffet brunch as it is a better value and will try Wednesday dinner buffet next time!

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MP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The only issue was I booked weeks in advance and requested a booth in church st side.
When the first of my party arrived the woman at desk could not find the reservation (even though I had answered the confirmation email a day prior). She told her to sit anywhere.
She had found the reservation by the time I arrived but all booths were full so we couldn’t move.

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BR
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

All good. Great seafood pasta.

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S
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location for any activities along Front St. These people have nailed it as far as great food, excellent servers and pleasant ambiance - not easy for such a large restaurant. Mgmt and servers were all eager to look after our every need. Food was amazing - each item had a little twist of something that set it apart from similar dishes elsewhere.

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CP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were welcomed immediately with a smile and shown to our table. Our waiter Rob was fantastic. We loved our dinner and the whole experience. We will be back!

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DT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I’ve been eating here since the 90’s and they never fail to impress.

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SD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

i would normally order a pasta and should have. Instead I ordered the special, being fish and chips. Fish was very dry and the french fries were frozen fries. For these prices I would expect, at the very least, fresh cut potatoes for the fries. The waiter was very good, however.

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ED
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Continues to be the go-to restaurant that I have enjoyed for over 23 years!

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DW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Intimate environment where we could intimately reminisce and share stories

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T
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had a great casual dinner with the perfect service level. Recommend family restaurant.

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DD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a great time and both felt the food was better than it was the last time we were there. The only minor criticism is that the waitress seemed a bite pushy or in a rush and we clearly were not in a rush.

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S
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovin’ the Asian stir-fry!

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RZ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, waiters are attentive without being overbearing. Great spot for a pre-theater meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Taking my brother out for his favourite meal; Corned Beef and Cabbage. I love going to the Hot House, this is my go to restaurant for lunch. We both ordered the St Patrick’s day special Corned Beef and Cabbage, the Corned Beef and potatoes were as expected amazing; unfortunately the cabbage was savoy cabbage (we would have preferred regular cabbage) and it was under cooked; really tough to eat. The service was good, and overall again I love this restaurant and will definitely come back again.

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JF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

One of my family’s favourite places. Will come back often.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Arturo was our server. He’s the best. Our second time at Hot House. Perfect for dinner before a show.

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LV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

A regular local restaurant. Very disappointed. Not busy - service was extremely slow, one meal had been sitting under heat lamps for an extended period - looked dried out and unappetizing. Waitress did take it back but think they just mixed it up and reheated in microwave. Based on this experience, I wouldn't recommend.

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JD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Huge selection on the menu . Two of us ordered mussels and calamari each and shared; both were excellent! There is a very good selection of beers on tap and craft brews as well. Our thin crust pizza was just right to share after the first courses. It was a fine meal, good service and fair prices. Too bad it is so noisy!

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GR
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Was disappointed, my fault I guess, didn’t think that it was a Monday, therefore no buffet. However I found the breakfast table to be very poor with food options. Scones were not good at all. No cheeses, no sweets, except for waffles. The whipping cream was in a huge bowl, left uncovered for hours, and started getting very soggy by the time I got a look at it.
This experience was nowhere close to the experiences I’ve had with brunch in the past at the Hothouse

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d
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great location, nice atmosphere, our server was very kind.
Pizza not the greatest, but otherwise a great place.

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S
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice to see they are renovating. Was disappointed that the menu had changed since I was last there but then I had the Asian stir fry and now have a new favourite. So good!

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BR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our first time at the Hot House. The service was friendly and efficient, the food served quickly, arrived hot and was delicious. I would definitely go again the next time I am downtown Toronto.

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CR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great Valentines Menu

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KD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wife and I like to come to the Valentines Day Prix Fix Special every year since we got
married 14 years ago due to the consistent
quality of food and service value and the great ambiance. No surprise. When we got married 14 years ago, we held our Wedding Reception here in the Hot House Private
Dining Room. Many thanks to the Hot House for great memories old and new.
Kevin Dwyer & Andrea Shier- Scarborough

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SC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed the selection of food available and had very attentive and friendly staff.

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d
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I truly love this restaurant and am Never disappointed.

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AF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner experience and restaurant accommodating with dietary restrictions. Trout was done well but a little too much oil on vegetables. All in all, a very pleasant experience.

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AB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent Winterlicious meal, especially enjoyed the short ribs

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MB
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the Winterlicious menu. It is a bit of a hike from my office BUT well worth the trip, looking forward to Summerlicious!

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j
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Christopher R is a super server with a great sense of humour, We would recommend you request him as your server.

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