Hot House Restaurant & Bar

4.4
699 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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International
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  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
  • Brunch
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
What 699 People Are Saying
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4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on May 31, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

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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1.0Dined on May 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Food is always consistently good. Service was great.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We meet here every month or so for friends get together. We love the food and great service.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Sunday brunch is worth the cost. lots of selections for the omnivore. Less selection but still okay for vegetarians. salads, meats,bread, fruit and desserts wee plentiful live jazz at 1100. wait staff vey attentive, friendly. I would recommend going. reservations definitely needed as it gets busy. be prepared to wait unless you are there before 1030

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We dined here for brunch, and was extremely happy. For the value provided, we ate varied options ranging from cheese tortellini, to waffles, to prime rib. The vibe was right, price point perfect, service was great, and overall we left quite happy.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food and service were wonderful, as always. Only negative I can think of is that I miss the old supreme of chicken as the newer chicken dishes contain spices that I can't eat.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

My daughters and I regularly have lunch at the Hot House whether or not it is an occasion. We hope the new owners won't make any major changes to the menu or the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Food was 6 out of 5 as it has been every time before. Post Dinner food coma never been enjoyed more. Chipotle Mussels excellent, lasagna excellent, Steak Excellent, Crab cakes the best, Gnocchi perfect. Service - some of the best I have experienced. Would eat there weekly if I didn't live so far away.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Four of us were celebrating 2 birthdays (a few days apart). We were well liked after by our server & enjoyed our conversation with the manager, who checked in with us.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

In error, our waiter brought us the wrong salad. He was more than willing to take it back and bring us the one we had ordered. We were splitting the salad and he brought it already separated on two plates. We had the grapefruit and avocado salad, which was very refreshing. I had the Fettuccini Carbonara, and it was the best I have every had. Our waiter was attentive without hovering. We both really enjoyed our dinner and will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

A great experience. It always is. It's about a 10-minute walk from the financial district, where all the restaurants are noisy and cramped. This is the remedy.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

It was a buffet night. The selections of food and deasert were great. The price was reasonable. Will go back there again.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Needed somewhere to go for a work lunch. Perfect set up for the six of us at a round table. Attentive service but not rushed. Host brought over a coat rack even. Lot s of options on the menu and quick removal of empty dishes. Always enjoyed the Hot House and glad to see its still a place to always consider. Have been for Wednesday night buffet and Sunday brunch too and never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great experience!! The food was varied and delicious and the staff were very friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great brunch, awesome selection, good service.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It’s a little expensive

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The restaurant was very crowded and noisy, but it was Easter Sunday and extremely busy

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great selection of food at the Sunday brunch but the brunch does NOT include beverages like tea and coffee. Beverages are extra... over and above a pricey buffet.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I was treating friends who have become family to an Easter weekend dinner. I've eaten in the Hot House many times and have never had a poor or even standard meal. There's a server in the area by the Front St. windows, whose name do not know, but his attention to good service is wonderful. The food was excellent all round, and the availability of affordable wines is appreciated!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Service was great, food good. Always a pleasure!

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