HOTHOUSE

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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 our city's diversity. 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.

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. For all Sunday reservations, please call us at 416-366-7800.

Special Offers

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

This year give the family cook a break and join us for a three-course turkey dinner with all the fixings for just $30. We're celebrating on Sunday Oct 13 after 4pm and Monday Oct 14th after 12pm. Give us a call at 416-366-7800 to reserve your table. Groups welcomed!

Monday, 14 October, 2019

What 959 People Are Saying
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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was tasty and nicely presented. But if you have any food allergies/restrictions, beware. I have Celiac and my husband is dairy-free. The waiter was less than helpful when we asked what would be safe - he simply referred us to the menu icons. I ordered the jerk cauliflower as it was labeled gluten free. However I always ask if food would be safe for me, he answered yes. So when it arrived I realized I didn't confirm the fryer, if it was gluten free. When I asked (before I ate it, thank goodness) the waiter said it was not a dedicated fryer and would not be safe. I take full responsibility for my food choices, but in a big city and big restaurant I expected a higher standard upfront. My husband wasn't so lucky - something he ate gave him a reaction.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall good. The sweet potato fries were a bit over done.

TA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to this restaurant. Will definitely be returning.
Food was great as was the friendly service.
Atmosphere is very pleasant.
Good for vegetarians, and meat lovers alike.

LS
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m Soo glad I managed to find this place, I had a great experience and can’t wait to go back. Awesome Sunday brunch!

KA
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservations were easy. Food was amazing. Service was friendly and welcoming.

LM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a great experience. Food amazing as always.
Disappointed with the cheesecake looks like you changed the supplier or something. It was much better before.
Other than that service and food were amazing.

RP
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really good experience last night. The wine and food were both very good. The waiter provided excellent service - he gave us enough time between our appetizers and main courses and was not intrusive while still being easily available. The desserts were great as well. All in all, a very nice experience.

TP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot for business luncheon, well located, good service, good food and fair priced.

E
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was quite busy because it was Wednesday at lunch and I guess they get bus loads of patrons who come for lunch, then go to the matinee plays at the theatres. Luckily we had a reservation. It was fairly noisy, but food was good and service pretty good although we ended up having 3 different servers?!?

RP
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The Cajun calamari that we’ve bought there for years is no longer available
The regular calamari I received was rather dry and tasteless.
The sambuca pasta that I usually order had sauce was a bit watery and diluted flavour
Service was slower than usual.
Everything is usually much better, so I’m assuming it was just a bad day. Will try again soon.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really good

L
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is very nice and cozy with high quality if food and services.

MJ
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This used to be my favorite restaurant in the city. I came with a friend. Both our meals were cold. We asked for GF options and they gave us the wrong thing, my eggs had a quarter sized piece of shell in it. Service was abrupt. We saw two other patrons send back the food also.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food was excellent

CM
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The menu has lots of selection and we finally settled on a pizza and a pasta dish. Both were delicious - we would order them again. The wine selection is excellent! A great reason to return - along with the good service we received from our friendly waiter.

RD
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The mussels were outstanding, the trout special was not so good as it had been kept under a heat lamp way too long spoiling the meal. Service was good. Overall a little disappointing.
The mussels will draw us back to try it again.

NH
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I have been to the Hothouse on previous occasions, and this night was for a Birthday Celebration.
The food was good, the ambiance was good, but the service was dreadfully slow on an evening that didn’t seem all that busy.

SN
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great service. Manager always checks in... Highly recommend

M
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The dinner was fine. I think you could have a more varied menu though. I ordered strawberry rhubarb for dessert and it arrived cold. Didnt think I had to ask for it to be served warm.

LS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful except there was a very loud group across from us that were swearing a great deal and extremely loud. Otherwise it was wonderful. I have been coming to Hot House for over 20 years. This week I brought my cousins who were visiting from Ireland and they were greatly impressed. They enjoyed the Buffett and had a great meal.

GP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, as usual. We were able to hear ourselves talk and not be drowned out by noise. Food and service was great.

AA
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Hothouse was severely overpriced for the food and drinks it offered. We did not get to see the wine menu. Service was super lousy. Appetizers were good and sort of saved teh night from being a complete disaster.

AH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Work lunch with team

VL
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

O.K. place. Reasonably priced, decent food. Nothing spectacular but nothing to to complain. The only thing is that their payment machine does not have an option of 18% tips. Only 15% and 20%. I, generally, think that system of tips in North America is ridiculous - businesses should simply pay fair wages to their employees; and 20% on top of everything including taxes and already inflated alcohol prices is ridiculous. On the other hand, giving 15% might look like I did not like service, so 18% seems like a good compromise.

S
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service would like to see more bread option and maybe pancakes

H
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great venue and ambiance with lots of seating. The staff is excellent - friendly, professional and attentive.

The food is very good at the Sunday brunch buffet - I like the changed layout of having physically separate food stations vs the 1 long buffet counter (since I was last there) - it helps reduce line-up bottlenecks. The only improvement I suggest is to increase the variety of main entrees.

It's a great atmosphere with the live jazz band. At times, the music can become too loud making it hard to have conversation - if there's a way to throttle or disperse the sound level better that would be ideal. Currently, because there's lots of seating, those who need more quiet can just choose to sit farther away from the live band.

We had some first-timers with us and they enjoyed Hothouse.

Thanks.

B
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for all of us and we all loved the brunch. My only complaint would be charging for a coffee refill. Never seen they in such a long time.

AA
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time being here. Looking forward to come again.

l
Toronto
44 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met on the patio for brunch. The Hothouse has a special menu for this time and we opted (for the third weekend in a row) the Eggs Amelia, with home tries. The poached eggs are on top of a toasted English muffin and smoked salmon, covered with hallondaise sauce.

Our waitress was a college gal who was a delight to have.

This is also an ideal location with the St. Lawrence Market close by.

c
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love HotHouse--one of my favorite places in Toronto. Good value, good food and very good service.

RT
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My friends and I ordered two different dishes of pasta (Sicilian Gnnochi and Puttanesca) Both pasta dishes were delicious! The only issue I have was that both Puttanesca dishes were not hot, just lukewarm. Otherwise, I would have given a five start rating.
Excellent service!

JC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Lots of choices and everything was delicious!!!

BD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I take guests to Hot House numerous times a year. The food is always splendid, ample and the desserts are delicious. My friend's husband, a lawyer, decided to join us because his wife is always raving about Hot House. He also found the menu, food and dessert superb.

HOTHOUSE
Responded on 1 September 2019

Hello Bonnie, Thank you very much for such a great review and your patronage. We really work hard to offer the best food and service to our guests. Hope to see you again soon. Susan Watts

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is good! Price is reasonable

LK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

HOTHOUSE is our go-to place for lunch because we work in the area. It never disappoints. A varied menu, good prices, great food!

HOTHOUSE
Responded on 28 August 2019

Thank you for your great review. I appreciate your kind words. Hope to see soon at the Hot House. Susan

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J
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 2

The waitress we had was horrible we had to continually call him didn’t get my desert awful service I been there before and was fabulous!

NP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely would recommend Hot House and I have recommended Hot House to my friends. It is a great place to get together with friends or family. The service, food and ambience is great. I have been here numerous times and I have never been disappointed by the service of the staff or the great food. Lovely place to eat and relax with friends and family!

HOTHOUSE
Responded on 29 August 2019

Hello Nancy, Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate your wonderful review. We hope to see you at the Hot House! Susan

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KA
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Took 15 minutes for the waitress to take our order. Portion size to price of food was ridiculous. Had the chicken curry meal and only had 4 small pieces of chicken in it. That goes for 2 orders as my sister had the exact same item meal. The vegetables that were in the meal were completely soggy that made the meal pasty. The service could have been faster as we came in 30 minutes early, so 430 pm and the restaurant was not busy at all.

FM
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The salad was a bit small portion for the cost. the salad dressing was too much for the amount of leafs in the plate.

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