Hot House Restaurant & Bar
Hot House Restaurant & Bar

Hot House Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hothousecafe.com/
  • Phone: 4163667800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 9:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Curt Hospedales
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Professional catering for corporate and private events in the Toronto area. Provide menus for a variety of events such as lunches, cocktail receptions and corporate events.
  • Entertainment: Our award-winning Sunday Brunch features a live Jazz band. come and join us for one of the best Brunch in the City!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front and Church
  • Public Transit: Short walk from both King & Union Subway Stations
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 2 parking lots across the street
A word from Hot House Restaurant & Bar
Located in Toronto's historic St. Lawrence neighbourhood in close proximity to the city's Financial and Theatre districts. The award-winning Hot House Restaurant & Bar offers an eclectic menu of international dishes to compliment its extensive range of Pastas and Gourmet Pizzas. An extensive selection of Wines from around the world, compliments an impressive Cocktail menu makes Hot House the ideal venue for any occasion.

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!

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Hot House Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (40)great for outdoor dining (35)great for lunch (32)neighborhood gem (29)great for brunch (23)special occasion (21)hot spot (15)fit for foodies (14)kid-friendly (12)romantic (11)late-night find (8)scenic view (7)notable wine list (5)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Hot house ticks all the boxes
    BarbVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We work downtown so enjoy the convenient location. The service is great as well as the food. We are regulars so that says it all!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable dinner
    FoodenthusiastVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The Hot House is always a welcoming, comfortable venue. The food is very good and the venue is perfect for friends who want to get together for a couple of hours to eat and chat. One is never rushed there and the service is excellent. We did not have children with us but have in the past and they were always happy with the choices too. We were there for the buffet night and there was a very good selection, with a number of pasta dishes including a pasta bar with numerous fresh choices. There was also very good roast beef, vegetables and salads.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food & Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    When we first arrived it looked like a family restaurant. We quickly came to find that it was much more than that. Amy Renee was our server and she was absolutely amazing and engaging (A very energetic, mature and well grounded young lady). Then came our food. It was incredible fresh tasty and home made. Nothing we had was processed. Highly recommend the pizza or the lasagna.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waiter service lacking
    juel
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I made a online reservation for 8:45p on Sep 1st. Waiter did not seem thrilled or was tired to serve us. Never offered us bread or refilled water til we were almost done eating. Never offered fresh parm. cheese nor pepper for my pasta. My husband had to ask for mustard and relish. Very disappointed with lobster pasta--very few bits of lobster lacking seasoning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BLAH MEAL
    AMC75201VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We picked this place because we thought it was in the Distillery. It is NOT. It is about a 8 block walk from the Distillery, which was the first DISAPPOINTMENT. The second disappointment was the food. My husband had the marlin steak special, it was bland and dry. My mom had the burger and would have preferred a fast food burger as it was very tough. My caprese salad was lack luster at best. On the bright side, our waitress was very pleasant and the wine was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    Jomuu
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    First of all, Great Service!! great food and great location!! Love this place and this is one of my top "Must go restaurant lists" when my friends and family come to visit me here in Toronto.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was great as always!
    CatherineKVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Ordered my favorite curried tikka shrimp and it never disappoints! My friends ordered the lobster tagliatelle and it was delicious as well. Only downside on this latest visit was the long wait for our server to bring the credit card machine over. I guess there was only one and it made its round before it got to our table, which was a good 15 minutes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GOOD.
    Fp06
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    That's all you can say of the place. It's a good restaurant. Not outstanding. Just a .. good restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner at the Hot House. Took my parents and my son, who is 7, and we all enjoyed our meals. Sangria was excellent and the pasta dishes were delicious. Had a concert to attend after dinner at the A.C.C. Great location!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Dinner service was great. Server very attentive, friendly. Food was good, especially for the price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not good.
    ChrisH
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Reservation time was not honoured. 30 min delay to be seated. Hostess indicated just a few minutes delay for a table and did not communicate again with us until we were seated. Server was slow with drinks and food delivery and lacked any personality. Food tasted ok but not something that would inspire me to return. Have had better experiences here on many different occasions, but won't be coming back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had the salmon for the second time in one week and absolutely loved it! Fish tastes fresh and so do the veggies they serve with it!, Not usually a fan of cooked carrots but I eat all of mine when I dine here :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodlovers1234656
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Lunch was amazing!! Could not have made better lunch myself!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summerlicious - not bad
    Simon
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Having had and enjoyed the steak frites during winterlicious, I looked forward to the same thing...what I got however was an average sirloin, cooked well but with a fair amount of gristle and not a ton of flavour. Frites were over done and the sauce was very rich and overpowering. Apps and dessert were solid.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for a date!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Went there for a date, had a great time! Service was a bit slow, but that could just be because it was very busy that night... (Friday evening, beautiful weather) Would definitely recommend and go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I enjoyed my early dinner and then I was off to the theatre so cant speak to the night scene. It was the high level of service that impressed me the most.This ofcourse depends on the server I would be sure to dine here again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    kk0711
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Hot House Restaurant is a great place to hang out with families, friends, dating ..... Both Services and food are good. It's spacious. I like the atmosphere. My friend and I had lunch by the window table, very comfortable to eat, talk and enjoy the view. The home made clam chowder is yummy. Will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot for lunch
    foodE
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I was there for Summerlicious. It wasn't very busy and we had good service and good food. Nothing really stood out as exceptional but a nice dining experience none-the-less.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We like the restaurant, just felt it was not worth trying summerlicious there, as it had very limited choice for food and ending up being pricier than probably would be a regular lunch at Hot House.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good meal
    BmanVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    It had been a long time since we had been to Hot House and we had a really great dinner. Interesting menu choices, both food and wine. Our servers were great! We'll definitely return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very accommodating
    Happydiners2
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My dinner companion and I arrived almost an hour before our reservation time and the staff was so accommodating. We really appreciated being treated so well and of course the dinner and the service (Arturo) was top notch. This was my 4th time visiting and my companion's first....she was impressed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at a reasonable price!
    KimD
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I have had dinner here on a number of occasions. The food is always good and portions are generous. And a decent glass of Pinot Grigio for an affordable price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • People Watching Place
    MMark
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Sat outside on a nice Saturday night. Great food, reasonable prices. Great for people watching
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were visiting Toronto and walked by this restaurant. Menu looked very good and people were so nice that we went back for drinks that night. We sat outside for drinks and stayed longer than planned because it was so pleasant. Went back the next night for dinner and again had very good food, excellent service and we were made to feel very welcome. We highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barb
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Very responsive to needs we had. Very nice to allow us to bring in birthday cake without charging plating fees!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kylakin
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Have been dining at Hot House for many years. They are very accommodating. Always enjoy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to dine pre-theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We were a group of 6 having dinner before going to the theatre. We let the server know this and staff were attentive and efficient. We liked that lunch portions could be ordered for dinner and the food was quite tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Pasta I've Had in a While
    Ruby1Coquitlam
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Happened upon this restaurant on a Saturday afternoon while walking around Toronto and decided to return for dinner based on the menu. We got a nice window table for 4 even though there were only two of us and there were lots of tables for two empty in the restaurant. Our waiter was not very friendly, spoke to quietly and could have been more attentive. We both had pasta dishes and they were served piping hot and very very good. Would definitely eat here again when we come back to Toronto
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Belly-Satisfying
    ktmow
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Good ol' hearty and filling meals can be found here. The dishes appear a bit sloppy, but the I always walk out smiling and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice patio, great location..
    HappyFeet75x
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Nice patio, great location, great service. Food was good too. Good selection, good prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SusanT
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Had dinner there on May 27, 2014. Was recommended by the concierge at our hotel. The food was very reasonably priced for downtown Toronto and was quite delicious. Wine and drink menu equally reasonable and good! Was a great find and we were just sorry it was our last night in Toronto or likely we would have gone back a second time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 385 reviews are from the Hot House Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • Well worth going to.
    PAtraveler
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Packed out for Sunday brunch, so we went for dinner instead! Watched the hockey at the bar afterwards. Great food great staff! So good we went the next day too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ShirleyvsVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Casual vibe with excellent food. Good for a fun night out and reasonably priced. Service was timely but not all that knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with Friends
    Lovemycity
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We had a nice time at Hot House Café. Food was delicious especially the desserts. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good spot for Saturday brunch
    AnneLC
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    So handy to the St. Lawrence Market with lots of space. No trouble finding a table at 10am Saturday (though I had reservations)!! Smoked salmon platter was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before a show
    TheGratefulFed
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Ate dinner before a concert at ACC. On street parking was really close by. Waitress and manager realized we were limited in time and were very accommodating. Food was tasty .we enjoyed the shrimp appetizer the best. Jambalaya sauce a little overpowering. Crab cakes were Ok but not great. Enjoyed the meal had a nice view of front street. Service was attentive but not intrusive. The time we had and the food we ordered were limited. So can't comment too much. But enough positives to go back and try it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have eaten here for 20 years
    Wikiwiki59VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The hothouse has always provided great service and food. It is great for parties as the menu has a wide selection and everybody can find a favourite
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Very Good
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    The Hot House never disappoints. The food and service is consistently good. Always lots of great choices on the menu. If your looking for a good dining experience at a moderate price you can't go wrong at the Hot House.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have been to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I have been to this restaurant many times with my work colleagues. They love the jambalya, and I love the pizza's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent lunch
    Cathy
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    The food was great and so reasonably priced. The crab cakes and the pizza was just lovely and our waiter, he was from Australia was so nice. Our meal arrived in a short time. My friends who had the meat dish said it was good as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate