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 25, 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
  • Superb!
    socialdealz
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Had 6 friends visiting from out of town and we all loved it here! Made a reservation for 8:30pm on a Saturday night, table was ready and the staff were very attentive. I had the Sicilian Gnocchi which was fantastic. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winterlicious
    Winterlicious2014
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I went with 3 girlfriends for Winterlicious. We found that we were mixed on the fod. Some enjoyed it while others were very disappointed. Overall I'd say it was average.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, restaurant outdated
    Redfox
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food while tasty, it was not imaginative. The chipotle mussels appetizer was delicious and spicy. The portions are very generous. The service was indifferent not very friendly. The wine list was acceptable. I will not rush back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crab Cakes
    Foodie123
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    My group and I came here for the Winterlicious lunch. Service was fantastic- the waitress asked us what we needed at the right times- she was quick and friendly. The crab cakes were fantastic, but then the meal went downhill from there. The wild boar was probably the best dish we ordered. The pizza was dry- didn't taste much cheese, and.. I found a hair embedded in the cheese. I didn't bother with complaining, but I probably should have as I struggled to finish it (not because of the hair, but because of the texture). Dessert was so-so as well. Expected more from the restaurant as I had a wonderful experience at Sunday brunch last time I came. Not sure if I'll return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Winterlicious Menu is Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Great value and food. Pizza was enormous, well good size. Can't beat the price during this event. Everyone that we went with felt the same. Sourdough bread was warm and fluffy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great value have eaten here 20+ yrs
    Wikiwiki59VIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Food always consistent and tasty there is always something for everybody's taste Recommended for your office party or family gathering
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful place
    Shana
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I went to this restaurant with my husband and both of us loved this place. Great Food, amazing service, cozy restaurant, perfect for Any occasions
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappoints
    JDThompson
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Anytime I have visited the HOT house has been enjoyable. Whether Sunday brunch, Wednesday buffet or Summer/Winterlicious it never disappoints. Sometimes servers at some restaurants don't want to help when on feature menus. Our server was excellent being both professional and friendly offering personal recommendations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    sddd
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Food was delicious, server was helpful, great experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night
    luv2dine
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    The food was phenomenal, and Jasmin, our waitress was fantastic. I'll be back again soon
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    Rehog
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    The lunch was great and big portions. The service was courteous and friendly. Not enough words about how great this place, each time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad for $25 Winterlicious dinne
    wongnog
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    I had their classic salad for my appetizer which was nice but a little small. My friend had the pate and crostini and it looked like the better choice. For main I had their fish, a barramundi fillet in a wonderful butter white wine meunière ( which was amazing. The fish had so much flavour and was a large portion that didn't feel like it was too heavy. Their wild rice pilaff was packed full of flavour and oozed in that wine butter. I was very happy with my choice, which also included some fresh roasted vegetables. For dessert I had the chocolate pot de creme (which was yummy and not too rich) while my friend had the sticky toffee pudding with a creme fresh (which looked and tasted way better, clearly the more sophisticated dessert).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Heaven
    AnnieB
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The winterlicious menu was superb. The salad was fantastic, the chicken was divine, the sticky toffee pudding dessert was to die for. And, I had an ice-wine martini... No words to describe. I was in absolute #foodheaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They really know how to cook
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    They really know how to cook vegetables. A great place for dinner before the theatre.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The food was great here. We ordered off the price fix menu, had the chowder, filet mignon, and a chocolate pudding for desert. All was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Christmas Eve Dinner
    Opentable
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Went here for Christmas even dinner. Food was excellent, atmosphere was nice, service was a little slow but not unacceptable. Had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Value and Quality
    Montgomery
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Really enjoyed our xmas dinner with friends and family at Hot House. Our wait staff Shawn was excellent and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waiter Konrad was absolutely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Our waiter Konrad was absolutely amazing. Loved his appearance, attitude and everything about him. His service was worth 5+ stars and he deserves to be promoted. Wish more restaurants could offer such classy service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Dinner Surprise
    emm1160VIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Have been going to this spot for lunch for years and have always found the food okay, had Sunday dinner there recently and the experience was so much better than what we expected. The service was great and the food exceeded our expectations. My friend had the surf and turf special and said it was the best lobster he's had in years.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Haven't been in a while and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Haven't been in a while and last time service was VERY slow but this time it was perfect and food was great!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok for a quick bite....
    gerryVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Food is just OK...prices are fine...but deceiving...in that soup is about $6.50...but it is a very small portion. The jumbalya is ok...but not enough rice...and too much chorizo sausage...I won't be back for awhile...there are better options nearby. Pizza looked good tho!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Serving speed
    al927
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Surprisingly, the food serving speed improved a lot from our previous experience and we could get back to the office on time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friends_gathering
    frenchie
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    The meal was ok. I had been there a while ago and the food was of much better quality. I guess with the amount of people being served, quality might take the back seat. The steak was drowning in sauce...I prefer getting a good piece of meat and not masquarade it with sauce. Different strokes... I found the noise level was quite high. I some times could not hear what my friends were talking about.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Excellent Service Delicious Food Great Atmosphere This is a excellent place to go for both special occasions and for a night out with friends
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large menu
    Honey
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Does such a large menu = average food? Perhaps. This is my second dinner there and both times food was just OK. I have however been there for brunch and it was great. I would return for brunch but can find better dinner entres at other restaurants close by.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good vibe and food
    FoodenthusiastVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Hot House is a very reliable spot in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. Food quality and variety is good and staff are helpful and accommodating. There is a range of pizzas and pastas, in addition to numerous apps and salads so it is suitable for folks with a variety of tastes, including children. The warm bread is delicious. If one wants to sit and visit with friends over drinks and food for a couple of hours, this is a good spot. Also, it's good for people-watching if one gets a window table on Front or Church Streets.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice meal
    honeybeeVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    consistently good food & service bring us back often, pre and post-theatre
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As ever, they exceeded expectations
    OldPaddie
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Service was timely and always unobtrusive, with no awkward gaps between courses. Food portions were generous without being overwhelming. Food-preparation indicated that our meals had actually been "made to order", rather than re-heated from frozen. Particularly noteworthy was the Fusili Salsicce, which had the sort of heat that should be realistic associated with that particular dish. Wine-pricing was significantly less stratospheric than is the "norm" for downtown restaurants. The mojitos were not "rum surprise", as is all too common with mixed drinks. Nor, on the other hand, were they overwhelming. We will certainly be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were a group of 9, the
    AnnieJ
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    We were a group of 9, the menu was varied to accommodate various special needs (vegetarian, gluten sensitive). We were celebrating a birthday and the staff was able to put aside our cupcakes aside until the end ( and even provided a treat for the birthday person). The wait staff was very attentive and friendly throughout our visit. The portions were all good sizes and very yummy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Patio Dining
    HeathyVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    My friend and I love to dine on a patio especially Front Street . We thought we would try Hot House , weather was wonderful but for some reason there were very few people on the patio that day. Food was really yummy but the kitchen service for the mains was slow. We were not in a hurry as did not have to be back to work, but if we had to be ,it would have been a problem. Will try it again thought for sure, server was efficient and pleasent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    SedonadoodleVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    The best thing about Hot House is its menu and its diversity. There's easily something for everyone, from salads to pizzas to burgers to steaks. I've eaten here many times and have never had a bad meal. The service is usually quite good and efficient. I'll continue to eat here when I'm in the neighbourhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great and the service
    emma
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Food was great and the service was very friendly. The location is great, especially if you're on the patio (weather permitting).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth visiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    priced competitively, the food was excellent as well as the service provided by the crew. will go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give the buffet a try!
    outnabout
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    The Wednesday night buffet at Hot House is pretty good value for money. There are a few choices, but seem to rely heavily on pasta options. So many dessert options! I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our family gathering
    henryeight
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We had a group of six. We drive down from Ottawa to see our family and we meet at the Hot House about three times a year. It has always been a favourite of ours since it first opened years ago. We used to go often when we lived closer by but that was 15 years ago. The food is great, just the right ambiance and the staff friendly. A great place to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    Wayne
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Hot House has been around for many years and is always a great place to meet and is open late. The sunday brunch is always popular and offers many choices of food items to suit all tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good service.
    DeanVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Very good service, though water could have been refilled more. A/C was on full blast but they adjusted for us. The renovations are really nice and the place looks great inside. Was very impressed with the food and serving sizes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summerlicious at Hot House
    moola
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    A friend (visiting from Banff) & I participated in the Summerlicous festival offered in Toronto (2013) as a treat, selecting Hot House because it's menu boasted varied offerings, featuring fresh ingredients and interesting combinations. What a treat it was, worth every cent. Great location, easy to find, boasted a large patio & spacious interior. The food was excellent, very flavourful, tastes were thoughtfully paired using fresh ingredients, & the dishes were easily catered to accommodate for food sensitivities/restrictions. What really made the experience, however, was the service-every person we encountred was friendly, welcoming & helpful. Our server was knowledgeable, gracious & helpful. I can't wait to return to this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    FoodPirate
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    I came here for summerlicious, but I did not put it in my reservations. The waitress didn't ask me, and seated me with a regular menu. When I requested for summerlicious, they asked if I put special instructions down. Clearly I did not know this was the policy, but the waitress did come back with the summerlicious menus. I think instead of asking me, she could have said, "okay, i will bring them right away". This did not leave a good fresh impression. The set menu was okay, the soup of the day was New England chowder which had a murky colour. I would not go back for this soup. The surf and turf was mediocre as well, since I asked for blood, and instead it was medium well done. My friend ordered medium well done, but she received well done.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The wait staff was attentive
    winewitheverything
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    The wait staff was attentive and friendly with the ability to make great recommendations . We found the atmosphere relaxing and quiet enough to enjoy conversation at the table. The food was great and the swordfish was a hit!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.