HOTHOUSE

4.2
919 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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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 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
What 919 People Are Saying
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FM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

YC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Gorgeous food which we throughly enjoyed....but should think of your younger patrons as some of them especially these days do eat more than pizza, burger, chips....etc.

s
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the wild boar pasta. Very very good.

NB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful early dinner on their sheltered patio. Great service and delicious food (chicken curry and sambuca pasta) for a reasonable price.
Excellent red sangria too! We will be back next visit to Toronto.

j
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Food really not very good. Overpriced and low quality. Pizza was burnt and pasta was obviously frozen and smothered with flavourless sauce

DR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great service and delicious food.

N
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

food has always been amazing at the restaurant. Caesar salad is the best.

PP
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good location, good food, a bit pricey especially the wine. Lovey service.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, soup was so filling I couldn’t finish my main course! Lamb was delicious, coffee was fabulous

A
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Based on the fact that french fries were not cooked or served properly (they were overly salted and stone cold the first time and the second time, they were dry and overcooked), the Penne all Sambuca had NO flavour whatsoever and the hamburger was sub-par. I would not recommend dining here. I asked for a 6 oz glass of wine and was charged for the 12oz. How do mess up french fries twice???

AS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We were there for almost 2 hours for breakfast because the service was so slow. It wasn’t even that busy so I don’t know why it took so long to get drinks and food. Would not go back

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good, reliable food
Stayed there for almost 3 hrs... did not feel we were being rushed out
Professional wait staff

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exquisite and service was exceptional!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We han a great experience today dinning in there tonight. The service was professional, the food very tasty and they even exchanged one of our plates as it was a bit spicy for my grandmother.

LW
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

It took 42 minutes to get a greek salad with chicken and a chicken sandwich.
The greek salad had more non edible greens than edible but could not send it back due to the wait and the fact that the Waitress didn't come by until it was time to get the bill.
was offered a free coffee or desert but given the amount of time it took for the food, there was no way to take advantage of the offer.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went for my twins 12th birthday; it was okay no acknowledgement of birthday even though in the notes and they ran out of shrimp at the buffet to make your own pasta and also ran out of bread. But food overall good

FM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We meet a the hot house because it is close to Union station and I pick up someone who does know well and we meet a friend and we all have a good time. We learned that summerious is better but at least the Wine was half price.

NW
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Tasty food, great location in St, Lawrence Market neighbourhood.

NP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, it has the best ambience. You can meet with friends and family and actually hear your conversation. The staff are all friendly and helpful. The food is always great.

This is what all restaurants should be like.

S
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot for Saturday brunch! Really enjoyed ourselves before heading to the Market!

TR
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service and location

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new outside patio is great! Love the poke bowl :)

JT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is good, however the value is not there. The food was good, but $8.00 for a small salad served in a bread/butter plate was pretty sad. This should have been classified as a side salad and priced at $4.00 or less.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Quite loud .
Table was sticky on the edge - hmm...
Ribs were clearly parboiled and that has no pork grilled flavor :-(
Salad was good and filling , loved the mint leaves

VJ
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had supper on the patio. Some street noise with a few sirens but the booth was very comfortable and the people watching was fun. The ceasar and market salads were delicious as were the lasagna and penne sambuca. The service was very good. Adding Bacardi rum to their selection would have made this perfection.

TB
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with great service and good. The buffet on Wed night & Sunday brunch are beyond excellent!! They've been in business for 25 yrs...they have it figured out. The patio is amazing...the'vee done it up beautifully. A bit noisy out there during the day due to construction going on just west of them on Wellington but does not interfere with conversation...just a bit annoying.

JK
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter loves this place and we came to celebrate her birthday. I have been there a few times at her request and as always it was great.

JR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best all u can eat brunch in Ontario. Thanks for all

T
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I am always enjoy the patio at the Hothouse it’s a perfect way to spend a summer evening. The service and food are usually good and the atmosphere is low key and relaxing. The only issues I had on this visit was that the hostess never checked me in and I received an email from open table stating I was a no show and that the cappuccino machine wasn’t working. Overall though I had a lovely experience.

PR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was friendly and patient. Wild boar pasta was delicious. Mixed green salad was not fresh and didn’t live up to the description. Lovely patio on Front, surprisingly quiet.

TH
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I ordered beet salad with chicken breast. My salad only had 3 small pieces of beets. The chicken breast was too dry to eat. The waiter did not return so I waited until another waiter noticed I wasn’t eating and was trying to get som attention. He kindly got me a properly cooked piece of chicken. Most in my group were finished by this time. Our waiter came to remove plates but never said anything to me. No apology. I will not retort this restaurant.

CV
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch for Canada's day. The food was really good, with different options!

T
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was impressed that my request was filled for an outdoor table - on 2 counts: the request went through (I’ve had problems with requests in the past) & that Hot House honoured the request (many places make you take your chances on outdoor seating). As usual, Hot House staff was very friendly & efficient. The food was very good.

b
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good as always

BD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have enjoyed Hot House for over 20 years. I noticed a huge change in the menu when the restaurant changed hands and I didn't like it. After speaking with the manager I noticed he listened and changes were made. The food is back to HH standards and the menu now has better choices...more variety.

H
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Was pleasantly surprised at my dining experience. Had an early dinner (6 pm ) reservation so the large restaurant was relatively quiet. Yippee! Liked the menu and my salmon dinner was delicious. My friend ordered a cobb salad which she said was very good.

Our server was very efficient and kept refreshing my water glass. Nice choice of wine as well.

MM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Server was lovely--food very disappointing and a change for the worse. Pizza was hard/burnt, toppings were burnt--like cardboard. Aglio/olio rappini pasta wasn't tossed in olive oil so it was a hard lump in the middle of the plate--not twirlable, dry and inedible, no olive oil sauce, about 3 delicious cloves of garlic- needed much more of both. This used to be my favourite dish and the fact that the kitchen didn't know that giving a guest a hard clump of dry pasta is OK was very disappointing. I asked if the jerk cauliflower was vegan/had dairy (allergic), was told no it's fine as it-- and it was served on a creamy/mayonnaise based (?) undescribed sauce which was obviously dairy based, so i could only eat some of the florets. I asked my friend to specifically go there and I was actually embarrassed at the food quality. The people and servers are really lovely, I'm sad to lose this place off my regularly go to list.

GG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, a very pleasant place to have lunch. This a regular "go to" place for myself and family/friends.

SD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was perfectly fine but not amazing, and the service was very slow.

RM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our ‘Go To’ restaurant choices.

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