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.
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MT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was just right, except the wait for our order. We were famished by the time the food came.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place changed hands a while back and ever since this has actually been a favourite. We have a large family and a mom that is a great cook and a bit of a food snob, and this seems to work for everyone. There is a great selection (especially vegetarian dishes) and everything so far has been delicious. Very decent wine selection (bonus for Tuesday nights where most wine is 1/2 off), and service is always excellent. Great if you’re looking for a place that always has room and can usually accommodate a larger family/group. I was there to reconnect with friends and I didn’t feel rushed or bothered - they kept our wine glasses filled!

Bottom line: give it a try! if you haven’t been in a while, give it a second chance.

MP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

A little disappointed very small breakfast menu - nothing for kids. Inflexible on substitutions on items. My son had a raw burger they didn’t even try and make it right - would have expected them to take it off bill.

PM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and outstanding value. The best desert offering at any buffet.

CS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible venue. No one gave us details on buffet location or available options. Omelette bar had poor service, lack of filling choices and omelette was very small. No dairy alternative for coffee. Very expensive given such limited / poor food options.

l
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience4

The food was good and lots of variety. It was a bit noisy but manageable. I do think that it is unacceptable that with the price of the buffet they charge for coffee and tea.

EB
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have been here a few times when in town. Good quality food at reasonable prices and the menu has variety so you should find something you like no matter what your tastes are

AH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite restaurant. Always good food and service.

SL
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were seated early but not rushed as we were waiting for one more person to arrive.
As it was a birthday celebration we wanted a relaxed atmosphere, good food and wine and good service and I am happy to say we got exactly that as well as excellent value for money.

BM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came back after just having our holiday party there. Love the food and the service! Looking forward to trying brunch soon!

KW
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Capable competent service and very good food. Just what we've some to expect of the Hothouse

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Valentine's day

HJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience3

I may have chosen the wrong food. Barely touched either of my two courses as neither were good. Waitress amazing in terms of friendliness and service, but surprised she didn't question that she took two uneaten courses back to the kitchen.

MC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I chose the Hothouse for the Winterlicious menu which was posted on line, but it seemed there was not the same choices available. However for the most part the meal was adequate. the Portuguese cod cakes were very good and salted nicely. The pot pie that my guest ordered seemed a bit dry at least the patty did. My main which was the Eggplant Parmagean was well prepared but not stellar.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We have been coming to the Hothouse for more then 20 years. Lots of changes.

Missed the warm basket of bread and some of the items on previous menus. It would be nice to see some foods on the menu again.

You use to take pride in matching wines with your meals, since your wines don’t come from the LCBO.

The noise level was so loud that we had to shout at each other during our conversations. It was very frustrating. We decided to go somewhere else for coffee so we could continue our conversations in a quite atmosphere. We never stay for coffee and dessert for this reason.

R
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are perfect. All The things that i ate was amazing.

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the Server & Jazz! They had changed owners & renovated since we were there. Food was good, large selection

MI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

I was disappointed with our server. We told her we’d never been there before and she didn’t tell us there was more than one section of food. We thought the brunch was only the omelet station. After sitting down and extremely disappointed with the food options at the restaurant we noticed others with more food. We then asked around and were found the main food area (thank goodness)

LM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, good value and space for big parties.

F
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I spent a really good moment. Service and food really good. Thanks

JB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I attended Hot House and had their winterlicious menu with some work colleagues. The starter Cod fish was tiny, the main chicken pot pie was enormous. A delicate balance before a slightly bigger starter and a smaller main would have been appreciated. The dessert was a frozen coconut pudding. I didn't expect the pudding to be frozen hard. For the record, coconut cardamom pudding is not meant to be served frozen hard. It should be served at room temperature. The wait time to get a drink or the starter was atrociously long.
It is such a shame that the winterlicious experience was so awful. As I had such fond memories of doing weekend brunch at Hot house.

GP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friends and I had a very nice time and we will be back.

EB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience - always! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

CC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Located within walking distance, even in the cold weather, to Meridian Hall and other venues!

AK
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner. The service was excellent as was the food. We will be back soon!

JK
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A fantastic Winterlicious experience! The cuisine on offer was like nothing we ever had before and the table we were given was in a nice open space ideal for people watching!!

a
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch during Winterlicious and it was fabulous. Beautiful surroundings, excellent large portions and wonderful wait staff. Highly recommend.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was personable and really likeable. Great service!

FC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, the food was excellent and the ambiance was quiet so you could carry on a conversation. Great value, took advantage of the Winterlicious menu.

DB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We waiting over 1/2 an hour to be seated even with a reservation

HOTHOUSE
Responded on February 10, 2020

Hello Diane, Thank you for your review and for dining at the Hot House. I apologize that you had to wait for your reservation. I will share this comment with our team. If you could provide me with your email address as I would like to send you a gift card. Kind regards, Susan Owner Hot House

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going there for years at least 15 times over the past 10 years always excellent great food great value wish they would include juices and coffee in the price though

d
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good neighbourhood place for a group, especially Sunday brunch. Great for families.

BL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were treated as valued family guests. It had been years since our last visit and we loved it even more than before. The variety of food for the brunch buffet is extraordinary. The quality in both taste and appearance is very high. The service was exceptional.

All of us...including a few are hard to please, enjoyed brick enormously.

We will be back soon

MG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another awesome dinner on a snowy night. Butternut squash soup, duck ragu pasta and their famous smoked old fashion. Service was top notch as usual. Have been coming here for past 24 years and they deliver every time!

MN
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of four took advantage of Toronto's Winterlicious event to try out HOTHOUSE for the first time and we all came away very impressed and very satisfied. The food was delicious on all levels (Icelandic cod (I still drool when I think of it), duck ragu, surn 'n turf were our main choices), great waiter service, and a nice welcome by the restaurant when we walked in. We had a reservation for 7pm and I was personally a little surprised that it was relatively quiet for a Saturday evening, but I needn't have worried as it was a great experience. We will certainly be back!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service

KD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good gluten free food, the restaurant is nice and the server was friendly

a
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent food and friendly service. We had the Winterlicious menu and it didn't disappoint. The short rib meatball was delicious. The smores dessert was out of this world. Highly recommend!!

TH
Toronto
297 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and Superb Service, will definitely have us coming back.

Many thanks to Seamus who's knowledge of irish Whiskeys is fascinating.

BRAVO !

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Our server was spectacular, rolling with the changes as more people arrived and predicting our needs. Will definitely come back.

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