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35 Church Street
Toronto, ON  M5E 1T3

(416) 366-7800

Visit: hothousecafe.com

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Status: Closed

Monday
11:00-23:00
Tuesday
11:00-23:00
Wednesday
11:00-23:00
Thursday
11:00-23:00
Friday
11:00-01:00
Saturday
11:00-01:00
Sunday
09:30-23:00

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English
March 10, 2014

Specialties

HotHouse offers a spacious, upbeat atmosphere with an eclectic menu to suit all tastes. From thin-crust gourmet pizzas to steaks, rack of lamb, Cajun shrimp, numerous pasta dishes, seasonal salads, and decadent desserts, this menu has it all, including extensive vegetarian & gluten free selections.

History

Established in 1994

Located in Downtown Toronto's historic St. Lawrence... more

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October 11, 2013

Located in Downtown Toronto's historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, The Hot House offers great food and wine, service, and a comfortable atmosphere at a reasonable price.
Whether it's for a special occasion, a romantic dinner, a quick meal before seeing a show, or just a casual night of snacks and cocktails, The Hot House Restaurant & Bar offers a setting for casual fine dining.

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April 17, 2011

From OpenTable:

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... more

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Reviews [10]
English
3.5 star rating
Zach99 Toronto, Ontario February 11, 2012
Nothing special

I was there once and it is a normal place, nothing special

3.5 star rating
myshell Toronto, Ontario March 30, 2011
Yummy Pizza

My girlfriends and I love hot house, we meet up here at least once a week!! The service is amazing and the food is delicious, the pizza is my personal fav. The winterlicious menu was great, offered a wide variety, and gave us the chance to try different things. The vegetarian dishes are to die for!!

3.5 star rating
John March 30, 2011
Great service from the staff

The staff is friendly and accommodating. They welcomed my friends and I as soon as we walked in the door and seated us right away.
There are lots of menu options to choose from and they are all rich in flavor. The over sized patio is perfect for a large get together in the summer.

3.5 star rating
AJ Update December 22, 2010
Quality and service !!!!

Delicious food and great patio in summer ,enjoy some wine...yum. Pizza..that's amore...private rooms for corporate functions...what else can you ask for..check it out...delicioso

3.5 star rating
JMC December 05, 2010
awesome brunch

it is not cheap, but you could skip dinner the night before and fill up on all the wonderful things being offered. the food is delicious and the live music is a nice touch too. good for a special occasion.

3.5 star rating
Jeremy Van Sickle November 27, 2010
Wonderful restaurant on front st

I've been at this restaurant for lunches and dinners with reps & clients and can always count on exceptional quality and service. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is second to none. Great venue for corporate parties or future team events. Tell your friends...... :)

3.5 star rating
Angela November 27, 2010
Mmm Vino!

Hot house cafe has great pasta,pizza and vino! The tomato basil soup warms me up on those cold winter days and the hot house penne is my favorite!

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3.5 star rating
Dizzle November 25, 2010
Good eats!

Lovely background music and a great stop for lunch or dinner. Its a little pricey but nothing shocking and you get a pretty decent portion.

3.5 star rating
Kayla Toronto November 25, 2010
Well priced food!!

Had the warm chicken salad and shared the dip appetizer and it was really great for a light meal!! I highly recommend it if you are in the area!!

3.5 star rating
hollynik Toronto/Mississauga August 30, 2010
Amazing Brunch!

This place has a great brunch. The food is unbelievable! They have jazz music to enjoy while you eat or you can sit on the patio and people watch on Front St which is also good Sunday morning fun! It's about $20 for the brunch which may seem a little pricey for breakfast but trust me its well worth it!

Editorial Reviews from the web
English
3.5 star rating
January 13, 2008

Hot House Cafe at the corner of Church and Front Streets specializes in pizza and pasta. Cajun Shrimp Fusilli, Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb and Jambalaya are some of the items on the menu.

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English
3.5 star rating
July 19, 2014

Had the Curry shrimp meal which was fantastic. Excellent service. I would recommend and would return.

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3.5 star rating
July 19, 2014

The service and the décor were outstanding. You must try the calamari as an appetizer very good. I had the salmon and my wife had the beet salad and we loved both of them. Very few people cook salmon this well...moist in the centre. This is my third time going to Hothouse and the food is …

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3.5 star rating
July 19, 2014

This was a decent restaurant. The atmosphere was nice, it almost had a brunchy kind if feel to it. There was a lot of seating, for two, four, or more, and there were lots of windows letting natural light in. The food was decent, but not amazing. I had a pizza and a salad. Both portion sizes were good. The …

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3.5 star rating
July 19, 2014

I had the fish special at Hot House today and it was amazing. Everything was perfect from the moment we were greeted by the owner at the front door. Our waiter was friendly. The food was hot. The tiramisu was to die for.

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3.5 star rating
July 04, 2014

My other half and I have been coming here for years and I felt that I finally had to write a review because we had such a good time! We had taken the subway from the west end of town, and walked down to Hothouse. Usually we like to sit at the bar for fun, but the bar stools were packed last night (always a good sign). As we stood assessing the lack of seating, the floor manager recognized us,... more

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3.5 star rating
Reasonable and always consistent
June 29, 2014

I have been going to Hot House Cafe for at least 10-15 years since I work in the financial district. The food in Hot House is very consistent and service is usually fast. It has become our family's favourite restaurant to go to if we happen to be going to a Jays game or attend an event in Rogers Centre... more

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3.5 star rating
All you can eat brunch! AKA brunch buffet
June 24, 2014

Great location. In front of the flat iron building. Old town area. The area is nice for strolls and relaxing. This restaurant is large and it has good size patio. We came for brunch this past Sunday. All you can eat buffet brunch. They also have the regular menu as an option. The buffet is $22 plus drinks. There are... more

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3.5 star rating
Fabulous
June 14, 2014

This is a great restaurant. I stayed in Toronto for two nights and ate here both days. Not very adventurous I know, but the food was so good I went twice! The servers were great, plenty of room between tables and very reasonably priced.

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3.5 star rating
June 04, 2014

Came here for the first time for Mother's Day Sunday brunch. The place was pretty busy. They have live jazz during their Sunday brunch which added a nice touch to the ambiance of the place. Decent selection buffet items. Some items that made this buffet unique were the smoked salmon, steamed mussels and the huge variety cakes. Didn't get a chance to try their cakes as I was pretty full by the... more

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3.5 star rating
June 04, 2014

Really good! The lobster risotto is amazing! Probably the best I have ever had :) a pleasant environment and decent service

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3.5 star rating
Great brunch
May 31, 2014

Great location for brunch. We were able to sit outdoors and enjoy the weather, buffet had lots of options and were able to accommodate my daughters food allergy.
Servers were attentive, meal was well priced and set in a relaxing atmosphere. Recommend going again.

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3.5 star rating
Great food and service
May 27, 2014

Many people from our company used to frequent this place for lunch all the time. We used to be located down the street, however, a couple of years ago, we moved to a new building all the way on York St south of Union Station. So lunch time visits are unfortunately few and far between now.
My colleagues and I... more

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3.5 star rating
friendly staff, good service
May 27, 2014

Ok,
only one person served me and it was the bartender so maybe saying the whole staff
was friendly was a stretch. They probably are-
As far as the food, it was alright for the price. Nice size servings and the venue itself was
nice. Good location and it stays open late. So yes, I would recommend it.

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3.5 star rating
great location , food not so good
May 27, 2014

Great location, good outdoor patio. Decided to try the baked cod - prix fix menu. When the cod came out it had an odd smell. Maybe it was the potatoes with leek. but the fish didn't really taste great either - i ate half of it. Was hoping for btr. Service kinda slow.

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3.5 star rating
Bad service, average food
May 24, 2014

Warm beer. Cold "warm chicken" salad. Pasta was just OK. Service was very slow, even though the restaurant was only half full and it was early evening (6pm). The waitress left our table twice in the middle of taking our orders to attend to another table. She also didn't seem to know the menu at all - she may have... more

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3.5 star rating
May 23, 2014

We ordered the prosciutto pizza, organic burger, and a custom poutine. The pizza was pretty much flatbread with arugula, the burger was great, and the gravy on the poutine was unreal. We also ordered the cappricio bread and it was amazing.
The first pitcher of beer was warm, we made a comment and they brought us a cold one. The sangria was strong with a heavy lime taste and lots of pulp. The... more

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3.5 star rating
May 23, 2014

Kind of indifferent to this place. The food was okay and the beer wasn't the coldest. The service was kinda slow but the atmosphere was great and with friends and a few drinks this could be a great spot for drinks. I would return but probably only for drinks.

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3.5 star rating
Great Variety and Friendly Staff
May 22, 2014

This was my local place for years as I lived in the building above it. You would always find us here on Friday nights or any other night that we didn’t feel like cooking. The menu has a great variety and summer patio is fabulous. They can handle a group of 30 or an intimate party of two. I particularly... more

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3.5 star rating
May 18, 2014

I walked past this place one lunchtime and the patio was full to the max, so I thought it can't be bad to draw such a crowd.

I had a decent enough bowl of pasta, the Hot House Penne.
It might not be fine dining, but the portion size was huge, the sauce was tasty, and the pasta pretty well cooked.

It's not a super stylish joint, they haven't spent millions making the inside look like a... more

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3.5 star rating
Fantastic
May 05, 2014

Excellent food and service at affordable prices ... what's not to like about this place!!
We first visited a few months ago when we were in town for a wedding, and the hotel concierge recommended this place. We enjoyed it very much on that first visit. So as I was in town for work for a few days, and looking... more

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3.5 star rating
Gluten Free Options
April 23, 2014

We went to Hot House as a family with one person requiring GF for an allergy. Two people ordered Asian Chicken stir fry, one a child's pizza and one the Gf Chicken Pesto Fusilli. Everyone was very happy with the dishes ordered. Food quality was very good. The server was very friendly and knowledgeable when ordering GF. A very nice... more

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3.5 star rating
April 22, 2014

Throughout the years Hot House has always delivered great food and great service: these are the reasons that patrons are loyal. HH is always busy and if you have definite plans, you are best to make a reservation. During spring and summer, good luck getting in - whether inside or on the always popular patio in this lovely neighbourhood.

I've never had a meal here that I didn't fully enjoy:... more

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3.5 star rating
Great food, excellent service
April 20, 2014

We stumbled upon this while wandering around downtown Toronto and could not have been more please. Food was excellent, as was the service. Highly recommended.

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3.5 star rating
April 19, 2014

I took some friends here for brunch. The place is very nice and clean and the service was great. The vegetatian fritata was amazing and i am not a fan of eggs so thats a big deal.

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3.5 star rating
Excellent place, service and food top notch
April 04, 2014

Nice place, very friendly staff. They served us lunch even though it was past three and it was superb. We had an incredibly tasty spinach salad and the super hit and delicious pasta (gnocchi and lasagna). The food was amazing and the price was very reasonable. I surely intend to go again.

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3.5 star rating
March 21, 2014

The staff from the host to out waiters and bus staff were all friendly, polite and professional. The appetizer was more than large enough to satisfy four adults. The entrees were delicious and filling. Some of our party had drinks and desserts and the verdict was great. I would recommend Hot House to anyone looking for a reasonably priced dinner with friends or family.

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3.5 star rating
March 21, 2014

Plenty of vegetarian options and a good drink menu. The gnocchi con funghi was awesome and the full order of bruschetta was HUGE. Get the smoked old fashioned, it shows up in a beeker still smoking like some kind of science experiment. So good.

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3.5 star rating
March 11, 2014

Came here for breakfast with the family and I really enjoyed the live jazz performance that was happening. The food was far from life-changing however they had some pretty delicious omelets.

The environment seemed a bit crowded but it wasn't uncomfortable. The service was great and our server was very helpful.

I would recommend this place for a large group of people. It would be a bit too... more

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3.5 star rating
March 08, 2014

Have been here twice with large groups and can say that they can offer, consistently, average food with average service. Doesn't quite offer the authentic Italian experience for its price point.

Must admit the one good discovery is their roasted beet salad with chèvre. The goat cheese comes all warm and crusted with nuts...mmmm.

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3.5 star rating
March 08, 2014

I try my best to not write reviews when I am emotionally charged - I give it 24 hours to cool off, so I can jot something halfway decent and objective. 6 months later, I am STILL cheesed so be warned, this may just turn into a long rant.

This is not the first time I've been to this place - I have been here at least 2 times before mostly on insistence of friends,far and few in between -which... more

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3.5 star rating
March 08, 2014

BRUTAL food....completely unexpected as I had been here a couple of times before and thought it was great enough to come back a 3rd time. Although, it had been approximately 3 years since my 2nd visit, so some MAJOR must have changed in the kitchen. The staff was as friendly as I remember, extremely professional/pleasant.

Run down of issues with quality of food:
1) Bacon/cheese burger -... more

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3.5 star rating
March 05, 2014

This place is A-OK... The food is pretty good but not outstanding...
Nice place and great spot for patio when the weather is right... more

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3.5 star rating
Nice
March 05, 2014

I ate at the Hot House for my 1st time in March, 2014 for dinner. Italian menu that was nice. My particular evening they had a a special Mardi Gras menu which I ordered from. The gumbo was excellent. The restaurant is nice, roomy, and pleasant staff

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3.5 star rating
Sunday Brunch Anyone
March 03, 2014

Whenever I visit Toronto, I love to stop by the Hot House Cafe on Church Street. The atmosphere is already fantastic to begin with, but on Sunday's they bring in a live Jazz Band that makes it my trip even more worthwhile. Granted, living in New York City one is inundated with numerous such places, but this one does it... more

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3.5 star rating
Super Sunday Brunch. Fully accessible
March 03, 2014

A great place to experience food and service fit for a king and queen. Reservations accepted WILL LOOK AFTER PERSONS WHO ARE MOBILITY IMPAIRED. They go the extra step to accommodate all your needs

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3.5 star rating
February 18, 2014

Came here for the valentines day menu with my beau. This will not be the last time I come back!

My boyfriend had the soup of the day which I want to say was minestrone, and i had fried rice balls (i forget the actual name), for the appetizers

for entree we both got steak, which was the disappointing part. Maybe it was a bad night, but we bought got the fattiest part of the cow, i had to throw... more

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3.5 star rating
February 16, 2014

Such a fan of Hot House! Their Valentine's Day fixed menu was amazing. I tried the Sea Bass and it was beyond expectation and absolutely delicious. Their service was also quick and they have friendly staff. I have been going to Hot House for years and will continue for a very long time.

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3.5 star rating
Nice place
February 09, 2014

Very clean restaurant and a lot of lighting. The food was good although nothing memorable. Staff was friendly. Parking is very close and underground, would go again.

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3.5 star rating
Declicious meals
February 08, 2014

Make a reservation at this restaurant, as it is very popular. They saved our table for us when we were stuck in traffic, which was really appreciated! The service is excellent and so is the food. We always eat there when attending events at the Sony Centre or the ACC, and are never disappointed. The waiters are friendly, but not... more

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3.5 star rating
February 08, 2014

Just returned from the Sunday Brunch where I took my sister to celebrate her birthday. When we were leaving my sister & I agreed we would not return for Sunday Brunch again. The food was "underwhelming" but the young lady providing service was very attentive, smiling and the reason for the 3 stars.

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3.5 star rating
Very Good Sunday Brunch
February 02, 2014

I have now gone to the Sunday brunch about half a dozen times, and have enjoyed it very much each time. Love starting with a Mimosa to open with, which are always on special (2 for 1). They have a very good selection of breads, croissants, fruit, eggs, sausage, waffles, French toast. For non breakfast eaters, salads, roast beef, fish,... more

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3.5 star rating
January 31, 2014

Good bruch, very extensive. You have to be a large man to take advantage of this place. On the expensive side.

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3.5 star rating
Hot House Cafe
January 29, 2014

Our group was greeted at the door and escorted immediately to our tables. The service was excellent. The food was delicious. I have never had a richer tasting cup of coffee anywhere regardless of price. I have one very small complaint in that my pork tenderloin was quite pink being a thick portion. I prefer pork cooked more but that... more

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3.5 star rating
Fab food and great service
January 24, 2014

The antipasto platter and the sticky toffee pudding-amazing! Service was great-not hurried. We were there during a very quiet time of the day, and we were able to just relax and enjoy. Food was excellent, and the sticky toffee pudding was excellent.

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3.5 star rating
great food, not much on service
January 20, 2014

i was just there with a friend tonight. we've never heard about this restaurant but we came across a buytopia deal and decided to go.i was impressed with the place's interiors, that i have to admit. there was not much people on this monday night & thought it would be a nice dinner but then when our soup was served,... more

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3.5 star rating
January 19, 2014

Great food ... Great service..
My son chose this place for his birthday celebration. I was pleased !!
The food was quite tasty and I especially enjoyed the pasta that my better half ordered. My salad was fresh and very flavorful as well. The atmosphere was very friendly and the place was clean. I would recommend this place!
By the way our server was very friendly very able..

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3.5 star rating
Ok
January 11, 2014

Have been many times (ten or so). It's a convenient place. Right at Church and Front, gigantic menu, huge brunch, lots of seating. Meals were ok, not brilliant. Staff are friendly, capable. Private room available for parties and easy to book it.

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3.5 star rating
Great Brunch Buffet
January 05, 2014

Sunday Live Jazz Buffet Brunch at HHC is a great deal and the food is tasty: omelettes and waffles made while you wait, poached salmon, chicken, roast beef, various salads, eggs/bacon/etc., cheeses, fresh fruit, and rather scrumptious desserts. Coffee (free refills) and other drinks cost extra. If you like lively (read: loud) family meals then this place is for you.... more

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3.5 star rating
Hot House saved the show
January 03, 2014

Thank you for a delicious meal and excellent service. Our bus tour for dinner and show on Jan 2 was delayed due to the snow storm and a highway closure. The Hot House still provided dinner cooked to perfection. I had salmon, which requires careful attention to get a product that is moist and delicious. The staff were very efficient,... more

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3.5 star rating
One of the best meals we have had
December 10, 2013

We booked a reservation at this restaurant due to it's proximity to the Royal York (where we were staying) and also based on some recommendations from area residents.
I am a strict vegetarian and my husband is a staunch meat eater. We both appreciate great food. We could not have been more pleased.
The service, menu options and meal itself... more

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3.5 star rating
Fantastic buffet at good price
December 03, 2013

This place has always been consistent in quality and price. I've only been for the Sunday brunch which has a good selection and quality products. Excellent pastas, roast beef, mussels, salmon and all the usual breakfast stuff. It's usually busy so best to make reservations.

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3.5 star rating
Birthday Brunch
December 02, 2013

Our family met our friends and their family at the Hot House Café for Brunch on Sunday. It was very nice!! There was a Jazz Band that was very good. It was a buffet, there were plenty of choices and everything that I had was delicious. I was surprised and delighted to see there were lots of children there! The... more

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3.5 star rating
Little surprise
December 01, 2013

Walking around Toronto and decided to stop in for a bite not knowing anything about the place. Husband had spicy pasta and yes it's very spicy but we love it that way so no complaints. I had the lobster paste it too was great. Lovely surprise. Expect crowd and wait time bc of location but since we weren't in a... more

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3.5 star rating
Why do I continue to torture myself
November 23, 2013

Just out of convenience, I met my friends here for breakfast on a Saturday morning. Location for both parties was the motivating factor and gave them the benefit of the doubt since I never had their "breakfast". Have been to brunch, dinner and Wednesday evening buffet.
DON"T BOTHER...
Waiter started by bringing coffees then said he'd be back with another... more

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3.5 star rating
November 20, 2013

Mediocre food. Had dinner there, could've been better. But hey, at least the place looks nice. Don't get the lobster pasta thing.

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3.5 star rating
Saw 2 Cockroaches while we were there 1 was dead in my napkin when i opened it
November 19, 2013

Great food, after they replaced my napkin and cutlery I had a glass or red wine that went great with the steak. But I couldn't get over the Cockroach that we saw run across the floor by the bar.

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3.5 star rating
A little taste of Italy: Exquisite dining experience and service
November 09, 2013

The Hot House is my favorite Italian restaurant in the heart of the St. Lawrence Market. The bright atmosphere, friendly staff and excellence in food service always beckons me back. Step inside to the friendly smile of your hostess (a little distraction of the dessert cabinet) on route before you are seated. Will that be lunch or dinner? The menu... more

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3.5 star rating
November 06, 2013

Came here for the first time yesterday. Was extremely impressed! Their food was delicious, and their service/friendliness was amazing! Would definitely be going back! The atmosphere was incredible!

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3.5 star rating
November 04, 2013

Great brunch spot! Always bring people from out of town here for a hearty Sunday brunch. The live Jazz is always nice and everyone enjoys there meals. The only problem is that they need to change up the brunch options a bit. They have been serving the same items for at least 5 years!!! Don't get me wrong I still L-O-V-E it here but would really love to see some new stuff!

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3.5 star rating
Service at it's best
November 03, 2013

Whilst visiting Toronto recently we came upon this restaurant and ate there a couple of times with family (excellent buffet) and on our own. One evening while we dined alone our mushroom pasta dishes arrived in hot bowls but the food was cold. It was dealt with promptly and within a few minutes replacements were given and one of the... more

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3.5 star rating
November 01, 2013

Soooo I was downtown looking for food and came across this place..

A few things to highlight:

Food was average... I ordered the hot house penne... It was spicier than I thought it would be... But perhaps I'm just a Lil panzy... There was a robust amount of sausage in my pasta which was good but there was so much more meat than pasta... If rather have more than less but there needs to be a... more

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3.5 star rating
October 21, 2013

Average. Not amazing, not terrible. Slooowwww service. We arrived and were greater by our waitress in training who obviously didn't know much about the menu or how to say any menu items for that matter. We both ordered a salad to start, but our main meal came first? Followed by the salad side by side with our meal. A bit confusing. I had to find another waitstaff to order my drinks. I'm sure... more

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3.5 star rating
October 19, 2013

They have Blanche de Chambly on tap which warrants a mental note to come back for at some point in time.

As for what I've had, it's Coffee and Tiramisu. Turns out it isn't a bad spot for some weekend afternoon tea, as odd as it may sound.

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3.5 star rating
October 08, 2013

Good selection, fresh food, employees worked very well under pressure (full house), a little pricey but worthwhile. I suggest reserving a table ahead of time to avoid 20 minute wait time on Sunday.

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3.5 star rating
October 08, 2013

After strolling the city for an hour or so looking for something new, decent, a quick bite and well priced me and my girlfriend finally gave up the "new" and went to Hot House Cafe, where she has been before. And thankfully we did so! We got a very romantic cute (half open) corner in a overall very well decorated restaurant, nice open concept but modern and warm. Service was very friendly and... more

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3.5 star rating
October 03, 2013

The first time I came here was with my grade 8 class after we visited the Hockey Hall of Fame. I remember the good times we had here and years later I returned a few more times.

On one occasion, I had the Penne alla Sambuca, which was really scrumptious. The portion size was quite large and satisfying. It came with bacon, chicken, vegetables and a sauce similar to a penne a la vodka cream... more

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3.5 star rating
Toronto's Hot House, hot for 20 years
October 01, 2013

The Hot House Cafe and Restaurant at Church and Front Streets in Toronto is a consistent favourite for the locals as well as a destination spot for theatre-goers and tourists, Summertime means one of the best people-watching patios in the city - extended with heaters. Pasta and pizza are not the only mains (but far above ordinary!); the Penne alla... more

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3.5 star rating
September 26, 2013

The first time I came here was for sunday brunch with the famjams, and a whole lot of others. It was an okay experience.

They have the awesome buffett which was plentiful, but all the food tasted a bit bland to me.

But I've been back here a few times for their regular menu, and I do like it.

I've had the:

Frutti De Mare (sp?) pasta - Mixed seafood. It was all good, I found the scallops and... more

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3.5 star rating
Great for Late Night Bite
September 22, 2013

We arrived in Toronto at around 930pm and wanted to get a bite to eat after checking in at out hotel. The gentleman who checked us in suggested the Hot House Cafe, which was a convenient 5 minute walk away. It was an excellent recommendation. They offer a diverse menu and reasonable prices. We both had the Moroccan salad, one... more

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3.5 star rating
September 21, 2013

We were there to celebrate our friends birthday party.
Went in on a saturday without a reservation.
We were pleasantly surprised to be seated in a privet room.
** The Grilled New Zealand Lamb was fantastic, my wife had the Grilled New York Strip loin, well seasoned with savory mushrooms. Garlic mash was an excellent side for both dishes along side fresh firm veggies.
*** The server (forget her... more

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3.5 star rating
Exceptional
August 31, 2013

As a family we've been lucky enough to dine in some of the most exquisite restaurants across the world. However, as an overall experience, the hothouse was exceptional. Not only was the food brilliantly tasty, but it was served to us promptly by very hospitable waiters and waitresses. Would not hesitate to recommend this to friends and family. Our satisfaction... more

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3.5 star rating
August 21, 2013

Great buffet and great sangria pitchers!

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3.5 star rating
August 15, 2013

Grab one of the couches on the patio and order drinks.

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3.5 star rating
August 09, 2013

Came here once for a friend's birthday brunch. Right away, I think I fell in love with the architecture and design of the restaurant. Design aside, we were seated right away (as we had reservations) and hot a wonderful table with a good view. It was a Sunday, so the place was packed!

The selection of food was quite impressive, ranging from your typical breakfast foods to more exotic choices,... more

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3.5 star rating
BRUNCH - great selection & outdoor seating
August 06, 2013

The selection of food was great. The food was also seasoned just right, not too much and not too little. Sitting outside was lovely and people watching. Nice Breeze & shade from umbrellas. Servers were okay
Cons - I did not like how FAR the Brunch buffet was from outside seating, it kind of deters you from visiting the buffet... more

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3.5 star rating
Great food and great atmosphere
August 04, 2013

My cousin, 3 friends, and I went to Toronto to vacation and relax. We were riding through the streets looking for places that appealed to us for Sunday brunch. I'm so glad we decided to stop here. The food was awesome and so was the seating. We also ran into a very cool server, Dennis. We all enjoyed every bit... more

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3.5 star rating
July 31, 2013

We've eaten at Hot House Cafe a lot of times in the past. It's the kind of place you choose when you're with non-adventerous eaters or you need something generic to please a large group with different palates.

We decided to come back to Hot House for a Summerlicious dinner ($25) before a girlfriend's stagette. I easily made reservations online and was assigned a four person table on their... more

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3.5 star rating
Enjoyable sidewalk table for people watching
July 30, 2013

My partner and I ate here twice during Toronto's heat wave to have a beer, a light lunch, and people-watch while sitting outside under the shade of an umbrella. Perfect! The service was fine, the food was good, and the prices were reasonable (especially during their afternoon "happy hour.")

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3.5 star rating
Nice location, but food and service both sadly wanting
July 29, 2013

The location, the bustling crowd, and the stylish decor tempted me into the establishment. The music was good, the air conditioning was fine (it was a super hot day), but I was hungry. I wasn't there for a drink and people watching - I was there for a good meal. This is where I went wrong.
First the service: I... more

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3.5 star rating
Great Brunch
July 26, 2013

The buffet was great and the service impeccable. We highly recommend for a delightful Sunday Brunch.

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3.5 star rating
July 25, 2013

My partner and I frequent the Hot House Cafe a lot. I guess you could say that we're 'regulars'. It's close proximity, dependable food and great service makes it an easy place to go for lunch, brunch, dinner or just drinks on the large outdoor patio.

Known by most for their Sunday brunch, the Hot House serves up favorites such as lasagna, bbq chicken, salads, roast beef, bacon & eggs, and a... more

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3.5 star rating
July 24, 2013

I feel badly because I should've written about this place a month ago. But here goes ...

Came here for a friend's birthday brunch. It was a Sunday, so the place was definitely hopping.

The food selection (despite my late arrival) was fairly decent - everything from eggs, bacon and sausage to little finger desserts. As other Yelpers have mentioned, this is a good place for groups of any size.... more

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3.5 star rating
15 Fixed Price 3 Course Lunch
July 23, 2013

Can't beat the deal or the food. Both are quite tasty. If you are walking in Toronto and need to break for lunch, this is a great place to do it. Veal sandwich is great. Couldn't finish the entire meal.

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3.5 star rating
Very good thin crust pizza
July 20, 2013

Decided to take advantage of the great warm sunny day and stopped for lunch on their terrace. Nice umbrella to provide shade. Lots of helpful staff. Selected two different pizzas and both were very good. A nice place to watch the people walking by.... more

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3.5 star rating
Terrible service, and worse yet - they screwed up our food
July 17, 2013

A friend of mine used to work here, and would rave about the food. This was a few years ago, and I'm guessing it's gone downhill BIG TIME since. It's unfortunate, really. The menu seemed promising.
Firstly, the service was absolutely disgusting. Our waiter had maybe three tables, and we waited far too long for EVERYTHING. He even introduced himself... more

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3.5 star rating
good food - very poor service
July 15, 2013

A friend and I go here regularly for lunch with our children and have always been satisfied, but our last visit will probably be the last. One of the children has food allergies and his meal came with an ingredient (not listed on the menu) that he can't eat. One of the other children was willing to switch meals with... more

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3.5 star rating
Worst service
July 12, 2013

Manager came over and asked if we needed anything more than the server did, boyfriend wanted to switch his meal 5 minutes after ordering the waitress said that the meal was almost done. Menu said eggs anyway.. After asking for egg whites There was an up charge.. To have the eggs anyway I wanted them? Over priced for the meals... more

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3.5 star rating
July 08, 2013

Went here for Winterlicious 2013.
Everything was just average. I wish I paid my $15 somewhere else. It was nice that we had an appetizer, main, and dessert, but the quality of food was just okay. I had crab cakes as the appetizer (which in my opinion, was the highlight of my lunch). One piece of crab cake which tasted good. I had the Neopolitan Pizza next, it was waaaaay too salty! Too salty as... more

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3.5 star rating
Great Sunday brunch buffet
July 07, 2013

The Sunday brunch buffet is excellent. There's a tremendous variety of food and the vast majority of it is absolutely delicious. The breakfast foods, the Italian options, the salads, the desserts, etc. are all wonderful. I would definitely go back.
It's very crowded, so you'll definitely want to make a reservation, and even with a reservation you shouldn't be surprised... more

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3.5 star rating
Amazing food, amazing staff
July 07, 2013

Came here with my friend during the week and we were seated outside with the shade and ordered our lunch and drinks. Our waitress was also British like me and that instantly got us talking. She was very friendly and extremely polite. Food was phenomenally good. My friend had the pasta with Sambuca flavoured sauce which looked incredible and I... more

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3.5 star rating
Large Menu & Seating, good food
July 05, 2013

Restaurant seats 600 including outdoors, so plenty of seats. Good selection on menu, wide range from appetizers, to salads, to full meals, has it all depending on your mood. Reasonable prices for an area near St. Lawrence Market.

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3.5 star rating
July 05, 2013

Welcome to Summerlicious 2013. First stop, Hot House Cafe.

I came here with a friend yesterday for lunch to try their $15 prix fixe menu. I started with the soup of the day (clam chowder soup), while my friend had the crab cakes. Needless to say, I should've gotten the crab cakes...the soup was quite disappointing, since the clams just melt in your mouth, there was too much bacon, and the... more

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3.5 star rating
July 02, 2013

The wait was long for a table (20 minutes with a reservation!) and I was hoping it would be worth it...but it was mediocre.
We made a reservation in advance for a Sunday lunch, but a table wasn't ready when our reservation time came up (and we even got there early in hopes that we'd get the table on time).

The buffet is edible, but nothing to be too impressed about. The layout is small and the... more

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3.5 star rating
Great Service & Food
July 01, 2013

Went a few weekends ago on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy brunch with my friend. I must say the service was great, by our server Amy. We chose to sit outdoors, but indoors atmosphere was great too with some live jazz music going on.
Even before we sat down, Amy noticed we were looking at the table which was sort... more

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3.5 star rating
June 12, 2013

You really can't go wrong with this place. A great menu (heavy on pasta dishes) where everything I have had has been excellent.

Some standouts are the Gnocci in blue cheese, the penne a la vodka, the three bean salad and the Caesar salad.

Prices are fair for both the food and bar. Atmosphere is lively but not too noisy. It's great for groups, couples or solos.

Best of all the place is... more

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3.5 star rating
May 31, 2013

Open, airy & well lit restaurant.... popped in for a quick bite & to cool down from walking around on a Saturday afternoon. ...quick didn't happen at all. For any empty restaurant, our app took long to get to us.
We ordered the nachos with wild boar chili. It was tasty - not great.

Enjoyed the nice jazz music playing while we ate.

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3.5 star rating
May 22, 2013

Went there for Mother's day Brunch.

Very busy and organized. Have been going to the Hot House for Mother's Day for the last five years.

The food was Ok but nothig special. It's a buffet. The mussels were bad. Actually very bad.

The rest of the buffet was good.

I don't think the food has improved, but remains the same.

See you next year.

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3.5 star rating
May 11, 2013

Once again the hothouse cafe provided excellent food and excellent service at a very descent price. I've never been disappointed. Tonight we just split 2 hors d'oeuvres and a salad. Shaun split our salad onto two plates, and brought bread for our mussels. Their staff seems to take pride in what they do, and gestures like this reinforce that.

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3.5 star rating
April 27, 2013

When in doubt of what to eat, drop by Hot House. They've been around forever, love their brunch. Last Friday we tried having dinner - they have a pri fix menu for $35, you get salad or soup, 12oz steak, dessert. One person cannot finish it. We are glad the food quality is still holding up....Service in the beginning was ok, near the end, it was nice, there seems to be tonnes of staff working... more

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3.5 star rating
April 12, 2013

Hot House is a solid neighbourhood standby. It's a sprawling space with warm ambiance, and thus manages to simultaneously be a good date spot and a place to bring a big group, even a family.

Sunday brunch is a standout, and the dinner buffet is fantastic. As for the regular menu, good pizzas (including gluten-free crusts!) and pastas, and the appetizers are above average. Milage varies on the... more

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3.5 star rating
April 07, 2013

Hot House Penne was amazing! The peppers, penne, sauce and vegetables in this dish was great!

Ambiance: swanky
Dress: Casual
Good for happy hour and dinner

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3.5 star rating
April 07, 2013

I come here because it is in a good location, but it is always either mediocre or poor experience. A bit disappointing.

Ordered the lamb burger this time. Taste like beef to me. And seems to be randomly thrown together. Not recommended.

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3.5 star rating
April 06, 2013

I'm rating this for their brunch buffet. You would think a weekend brunch buffet for $20 per person, would have eggs Benedict!! Instead you serve lasagne, and cakes for brunch? We made a reservation two weeks prior to going and was told that we would be seated near the buffet. We arrived with our party of seven on time and were told that our table was not yet ready, then almost ten mins. later... more

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3.5 star rating
March 09, 2013

I see the appeal. Brunch buffet, which can sometimes be an easy option for a mixed-generational-group -- where can we go that great-grandma doesn't need to wait too long, where everyone can find at least something, and we can get in and out quickly?

It failed for me on a few levels. First, you do have a server, and in my opinion if I'm giving you a tip, you might as well do something -- I... more

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3.5 star rating
July 04, 2012

Very nice place with good service. Italian food. Affordable.

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3.5 star rating
April 17, 2011

Magda and I went to this great restaurant for our dinner one evening. I don't remember what I ordered but I know that the food was wonderful! I remember the attractive waiter we had and he also served me at brunch the following day! So wonderful that I returned the next day for Sunday Brunch where a buffet was served with a wide range of choices and we had live jazz played! I highly recommend... more

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3.5 star rating
Hot House cafe: WHAT A BRUNCH!!!!!!!
April 03, 2011

The Hot House Cafe was picked for brunch for the VT Toronto Meeting because of it's location - downtown, walking distance to many hotels, and to the subway; and also because of the fact that it didn't request a deposit for a group (keep it inexpensive for organisers) and the price for brunch. Some of the hotels had supposedly marvelous brunches but they started at $24 dollars... this was $16.95... more

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3.5 star rating
Hot House cafe: Sunday brunches aren't to be missed!
April 03, 2011

Hot House Cafe is my favourite restaurant in Toronto. Their food portions are generous, delicious, and competitively priced. Their menu selection is primarily Italian / Mediterranean, though they offer many other choices (inclduing a good selection of Vegetarian dishes).

The atmosphere is casual yet refined. Families can just as easily show up in shorts / jeans / grubs, or dress up a little... more

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3.5 star rating
Hot House cafe: The Best Buffet... EVER!
April 03, 2011

WooHoo! What a place!

You couldn't tell to look at me, but I'm not a very big eater (meaning I don't have a huge appetite). However, there places that I remember and places that offer such an amazing array of food that even I succumb to glutonous behavior. And only because I want to sample and taste everything! Well, it was not humanly possible here, but what a pleasurable challenge...

This... more

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3.5 star rating
Hot House cafe: The Buffet is Heavenly!
April 03, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed the company at this location - as it was the final meet-up for the VTers who had traveled in to Toronto for the big meet. But, the food was also fabulous! The buffet had a waffle bar, wonderful roast beef, asian delights, lox, great breads, pastries, and many other wonderful choices!

The company was grand as I had a little more time to visit w/ spgood, LoriPori and... more

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Hot House cafe: What a buffet
April 03, 2011

Had to wait an hour and half for Sunday brunch but worth every minute of it. I have never seen so many desserts in the one place, (and ive been on an all-inclusive in Cancun). The hot food was very tasty and the three man omlette station....mmmm.

Favorite Dish: Anything you want in it omlette or the dessert table. Have a wheel barrow handy so someone can wheel you out when you are unable to walk.

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3.5 star rating
April 03, 2011

The Hothouse cafe is right downtown Toronto and has a really good selection of a wide variety of international dishes. They specialize in Pasta and pizzas but have wonderful salmon and a really good all you can eat buffet on some days. They also have an extensive Sunday brunch.

Favorite Dish: I had the buffet for $12.95 (Wednesday nights) but pretty much everything is good.

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3.5 star rating
Hot house cafe: Award winning sunday brunch
April 03, 2011

Perhaps one of the best Sunday Brunch I have ever had was at the HOT HOUSE CAFE'. They had an amazing spread with roast beef, salmon, unbelievable salads, pasta, dessert table and made-to-order omelets. I really wish I could have had a doggy bag for later as you can only eat so much. At $16.95 per person, which doesn't even include your coffee ( extra @ $1.95) it is a little pricey but it is... more

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3.5 star rating
Hot House cafe: A Gastronomical fete
April 03, 2011

I did not get a picture of this but when we walked back to the area where we were having our meetin there was a couple of candles on the end of the bar's passbar. You could tell they had been there a LONG time as the numerous candles that had burned there melted into a large heap of white wax.
Totally cool.

I liked the brightness of the room from the skylights. It was a grey day outside but... more

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3.5 star rating
The worst dinner ever!!!!
October 16, 2010

I left my Birthday cards at the Hot House, it was only five minutes and when i went back the table was cleared and my cards were gone. I ask the guy that was clearing the table if he has seen two birthday cards and he just stared at me and ...a minute later he said yes, so he went in the back to get them and then gave them to me and walked away. Very weird but i looked in one of my cards to see... more

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3.5 star rating
You have got to be kidding me
March 26, 2008

Whoever rated this a 5 staryouve got to be kidding meThis restaurant might look palatable from the outside but the food tastes like processed food from the package

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3.5 star rating
The food is so yummy. They have a breakfast...
September 10, 2007

The food is so yummy. They have a breakfast buffet that is delicious and a dinner buffet during the week. The buffet gives you the best value for your money but try ordering from the menu too everything is delicious And I love the location the patio is a nice place to eat.

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3.5 star rating
ymmmm....dont forget to try their jumbalaya...very ncie ...
August 04, 2007

ymmmm.dont forget to try their jumbalayavery ncie location at front street. They even have live music on weekends sometime.

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3.5 star rating
Best sunday brunch!
June 24, 2007

The Hot House Cafe has the best Sunday brunch! The Roast Beef is slow roasted and absolutely scrumptious! Omelette's are made before your eyes with the freshest ingredients! The french toast is fantastic with every kind of topping you can think of.. flavored syrups..whipped cream. They have wonderful cheeses, fruits, salads, bacon, sausages, freshly baked rolls, pastas, chicken.. you name it,... more

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3.5 star rating
July 20, 2004

ive been to this place a two separate visits. the restaurant offers
a huge seating capacity and a variety of food dishes. the brunch
was incredible with every dish imaginable. i would recommend
this place for brunch only.

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3.5 star rating
April 23, 2004

For a brunch, this place is great. They run the brunch Sunday mornings
with live jazz. Get a reservation because the place is packed.
The brunch is actually a buffet, but unlike a typical buffet the
food is fresh a hot. The omelettes are made to order and the waffles
are turned out right before your eyes. One of the waiters will
carve you fresh beef. They have huge bread, cheese and fruit... more

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3.5 star rating
February 25, 2001

I've only been here for the Sunday Brunch, and it's been a while,
but wow!!
Such a great array of dishes to try for brunch, from custom made
ommelettes, to fresh carved roast beef.
Salads and sweets, cereals and breads.
All you could want in a very nice place. (plus live jazz trio)

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Business Description from the Web
English
June 04, 2014

Spacious standby for pizzas, pastas & assorted dishes, plus a Sunday buffet brunch with live jazz.

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June 03, 2014

HotHouse Restaurant & Bar has an outstanding reputation, known for its commitment and dedication to provide only the best food, wine and service for the past 25 years. We are now able to offer the same commitment and dedication on a grand scale with our versatile event spaces.
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, The Hothouse is in close... more

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May 31, 2014

Colourfully decorated rooms and large summer patio. Thin-crust pizzas, steaks, burgers, sandwiches and six desserts round out the extensive menu. Vegetarian choices, too. Lunch, dinner, late-night daily; award-winning Sun. brunch with live jazz. Casual. 2005 MMM Best Breakfast/Brunch. Entrees: $12.95-$27.95. AE, MC, V.

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April 24, 2014

Serving Toronto's historic St. Lawerence Market for over 20 years HotHouse Restaurant & Bar offers guests great food and wine with exceptional service

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August 27, 2013

Famous for its infamous Sunday brunch, the Hot House Cafe offers a continental menu in a casual setting. Choose from traditional breakfast foods, seafood and pastries and make your own omelet. The Hot House Cafe is also known for its famous pasta selection and delectable desserts. Reservations are recommended.

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February 28, 2013

Hot House Cafe's Sunday brunch buffet from 9:30am -3pm includes traditional breakfast favorites, numerous pastas, beef and seafood specialties, a divine dessert table, plus an impressive salad bar. Accompanied by live jazz, it's a fun experience not to be missed. The rest of the week, the cafe satisfies hungry diners with hearty and innovative Italian pastas, gourmet pizzas, and an interesting... more

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November 14, 2012

Hot House Cafe Inc is a private company categorized under Restaurants and located in Toronto, ON, Canada. Our records show it was established in 1990 and incorporated in . Register for free to see additional information such as annual revenue and employment figures.

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