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35 Church Street
Toronto, ON  M5E 1T3

(416) 366-7800

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Status: Open

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
4 star rating
Zach99 Toronto, Ontario February 11, 2012
Nothing special

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

4 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!!

4 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.

4 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

4 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.

4 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...... :)

4 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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4 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.

4 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!!

4 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!

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English
4 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
4 star rating
January 20, 2015

We had a lovely dinner for four. Great location on Front St., very good service, excellent food. I had the prix fix steak ($32) and it was perfect. Our server, Caughill, was top notch.

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4 star rating
January 18, 2015

It was Sunday afternoon and 35 members of our family came together to enjoy the Brunch at the Hot House Café. We had a large area with tables set for 6 to 8 people and people were able to get up and mingle, even though the restaurant was packed. The food selection was enormous, with salads, omelets made to order,... more

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4 star rating
January 12, 2015

We booked a table at the Hot House for Sunday brunch with our sons, their partners, and our two grandsons (8 and 5) and were not disappointed. We were delighted to learn that the five-year-old's brunch was free of charge and that the eight-year-old would be half price. Our server was thoughtful and attentive throughout without being intrusive, and made... more

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4 star rating
January 09, 2015

Had lunch here. Always great food and service. Will continue to go. Washrooms clean, staff attentive and food is delicous

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4 star rating
January 05, 2015

This is now our go-to restaurant for larger family brunches as everyone (vegetarian, no dairy, no gluten, no red meat, no fermented foods, no corn) can at there. (Don't know about vegans.) The food is average to very good, with lots of variety. The staff are friendly and professional and very helpful about seating us near the buffet when we've... more

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4 star rating
January 03, 2015

Our experience at the Hot House appears to have been better than the overall approval ratings would suggest. We went for Sunday brunch in a large extended family group comprising about 25 people, around half of which were kids. The buffet offers a wide selection of hot and cold dishes - including freshly-made omelettes and waffles, pasta and meat dishes... more

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4 star rating
December 31, 2014

Had brunch buffet. Was awsome. Very clean spot. The food and service are spectacular. Washrooms could use an update. A lady from the kitchen staff that was bringing out a fresh refill was rather rude to the customers that were "in her way" still great place to eat

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4 star rating
December 26, 2014

My wife and I stopped in here last night. Sat at the bar and had great drinks and conversation with the bartender Neal and some of the other staff. They were all very pleasant and inviting. Most of them are over from Ireland. Had some good wine and one of their pizzas. I can't vouch for more than that but... more

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4 star rating
December 25, 2014

Hot House must be doing something right. It has been around for more than two decades and generally is a pretty busy spot (from the many times I've walked by).
The restaurant has an extensive menu with enough selections to satisfy virtually any taste (clearly an attraction). While heavy on Italian dishes (including plenty of pastas) there are burgers, Asian... more

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4 star rating
December 25, 2014

What can I say? It's a buffet. A couple of decent items, and mostly c@!%!y ones. For $21+, you are better off going anywhere else and ordering from the regular menu. I ended up eating the fruits and a couple of pieces of cake because they were the only decent items--my experience got shot to hell the minute I bit... more

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4 star rating
December 23, 2014

Went for a late lunch and overall enjoyed everything. The service was good, there was a variety of menu options and the dishes we ordered were for the most part tasty. The Moroccan chicken sammy was a bit dry but it did come with good dip that actually intended for the fries.

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4 star rating
December 21, 2014

Server was attentive but kitchen was slow. It was quite busy. Jambalaya had just the right amount of heat and flavor. Sicilian Gnocchi was delicious. Penne alla Sambuca was delicious- the Sambuca was not overpowering but subtle with a nice pancetta bacon complement. The Lobster Tagliatelle was very strange- quite fishy and rich- the lobster tasted canned- wouldn't order it... more

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4 star rating
December 08, 2014

We reserved a private room (the 'library') for my uncle's 90th birthday dinner. Situated in downtown Toronto, across from St Lawrence Market & close to many other attractions, I expected high prices & impersonal service. Instead we received excellent, caring service (not easy for the servers with lots of 'milling around' & changing of seats before dinner), delicious meals, a... more

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4 star rating
December 07, 2014

We came here for dinner late on Saturday to celebrate with our good friends who had just gotten engaged. We didn't have to wait too long for a table, less than 15 minutes. My fiancé was going to order the chicken supreme but the waitress said it takes 25 minutes and we assumed if he ordered something else it would... more

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4 star rating
December 07, 2014

I came in for a sit-down yet informal lunch after grocery shopping in the At Lawrence market area. Hot House Café did not disappoint in ambiance - being a nice, big restaurant with tables spaced nicely apart ( which is rare these days). Service was prompt and nice warm bread arrived gratis in short order.
The menu sports a variety... more

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4 star rating
December 04, 2014

We waited and paid good money for mediocre food. There were a few larger tables but nothing a restaurant like this shouldn't be able. Disappointed

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4 star rating
December 02, 2014

It has the best buffet brunch I have ever tried. I liked the variety of meals, the quality and taste. The dessert section was awesome with great cheesecakes. There is live music as well. The price is fair for such buffet.

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4 star rating
November 29, 2014

I'm not a big brunch person but I am a sucker for a buffet. Most buffets are pretty lame but the brunch buffet here is good! We arrived around 10am on a Sunday and the place was already busy but we were seated promptly with no problem. Extra friendly and attentive staff. This is a very big restaurant, something, again,... more

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4 star rating
November 23, 2014

Went here for lunch on a weekday. The service was poor and slow, and the food was pretty average. On a positive note the patio is big and the food's not crazy-expensive. I won't be back though.

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4 star rating
November 20, 2014

BF took me here for a surprise brunch date. We made reservations the day before so we expected to get seated on time.

When we got there we did not get seated until maybe 40 mins later...paid parking might as well have been expired. The staff seems to not really know what to do about the crowd building up. There does not seem to be a good flow for those that have reservations. When we got... more

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4 star rating
November 16, 2014

I decided to give Hot House another chance since they had the ideal location to watch the Santa Parade. I have to say their service and food has improved ten fold since I was last there.

The Sunday Brunch is open until 3pm and it is really delicious. The head chef gave me a tour of the buffet and told me everything that was both gluten and lactose free. This was a really nice surprise. It was... more

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4 star rating
November 14, 2014

We did a bit of shopping at the St.Lawrence Market before we headed over for breakfast. We were one of the first people to be seated and it was fast service and delicious foods! I had the quiche and it was so good! Well seasoned and good portion size. My partner had the steak and enjoyed it. We would definitely... more

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4 star rating
November 11, 2014

We always go to Hot House for Sunday brunch when there’s something to celebrate because the atmosphere is so cheerful.
Always lots of people so reservation is a must.
The food selection is huge. Items that stood out: quinoa salad, Korean glass noodle salad, salmon that’s not overcooked and fishy, Nova Scotia fish pie full of mushroom, warm homemade breads... more

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4 star rating
November 10, 2014

We ordered 4 different plates of pasta and they were all swimming in a lot of oil. The bruschetta was bland.
We have been to Italy and didn't expect authentic Italian pasta but this was really off.
The service was ok.
I would not return.

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4 star rating
November 10, 2014

Went here with a group of colleagues before a nearby meeting. The location is large and serves itself well to larger groups. Staff were friendly. Had a Caesar and a pizza. The salad was very average chain style Caesar. Expected more. Given the pasta options and downtown location I expected a more traditional Italian style crust pizza. It was instead... more

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4 star rating
November 10, 2014

Any suggestion I have ever made of going to Hot House has always been met with eye rolls, and I'm not really sure why. It could be because of service issues- they advertise for wait staff in NOW magazine practically every week, so their turnover must be really high. I've never been to their famed Sunday brunch, but I have had numerous lunches and dinners here over the years, all of which have... more

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4 star rating
November 09, 2014

We've been hearing about the Sunday brunch at Hot House for some time, so we finally decided to try it. For brunch we prefer buffet style rather than menu style, so it filled the bill. It is a large restaurant and was full, with people waiting to get in (we had a reservation - so should you), but the tables... more

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4 star rating
November 09, 2014

My wife and I met an old friend here who was only free from 4:00 to 6:00, and I was a bit nervous about placing a small snack order in a glitzy place like this.
But we had great service and were made to feel comfortable ordering a few appetizers. And to boot, the appetizers (baked goat cheese and tapenade... more

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4 star rating
November 07, 2014

My husband and 17 year old son and I had lunch here and loved it. The choices were varied and the wait staff was friendly and helpful. The food was fresh and very, very tasty. We had pizza, pasta and bruschetta and loved them all. Prices were good too. Would definitely go again.

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4 star rating
November 03, 2014

Food was good along with the service but the management were visibly rude and intimidating to their staff. Ruined the atmosphere for me as the staff seem scared of management.

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4 star rating
October 28, 2014

I've been to this restaurant many, many times and it always the best. Great service, food, location and reasonable prices. You can't ask for more than that. Sunday brunch is outstanding. Make a reservation well in advance.

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4 star rating
October 24, 2014

I want to say I'm indifferent or neutral to this place, but I've been meaning to try Hot House for a while because I live in the vicinity and it always seems to be popping, especially on the patio. I eventually went here and tried their Summerlicious menu - that was my first mistake. My friend and I ordered the artichoke …

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4 star rating
October 24, 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 …

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4 star rating
October 24, 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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4 star rating
October 17, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us by our hotel's concierge, and we certainly appreciated it. It's in a great location downtown, walking distance from everywhere. The meals were excellent and the deserts to die for, esp. the carrot cake. Carried some out for later. Our service was terrific and the atmosphere very warm and friendly.

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4 star rating
October 10, 2014

Italian gnocchi was excellent along with the pizza and omelet. The one item that was great was the red velvet cake. It was a bit dried out, not bad but not on the same level as the other lunch items.

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4 star rating
Always a winner
September 28, 2014

This is one of my top 5 favourite restaurants in Toronto. The food is consistently excellent and the service is always amazing as well. I've come here for all kinds of occasions, simple dinner, birthdays, anniversary, used the private room for a surprise party, you name it. They are always so helpful and make sure your night goes as flawless... more

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4 star rating
September 21, 2014

I visited Hot House because for a work lunch and was surprised to find such a large venue like this in downtown Toronto. Because of it's large size, I noticed that a lot of big groups end up here which when I visited ranged from medium size groups of professionals to families / tour groups. The prices were fair considering that the styling of the place was pretty old and traditional - more of... more

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4 star rating
Dependable Delight
September 11, 2014

I have visited The Hot House three times in the last year and a half. Our first visit was for Sunday Brunch. Although, there was a good selection of non-typical breakfast foods on the buffet and several make-it-on-the-spot stations, we enjoyed the desserts best. Still it is a good brunch spot with an enjoyable atmosphere. However, our two visits for... more

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4 star rating
One word - YUM
September 08, 2014

We have our annual department party at Hot House and I always order the steak with baked potato. It's "you'll-want-to-lick-the-plate" delicious!

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4 star rating
Been a favourite for years
September 07, 2014

I used to live and work in this neighbourhood which meant I ate at Hot House at least once a week because it is reliably awesome. After moving away a few years ago, I was recently back in the 'hood and revisited the old favourite. Not only was my favourite dish (cheese capelletti) still as delicious as I remember, but... more

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4 star rating
A solid choice
September 04, 2014

I don't normally review local places, but I had lunch at Hot House Cafe with a friend yesterday and I cannot help but be amazed. This restaurant is not new, not trendy or hip, and could be considered a tourist trap. But this place is consistent, has excellent service, is family friendly, has good food, and a lovely patio.
We... more

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4 star rating
Don't Miss This
September 03, 2014

When going to Toronto, I plsn my trip around going to Brunch at Hot House! I've been to many restaurants for brunch ( in Florida, in Cleveland, in Chicago) and this is by far the best brunch I have ever had! The smoked salmon is perfectly prepared, the mussels are fresh, the desserts are out of this world!.. Need I... more

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4 star rating
Excellent Meal and Service
September 02, 2014

A large group of us attended this restaurant as part of a wedding rehearsal dinner. All were very happy with the food and wine selection. Waiters were very attentive w/o being intrusive. The ribs I had were to die for, tender and very tasty. Would go again.

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4 star rating
Wonderful Dinner on the Patio
August 31, 2014

The Patio is on Wellington at the corner of Yonge ST kitty corner to the Flat Iron Building. The view was great and the food and service were first class. Our server Shannon was delightful. She was prompt, attentive and engaging. Very helpful in assisting us with our selections of the Salmon dinner for me with extra vegetables and the... more

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4 star rating
Excellent buffet
August 30, 2014

Went for the Sunday brunch buffet, and it was one of the best buffets that I've ever had. The service was great and prompt, and there were a variety of choices, none of which disappointed. We had much less good food for the same cost in Toronto.

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4 star rating
Underwhelming for us too
August 28, 2014

We were seated inside promptly. Our order was taken soon after. It was our waitresses first day, so I forgave that she didn't ask what kind of potatoes I wanted or how I wanted my lamb cooked. We waited an extremely long time for our crab cake appetizer to come. My husband and I shared the crab cakes, and they... more

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4 star rating
Decidedly underwhelming
August 24, 2014

We stopped by after visiting the Buskerfest (fantastic that was too!) We were seated pretty much straight away and the member of staff was super friendly. Our order was taken quite quickly and then we waited and waited and waited some more...my husband and one daughter ordered pizzas which arrived some 15 minutes before mine and my other daughter's salad.... more

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4 star rating
Amazing Food And Service
August 23, 2014

We called into this restaurant yesterday and really enjoyed the food and the service!! The coffee was amazing, the best that I have had in years! The service was exceptional. The staff all seemed to be happy and attentive to our requirements.
The experience was so good we returned today for their Sunday buffet meal. The selection of food was... more

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4 star rating
A great place offering good value meals
August 21, 2014

Located down near Front Street this large restaurant offers very good value meals throughout the day. I met with friends and we ate at 4pm. They make some good pastas and salads. I had Gnocci with sage, and my friends has a pasta Putanesca, These dishes were accompanied by different, but crispy salads with fresh vegetables as well as the... more

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4 star rating
I could go here every day
August 19, 2014

My favourite. Amazing menu and everything is wonderful - tomato soup, pastas, entree salads. All affordable. Great location - across from Flat Iron building and half a block from the market.
Across the street from my office, a regular for entertaining.

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4 star rating
What Was That
August 13, 2014

When I lunch with a work group I don't usually write a review. I was here with a group and have to say it was disappointing. I ordered the grilled veggie sandwich and I'm not kidding ... it was the skimpiest veggie sandwich I've had anywhere ever....served on a large white bun which made it look even worse. The food... more

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4 star rating
Nice surprise
August 11, 2014

My wife and I wanted to eat and we just turned the corner. I did not wanted to enter because the place look full but my wife wanted pizza. We drop in and we were taken immediately to a table. Needless to say, service is excellent from the door to the ticket delivery. The pizza was soo good we ordered... more

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4 star rating
Super
August 11, 2014

Very good lunch and tasty food. A sure bet. Service was excellent and there is a nice vibe outside facing the street.

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4 star rating
August 07, 2014

Hothouse is a very good restaurant to get together with either family or friends. The menu has a good selection, and the wine list provides a lot of variety.
I had a pleasant eggs benedict, and my friends had omelets. We had a relaxing brunch on the patio.

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4 star rating
Very accommodating
August 05, 2014

We had a large group gathered for dinner - all wanting separate bills - the staff were amazingly accommodating. The food was amazing and wine selection top notch.

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4 star rating
Excellent
August 04, 2014

I attended the Hot House for a Birthday Dinner with Family on Sunday August 3, 2014. This was my first experience there. The menu had lots of options to choose from and it was reasonably priced and the portions were generous. I had the salmon with veggies of the day and mashed potatoes, AMAZING!! My family member received a complimentary... more

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4 star rating
Best Value for Food in Toronto
August 04, 2014

This restaurant continues to provide great food at a reasonable price. Everything is good but especially (and surprisingly) it has one of the best antipasto plates in the city - and its not named after an Italian!
The fish is great as well as the pastas and the salads.

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4 star rating
Fantastic food great value
July 30, 2014

A visit to this restaurant proved a great night out. We went there on Wednesday so we had choice of a la carte menu or all you can eat buffet. We chose the buffet and what a selection of food we had. We had salmon salad , roast beef with steamed veg , pasta dishes , chicken and lots more.... more

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4 star rating
July 29, 2014

They do not deliver FYI. I have now called seven days in a row to confirm. Every day they say they "can't deliver today". It's an ok place. Food is somewhat decent. Would definitely keep it in the rotation. Just don't consider it a delivery option.

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4 star rating
A new restaurant in a pleasant neighbourhood
July 28, 2014

We visited the restaurant during the first week it opened. A nice outside terrace/patio. Very good salads and other entrees.Good drinks as well. Nice lively but somewhat cozy atmosphere, lots of young people but even middle aged could feel comfortable there.
I got the feeling that the business owners are quite enthusiastic. I can recommend the restaurant to people who... more

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4 star rating
July 23, 2014

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

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4 star rating
July 09, 2014

We came here for Summerlicious. Wow the atmosphere, the price and the food. Amaazing. The waiter was very friendly and courteous. If you havent already been, a definite must.

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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 star rating
February 23, 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 star rating
January 23, 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 star rating
September 23, 2013

I went to this place 2 weeks ago and love the foods here. I ordered chicken and goat cheese ravioli, and also cheese cake for desert. I like the chicken but not ravioli. I didn't taste it at all. Cheese cake not bad but not the best to compare for others that I ate. The services are quite late. Last option when you don't have anywhere to go.

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4 star rating
September 23, 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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4 star rating
September 23, 2013

I went here for Winterlicious 2013. The food was pretty good. My starter salad was pretty bare, but tasted good. The main was extremely filling. My dessert was dry and hard, but the others that I tried were excellent. The service was wonderful. Not only was the waiter attentive and friendly; he even brought out a sorbet on the house because I mentioned in passing that I wished I had ordered... more

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4 star rating
September 23, 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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4 star rating
September 23, 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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4 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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4 star rating
August 21, 2013

Great buffet and great sangria pitchers!

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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 star rating
July 11, 2013

first and last visit. went for lunch with co-worker. ordered Il Diavolo pizza and Margherita pizza(switching to pesto sauce) with sweet potato fries at 1:15pm got our drinks and then our waitress disappeared. when i noticed that it was 1:55pm and we had not seen our waitress much less for the food, we flagged down another waitress, explained and then waited some more. 2nd waitress came with... more

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4 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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4 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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4 star rating
July 04, 2012

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

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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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January 28, 2015

The Hot House Restaurant & Bar is one of the busiest restaurants in Toronto and the reason is clear... Great food. The Hot House offers spacious, colourfully decorated rooms and an upbeat atmosphere in addition to 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... more

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October 24, 2014

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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August 13, 2014

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

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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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