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Hot House Cafe

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35 Church Street
Toronto, ON  M5E 1T3

(416) 366-7800

Visit: hothousecafe.com

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Business Hours

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
October 18, 2015

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto's historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, The Hothouse is in close proximity to the city's Financial and Theatre districts, and is within walking distance of the Bluma Theatre, the Air Canada Centre, the Rogers Centre and many other major Toronto attractions, theatre and Sports/Concert venues. The Hothouse offers an inviting, spacious and flexible... more

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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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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!

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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
January 23, 2016

Pros: Accommodated group of 12 within a few days notice, very good food, prices correspond to food received, generous portions, quick service, service was friendly.

Cons: Decor was nothing to write home about.

Verdict: Would recommend.

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3.5 star rating
January 05, 2016

Some good and some questionable food.

We've been to Hot House 3 times.
First time I had the mushroom gnocchi, and it was so good. It was heavy, but fresh and flavourful.

Second time I had the mushroom gnocchi, the cheese sauce had obviously gone bad. The whole dish tasted really off, with a little sour aftertaste. I also had the mussels, and they were nothing to write home about. I would not... more

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3.5 star rating
December 31, 2015

Absolutely delicious gnocchi mushroom fughi. So tasty! Very heavy as expected but huge portions. Definitely value for money. Well worth the $20. This place is very reasonable priced and has great service. Our waitress as always on point and attentive. Highly recommend.

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3.5 star rating
December 31, 2015

I came to Hot House with a friend over the holidays. We both weren't really hungry and just wanted a simple meal. Hot House was perfect - it had that Christmas vibe, warm and welcoming feel and the menu items were reasonably priced. Pasta and pizza around $12-16, latte and smoothies around $4, wine and cocktails around $8-10. My friend ordered a glass of red while I got the blueberry and... more

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3.5 star rating
December 26, 2015

This place is a staple for Sunday brunch whenever I'm in Toronto. Great spread. Great atmosphere.

I love the omelet station here. For some reason, I've never come across a brunch spot that has better tasting omelets.

If I'm in Toronto on a Sunday, then I'm here.

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3.5 star rating
December 24, 2015

We had ordered here on Christmas Eve, also being a local patron in the area. We ordered the jambalaya and lamb burger, which came with a side of house salad. Upon a couple of hours of eating this, we had both experienced terrible cases of food poisoning. There was certainly food contamination in either of those dishes as we had shared the meal. Surely enough, this was a lousy Christmas... more

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3.5 star rating
November 21, 2015

Came here for a pre Paintnite meal. They have Paintnite at the back of the restaurant. We decided to have appetizers and drinks beforehand since we thought having a full dinner would take too long. Drinks were typical, nothing to report there. Their cocktails weren't that good for the price you pay but I guess you expect a decent tasting drink for what you pay for. The food we ordered was... more

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3.5 star rating
November 19, 2015

Went here on Wednesday night. When we got there it was packed, we had no idea that Wednesdays were all you can eat dinner buffet. We made reservations so we didn't have to wait too long, maybe 10 mins. My husband and I never tired the buffet here and the waiter kept raving about how good it was and the various selections they had to offer so we decided to give it a try which was a big mistake.... more

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3.5 star rating
November 14, 2015

Love this restaurant because it has a vegetarian section in its menu. But, it would be nice if they changed it once in a while.

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3.5 star rating
November 09, 2015

I cringe writing this review. I lived in Toronto my whole life but I've since moved to Vancouver. I planned a trip back to Toronto to see friends and family; I raved about Hot House Restaurant to my friends in Vancouver and told them all how excited I was to eat there again.

My best friend and I showed up at 11:30am on Sunday for the brunch buffet. We were told it would be an hour wait. I was... more

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3.5 star rating
November 05, 2015

By far my favorite restaurant downtown Toronto. Their Wednesday buffet has the most beautiful pasta bar, and you can get the same Gnocchi Gorgonzola from their menu (which, by the way is a true addiction). They never fail to amaze me. Even my fiance who is a meat and potato kind of guy was blown away by his burger. That was probably the best part. Seeing someone enjoy this place as much as I... more

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3.5 star rating
October 14, 2015

Here at a conference from San Diego. Food was wonderful and more than I could eat, staff was very attentive and helpful, and hostess was simply lovely, warm and welcoming. Definitely recommend. Love garlic week especially!

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3.5 star rating
October 09, 2015

I came here for a friend's birthday. We had a party of 7 people for brunch on Saturday and all had a very enjoyable experience! The restaurant was mostly empty, so we didn't have to wait at all, unlike 99% of brunch places in Toronto. The wait staff were also extremely friendly and attentive! We're a pretty rowdy bunch and our waiter humoured us and laughed at our jokes.

The food was okay.... more

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3.5 star rating
September 24, 2015

A great meal and excellent service! Split an entree and two all salads, leaving room for dessert!

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3.5 star rating
September 21, 2015

I have been to this place many times, for dates, hanging out with friends or dining with coworkers. They offer a huge assortment of food. I recommend going Wednesday nights for their pasta buffet bar where for a low price of $20, you get custom cooked pasta, a selection of steak and a healthy helping of desserts like chocolate layered cake. This has been a favourite choice for winterlicious and... more

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3.5 star rating
September 19, 2015

Very casual but nice place to grab a bite or have a few drinks with friends or family. They can accommodate a large size group because it is quite spacious inside. There is also a secluded area for a large group. We had the gnocchi and pasta and it was good. Had the Viognier French white wine and it was also good although their wine glass smelled funny- a little bit like wet towel or when wet... more

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3.5 star rating
September 03, 2015

I've been here to eat on many occasions. I order different items off the menu every time i come and never had a bad experience. The staff is nice and friendly.

This place has the BEST tiramisu I ever tasted.
it is just divine and a must have after a delicious meal.

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3.5 star rating
September 01, 2015

The jambalaya is a meal on its own and well worth the adventure! Good food, good service and general ambience.

But gosh, the parking is fun! The closest lot featured an automated machine that claimed to work but didn't give a receipt so who knows? (BTW, it didn't appear on the monthly statement but it did keep the money of the next guyI warned him!)

Not wanting to have to recover a towed... more

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3.5 star rating
August 27, 2015

Expensive, slow service and food wasn't worth it. Took 45 minutes to give us our food. Fish and chips special was 17$ and they used way too much sea salt on the chips, I would describe it as 'McDonalds fries' but with way more salt. Don't think I would recommend this place to anyone. And that 17$ mediocre fish and chips lunch did not include a beer.

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3.5 star rating
August 15, 2015

I am a frequent customer at this place.
For dinner and lunch, they have a nice patio which is a perfect place to get drinks, mingle with friends, and people watch. The personal pizzas are delish. Can't go wrong with pizza and drinks. Crust is nice and thin. The rest of the dinner/lunch menu are just alright

However, My favourite thing to do here is Sunday brunch with my girlfriends. Nice... more

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3.5 star rating
August 15, 2015

Horrible, horrible, horrible service. We stopped in yesterday for a quick lunch. We gave our food order when the waitress came by for our drink order because we had enough time to review the menu. Then waited 30 minutes for our food, waitress didn't stop by to ask if all was good after. Needed our drinks topped up as we drank them during our wait. Finally I had to get up and go find our... more

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3.5 star rating
August 04, 2015

Very friendly staff. Spicy food though!!!!

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3.5 star rating
July 24, 2015

Hot House is a wonderful restaurant. Big enough for groups, intimate enough for just a table of 2. I have had several menu items and nothing has ever disappointed. I suggest the Sicilian gnocchi or the lobster pasta for any pasta lovers out there.

Try and get a seat on to patio if you can. It's a nice area and we don't get enough summer months in Toronto to not enjoy it while you can.

Waiters... more

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3.5 star rating
July 24, 2015

I've had some friends who didn't really like this place for some reason, but I came here with an acquaintance for summerlicious.

The starters weren't that great and the dessert was ok, but the main was done very well. Had he ribs, and they were extremely tender and full of flavor.

I'd definitely come back here after to try some of their regular menu items. Maybe I'll haul my naysayer friends... more

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3.5 star rating
July 06, 2015

For my birthday I chose to come to the Hot House as it has always been consistent in quality and quantity. Today definitely did not disappoint.

As a starter, we ordered the chipotle mussels which were quite delicious (but you need to ask for more bread to really appreciate all that flavourful goodness). And shrimp app that was served with yummy shrimp chips and a spicy sauce. As entrees we... more

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3.5 star rating
July 04, 2015

I had the jambalaya, too much sauce and a few too many peppers.
The gnocchi was very good. Crab cakes were also okay. Caesar salad was very good. Service was adequate but not great.
Overall it was an average experience.
We have hundreds of other places in Toronto to try before returning.

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3.5 star rating
June 24, 2015

3.5

Review will be based on both the Sunday brunch and dinner menu.

Pros:
Very good Sunday brunch buffet
Very nice staff

Cons:
Place gets very busy at times

Most people know Hot House for their Sunday brunch buffet. Come early on a Sunday because the place fills up fast. Hot House has one of the most varied brunch buffets I've ever been too. There are tons of items available. It's a little... more

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3.5 star rating
June 21, 2015

I went in to the restaurant on a Friday evening. My friend ordered the salmon with fries. I ordered calamari and asked the server if I could order mushrooms with the burrata instead of beets. He said it was no problem. Well, to my disappointment, I got limp calamari and mushroom bruschetta with asiago cheese. The mushrooms smelled really off. My friend's salmon was delicious and the fries that... more

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3.5 star rating
June 14, 2015

Had the Wednesday dinner buffet after taking some photos around St Lawrence market. To sum it up food was good but not enough variety. Unlike other buffets I was surprised it is not just drenched in oil. Ingredients tasted fresh. The mussels were amazing but unfortunately I didn't think there was enough dishes to make a good buffet.

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3.5 star rating
June 10, 2015

After the painting classes, we picked a restaurant randomly. Luckily, we picked the correct one.
The decor, menu variety, service and the taste were amazing. We three ordered jambalaya, which was so filling and yummy. Lunch menu, 13. Dollars.
The rice and meat were juicy and creamy.
Minha's baked potatoes and Cherry's lobster spaghetti were awesome! Will come back!

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3.5 star rating
June 08, 2015

AVOID. My co-workers and I went for lunch and I cringed when this place was even suggested. I went along with it because I didn't want to come across high maintenance. Now I know why I don't come to this place. This place is lucky they're getting even ONE star from me. First off we waited an hour for …

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3.5 star rating
June 07, 2015

I went here after planning for awhile. It was for the Wednesday night buffet. At first, I had a pretty good experience and the staff at the door were quite nice. The food wasn't amazing but it was a nice buffet. Ultimately, I got super sick after I left. Their quality of food might be lower end...

Food: 2/5, buffet choices weren't a lot and it was secluded in the restaurant. I had to walk... more

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3.5 star rating
June 01, 2015

Really solid 1/5. I know a lot of folks on Yelp have diverse tastes and often rate based on their general impressions on the staff, ambiance, price, food, etc as a package deal- so this is how I'm rating this place.

I'm going to say right off the bat: you can tell by the manager's attitude here that they're certainly making more than enough money without your business. They make it clear that... more

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3.5 star rating
May 31, 2015

We were staying nearby at the King Edward, so this spot rated 2 visits on a rainy weekend. We opted for inside, although big umbrellas and tiki torches sheltered and warmed a few outdoor guests. Window seats were great for people and weather watching.

Draft beers were all excellent, but on the second trip I opted for one of three hard ciders (can't remember the name, but it was Toronto made)... more

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3.5 star rating
May 26, 2015

Great brunch on Sundays- well described in other reviews so not much to add. One of the head waiters was particularly helpful with out toddler and attentive throughout. Huge choice for all tastes so good for a crowd.

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3.5 star rating
May 24, 2015

It has a very good plates, it's our first time in Toronto and we have good reviews from this restaurant.
BUT, I had an incident with one of the waiters. He throw over me a mussels plate... He replaced it but the owner didn't have any kind of reward with us... I'm not talking about to have our food for free, but at least the coffee.. She (the owner) acted very arrogant.
It's easy to treat your... more

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3.5 star rating
May 18, 2015

The food was good. I went to the sunday brunch, Truly worth it. Great environment, food and the price was right!

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3.5 star rating
May 15, 2015

This is one of our favourite places to go for Brunch. It is full of wonderful food, from salads, roasts, entrees and breakfast foods. The deserts are also very excellent. In face there is too much for one person to sample it all. The service is fantastic and the ambiance is wonderful. It's a treat to come here for brunch!

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3.5 star rating
May 15, 2015

Friendly service, although food was served rather slowly. We tasted the pastas and salads: large portion, tasty food ! A pleasant meal outside in a sunny day !

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3.5 star rating
May 01, 2015

This place is definitely for brunch on Sunday that you have to book well in advance.

It is always pretty busy but finally after a couple of times that I've tried to book it for me and other 2 friends we finally found a spot on a Sunday morning around 11:30am.

The food is very abundant and all the staff there is very friendly and nice.

The only thing is that sometimes they have line ups when... more

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3.5 star rating
April 20, 2015

Had the pollo pasta. Did not like the use of half-shell pasta for this dish. Also tried a bite of the dill salmon which I guess was ok if you like dill. Side veg were doused in oil. It was basically as good as I expected. I would give it 2.5 if I could. It was not horrible or anything, just not something I'd pay money for again. Was surprisingly busy for a Sunday night though.

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3.5 star rating
April 09, 2015

I love this restaurant . Such variety of food and excellent service! I visit this restaurant at least once a week!

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3.5 star rating
March 28, 2015

I have been coming to this restaurant for YEARS and have never had a bad experience or a bad meal. I am very particular about how my food is prepared and the servers are always very patient with me ;) They get my order perfect every time I am there. We had my daughter's birthday dinner there a couple of weeks ago and then her Sweet 16 birthday party there this weekend, a large group of young... more

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3.5 star rating
March 25, 2015

Came here for my birthday brunch and had a lovely afternoon! The brunch had a great variety of food, particularly since I'm not much of a 'brunch' person, and the 2 mimosas for $9 were a great deal! The mussels and the broth they were in were DELICIOUS - I had three bowlfulls, as was the salmon and capers! I also had bites of almost every cake, all yum, but I think the waffle, red velvet, and... more

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3.5 star rating
March 22, 2015

Loved the Sunday brunch! Very reasonable priced...the sheer volume of variety was not impressive, but the quality of the selection was sure to impress! Truly gourmet and truly delicious! My favourite dishes include the lasagna, prime rib carving station, mussels (wow, had them by the platefuls) and their dessert selection was pretty amazing.

I'll definitely be back!

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3.5 star rating
March 22, 2015

Best Sunday brunch in Toronto!

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3.5 star rating
March 11, 2015

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I've tried many dishes on the menu and am never disappointment. Everyone needs to try brunch on the weekends. I'll be a customer for life.

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3.5 star rating
March 07, 2015

I love this place! I have only come here on Sunday for the brunch buffet and it's great! The food is always delicious and the staff are always friendly. I love how they have a jazz band to tune out the noise of ppl as it gets pretty busy here. The perfect time to come is between 9:30-10:30 am. You won't have to wait for a table between those times and you'll be able maneuver through the... more

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3.5 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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3.5 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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3.5 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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3.5 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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3.5 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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3.5 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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3.5 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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3.5 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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3.5 star rating
Not so "Hot" House Cafe
January 29, 2013

Booked supper for Winterlicious 2013 with high expectations based on website reviews. We were seated promptly and our waitress was there in a quick time to take our drink order. She brought water while the sommelier (?) was getting our wine. Our food order was taken. Their "Caesar” salad was too garlicky for me. The surf and turf (8 oz NY Strip loin and one jumbo shrimp on a skewer) was... more

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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
Overall a great experience
October 17, 2010

Come here for brunch!

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3.5 star rating
Wednesday all you can eat
May 04, 2010

This is a great place for an all you can eat buffet. The choices are enough to satisfy anyone pallet. The desert table is great.

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3.5 star rating
November 09, 2009

Sunday Jazz Brunch is more Lunch than Breakfast.
I went there just this past weekend with a friend, and I was a bit let down that the only "breakfasty" foods were breads, omlettes, fruits, and waffles (technically in the dessert section of the buffet). I didn't get to try any of the "lunch" items, but there seemed to be lots of variety.

I would only recommend going to the Sunday Brunch for... more

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3.5 star rating
Came here for Summerlicious 2009. Great food...
July 04, 2009

Came here for Summerlicious 2009. Great food! We ordered everything from the menu and all was good. The portions for the main dish was surprisingly large for a summerlicious menu - my chicken was huge, I couldn't finish it. If you are going for summerlicious I recommend the tiramisu for dessert and the crab cakes for the apps! I would recommend an entree but all four choices turned out to... more

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3.5 star rating
Best Sunday Jazz Brunch
August 10, 2008

You will not be disappointed by the spread of delectable pastries, seafood, meat, salads, made-to-order eggs, and desserts. All for less than $20, it'll last you til dinner time! The atmosphere is also great but do expect a lineup. Well worth it!

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3.5 star rating
Amazing Brunch Buffet
June 16, 2008

I recommend the Hot House weekend brunch buffet to every who goes to Toronto. The selection was fantastic. Delicious breakfast favourites, pastas, salads, breads, cheeses, meats, and so much more. Dessert buffet that calls for seconds. We can't wait to go back.

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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
They handled a large party of nearly 20 quite...
February 28, 2007

They handled a large party of nearly 20 quite efficiently. I found the food to be oversauced and tangier than it needed to be. Apparently they're known for their pasta dishes.

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3.5 star rating
Excellent buffet, so much variety!! The dessert...
February 28, 2007

Excellent buffet, so much variety!! The dessert buffet is amazing...save room!

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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
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April 23, 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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August 13, 2014

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

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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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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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