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.
Established in 1994
Located in Downtown Toronto's historic St. Lawrence... more
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.
HotHouse Restaurant & Bar has an outstanding reputation, known for its commitment and dedication to provide only the best food, wine and service for the past 25 years. We are now able to offer the same commitment and dedication on a grand scale with our versatile event spaces.
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, The Hothouse is in close... more
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
I was there once and it is a normal place, nothing special
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!!
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.
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
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.
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...... :)
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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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.
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!!
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!
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.
Nice place, very friendly staff. They served us lunch even though it was past three and it was superb. We had an incredibly tasty spinach salad and the super hit and delicious pasta (gnocchi and lasagna). The food was amazing and the price was very reasonable. I surely intend to go again.
The staff from the host to out waiters and bus staff were all friendly, polite and professional. The appetizer was more than large enough to satisfy four adults. The entrees were delicious and filling. Some of our party had drinks and desserts and the verdict was great. I would recommend Hot House to anyone looking for a reasonably priced dinner with friends or family.
Plenty of vegetarian options and a good drink menu. The gnocchi con funghi was awesome and the full order of bruschetta was HUGE. Get the smoked old fashioned, it shows up in a beeker still smoking like some kind of science experiment. So good.
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
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
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.
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
We enjoyed an excellent Sunday buffet. We enjoyed the excellent selection of fresh foods. We appreciated the good service and the live jazz playing at a volume that we could enjoy good conversation. Hothouse brunch is excellent value, and we will return when we're in Toronto again.
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
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.
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.
Make a reservation at this restaurant, as it is very popular. They saved our table for us when we were stuck in traffic, which was really appreciated! The service is excellent and so is the food. We always eat there when attending events at the Sony Centre or the ACC, and are never disappointed. The waiters are friendly, but not... more
I have now gone to the Sunday brunch about half a dozen times, and have enjoyed it very much each time. Love starting with a Mimosa to open with, which are always on special (2 for 1). They have a very good selection of breads, croissants, fruit, eggs, sausage, waffles, French toast. For non breakfast eaters, salads, roast beef, fish,... more
Good bruch, very extensive. You have to be a large man to take advantage of this place. On the expensive side.
Our group was greeted at the door and escorted immediately to our tables. The service was excellent. The food was delicious. I have never had a richer tasting cup of coffee anywhere regardless of price. I have one very small complaint in that my pork tenderloin was quite pink being a thick portion. I prefer pork cooked more but that... more
The antipasto platter and the sticky toffee pudding-amazing! Service was great-not hurried. We were there during a very quiet time of the day, and we were able to just relax and enjoy. Food was excellent, and the sticky toffee pudding was excellent.
i was just there with a friend tonight. we've never heard about this restaurant but we came across a buytopia deal and decided to go.i was impressed with the place's interiors, that i have to admit. there was not much people on this monday night & thought it would be a nice dinner but then when our soup was served,... more
Great food ... Great service..
My son chose this place for his birthday celebration. I was pleased !!
The food was quite tasty and I especially enjoyed the pasta that my better half ordered. My salad was fresh and very flavorful as well. The atmosphere was very friendly and the place was clean. I would recommend this place!
By the way our server was very friendly very able..
Sunday Live Jazz Buffet Brunch at HHC is a great deal and the food is tasty: omelettes and waffles made while you wait, poached salmon, chicken, roast beef, various salads, eggs/bacon/etc., cheeses, fresh fruit, and rather scrumptious desserts. Coffee (free refills) and other drinks cost extra. If you like lively (read: loud) family meals then this place is for you.... more
Thank you for a delicious meal and excellent service. Our bus tour for dinner and show on Jan 2 was delayed due to the snow storm and a highway closure. The Hot House still provided dinner cooked to perfection. I had salmon, which requires careful attention to get a product that is moist and delicious. The staff were very efficient,... more
We booked a reservation at this restaurant due to it's proximity to the Royal York (where we were staying) and also based on some recommendations from area residents.
I am a strict vegetarian and my husband is a staunch meat eater. We both appreciate great food. We could not have been more pleased.
The service, menu options and meal itself... more
This place has always been consistent in quality and price. I've only been for the Sunday brunch which has a good selection and quality products. Excellent pastas, roast beef, mussels, salmon and all the usual breakfast stuff. It's usually busy so best to make reservations.
Our family met our friends and their family at the Hot House Café for Brunch on Sunday. It was very nice!! There was a Jazz Band that was very good. It was a buffet, there were plenty of choices and everything that I had was delicious. I was surprised and delighted to see there were lots of children there! The... more
Walking around Toronto and decided to stop in for a bite not knowing anything about the place. Husband had spicy pasta and yes it's very spicy but we love it that way so no complaints. I had the lobster paste it too was great. Lovely surprise. Expect crowd and wait time bc of location but since we weren't in a... more
I havent visited the HotHouse in quite a while, other than some renovations and updating this place is just as great as it has always been. The service is fast and friendly. The menu has something for everyone including my wife who has had a tough time finding restaurants who will accomodate her gluten allergy (they had gluten free pasta, pizza and all types of entrees we could customize).
Just out of convenience, I met my friends here for breakfast on a Saturday morning. Location for both parties was the motivating factor and gave them the benefit of the doubt since I never had their "breakfast". Have been to brunch, dinner and Wednesday evening buffet.
Waiter started by bringing coffees then said he'd be back with another... more
I have been going to the Hot House for years and it is still one of my favourite spots. The menu is huge with a variety of options. Huge portions for great prices (probably cheaper than jack astors and those kinda places). Great value. Have been many times for brunch as well and have to say it is the best one ive been to in Toronto!
Mediocre food. Had dinner there, could've been better. But hey, at least the place looks nice. Don't get the lobster pasta thing.
Great food, after they replaced my napkin and cutlery I had a glass or red wine that went great with the steak. But I couldn't get over the Cockroach that we saw run across the floor by the bar.
The Hot House is my favorite Italian restaurant in the heart of the St. Lawrence Market. The bright atmosphere, friendly staff and excellence in food service always beckons me back. Step inside to the friendly smile of your hostess (a little distraction of the dessert cabinet) on route before you are seated. Will that be lunch or dinner? The menu... more
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!
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!
Whilst visiting Toronto recently we came upon this restaurant and ate there a couple of times with family (excellent buffet) and on our own. One evening while we dined alone our mushroom pasta dishes arrived in hot bowls but the food was cold. It was dealt with promptly and within a few minutes replacements were given and one of the... more
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
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
They have Blanche de Chambly on tap which warrants a mental note to come back for at some point in time.
As for what I've had, it's Coffee and Tiramisu. Turns out it isn't a bad spot for some weekend afternoon tea, as odd as it may sound.
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.
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
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
The Hot House Cafe and Restaurant at Church and Front Streets in Toronto is a consistent favourite for the locals as well as a destination spot for theatre-goers and tourists, Summertime means one of the best people-watching patios in the city - extended with heaters. Pasta and pizza are not the only mains (but far above ordinary!); the Penne alla... more
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
We arrived in Toronto at around 930pm and wanted to get a bite to eat after checking in at out hotel. The gentleman who checked us in suggested the Hot House Cafe, which was a convenient 5 minute walk away. It was an excellent recommendation. They offer a diverse menu and reasonable prices. We both had the Moroccan salad, one... more
Me and some friends recently went to Hot House after checking out the Bier Market. I remember going to Hot House years ago, but had totally forgotten about it since. And after eating here again, I can totally remember why I had forgotten about it. Its more or less an okay restaurant, with okay customer service, okay food quality, and an okay price.
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
As a family we've been lucky enough to dine in some of the most exquisite restaurants across the world. However, as an overall experience, the hothouse was exceptional. Not only was the food brilliantly tasty, but it was served to us promptly by very hospitable waiters and waitresses. Would not hesitate to recommend this to friends and family. Our satisfaction... more
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
The selection of food was great. The food was also seasoned just right, not too much and not too little. Sitting outside was lovely and people watching. Nice Breeze & shade from umbrellas. Servers were okay
Cons - I did not like how FAR the Brunch buffet was from outside seating, it kind of deters you from visiting the buffet... more
My cousin, 3 friends, and I went to Toronto to vacation and relax. We were riding through the streets looking for places that appealed to us for Sunday brunch. I'm so glad we decided to stop here. The food was awesome and so was the seating. We also ran into a very cool server, Dennis. We all enjoyed every bit... more
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
My partner and I ate here twice during Toronto's heat wave to have a beer, a light lunch, and people-watch while sitting outside under the shade of an umbrella. Perfect! The service was fine, the food was good, and the prices were reasonable (especially during their afternoon "happy hour.")
The location, the bustling crowd, and the stylish decor tempted me into the establishment. The music was good, the air conditioning was fine (it was a super hot day), but I was hungry. I wasn't there for a drink and people watching - I was there for a good meal. This is where I went wrong.
First the service: I... more
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
I feel badly because I should've written about this place a month ago. But here goes ...
Came here for a friend's birthday brunch. It was a Sunday, so the place was definitely hopping.
The food selection (despite my late arrival) was fairly decent - everything from eggs, bacon and sausage to little finger desserts. As other Yelpers have mentioned, this is a good place for groups of any size.... more
Decided to take advantage of the great warm sunny day and stopped for lunch on their terrace. Nice umbrella to provide shade. Lots of helpful staff. Selected two different pizzas and both were very good. A nice place to watch the people walking by.... more
A friend of mine used to work here, and would rave about the food. This was a few years ago, and I'm guessing it's gone downhill BIG TIME since. It's unfortunate, really. The menu seemed promising.
Firstly, the service was absolutely disgusting. Our waiter had maybe three tables, and we waited far too long for EVERYTHING. He even introduced himself... more
A friend and I go here regularly for lunch with our children and have always been satisfied, but our last visit will probably be the last. One of the children has food allergies and his meal came with an ingredient (not listed on the menu) that he can't eat. One of the other children was willing to switch meals with... more
Manager came over and asked if we needed anything more than the server did, boyfriend wanted to switch his meal 5 minutes after ordering the waitress said that the meal was almost done. Menu said eggs anyway.. After asking for egg whites There was an up charge.. To have the eggs anyway I wanted them? Over priced for the meals... more
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
Yesterday a workmate and I had lunch at the Hot House Cafe. Love the look of the place but must say was very disappointed with the service. Firstly, the first course came (we both ordered the same Crabcake) there were only about 3 pieces of green lettuce on my plate. My co-worker had 3 green some purple. Not sure if mine dropped off on their way over...... more
The Sunday brunch buffet is excellent. There's a tremendous variety of food and the vast majority of it is absolutely delicious. The breakfast foods, the Italian options, the salads, the desserts, etc. are all wonderful. I would definitely go back.
It's very crowded, so you'll definitely want to make a reservation, and even with a reservation you shouldn't be surprised... more
Came here with my friend during the week and we were seated outside with the shade and ordered our lunch and drinks. Our waitress was also British like me and that instantly got us talking. She was very friendly and extremely polite. Food was phenomenally good. My friend had the pasta with Sambuca flavoured sauce which looked incredible and I... more
Restaurant seats 600 including outdoors, so plenty of seats. Good selection on menu, wide range from appetizers, to salads, to full meals, has it all depending on your mood. Reasonable prices for an area near St. Lawrence Market.
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
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
Went a few weekends ago on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy brunch with my friend. I must say the service was great, by our server Amy. We chose to sit outdoors, but indoors atmosphere was great too with some live jazz music going on.
Even before we sat down, Amy noticed we were looking at the table which was sort... more
Our server seemed quite scattered, admitted she was running around 'putting out fires,' and had a really hard time getting water refills. Ordered a salad before entrée that never appeared. Not sure what the problem was, but wouldn't recommend.
I surprised my husband for Fathers Day and I'm so glad I did. The buffet was very good, great selection of brunch food, and OMG the desserts were so fresh and amazing. I tried a little of everything and there wasn't anything I didn't like. The tortellini were my favourite, yummy! There was a jazz band playing in the background... more
2 years later, since the last time I ate there, I was determined not to miss their Sunday brunch to see if the food and service was just as good as I remembered, and I'm glad to say that it didn't disappoint. Brunch is about CDN$25.00 inclusive of taxes which I think is worth the price and clearly so do... more
You really can't go wrong with this place. A great menu (heavy on pasta dishes) where everything I have had has been excellent.
Some standouts are the Gnocci in blue cheese, the penne a la vodka, the three bean salad and the Caesar salad.
Prices are fair for both the food and bar. Atmosphere is lively but not too noisy. It's great for groups, couples or solos.
Best of all the place is... more
Had dinner here with my cousins on a recommendation from an ex-Torontonian. It was pretty good. Lots of great options, not just pasta, but pizza too. The wine list is decent. The prices are fair. The food was delicious. Service was efficient and polite. No complaints except for the fly that kept buzzing around table!
This restaurant was recommended by my cousin. 5 of us ate there, and his recommendation was spot on. The restaurant was very clean and modern. Our greeting at the door was very friendly, and we were promptly seated. The service was excellent without being obtrusive. The appetizers and meals were very tasty and prepared just right. This was a memorable... more
Best food in Toronto whether you want steak, pizza, vegetarian, fish or pasta.
Hot House is also well know for their Sunday Brunch, amazing food and great value.
The staff is knowledge, friendly and efficient.
The Chef has been in residence for years and takes great pride in his kitchen.
Andrew, the owner, is ever present looking after all aspects... more
We are Korean, we had stayed in Toronto for a year and a half in 2000~2001
we visited Hothouse several times in 2001
although we had many delicious food in Canada and in Korea
still, we often talk about & miss that steamed rice &vegetable bowl we had in Hothouse :)
I guess we talked about it more than 50... more
Open, airy & well lit restaurant.... popped in for a quick bite & to cool down from walking around on a Saturday afternoon. ...quick didn't happen at all. For any empty restaurant, our app took long to get to us.
We ordered the nachos with wild boar chili. It was tasty - not great.
Enjoyed the nice jazz music playing while we ate.
Nothing in Downtown Toronto is inexpensive. Forget finding a bargain. What separates restaurants in Toronto is the level of "pompous" ... or it's politically correct, ironic kin "snobbishly egalitarian" ... each embraces. Toronto on the whole brings to mind Garrison Keillor's famous mot: "and all the children were above average." Reminds me of Dallas in the Yuppie 1980's. Hot House... more
Lots of variety suiting both vegetarians and carnivores. Wine list expensive, but beer selection is good.
Wednesday night buffet and Sunday brunch buffet are not to be missed. Desserts are to die for, even on buffet nights.
Let me set the scene, three ways:
1. You know those photos from National Geographic - the ones where the Burmese Python has unlocked its jaw to consume whole a large male Bobcat?
2. We've been to the Hot House now a dozen times or more, but this was the very first time we were seated near the Jazz Combo... more
The service was great. The food was excellent. Ambience Classy.
Liked everything about the place. The waiting staff was professional from the way they greeted you and poured your wine to taking away used plates promptly. We had a choice to use a la carte or the buffet. It was well worth the visit having opted out of going to... more
Ordered one of the specialty Martinis that tasted like it had cough syrup in it and very little vodka. Watered down and not cold enough. The Mozzarella and Tomato salad was a nice departure from the usual sliced tomatoes and sliced cheese. The cherry tomatoes were halved and the cheese was small bite sized balls. It was the best of... more
Went there for Mother's day Brunch.
Very busy and organized. Have been going to the Hot House for Mother's Day for the last five years.
The food was Ok but nothig special. It's a buffet. The mussels were bad. Actually very bad.
The rest of the buffet was good.
I don't think the food has improved, but remains the same.
See you next year.
Very low quality food, service was poor. Staff is standing around takin to each other and not cleaning the sticky floors or busing tables. Very cheap quality food, priced for buffet way to high. I would rather go to Mandarin and try and guess at the food. The manager is clueless and seating arrangements are done badly.
Once again the hothouse cafe provided excellent food and excellent service at a very descent price. I've never been disappointed. Tonight we just split 2 hors d'oeuvres and a salad. Shaun split our salad onto two plates, and brought bread for our mussels. Their staff seems to take pride in what they do, and gestures like this reinforce that.
When in doubt of what to eat, drop by Hot House. They've been around forever, love their brunch. Last Friday we tried having dinner - they have a pri fix menu for $35, you get salad or soup, 12oz steak, dessert. One person cannot finish it. We are glad the food quality is still holding up....Service in the beginning was ok, near the end, it was nice, there seems to be tonnes of staff working... more
Hot House is a solid neighbourhood standby. It's a sprawling space with warm ambiance, and thus manages to simultaneously be a good date spot and a place to bring a big group, even a family.
Sunday brunch is a standout, and the dinner buffet is fantastic. As for the regular menu, good pizzas (including gluten-free crusts!) and pastas, and the appetizers are above average. Milage varies on the... more
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.
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
Hot House Penne was amazing! The peppers, penne, sauce and vegetables in this dish was great!
Good for happy hour and dinner
I come here because it is in a good location, but it is always either mediocre or poor experience. A bit disappointing.
Ordered the lamb burger this time. Taste like beef to me. And seems to be randomly thrown together. Not recommended.
I'm rating this for their brunch buffet. You would think a weekend brunch buffet for $20 per person, would have eggs Benedict!! Instead you serve lasagne, and cakes for brunch? We made a reservation two weeks prior to going and was told that we would be seated near the buffet. We arrived with our party of seven on time and were told that our table was not yet ready, then almost ten mins. later... more
I see the appeal. Brunch buffet, which can sometimes be an easy option for a mixed-generational-group -- where can we go that great-grandma doesn't need to wait too long, where everyone can find at least something, and we can get in and out quickly?
It failed for me on a few levels. First, you do have a server, and in my opinion if I'm giving you a tip, you might as well do something -- I... more
Very ordinary and nothing special and sad to say this is among the best you can expect in Toronto. I do like the Sunday buffet but it is very blah. It reminds me of Marche, everything looks better than it taste. I give it 3 stars simply because although it is nothing to get excited about, as far as buffet is concerned, it is as good as it gets in Toronto. Unfortunately for me, I travel a lot in... more
So, I've been to this place many times, and have always found it to be good, but maybe not great. My latest experience however was fantastic.
My mom was on a wheelchair, and they seated us in an area which would be convenient for her, despite the crowd at Winterlicious weekend lunchtime.
Service - quick, attentive, courteous and great overall!
Food - we ordered off the Winterlicious menu.... more
I had lunch here the other day and ordered the following from the winterlicious menu:
crab cake, chicken & goat cheese ravioli, and cheese cake for dessert.
The food was okay. The crab cakes were probably the tastiest part of the meal and I could have eaten a whole plate of them! They were fried, not too dry or too crumbly. Not salty at all as I often find crab cakes have too much salt added to... more
It's so good. I was looking for a winterlicious restaurant and surprisingly found this one. With $25, I have a seafood chowder, bolognese, new york cheese cake and a cocktail. Very good!
Arguably the best brunch buffet in the city. Unlike other buffets where with low quality cuts and powdered eggs this place doesn't cut corners. Everything is fresh, plentiful and delicious. Plenty of breakfast lunch and desert options. You will definitely go back.
it was ok. I think the boiler house on distillery is waayy better.
Hot house...kept getting this name confused with Heart House (which is at UofT!).
I went here with a group-around 40 or so. This is a big restaurant with multiple seating options, including a meeting room (which we didnt use but it looked nice with windows lining it). In fact, there seem to be windows all around-our view ended up being the metro grocer which is very close by and also has big... more
I really want to like this place, but after two visits, I can't say I'm pleased.
My first visit was during Winterlicious with my cousin two years ago, which we collectively agreed was an ordinary meal.
My most recent visit was for their Sunday brunch, which my cousin said was amazing. And knowing my cousin, she wouldn't exaggerate over something like food.
I also took my cousin's advice in... more
Hot House is a good standard restaurant in the St. Lawrence Market area. It's a good restaurant, but I've never found the food to be outstanding. Last time I was there I had the orange roughy which was very good, but again not outstanding. The desserts that I've had there are excellent
Big portions of mediocre food. Now a neighborhood institution with a famed Sunday brunch. Eating off the menu gave us good tiger shrimp app, a spicy penne main and veal Marsala that was more like a Swanson hungry man dinner. Service is competent.
My friends and I came here for a late night meal. The restaurant was maybe 1/3 full. After we had ordered our food, the manager came by to tell us to keep it down. He then promptly ran away like a coward before we could inquire if someone had complained or if he was just being an uptight jerk. I think it was the latter, as there were no tables immediately around us, and we had already had a... more
My group went for summerlicious in July 2012 (this review is copied from another one I posted). Overall, it was a pleasant experience with most of our dishes being very tasty with the exception of the steak which was left behind, but the salmon entree and side dishes were delish.
Very nice place with good service. Italian food. Affordable.
My husband and I went there for dinner. He ordered a steak dinner and I ordered the margherita pizza. Overall we enjoyed the food and the service was great. But I heard they were famous for their Sunday brunch buffets. I would like to try it one day.
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
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
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
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...
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
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.
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.
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
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.
I liked the brightness of the room from the skylights. It was a grey day outside but... more
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.
ymmmm.dont forget to try their jumbalayavery ncie location at front street. They even have live music on weekends sometime.
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.
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
I've only been here for the Sunday Brunch, and it's been a while,
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)
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 Hot House the... more
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.
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
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.