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35 Church St, Toronto, ON M5E 1T3
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  • $11 to $25,
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 accommodation making it the ideal venue for a small intimate gathering to a corporate dinner from 200, the flexible dining and drinking spaces can be altered to suit any event. Each area within the restaurant retains its own individual charm and depending on the type of occasion you are hosting, from dinner with clients to cocktails with colleagues, you will find the perfect atmosphere within. If you can imagine the enjoyment you'll have, we can arrange everything else. more...

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Restaurant type

  • Restaurant & Bar,
  • Coffee shop,

Cuisine type

  • Italian,

Dishes

  • Gluten free options,
  • Vegetarian options,
  • Brunch,
  • Pasta,
  • Pizza,

Features

  • Restaurant with terrace,
  • Restaurant with live entertainment,

Atmosphere

  • Upscale,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Online reservation,
  • Events,
  • Group functions,
  • Catering,
  • Patio,
  • WiFi,
    • Wheelchair,
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  • Atmosphere: 4.3/5
  • Food: 4.3/5
  • Service: 4.1/5
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Had a great time doing a paint night here

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Mary D
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My family was in Toronto for a staycation and very much enjoyed the Sunday morning brunch. Was promptly seated as we had a reservation, staff was very personable and even gave us some recommendations during our trip. Would definitely recommend but make sure you make a reservation for the Sunday brunch.

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Restaurantica12
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Not so "Hot" House Cafe

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 okay, although I don't think the cut of meat was very good. Also, I asked for mine to be done medium well and it was closer to medium rare. Side with the steak (fries for me, mashed for the bf and vegetables) were fine. I may give this place another chance and order off the regular menu. The wine (a Chilean Carmenere) was wonderful. Service decent (although getting the bill was slow). The servers should be told not to wear strong perfume/cologne. It was overpowering and really ruined what was already a disappointing meal.

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Jerowe R
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Overall a great experience

Come here for brunch!

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Restaurantica12
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Wednesday all you can eat

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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Restaurantica12
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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 lunch.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Came here for Summerlicious 2009. Great food...

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 be great. (All for only $25, what a great price!)

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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Best Sunday Jazz Brunch

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!

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Amazing Brunch Buffet

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.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Excellent buffet, so much variety!! The dessert...

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

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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They handled a large party of nearly 20 quite...

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.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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April 24, 2017

Meaghan was very engaging and provided first rate service! We will most definitely return!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 24, 2017

I liked the fact that the restaurant wasn't really noisy so we could have a pleasant lunch. Service was good and the food was fine. Choices for vegetarians and omnivores.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 24, 2017

We always enjoy the atmosphere and the food at your establishment.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

April 23, 2017

Great food, attentive service. Always consistently good!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 21, 2017

Matthew our server was polite and just awesome. We will definitely come back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 21, 2017

Thanks so much for the wonderful pizza, and for being so accommodating in helping us transport to our venue! Cheers! Fanshawe College, Theatre Arts Performance

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 20, 2017

Good salad bar could have had more lettuce, main meal great chicken, roast beef was tough, would have been nice have a fish option. Desert was beautiful and delicious I would have liked ice cream with the hot apple crumble.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 20, 2017

Always excellent Very good chocolate cake

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 20, 2017

I see no way to improve the meal and service at the Hot House because it is excellent. All of the staff make each person feel special and welcomed. The quality and food variety is outstanding! We will be back without a doubt!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 19, 2017

We had our wedding ceremony and reception dinner at the Hot House on April 15th and I don't think we could have picked a better place in downtown Toronto. Our guests are still talking about the wonderful menu, wine and in particular how friendly and professional the team in the Hot House are. Andrew, Erin and the staff there helped us from start to finish to make our day stress free and enjoyable. I would highly recommend the Hot House, the atmosphere in there is wonderful and the food is delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 19, 2017

Tasty gluten-free meal. I felt confident by the service that my food allergies were seriously recognized.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 17, 2017

Is perfect for gluten free options! Have a pizza gluten free!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 17, 2017

Food was not the greatest Pasta was undercooked Rice pilaf and potatos had a burnt taste to it Ran out of salad Service was good though (waitstaff) Overall was disappointing visit. Do not think will go back

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

April 16, 2017

We always enjoy ourselves with you. Thanks.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 16, 2017

Very happy with the entire evening. We had requested a window table which we got. Great location! Our waiter was very pleasant and provided us with excellent service. We all enjoyed our food choices, my lobster and crab pasta dish, excellent!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2017

Your jambalaya is so amazing - please never take it off your menu! We all loved the food. We'd love it if you could add the Southwest Penne back to your menu - everyone loved it! Thx !

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2017

We always love to come to dine. You are one of our favourites. We would love to try your Wednesday's buffet soon. Thank you for being so great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 16, 2017

Excellent food and service. Great value and quality.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 14, 2017

I let them know in advance that I require gluten-free choices. They don’t have a separate menu and possible choices aren't indicated other than saying that they have gluten-free pasta and pizza. Sadly our waiter had to check with the kitchen regarding each entrée which was of interest. I finally settled on the market fish dish of the day. I wish I had asked if it was fresh as I'm just not sure. My husband loved his jambalaya! Service was slow but we didn't mind. They don’t validate parking which was $7 in the underground garage.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

April 13, 2017

My friend always wanted to try the pasta bar which I raved about because it was so unique and your selection of cakes were amazing! However, when we were ordering the pasta, the cook was making it and everything was fine but all of a sudden, the cook drops the pasta outside of the pan! Which is fine, accidents happen, they pick the pasta and threw it back into the pan. I was shocked but really, what am I suppose to say? I am very offended by this and I don't know what to say. The pasta was delicious though.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 2/5

April 13, 2017

A terrific time at the Hot House Cafe, as always.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 13, 2017

Thank you so much!! Everything was amazing!! It was our first time here...and certainly not our last!! Thank you for being so accommodating!! See you again soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 12, 2017

We went to Hot House due to a recommendation from friends. We were delighted, will also recommend to others and will definitely return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 12, 2017

This is the third time our company has used Hot House Restaurant and we are always pleased with their service. From beginning to end is an enjoyable experience, even our guests comment about what a great place we picked. Thanks Hot House for you Excellence Service, we will see you again in August. Tatiana Braun

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 10, 2017

Hot House never disappoints. The food was delicious and awesome service as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 7, 2017

My favorite restaurant. Always great in every way.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 3, 2017

Thank you for the attentive and timely service. Great food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 2, 2017

We had a friends/family get-together in the evening for 40+ people. Hot House provided excellent service as well as delicious food. Everything was smooth and we will definitely be returning. Much appreciated.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 2, 2017

Really lovely night. Great cocktails and the food was as usual across the board good. Our Irish server Kathleen was outstanding... Finicky Comments.... Maybe change the butter delivery and remove foil from top of wine when pouring...minor things. Will be going back and recommending.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 1, 2017

The restaurant was visibly busy, but that did not hinder the overall performance of all the staff. Welcoming, warm and excellent hospitality.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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Winterlicious 2017: $28 dinners

Winterlicious 2017: $28 dinners

A Toronto culinary landmark for nearly 20 years, The Hot House uses the freshest ingredients to serve an eclectic menu in a big, bright and airy space. For Winterlicious, their menu includes options such as house-made chicken liver pâté, Norwegian cod braised in a Spanish inspired broth, and a Nutella crème brûlée.

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Winterlicious 2017: $18 lunches

Winterlicious 2017: $18 lunches

A Toronto culinary landmark for nearly 20 years, The Hot House uses the freshest ingredients to serve an eclectic menu in a bright and airy space. Their three-course Winterlicious menu features a wide variety of dishes such as arancini, a stuffed short rib meatball, Calabrese pizza, a jerk chicken sandwich and Nutella crème brûlée.

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