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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,
  • Restaurant With Wifi Internet,
  • Group Reservation,
  • Online Menu,
  • Online Reservation,
    • Wheelchair-accessible Restaurant,
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Atmosphere

  • Upscale,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Catering,
  • Hospitality Events,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

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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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Restaurantica12
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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July 18, 2017

I loved the pizza! Highlight of the evening. Service is great. Friendly and casual atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2017

We dined at your restaurant prior to an 8pm concert, a 5-minute walk away. I made a 6:15pm reservation but arrived early at 6pm and was seated early, which we very much appreciated. Our server was helpful and friendly. However, the meal took way too long. We ordered by 6:15 yet we were still rushed to make it out the door at 7:45. We had also advised our server that we had a concert that evening. In the end, we had to ask for our bill to come with our dessert as we knew we would be extremely tight for time to make the concert. We ended up having to rush through our dessert to get out the door. For fancier restaurants, I go expecting a 2 hour meal. But for this type of (what seemed by the patrons to be) family style establishment, the experience should take 1-1.5 hours maximum. It was also frustrating for our 9-year-old who most definitely is not accustomed to 2 hour meals and kept wondering where her food was. In addition, the food was just OK. My daughter didn't like her pasta at all and wouldn't eat it - there was a kind of sour tang to the tomato sauce which typically doesn't appeal to kids. My pasta and my husband's salmon were simply OK. For the quality of the food, we found it overpriced. We had debated between this restaurant and Jack Astor's (not one of our favourites) and opted for Hot House as we believed the food quality would be better and were willing to pay more for the higher quality. However, we found the quality to be no better than Jack Astor's, though the prices seemed significantly higher.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

July 17, 2017

No access for scroller, we have to carry the scroller up the stairs. We were going to have buffet, but it is supplied only on Sunday.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2017

this is great adventure! great food!! excellent services!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2017

Our waitress was horrible. Very unfriendly and rude. We will chuck it up to she was having a bad day. And we still tipped her quite well despite her horrible attitude.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

July 17, 2017

Awesome, as always !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2017

I came in to try the summerlicious meal to try the restaurant for future places to eat. My wife and I both had the surf and turf hers was a blue steak mine was medium rare both over cooked hers was medium rare mine was well done I understand that it is a discounted price but the quality of the food lacked the presence that inspires people to return for future meal. The lobster tails in the meal were small. I understand that it is a pricey item yet is it even legal to capture lobster that small? We found the meal as a meal quite unsatisfying even for the price quoted.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

July 15, 2017

Great restaurant!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2017

Excellent selection, acknowledged that we were celebrating a birthday, great service , friendly and efficient...will come back again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 13, 2017

Great food and good value. Keep it up!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 13, 2017

Summerlicious was the reason for trying your restaurant. We ate outside as the weather was nice and the waitress was very attentive. Very good food-would recommend to friends and will eat there often!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 13, 2017

All of us were very pleased with the food. The buffet was great value.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 13, 2017

Went for summerlicous.Crab cake and ice cream were amazing. Mashed potatoes and green beans/carrots were great. Steak was good and the lobster tail was a bit salty and overdone. I did eat it all however! I would go back to try other food for sure. Server was great too.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 12, 2017

Thank you for great meal and great service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 10, 2017

A disappointing experience. Having lived in Toronto for 15 years, I had yet to eat at Hot House. I decided to book here prior to attending a show at the Sony Center as it was a convenient location and seemed to have an extensive menu. We were seated on the very spacious patio for dinner. Unfortunately it began to rain so we asked to be moved inside. Instead of being moved inside we were brought an umbrella. The type of table we were seated at did not have a spot to put an umbrella so it was placed next to the table and did not cover everyone. The staff members solution to this was to move my chair so that my legs literally had to straddle the pole! As for my male companions, they were still getting rained upon but we were told that "as long as the ladies are dry, that's all that mattered." After a moment or two of sitting shocked with our salads getting soggy, we all went back inside and demanded a spot inside. Luckily there was plenty of room so this wasn't a problem. As for the food, I shared the tiger shrimp appetizer which was lack-luster. We were given only 3 shrimp for $15. I also had the shawarma salad. The chicken was extremely dry to the point of being inedible. It also had chickpeas on it that had not been soaked/cooked enough so that they too were difficult to eat. I am unsure of the opinions of my companions as we were rushed to get to our show, but I do know, that very much like myself, their meals were barely touched. I would not go there again or recommend it to friends.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

July 11, 2017

Service and food amazing! Jambalaya so delicious!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 11, 2017

great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2017

Best ever ribs!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 10, 2017

Love the Wednesday night buffet

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

July 8, 2017

We had a truly memorable dinner! Our food was delicious, creatively presented, well seasoned and prepared. Our service from the hostess to our server was polite, professional, informative and pleasant. A lovely evening!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 7, 2017

As always the service was warm and friendly and the food was great. Everyone enjoyed themselves and will definitely dine at the Hot House again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 2, 2017

GREAT service ... and splendid staff (What is it about a beautiful young Irish woman servicing your dining? ... and Scotty supervising all? They do it well.) I could say more, but would rather too many people did NOT know about the martinis - your bartender could be kidnapped. Obviously another splendid lunch, this time me treating my Manager/Agent. He enjoyed it as well.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 30, 2017

Thanks for wonderful service and great staff.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 29, 2017

we felt very well looked after on the nice terrace. The hostess made sure we had the table we asked for. She was very kind to round up the party as some were waiting inside and some outside.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 29, 2017

Impeccable service, high scale atmosphere, Michelin quality food. Highly recommended on a night out to the symphony.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 29, 2017

World Class experience. Fantastic Waitress and will definitely return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 28, 2017

As usual my group really enjoyed this venue. Their only negative comment if it can be taken as such was that the servings were too large and more appropriate for dinner. Most in the group ended up eating a really light supper. Thanks Amdrew.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 24, 2017

Very attentive service and broad choice of food options.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 24, 2017

It's a bit loud inside. The smoked margarita was really good. The French Martini, too. For the must part the he food was also very good. The pasta al sambuca was very good. The maple creme brûlée,too, or so my wife told me. The Karaage chicken app was very good. The jambalaya was not great. The sauce was too much like a marinara sauce. The brownie was gluten free, but dry and crumbly. All in all, worth the trip.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 21, 2017

we had a great time!! thank you.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

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