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728 Anderson St, Whitby, ON L1N 3V6
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Methods of Payment:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash
  • Interac
  • American Express

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Cuisine type

  • Canadian Cuisine,
  • American Cuisine,

Dishes

  • Sandwich,
  • Pasta,
  • Pizza,
  • Hamburger,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Pubs,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

Meet the owner

Russ has a background in the food and beverage industry, but it was his drive to succeed that really endeared him to his business partner, Chris, and in 1996 Russ joined the then three-year-old Hot Rocks Creative Diner. “It was just an opportunity,” Russ says modestly. “The people part of it was my strength, and it’s Chris’s strength as well. We both are all about our customers.” Russ quickly proved to be an integral part of the business, and has been helping Chris make Hot Rocks a Whitby landmark ever since.

The popular spot is known for everything from burgers to pasta, but their wood-oven fired pizzas are definitely a customer favourite. Whether you prefer classic toppings like pepperoni and mushroom, or go for something more creative like duck confit or slow-roasted pork belly roulade, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Atmosphere: 4.1/5
  • Food: 4.1/5
  • Service: 3.7/5
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Restaurantica12
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Excellent experience

We ordered the Russwich with fries and the thai vegetable spring rolls. The Russwhich reduction was incredible, so tasty and rich. The fries were homemade and soft (which i prefer over crunchy fries). The vegetable spring rolls were nothing out of the odrinary, Ive tasted better. I would go there again and try the duck confit. Overall the food was great.

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I don't even know how many times we have been to hotrocks, but each time the food is always great. The service is good, and the atmosphere is nice. The menu selection is wonderful and has something for everyone.

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My husband and I dined at Hot Rocks this past Saturday. My husband had never been before where as I have been numerous times. To be honest it was one of the best meals i have had in a long time. I had the 10oz striploin, which was cooked to perfection and my husband had the dinner special. Which just happened to be lobster. The service was fair. Our server was attentive and polite. It was a wonderful experiance. The cost was extremely reasonable as well. We will definately return and tell our friends

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Yeah...I had to laugh at the review from the guy with "international" experience. Hot Rocks is not a contender when it comes to high end restaurants. I have eaten there 1/2 a dozen times. The food is tasty thoughtfully prepared and presented. The menu is diverse enough and seems pretty healthy. Never had a poorly prepared meal there. As with most Whitby restaurants the atmosphere lacks coziness. Sound bounces off of the hard surfaces. So if you want intimacy or privacy it is not here. The staff is friendly enough and the pricing is OK

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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I have to agree with Teapots LOL Hot rocks is nothing special, pretending to be special Same old crusty crew serving overpriced food and wine. That guy who wrote that rave review had to be the owner.

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
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Having the privilege of traveling internationally and dining in some of the best restaurants in the world, it was a pleasant surprise to find such a high caliber restaurant in Whitby Ontario. The service in this establishment is world class and each and everyone on the serving staff should be commended for the overly pleasant and professional approach that I would compare with any staff anywhere in the world. Each one of the team treat you as if they personally owned the place and you were their number one customer. Having experienced many different dishes at Hot Rocks over the passed year or so, it would be hard to define which we loved more. The California cut beef tenderloin is superb, and definitely well worth the price of under $30. The pizza is absolutely outstanding as is everything we have ordered to date. Great selection of wine, beer, and beverages of all kinds. Hot Rocks is by far the best eating establishment in the Durham region of Ontario, and far beyond. This is one restaurant that should not change a thing... just keep up the great work

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Great food, really friendly servers, and nice...

Great food, really friendly servers, and nice atmosphere. My husband and I have been to Hot Rocks probably 5 times in the past year, and have never had a bad experience! Very consistent food, and VERY good! Their salads are AMAZING. And the spicy Hawaiian pizza (we get it without the meat)... yum! Definitely one of my favourite spots to eat in Whitby.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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I have driven by Hot Rocks many times, and always...

I have driven by Hot Rocks many times, and always wanted to go there to try their food. After reading some great reviews about it, I decided to check it out with a friend. The atmosphere is great, and the place is very nice inside. My friend and I both ordered the Make Your Own Pizza. It was definitely the best pizza I have ever had. I love that they use a wood burning oven to make the pizza, it had such amazing flavour. The prices were a little over the top. I didn't realize they don't have free refills like most other places and the waitress failed to mention this as well, so two glasses of iced teas cost about $6. They also don't specify on their menu that the Make Your Own Pizza starts at a base of only $2.99 but it is ONLY the crust, you have to pay $1.99 for sauce, $2.99 for cheese, and then anywhere between $1.99- $2.99 for each topping. So if you have several toppings on your pizza, it gets to be fairly expensive pretty quickly. The portion sizes were quite large, the pizza had 6 slices. The waitress was ok, she was not very personable, and she didn't come back to ask if everything was ok with our meal. I also had the rocky road cheesecake for dessert, and it was soo good, I highly recommend trying it! I would recommend this restaurant.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
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I've been bringing friends here for years. Chef's...

I've been bringing friends here for years. Chef's may come and go, but the core values of this restaurant don't change. This is an upscale neighborhhod eatery. A good selection of foods designed for a sophisticated palate. The pulled pork at lunch is excellent as is the Russwich. The pizza's are great but don't try a pepperoni pizza here, go for something a bit out of the ordinary. The service is usually attentive and non intrusive, but sometimes they can be swamped on weekends.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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First time visit. If I were to sum it up in one...

First time visit. If I were to sum it up in one word, it would be "pretentious," so I wasn't surprised to see others here describe it the same way. Crab cakes were cold, pizza was ordinary, rainbow trout had nice flavour, but at about $29, it was over-priced. I don't have a problem paying the restaurant's prices, but I expect some interesting flavours and the food to still be hot when it arrives at the table when paying $100-120 for a meal.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
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I read some of the mediocre reviews in this...

I read some of the mediocre reviews in this space, but since my family and I had visited once before, we decided to bypass those reviews and make our own decision. Boy were we glad we did. The food was excellent for Manhattan standards, which makes it out of this world for Whitby! The service, so severely criticized in other reviews, was instead friendly, attentive, prompt and non-intrusive. Our waitress specifically mentioned the dessert, the key lime cheesecake, and she was right on the money. The restaurant decor was tasteful (the rear section seems more elegant and formal than the front, but both were enjoyable). My only caution was that the menu will dent the credit card in a way one might not expect in Whitby, so only budget reasons will keep us from being regulars. But every other aspect of the experience will ensure we save our money for future visits.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Over priced! Lacks atmosphere, service does the...

Over priced! Lacks atmosphere, service does the basic of the job but makes no effort beyond that. Time for a career change I think. For those dollars I expect to at least be humoured once in a while. Won't see my hard earned dollars.

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 2/5
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Atmosphere is poor and the wait staff is...

Atmosphere is poor and the wait staff is unfriendly. Not rude, but they do not help at all. Laughed at the utter pretentiousness of the place. They were bragging about carrying Lindeman's Bin 65 Chardonnay ($10 at the LCBO) like it was the best thing in the world. Must be because they were charging $45 a bottle. Food was good I will admit but the portions were miniscule. Prices were outrageous. Beer on tap is badly handled. I used to do work with beer taps and distribution and they do not handle the product properly. Many in our party complained that the beer was flat and/or sour. Kinda like the place in general . . .

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 2/5
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Wow. Had an awesome meal here tonight. Great...

Wow. Had an awesome meal here tonight. Great appetizer great main dish and an even better dessert. Quick service. Will most definately be back.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Yet again another spectacular meal. It is all so...

Yet again another spectacular meal. It is all so original. It is nice to go to a restaurant and see a menu that isn't the same as the guy next door. Awesome service. Awesome food. Will most definately be back.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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As always this resturant is exceptional. The...

As always this resturant is exceptional. The wait staff are always friendly and prompt. The food seems to get better and better with every visit. I'm looking forward to my next meal!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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We can't say enough about this place. The food is...

We can't say enough about this place. The food is very worth the price you pay. Portions sizes are the right size. Food is fresh and delicious. The creme brulee was to die for. Tasted like a candy apple. Waitress as always was spectaular.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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I Love this restaurant. The food is excellent...

I Love this restaurant. The food is excellent, the restaurant is clean and the staff is efficient which is difficult to find at other restaurants. One of my favorite places to go.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Ordered what I thought was a strange combo- pasta...

Ordered what I thought was a strange combo- pasta with pulled pork and jumbo shrimp($18). Very nice though. Since it was fairly quiet,service was prompt. Found the menu prices a bit high.I would try the restaraunt again.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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This is a nice & safe place to bring family...

This is a nice & safe place to bring family & friends. They need more beef dishes, but the food is great!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
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January 19, 2018

We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The waitress was friendly and attended to our every wim! Thank you! We will be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 19, 2018

I love this unique atmosphere and menu for gathering with friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2018

Always delicious and a great time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 12, 2018

Nice atmosphere . Service was slow. Food was good. One pasta dish came out cold.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

January 8, 2018

Excellent meal with good friends. Oven baked pizza is the best in Durham.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 1, 2018

A great way to spend New Year’s Eve!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 30, 2017

It was a little too dark, we actually thought the place wa closed when we first walked up. But the service and the food was phenomenal. I would definitely go back again.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 29, 2017

We love hot rocks and it didn't disappoint when we got together with friends for dinner. Amazing atmosphere, great service and incredible food. Can't wait to come back again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 24, 2017

Amazing as always !!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 23, 2017

Dinner was amazing, the staff were awesome, they made planning our event easy! Can’t wait to go back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 23, 2017

Excellent food and quality attentive service throughout the evening. This restaurant is the best kept secret in Durham Region. The staff treat you like family, a great selection of food and the pizzas are outstanding.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2017

Our waitress was excellent, always nearby when needed! Our only mistake was not sharing one of the pizzas as they are the perfect sise for this couple! Both pizzas were delicious. My Wife had their MVP and I had their Spicy Cajun! We took home the leftovers for lunch the next day; both were still great tasting! I give their atmosphere a 5 star because of the mini-Christmas trees lining the outside windows Tastefully done (not overdone). BTW we made our reservation for that Saturday early for 5:30. No reservations, means a long wait! PS Somwehow I lost my receipt; but our waitress got and deserved here 20% tip.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 17, 2017

Always excellent. We request Risa’s section every time!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2017

Thank you for a wonderful evening. The food and the service was excellent! Merry Christmas!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2017

It was a perfect night out to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Our waitress Risa was wonderful and the food was incredible!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 8, 2017

We frequently go here for dinner, but this time I went for lunch with my friends from work. It was excellent as usual.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2017

I don’t usually give reviews but it was a very very very good meal and a very good night out. I thought it was just great all round thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 27, 2017

Food was delicious, as always. Always difficult to make a decision as there are so many excellent choices.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 27, 2017

Communication with the restaurant setting up the reservation was really easy. Service was excellent and the staff were all really friendly. A lot of the guests with us had never been to Hot Rocks and everyone loved it. The food was great. Everyone had a great time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 26, 2017

Everything was excellent as per usual!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 25, 2017

Fantastic restaurant. Food was incredible and the service was amazing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 19, 2017

Always great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 14, 2017

Great food and great service. Wonderful experience each time I come whether it be for a small intimate group of 4 or a large group of 20.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2017

As before service and food were top notch. We love coming here.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2017

Excellent family dinner. Excellent service. Excellent food. Apps: fried green tomatoes, meatballs, bruschetta, coconut shrimp...all great. Followed by: Arctic char, short ribs, short rib pizza and eggplant parmigiana. Topped off with pumpkin cheesecake. All amazing. Thank you,

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 1, 2017

Our waitress was attentive and stopped by at all the right times

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 31, 2017

Hot rocks is one of my family’s favourite restaurants. The food is great, price is right, ambiance is good and everyone is always friendly

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2017

Alexandra was an outstanding server. The food was awesome Drinks were delicious You need to expand you bar drinks. Raspberry sour puss Chocolate martini. Etc You lived up to your name. Hot and you rock Thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2017

Great atmosphere and the food was excellent as usual!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 28, 2017

Wonderful dinner and sercice. Thank you.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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