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Hoito Restaurant

314 Bay St., Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
(807) 345-6323
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Ranked #21 of 242 restaurants in Thunder Bay
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Scandinavian, Canadian
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Thunder Bay
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Hoito has always been a 'go to' when we have guests in town and last year I took some family visitors and as usual we waited 20 minutes to be seated, which is normal for the Hoito. However, we waited over one hour after giving our order and still no pancakes. Meanwhile food is coming out of the kitchen... More

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Thunder Bay, Ontario
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The last time we were there found the restaurant to be very dirty, the chairs needed to be replaced and the rugs needed cleaning.. The meals are very expensive to what they used to be, the service was very slow. The pancakes were very greasy and hard to digest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I'm Italian and this is my first time in Canada and the first time I eat at a Finnish restaurant, very satisfied! Big portions and cheap. I will recommend you the menu with roast beef. I recommend it!

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Mankato, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This was a charming Finnish restaurant with fabulous food! The pancakes were amazing and service very fast. A definite stop when traveling to Thunder Bay!

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Wichita, Kansas
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The owner of our motel recommended this historical Finnish restaurant since 1918 was wonderful. The decor is very old diner, but you aren't there for that. You are there for the history and the food. We went for breakfast and the Finnish pancakes. They were so incredibly wonderful. They are a very flat pancake, but so creamy inside. I am... More

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Winnipeg Beach, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The Hoito is busy for a reason...the food is great! I'm originally from T.Bay now living in the Peg since 1974 but when I go home for my annual visit, the Hoito is the first place on my list to go and eat. The prices are a little higher than others but consider quality and the quantity...3 Finn pancakes alone... More

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Thunder bay
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

The food was okay, have had better but the service and wait was not worth it me and my girl friend waited 45 mins for a turkey and hamburger sandwich did not seem busy at all cause it was on a Wednesday at 5 o'clock with 4 table (large) order 10 mins after but ended up having their food before... More

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Thunder Bay
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84 reviews 84 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

those not from the area may not realize that outside of Finland itself thunder bay has the largest finish population - Bay and Algoma streets are the centre of this area - you will here folks speaking Finnish and a lot of the stores in the area have a Finnish theme and usually signs in Finnish -- the Hoito is... More

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Pancakes good, but so are the pancakes at Scanhouse. Ordered scrambled eggs and have to say they were the worst scrambled eggs i've ever eaten in my life. I tried to literally choke them down but couldn't... Anytime i've ever had or even made scrambled eggs they are light and fluffy. These reminded me of scrapings of eggs from the... More

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Waterloo, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Our overall experience was pretty average. The food was decent, but was not worth the wait. Of course we knew it would be busy on a Sunday and since the place has been on "you gotta eat here" it was to be expected, but we figured the food would measure up. You have to pay for parking it's $2, unless... More

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