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Hoito Restaurant

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314 Bay St., Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
(807) 345-6323
Today
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 110
    Excellent
  • 104
    Very good
  • 53
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Landmark restaurant in Thunder Bay

With it's large Finnish population this restaurant has been a landmark for many decades. You Gotta Eat Here has frequented too. The food was generous and homemade. The decor felt diner/community centre like. The staff very friendly. This is a local hang out so you know you will get good food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Cathie M
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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299 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

With it's large Finnish population this restaurant has been a landmark for many decades. You Gotta Eat Here has frequented too. The food was generous and homemade. The decor felt diner/community centre like. The staff very friendly. This is a local hang out so you know you will get good food. Inexpensive...if you are hungry this is a place to... More 

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is a good place to go for great Fin food. The atmosphere is cozy... Like really cozy in the basement and is a bit tight at times. People seem to get grumpy fast here but I hope it's because they're hungry and impatient. The servers are generally good - but can at times be slow due to the sheer... More 

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Owen Sound
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71 reviews 71 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Glad to see nothing changed in the 10 years since I've eaten here. Good was great, staff were friendly. Thanks Hoito!

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Thunder Bay, Canada
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Wow food was ok at best and the same goes for the service. Not even close to being as good as it once was

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Iron River, Wisconsin
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81 reviews 81 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Great service. Hoito is fin. If you don't like finlander food, don't go there. But if you do, it is amazing. The pancakes are everything you could want and more. And super huge. It isn't anything fancy but this isn't a romantic journey folks... this is about carbo loading on amazing pancakes. My hubby ended up doing a burger. Not... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

A business peer insisted I eat the pancakes here while I was in town. As a breakfast fan this simple, unassuming place delivered on the hype. They were something wonderful you can't taste anywhere else!

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Ontario, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

After 20 different friends and acquaintances told us to put this on our restaurant list while visiting Thunder Bay, we did... It was a lovely Wednesday morning at 7:15 am. We arrived early to miss the crowds we were told that flock here. A very clean establishment with exceptional friendly service. If only the food met the level we expected.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

We were weekly regulars for years but gone down hill to the point we will not return unless changes are made. Poor food,high price,poor service!

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Ottawa, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

Took a couple of customers here for breakfast. They knew the place and it was my first time. I saw it on "You gotta eat here" so I knew they had thin Finnish pancakes and good food all around. I found the service average and slow, food was good but not blown away, this may have been a reflection of... More 

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Thunder Bay, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Food is good. Prices are reasonable. Lineups can be a problem. Service is generally poor. Wait staff is slow to arrive once you are seated.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 314 Bay St., Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Thunder Bay
  • Phone Number: (807) 345-6323

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Canadian, Scandinavian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?