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Hoito Restaurant

314 Bay St., Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
(807) 345-6323
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Ranked #27 of 241 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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73% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The service was excellent. The atmosphere was nice and seemed busy. The food came in a reasonable amount of time. Ok so enough of that stuff. The bacon was great!!! The pancakes were delicious!! The coffee was pretty good! I'll go back next time I'm in town!

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Elmhurst, IL
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Reading about Thunder Bay we were actually looking forward to eating at the Hoito. It was a bit of a letdown. The building the restaurant is in is handsome and the restaurant area in the basement has an interesting Nordic 60's design feel, but the food wasn't memorable and seemed a bit high-priced. Our waitress was friendly, but harried: the... More

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Kitchener
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I havebeen to the Hoito a few times while visiting Thunder Bay. A very disappointing visit today. Long line....indifferent waitperson.....almost 50 minutes wait until we got our order of just pancakes..really 50 minutes to make three orders of pancakes? No additional coffee offered after our one cup....this place is way overrated...do yourself a favour take a pass!!

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

You can get breakfast here all day long, so you can go any time of the day to get the best Finn pancakes in the city.

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Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I used to love going to the Hoito and would stop by for breakfast at least once, if not twice, a month. Over the last year it has taken a severe dive. Prices were spiked, cleanliness dropped, service deteriorated, and after my last visit I can't see going back unless someone tells me there's been a major change. It's almost... More

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Park Rapids, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We go once a year just so I can get my Finnish pancake fix. We try not to go on the weekends so that we don't have to wait. My hubby ordered the Poutine and thought it was very good - something different since we are from MN and that isn't a common dish around here. Waitress was very friendly.... More

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Barrie, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I used to live in Thunder Bay (8 years ago) and loved going to the Hoito for breakfast! Waiting in line was always expected but the wait time for your order to be taken, your food to arrive, coffee refills, etc was never this long. We waited about a half an hour for a table, 10 minutes for our food... More

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Thunder Bay
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
36 helpful votes 36 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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