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Hoito Restaurant

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314 Bay St., Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
(807) 345-6323
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 129
    Excellent
  • 111
    Very good
  • 61
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Home cooking at great price

Very homey atmosphere. Great value for your money. Large portions. Sometimes wait can be a little long as this is a busy place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
600pennys
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Thunder Bay, Canada
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Very homey atmosphere. Great value for your money. Large portions. Sometimes wait can be a little long as this is a busy place.

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Sudbury, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The Hoito has been operating for almost 100 years. Specializes in basic Finnish menu. I don't think anyone should go there expecting gourmet dining. It is basic, nourishing food and, with my wife's Finnish heritage, we enjoy that special ambience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

My family came from Edmonton to visit this summer , and the first place they wanted to to the Hoito Restaurant. They have visited before and have always been pleased with the food and service. This year when they went, I did not accompany them , but as usual, they were treated with kindness and respect. The server, Linda was... More 

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Lumby, Canada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I heard about this restaurant years ago and every time I travel through Thunder Bay I never seem to connect. Went and ate a hearty Finn Pancake breakfast and now my dreams have come true. Will definitely return!

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Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It makes me sad to write this, but I feel fair warning is needed for unsuspecting tourists who have heard of the "famous Hoito restaurant". I have been going to the Hoito since I was a child - its in my home town. I have stopped going to the Hoito because it has changed in the past couple of years.... More 

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Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The food as always was good, but nothing new to make it exciting. If you are a Thunder Bay fan, and you want to re-experience the taste of a good pancake - then go for it. But be ready to wait, be forgotten, and perhaps overpay for the experience.

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Service is poor. Takes while to sometimes be acknowledged as your waiting for service. I think their reputation has gone to their heads and they have begun to be arrogant about their clientele. I will never return after having to wait so long for service. There are many more options in Thunder Bay for breakfasts and best to look elsewhere... More 

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Trenton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

You must get there early to get a table. Staff is always friendly and come around often to refill your coffee mug. You get your basic breakfast in an old institution. Always go there when visiting Thunder Bay. It was a family tradition.

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is an historical place indeed but the food is no longer as attractive. You can get better Finn pancakes many other places. This is the only place for salt fish sandwiches and other Finnish dishes. But it's not like the old days.

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Winnipeg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

As long as you can stand accessing this restaurant on the lower level, this meeting place allows you to see people that you haven't seen in years. Every trip to Thunder Bay means a trip to the Hoito. The staff is friendly and some of the servers have been there for over 30 years. It is a trip down memory... More 

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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: European, Canadian, Scandinavian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?