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“Overrated brunch” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Hot House

The Hot House
35 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1T3, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
+1 416-366-7800
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Ranked #282 of 6,572 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $20
Cuisines: International, Canadian, Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night Food, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Cross street: Front and Church
Description: The Hot House Restaurant & Bar is one of the busiest restaurants in Toronto and the reason is clear... Great food. The Hot House offers spacious, colourfully decorated rooms and an upbeat atmosphere in addition to an eclectic menu to suit all tastes. From thin-crust gourmet pizzas to steaks, rack of lamb, Cajun shrimp, numerous pasta dishes, seasonal salads, and decadent desserts, this menu has it all, including an extensive vegetarian selection. The Hot House Restaurant & Bar also has an extensive selection of wines from around the world, as well as an impressive cocktail menu and a selection of offerings from Canadian microbreweries. The sun-drenched 150 seat patio at the Hot House is an excellent setting to sample some fine Italian wines, Canadian craft beers, or the one of the best mojitos and margaritas in the city. In addition to the patio and the eclectic menu, the Hot House also offers group menus and private areas ideal for birthdays, showers, office parties, meetings, or any other function.
Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Overrated brunch”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Too much food, strange combinations and too many people. Service is meh. There is much better choices for brunch with less hype.

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English first
Toronto, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Nice suprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Recommended by co-workers, great location, not far from downtown core. Nice selections and good service. Food was well prepared and served while hot.

Visited January 2012
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Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Hot Stuff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

There's a huge selection of food here to suit just about everyone's taste, including a few completely vegetarian options. This is quite a large restaurant so they are able to handle walk-in's who don't have a reservation. It is conveniently located right downtown near the St. Lawrence Market affording those staying in hotels a short distance away a nice walk through a different neighbourhood. It's relatively close to the Theatre and Distillery Districts as well.

There used to be a buffet on Wednesday nights; not sure if that still exists. However, the Sunday brunch buffet is truly something to behold. Bus loads of people (...literally) come for this buffet so if you plan on brunch, plan to get there early!

At dinner each table receives a mini loaf of freshly baked sourdough and a cup of butter. It arrives hot and steaming to your table and is completely irresistable. Service is great, portions are generous and I have never been disappointed with anything on the menu.


  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Woodbridge, Canada
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39 restaurant reviews
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“Great jazz band”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Nice live band. Food was average but plentiful. More of a lunch buffet than a breakfast buffet.

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best brunch buffet in the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Good food, amazing atmosphere.
When I went there was a jazz band that played live music too. But sometimes the line up for the food was kind of long.

Visited September 2011
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