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Gare de l'Est

4.5
179 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Pre/post Theatre
An authentic and modern French brasserie that celebrates the Parisian dining experience.

CHEF'S BAR: choose "counter" seating if you would like to sit where all the action is, over-looking the kitchen. Same menu as "standard" seating.

PRE-THEATRE
We are neighbours with Crow's Theatre company and offer a Pre-Theatre Prix Fixe menu to help theatre goers dine and get to their show in a timely manner.
Recommended reservation times:
If your show starts at 7:30pm, reserve no later than 5:30pm
If your show starts at 8:00pm, reserve no later than 5:45pm
If your show starts at 8:30pm, reserve no later than 6:15pm
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
CAFE
Monday - Friday, Open at 7:00am
Saturday - Sunday, Open at 8:00am

LUNCH (starting Dec. 8, 2017)
Wednesday - Friday, 11:30pm - 3:30pm
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00am - 3:00pm

DINNER
Sunday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Monday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday, 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Saturday, 5:00pm - 11:00pm

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Phone number
(416) 792-1626
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Sinopoli
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Catering
We offer catering services through our catering company, Table 17.
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Cross street
Dundas & Carlaw, NE corner
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Parking details
Parking garage in building (reasonable pricing)
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Public transit
72-Pape bus, North or South, Carlaw Ave at Dundas St East
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Special events & promotions
We offer condensed menus of your choice for groups of 11-16. You may also opt to choose a prix-fixe family style menu catered to your preferences. Please call us and ask to speak to the Manager.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 179 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The best steak frites and great staff! I would definitely recommend this restaurant

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Ordered the daily fish- sole that was cooked to mush. Daily soup - asparagus was bland. Schnitzel was dry and sauce was over salted. Dessert special - cheesecake with local strawberries was delicious. Room is lovely but very noisy. A/C was blowing on us and very cold.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Our group of three friends greatly enjoyed the occasion for which I would specially recommend Gare de l'Est: PRE-THEATRE DINNER before attending a performance at Crow's Theatre. Why is this not on your list? The convenience for theatre-goers is unbeatable.

All of the food earned the four-star rating. The French onion soup was outstanding.

The noise level made conversation a little difficult; otherwise, a really good dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

What an incredible time. The food was amazing, staff were so approachable, I’m ashamed to say but I forget his name, guy that dressed fancy picked the best wine for us. I was back in Paris. Best resto in Toronto! I don’t usually write reviews but I had to for this place, I will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Great food, wine and service! What more could you want.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent. We found the wine selection not up to par. Difficulty pairing with meal even though server was well versed.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Loved the patio!!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

A fav with us. Friendly service. Tasty authentic bistro fare. Beet salad is excellent. Love the mushroom bourguignon.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We chose to sit outside, as it was a beautiful night - a little noisy from traffic and a party on the patio but it grew quieter as it got later. Good food choices. Standout was the trout!
Lloyd, our server, was exceptional- rarely found in Toronto!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The menu is typically French with a twist. The four grad, something I eat only once a year or so, was delicious and the rhubarb jelly accompanying it was fabulous.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Dined here before and had great service and food...unfortunately this time the service was not that great, took a long time to get drinks and half our table wasn't that impressed by the food. Hoping it was an off night

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

We felt like having quality French bistro fare and Gare de L'Est more than delivered.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food and service were excellent, as always. A bit disappointed that our usual wine was not available and that the one recommended by the server was also not available, but we were given a couple of tastings to make a third choice.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

nice modern room with dark accents. open and lots of Windows. they now have a patio as well.
service is very friendly and helpful. menu is small but very thoughtful. fresh and seasonal fare on the menu.
classic French and Belgian fare like moules frites and beef tartare and coq au vin with a modern flair. great beef short ribs on the special. steak frites was a little tough but tasty. fantastic chocolate desert. we had a great wine in the suggestion of the staff as well.
overall a great place for a romantic meal or fun group.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We love this restaurant - the staff is that perfect balance of personable and professional. The food is wonderful ingredients perfectly prepared. It is always a happily memorable evening at Gare de l'est.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

It was my wedding anniversary celebration. The restaurant was very caring and even provided a complimentary champagne. Very thoughtful and very lovely experience. Definitely recommend to everyone.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

I was finally able to make it here to eat and was pleasantly surprised. The fish was delish and fries --- very French. By far, the bread pudding was the star of the night.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Classic French brasserie food in an authentic room. Expert and friendly service. I will go back every time I am in town.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Service could have been a bit more knowledgeable and attentive. Food was good.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

I have been to this restaurant many times and I had a good time. I have recommend my friends to visit and they were pleased with the overall service and the food..

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We went for our anniversary dinner on a recommendation from a friend. The meal was very good. Rich flavours and a very simple presentation. Staff were friendly and there was a very pleasant atmosphere. I would recommend friends and family to go there for a good meal. Prices were very fair. My only recommendation would be to extend the selection of beers. Wine list was great, but I'm a draft beer person.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Food was excellent. We had the French Onion Soup, Frisee Salad with Lardons, Schnitzel and Omelette. Server, Emily, was delightful.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Really enjoyed our meal at Gare de l’est. we sat at the chef counter and it was awesome for a glimpse into the chefs world! Loved everything we had, left very full (nor room for dessert!) and will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Beautiful space. Good quality ingredients. We need more places like this in all neighbourhoods in Toronto. Great for an intimate date night or friends get together for brunch. Especially at the base of new condos in Toronto....where too often, Subway, nail salon, bank and realtors make for a banal street experience. Great addition to the neighbourhood. Will be back.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very authentic French bistro cuisine. Great service. Lovely idea if you’re going to a play next door the same evening.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

My husband and I came for dinner for my birthday this week. The food was perfect - simple, well-done French flavours and nice dish presentation.
Our server was personable and very helpful, and the maître’d that greeted us first at the bar was professional and welcoming.
Prices were very fair for the level of care we experienced.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Food was very good!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We enjoyed our evening!
It would be nice to offer some lower price wines in the wine list.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

If you have a craving for a good steak frites, Gare de l'Est fits the bill nicely. Great ambiance. Pleasant, attentive service.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Warm service, delicious food unique & delicious cocktails. A neighbourhood fave.

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

this is my second visit to GDL. The first was dinner a few months ago and not great as they were understaffed and the service was terribly slow. We didn't blame the waitress; I felt the manager was not really working fast enough to help her overworked staff.. apologies all round and we agreed we would come back.
We had lunch this week and it was lovely and quiet; very nice waitress. There is nothing wrong with the attitude but as a service industry person I look for quick responses for orders.. ie 3 ordered tea and we got our cups but it took quite a while for the actual teapots to show up. It should happen right away as should a drink. My onion soup was totally underwhelming... not much cheese and definitely not hot. The chicken salad looked lovely and my friend enjoyed her omelette. It's a hard call as the intention is there; there just isn't the attention to detail (quicker service, hotter food, manager interested) that i'd like to see.
But we'll be back, I'm sure. We love the theatre and love the convenience of GDL.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Solid food, outstanding service! Our server was delightfully knowledgable and most pleasant. Loved her.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The service is wonderful. The mushroom dish is super. Frites are a bit heavy on the salt.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Nice atmosphere, great attentive service, reasonable prices, extensive wine list and fantastic French food make this a good choice in the neighbourhood for dinner, a date or a night out with friends.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Good food friendly service

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The wine and food was accessional. Likewise the service. Would go again in a heartbeat.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The food was amazing as was the presentation. Wait staff very friendly.

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The oysters were tasty (but pricey for Toronto at $40-something a dozen), and two of our other four dishes came with hard poached eggs instead of soft. Especially disappointing on a frisee salad. I expected better food for a $250 dinner. The wine list is great though - it’s a nice place to stop for a drink.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The staff at Gare de l'Est were professional, attentive and friendly. A good spot to dine before the theatre.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Had a great dinner. I really enjoyed this place! Definitely going back

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