Gare de l'Est

4.4
263 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French
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
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:45 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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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/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 263 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cozy restaurant with quietly efficient service. We sat at the counter to watch the kitchen in action when we wanted to, and chat between us when we wanted to. It was a little dangerous sitting at the counter because everything looked so delicious that it was hard to limit our ordering! The trout was delicious and perfectly cooked. The coq au vin was comforting. It was a quiet Sunday dinner service, with no theatre crowd.

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JF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice ambience, good food, very attentive staff. A little pricey, but nice for a celebration.

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j
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent pre-theatre dinner; go to crow's, eat there first

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MB
Vancouver
26 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good French food, perfect for pre-theatre dinner, nice prix fixe menu, very good service. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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GP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were 4 friends at dinner, catching up. Tasty food, non-intrusive but friendly and quick service. Will be back

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JM
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great wine selection. Interesting twists on French cuisine. Always a treat.

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ME
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good for pre theatre. We were not rushed and easily were in time for the play. The food was delicious.

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OT
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional service and great variety of dishes.

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EE
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice relaxing environment. Perfectly timed at 5:30 before the theatre. Amazing pumpkin soup. Decent steak/frites (but had better peppercorn sauce). Will try it again as other menu options do look good. Recommended before the theatre!

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IG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent French cuisine style menu with a good variety, well prepared and presented. The service was outstanding -- we had to wait in the lounge a few minutes for our table and complimentary bubbly was provided, plus the serving staff were very friendly and attentive throughout the meal.
My only qualm is the wine list -- there didn't seem to be enough variety in the under-$100 range for either French or Italian wines to suit our table's tastes. We tried two wines recommended by the staff and they were only so-so.

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B
Toronto
61 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed the dinner. Great food. Reasonably priced. Looking forward to going back.

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DL
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for my fiance and mine's anniversary. Excellent service, food and drink. Great atmosphere.

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AS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Besides the difficulty of finding the entrance at 1190 Dundas the evening was great. From the warm hostess, to the waitstaff who were enthusiastic about the menu. I enjoyed my seat which allowed me to peek into the Crow's Theatre space while Chris Abraham worked with his people. The food was fantastic and filling and I was very happy with the cocktails. I skipped dessert this time but will definitely indulge when I treat myself to dinner at your restaurant in the near future. The prix fix was a bonus, as well, so I hope that's a mainstay.

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RM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place! Service is excellent, food is delicious.
Great addition to the neighbourhood.

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HC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was warm, friendly and unobtrusive. The young woman who looked after us was in every way delightful. Excellent classic French food.

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OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was wonderful - an Irish woman with a name that starts with B. The service was great from everyone and the food was outstanding. I will definitely come back.

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rainbow trout was divine!

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MC
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Neighbourhood gem and we enjoyed the food. Host was friendly, our server was attentive throughout the night, even though we came for a very late dinner. We ordered some appetizers to share among two people, and they helped us to separate the soup beforehand serving to the table. Good dessert and coffee to finish off the night.

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SB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambience and service. Afraid to say how much we liked it otherwise we may never get back in!

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JK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighbourhood find. The Manager was very welcoming and our server was great. definitely get the beet salad it was super fresh and tasty.

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KR
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great drinks. Cozy environment

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S
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Not much vibe here other than theatre patrons. Waiter was less than welcoming. Maitre D was overly effervescent. Good for large parties who aren’t looking for an intimate environment.

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BB
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, and staff very attentive and anticipated all our needs.
Enjoyed the steak Frites and French onion soup. Bread was excellent and escargots with ravioli was a lovely treat which my granddaughter really enjoyed.
Great location to have dinner and then go to show at Crow's Theater.

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g
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Been there lots, lately
This place is hopping busy.
Very popular, and deservedly so..

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DG
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday Brunch!

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F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Great food, appropriate amount of servers per tables but not very observant... waited a long time to clear plates. Very long time.

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g
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have been to Gare De L'Est several times in the last few months.
it has been consistently excellent in the food, and the service.
The PRIX FIXE menu is wonderful value for money, and there are dishes on there to suit every palate

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly servers along with amazing food. Seating and table to table space was a bit too crowded. Overall 4 star experience. Will need to go back to try the rest of the menu.

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h
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect evening. Food was delicious and service pristine.
Aaron the manager is a superstar!
Best evening in a long time.

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P
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I’ve been several times now, and this place does what it says on the label - turns out solid, well-prepared bistro food with the odd twist. The atmosphere is buzzy and service solid. Classic bistro dishes (Steak Hachè with frites, moules frites or coc au vin) are all tasty with decent portions. Starters had a few surprises - a poached leek salad and a seasonal salad with some autumn fruit and blue cheese. Main criticism would be the pork schnitzel. Rather than done properly (shallow fried in butter and oil) they deep fry the cutlet. Mine was dry and the crust over cooked. The crust should provide a subtle toasted texture, not make me feel like I’m eating a McDonald’s hash brown. I get it, it’s faster and easier to deep fry the pork cutlet, but taking the extra time to do it properly is the difference between good and great. Cheese selection and deserts are very nice and there is a very good selection of wines by the glass. Pre dinner cocktails also very well prepared. Bread is beautiful, soft sourdough from Black Bird Bakery and is served with whipped, salted butter. The bread is an up charge, but well worth it to soak up the delicious sauces that come with the meals.

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g
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing!
The staff are so great - friendly, but not insufferably so. The food is consistently good, but the mussels, last night, were not up to usual standard. I will be trying it again soon, to make sure it was just a blip- which I'm sure it was!

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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately I had a very bad experience at this restaurant the food was shocking.

I had Pork Schnitzel it was sour and by the taste definitely old meat.

It was not fresh, it was burnt and I say it had been cooked three times (or cooked once and reheated twice)

It was inedible.

My friend had the mussels which were passable

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance. Great service. Food was traditional French, and delicious.

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CS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

11th anniversary and we were greeted with a glass of bubbles. Classy!

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AS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good french food, great service. Mussels and frites were amazing. Steak ftites was not my favourite but still good value.

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OF
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just one word.... Perfection or just really really really good.

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V
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time and we brought friends. Had a lovely meal with great starters and mains. Didn't try the cocktails as we went straight for the wine. Our server was the perfect balance between attentive and discreet with a very nice sense of humour.

Great for a couples' date night. Not cheap but it was a "night out".

Most memorable things we had: steak frites (loved the crust on the steak), scallops, bread pudding, mushroom soup.

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g
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been here a few times, and always try to persuade whoever is with me to share the mussels and another entree with me. This time it was the steak frites and it were very good. But nothing is as good as the mussels.... absolute heaven!!!!

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, delicious food, nice patio. Perfect spot for celebrating a birthday on the east end!

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DW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I've only been to the restaurant twice, but my first visit was more impressive. The portions were a bit bigger and the service was better. I was disappointed on my second visit with the bread (not warmed like the first time I was there and it didn't taste as fresh) and was charged for it. I don't recall being charged for bread the first time round. Also, the dish I ordered (Champignons Bourgignon) was very good, but not as good (or the portion as big) as the first time I went. Overall, it's a nice restaurant with a great patio, but I found everything the second time round a little inferior considering the prices.

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