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Gare de l'Est

4.6
4.6
747 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary French

An authentic, modern French brasserie in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant east end, Gare de l’Est was named after one of the oldest and largest train terminals in Paris, France. Just steps away from Crow’s Theatre, it offers an extensive menu of traditional French fare and seasonal dishes with a focus on local ingredients.

While the actual space doesn’t offer a means of transportation, its loft-like ceilings, deep hued banquettes and crisp white table clothes, will carry your imagination to whatever destination you desire.

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Booked 22 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 792-1626

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    John Sinopoli

  • Catering

    We offer catering services through our catering company, Ascari Hospitality Group.

  • Private party facilities

    Gare de l'Est Brasserie is available for full buy-out for either sit-down or cocktail style receptions.

  • Private party contact

    Karen Osler, Table 17 Catering: (416) 546-9192

  • Neighborhood

    Leslieville / Riverdale

  • Cross street

    Dundas & Carlaw, NE corner

  • Parking details

    Parking garage in building (reasonable pricing)Street parking on Dundas - 3 hour max

  • Public transit

    72-Pape bus, North or South, Carlaw Ave at Dundas St East<br />

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 747 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Toronto

    Pre/post theatre

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  1. AS

    AjineenS

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A beautiful meal with fresh seafood and perfect steak frites. We had the raw oysters, salmon tartare, olives, steak frites, moulles frites and excellent wine. Also my 10 year old had the best Shirley temple EVER ( his words). I can’t believe it took me this long to eat here. We will definitely be back!

  2. BA

    BARRYJ

    Portland

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    Sommelier uninformed. Steak tartare was uninspired. Steak frites undercooked. Unimpressed. The only thing that was “over” was the price for the experience.

    Gare de l'EstResponded today

    Hello and thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. We always try to impress each and every guest with our offerings and provide relevant information to all your food and beverage questions. If you could send a note to info@ascarievents.ca we can coordinate a call with our sales and marketing team and try to impress you once again.

  3. S

    Sierra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Upon entrance the server haphazardly stood the drinks menu up on the table but it fell over as he let it go and he did not fix it. The person pouring water did not wipe the bottle of condensate so droplets fell on the table and into our dishes as he refilled our glasses. These things are very small but they greatly affect your mood while dining and take away greatly from the fine-dining experience. The food was nice, a few memorable dishes but nothing particularly special.

  4. SM

    SherryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Interesting options; good food & polite servers. Well worth the experience

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice service and meal, thank you

  6. K

    Kelly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our visit was absolutely amazing! The staff had wonderful recommendations, the bartender was creative and brilliant with their cocktails and the food was astonishing. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who asked!

  7. LP

    LisaP

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a fantastic neighbourhood bistro with consistently good food and excellent service. Our go-to for all celebrations.

  8. NE

    NEDD

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Space chilly, kitchen out of bread (!), steak a mite tough.

  9. BR

    BeeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A truly delightful experience! Spectacular food, lovely service and atmosphere. I came with a friend for brunch and enjoyed their cocktails and croque madame.

  10. SE

    SEH3

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    It was delightful to be back in person. Food was delicious, the server attentive & it’s a lovely space.

  11. JE

    JETC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our dinner immensely. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. We were very well taken care of. It was our first visit there and certainly will not be our last. We're looking forward to our next meal at Gare de l'Est.

  12. CC

    CharmaineC

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Traditional bistro fare, classic and well done. Service staff are efficient, professional and attentive. Will be trying their brunch next.

  13. V

    Viktor

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    We celebrated the registration of our marriage 29th of April 2022. Restaraut congratulated us with two glasses of champagne. Thats was really nice. The food is not bad, but the prices are highe.

  14. MC

    MartyCohen

    Toronto

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The restaurant was not too busy when we arrived, only waited a few minutes then we were greeted and seated nicely at a window table. Brunch menu has quite a range of choices and we both enjoyed our dishes - Benedict Nordique and Pain Perdu. Service was good overall but we did notice new staffs on the floor that might need more confidence and training.

  15. MD

    MDHass

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great place. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

  16. AB

    ABCc

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food, service and ambiance excellent!! With almost a full house noise level gets strong. Will definitely be back French onion soup outstanding!!

  17. p

    poohface

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Service was very good and attentive. Environment was quiet and comfortable. Food was okay. French toast was very good. Omelette was small but tasty. Accompanying salad was unimaginative......lettuce alone with not enough dressing. My husband’s salad was a mound of frisée with two poached eggs and no bread. So, he ordered toast, got 1 piece and was charged $3 for it. Some good flavours but not good value for the money.

  18. TM

    TomM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent French food, great cocktails, wonderful service. Looking forward to returning

  19. T

    Tamara

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    This is a rare find in the neighbour hood, french cuisine served in a spacious dinning with table cloth and upscale ambience. Like lot of fashionable place, the menu is rather small but quality is there, if a little uneven. The oysters were excellent, duck confit very tender with crispy skin, salon perfectly medium rare. But it is puzzling that the duck dish is already meaty. Placing all the bits (half a sausage, fat pork and beans) from the cassoulet just makes it too heavy a dish. The mussels were of tiny speicies but cooked properly with flavour. Unfortunately, the accompany fries were very salty and dry. French fries are thin but many of them were only 2 cm long making it hard to taste the potato, just salt and grease. The salmon did not come with the fish roe as promised by the menu. Given there is nothing else on the plate but lentils, the added colour and texture to the plate would be much more pleasing. Since there were no vegetables or greens that come with any plates, we order extra sides. With the added-ons, their true price point is revealed. Overall it is a nice place, especially welcome in this nook. I am partial to french food. If greens were included on the plates, I would love to visit more often.

  20. JG

    JanG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a lovely, relaxed spot for brunch. We hope to go more often!

  21. JC

    JohnC

    Corpus Christi

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    First time there. Lovely ambiance. Professional and friendly service. Very good French food.

  22. MB

    MawyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    Sitting in the bar area we seemed to have less attention from servers. Often had to call them over to order. Mussels were expensive considering 5-6 weren’t open. Cocktails were great though.

  23. EN

    EricN

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The salmon dish was to die for! Hope to go back next time there is a play!

  24. c

    cynd

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2

    Music not suited to dining or to a French bistro. French onion soup boiling hot, even 10 minutes later, making an unpleasant eating experience. Otherwise food good, service fantastic.

  25. GT

    GlobetrottingT

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Always love this local restaurant with great French bistro-style food.

  26. j

    jamesk

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    such a SAD limited menu!!! coffee cups are wide mouth leading to quick cooling... to state "French", and not have croissants for brunch ???? after we went to a Croissant Bar + hot coffee ! PROVIDE INDIVIDUAL FRENCH PRESSES

  27. S

    Sammy

    Toronto

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So fun to be out to Brunch and a French brunch tres Bien! Lovely professional service and delicious food! Can’t wait to go back! :)

  28. JO

    JOHNA

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great french bistro dinner Authentic . Cool space great aervice. Good wine list

  29. AA

    AntoniaA

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Overall a very nice brunch. The portions seem noticeably smaller since my last visit last summer, but still very tasty. Good service.

  30. f

    flyndine

    Toronto

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Attentive and friendly service. Excellent texture and portion size for entree-portion beef tartare. Salmon was moist and flavours well-balanced. Good wine selection. Side order fries pricey and underwhelming. Green beans sold out by 7 pm with no substitution available (other than salad). Crispy croutons preferred in French onion soup as opposed to dry, un-soaked bread. Crostini or baguette would pair better with tartare instead of heavily salted homemade waffle chips (which would be great on their own). The creativity is appreciated, but traditional approaches are also desired. Overall, a pleasant visit to a local brassiere. Worthy of a future visit.

  31. L

    Laura

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was our groups first time here and we loved it. The service was great and the food was even better. We'll be back again for sure

  32. d

    diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    the service was very attentive and knowledgeable, I felt bad for our waitress having to constantly say..."I am sorry , but that item or wine or whatever was not available"....my vegetarian friend was very limited on the options as a result.

  33. M

    Maye

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Never faildme The steak and cheese cake are amazing

  34. JB

    JenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was perfection. Friendly, hospitable staff; delicious, thoughtfully prepared food, great wine, and a sense of care and professionalism without being pretentious.

  35. JG

    JanG

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was attentive without being overbearing. We all enjoyed our meals and were served in plenty of time to amble over the theatre to see our play.

  36. JT

    JenniferT

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The only reason this isn't a 5 star review is that they were out of bread (baguettes), which we would have wanted with our order of mussels, as well as two other items on the menu. The salmon was also a little too salty for my personal taste (but still very delicious). Otherwise, the service and experience was excellent, and I very much appreciated the bartender taking the effort to create a mocktail for me.

  37. HP

    HeatherPS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fresh oysters to start, gorgeous steak frites and duck cassoulet for our main, closing with a beautiful cheesecake and cherry glaze reeducation for dessert. Their cocktails are also a thing of beauty. We talked about our meal for days. Simple, elegant décor. Friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommended.

  38. MB

    MammaBear

    Toronto

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food, wonderful service, and super convenient to Crow's Theatre. Perfect.

  39. C

    Curmudgeon

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4

    Too much mayo in steak tartar. Ordered 24 oysters. Got 12.Then ordered 9 & got 6. Server was excellent as were fries, soup & oysters.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    It’s the 3rd time in a row I’ve had bad experiences here, when it was my favourite go to spot with family and dates. My burger was raw, I only ate a little bit of it and it was visibly raw and the waiter didn’t even bother to ask if everything was okay. Honestly it’s unfortunate because they changed things about certain items and I just can’t deal with having to send another burger back because I can literally pull the raw meat from the middle. Not medium or even close. Really sad it seems they lost the previous chef and the new one I’m really not a fan of and I just can’t bring myself to have another disappointing meal out considering this is on the higher end price range for East End.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gare de l'Est offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 792-1626.

Gare de l'Est is rated 4.6 stars by 747 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 22 times today

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Google Map for Gare de l'Est

1190 Dundas St. E. Toronto, ON M4M 0C5

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Dundas & Carlaw, NE corner

  • Neighborhood

    Leslieville / Riverdale

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking garage in building (reasonable pricing)Street parking on Dundas - 3 hour max

  • Public transit

    72-Pape bus, North or South, Carlaw Ave at Dundas St East

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Sinopoli

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (416) 792-1626

  • Catering

    We offer catering services through our catering company, Ascari Hospitality Group.

  • Private party facilities

    Gare de l'Est Brasserie is available for full buy-out for either sit-down or cocktail style receptions.

  • Private party contact

    Karen Osler, Table 17 Catering: (416) 546-9192

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