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Gare de l'Est

4.5
678 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary French
Please note that as of Sept 22 proof of double vaccination is required for indoor dining. Paper or PDF copies of your vaccine receipt can be found at covid-19.ontario.ca. For more details please visit ascarihg.com/covid19.
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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.

Experiences

  • Bubbles & Free Oysters!

    Nov 25 - Dec 30, 2021

    Enjoy a dozen oysters with the purchase of a bottle of Cremant or two dozen oysters with the purchase of Champagne. From 5-7pm or after 9pm (Sun-Wed)
  • New Years Eve 2022

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    End the year on a high note by joining us at Gare de l'Est Brasserie for a delicious 3 course meal starting with an Amuse Bouche 🥳 Menu - $75/head View our menu: gdlbrasserie.com

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 678 people are saying
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Amanda26
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious with a great wine list! Perfect for a date night!

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DavidP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

French bistro food was adequate. Not very flavourful.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

1 hr for mains to come, however tables arounds us who came later got their meals minutes after ours. Was able to make a last minute reservation, evident why that was.

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LailaE
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Actually, we were hoping to go for dinner but there were very few options for fish (not seafood) or vegetarian so we booked for brunch instead.
Disappointed that the fries and coffee were not hot and we needed to ask for this to be remedied.
Also disappointed that the desserts on dessert menu were not available. There was only one dessert offered. We were there for a sunday brunch and there was a full restaurant so unsure why they couldn't have more desserts available.
Overall, the food was good as was the service. Will likely return for another try but not for dinner unless the menu is more inclusive/varied.

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Raina
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was exceptional. They made an error on our order, but it was rectified quickly and the staff made an effort by apologizing and our dessert was free.
I was a bit disappointed that the initial table they were going to give us was in the entrance section which didn't have nearly the same ambiance as the rest of the restaurant. We sat at the bar and had a drink and they switched our table within about 40 min which suited us perfectly.
It wasn't error free, but overall they rectified everything and we had a very enjoyable meal!

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MammaBear
Toronto
41 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food at Gare de l'Est is always excellent. We had another superb meal before going next door to the Crow's Nest to hear some jazz. A great way to spend a Friday evening.

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viplianal
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great to have a decent french restaurant in Toronto that isn't over the top expensive

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Jaggy
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great ambience and lovely staff. A few observations to explain my review. The Onion soup broth was sublime but I think not enough as the bread piece was way too big and overwhelmed the dish. The steak was good but I always wish a restaurant would ask you if you want it pre cut or not. Mine was brought precut which I don't like. The server was nice (and made a great wine recommendation) but there were a few stretches where she didnt check in and especially after she brought the bill, the wait was so long I hailed the manager down. It's a great ambience but everything counts in a solid dining experience.

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RebeccaM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all- We were in such a rush- Great service (Lila) and lovely concierge (Newton Mearns) We will be back
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Principal server was aloof and somewhat disinterested, support server was pleasant and attentive. Portion for price was not the greatest, but the food was tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A wonderful experience!
The food and service were fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped for dinner before a concert in the neighbourhood. We called ahead to say we were running late and they were very accommodating. Steak Tartare (main), French Onion Soup and Salade Verte: all tasty, fresh and beautifully presented. Will gladly go again when we are in the east end.

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Sp2014
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely place, a bit off the beaten path. Authentic

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Duck confit was terrible and literally inedible - not “confit’d” at all.

Very surprising given our precious experiences here.

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jojo
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I was meeting 2 of my friends for brunch and I was immediately put through the
correct Covid protocols by the wait staff.
We had a great table near the window and the ambience is great.
We all ordered different dishes and they were all very good.
The wait staff was was right on point and attentive.
I would highly recommend this place for brunch and will be going back soon.

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vipSBusy
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pain perdu! The Shakshuka was delicious and my partner loved the lobster in his omelette! Definitely recommend coming for a lovely Parisian brunch

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viprobertk
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thought this place was an amazing find on OpenTable. Service was great and employees were even better. Friendly, kind and attentive.
Will definitely be one of my new favourites.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was lovely, good service & nice ambiance

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JuliaC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The bourride was a little pricey for the amount of seafood, but it was cooked perfectly and beautifully seasoned. Great efficient service.

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Almos
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sophisticated bistro food and good wine pairing; adherence to COVID protocols

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food!!! had Le Brunch for a birthday

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FrankS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very innovative with their menu. Delicious all around.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok. Duck was cooked perfectly, presentation was sloppy. We were served stale bread with our steak tartare which was quickly replaced with fresher bread ( softer ) but not crostini. Tartare was over powered with mustard. Server was very polite, but he appeared to be too busy and didn’t give the table the extra few minutes to make us feel easy. It was very hard to ask him questions as he always seemed to run away from the table.. yes we were hungry and ate fast but the service felt very rushed. I am a server and I understand that times are different and places are understaffed, however it’s never nice for the guest coming in for a nice relaxing night to have a sever that seems stressed the whole
Time- nothing personal, he was very pleasant.. maybe he doesn’t realize ho

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable atmosphere, food and service. Appreciate the option of bringing own wine with a reasonable corkage.

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markj
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef approved! Flavours were great, service was great!

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BMBM
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Oysters gone bad, duck raw and cold center, steak tough and dry

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SequoiaM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

This place either needs to drastically improve their food or lower their prices, as the current quality does not justify the cost. My steak, ordered medium rare, was served medium well, almost well done. The pate a choux dessert was so tough it was clearly at least a day old, I was frankly shocked they had the nerve to serve us day old pastries for $13 a piece. Maybe they thought we wouldn’t notice?

I know it’s a fancy place, I don’t begrudge them the $10 pints of lager or the $7 bottles of San Pel, our tab came to $400 and I paid without complaint. But I was stunned to see that, after being served a single piece of bread with the chicken liver mousse ($16, the liver was tasty), I was then charged another $2 for a second piece of bread! I don’t expect this kind of nickel and diming from an ostensibly high class place.

The service left something to be desired as well. The server was very nice and polite but I frequently felt forgotten. By the time our server got to us at times I’d been trying to catch her eye sometimes for 10 minutes or longer. I don’t need to be checked in on constantly but our server glancing over at our table during her rounds to see if we’re craning our necks looking for her would have been appreciated. I asked for my wine to be served with my steak, I was half finished with the steak when the wine arrived. I expect more for $100/head before tip.

Cocktails were good, I recommend the egg whites one. I will not be returning to this restaurant, however, unless I hear that their quality has increased drastically.

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JoelleT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food. A lovely space to dine.

JC
JackiC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was out first time at Gare de l'Est and we hope to return. We ate inside the restaurant in a nicely spaced area. The service was great, people friendly, and the food was wonderful. I hope restaurants keep forever the wide spacing of tables necessary for COVID protection. We were not claustrophobic plus we could hear ourselves speak unlike prior to COVID.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Service was great by Kirstin. Great drinks, fun appetizers. The key Issue was that after 50 minutes we inquired about our main course and found out it had been forgotten. We asked for the cheque and left so we could eat elsewhere.

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Sofia
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Slow service
Brunch was not that great;
Omelette could have used a little more salt. Other items like Croque Monsieur didn't feel as balanced.
Mimosa was not bad.

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Resh
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From a qualified individual who appreciates the subtle, multifaceted differences. I work in Film, travel frequently -) with finely-tuned steak, salmon and Matisse-painted salad. The presentation was simply exquisite (living sculptures). Portions were generous- more than fair. Service was individualized, highly attentive -exceptional. Ambience is uniquely respectful of clientele for discourse, yet befitting the adventurous while a jazz band sets-up. Never know who arrives? We love the adventure. Wished we would've had time to remain. um.. In short: discerning yet accessible to anyone in need of a unique hidden gem of an oasis. My gratitude to Dee, our Server, Master Chef, Ms. & Mr. Anderson for the recommendation. I am certain that I have found a new home in Toronto for my professional and personal dining. Yes- (Dare I mention) even on-par to J***'s in Yorkville now!!! I cannot thank you all enough. My gratitude.

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IsabelleD
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Nice menu in a very nice atmosphere. Desserts aren't worth trying though. Service was friendly but not efficient

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StephanieF
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Wine was delicious. Service was great. Will go back again.

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KatieM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance, welcome, service, and food were all excellent. Highly recommend.

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HeidiN
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience- can't wait to go back
The service was impeccable
The food was scrumptious
and the ambiance was perfect...

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vipLovingfood
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a milestone birthday for me and wanted somewhere nice to celebrate. This restaurant was the perfect place. From fancy cocktails to amazing service to fabulous food.

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Daisy
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great patio and ambience & knowledgeable wait staff

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DonM
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

food and service were exceptional. The duck is amazing. The mussels were not fresh, but the manager dealt with it promptly so no complaints.

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Almos
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

good food good bistro atmosphere well chosen wines

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Gare de l'Est is rated 4.5 stars by 678 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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