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Gare de l'Est, Toronto, ON
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Gare de l'Est

4.4
4.4
866 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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

Experiences

  • Half Price Wines

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy the full wine list at half price on Tuesday evenings. Explore off the beaten path varietals and unique regions our list has to offer.
  • Spritz French Fluently

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy happy hour with a St. Germain Spritz and Oysters on the patio or indoors. The adventure is yours to decide. Available on Tuesday-Friday, 5:00-7:00pm. Une Carafe de St. Germain Spritz et une Douzaine d'Huîtres - $79 Une Carafe de St. Germain Spritz - $65 Une Douzaine d'Huîtres Supplémentaire - $46 Une Demi-Douzaine d'Huîtres Supplémentaire - $24
  • Préfixe de Théâtre

    Multiple dates available
    Reserve your pre-theatre show dinner and enjoy a timely, prix fixe menu that won’t have you peckish by intermission. Our three course dinner is available at $54 / guest, from 5:00-6:30pm, Tuesday-Friday. SOUPE DE LA SEMAINE PÂTÉ GRAND-MÈRE pork, chicken liver + foie gras terrine / mustard / crostini SALADE VERTE baby gem / watercress / breakfast radish / crispy shallot / toasted sunflower seeds / champagne vinaigrette STEAK FRITES flatiron / maître d’hôtel butter / aioli DORADE PROVENÇAL piperade / capers / niçoise olives / frisée AGNOLOTTI AUX PETIT POIS sweet pea filled pasta / morel mushrooms / ramps DESSERT

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What 866 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. Food was delicious.
  2. A

    Alex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive service, food was delicious, would definitely recommend!!
  3. SB

    ShelleyB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for lunch. Delicious. Great service. Burger cooked to perfection.
  4. C

    Christopher

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Friday, date night dinner for two. Found it through Somm app, which gives benefits like a free glass of wine. As we were seated, I told the Maitre'd I had this app, he responded, "you get a 3oz glass of sparkling". When he returned with only one glass I was confused, he spoke firmly to the point of being rude "one glass per Somm app" and pointed at my date "If she has the app, she can have a glass"... So I ordered an paid for another glass. This was really poorly handled from a guest experience perspective and this weirdly hostile experience put me off for the rest of the night. The space is beautiful, clean and warm feeling with a open kitchen. We had Tatare, Escargot, Lamb Shank, Mushroom Agnolotti, and a bottle of Bourdeaux. For Desert the "Opera Cake" The Tartare was over seasoned. Too much mustard but otherwise fresh and well presented. Topped with a hen's egg yolk and microgreens. The Escargot was fresh, beautifully done. Heavy hand on the garlic, which was enjoyed! Mushroom Agnolotti was a small portion, but delicious. Creamy and obviously freshly made as well as being a beautiful presentation. Lamb Shank was a large portion, braised with green and white beans, soaked in Jus. The meat was not as richly flavored as I expected, but fall apart tender. Overall I don't know what made it both tender slightly tough at parts. still a good dish, beautifully presented. A single Opera Cake was shared, it was a complex set of layers with chocolates, crème anglaise and a sort of sponge cake, a stand out. The service was fine. Wine was decanted for us. We filled our own water and wine most of night. Quality check came after my date finished the Agnolotti, so a bit slow. The server was very knowledgeable and polite. The bill had both glasses of sparking, but the server caught it before I brought it up. I to ask for a double charged desert to be removed. Overall, 3/5. Total Bill with 18%Grat came to $262.68. Love Ascari, won't return to Gare de l'Est.
  5. SD

    SarahD

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the prix fixe menu - not disappointed. Great service, and they understood we were going to Crow's theatre for a show.
  6. g

    gastrotraveler

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A lovely experience, as always. I'd like to explore more of the menu, but I can't stop ordering the excellent steak frites every time!
  7. a

    alphie20

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Our host, Ali, was terrific.
  8. T

    Torontofoodie

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    I had been to Gare de l'Est two or three times before and liked it enough to return. However, this Sunday brunch left much to be desired. Service was not up to standard. The waiter forgot about us after delivering the food despite our attempts to get his attention. My friend ordered a refill of his coffee and I a fresh cup--his came, mine didn't. I had to ask and wait for it. They comped my cup of coffee--really? Do I really care about a free coffee? The food was pedestrian. We both ordered the merguez dish which was basically two poached eggs and one sausage thrown over a tub of fried potato cubes, all for the privileged cost of $26 per dish. Next time, we'll know better--we'll have brunch elsewhere.
  9. N

    Neva

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The restaurant has a nice ambience, great staff and great food. Unfortunately on this visit there was a large table of extremely loud guests who were not so much laughing but screaming/laughing. I had a very hard time hearing my friend from across our table over their exuberance. In spite of the screaming laughter, the food and staff were great.
  10. HD

    HappyDiner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch before a show at Crow's next door. Cocktails were tasty and not cloying; had avo toast, mergues and potatoes, melon and prosciutto, cinnamon brioche - all excellent. Fresh tasting and eggs perfectly done. Great service. Always dependable - just wish I lived in the east end so I could go more often.
  11. MC

    MattC

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pre-theatre dinner and ordered the prefix! Steak and frites were very good. The steak was perfectly cooked and very tender and the Basque cheesecake for desert was delicious. The server made sure our meal came in a timely manner ensuring we were finished in time for the show!
  12. C

    Cynthia

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was at the bar early before a play, but the ambiance, service and delicious food were enough to make me want to return - and soon! It's a bit out of the way for me but well worth the trip. Bartender Vanessa and one of the owners, Rahil, were gracious, responsive, and noticed everything.
  13. F

    Faggio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's great to have a place like this in the neighbourhood. Great food, service, atmosphere. Highly recommended!

    Gare de l'EstResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you very much for the 5 start review. Looking forward to meeting you next time that you are dining with us. Thank you, James Brown General Manager

  14. l

    lovedthecroquettes

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The croquettes and the pork dinner plate were superb. The servers were all very attentive. Loved the ambience, not too noisy but enough going on to make it energetic and enjoyable. Limited wines by the glass, but reasonable pricing. Will definitely return.

    Gare de l'EstResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you so much for joining is for dinner, hope to see you again soon. James Brown General Manager

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal and the staff were fantastic!!

    Gare de l'EstResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you so much for coming in for dinner, we hope to see you soon. James Brown General Manager

  16. JB

    JamesB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was spot on and the server knew the menu and ingredients of the dishes we ask about. The food was outstanding and delicious. I have already told my friends that they need to try the fabulous food at Gare de l est.I can’t wait to go back and try out there brunch menu.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Under some sort of construction, so is whatever not sure why it was so highly rated. The steak and frites is what I came for and found it not on the menu anymore. All in all never would go back not worth the price for experience.
  18. S

    Shane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and ambiance. Our server was the perfect combination of not intrusive and also attentive. As constructive criticism, he could learn to open a bottle of wine without putting it on the table :).
  19. AM

    AmyM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is always amazing. The food is incredible. The staff are also part of the reason I love going. They are so kind and helpful. It really adds to the experience.
  20. RU

    RandyU

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second visit; we ordered oysters, two appetizers and mains; all were delivered in a timely fashion and were impeccable. Highly recommend!. My date and I also lingered for quite while afterwards talking and did not feel rushed to leave
  21. MC

    MargC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    It was our first time at this restaurant. We really enjoyed it … food was terrific and wine menu was great
  22. M

    Madge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a delightful brunch before the theatre; service was excellent and the food was delicious!
  23. AP

    AlexP

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Brunch date, will come back
  24. h

    hungryguy

    Memphis/West TN

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a very good brunch before attending the Crowsnest theater for a matinee performance. Having parking restaurant and theater all in the same easy to get to building was great
  25. TO

    TOfoodie

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing restaurant experience. Perfect service - we were left alone when we wanted and attended to when we needed. The food was piping hot and delicious, and so were the drinks - we had cocktails and wine. Nice quiet music, not overbearing. I would absolutely recommend this place - one of my best experiences in the city!
  26. SE

    SusanE

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful find! Perfect pre-theater, dining. Pleasant and efficient staff Would definitely come again!
  27. C

    Chipmunk55

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great menu selection of French cuisine. The food presentation and tastes were outstanding as was the service. Easy access to parking in the building. Great to dine before attending the Crow’s Theatre next door, or anytime. We will definitely be coming back here.
  28. SB

    SusanB

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy this restaurant. Food and service are consistently good. We were going to the theatre next door, so we were there for an early dinner, but it's great any time!
  29. IS

    ImreS

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The place to go if you’re planning on going to the theatre.
  30. CJ

    CarolynJ

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best eggs Benedict I have ever had! Nice and handy to the theatre.
  31. KW

    KWP123

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a little thing but we ordered the pasta dish as a second course to share before our mains. Delicious. We asked for the dish to be divided onto 2 plates and the kitchen refused. So instead they brought 2 plates plus the pasta dish for us to divide ourselves which overcrowded the table unnecessarily. A simple request that should have been no problem.
  32. N

    Nogo99

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always on point - flavorful, and beautifully prepared. Service is professional and pleasant. The environment is inviting. It is our 'go to' in the neighborhood!
  33. N

    Nancy

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We went to see a show at Crow's Theatre and made reservations. We had a fabulous dinner, great food (steak & frites) and Tuesday was half price bottles of wine. Our server was attentive and informative in making suggestions. Thanks for a nice evening!
  34. TW

    TorontoWriter

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fun place for brunch before a Saturday matinee! Food was good, servers were attentive and fun, and the noise level was manageable. Recommended!
  35. JM

    JaaMa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and lovely service - would definitely recommend.
  36. CH

    ChrisH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    very good french bistro food - creative and fresh.
  37. TB

    TerraB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elegant setting, great service, and incredible dinner. Will be back! Thank you.
  38. EN

    EmptyNester

    Toronto

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very pleasant meal with attentive staff. Onion soup to start was flavourful and importantly, not salty. Steak and frites and Lamb shanks were done precisely as ordered. A little more care is needed to time getting all mains to the table at the same time. Really wish there was a cheese platter option for desert.
  39. MH

    MeganH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, wonderful staff, lovely food & wine.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The service was spotty. The server did not know what Ricards was and seemed unsure of what Pastis was. I did receive the pastis after we received our bottle of wine. The washrooms need more attention; the garage bin was almost overflowing. I realize restaurants are lacking seasoned staff but good training is important. I will continue to support local restaurants and have had much better experiences previously. I look forward to a more positive experience in the future.

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 4.4 stars by 866 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

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

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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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