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Gare de l'Est

4.5
528 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary French
As per the Government of Ontario’s announcement on April 1st, Gare de l’Est will remain closed until further notice.

We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can do so safely.
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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.

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
What 528 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great - had requested my salmon be done and ut was not but overall a great evening

MN
MaryN
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Tuna Tartare and Duck were amazing

KT
KTel
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat on the patio and had an excellent experience, just after re-opening!

SH
SalH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was rushed by the server. Did not pay enough attention beyond the initial need. He made us feel unwanted in the premises during our time. Lastly, if we ever return to the restaurant then would definitely avoid getting served by the same server.

ML
MarieL
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though I am vegan, they always come up with something delicious for me to eat.

JP
JPN3
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I had high hopes, but the experience was not good. Most importantly, the food was not great. Croque Monsieur was burnt, Caesar was not made well (either time).

BF
BenoitF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

the bread on the charcutery board was too hard to chew on

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Jackobe1
16 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great to be back for a patio brunch.

CK
vipCKBreton
New England
49 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. Service was amazing. Our server was so friendly and provided great recommendations.
So nice to be back!!!

JV
JamieV
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall the restaurant had amazing service. The wait wasn’t long to get in and the food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food is amazing. Been here many times and never had a bad meal.or experience

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First patio season outing!

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Josh1898
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service and friendly staff but my main was crepes with asparagus and the asparagus was sandy and the crepes were rubbery. It was kind of disappointing considering the cost of the meal (like $120 for two including tip). The charcuterie was better. The menu was way too limited. I expect it to be somewhat streamlined post-COVID but needs at least a few more options.

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Patron
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and professional service and fabulous food. We are in the patio due to COVID-19. The patio is generously equipped with heaters and was very comfortable in November. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! We really enjoyed each meals we ordered, from appetizer to dessert. Love their french onion soup, steak, salad and escargot gnocchi! Omg the Coconut pie is to die for,
So Delicious! Also try their whisky sour - So yummy. Will definitely recommend this place and hope everyone else will enjoy their foodie experience there as well! Cheers

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Carolyn
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent. Patio was very nice with potted grass adding to relaxed experience

CB
CarrieB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and delicious food -- we really enjoyed ourselves!! Would definitely recommend.

RW
RonW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really great. The patio is well spaced out and the staff were extremely friendly.

We had brunch and the food was really good as well (the french toast is to die for)

LM
vipLucM
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We sat out on patio with heather. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I had expect the food to be a bit better given the reviews. We had steak with peppercorn sauce and cod. The steak was good, the sauce was not very tasty. The cod was well cooked and sauce was more tasty. Overall ok experience. I appreciate there efforts accommodating guests in challenging times!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Where to go that has a patio during a pandemic!
Heaters and tables spread apart..So nice to be able to dine out!
Vicky was are server and she was great ... steak tartare really good .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

A very limited menu and none of the dishes were up to standard. The tartar was slimy and tasted like pickles, I had a better rotisserie chicken in pub chains and the mussels were swimming in thin tasteless broth. The French onion soup and the fries were great but only in comparison. Service was nice but we were reminded 3 times about the 90 minute time limit for what appeared to be no reason since we were on track to finish well before that

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Megan
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great except the green salad, which was a bit bland. The oysters, moules frites, and steak were awesome. We quite enjoyed al fresco dining on the patio under the heaters, and our server was lovely.

BC
BarbC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

great patio and heaters.
Yummy food...cant go wrong here,

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Reesh
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was a nice spot. Had to eat outside due to COVID, so it was cold, but the food was good, the service was exquisite, and the evening was nice.

HC
HeatherC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a chilly evening, but the heaters were on. The food was excellent--authentic French food executed with precision and flair--and the service was warm enough to make up for the cold weather! An excellent experience.

RR
RachelR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gare de l’Est was such a cute place to eat brunch! We went there on a nice sunny day so the patio was a lot more live and pretty. Their specials out on that day was phenomenal!

NY
NorthYork101
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the restaurant. First time for brunch. Great choice for a wonderful burger or an unusual French inspired breakfast dish

DA
DrummerAC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

I had high expectations regarding this place since it seemed to be highly rated by other customers. My family and I found the food not to be fresh enough but service was very good.

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LailaB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef is a genius with fresh seasons vegetables! had a lovely green salad with lemon ricotta and red Fyfe crepes with corn and chanterelles - who knew how delicious that fall combo could be!

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Jackobe1
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Unfortunately there was construction on the street in the area and very noisy....They did move us to a table away from the noise but very annoying....It was not the fault of the restaurant but city maintenance....... otherwise a great experience and excellent food and service. Thank you Vicky

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lexiM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Really enjoyed our experience and evening. Staff were excellent

EH
ElizabethH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the third patio dining experience during the pandemic.
My son asked me where I would like to go for my birthday and I chose Gare de l’est.
Delicious food, followed the pandemic guidelines , superb service.
I will come again.

AM
vipAthenaM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The portions were surprisingly small but otherwise tasty.

RB
RyanB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was great but everything we ate was over-salted. Food was overpriced and mediocre at best.

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MeLoveFoodLongTime
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Reminded me of being in France.

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Bobby
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Finally got to Gare de l'Est as we've been wanting to go for some time since it opened.

Overall it was a lovely night, no complaints. Food was tasty as expected, and the service was excellent; our waitress was fun and funny as well as professional. Perfect.

Our only small issue was the ambiance. This likely has something (a lot?) to do with covid, but with the tables spread out and at a minimum inside, we ended up at one end of the room and it didn't feel particularly romantic or classy. However, we chose to be inside, and clearly the 'vibe' was outside, although it did fill up inside as the night progressed.

So a high reco for the important stuff, no questions. But I sincerely hope that we can all get back to non-covid seating soon!

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Megan
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We dined al fresco under the heaters. It was great.

JM
JanetM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gare de L’Est is an east TO gem. Excellent selection of unique cocktails as well as the classics. My negroni was superb. Wonderful French brasserie menu and satisfying variety of wine options. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. Service is professional, relaxed and attentive. Love this place for a special night out. Since it is 2020, I’ll note that they follow solid COVID protocols. They also have heaters to extend the patio season.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shared birthday celebration!

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LucindaL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great sunny patio facing south. Mussels were really good, I would go back just to have them again.

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Gare de l'Est is rated 4.5 stars by 528 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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