Gare de l'Est

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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary French

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Pre/post-theatre
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
What 402 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Toronto
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Started off quiet but as restaurant got busier, it became quite difficult to hear my dining companion

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The French bistro vibe is inviting. The food is well prepared and delicious. Service is attentive and efficient- especially for pre-theatre dining. The wine list by the glass is reasonable, but not extensive.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Last time I went to this restaurant my experience with the food was beyond expectations hence why I booked this restaurant for the Valentine’s Day dinner this year. But the experience unfortunately was very disappointing to say the least.

Apart main course of the cod and the artichoke heart vegetarian option was mediocre and not something you would expect from a fine dinning establishment like Gare de l’Est. And not sure what the chefs were thinking when they served the cold sourdough bread (and charged you $5) as an appetizer. People don’t want to spend $200+ for a meal like this. It felt like the idea of the night was to attract as many couples as possible for Valentine’s Day to make a profit but yet cared less whether the patrons would like the meals or not.

The only positive thing about the experience apart from the great desert was the service of our server which was exceptional as he went above and beyond.

T
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

My husband and I went for Valentine’s Day! The menu was great the food was wonderful the dessert was a little bit of a let down in comparison to the entire meal! The restaurant decor is great the environment was wonderful! Service was good, a little slow towards the end of the meal and we were left asking for a coffee at the end. It all in all good is great!

OV
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a marvelous time over dinner at Gare de l'Est on Valentines Day. Every aspect of the evening was first rate: the service, the menu, the presentation. We loved the entire experience!

PM
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Attentive but not overbearing service and delicious food!

AS
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice place, good service, great food. It was our first time and we will be going back. The menu had some great classics on it.

JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely way to start an evening at the theatre. Service was perfect and we were finished in lots of time for curtain call.

WT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Deron and the Gare de L'Est staff always provide excellent food, service, and ambiance. Our favourite is the seafood platter but you can't go wrong with any of the plates. Thank you.

JW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My first visit and I will definitely go again. Coffee was exceptional and the brunch was also excellent with a unique number of options.

B
Frankfurt Area
92 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Reliably great food and great value. Love this place.

SL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Servers need to told to wait to remove plates until the last person is finished at this level of fine dining
I understand if an American chain needs training but you should know the etiquette

OC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place!

PD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

It’s one of my favorite place to go for diner. Our table was too close to the sliding doors to the theatre so we got chills every time someone came in or our.
Great server who spoke French.
Great food and great ambiance .
Tables are too close together however .

EN
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am most pleased by the location right beside a first class theatre which made the occasion memorable. The meal was excellent but also the staff was very courteous and professional. For me this is one of the better places in Toronto to have a complete evening out.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always have a great time at GDL. Wonderful food, wonderful service, and we got to our play at the Crowsnest with time to spare.

SV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

I enjoyed our visit. The food was very good. The greeting by the hostess was warm and welcoming. The decor was lovely and being right next to the theatre was so convenient!

The hostess was warm and welcoming, our waitress was lovely. A few small issues with the service: we would have liked to have been offered the pre theatre menu along with the regular menu, and the length of time it took to get our entrees after our appetizers. I believe this was because of how busy the kitchen was with the pre-theatre crowd.

I did find the noise level a bit high.

D
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Very enjoyable bistro fare with a congenial and stylish ambiance. Great for pre-theatre or as a neighborhood haunt.

JJ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Great location if you are going to the theatre.
Lighting makes it difficult to read the menu.
Mussels were very salty.
Very good service.
It's expensive.

BT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyable evening prior to theatre at Crow's.
Food and service excellent. They were very conscious of us getting out on time.
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AC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

French onion soup was all bread and looked like wonder bread that hadn’t been toasted. Manager said that was the way it was supposed to be. Mussels were very salty. Couldn’t enjoy them. Server was good.

g
Toronto
41 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Love love love this place

The trout is my new favourite
Brilliant staff, who make sure you make the curtain at Crows....

MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Server disdainful and rude. I ordered in French. Server did not acknowledge order, instead gave me a disdainful look. Gave him the benefit of the doubt, i repeated my order in English, still no acknowledgement but the disdaining look continued. Finally I said, is it my French you object to or can you not hear me sir. Finally he shut down the look in his face, did not acknowledge anything, just moved on. I did not know until my order arrived if I would receive what I ordered. Uncomfortable.
The people at my table commented on the behavior of the server, how inappropriate his manner, how patronizing.

I visit your Bistro for the quality of the food and because your servers do not say”Hi, my name is...”

Service is a profession, it is sad you have at least one server with such a weak ego structure he needs to distain a customer. It was unpleasant, was a discordant note in the otherwise pleasant ambiance, and sad that by belittling me, he made himself so small and unprofessional.

N
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great chicken and salad and wine was remarkable. Service was enthusiastic and efficient and friendly. A bit loud but nothing you can't live with and still enjoy conversation.

OT
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The quiche was amazing - a very large portion. Staff were very helpful and kind. Our dad found the ambient noise made it a bit hard to hear and no arms on chairs make transfer from his walker difficult.

P
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, excellent food, service, ambience and a well thought out wine list.
I’ve never been disappointed here.

CT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

This is one of my favourite French restaurants in Toronto, so I was pretty disappointed when we invited our family here for a Christmas dinner and received service riddled with unapologetic blunders (wrong drink order, a side dish that came at the end of our meal), an ambiance of shouting kitchen staff and a paper table cloth that cheapened the experience and caused multiple paper cuts!

T
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

You must come here to eat the brunch scones which are house made and almost a cross between a croissant and a scone. They come with a pot of butter and are obsession worthy. The chicken liver pate that is an option with the meat and cheese board is probably the best pate I've had in the city. Really nice eggs benny, solid brunch, attentive and lovely service.

PC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Heard lots about this restaurant. Felt it did not live up to expectations. Service was good;food mediocre - water was warm, steak small and onion soup ordinary. Diasppointed@

I
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very good dining experience. The steak and lobster special far exceeded the same recent dinner at STK in Yorkville. Monday half price bottles of wine is a nice touch too. Will definitely return to sample more from the menu

B
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a very good meal. The service from our waitress and Mathieu was excellent. They did “warn” me that their burger came very pink. That’s a good thing in my view. However, the burger arrived extremely over-cooked. Not a hint of pink. The taste was okay so I didn’t say anything. But the chef should be able to get it “right”! My friends ordered the steak frites and the mussels (both perfectly cooked).

F
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious. The service was excellent. Our party of four had a very pleasant evening at Gare de l'Est. The theatre crowd does pack this place up before 8:00 pm (time of the show playing this week) so it is a consideration. This is my second visit to this restaurant and I will definitely return. My only complaint would be the noise level - it is a definite drawback at many restaurants, including this one - difficult to hear the conversation across the table.

ML
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

This is usually a great Resto but this visit may be my last.
The waiter #1 was very nervous and shy. He didn’t know the wines and he was pushing $90 bottles as it was 1/2 price wine night. If there were daily specials we never heard about them. The wine server brought the wrong bottle and then chastised US as “it is a very good bottle of wine” kinda like “you dummies don’t know what you are missing.”. The noise level was off the charts.
And most disappointing was the food. Green salad was great. But steak in my companions order was tiny. And my pork schnitzel had so much greasy sauce it was almost inedible. I’m so sad as I drove across the city to this restaurant. For the last time.

S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice French restaurant. I had visited with two girlfriends and we shared two bottles of wine & the bottomless mussels. Everything was very tasty and we left with full bellies!

CF
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. Well space tables, great service, and a great take on classic French bistro.

s
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was at Gare twice last week
Both dinners were delicious
Lovely service
Very friendly atmosphere
Would recommend it to all

ML
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice find in Leslieville. Excellent food, great staff and the bartender can pour a fine draft beer!

MR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

I had high hopes for this place and was really looking forward to dining here. We started off having a terrible female server with an attitude and no people skills whatsoever. She was dismissive and unapologetic every time we interacted with her. She was slow and stood around talking to the kitchen staff. She did more socializing with the other staff than attending to her customers. It really ruined the evening as I was out with my husband celebrating a special occasion. At some point, I saw her put her coat on and leave for the night. We finally got our main course after almost two hours. We were served by a kind attentive gentleman. Unfortunately by the time he took over my mood was already soured by the previous server and I was hangry. Overall it was a terrible and upsetting experience.  

JS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I truly love the service and vibe here. The food is delicious and I love all the Monday specials. My favourite is to tuck away at the bar.

Gare de l'Est
Responded on November 28, 2019

Thank you very much for your feedback, see you soon hopefully!

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WY
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good experience. Only complaint was the music was a little too loud for only 12 to 14 guests

Gare de l'Est
Responded on November 28, 2019

Thank you for your review, we for sure appreciate it. See you next time.

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