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Gare de l'Est

4.5
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494 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary French

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An authentic and modern French brasserie that celebrates the Parisian dining experience. Please note that at this time we are offering a limited menu.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 494 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MeLoveFoodLongTime
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Reminded me of being in France.

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Bobby
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

JM
JanetM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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vipstacyt
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

In between our visits, we forget how delicious the food is!
Our server was friendly and helpful. LOVE the patio ♥️

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danielled
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great double date night! Service is exceptional, food is fresh and authentic and prices are reasonable. WbT a great Neighbourhood spot while having the ambience of something in the core.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent Pandemic care (blue gloves worn to take away used dishes) overall meal was fine as was service. We enjoyed our Special Occasion and look forward to our next excuse to celebrate.

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AlbertK
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great without being overbearing. Food was excellent - highly recommended the chicken liver mousse. Staff knew it was an anniversary dinner and provided us both with a complimentary glass of bubbly...very nice touch. Will definitely be going back.

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MathieuC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food we're exceptional! Will definitely be coming back!

JM
JohnM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very French Menu with mostly classic brasserie dishes. The staff were very friendly and courteous. We did eat indoors since it was civil. The tables were well spaced to satisfy Covid requirements.

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Patio
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great patio and super friendly and organized staff.

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EmilyC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for brunch, we both enjoyed their bennies and coffee.

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Vicki
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our brunch dishes were delicious. Outdoor patio very nice, and friendly staff service.

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JenniferD
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my new favourite restaurant. It has a casual vibe with quality food. The portions are big. The service was friendly and professional. I had avoided it in the past thinking it was upscale but I was wrong. It has a great classy feel.

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kate
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and felt very safe. We’d love to visit the patio again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal and very friendly service. Very good experience

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ColinM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my first visit after hearing about it for so long and i would recommend it if you are out for a very nice evening..

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Not as good as the last visit. Service was professional but not personal. Food was overall good but fries were not fresh, salad was too sour.

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AntoniaA
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious brunch and excellent service. Looking forward to another visit. Happy to have Gare de L'est in our neighbourhood!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

GDL has done a wonderful job of creating a quality dining experience during the pandemic. Kudos to the staff - keep up all the hard work!

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Kevin
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food is fantastic and a beautiful patio.
I will be back.

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SorenR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Pretty good food, but very limited menu. Typical French food and somewhat overrated place, where you pay $36 for an standard-quality "steak frites". We would gladly eat here again. But there are many other (better) restaurants in Toronto, which are higher on our return-to list.

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LisaP
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great steak frites, and the coconut cream dessert was absolutely delicious! We love this place and come regularly for excellent French bistro food.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

I was there after work for drinks with colleagues. There’s a large, incredible outdoor patio! Unfortunately the restaurant is located at a busy intersection and during rush hour it was quite noisy. The cocktails and wine list were fantastic. Service was very good and attentive. I found that there wasn’t a large selection of shareable appetizers. We opted for the charcuterie which was very delicious. Would go back for a different occasion.

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CatherineR
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful service. Taking care with masks and distance. Really great spot

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MiriamE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been here for dinner and on Sunday we were there for first time brunch. Everything was excellent! Great food quality and perfect flavours, our server David took care of us without feeling overwhelmed, the whole experience was great, despite the rainy day, we were very comfortable eating at the patio. Can’t wait to come back!

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KenS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Traditional French food enjoyed on a patio! Professional, cheerful, attentive service -- all keeping the safety of staff and patrons in mind. Altogether a positive experience.

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BenL
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor patio. Pretty spacious. The brunch here is superb. The croq madame is omg

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LittleSesame
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Service is pretty slow, food was not that great

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KWork
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall2Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was very good - halibut a bit overdone....service was excellent.

Reservations were at 745.....Although appetizers came in a timely way, main course did not arrive until 950. Around 915 we were ready to take a pass on the remainder of the meal.....restaurant started shutting down around 10. We felt rushed.

You were nice enough to comp a liter of Rose......thank you.

We won't rush back.

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EmilyC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

As usual the food and service was great. We had seafood, dessert and drinks on the patio. First time having Rose on tap and it was surprising quite good. Best to ask for a table away from the entrance - there was hot air & kitchen smells from the vents blowing right onto us on a very hot day. They were full up so make reservations early if you have specific dates and times in mind.

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DaniM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food. Very organized for COVID era dining. Patio is spacious and appropriately full of happy diners.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service, delightful food, lovely atmosphere.

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MattB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and simple menu. Patio is set up well and felt safe given current Covid restrictions.

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SuzanneC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spacious patio well separated from adjacent sidewalk and wonderful wait staff. The noise was due to occasional passing traffic (ambulance siren and loud motorcycle) but to be expected on a busy intersection. Food quality excellent per usual, kudos for a good dining experience, not merely a "good for COVID situation" dining experience!

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CiprianB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, good price!

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staceyg
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delish food, great service. And being very covid-careful.

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Valerie
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service! The staff was so attentive. We truly enjoyed our experience and will definitely be coming back!

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Gare de l'Est is rated 4.5 stars by 494 OpenTable diners.

Gare de l'Est does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.gdlbrasserie.com/shop.

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