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Gare de l'Est

4.4
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426 reviews
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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. 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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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 426 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KD14
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic and the menu is perfect for the summer weather - lots of light and fresh dishes. The staff took all precautions to keep us safe but was still friendly, kind and knowledgeable. Great to have such a fantastic restaurant open again !

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FreddieD
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for brunch and sat on the patio, due to Covid-19 restrictions. It was lovely, service was very attentive and food delicious. It's a bit loud because of the cars, but not really bothersome. Totally recommend this place for brunch/dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service!
Went there for anniversary, was welcomed by professional greeter and provided high level of service from server. Restaurant even started us off with free drinks without even asking as the greeter over heard us saying it was an anniversary.

Food was very good and reasonably priced.

Especially recommend the pork schnitzel and poulet roti.

Delicious tarte a la noix de coco (coconut cream pie).

This place needs 10 stars, not 5.

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AnneH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A great restaurant and patio. The only caveat is to wear a face mask to get to your patio table. It makes no sense, you are outdoor all the time.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We live in the area and frequent this place often. Sorry to see their beet salad wasn’t on the menu but still the dinner was fabulous as always, amazing steak tartare, service was impeccablee and we felt very safe with their Covid 19 protocols .So glad their patio is open once again‼️

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Janet
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The staff were pleasant and helpful and the service was first rate. The oysters were excellent, if a little expensive. Our main courses and dessert were very good.

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PeterC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

everything was great .. would go back another time.

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vipSusanB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of my favourite places in the neighbourhood. So glad they've been able to open their patio space! Service and food were excellent as always. The staff were masked, as to be expected. Menu was more limited, but still very good selections.

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MatthewC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Simple, excellent French brasserie food. Quality of the kitchen hasn't missed a step since returning post-covid. Friendly, unrushed staff. Not the venue for a quick in-and-out bite. If you enjoy yourself here, make a point of ordering the kitchen staff a round of Kitchen Beers.

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TOFoodie
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Overall a great experience! I gave 4 stars for food and value. We started with cocktails, which were decent, and the salad and beef tartare, which were excellent. For mains, my husband ordered the steak, which was lovely and cooked to order. I ordered the roasted half chicken which was on the dry side, with a soggy skin and an overall bland flavour.

We finished off with dessert which consisted of the most incredible coconut cream pie and a chocolate terrine.

The service was friendly, attentive and when there was a small hickup in the order, they were lightning fast to fix it for us.

I found the cost a bit above average for a meal of that magnitude and quality. I would go again but perhaps more for appetizers and cold wine on the patio.

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JennyRB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, great job keeping everyone distanced on the patio! So happy with our experience - will definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you to the entire team for a fabulous brunch! We hope to return for dinner soon!

You made us feel so safe dining out during this very unique time. Thank you again for the entire team for making us feel so welcomed and for the amount of hard work the team must have put in for reopening preparations.

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CaseyW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience on first visit. Impressive brunch!

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Seanna
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not only was the food incredible, but the service was impeccable. From the moment we walked in, til the last drop of espresso we were well attended to and cared for (which is not easy when it's a full restaurant and you're taking care of a table of 7 people ordered multiple courses).

I would highly recommend adding Gare de l'Est to your usual Toronto dining rotation--you won't be disappointed by a single bite.

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vipArachide
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely spot - wonderful staff - food was really good! I chose the oysters (delicious) and the traditional steak-frites (a tasty choice). I will definitely go back!

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Rontad
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience2

We were not impressed with the menu - very basic Bistro fare. The prices are steep, quality is mediocre. Service was apologetic, understandably so. I am reminded of a tourist trap in Paris we visited...nothing special, not good value.

While we we seated, waiting for service, a prediction was made that all restaurants would suffer losses due the pandemic: in this case, that wouldn't be the deciding factor.

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ChristinaC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

We have had so many great meals here in the past but we did not have a great experience this past visit. The food took too long and the service was not up to par with previous experiences.

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AnnaP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely restaurant next to the Crow's Nest theatre. Good for pre-show dinner or, dinner any time. The fish was particularly good and the house white wine excellent

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AnneK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very quiet nice atmosphere (although it was Sunday evening). Great food. Good experience all around.

CG
CallyGen
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, well prepared, simple dishes. Lovely ambience. Observant staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Would absolutely recommend Gare de l'Est! Had the Rainbow trout an it was excellent. Lots of slivered almonds for the beans. Serving size was perfect!

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trek
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very handy for before or after theatre (Crow's Theatre). Lovely spot, great service and the food was very good. Would definitely return!

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Sarah
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We did not like one of the items that we chose very much, and were thrilled to be listened to and offered a free drink. That seemed like a very good way to acknowledge our discontent, and excellent customer service.
We loved our other choice and both of our wine choices, and will definitely go again.

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Dave
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Servers kept trying to take our plates despite food still on them. Extreme salt use (and I like salt) - too salty for me. Heard good things about the mussels. What arrived was a smallish plate of shrivelled, rubbery simulation of what mussels should be.

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SEH3
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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SandraC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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maryT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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!

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OccasionalVisitor
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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!

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PeterM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Attentive but not overbearing service and delicious food!

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AlexS
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
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.

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JaneG
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.

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WineToronto
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.

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JanetW
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.

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vipBdavis64
Frankfurt Area
95 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Reliably great food and great value. Love this place.

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SylvieL
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

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vipOlgaC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place!

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PatriciaD
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 .

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EricN
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.

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Mlha
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.

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Gare de l'Est is rated 4.4 stars by 426 OpenTable diners.

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

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