Gare de l'Est
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.
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
Valentine's Day Special Menus & More
Celebrate Valentine's Day at Gare de l'Est! Please note that we are offering a special $69 3 course Prix Fixe menu. View our menu on our website or feel free to email us at email@example.com for further details. See you soon
Friday, February 14, 2020
Love love love this place
The trout is my new favourite
Brilliant staff, who make sure you make the curtain at Crows....
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.
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.
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.
As always, excellent food, service, ambience and a well thought out wine list.
I’ve never been disappointed here.
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!
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.
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@
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
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).
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.
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.
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!
I love this place. Well space tables, great service, and a great take on classic French bistro.
I was at Gare twice last week
Both dinners were delicious
Very friendly atmosphere
Would recommend it to all
Nice find in Leslieville. Excellent food, great staff and the bartender can pour a fine draft beer!
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.
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.
Thank you very much for your feedback, see you soon hopefully!
Very good experience. Only complaint was the music was a little too loud for only 12 to 14 guests
Thank you for your review, we for sure appreciate it. See you next time.
Good atmosphere, good service and excellent food. We had the steak and the chicken and both were tasty and well prepared. A reasonably priced wine list . We look forward to our next visit.
Thank you very much for your review, We are also looking forward to your next visit!
I confirmed my reservation via the app the day before. The day of the restaurant called me to confirm, I get it, it’s Saturday night. That said, it is incredibly off putting to be told that “your table is reserved for 8pm”. Look, if your kitchen can feed us in two hours, no problem, if you’ve got turtles cooking, that’s on you. I dunno, it just put me off the whole night. I would rather you put a note on Open Table when I make my reservation than to hear an anxious hostess worried about flipping tables. People who reserve at 6 on Saturday night generally aren’t malingerers. And get over yourselves, it’s Dundas and Carlaw, not the Ritz. The food was fine, nothing at all memorable except the kinda weird and not in a good way devilled eggs. I came, I ate, no need to revisit.
Our waiter and the team who supported him were excellent. They did everything we asked of them....they knew their beer and wine, they kept my water glass full they were in the moment and attentive. The food was excellent. We love this restaurant in the east end. Thank you.
Thank you so much for your feedback, we really appreciate it! See you soon hopefully.
One of the best vibes for a sophisticated yet relaxed dinner in the whole city. Eating here before going to the Crowsnest Theatre is a must.
From greeting to friendly farewell this was a great experience for us and exactly what we were looking for. Unpretentious delicious with friendly kind and informative service. Charcuterie was outstanding.
We had the Prix Fix menu before seeing a performance at the theatre. The staff made this such a special night out. The service was great and the food was amazing. It was great.
Dinner took 40 minutes to arrive after order - could only eat 50%
Server was accomodating.
Terrifc staff and steak frites were mouth watering. Dessert was heavenly.
Would definitely return.
A wonderful meal, one of the best we've ever had in Toronto. We've been twice before and each time we appreciate the beautiful and modern ambience, yet still French. We shared the seafood platter and several appetizers and felt the love in the food and service. The French wines and even the cappuccino were delicious. Our thanks to the entire team for the experience.
Delicious evening !
Great place to dine, French comfort food at its best.
Excellent service and a delicious brunch. This was the perfect stop before catching a matinee performance at the Crow's theatre
The tables (for 2) are a *bit* close together, especially especially at the west end of the resto, but I understand about wanting to maximise revenue with the pre-theatre crowd.
Food was great- the frites are some of the best I’ve had. Burger was very good. Bottom portion of the bun did get a bit soggy with all the goodness loaded on it. My partner’s schnitzel was very good (we tasted each other’s, of course).
Dessert- we shared the cheesecake. It was quite good, but I’d say to bump up the fruit flavour in it. More lemon zest in the cake, and the lemon curd drizzle could be even more lemon-y.
It’s a great date night place, pre-theatre spot can’t be beat & the prices are what you’d expect.
Big change from delightful luncheon last year. Dinner service is overwhelmed when there is a big pre-theatre crowd all eating at the same time, worrying about a deadline. Waited almost an hour, food poorly cooked. Lots of stress on part of waiters and diners.
Charging for bread is chintzy. Last year, there was a special, fresh in-house bread (or so they said) which was pretty good. Now, it’s a small, warmed-over strip of those Ace mini-bunnies available everywhere.
This was not our first visit to Gare L’Est. We are regular theatre goers and appreciate its proximity and the food quality. That said, we were sure to be there at5:45 as we had a 7:30 show and did not want to be rushed. We ordered our food by 6pm yet did not see our main course until 7 pm. We repeatedly asked for bread with our starters and we did not see it until long after the plates had been cleared. No apology and still charged on our bill. There were other small annoyances such as having to use our phone flashlight to read the menu, and the fact the wine list starts at $60 a bottle, with only a few choices before jumping to $90. The food when it arrived was delicious. We will think twice before going again....Disappointed.
This is a great for pre theatre dinner before heading into Crow’s theatre, next door. They were solicitous of our time, making sure we got finished in time for curtain
The food is always amazing and the staff a delight!!
Reliably good food!
It was great
While the food was not bad, the service was wanting. For apps, we ordered the shrimp and the small charcuterie board. The popcorn shrimp was delicious and the charcuterie board was fine, nothing stood out especially. 2 of us ordered the steak frites, med-rare and we also got the pork schnitzel. The steak frites and the schnitzel were very good, it was lovely.
The waitresses however, seemed preoccupied and often left us alone for very long periods of time without checking up on us. As it was a busy night and it seemed like there was a large group that were going to watch a show, it did seem like our table in particular was receiving far less attention than others in our vicinity of the same number of guests.
I wish she came to check up on us just a bit more as we did want to order drinks.
Absolutely lovely people all round, and the food was to die for. We sat at the counter and the chef spoke with us and explained dishes to us – clearly super passionate. Highly recommend!
Great family meal.