Gare de l'Est

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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
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4.4
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4.3
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4.1
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g
Toronto
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
13 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
31 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
15 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.  

OT
Toronto
3 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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MR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Gare de l'Est
Responded on November 28, 2019

Thank you very much for your review, We are also looking forward to your next visit!

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T
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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.

TW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

Gare de l'Est
Responded on November 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your feedback, we really appreciate it! See you soon hopefully.

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IS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

CE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

TK
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

DW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience3

Too Noisy.
Dinner took 40 minutes to arrive after order - could only eat 50%
Server was accomodating.

SC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Terrifc staff and steak frites were mouth watering. Dessert was heavenly.
Would definitely return.

WT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

B
Toronto
43 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious evening !

LS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to dine, French comfort food at its best.

MC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and a delicious brunch. This was the perfect stop before catching a matinee performance at the Crow's theatre

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

LP
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

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.
Very disappointed.

R
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

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.

g
Toronto
39 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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!!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Reliably good food!

SC
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great

S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

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.

SL
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great family meal.

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