Gare de l'Est

4.6
515 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary French
An authentic, modern French brasserie in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant east end, Gare de l’Est was named after one of the oldest and largest train terminals in Paris, France. Just steps away from Crow's Theatre, it offers an extensive menu of traditional French fare and seasonal dishes with a focus on local ingredients.

While the actual space doesn’t offer a means of transportation, its loft-like ceilings, deep hued banquettes and crisp white table clothes, will carry your imagination to whatever destination you desire.


Support Gare de l'Est during COVID-19

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 515 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Patron
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent and professional service and fabulous food. We are in the patio due to COVID-19. The patio is generously equipped with heaters and was very comfortable in November. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience! We really enjoyed each meals we ordered, from appetizer to dessert. Love their french onion soup, steak, salad and escargot gnocchi! Omg the Coconut pie is to die for,
So Delicious! Also try their whisky sour - So yummy. Will definitely recommend this place and hope everyone else will enjoy their foodie experience there as well! Cheers

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Carolyn
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service excellent. Patio was very nice with potted grass adding to relaxed experience

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CarrieB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service and delicious food -- we really enjoyed ourselves!! Would definitely recommend.

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RonW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was really great. The patio is well spaced out and the staff were extremely friendly.

We had brunch and the food was really good as well (the french toast is to die for)

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vipLucM
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We sat out on patio with heather. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I had expect the food to be a bit better given the reviews. We had steak with peppercorn sauce and cod. The steak was good, the sauce was not very tasty. The cod was well cooked and sauce was more tasty. Overall ok experience. I appreciate there efforts accommodating guests in challenging times!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Where to go that has a patio during a pandemic!
Heaters and tables spread apart..So nice to be able to dine out!
Vicky was are server and she was great ... steak tartare really good .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

A very limited menu and none of the dishes were up to standard. The tartar was slimy and tasted like pickles, I had a better rotisserie chicken in pub chains and the mussels were swimming in thin tasteless broth. The French onion soup and the fries were great but only in comparison. Service was nice but we were reminded 3 times about the 90 minute time limit for what appeared to be no reason since we were on track to finish well before that

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Megan
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything was great except the green salad, which was a bit bland. The oysters, moules frites, and steak were awesome. We quite enjoyed al fresco dining on the patio under the heaters, and our server was lovely.

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BarbC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

great patio and heaters.
Yummy food...cant go wrong here,

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Reesh
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Was a nice spot. Had to eat outside due to COVID, so it was cold, but the food was good, the service was exquisite, and the evening was nice.

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HeatherC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a chilly evening, but the heaters were on. The food was excellent--authentic French food executed with precision and flair--and the service was warm enough to make up for the cold weather! An excellent experience.

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RachelR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Gare de l’Est was such a cute place to eat brunch! We went there on a nice sunny day so the patio was a lot more live and pretty. Their specials out on that day was phenomenal!

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NorthYork101
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love the restaurant. First time for brunch. Great choice for a wonderful burger or an unusual French inspired breakfast dish

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DrummerAC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

I had high expectations regarding this place since it seemed to be highly rated by other customers. My family and I found the food not to be fresh enough but service was very good.

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LailaB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The chef is a genius with fresh seasons vegetables! had a lovely green salad with lemon ricotta and red Fyfe crepes with corn and chanterelles - who knew how delicious that fall combo could be!

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vipJackobe1
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Unfortunately there was construction on the street in the area and very noisy....They did move us to a table away from the noise but very annoying....It was not the fault of the restaurant but city maintenance....... otherwise a great experience and excellent food and service. Thank you Vicky

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lexiM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous! Really enjoyed our experience and evening. Staff were excellent

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ElizabethH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the third patio dining experience during the pandemic.
My son asked me where I would like to go for my birthday and I chose Gare de l’est.
Delicious food, followed the pandemic guidelines , superb service.
I will come again.

AM
vipAthenaM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The portions were surprisingly small but otherwise tasty.

RB
RyanB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Service was great but everything we ate was over-salted. Food was overpriced and mediocre at best.

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MeLoveFoodLongTime
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Reminded me of being in France.

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Bobby
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
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
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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JanetM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
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 on September 17, 2020
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..

FAQs

Gare de l'Est is rated 4.6 stars by 515 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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