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Gare de l'Est

4.5
652 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary French
Please note that Standard Seating is indoor dining, and Outdoor Seating is patio dining.

As Ontario enter Stage 3 of its reopening plan, we will be accepting reservations for our dining room from Friday July 16th.

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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

Experiences

  • Le Brunch

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy your Parisian brunch at the corner of Dundas and Carlaw! Can't wait to host you on Saturday and Sunday Brunches.

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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 652 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
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BMBM
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Oysters gone bad, duck raw and cold center, steak tough and dry

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SequoiaM
Toronto
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience3

This place either needs to drastically improve their food or lower their prices, as the current quality does not justify the cost. My steak, ordered medium rare, was served medium well, almost well done. The pate a choux dessert was so tough it was clearly at least a day old, I was frankly shocked they had the nerve to serve us day old pastries for $13 a piece. Maybe they thought we wouldn’t notice?

I know it’s a fancy place, I don’t begrudge them the $10 pints of lager or the $7 bottles of San Pel, our tab came to $400 and I paid without complaint. But I was stunned to see that, after being served a single piece of bread with the chicken liver mousse ($16, the liver was tasty), I was then charged another $2 for a second piece of bread! I don’t expect this kind of nickel and diming from an ostensibly high class place.

The service left something to be desired as well. The server was very nice and polite but I frequently felt forgotten. By the time our server got to us at times I’d been trying to catch her eye sometimes for 10 minutes or longer. I don’t need to be checked in on constantly but our server glancing over at our table during her rounds to see if we’re craning our necks looking for her would have been appreciated. I asked for my wine to be served with my steak, I was half finished with the steak when the wine arrived. I expect more for $100/head before tip.

Cocktails were good, I recommend the egg whites one. I will not be returning to this restaurant, however, unless I hear that their quality has increased drastically.

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JoelleT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food. A lovely space to dine.

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JackiC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was out first time at Gare de l'Est and we hope to return. We ate inside the restaurant in a nicely spaced area. The service was great, people friendly, and the food was wonderful. I hope restaurants keep forever the wide spacing of tables necessary for COVID protection. We were not claustrophobic plus we could hear ourselves speak unlike prior to COVID.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

Service was great by Kirstin. Great drinks, fun appetizers. The key Issue was that after 50 minutes we inquired about our main course and found out it had been forgotten. We asked for the cheque and left so we could eat elsewhere.

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Sofia
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Slow service
Brunch was not that great;
Omelette could have used a little more salt. Other items like Croque Monsieur didn't feel as balanced.
Mimosa was not bad.

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Resh
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

From a qualified individual who appreciates the subtle, multifaceted differences. I work in Film, travel frequently -) with finely-tuned steak, salmon and Matisse-painted salad. The presentation was simply exquisite (living sculptures). Portions were generous- more than fair. Service was individualized, highly attentive -exceptional. Ambience is uniquely respectful of clientele for discourse, yet befitting the adventurous while a jazz band sets-up. Never know who arrives? We love the adventure. Wished we would've had time to remain. um.. In short: discerning yet accessible to anyone in need of a unique hidden gem of an oasis. My gratitude to Dee, our Server, Master Chef, Ms. & Mr. Anderson for the recommendation. I am certain that I have found a new home in Toronto for my professional and personal dining. Yes- (Dare I mention) even on-par to J***'s in Yorkville now!!! I cannot thank you all enough. My gratitude.

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IsabelleD
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Nice menu in a very nice atmosphere. Desserts aren't worth trying though. Service was friendly but not efficient

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StephanieF
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent. Wine was delicious. Service was great. Will go back again.

KM
KatieM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ambiance, welcome, service, and food were all excellent. Highly recommend.

HN
HeidiN
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous experience- can't wait to go back
The service was impeccable
The food was scrumptious
and the ambiance was perfect...

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vipLovingfood
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a milestone birthday for me and wanted somewhere nice to celebrate. This restaurant was the perfect place. From fancy cocktails to amazing service to fabulous food.

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Daisy
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great patio and ambience & knowledgeable wait staff

DM
DonM
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

food and service were exceptional. The duck is amazing. The mussels were not fresh, but the manager dealt with it promptly so no complaints.

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Almos
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

good food good bistro atmosphere well chosen wines

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Michael
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great experience all around! Highly recommend Gare de L’est!

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CathyC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was good, servers were very friendly but the bathrooms were not very clean and I did not see any hand sanitizer in or near the bathroom.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We booked a dinner for four with my parents. Excellent service, unfortunately my mom felt dizzy partway through dinner so my parents left early. The staff was very quick and accommodating to pack up their food to go and asked after them when we finished our dinner.

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Mariposa
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was right temperature and served without delay. Server was very friendly and efficient. bartender server? Was making coffee and asked if chicory odor would be offensive. If so would wait until we were finished. Nice considerate touch.

KH
KenH
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service. Food excellent. We look forward to going back.

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vipNick
Toronto
137 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Outstanding local French Bistro. Large patio, great interior.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service. Would definitely eat here again.

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vipFoody
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gare de L'Est is a great hidden gem that are perfect for a weekend brunch. The location is not super convenient for us but we plan to try their dinner next!

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LisaP
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always our favourite for any celebration. The nicest staff I've ever met.

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LisaC
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were seated in a quiet secondary room (vs at the bar per the reservation on Open Table) which was great. Our server, Mike,was very engaging and helpful. The service from everyone we encountered was excellent. Mike made a wonderful special cocktail for us and was helpful and attentive through the entire meal. Food was also excellent - oysters, as well as Mussels Frites and duck breast - all delicious and served promptly. Will definitely go again - wonderful east end dining experience.

LK
LKSS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service and ambiance. Will return.

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ICT180890
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service and food! Location is great and the brunch menu is different from what most places have to offer

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Applejax
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely brunch, great service - will very likely be one of my go to Saturday brunch spots!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really delicious, special and romantic

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florianed
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tout était super bon, je recommande mille fois ce resto ! De l'entrée au dessert nous nous sommes régalés !

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TerenceC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My Canadian friends raved about this restaurant so I decided to take them out there, and I was not disappointed. Food and service were excellent. A bit pricey though.

JM
vipJessicaM
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always lovely service and delicious food!

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LaniR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot for brunch. Lovely patio! Will definitely return

MR
MichaelR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and outstanding service. A good neighbourhood restaurant with a large patio.

KH
KateH
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The staff are particularly good, thank you very much

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GrantH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and excellent service. The duck was amazing.

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Olavo
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Overpriced... a dozen of oysters are $48! my dinner for 2 ppl was almost $300, food was good but not $300 good

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jd416
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing. Great service.

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Cait
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service, unique experience as they have an open kitchen, the kitchen operates like a well oiled machine. The food was fantastic, a great place to share a bunch of starters and order your own main! The menu is small and feels very well thought out using the freshest and most in season ingredients.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great. The drinks were great. The service was wonderful. The ambience was amazing! We happened to go on a night with live music, which was a string quartet playing mainly contemporary music. Would definitely go again!

FAQs

Gare de l'Est is rated 4.5 stars by 652 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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