Welcome, Gare De L’Est!

In case you haven’t already heard or walked by, the east-end’s culinary scene has a brand new addition—and a French one, a that! Gare De L’Est opened its doors this week and has started to welcome its first guests. Located just beside Streetcar Crowsnest at the corner of Dundas and Carlaw, the brasserie offers an elevated experience to a neighbourhood that’s always hungry for new dining options.

Gare De L’Est borrows its name from the train station in Paris and, much like a train station, the resto aims to be a meeting point for the community. Come by for the full dining experience, or just for a glass of vino with aperitifs in an atmosphere that’s laden with rich textures and references to the director Jean-Luc Godard.

Chef John Sinopoli and Erik Joyal of Ascari Enoteca and The Broadview Hotel  have partnered up to bring this brasserie to life, along with their team of talented staff, including General Manager Annette Bruley. The menu is highly curated and intentionally based on a classic brasserie. Unlike bistros, brasseries are traditionally loud, open places often connected to breweries, as the word “brasserie” translated literally means “brewery.”

Menu items are no-nonsense, and you’ll always find a good selection of beer. For now, Gare De L’Est is open from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. with dinner service on weekdays, as well as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays with dinner service as well. Coffee and a selection of fresh pastries are available in the morning for dine-in and takeaway, and they plan on expanding to offer dine-in or takeaway lunch later in the spring.

We are so pleased to have such an exquisite restaurant nearby, and we can’t wait to show you what this same culinary team will bring to the table when The Broadview Hotel opens soon. Welcome to the ‘hood and to the Streetcar family, Gare de L’est. For more information, visit their website, or book now on Open Table.