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The Explorers Cafe

345 King Street, Midland, Ontario, Canada
+1 705-527-9199
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Ranked #2 of 73 Restaurants in Midland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: If arriving by foot, we are on the east side of King between Yonge and Elizabeth. If driving, approach from Midland Ave. between Yonge and Elizabeth, free three hour parking in municipal lot.
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English first
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

It would be too bold of me to suggest that restaurants like this will save the world one day but the fact that they devote most of the menu to locally inspired dishes with locally sourced ingredients is a big win. Couple that, with excellent, ebullient service (which is just enough of a shade under over the top) in a... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Explorer's Cafe is a fantastic restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxing yet elegant. The food is wonderful, and the service is exceptional. This is always a FAVOURITE dining experience for us. Thank you.

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Ottawa Ontario
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Friends who live locally, reserved at this gem of a restaurant during my recent visit. It is understandably their favorite restaurant in Midland and is now mine. I love moulles et frites ( mussels with fries) and Explorer's fare did not disappoint. The mussels were fresh and locally sourced and the suce- cream, pernot and coconut was superlative. My friends... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The food is absolutely fabulous unfortunately it is almost impossible to be in and out in an hour (lunch hour).

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2Expl0rers, Owner at The Explorers Cafe, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback and have addressed the timing issue with our staff. It's true, sometimes our food takes longer than expected and we are working on developing a 'quickie' lunch menu for those with limited time. If you choose to visit us again, and are in a hurry, please let your server know immediately so that we can let... More

Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

Nine of us had lunch here at the recommendation of a local friend. The staff were courteous and efficient. The wine list is quite extensive for such a small restaurant. Decor is eclectic . There was lots to choose from and each of us enjoyed our meals.

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Mississauga, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We came across this hidden gem by accident while vacationing in the Midland area. We were so impressed by the great food and amazing service provided by Rick, that we now make it a point of stopping by every time we are in the area. By far one of the best steaks I've ever had and highly recommend the carpaccio... More

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Barrie, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

Food was really good however the service was horrible. We never got asked for desserts or more drinks after getting the dessert menu. We were basically ignored.

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Vancouver, Canada
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190 reviews 190 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Not on the main street but a cozy place. Prompt service and well prepared food. I found the portions to be quite large. I had the chef's special of loin pork which was delicious but could have done with half the portion. Reservations recommended.

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Singapore, Singapore
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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

During our stay in Ontario, while exploring nearby drives around our accommodation, we managed to chance upon one of the best yummy steak I ever ate....so yummy that it will literally melt in your mouth slowly and with your eyes close enjoying each melt WOW! Didn't know that this is a lonely planet featured place till we exited The Explorers... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

We decided to have supper here after reading Trip Advisor reviews, to celebrate our purchase of a boat at a nearby Marina. Our waiter Richard was so enthusiastic and passionate about the menu, and he was so personable, we thought he was the owner! Nice cozy restaurant, small but very interesting menu, great wine list. They bring you warm homebaked... More

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