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The Explorers Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Canadian, International
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345 King Street, Midland, Ontario L4R 3M7, Canada
+1 705-527-9199
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Dundas, Canada
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were in Midland for one evening, and chose The Explorers Cafe for our dinner. What an excellent place! The dining room was cosy, the server was friendly and attentive, and the food was outstanding! My main dish of confit duck was so delicious -- tender and so flavourful -- I can't stop thinking about it. Great wine selection. We... More 

Thank Karen B
Midland, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love the Explorer's Cafe!! It has been several months since we last visited, and we're sorry we waited so long. They are still right on their game as the best eating spot in Midland. Great menu with interesting, well-prepared dishes, amazing wine list, excellent service, fun atmosphere, and reasonable prices. Our group loved the duck confit, and the lasagne... More 

Thank Joan T
Victoria Harbour, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really good food with an interesting collection of things collected by the owners on their world travels. Great food,

Thank NorthernCanadian1
Keighley, United Kingdom
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257 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We turned up early for dinner but that wasn't a problem. The menu is very eclectic and we were spoiled for choice. The food was really good and the wine very drinkable too. Highly recommended

Thank Hotel Harry
Brampton, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are recipes from around the world at the Explorer's Café. I had the salmon and it was delicious! Everyone enjoyed their food! The waitress was helpful and friendly.

Thank melodykp2016
Midland, Canada
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Relaxed atmosphere, great food. We came on a Friday night without a reservation, but luckily were served at a table in the bar area. First Visit. All food was great.

Thank Ilove_travel2
Wiarton, Canada
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

my meal was very good. My partner ordered the whiefish, it was overcooked and yet watery, my guess it was frozen. For those prices, if it was "off season" it should have stated that it was frozen. the service was excellent, made you feel right at home.

Thank Beverley O
Midland, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Ever changing menu and the traditionals make every visit enjoyable.The extensive wine list is almost unmatched in the Midland area.It's not cheap,but as the saying goes,you get what you pay for!!!!

Thank ed o
Sudbury, Canada
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124 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

This place was excellent. They had a good kids menu. Got us seated quickly. Had the food out in a timely fashion. The presentation was classy, tastes and flavours were brilliant. Overall, we really enjoyed our meal. Unique dining with kids can be an adventure!! Wish I could rate it a 4.5.

Thank World_travellor79
Hudson, Canada
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This restaurant is special in that the menu is quite different from most. The food was excellent and the service friendly. It is a little on the more expensive side but well worth it.

Thank Doug_Seagrim

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $20
Canadian, International
Drinks, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 345 King Street, Midland, Ontario L4R 3M7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Midland
  • Phone Number: +1 705-527-9199
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?