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The Explorers Cafe

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345 King Street, Midland, Ontario L4R 3M7, Canada
+1 705-527-9199
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been hearing about this place for a long time and finally got here to experience a meal. We were not disappointed. Several of us opted to fill the table with appetizers (ordering one of almost everything) while a couple had the entrees. It was a wonderful experience. The family style sharing of the appetizers worked out great and... More 

Thank GeoNomadness
Midland, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great addition for a town like Midland. Excellent food and timely service, you can tell the owner or owners have put their heart and soul into the place. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try something a little different!

Thank Tallah H
Port Severn, Canada
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good service, reasonable prices, excellent food. What more to say? Have been three times and have not been disappointed.

Thank Dave W
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146 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ended up in Midland, last minute, last Friday and were recommended to the Explorer Café. This is a cool little bistro style location, with an inspiring menu supporting local fresh vendors and best farming practices. The story of the owners is pretty fascinating and many pictures from theirs and other adventures adorn the walls. The food preparation and temperature... More 

Thank deans44
Midland, Canada
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80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

I visited The Explorer's Cafe last evening for a birthday celebration with friends. Reservations are recommended. There was a lively atmosphere, the service was spot on and friendly. Dinner choices include a variety of flavours and styles which means there are options for those who like a lot of spiciness and for those who prefer heartier fare. On this occasion... More 

Thank Gail H
Midland ON
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66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

Went New Years Eve, service was excellent, great wine list, mark up on wine was very reasonable. Set menu for the holiday. The food was amazing, scallops lamb and home made sorbet. Portions were good, price was fair. All made in house, great flavour, all dishes were hot. The regular menu looks great - dishes and unique from around the... More 

Thank 25davem
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

We have dined in this restaurant several times and have always had a superlative meal The menu is very imaginative. This is a truly hidden gem!

Thank BobaMary
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

We went to explorers for a night out and again were blown away. The menu has changed recently and I tried the seabass and it was perfection! My wife loves the tenderloin and we both feasted on octopus and mussels as appetizers. The wine list is so special for a restaurant in Midland or anywhere else for that matter. Owners... More 

Thank Matthew S
Dundas, Canada
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

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 

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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, Gluten Free Options
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
Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
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?