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The Explorers Cafe

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345 King St, Midland, Ontario L4R 3M7, Canada
+1 705-527-9199
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

owner has travelled the world and brings a diverse international cuisine to the area. It is not easy to find as it does not open to the main st. best to enter from midland ave side

Thank Kevin L
Midland, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here is always gorgeous, but what takes it over the top for me is the wine list. Ye gods, they have a wonderful selection! If you get a chance, go to one of their Tapas and Tasting nights. Yum!

Thank Barbara R
Waubaushene, Canada
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious and unique menu. Interesting atmosphere. Always very helpful staff, who make you feel right at home! Every visit over the past 4 years has been delicious!!

Thank Rippedoffclient
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47 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

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 

1 Thank GeoNomadness
Midland, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

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!

1 Thank Tallah H
Port Severn, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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

1 Thank Dave W
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146 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

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 

1 Thank deans44
Midland, Canada
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80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 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 

1 Thank Gail H
Midland ON
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 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 12 December 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

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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
US$15 - US$20
Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, 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, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 345 King St, 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?