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The Explorers Cafe

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Certificate of Excellence

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Certificate of Excellence2014 - 2018 Winner


Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Dinner, Drinks

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Pan-seared marinated calamari on asian greens, w/ a shrimp & chili coconut chutney.
Mediterranean Lamb Salad
Grilled marinated lamb tenderloin, kalamata olives, zucchini, chilies, mint & feta, on a bed of baby spinach.
Rib Tickler
Hardwood-smoked beef‏ short ribs w/ a maple syrup glaze served w/ a winter cabbage & apple slaw.
7 bite-sized 9.00
17 bite-sized 16.00
Asian Candied Pork Potstickers
Red roast pork stuffed into wonton wrappers & fried, served w/ a ginger soy sauce & sriracha chili paste on the side. Order 7 or 17 bite-sized pieces.
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.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Dinner, Drinks
Canadian, International
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, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Food was very good, highly recommend the Morroccan chicken. Wine list was good as well. Their free salsa and hummus app is kind of strange, both salsa and hummus were sweet, I found it very off putting. But other than that a good spot to...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Margesmister
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Heard good things about this restaurant. Food was good but quantities very small. Had a rice dish that was very tasty but so little rice. I think they concentrate more on trying to be unique and having an attractive plate than providing a decent portion....skimping...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Brian T
Rob and Jen R, Owner at The Explorers Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Brian, Thanks for taking the time to review us. I'm sorry you were disappointed with the size of your meal, we absolutely DO NOT care more about presentation than providing a decent portion, and I'm quite surprised by this review. I don't know if...More

Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

I have never had a bad meal at The Explorers and the service is usually bang-on. However, the entertainment last night was worthy of a comment here. Eight of us showed up for dinner at 8pm. The band was sitting at the bar. They were...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Dave W
Rob and Jennife... R, Owner at The Explorers Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Dave W, I think your comment is worthy of a comment here. If I can figure out who you are, you will never haver a bad meal at my restaurant because you will not be welcome back. To have the gall to negatively review my...More

Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

Recent visit to a small restaurant in Midland. Hard to find down an alley it seemed but was well worth it. We had a wonderful meal with friends and great staff. She was very knowledgeable about wine and helped out with food selection which was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 60kevin54
Reviewed October 14, 2018

It has a lot of great reviews and we had it on our list before we came to Midland. We stayed in B&B and the host recommended it as the best place to have a dinner in whole region. We were pleasantly surprised. Good selection...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank VladK_12
Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is a jewel!! The menu is in the top 1% of all I have reviewed worldwide. You will not find a better wine list. And to top it off the service is excellent.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank SnowmanOrillia
Rob and Jennife... R, Owner at The Explorers Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2018

Wow, you’re making us blush, thanks!

Reviewed September 8, 2018

Because we recently moved to the area & unfamiliar with local / good restaurants, we decided to utilize Tripadvisor for reviews. The Explorer's Cafe had an abundance of positive reviews; which prompted us to attend there. We were not disappointed....as everything was great. We also...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank happycdn
Reviewed September 5, 2018

Some meals outstanding - whitefish- and others just so-so. I would not particularly recommend the curry dish. Service was prompt and friendly. Banging door to the patio was distracting.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Betty18588
Reviewed September 2, 2018

If you like to sample foods from around the world, you have come to the right place. The ambiance is kinda funky and the food is great. The place is very busy, so I suggest reservations. The only reason I did not award five stars...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank BMalt
Reviewed August 14, 2018

The couple who own this place are lovely people. Great food and always busy with good service too. A uniquely decorated place off the beaten path hidden away that is well worth the trip for dinner. Reminds me of independent eclectic Toronto fine dining and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank cassiemartin1
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