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About Explorers - Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

Inspired by safari legends and adventure lore, the exotic Explorers Lounge is lavishly decorated with hand painted murals, adventure memorabilia and fine antiques. Chef's favorites include Maryland crab cakes and Cream of Crab Soup (awarded "Best in Baltimore"). You will also enjoy an unbeatable view of Baltimore's scenic Inner Harbor. Our new menu is just around the corner! Please come and check us out, as we go live with MANY exciting new options
Septembe 5, 2016.

550 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Friday & Saturday: 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Cross Street:
Lee Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 234-0550 ext. 3728

Website:
http://www.sonesta.com/us/maryland/baltimore/royal-sonesta-harbor-court-baltimore/dining

Catering:
Please call the 410-234-0550 ext:3728 for private events and functions.

Parking Details:
$5 valet with meal.

Executive Chef:
Lloyd Titus

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer Afternoon Tea on Friday's and Saturday's 3pm-5pm.
Reservations are not required but are encouraged.
For groups of ten (10) or more please call 410-234-0550 ext 3728

Private Dining

Bask in the elegance and opulence of the 4-star; 4-diamond Royal Sonesta Harbor Court’s private dining experience. Several of our elegantly appointed private dining spaces offer floor to ceiling picture windows, providing unobstructed views of Baltimore’s picturesque Inner Harbor.

Explorers - Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

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82% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 30, 2017

A nice evening with good food and fine service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food, service, and environment exceeded my expectations. Will return upon my next business trip to Baltimore. Especially was that my wife and I were seated at a table in a cozy corner of the restaurant. Made the event particularly memorable. Service was A+.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Terrible. They talk about romantic with a view neither! Fruit flies chased us out went elsewhere

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 10, 2017

As always, good food at reasonable prices. We love coming here. Love, Love, Love their hamburgers!
thanks!

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on September 7, 2017

It was pleasant. Wish the menu had just a little more to offer on the lighter side

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great service and wonderful food! Loved the atmosphere and seating arrangements.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We were staying in the hotel and had breakfast in the restaurant. Because we had a reservation we were given a cosy little room off the main dining room. Our server was SO friendly and helpful - really a lovely start to the day!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court never disappoints. I worked at the Harbor Court in its beginning days when Robert Taubman was the GM and Michael Rork was the Executive Chef. I was in Banquet Sales and enjoyed the many tastings we were asked to partake. This hotel is continued to keep up the tradition of Ambiance, Elegance, 5-Star Treatment, Superb Cuisine and Impeccable Service. This past Mother's Day Brunch was nothing short of amazing and palette-pleasing. There wasn't anything I could have wanted on the menu that the Explorer's Restaurant did not have. From Maryland's famous seafood creations of Snow Crab Legs and Crab Meat Benedict to carved delights of Turkey, Prime Rib and Ham, my guests and I were totally satisfied. Thank You !!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 1, 2017

George, the bartender makes the BEST Cosmo (real lime juice). The Crab flatbread is the Best ever and so is their Hamburger. Best kept secret. Try it some evening. :-)

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Our waitress was friendly, accommodating and sweet. Perfect meal with two young children and she met every need. Would definitely go back again.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2017

They seated us at a table for four in a cozy alcove overlooking the harbor--what could be better? My mother uses a large walker, which was easily accommodated, and the chairs were a good height so she didn't have to bend down. The staff was extremely helpful and pleasant. The food was carefully prepared and presented. This is a very pleasant place for a winter lunch.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Restaurant was empty on Jan 1. I know it's a bad day for restaurants but we were the only party there. Perhaps it was because the food was mediocre as was the service. The most positive thing was the view and the valet parking.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Although the food was excellent the wait was long for food to be brought out. The salad ordered was brought out with the main course and would have been better brought out earlier which would have bridged the gap between ordering and the meal.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 10, 2016

We chose the Explorer Lounge based on the description of "harbor views", especially since our Colorado group is rarely near a large body of water. The "views" turned out to be false advertising. Open Table should not allow errors (a lie) in restaurant descriptions.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Well it was convenient and that is all. I booked it just because it was my husbands B-Day and I purchased tickets for the Spirit midnight cruise right across the street. So i was looking for a nice reasonable spot to have dinner before the cruise. The hotel is nice and quite and there were probably 3 other people in the restaurant. the service was ok and so was the food. Nothing to brag about. probably wouldnt go there again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Worst food. Very bland, old and dry. Was not worth the $40 per person price tag for a buffet.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 10, 2015

Best Hamburger in town! Also, if they have coconut cake that evening...get it!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 28, 2015

7:45 reservation. Hotel was under construction. No one was around. Only 4 diners in entire place. Waited 10 minutes before even seeing a server/ host/ someone other than the customers. Left before we were even sat.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 12, 2015

Really enjoying dining at Explorers. The prices are fair, our waiter was fantastic, and the food was amazing. Regrettably we were told that we needed to order by 9:30pm as the kitchen would close, and the entire lounge would be shut at 10:30pm! Not the end of the world, but instead of an evening at the lounge, it became a quick bite to eat and then an evening somewhere else.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2014

Well, this was to be a memorable dinner before retiring to watch the midnight fireworks from our hotel suite.
We arrived at 7:30 to a near empty establishment (never a good indicator).
We were seated and attended to well; I had oysters and Diane had soup (which needed to be sent back as it was barely warm).
Diane had the Crab Cake, and I had the Salmon.
Both were nice enough, but certainly nothing to write home about.
We split a dessert and requested the check; paid and tipped up we went on our way.

A few days later I had reason to look into my bank account, to find that we had been "double dipped" for the tip (I had put it on my card, rather than get the cash out).
In calling the establishment to enquiry the two sets of charges I was told that they would get back to me.
Well, I wait their communication (some seven weeks later)
Average meal, reasonable service; poor management.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 29, 2014

Although the location is nice the view from the restaurant was obscured. The decor was nice, but nothing great. The crab soup was not good at all. The main dish was just ok. Now the ice cream dor dessert was very good. Overall I would not recommed or revisit. There are better options.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 22, 2014

We don't go out often so when we do we want it to be something special. The Royal Sonesta Hotel is held in high esteem by my husband for some reason. I am unimpressed - it looks exactly the same as it did when it was HarborCourt. The restaurant has a great view of the harbor, no doubt about that. Valet parking is free for diners which is a bonus. Our server, Carol, was delightful and attentive. The food? Enh, calamari was good. Pasta was good. My husband got some sort of meat - see what I mean? I don't even remember.....Go visit the bar for the view. It was an older crowd and a tad stuffy for me.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2013

This restaurant has a spectacular view of the harbor and the food and presentation of the food is divine. The chef always has something new and never disappoints you. The restaurant is in the Royal Sonesta Hotel and maintains that old world charm which is delightful. It is really a find among all the restaurants in Baltimore.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 24, 2013

This little restaurant is a hidden gem--a nice, elegant but relaxed setting in the Inner Harbor. The menu is inventive if you want it, but carries plenty of "comfort foods" and familiar favorites. Service is very attentive without being overbearing. And the food is terrific!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 18, 2013

I took a group of associates to Explorers for a farewell lunch for a colleague. It was their first time dining at Explorers however I had been there a couple of times and the experience had been awesome. I had even sent my business unit there for a celebration lunch and they all gave the total experience a 10! Unfortunately, this time was not indicative of the previous visits. While the food was excellent, well prepared and presented, the service was almost non-existent. The server(s) spent most of the time at the bar talking with the bartender and had to be asked for menus after more than 45 minutes. We had to ask for beverages and had to ask to have our order taken 15 minutes after that...total disregard of our time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 4, 2013

Half a dozen or so tables for 4, plus a sitting area with couches and chairs for lighter fare, situated on the second floor of a gracious, opulent hotel, with windows looking out over the Inner Harbor, the ambience was exceeded only by the excellent food and service. Nice, but not over-priced wines by the glass or bottle; we didn't sample the bar except for a very good 18 y.o. single malt scotch. After having the best crab cake during the week in B'more, we had to return. The steak the second night was equally exquisitely prepared; I even ate most of my vegetables which were perfectly cooked. It was never crowded, but given the small size of the restaurant area, I would make sure to use OT to secure a reservation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 21, 2013

The waiter was terrific. Always there when we needed something but not intrusive. The food and wine were great!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 31, 2013

EXCELLENT EASTER BRUNCH. EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS FROM THE OMELETTE STATION TO THE CARVED LEG OF LAMB TO THE DESSERT BAR

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 17, 2013

It was fine, I booked in advance and thought it was for a brunch and it wasn't. It was for my daughters 21st birthday so I feel it should have been more of a brunch the a lunch/dinner that's all.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2013

Small and intimate. Excellent food and service. Not you typica
Hotel restaurant. Chef came in and went to each table. Nice touch in a tourist city.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 24, 2013

Wonderful restaurant--the menu is creative without being overwhelming. Service is attentive and knowledgable, and the room, with its harbor view, is quiet enough to carry on conversations. We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 8, 2012

The Explorer's Lounge is a relaxed, quiet venue that serves well-prepared and reasonably priced food. Since it is in our neighborhood, we tend to go there when we are in a hurry or don't want to brave the elements. On our recent visit our party of three enjoyed the salads, salmon and spaghetti. The drinks and wine tend to be more expensive than the food. The wait staff is well meaning but somewhat unsophisticated and they don't have a sense of timing, e.g. asking for your order too early. Better training might solve this problem, or, better still, have them dine at another restaurant to gain a diner's experience.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 22, 2012

I took my family there for Thanksgiving brunch because the holiday menu looked yummy and included breakfast items and we were getting together at 11AM. The Royal Sonesta did not disappoint! Beautiful and elegant from the moment you walked up to the restaurant. The hostess gave us a tour of the sumptuous buffet area (beautifully laid out) on our way to our table. The food was delicious from the french toast to the decadent macaroni & cheese, fat mussels, turtle soup, shrimp & grits, to the mini pumpkin cheesecake, creme brulees, mousse...Excellent wait staff too! I plan to spend Thanksgiving brunch at the Harbor Court next year!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 31, 2012

This was a different kind of late night dining. The atmosphere and private room arranged for my birthday dinner was unexpected but excellent! The bartender/waiter provided excellent service and though we were not the only guests in the restaurant, he certainly made us feel like we were. He was very knowledgeable and personable. The atmosphere coupled with great service made this a most enjoyable experience.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 18, 2012

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, they knew the menu; offered great suggestions. The choices were original-each dish was colorful and well presented as well as delicious. We appreciated the way the head chef took time to visit the table to get input on his original entrees and chat with us. We felt like important guests from the time we walked in until the end of our dining experience. We wouldn't hesitate to return again to try other items on their menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 11, 2012

Had afternoon tea on a Saturday. What an awesome experience!!!! The dining room was extremely beautiful and classy. My party was seated with a view overlooking the Inner Harbor. Our server was knowledgable, pleasant, and prompt. I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a unique was to spice up the brunch/lunch experience. We finished the afternoon off with champagne and strawberries soaked in Chamboard! Can't wait to return. PS - Be sure to do valet parking. The garage charges $20, but valet is only $8.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 13, 2012

The Mother's Day brunch was fabulous. I have been taking my mom there for the Mother's day brunch for the better part of 20 years and we are never disappointed. The service and ambiance is outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 7, 2012

Great food and service. Quiet enough for a business lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 23, 2012

Food was ok, overpriced though. It was empty, we were the only people in the place. The hostess was also the waitress. I would not classify this as 5 star.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (London)·Dined on April 8, 2012

We didn't know in advance that there was a prix fixe Easter brunch menu (made the reservation based on Brighton's brunch menu). When we arrived, we discovered we'd be paying $65/adult and $30/child for our buffet. We have a 3-year-old that eats one bagel, so we NEVER would have come had we known the prices were so high (more than triple that of their standard brunch buffet). The food was fair - cold eggs, hard french toast, stale bagels. The service was fair - dirty plates accumulated and drinks were not refilled without asking, even though these were the only things they had to do. Then we received the bill and were furious to see that a 20% gratuity had been automatically added, without any notice, even though we were only a party of 3!

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