Explorateur Cafe, Restaurant & Bar

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$30 and under
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French American

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Explorateur is our interpretation of a community-focused, all-day-dining, European café, bar and restaurant. It is French in name and Californian and French in its passionate approach to dining. We present "Things we call French" dishes at the core of our menu and compliment them with Californian inspired new world dishes that we think you will love. Whether it's exploration of food, travel, or culture, there is an explorer in all of us. Welcome to Explorateur.
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4.1
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4.0
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4.1
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New England
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Saturday brunch with friends. While the menu is a bit limited, everyone found something to order, and we all loved our meals. And certainly not brunch unless you end with an order of the donuts for everyone at the table to share.

OT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Terrible & overpriced food. Stay away!

L
New England
38 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I took my nieces to Sunday brunch here, my first time also, and we were all blown away at how good the food was! The menu was great as it offered much variety and ways of adding on sides easily to create exactly what you want. I love the design of the place, the 2 tiers with the first being a cafe' and the second the slightly more formal dining area which we sat in as I had made reservation. The server was very nice , friendly, helpful with answering questions and making suggestions about food items, and reasonably attentive.

i
New England
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Exceeded expectations! Delicious and our waiter was just so pleasant. Definitely will go back. Loved the cauliflower dish, especially!

JD
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good service and decent food. The space is trying to be too much And the atmosphere is awkward and loud.

S
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service was good. We had a reservation and we seated immediately. The waiter came with water right away. The restaurant was very noisy and the family next to us talked loudly. The food was excellent.

S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience we went before taking my niece to ballet. It was a great brunch great service very accommodating to special dietary restrictions.

c
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

great addition to theater district.
once service gets sorted, i would rate higher. food was great all around. we can do coffee without saucers, but spoons are helpful, and finding someone to bring condiments, more beverage, and the bill was super challenging.

LM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We stopped by for dinner with out of town visitors. The place was pretty dead for a Saturday night. The server wasn’t very pleasant when we asked questions about the menu. The food we got was pretty good. But they were out of oysters, cauliflower, and broccoli. The server hardly checked on us throughout the night. We will not be back. It was very disappointing for us and our guests.

LB
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfect spot for pre and post theater lunch or dinner. The coffee is excellent and the brunch was as well.

KB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter- Eric. Lemon ricotta pancakes and Croque Madam were over the top delicious! Giant coffee cups and coffee was perfect! We loved it here and will go again the next time we're in Boston!

c
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

small portions but very tasty

RH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An unusual layout with bar to one side, cafe on street level at front and semi-formal dining up and to the rear. But it worked to create a friendly and not overly loud atmosphere. We could converse at the table. The food was very good indeed; we sampled many items and all were delicious. The service was excellent, helped by a good awareness that many people were dining before attending a show. This is a slightly off-beat and charming restaurant.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

The restaurant itself is nice, the food was very good and Jose, our server was AMAZING!

N
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot for brunch before the theater. The donuts are amazing.

a
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

beautiful space and great location to theatre. unfortunately it did not meet my expectations on saturday @ 530. cheese plate was very good(did need additional bread which we were given). french dip was fair because it was lukewarm as were the fries. wine selection glass fair, appeared more selections on line than actually on menu(different from cruvinet selections). they did not have grand marnier but server was kind to give tasting of what was left in bottle and apologized(not his fault). service was fair...server/bartender was quite busy with high tops and bar. on a saturday nite, in that area, restaurant should have been staffed adequately. food runner did assist but too busy as well. happy to try somewhere new but was underwhelmed and look forward to another dinner elsewhere in boston soon!

JF
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The cafe and bar are decent. Good feeling and decor. The dining, wine and service could be better.

JP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Explorateur is a great brunch spot before a theater show nearby. The atmosphere is nice and the place is always hopping. I always get the Goat Cheese Omelet when visiting Explorateur. Be aware if you order the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, they may arrive overcooked and quite brown. Service is hit or miss. I’ve had really great service and I’ve had “just ok” service. Overall, not enough of problem to stop me from going back again.

BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good but, not well executed. Steak was served cold. Service was very pleasant but, slow.

MK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and the drinks were great as well. We have lunch/brunch before a 2 show and everything was just wonderful. Make a reservation if you want to be guaranteed a seat!

GA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I wouldn’t go back. Nothing to rave about.

FT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It took awhile for the server to acknowledge us and get the drinks. But after that, the service went smoothly. Cool spot.

KW
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Nice experience. A little slow on service but fine for a leisurely breakfast. Nice Art Deco decor.

F
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Food was cold. Service was good. Atmosphere is exceptional.

AC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food at a reasonable price. Perfect pre-show restaurant.

JN
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service2ambience4

I took my family for lunch before we went to see the Lion King. We had a delightful time. Food was good. The restaurant was very busy which resulted in some service delays.

M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My daughter and I had a wonderful brunch before a college open house. Excellent quiche and salad for me, and she LOVED the burger and fries. Nice cafe latte as well.

c
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We really enjoyed the dinner at Explorateur. We were a group of 5, with 2 major Francophiles. Clever menu, lots of choices even for the 2 pescatarians in our group, who both had the Chèvre Omelette. Service seemed a bit slow, apps came before drinks, but it was very busy at the time.

ES
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great after-theater casual dining experience. Hostess seated us quickly, waiter was prompt and attentive, food was excellent.

M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was not that great. My husband and I had the steak frites. The meat was tough and the fries barely warm.

N
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Some dishes were not great at all (the dry omelette, the really dry raw charred broccoli), others were wonderful: the cauliflower and escargot we had for starters, the Caesar salad, the burger. Beer and wine lists were great, the drinks super.

M
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Clean, fun, good food, and powerful Bloody Mary - great way to start a Saturday. Right across from park, so have a hearty b'fast then take a beautiful walk thru the gardens.

SV
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The service was great but the food leaves something to be desired. My friend got the French onion soup and it had clearly been microwaved because it was cold inside but super hot on the outside. My pork was overdone to the point that it was hard to chew. We didn't say anything at the time because, to me a restaurant that nukes their food isn't a restaurant to be trusted with food in the first place, so I didn't want anything else coming from the kitchen.

JB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice combination of cool style and comfort with great brunch food!

CB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff... first time there. It was quiet for a Thursday evening, but everyone was really nice and the food was very good.

M
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to Explorateur Cafe for brunch on a Sunday while visiting Boston. The service was excellent and the food very good. The only complaint was the Breakfast Sandwich was served on a hamburger bun. It would be better to have options of different types of breads. But overall both meals were very good.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very nice, good food. After they got busy the servers were overwhelmed

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our server was amazing. Erick was wonderful. My friend and I will dine there again because of him.

N
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great option before a movie or show. Lots of variety and price points on the menu. Wish the drinks were a little less expensive.

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Very disappointing experience. Have been there before and enjoyed the meal, but this one was a complete dud. Food was undercooked and poor cuts of meat were used for the steak frites, especially for the price. The service was slow, some of the drink orders were wrong, and when we asked for condiments, we'd get the smallest possible container. The staff had language issues that served to compound and frustrate the situation even more. I'm more than willing to deal with servers with limited English skills and/or accents, but they employ some folks who seem not lack even rudimentary English language skills. This is not a knock against them. They were earnest and trying their best, but the restaurant management should really work with them so that they understand menu items and liquor types, etc., at the very least. I cannot recommend this restaurant based on our experience.