Explorers, an American Gastropub

3.6
156 reviews
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An American gastro-pub located on the 2nd floor of Royal Sonesta Harbor Court overlooks the scenic inner harbor. Explorers has a marriage of high-end food with a casual dining experience. Through the use of locally sourced farms as well as Maryland staples such as the traditional crab cake and a pan seared rockfish. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night, the menu includes traditional classics and regional favorites as well as distinctive dishes sure to please every palate.
Try the signature Honey Wings prepared with product harvested from the hotel's own apiary. Did you know we have 50,000 honey bees on our 7th floor apiary? The excess honey is harvested for use in our Chef’s creative recipes and our "Bee's Knees" cocktail which are un-BEE-lievable! Lastly, the bar’s focus point is the barrel aged whiskey using local and national whiskeys aged right on location and join us for Happy Hour, Monday – Friday.
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very hard to find. The GPS brought us to a side street and we ended up parking in a lot when we wanted to valet. It was like going through a maze trying to find the restaurant from the parking lot. Better signage would have been appreciated. No complaints once we got into the restaurant.

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r
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was fantastic, especially the awesome Moroccan vegetable stew. The only negative was the extremely slow service, uninformed waitress, and the fact that she forgot our drink order. In spite of this we would go back for the food. Just make sure you don't have theater or sports tickets after going there. Took over two hours to complete dinner.

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OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The stale biscuit was so hard that a knife could not cut through it. The service , as at every meal there, was very slow. Servers are pleasant but poorly trained. Frittata was fine but should be better at this price point.

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OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was an awful, awful experience. The service was horrendous. It took forever and a day to get a server to the table, and when they did come, they got everything wrong and were out of everything. When the food finally came, it was tasteless, and the salads were plain nasty. It took over an hour to get the server to come back for the check and after at least 45 minutes, they finally came back. Run, do not walk, from this place.

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The only complaint was the dark room we were sitting in.

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R
Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They reserved the private room for my celebration. It was serene, intimate and the service was impeccable. The meal was played beautifully and was cooked to perfection! Highly recommend!!!

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CM
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Explorers Lounge inside the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court is a great place to have a business lunch. The Explorers Burger and Rueben Sandwich were terrific. The Columbia Crest Cabernet went well with the lunch entree's. The Explorers Lounge is the perfect restaurant for a business or casual lunch. They have a splendid view of the Inner Harbor and the Harbor East skyline. Very highly recommended.

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P
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived and there was no one at the hostess stand. I had to go to the bartender to ask to be seated. He said to sit anywhere. After 10 minutes and no waiter I went back to the bar. He left the restaurant and went down the hall to find someone. When she finally showed up she didn’t come to our table to give us menus or even to greet us. We left because it was clear things weren’t going to get any better.

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not my favorite

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CH
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For some reason they did not have my Open Table reservation. This is the second time this has happened here. Waitress said she did not have access to Open Table info. Seems strange. Obviously someone knew we were there. Other than that will return.

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P
Baltimore
60 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A nice evening with good food and fine service.

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C
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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+.

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JJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

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

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J
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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TC
Baton Rouge
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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i
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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N
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

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RR
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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 !!!

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J
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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. :-)

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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v
Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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R
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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.

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R
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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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LB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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

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J
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2014
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

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.

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m
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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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K
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

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Y
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CG
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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MB
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2013
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

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.

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s
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2013
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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