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 complement 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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Some of Our Favorites —


Moules Marinières

Shallots, Champagne, Crème Fraîche, Citrus, Parsley


Spaghetti with Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, Olive Oil, Parsley


Grilled Whole Bronzino

Flatbread, Herb Salad, Onion Salad, Fresno, Green Emulsion


Salmon Crudo

Wild Salmon, Lime, Radish, Tomato Water


Explorateur Salad

Raw & Crispy Kale, Marinated Vegetables, Roast Garlic, Honey, Aged Cider Vinegar


Salmon Toast

Gravlax, Citrus, Horseradish Cream, Capers, Dill Greens, Sourdough



Soft Egg Scramble w/ Chives

Creme Fraiche, Chives & Dill Pollen


Explorateur Burger

Marro & Charred Greens, Camembert, Thyme, Horseradish, Burnt Scallion Aioli


Steak Au Poivre

Hanger, Tri-Colored Peppercorns, Fennel


Whole Roasted Chicken
(for two)

Gnudi, Brown Butter, Sage, Madeira Jus, Crème Fraîche


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Breakfast & Lunch | Dinner
Dessert | Bar

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“Kane tells us the place would be called Explorateur. “It is our interpretation of a community focused, all-day-dining, European cafe/bakery, bar, and restaurant.”
— The Boston Globe
Hence the French-­Californian cuisine at Explo­rateur, executed by chef Jacob Mendros, a 25-year-old Kittery, Maine, native with experience from Back Bay’s French fine dining icon L’Espalier. Mendros, who collaborates at Explorateur with chef Michael Morway, says that the idea is to combine elements of Continental refinement with contemporary presentations and approaches.
— Boston Herald
Adjacent to Explorateur’s marble- and brass-wrapped cafe area, stocked with java and pastries, the main dining room is bedecked with green leather furnishings and 15-foot-high Tremont Street-facing windows that reach up to the restored century-old coffered ceilings. Creative cocktails and craft beers are poured at the long bar; a second, smaller bar is located in a separate “Library Room,” where guests can gather by big bookshelves at tables illuminated by the kind of classic task lights under which bookworms burn the midnight oil.
— Boston Herald


186 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111


Main: 617-466-6600
Private Dining


Cafe 7:30AM-10AM
Brunch 10AM-3PM
Dinner 5-10PM
Bar 10-11PM

Cafe 7:30AM-10AM
Brunch 10AM-3PM
Dinner 5-11PM
Bar 10-12AM