Explorateur is exactly what I think Boston has been waiting for. This triple-concept restaurant-bar-cafe is the perfect place to gather for brunch or a nice dinner, have some drinks before a night at the theatre, or bring your laptop for an inspired study session in this beautiful communal space.
The cafe area has a library-like feel, with long common tables topped by brass lamps. A raised section of sage green leather banquette seating separates the more formal dining from the cafe below, and a beautifully mirrored bar area on the cafe level fits seamlessly into this melange of different dining experiences.
I think I find Explorateur so great because it’s such a versatile space, right in the center of it all. Explorateur can be the main attraction of the night—with its French-inspired farm fresh menu—or just a casual stop for a coffee or pastry before proceeding in with your day and other plans. To my gluten-free friends—come for the baked Alaska. It’s the best gluten free dessert I’ve had in all the city. They also offer gluten free pasta. This place isn’t the best for vegans, but it’s still worth the visit for a cup of coffee and some prime people watching.
Explorateur is right at the corner of Tremont and Boylston across from the Boylston T station, so stop by next time you’re downtown!