Dexters of Thornton Park
Dexters of Thornton Park

Dexters of Thornton Park

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dexwine.com/
  • Phone: 4076482777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Whitener
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Weddings, rehearsal dinners, baby and bridal showers, corporate events. lunch deliveries. Call 407-648-2777 for details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Summerlin
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot in rear, also street parking all around as this is located in a residential area.
A word from Dexters of Thornton Park
Dexter's has been in business since 1984. A local and established casual hangout that takes food and wine very seriously. Enjoy over 30 wines by the glass or bottle, full bar, excellent service, and award winning Sunday brunch (peoples choice). Enjoy a simple build your own sandwich or a carefully prepared entree, everything is made fresh when you order it. Choose from the main menu or one of the cafe menu inserts that takes advantage of ingredients that are in season. These inserts and winelists change every other month, so there is always something new and different to enjoy ! The cuisine fuses many different culinary styles, there is something for everyone. The sidewalk cafe is popular as it is located on an old cobblestone street in an eclectic neighborhood. Wine List pricing is very fair and makes for a nicer bottle to enjoy. Check insert menus for organics and local farm raised fruit, vegetables and meats.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Dexters of Thornton Park reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)great for lunch (14)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (12)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (9)hot spot (9)great for outdoor dining (8)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (4)special occasion (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great service and food
    SoGOOD
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This is my go to in the Thorton Park area. Parking is limited but we had one of the Dexter employees actually direct us to a spot as they noticed us pulling up. The service was amazing, extremely attentive and friendly staff. The Salmon salad was amazing as well - 3 out of the 4 of us ordered it and wished we could have had a second helping :). Cant say enough positives about Dexters as a lunch spot.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch spot - great location
    bmwgator
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Just 2 blocks from Lake Eola, has a very nice brunch/lunch menu with food served quickly and hot. Waiters and waitresses were friendly and quick to serve.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it was okay
    Ivandagreat
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    beer was a little to pricey . food was okay. over all its a nice location for something new
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good neighborhood restaurant
    jody
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    the food was great. I had the watermelon salad with sesame yellowfin tuna. The portion was just right. It was quiet when I got there at 5:30pm but picked up around 7. They offer specials everyday of the week. Tuesdays are $1 burger night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what I expected but great
    drinkinandthinkin
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    After having viewed Dexter's menu numerous times online and receiving recommendations from others, I decided to take my fiance for the two year anniversary of our engagement. The decor and ambiance was not what I expected and not aligned with the quality of the menu and thus we were over dressed. It was by no means unappealing, I just expected something less casual. The server took an inordinate amount of time to initially greet us but after that was very attentive and provided great service even receiving a special request for my meal with grace. As an appetizer we had brie and duck empanadas they were fantastic and served with a smokey cold tomato chutney. Our entree's were great too. Only negative, need to update cocktail menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lacomidaVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great food and great prices in a relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First impression not great!
    Chaz190VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Hostess was rude, unfriendly and unaccommodating. This unfortunately set the mood. Thankfully the server made up for it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    RGrill
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellent food and excellent service. First visit, will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 110 reviews are from the Dexters of Thornton Park reviews archive.
  • Fun Place
    Ricko
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This place was excellent only downfall was we had a large lunch party and couldn't carry on a conversation. But hey the place is busy right. Excellent Staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Fathers Day Brunch!
    LilLilVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had a big party of 9 and had great service and food. Thank you!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Restaurant
    WCD745
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The crab cakes were not that great but other's who ordered the Special and 2 of the salads expressed satisfaction with the taste of their food. The location and ambience were good. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently fails to award points
    OrlandoDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is the 3rd consecutive time Dexters has failed to award Open Table points after checking us in. Something is wrong with their system. We've brought it to their attention in the past, but they don't seem to fix it. As for this recent visit, the appetizer and entrees all came out at once, then they returned with them and they weren't hot...probably stuck them under a heat lamp. The server handled it well. When the food is hot, it's good, and the menu is good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • worked for our group of 9
    raider708
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I was a little surprised how well Dexters worked well for our group of nine at a back table since the place overall isn't large: it was why we used Open Table to reserve a spot. But we were seated right away and enjoyed the setting. Our service was a little more brusk and a little less friendly than we might have liked, but it was relatively efficient and worked out fine. Dexters menu has a great mix of upscale and casual stuff: my Pork Osso Bucco was tender and fell of the bone with a touch and matched perfectly the smoked gouda polenta. But the bar nachos were great too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit, But Not the Last
    beerlover
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Hit up Dexters on the way to the Cher concert at the Amway. For a neighborhood bar, Dexters ramps up expectations. We were well attended by our waitress and waitress-in-training. And the food was exceptional. We were even able to find a parking spot nearby - and on a Friday night! Our only complaint was that the beer was not as cold as we like it. But that will not stop us from returning next time we are on our way to the Amway.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    TWKW
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We had brunch there in the past with a large group and thought then we would come back some time for dinner. This was a dinner visit. The wine list and choice of beer is excellent. The service was quick. The server was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was excellent and the portions just right.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food but noisy
    munchies
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Dexters is a good place to go after a matinee with a group of friends that speak loud and like that kind of atmosphere. Food is great especially the home made dressings, but would not suggest taking someone there for a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Fantastic
    LManera
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Come in from out of town two to three times a year. This is one of my favorite places for brunch - first for the chicken and waffles and second for the location. Wonderful area to walk after the meal and take in some of the sights of the Lake and vendors. Service is great. Staff are professional and attentive. Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great as always
    Jenni
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We always have great service and great food at Dexters!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservation but not Reserved!
    Behindine
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I have been coming to Dexter's for years. I made this reservation for a Saturday on Tuesday evening. We had a large group for brunch at noon. When we arrived there was no table ready. 12:15, still no table. We finally had to point one out to the hostess that would fit us. The food was good and waitress great. I am just not sure why I made a reservation if they has nothing ready and no intent to reserve the table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent
    310LakesideVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I always try to eat lunch here when in Downtown Orlando. Service can be a little slow at times but its always very friendly and the foodis great. I will continue to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine dinner
    May13
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our Valentine started at this restaurant large Terrance but NO heater for the outside :( no one was in the terrace ... As we enter the restaurant the hostesses did get our table quietly and left ( no friendly words) then our waitress was just doing her job without giving more attention just the necessary to get by ... The food was good it will have been very nice to have special napkins or candle anything to make us feel a little in the StValentin mood :( that was very desapointing no effort and no capuccino machine :( oh well!! But overhaul this will be a great neighborhood hangout . Will go back on a regular day No special occasion !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had the signature dish of Maui on grits...FANTASTIC! Look forward to second visit soon...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab cakes were tasty but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Crab cakes were tasty but served barely warm, almost cool in the middle. I would have sent them back to be heated but we had to leave for the airport and I was afraid it would take too much time. Others at my table enjoyed their entrée salads.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    310LakesideVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    I visit downtown Orlando often and eat lunch here every chance I get.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    LovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    I've been in Orlando for quite some time and I can't believe I have never been to Dexters! My friend and I booked a table on a Wednesday night which proceeded our trip to the Bob Carr. We informed the server (using Open Table) of our need to be out at a certain time, and she was very accommodating. We enjoyed our meal. I was impressed by the variety of dishes on the menu, many of which I had not seen at any other Orlando restaurant, and chose the swordfish with pepper jack cheese grits. My friend, who grew up in New Orleans, said they were the best grits she had ever had. Her lasagna was delicious also. I look forward to returning and exploring the menu some more!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Douglas
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Dexter's always gets it right! Everything on the menu is great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My only complaint is that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    My only complaint is that some of the food items may not be up to par. My boyfriend had a garlic pasta that was delicious, but I on the other hand, had a Mahi Mahi sandwich that tasted like it came straight from the ocean. Mahi is generally a mild fish, so I was really surprised at the extreme flavor, almost as though the chef lost control of his shaking ability with the Old Bay seasoning. I got about half-way through the sandwich until I couldn't stomach it any more. Everyone in my group seemed pleased with their meal though, so I'm willing to try some other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All Good Except...
    ChampagneBob
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Great experience, but too much noise, which was distracting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    Bettyboop4
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Dexter's has a wonderful brunch menu. The food items are creative-oved the Mahi Mahi with grits and Tabasco fried egg!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ignored my request
    Char
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I brought my friend for her 28th birthday. I requested that they sing happy birthday to her through OpenTable and it never happened. The food was good and the waitress was nice but I was hoping for a booth and they sat us at a high top. It felt like a regular night out and not the special dinner for my friend that I had envisioned.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Experience
    doug
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Jaryd was our server. He was prompt and helpful. The restaurant was out of the Baked Brie appetizer and he was able to recommend a worthy alternative. Knowing that we were on a time crunch for a play, Jaryd balanced the pace of service to meet our time needs. The food presentation was nice and tasted just as good. We have been to the Winter Park location many times but this was our first trip to this location. Next time we are in the area we will definitely make a return trip. Thank you As a side note, we used the Open Table app to make our reservations which was quick and easy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect portions + great parking
    eatouttoooften
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Nice little bar bistro with a great specials menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    Shannon
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Dexter's provided such a fun and accommodating environment to celebrate my birthday with friends. I loved the art on the walls, the food was great and the service was wonderful. They accommodated me really well in spite of my reservation continuously growing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for groups? No
    Groupie
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Made a reservation for a large party (we had outgrown our accommodations at another restaurant) so we were so very pleased when we found out that Dexters could accommodate our large group. Turns out, not so much....it was VERY obvious to us that our large party was not really set up in accommodations that fit us. Our party of ten was set at a large 8 top round table (which we were offered at numerous other venues in town) and then a tiny 2 top was pushed up next to it. Like a kids table at Thanksgiving it was embarrassing and awkward to decide which two people would be annexed from the group. Just wish we would have known that when I made the reservation. That is the EXACT scenario I turned down at 3 other restaurants in town :(
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh. I've never understood Dexter's
    WarpedMind
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The place is always packed, which you would think is a good sign, but the more I eat at places like this, the more I learn that there just simply alot of people with low standards for food who are easily impressed. I'm not a snobby foodie, but this place consistently disappoints for dinner. I must say that their breakfast is really good... I don't know what happens between then and dinner. Dexter's is overpriced and the food is just "ok". Just ok. The burger - ok. The duck sandwich - ok. The various pasta dishes - ok. I'd be ok with this place if the prices weren't so high. The prices would be fine if the food was better... but it's not. (The chips are good though.) Come for breakfast. Don't stay for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Happy Hour!
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Consistently great service, excellent happy hour specials, and inventive menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for four
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Dexter's has a bright atmosphere. There is a energetic vibe but, we were able to tune out the others as we lost ourselves in our table for four. We enjoyed a lovely sauvignon blanc (can't remember the name!). We started with chicken and goat cheese empenadas as well as artichoke dip. My salmon entree was cooked to perfection. Always a favorite spot to meet up with friends!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great lunch spot
    bb123
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Came here for lunch with a friend and loved it. Good selection with a lot of house-made specialties.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    MPG1VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    I was expecting more given the 4 star average. I was taken back by how casual, almost diner-esque the space was. This didn't become a big deal until my waiter experience. Nice, friendly young man who I had trouble communicating with. On the menu online via Open Table, this place served a great looking dish of fish tacos of three different species. When I didn;t see it it on the live menu, I asked and the waiter told me 'oh yes, we just started serving those again.' What came out were a bunch of shrimp tacos. I questioned this and the waiter kind of looked at me all puzzled and said, "do you want to just try them first?" No --- I asked for fish. Shrimp is not fish.... Suddenly the causal atmosphere began to bother me....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always great times at dexter's
    bambambam
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    great food, breakfast/brunch is top notch...notably the dexter's benedict with honey mustard hollandaise. dinner cant wrong either, great entrees apps and wine list. not over priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.