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 Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Dexters of Thornton Park reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)great for lunch (14)good for groups (14)great for brunch (11)fit for foodies (10)great for outdoor dining (9)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (8)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)special occasion (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Took my mom and sisters here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    Took my mom and sisters here for a girls day out. They had never been, and loved it! The people that work there are nice and friendly, and the foot excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for big groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/4/2012
    I threw a bridal shower at Dexters and the service for our large group was exceptional and they were so accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal at a great price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    My wife and I both fully enjoyed the swordfish special. The food was excellent. Service as always was very good. My wife and live in Brevard, but whenever we are in Orlando we make it a point to eat at Dexters
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, fun environment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2012
    We loved Dexters. Unique food, good service, fun environment, and decent pricing. We had 7 different entrees and loved them all. It's quite loud so if you are looking for good conversation, sit outside. We had flowers delivered to the table from a florist and they handled it beautifully.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • positive experience pre-Amway show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/12/2012
    Loud, but great food and excellent service. Accomodated our need to eat quick and get to a show. Was delighted to have valet parking for 5$ across street.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this restaurant. Really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    Love this restaurant. Really fun atmosphere and great food!!! Perfect spot for brunch and mimosas on the weekends:)!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were celebrating a friend's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    We were celebrating a friend's birthday and our server helped us have a great time. Will be going back for other large group birthday dinners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, everything else ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    The Food was the best part. The service was fine until the server spilled food on one of the members of our party. The noise was so loud it made it hard to hear others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine for lunch. Night crowds
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2012
    Fine for lunch. Night crowds get a little rowdy. The waiters and bartenders think they're there for each other as opposed to the customers.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was terrible. Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    Service was terrible. Restaurant was not busy. Order was messed up. Barely seen out server.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dexters is always a treat!
    Michelle
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    Dexters is consistently terrific! It's a fun, lively place to go with good service and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A true gem - outstanding - Love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/2/2012
    We had an absolutely excellent experience at Dexters. My wife and I visited Dexters to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. For us, this was a special visit as we had our very first date at Dexters back in 1999. The service was beyond compare. The chef even came out and congratulated us. We had great wine along with outstanding appetizers and a scallop and yucca dish that was truly superb. The staff made us feel very special and celebrated our big night with us. We could not have been happier. I hope everyone will visit Dexters as they are a true gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I just love this place. Great,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/16/2011
    I just love this place. Great, Great Great food. I havent tried anything that i didnt like. Great drinks
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dexters has come very highly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    Dexters has come very highly recommended by many people. My wife, two friends an I finally visited on Saturday night. We were seat promptly and the service was quick. My wide ordered a salad with her dinner. The salad was brought out with her meal. She told the waitress that she didn't want the salad now that she had her meal. The waitress took the salad but never removed it from the bill. I ordered the tuna. It was okay but not great. The temperature was good (ordered it rare) but it just didn't seem like a great piece of fish. The other meals were good but nothing special. I'll give it another shot but won't expect as much.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Based on photos from website,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/15/2011
    Based on photos from website, I expected a more sophisticated atmosphere, but this was a very casual, slightly eclectic bar/grill type restaurant. The wine list was horrid.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my first visit to
    Todd1961VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2011
    This was my first visit to any of their restaurants and I was very impressed by both the food and the service. I would recommend to anybody visiting Orlando without question. Their wine prices are amazing and food is also priced right for both the quality and the quantity. Go eat at Dexters and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant was a real
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/3/2011
    This restaurant was a real find. The atmosphere was vibrant. The food buccatini was superb and the service was fantastic. I highly recommend Dexters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The server Ryan might have
    JoeD
    Dined on 10/23/2011
    The server Ryan might have been the best server I've ever had, all 8 people in my party loved the items they ordered & the atmosphere was fun, crowded & casual. It's apparent when you are in the restaurant that it's a favorite of the locals and you leave knowing why. It's in a beautiful neighborhood with red brick streets and blocks away from Lake Eola allowing for nice walks after your meal! I highly recommend Dexters and wouldn't go back to Orlando without making it part of my trip.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what expected for older
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/15/2011
    Not what expected for older ladies luncheon. Will not return - will visit Winter Park/Lake Mary. Food very good - atmosphere awful for our age group.Why weren't we given warning about clientele & atmosphere?
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expected it to be like Dexter's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/24/2011
    Expected it to be like Dexter's in Winter Park. Disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best food ever! Chef Norris
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2011
    Best food ever! Chef Norris Ford is tops on our list!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/26/2011
    The hostess was nice and seated us immediately. It took the server about 20 minutes to finally get to us. Thankfully she brought four waters with her, because that was about the end of getting any refills. We ordered our appetizers and entree's immediately (we had plenty of time to figure it out waiting for her). Before two people of the party got their diet coke and beer we had our appetizers and salads on the table. They still need not get their drinks until about 10 minutes after that. The waitress was horrible, it took her forever to get things that we requested, like a beverage, or a to-go box. The service was so bad that even when the manager said he would comp a meal for us, if we came back, we said that we will not be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SO SO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    We drove from Brevard to go to Dexters and was a little disappointed, maybe it was because we were there for lunch not dinner. We felt the Mahi sandwich was just ok, more bun than fish.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a Very Happy Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/18/2011
    Service was very slow. My party waited 20 minutes for a beer, had to send back food 2 times, was quoted the wrong price on drinks, and literally had to stand up from the table to get the waitress to bring the checks that were not split correctly. I was extremely disappointed with this visit to the Thornton Park Dexter's and will not be returning to this location. Did I mention it was my birthday? The excuse from the other wait staff for the poor service was the waitress was new, but I'm sorry, I waited tables for six years of my life, and any good restaurant manager knows you don't give large parties to new people. Positive note, due to poor weather, many in my party were late to the restaurant & yet we were able to keep our reservation.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a group of 10 for diner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2011
    We had a group of 10 for diner. Not everyone was able to find something they wanted on the limited menu. The temprature in the restaraunt was unbarebly warm. Also we were sat in the back of the restaurant next to the fire exit, the staff allowed the door to be used for people to step out to smoke which made the person sitting at the end of our table uncomfortable as they pushed past him and we had a constant smell of tobacco looming.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It gets too loud for talking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2011
    It gets too loud for talking and the food trends are sometimes a little dated and/or misguided, but there's tasty selections, it DOES veer off the beaten diner path, the service is friendly and able, and it's the super hip happening morning spot on sunny days in Thornton Park. I like taking people who don't know much about Orlando outside Disney, and also people who think themselves foodies but only ever really watched a few episodes of Iron Chef. They get really excited when there's sriracha squirted on the plate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love Dexters but hate the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/26/2011
    I love Dexters but hate the challenges with trying to find parking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch in nice bar atmosphere
    dtwi11iams
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    Booked Mother's Day brunch at Dexter's from a referral from a friend. We live in Atlanta and were coming to town for my sister's UCF graduation. The reviews I read had me confident I chose a good place, but some in town friends I talked to were kind of indifferent to the choice; a few warned, "it's a bar." Well I was nervous, but quickly happy with my choice to stick to the plan. Dexter's does have a sort of bar atmosphere; the decour is certainly nothing fancy, but it's not raunchy either. The food was amazing! My mom and my wife loved the experience and the place was packed with both families and locals before we left. Great place! I would definitely recommend and go back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it! More of a bar scene,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/28/2011
    Loved it! More of a bar scene, but also great for dinner!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyed our evening with friends.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/15/2011
    Enjoyed our evening with friends. Restaurant is a little noisy, hard to carry on a conversation. Thornton Park area has a wonderful ambience. Even though I had made a reservation and we were on time, it did not appear that a table had been reserved for us. Also, when I made the reservation on-line, I do not recall the option of requesting a table outside. I called the restaurant to find out about parking, knowing that parking is limited in this area and the person who answered the phone did not give me a satisfactory response or any suggestions about where to park. The staff should be aware of several parking areas and or garages that they can suggest to someone who takes the time to call.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but the noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/10/2011
    Good food but the noise level overpowered any enjoyment. This location is nothing like the Winter Park spot. No sophistication and a huge disappointment.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So not good
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2011
    Poor slow service coupled with dry chicken and an ahi tuna burger - medium rare according to the menu - cooked to death until it was dry tasteless. Almost done eating before the requested side of bleu came for fries. Parched before waited refilled. College bar ambiance.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Have eaten here before, but
    Quinn
    Dined on 3/15/2011
    Have eaten here before, but took a couple guests from out of town. They loved it and the service was excellent. Our waiter was quick to make suggestions and steered us in the right path. Nice casual restaurant, great neighborhood....always a favorite a mine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Might be a better lunch spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/26/2011
    We went to Dexter's for my fiancée's birthday with a couple of friends. I was pretty excited but after going, I thought it was average overall. The food was okay - I had the pressed duck sandwich but I was jealous of the person in our party who got a shrimp pasta dish. The burger was pretty standard fare (I had a bite of it). The ambiance was lacking. The weather was great so we sat outside. There were several dogs who did not behave - one was a yipping puppy and the other was a cute but fidgety border collie. Our server was quick to fill our drinks, but slow to take our order and it seemed like it took quite awhile to get the food even though the restaurant wasn't very busy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for V-Day, had a really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Went for V-Day, had a really good time. The amount of food is abundant and the flavors are very good. The staff was very friendly. really good experience, will come back for sure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Mahi Mahi over Pepper
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/7/2011
    The Mahi Mahi over Pepper Grits was an incredible dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic