Dexters of Thornton Park

4.3
292 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

About

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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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRegularDiner
Orlando
95 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After driving 15 miles for our 5:45 reservation, fe found a sign on the door saying "Closed Until Further Notice."

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Great food.

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Brian
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Server wasn’t super personable. Shrimp & Grits ordered did not state an egg was included. I do not like eggs. I was able to get the egg off without it bursting on my food. The server didn’t make any mention of the solitary egg on a side plate. I could’ve complained, I suppose.

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ChristopherN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Liked the service. Liked the food. Parking is an issue.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very friendly and very helpful when answering question.

Food was prepared perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for a better meal.

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rickyl
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Business lunch with group of 6. was much too loud to talk when we first sat down, and it was not crowded. Once the loud group left it was great. Atmosphere is fun, and food was terrific. 5 of 6 of us had something different and each raved about what they had. definite recommend.

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vipTiziano
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Great service and good food

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible wouldnt even take my table. Had an 815 reservation I was running late due to horrible summer weather and they said kitchen closed at 845 pm on a saturday night!!! Happily took my birthday party of 8 to maxines...dropped a decent amount of money on food apps drinks and desserts. Plus their owner personally was there with live music. Way better than Dexter's

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DanielG
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casey was amazing and always ready to help. Perfect birthday celebration

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PJFz
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Rainy evening and not crowded yet noise level very high. There was no band just a very loud room.

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JosephineF
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome customer service, and great food! Super fun atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service, great food

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good times!!!

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vipPattiD
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Pasta and Mexican lasagna were awesome! But Server was not very attentive. Burgers were charred and dry. Very loud interior as open set up and high ceilings.

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DonnaP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This was our 2nd visit to Dexters before a concert at Amway Center (short drive). This time I had blackened shrimp tacos and my friends has burgers. We all really enjoyed our food. Service was good. Kind of noisy. Very casual atmosphere. Would definitely return.

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vipTPIV
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Our server was great !! The food just seemed a little off today ???

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greta night out for drinks for appetizers. Friendly service and great place to watch a basketball game on TV

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vipSLFL
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for Jeremey.... great Server, super nice guy.

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KennyL
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were not open at the time they said they would be

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TonyP
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We absolutely love Dexters in Thornton Park. Food is always creative and delicious. We happened to just get a very poor waitress this time which made our dining experience terrible. Manager was very apologetic....will definitely go back again but will make sure we get an experienced server.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just got promoted on job

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The restaurant was quiet upon arrival yet our server didn’t seem to have it together. As she got more tables the wait for our requested items took longer than usual.

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MImiC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Bartender was arrogant. Ordered a premium vodka three ingredient cocktail. It is my go to cocktail of choice and I know the flavor well. My guest and I ordered the same and when it arrived it had the sharp aftertastes of a cheap vodka. She noticed as well. Nothing smooth about it. The waitress was darling and offered to return them, we asked her to check to make sure he didn’t use a well vodka. Bartender showed up at our table all in a huff that he’s been making that drink for 10 years and how dare we question his abilities. We stopped him mid rant to ask what ingredients he used...well there were a few additional ingredients not necessarily needed for a Grey Goose Cosmo. I have been drinking this longer than he’s been bartending and sorry, stick to the basics, and don’t substitute without doubling back to the customer. Burger was good, waitress was sweet, manager never made an appearance, not a fan of Dexters.

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jmanc
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great meal outside on their patio. Menu was outstanding and food was flavorful and interesting. Good experience on a nice evening.

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vipJmyers57
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious! We began with salads, their homemade ranch with feta... delightful. I had one of the specials, Chicken Schnitzel... others had the French Dip and Mahi-mahi with shells. All were winners. Topped it off with peanut butter chocolate mousse, that was only ok... the rest of the meal was so, so good though!

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JohnS
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

NIce dinner before Billy Joel concert. 1st time at this location. Wasn't disappointed. Service was spot on and food was hot when served. Mac and cheese dish needs a little more flavor.

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ReneB
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dont remember our waiter name BUT he was great. He was attentive to our table but still allowed us to hang out as we had not seen each other a couple months. There is definitely something's going on outside at the restaurant that he was able go take care of and make our experience who wonderful experience. For girls hanging out for the holiday first day of vacation it was a great way to start our vacation.

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MarthaH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Quite disappointed—noisy, no ambiance at all; flat bright lighting, live music was excellent but much too amplified for the small space. Restaurant was not very full at any time during our visit, yet our large party had to speak very loudly to converse at all. Food was ok, but only the calimari shone. Our server was attentive and kind.

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Anonymous
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was quite loud. It was more of a bar than a restaurant. Not my preference. However, the seafood burrito was very good. Also, the host didn't ask for my name when I said that I had a reservation. I had to call the restaurant the next day and make sure that I got my dining points.

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Marn
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Parking is normally dicey but we got lucky and found a space in the back. Server was great (Trevor?) and food was too. Although we were early and it wasn’t very crowded, it was so noisy that I realized my throat was hurting when we left because I had to yell to be heard by my friends. Reliable neighborhood spot.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The server was a disaster. Not his fault he should’ve never been hired into that position unfortunately. I’ve been there before and enjoyed it. Bad experience we walked out after being there an hour and our food had not been put in.

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DonnaP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

3 of us had dinner here before an event at the Amway Center. 2 of us had salmon, one a salad and one a dinner. Salmon was coked perfectly and we were very happy with it. The 3rd had chicken schnitzel and her verdict was just okay. Waitress was delightful and checked in with us often.
Very casual, comfortable atmosphere. Short drive to Amway Center.
Will definitely return.

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vipDARRYLB
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, the food was amazing and prepared at the 5 star level. Place looks like a normal chain restaurant; but it’s far from that. It’s a very casual looking place with high end grub!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Dope food and dope service

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MarkC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Really hate to write this review but need to. 4 of us went for a hopefully nice dinner. Our server was very responsive but we had major issues with the food. We did let the server know that we were headed to a concert so could they please be aware of this in terms of bringing our food out. Well, two of our dishes were woefully undercooked. My wife ordered chicken and it was literally still not cooked AT ALL in places. I mean - just by looking at it you could tell it was not cooked. My buddy ordered the pork chop and exact same thing. Raw! The manager took care of us by removing them both from the bill but I've really got to wonder what is behind the kitchen door with meals like this. Do better Dexters! You're a local Orlando place and we want to see you do well! Step it up!

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LalaA
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks but, most impotantly, the servers were fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not many options for brunch

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vipALittleNightMusic
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food and service but a very loud place.

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Phlockteacher
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have just moved to Lake Eola Historic District and decided to try Dexters at Thornton Park for a Father's Day dining experience. Our reservations were at 8:45 and it was perfect timing. The staff was very welcoming and our waiter, Sam, was the best. He was friendly, great for recommendations, and great with his quick checks while we were dining. My meal was the Bayou Rib Eye and it was perfection. The roasted potatoes and arugula mix was a tasty sensation. My husband was happy to see his favorite-seared Ahi on the menu. He said it was delicious but must admit that the wasabi rice was a shock. He did have to leave that on the plate but otherwise, he said Dexters would be hard to beat for the Ahi tenderness and flavor. We are excited to know East Washington Street is filled with fun restaurants and we'll be returning to Dexters for different occasions often.

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Dexters of Thornton Park is rated 4.3 stars by 292 OpenTable diners.