Dexters of Thornton Park

4.3
278 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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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TP
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SL
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KL
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

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TP
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

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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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just got promoted on job

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OT
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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MI
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

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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j
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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J
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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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JS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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RB
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

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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A
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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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M
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience!

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

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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DP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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DA
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Dope food and dope service

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MC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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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LA
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not many options for brunch

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A
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food and service but a very loud place.

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P
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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T
Orlando
40 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Bite30 menu exceeded our expectations. The portions were very generous, and the flavors were great. The calamari appetizer was a standout, and I also enjoyed the lamb sliders. Chicken and salmon entrees were perfectly cooked. Cheesecake was excellent. Service was friendly.

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SB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

I was disappointed and will not return. Had the Mahi sandwich - it was small and expensive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fun place. The food was good we ordered bunch of apps. All were good! The waitress was super fun and was very attentive. We love this location

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TP
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fish tacos were amazing !

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Waited a long time for service, even beverages but all meals and drinks were very good. The bartender was bringing food to tables and running the bar! Wouldn’t be surprised if he was in back cooking!

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TP
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and very good food ..... it’s time to clean up the place ..... paint, refresh !

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KJ
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was AMAZING! I highly recommend Saturday over Sunday for crowd levels and would definitely make a reservation!

You definitely get your bang for your buck on the bottomless mimosas; mostly champagne with a drop of fruit! Plus there are a bunch of different fruit juice choices.

The food was delicious, the portions large, and the price in line for what you get.

We will definitely be back!

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F
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dexter's is always good and never disappoints. Good food and wine. A great place to meet up with friends.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pre concert bite to eat. Food was ok. Use to be better. Miss the spinach artichoke dip.

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TW
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! What a find! First time in Orlando in nearly 20 years. Going to a concert and staying downtown. Looked for a restaurant nearby. Dexters came up. Menu looked good. Decided to try. COOL neighborhood. Street parking. Historic esidential neighborhood. Wait staff super fast and right on top of things. Ordered the truffle steak flatbread, tuna tataki and split a burger. Everything was GREAT. Would definitely recommend.

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JA
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Not that busy but service was very slow. From the kitchen, not th waitress. She was ok. Ordered salad with no onions, got onions. Sauce on the run was clearly from a bottle and sickly sweet.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and cocktails were delicious! The service was on point —allowing us to enjoy each other’s company while never wanting for a thing! Best brunch ever!

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O
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Myself and 9 friends visited for dinner on St. Patrick's Day. The service was phenomenal. Sarah, our server, was helpful, spunky, and quick. It started off as 6, but as more joined, she gladly pulled up more chairs to accommodate. And the food was out super quick, especially for a holiday. And boy, was it delicious! Absolutely all the kudos to Sarah and the kitchen team for making our meal experience a pleasant one.

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VF
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!!! Relaxed and a nice break from the dining at the parks!

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