Dexter's - TWO STRIKES = OUT.
We always give a restaurant 2 chances and Dexter's blew it both times even though we've heard some favorable comments. Perhaps they've fallen to the classic trap of believing their own press is forever... instead of being sure to maintain quality of food and service.
The chicken Napoleon was so boring, I lost interest after 3 bites yet the very harried and uninterested waitress could not have cared less.
My husband liked the Eggplant dish for lunch ok, but my salad w chicken again was boring.
We had a waiter in training for lunch and he was excellent. However, our evening waitress on a Sat nite was too harried and seriously lacked professional attention to many details.
We love live music but to blast the first song promptly at 9 pm is rude. That level of sound belongs 10pm and later. Although we were as far away from band as possible, we could not continue our conversation. Normally, I'd say we'd maybe go back just for drinks and music another nite, however the vodka was definitely watered down!
NASTY. A NASTY BIG CRAWLING THING WAS IN MY SALAD. THE WAITRESS WAS RUDE AND GAVE US HORRIBLE SERVICE CAME TO THE TABLE 1 TIME TO GIVE US OUR CHECK. THIS IS THE LAST TIME I WILL EAT THERE. I HAVE HAD BAD EXPERIENCES BEFORE BUT THOUGHT IS WAS A ONE TIME DEAL. THE STATE AGNECY NEEDS TO CHECK OUT THE KITCHEN. NAAASSSTTYY NASTY NASTY NASTY NASTY NASTY. PEOPLE BELIEVE IT, GROSS AND DIRTY. I WASN'T ALLOWED TO SAY WHAT IN MY SALAD SHAME ON THEM THIS IS ..CENSORED
American fare with a twist, a changing menu and more than 30 wines have kept this Winter Park eatery a local favorite..
One of three locations (the others are in Thorton Park and Lake Mary) , Dexter's Winter Park restaurant's private and pleasant ambiance is due in part to its placement on a corner blocks away from the busy Park Avenue. Sit outside overlooking the cobblestone street amid trellises entwined with ivy, or inside surrounded by local art and live music. Wherever you sit, the food is fantastic. Dexter's adds that extra oomph to its menu with beautifully-plated hearty portions and original creations. Try the citrus-marinated Thai chicken lettuce wraps, sweet-potato wrapped salmon or shrimp mufango. Salads are unbelievably delicious, particularly Peter's mahi and sun-dried cranberry salad with goat cheese and toasted pine nuts.
Always impressed... I've been to Dexter's in Winter Park, Lake Mary and Thornton Park, and each location is excellent! The everyday menu items - for both lunch and dinner - offer a lot of variety (I have not yet had something I did not like), and are moderately priced. The wine list is extensive, and the specialty drinks are awesome! The live music is sometimes a little too loud, but it's far nicer than a traditional "bar".
They've Got It. Whatever it is that you're looking for, I bet Dexter's has it. Great selection of wines, and everything from great big salads to some excellent pasta dishes. The eggplant portabello sundried pesto pasta bake was outstanding, and the eggplant napoleon was great even re-heated two days later. Check them out!
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