DenDeke Japanese Bar & Dining

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84 reviews
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$40 and under
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Japanese
DenDeke Japanese Bar & Dining is Preston's local slice of Japan! Channelling the retro Izakaya of Tokyo and Osaka, DenDeke draws inspiration from rock 'n' roll and Japanese pop culture nostalgia to bring you back to the swinging 70s in Japan.

Located on Plenty Road between Dundas and Raglan Street, DenDeke features an offering of Izakaya comfort food such as charcoal-grilled meat and seafood, Kaku-ni slow-cooked pork belly, sashimi and Japanese curry crafted by head chef Yasuhiro Kanamoto. DenDeke also boasts an array of Japanese beer, sake, shochu, whisky and cocktails to match the dishes on offer.

Have a refreshing Orion Premium Draft fresh from the tap with some edamame and pan-fried gyoza or enjoy a glass of crisp, aromatic sake with a platter of assorted sashimi and fresh oysters. Be on the lookout for weekly special dishes and premium sashimi options as well. Kanpai!
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PK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Just can't help but feeling like I'm on the set of Kill Bill every time I dine here. Awesome food, mind blowing beverage selection and comfortable to stay for a moment or a lengthy stay. One of the best!

MC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Our first time dining here and we loved the place.
Nice atmosphere, good service from friendly staff and great food!

K
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent. Excellent service. Excellent food. Excellent care. Make sure you book.

KB
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely wonderful evening with friends at this restaurant! The food was authentic Japanese cuisine and the atmosphere was very cool!

RS
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s our second visit to Dendeke and the food was delicious and service fantastic. Highly recommend it. Thank you!

KC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Japanese food in Melbourne!
Lovely staff
Great atmosphere
Highly recommend this little but big in flavours restaurant
Plus it offers a great range of gluten free and vegan meals!
Good wine too A++++

AN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the variety of taste sensations on the Menu are exquisite. A fabulous Bar. Great food preparation and great service. Wonderful Japanese restaurant with very reasonable prices.

BH
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Den Deke is a great local restaurant at the exciting lower High St end of Preston with really delicious Japanese bar food, interesting and adventurous daily specials and a fine drinks list with good sake, wine and Japanese whisky options. The decor is basic but cosy with Japanese movie posters from the 60's and an industrial look. The manager is a great guy and the regular staff are friendly and efficient. Be sure to book as its small and popular at weekends.

BA
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The food was worth the wait. YUM. Will endeavour to go back another time.

C
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve eaten here twice now and both times have been so impressed. Food is so fresh and delicious and the service is fantastic.

HW
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

Sorry but really was not impressed with the food. Very average for infusion style (I think that’s what it was meant to be...?). The service was ok at best. Wine was good and decor very stylish and interesting.
I’ve been brought up with a Japanese family member my whole life so I know a little about the cuisine;-)

GD
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

2 staff servicing tables was not enough with a full restaurant.
Soft shell crab was delicious
Veggie curry without any spice or kick!
Mackrell fillet was slightly warm to table
Food price was good but drink prices were high.
On a quiet night I would expect better.

AN
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The chef at DenDeke knows how to put together some exquisite tastes. Well stocked bar, specialising in Sake. I ordered several dishes that came cooked to culinary perfection & delight. The passionfruit pannacotta was a superb finishing compliment. I wouldn't hesitate to dine at DenDeke again in the future.

LZ
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice staff, very attentive. Great service. Really good atmosphere - the sort of place you could stay for hours enjoying drinks and fine food. Felt really comfortable there. Very cool place - fun and quirky posters as decor. Yummy food. 👍

AC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Was great food just difficult at times to get the attention of the waiters and a few dishes we would order would be forgotten. But overall very lovely staff and great food

GG
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food that tastes amazing. The staff are always friendly and they always play good music

PW
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great flavors and warm friendly staffa. We will be back

AP
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Loved it. Our new little favourite.... don't tell anyone ;)

J
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. The Ambience is great and the staff are so lovely. Also have a great selection of drinks.

S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful as always, one of our favourite places to go for a low key dinner

MD
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food & the kids love the gyoza! They also like the Star Wars paraphernalia.

JW
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dining was me introducing DenDeke to friends who also live in the neighborhood. The Feed Me Obi Wan is always a delight. They worked well with my food allergies and gave me warnings on courses that had things I am allergic to in them.

The drinks were also amazing. I have never seen such a good selection of Japanese whisky anywhere else. I also had a cocktail which was just perfect.

I can’t wait to return.

VA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, friendly service, excellent SAKE choice

J
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Food very nice but essentially no air conditioning. Don't go on a hot day it was insufferable. Service slow and random eg our hot meal arrived before our drinks?

JM
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

It was a lovely evening with great food ... we all very much enjoyed the Japanese dishes we had

RA
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved the food it was of great quality but it wasn’t value. The dishes were way too small for the price you pay. I would go back here for a snack and drink type of thing, I wouldnt recommend for dinner as i left hungry not wanting to spend upwards of $60 to feed only myself.

NC
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic place to research food and service for future business plans.

SN
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great, pretty cheap Japanese food. Pretty relaxed vibe so maybe don’t go there expecting anything fancy and the wine list wasn’t to die for but I really enjoyed it and will definitely be back!!

BH
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a great little Japanese bar with fresh, interesting and well prepared food, an authentic atmosphere and really good service. It has a very thorough and well curated Japanese drinks offering too. Sake, soju, whiskey and beer. Thoroughly recommended.

D
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

This is a great little find, the food is so fresh and tasty. Its also got some Japanese beers on tap and a great bar with awesome cocktails. Service could be a bit better but overall its a great place !

C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been to Den Deke a few times. The food is always delicious, the staff are friendly and the place has a great atmosphere.

IB
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food Small serves so not for big eaters however every serving was delicious.

TJ
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. My wife and I have dined at DenDeke twice and the food is fantastic. Great staff and atmosphere too. We’ll be back.

P
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Loved it, very glad we booked as it was packed and for good reason! Great food, great ambiance, great drinks selection, great music, clean , a local gem. Looking forward to going back!

L
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great ambience and food! Especially loved the eggplant and sushi 🍣

EK
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Could not fault anything. Service with a smile, amazing ambience, the food was even better! Can’t wait to come back and try everything on the menu

KW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. Great food and friendly service

r
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time to Dendeke and we were not disappointed.
We drank authentic Japanese beer - mine was delicious made from sweet potato 🍠 and ate the Dendeke sharing plate. We will definitely be going back as the food was delicious and the service impeccable. Thank you 🙏🏻

BB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious and served with a smile. We’ll keep coming back.

CT
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

First time there - was a wonderful riding experience. The staff were friendly and attentive. Food was authentic and delicious and the place had a awesome vibe. Highly recommended!