DenDeke Japanese Bar & Dining

4.7
76 reviews
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$40 and under
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Japanese
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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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BA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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

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C
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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HW
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

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;-)

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GD
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

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.

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AN
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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LZ
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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. 👍

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AC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

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

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GG
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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PW
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great flavors and warm friendly staffa. We will be back

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AP
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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

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J
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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MD
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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

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JW
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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VA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food, friendly service, excellent SAKE choice

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J
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

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?

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JM
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

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

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RA
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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SN
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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!!

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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D
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

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 !

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C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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IB
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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

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TJ
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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P
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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!

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L
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

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EK
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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KW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant. Great food and friendly service

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r
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 🙏🏻

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BB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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CT
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our first time dining at DenDeke as locals and to be honest, we’d wondered why we hadn’t tried it sooner.
Great service, menu, food and ambiance!
We tried the Chicken Karaage, Gyoza, Pulled pork croquettes and a few other dishes. All of which were delicious and well presented.
Looking forward to visiting again soon.

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p
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great little Japanese place with a cool range of foods and sake options. Food was fresh, tasty, and quite varied. Staff are so attentive, accommodating and friendly. Tables were nicely spaced so it wasn't over crowded and too noisy.

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NH
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My partner and I recently enjoyed a delicious meal at Dendeke. We especially enjoyed all the Santory drink options, cocktails and the shared plate for two. Thank you! We will be back

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TW
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food! Amazing cocktails too. Best I've had in Melbourne. Also, good music.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic friendly service as usual, amazing food and yes the cocktails were also outstanding!

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F
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were so happy to finally discover this gem in our neighborhood. Tasty food, stellar cocktails & friendly service. Will be back!

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LD
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was outstanding and the staff absolutely wonderful. Highly recommended!

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BH
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Been a few times and I keep going back and introducing frienda to it.

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