DenDeke Japanese Bar & Dining

4.7
61 reviews
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$40 and under
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Japanese
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Authentic
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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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
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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
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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
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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant. Great food and friendly service

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r
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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
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
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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
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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
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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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KN
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Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing. Staff were wonderful. 10/10 couldn’t recommend it enough. Will be returning very soon :)

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A
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Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a gorgeous meal and great friendly service!

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JB
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I loved the casual but vibe here. The service was friendly and the music & lighting provided a great ambience. The Gyoza's & eggplant dishes were a highlight, plus the accompanying sauces were devine. The sake cocktails (lemon and bitter mandarin) were also a refreshing addition to a very delicious meal. Yum! Would definitely recommend.

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KB
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Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place! Delish food and great service. Lovely wine and sake list too.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, lovely helpful staff and a great looking little place. Will definitely be back.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience enjoyed food costs but quality so worth it.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Japanese in Preston, if not Melbourne! Super yum.

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LK
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love coming here... great variety of food and drinks. Kids are very well looked after, which means parents get a break too!

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JD
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Very nice food, service with a smile, great selection of sake

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KB
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and quick friendly service - i will be back for sure.

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MA
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food here is above the normal Japanese fare that most restaurants in Melbourne offer. Equally matched to thatbis there selection of Sake and Shoyu with some killed cocktails to match. They also serve Asahi black, which is hard to find in most places. The crew here have all done their time in the high end Melbourne Japanese scene and it shows. Service is laid back but on point and the food seems to get better with every visit. Could be be happier about having this little gem in our local hood. We’re super lucky.

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AV
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Good authentic food. Compared to when I traveled in Japan the portion sizes were small. With that said, I will still be going back to try more things on the menu. The authenticity is amazing and if the portions were the same as what I experienced in Japan I would be giving a rave review.

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LB
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Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and very friendly and knowledgeable service.

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G
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Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food, excellent range of sake and the friendliest staff ever. Highly recommend, can’t wait to go back. Domo arigato, Dendeke.

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KH
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Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The atmosphere was great. The sake selection was outstanding. And the food was yum! Plus there's plenty of on street parking available!

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