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Dexter - Dexter, Preston, AU-VIC

Dexter

4.8
4.8
165 Reviews
$41 to $100
Barbecue
DEXTER is a no rules approach to American BBQ brought to you by Adam Goldblatt, Sam and Tom Peasnell. Our meatery features the best Australian produce which is treated the right way. Chefs Tom (Pitt Cue Co, London) and Adam (Homeslice, London) pay homage to the low and slow traditions of American BBQ utilising smoking, chargrill techniques and pair this with flavours from Mexico, China, France and alike. The philosophy is a meat first approach, where a dish is formulated from the unique characteristics of the meat (or vegetable) for a truly unique meat experience. Think salted caramel ribs, hot meat donuts and dry aged Ribeye's.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, Meat, Steak
  • Hours of Operation
    Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9973 3577
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Preston
  • Cross Street
    High Street and Murray Road
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Preston Train Station<br />
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 165 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Suburbs

    Best Overall

  • Northern Suburbs

    Best Food

  • Northern Suburbs

    Best Service

  • Northern Suburbs

    Best Ambience

  • Northern Suburbs

    Best Value

  • Northern Suburbs

    Hot spot

  • Northern Suburbs

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Northern Suburbs

    Most Booked

165 Reviews
  1. SeanC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely time but my 11 year old son was a bit disappointed that the milk and cookies dessert is no longer on the menu.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    By far the nicest food we’ve eaten out in a long time! I had the 600g dry aged Ribeye and it was cooked perfectly cooked medium rear. The rest of the food was amazing as well. We will be back

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I’ve been to Dexter for most of my special occasions, my birthday, nieces birthday, anniversaries etc and recently Mother’s Day. Every single time, the food has been absolutely amazing, the quality never falters since I first went in 2017, the consistency is incredible. However, my recent dinner experience was questionable in terms of service and ambience. We came 3 mins earlier to our reservation, and because I was too busy talking, I did not notice the inside gate was partially closed, and accidentally banged the door, I apologised and would’ve been happy to wait until they fully opened but the lovely host happily lead us to our seats without a fuss. This is where things took a turn, our seating was in the back room, close to the toilets and my god, the smell of the toilet was pungent, it smelt so bad, I had to constantly smell the perfume on my clothes to stop myself from gagging. Though when the food came, the aroma from the plates did cover the smell for the rest of the night. I definitely recommend a large exhaust fan in the toilet to blow out the smell, because it was almost unbearable. The second downside to the night was the service. Everyone was perfectly polite and attentive, it was just they kept on hovering and clearing our plates, one almost took my plate while I was still eating! I had to stop them from clearing it off. I would understand if it was busy and they wanted to get the next party in, but it was only 40mins into our 90 mins seating and it was not even full at the time :( While the recent experience wasn’t the best, I will still come to eat and support Dexter as the food is always delicious and exceptional! Hope our next dining experience will be better :)

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  4. Furrgina

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    That brisket is absolute heaven. This place is a must go. Awesome service to boot. Well done team.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dexter's always delivers, the flavours hit your mouth like a bomb of delightfulness, every time. I have friends and family from interstate who when they come to visit always get me to make a booking, yes it is that good. The brisket, amazing, the short rib, wow, the bloody mashed potato, OMG, the chips, are great chips, that salt, even the corn is next level. 10 out of 10 - highly recommend.

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  6. Bernstar68

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was so amazing from start to finish. The meat donut is a must try. I was a little hesitant but loved it. The meat is cooked to perfection and the bone marrow mash is not to be missed. Will definitely be back

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  7. PeterN

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food good service need better coffee and desert offerings.

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  8. KarinM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty food. Large portions easily shared for a cheaper meal. Please consider putting on more wines by the glass. Limited options. I'd happily pay more for a better wine.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very hospitable. Great food and ambience. Portion sizes are just right for a single person when it comes to the smoked beef brisket.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best place in Preston! Lamb ribs are outrageous and wine list is fantastic

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  11. DonP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Service, Great Food, recommend trying as much off the menu as you can.

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  12. Roberto

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best would eat here every night if I could, always a good experience every time I’ve come in

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  13. CharlotteK

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Please put a blind on your door as the sun is blinding for the people in the booth lol

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  14. Rotein

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food wasn't very hot but was delicious. One of our party ordered the steak and said it was cold and tough

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, Great food, Great portion sizes, Relaxed good vibes, Fair price point Overall excellent spot, will be back!

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  16. RogerC

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food cooked extremely well only negative was the burger there was no suggestion the beef burger was spicy and unfortunately it was ordered by our daughter inlaw who just can not do spice at any level. The steak was fantastic and the brisk was so good, we are definitely going back will just be dodging the burger next time. otherwise 5/5

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very very good food! We have the hot meat donuts, pork loin and caramelized short ribs and every single dish was DIVINE. I 100% recommend this place!

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  18. AdamC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and attentive staff as always - slight hiccup with our order but rectified quickly and without hassle!

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  19. Genevieve

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of Melbourne’s best. Not only are the staff incredibly attentive - the food is worth every penny. Highly recommend the caramel short rib. You’re missing out if you don’t add this place to your list.

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  20. Thomas

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a wonderful experience coming to Dexter, especially after the sad closing of Cheek (rip). Caesar is an excellent server who made us feel at home and attended to. My only criticism is the lack of background music/ambience in the back section of the restaurant.

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  21. MailaG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is overpriced for small servings. But the meat donut is by far something that i look forward to having again.

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  22. MayL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very delicious food, melts in your mouth need brisket. Front room is a little too smoky than expected. Maybe investing in bigger vent might be useful.

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  23. CodyAntonie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing staff, ripper food, excellent selection of beverages and exciting atmosphere!! Definitely coming back.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always walk away from Dexter’s happy, full and wanting to come back again. The short beef ribs are amazing. Thanks to the waitress/hostess for noticing that my beer was cloudy and offered to give me a new one without asking. That’s service 👍

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  25. JessicaP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely blown away by the food! Meat donuts are a must try, and the portions of the meals are perfect for one hungry person. Beef brisket was the most flavourful I’ve ever had, talk about melt in your mouth wow!

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  26. AdrianF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The brisket was on point and the chicken was so succulent. And the donuts are next level as always.

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  27. BrettM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibe Great food Great Service Will be back

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything met my expectations and felt value for price was fair

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  29. CB23

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic, could not fault a thing! We took toddler and teenager and both were just as happy as us adults! Meat donut - genius!!

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  30. JulieH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great local to try new tastes. Tried the lamb ribs and the brisket burger with some fries. At this restaurant it’s all about the flavours and nothing disappointed. Ribs with a vinegar finish and minted pea paste. Burger with a spicy slaw and pickles. Fries with cinnamon salt. Will absolutely take the family there for the clever taste sensations.

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  31. EmilyW

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff. Amazing food. Good vibe of the place.

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  32. PeterN

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good, reasonably priced. Menu needs better offering than a cookie for desert. Waiters a bit mechanical but ok.

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  33. AngelO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and helpful staff. They were accommodating

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  34. FrancescoM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food, amazing service! I’ll come back for sure!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The entree food that we got was amazing we had to wait 45 Minutes for mains had a few issues with food but the lady that was serving us didn't charge for the food amazing service. And much appreciated will be back!!

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  36. RajT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was delicious and good portion size. Cannot go without trying the meat donuts. The seating was the most comfortable (especially the couch). But great good, great service and reasonable.

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  37. KatieP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dexter is a pleasant surprise for those you haven’t eaten there before. Great cocktails, mocktails, local beers and wine list for those chasing goooood beverages. Food is very meat friendly so whilst vegan and vegetarian options probably not your first choice. Diverse menu selection and the foood is just SO good.

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  38. BenS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dining experience. Service was always prompt, never feeling like we had been forgotten as we have felt with some other restaurants. Food is phenomenal, absolutely incredible with everything we ordered. Great value at $150 for 2 people, drinks, entree, and a main each. Not somewhere for a cheap night out but absolutely worth every cent.

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  39. TimW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was outstanding, service staff were very friendly Only thing was the air conditioner of quite chilly at times

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful staff and food. Meat donuts were pretty special and we loved the short ribs and pork belly.

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FAQs

Dexter offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9973 3577.

Dexter is rated 4.8 stars by 165 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Dexter

456 High Street, Preston, AU-VIC 3072

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    High Street and Murray Road
  • Area
    Preston
  • Hours of Operation
    Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, Meat, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Preston Train Station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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