Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grill
Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grill

Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.canal-bistro.com/
  • Phone: 3172548700x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: - 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sugar Bob Lane
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grill
The Canal Bistro is the realization of a dream for Mona and George Hanna. George's homeland is Egypt; Mona spent her first 23 years in Lebanon. They know Mediterranean cooking. George has been in the restaurant business for 22 years. And over the years, Mona watched her mother and grandmother cook for their big family from their own herb and vegetable gardens, learning the value of freshness in cooking.

George says. "It's been our dream to open our own place, to be creative with cuisine, and to have a family business that our sons can be a part of."

The Canal Bistro is that dream. "It's like you've come to one of our parties -- we've basically just moved our kitchen from home to here," they say. "We put the grill in the dining room because we want people to know that we are using top quality ingredients, and that freshness is our goal, so everything is done right in front of you."

So eat up, relax, be happy. You're eating in a dream come true!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (38)neighborhood gem (26)scenic view (18)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (11)special occasion (10)great for lunch (10)romantic (8)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)hot spot (3)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Dinner with Family
    Daddyo
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had extended family in town and wanted to go somewhere other than a "chain" restaurant. Our party of 10 was accommodated quickly and the food and service were both exceptional. One of our favorite places to go!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cooper
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The indoor dining area was very comfortable and pleasant. The service was very good and our wait staff very attentive. The food was very good and prepared very nicely. All in all a very nice dining experience and we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    EuropeanDiner
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I was disappointed by the food served at this restaurant. To be fair, it was not horrible but I would suggest other places for great Middle Eastern or Greek food in Indy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Sunday lunch
    Linda
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Spent a nice Sunday late lunch. Great food and service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in all respects
    IndyMel
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a reservation, and were seated immediately. The waiter was attentive and cheerful without being intrusive. The foof was beautifully presented, perfectly cooked, and delicious. We will definitely return. Terrific, authentic Mediterranean fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accomminating.
    Milano
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Set up when our party of 9 arrived......wait staff friendly and helpful..... Owner/manager? Checked in on us frequently......great find!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good!
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This is one of my favorite Indy restaurants, I always make a poor to have a meal here when I am visiting
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites!
    Daddyo
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I love the Mediterranean food and will visit the Canal Bistro frequentley
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time diner.
    Queenbee2
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a great first experience dinner at Canal Bistro. We had a group of eight. We were running late as our limo had a flat tire on the interstate. We called the restaurant when we knew we were going to be late. They said no problem (on A Saturday night). When we arrived they quickly sat us and took our order as they knew we were in a hurry to get to a show. The restaurant wasn't too crowded which was a plus for us. I enjoyed the painted ceiling and other Medditerainean decor. Wish we'd had more time to sit and enjoy our surroundings and meal. Everyone loved their food which ranged from a hamburger to tailipa, salmon, gyros, and a calamari salad. I will recommend this restaurant and hope to go back someday myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friends birthday gone bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Tried this place for a friend birthday because it's her favorite. However I was greatly disappointed, although the server was nice it took over an hour to get our food, which was very overcooked. .. we all got lamb shank it was Brown and grey :/ I would expect a Mediterranean restaurant to know how to cook lamb. The only thing good ob my plate was the rice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Med Place
    jadams1992
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Nice variety of Mediteranean Food. Our friends had never tried before and they loved the Maza plate and various entrees. Nice outdoor patio and very efficient service I will go back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My tenderloins we very tough. I did not eat them. Greek salad was good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lil Mediterranean Find
    CabdivaVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We thought the food was great and enjoyed the seating on the canal. Great spot for meeting friends
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In a nice area
    Fogelman
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was in a nice area but other than that nothing special. We had to ask the waitress if we could order and she took our order wrong. Once we got our food, it was okay at best. Fish was really chewy
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch, as usual
    luv2eat
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Friendly staff, good service, great food. I love this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I really enjoy this restaurant
    vegandiner
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I have been to Canal Bistro several times and the food and service are consistently good. I would rank their hummus and falafel as one of the top in the Indianapolis area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 145 reviews are from the Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grill reviews archive.
  • Pleasant evening on the canal
    NjwatxVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We came from Texas to ride the bike trails here. We passed this restaurant and decided to come back for dinner. The lamb kebabs were delicious! Generous portions, we couldn't finish everything on our plates. We would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service & Food
    Diana
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our waitress, Starr, was an excellent waitress. Very friendly but not overly attentive. The food was very good too. I had the special, Tilapia & Couscous. It had a wonderful flavor. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Clint
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Have been here several times. Always a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a family favorite
    krsty
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    If you like Mediterranean food, canal bistro is a must!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Find!
    Penny4urthtsVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We have just moved to Indy from MN and are trying all kinds of restaurants. By far this is top on the list. considering the caliber of the restaurants in Indy that's saying a lot. MN has a huge food scene and what we seen so far has been comparable. This restaurant has it all. The food is absolutely fantastic. We have been back twice in one week we loved it so much. Service is fabulous, dining in or out is beautiful. Cannot say enough about this restaurant but you need to go here. And if you don't like lamb - try the lamb kabobs anyways. You'll be amazed how good lamb can be! We are! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My New Fav!
    Bsfabfinds
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This restaurant is AMAZING! I had the chicken Shawarma and hubby had the Gyro platter. Food was plentiful, FRESH, and overall amazing. I gave a star off for Service as our waitress kept forgetting us. We had to ask twice for our drinks and a group bigger than us right next to our table got their food WAY before us.....I think she might have forgotten to turn it in. Everyone else we encountered was very helpful but she was a bit distracted. I would definitely go back for the food! We also sat outside on the patio and it was a perfect day!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    jacnit
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    went here after our first visit which was fantastic..maybe it was because it was Mother's Day but it was ridiculous...sent three plates back to the kitchen..cold, over cooked dry food, sent us wrong food other than what we ordered..we asked for 3 bills..what a disaster..three out of three were wrong..our stuff on their bill, their stuff on our bill, some of the stuff double billed, no one was able to eat at the same time because of the plates going back..it was a complete mess from sitting down to leaving..and then the last straw..they automatically added on a 20% tip to each bill!!! unbelievable..too many places to eat in Broadripple..may go back just the two of us for a lunch on a Saturday outside but no more family dinners..no way!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good food
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    I have been to Canal Bistro several times and recommend them highly. We had the mezza plate (a nice combo plate), gyro and eggplant parmesan on this trip. Will return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Smahan
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The food and service were excellent. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't overlook this gem.
    PrettyBaby
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Even at lunchtime, everything was perfect! We give it a 5 Star rating. This is a not to be missed Mediterranian restaurant in Broad Ripple. Can't wait to dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Kabobs
    nelle
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Love this restaurant for its terrific kabob dinner called the mixed grill. It is enough food for 2. Leaves enough room for the fabulous baklava!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Canal Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We had 6 people for a birthday dinner. My husband in wheelchair bound and they were very accommodating from allowing us to enter on side of restaurant to giving us a table with plenty of space for all of us to be comfortable. The food was delicious. not our first visit. Portions are generous. Hummus amazing. True tastes of Greek and Mideast cooking. Love it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The atmosphere and service
    Kimber
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The atmosphere and service was outstanding. The food, while we ordered only appetizers, we a bit of a let down. I would go back to try a full meal. Felt they tried to be too flashy with their food instead of letting the simplicity of the ingredients come out. Our waitress was very engaging and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting from out of town.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Visiting from out of town. Would definitely return when in indy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome in every way!
    MsLisaLibrary
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The service surpassed awesome. We were running behind schedule and was going to be late for our reservation. I called the restaurant and the person I spoke with was very polite and understanding. We are from out of town and we got lost so I called the restaurant again and he patiently gave us directions. It was definitely worth it! The service was excellent, the food was wonderful, the atmosphere was fun and the decorum was authentic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food quality was excellent!
    Janicel
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food quality was excellent! Extensive menu. Very pleased and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The atmospere of the restaurant
    Sherry
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The atmospere of the restaurant was nice. The food was good and delivered in a timely manner. However, our server was not very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food - fair service
    libationvacation
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Doors was terrific. Tables a little cramped. Drink service was slow. Martini drinkers loved the flavored martinis. Simple vodka martini was slightly disappointing - expected higher quality olives from a Mediterranean diner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just like my grandmother used to ma
    jtg5
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Spectacular Mediterranean food. My Grandmother was born in Syria Lebanon. The food here is just like hers. I have never had a bad meal here..in fact they have always been great. The Shawarma was great. The wine and salad were good also. Very generous portions. And to end the baklava was delicious. To compare it to other middle eastern restsurants is like comparing St. Elmo's to White Castle.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Kerry
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We loved it - huge servings and great food - we had enough to take home for dinner as well. Great experience thanks! Will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    SCottC
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Everyone was friendly and helpful from the parking lot attendant to the wait staff. Food was excellent. Vegetarian friendly menu as well as fish, chicken, beef. Nice portions. Everything was very fresh. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Second time visiting Mediterranean Grill. Service was great and the ambience was Outstanding. Hummus was outstanding; but the spanikopita and falafel was just ok. A little over cooked. I would probably go back and give it another try as the first time was excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently yummy!
    ready2nosh
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Our family loves Canal Bistro! Food is delicious with selections for all types of vores: carnivores, herbivores, omnivores. Service staff excellent -- friendly and helpful without violating personal space. Favorites include the hot olive skillet, saganaki, meza plate, mussels and gyro sandwich. If you haven't tried Canal Bistro, what are you waiting for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mediterranean
    lfalenderVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    We have gone to Canal Bistro many many times. Everyone is friendly and the food is consistent. My wife and daughter had the chicken Shawarma which they thoroughly enjoyed. I had the salmon and couscous special that was good. My lower rating is due to cold couscous and slightly overcooked salmon. Our friends all had the enormous portion chicken kabobs. We will definitely return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate