OAKLEYS bistro
OAKLEYS bistro

OAKLEYS bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oakleysbistro.com/
  • Phone: 3178241231
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Steven J. Oakley
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Catering Options Available
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Party Options Available
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Hopkins 3178241231

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 86th & Ditch Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of well-lit, up front parking is available as well as a ramped drop-off/pick-up curb.
A word from OAKLEYS bistro
Welcome to OAKLEYS bistro where food is our passion and sharing it with our guests is our joy! To learn more about us, we encourage you to visit our website at www.oakleysbistro.com; better yet, we invite you to join us and experience for yourself that we love what we do and it shows! We’re honored with local and national recognition such as Indianapolis Monthly’s 2006 “Super Star” and 2005 “Restaurant of the Year” and Bon Appétit’s “hottest restaurant from coast to coast;” but, we most cherish the accolades from our guests. We look forward to welcoming you ~ Steven J. Oakley, Chef/Proprietor...
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
OAKLEYS bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (91)special occasion (74)neighborhood gem (56)romantic (53)notable wine list (40)great for lunch (18)great for outdoor dining (17)good for groups (15)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Delish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We haven't been to Oakley's in about 8 years. It was good then...it is amazing now. Yum. Our entrées were so wonderful...The steak was quite good, although the Duck was perfectly cooked and accompanied by the perfect ingredients. The goat cheese mac n cheese and fried Brussels sprouts were so delicious and so satisfying that they could have been a meal all of its own. Even the red sauce on my daughter's pasta was incredible...fit for a 9 year old or an adult. And the featured wine was Carr estates...ok...a second bottle please. We couldn't stop making yummy sounds.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Among the best in Indy
    TNT17
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've been Oakley's customers for many years, and it's still among our favorites in Indy. They always do whatever they can to make the evening special. The food is uniformly excellent. Current, modern-American flavor combinations and presentations, but not heavy on fads or gimmicks. Try a variety of small and/or medium-sized dishes for the best experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seemed Like a Good Idea
    SuburbanDad
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We arrived and I began to explain to the hostess I had a reservation, her phone rang and without saying a word she picked up the receiver and began taking some one else's reservation for the weekend. A waitress then came over, took our name, and seated us. Our waitress was great but we continually had to deal with the hostess who came by to take our order but began walking away before we had finished telling her our choices We finished that little process by talking over the booth wall as she walked toward the kitchen. The spinach salad was great, the meatloaf a little too BBQ flavored and the Chicken fettuccini was a big plate but very good. The Crème Brule was fantastic. Chef Oakley thanked us as we left which helped a little.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in indy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    For a special occasion or romantic evening, this is my favorite place in indy. The service is always spot on, the food inventive and superbly prepared, and the atmosphere is elegant with being fussy. We looked the gnocchi appetiZer, and this place knows how to do duck right
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • trying hard but too pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service was very good. The deviled eggs apps were tasty. The salad lacked lettuce a hand full would have made it a salad. The entrees were OK but the plates were not a meal even by European standards. The Deserts were a sample. Overall a 70 % meal at 120% price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Town
    Nutmeg
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our guests from Chicago always ask to go to dinner at Oakley's. They say its the best restaurant in Indianapolis. He praised the food and the waiter to the skies for knowing the menu, wine list and accommodating the special needs of our lady tuest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great local find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great local find, great place to get caught up with a good friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Always - Perfect
    HilotheBoston
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    One of our favorite places. Every item that comes out of the kitchen is delightful and bulging with a surprise taste with each bite. The service is always excellent but not overbearing. The small plates and appetizers make a whole meal although the meals are supreme. For the quality of food you receive and the service rendered, I would say the meals are reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best.
    JonLuc
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary at Oakley's Bistro. This was our first visit. One of the most delicious and elegant meals we have ever eaten at a restaurant. The Tilapia was fresh from South America, not China, which was important to us. The risotto was amazing! Service was great. Wow, can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and service
    superiorfoodandservice
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The staff was very helpful in the wine choice and were willing to have us not buy a bottled they opened but we didn't like. The taste and presentation of the appetizers was excellent. Everyone really liked their meals. The quantity was sufficient. The waitress was truly excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food
    drwojoVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Really an outstanding meal. Great selection of appetizers, but make sure you get the bacon wrapped apricots and the deviled eggs. There are also others, so it was hard to choose. My wife had the duck duck entree and I had the special fried chicken. Beautifully prepared and delicious. Make sure you get the fried brussel sprouts as a side. Oakley's is perhaps the best restaurant in Indy, or at least head to head with Late Harvest Kitchen. Well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My "go to" for out of towners
    dineNdash
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The prawn and wild boar dish is amazing. I entertained a couple of guests from out of town...both thought the food and atmosphere was outstanding. The staff was knowledgable and friendly....creating a very relaxed atmosphere for the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still outstanding
    fatboyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had not been here for awhile and it was as I remembered - very good! Tomato, mozzarella, balsamic was a great starter. Fresh Kobia entrée was outstanding. The deconstructed cheesecake was a wonderful finish to the meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Entree
    milan73mgb
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had a Cobia entrée prepared perfectly and presented artistically. The escargot in pesto was good but not to die for... The wine was just OK and a cocktail we had metered to the inch. Stingy on drinks and very proud of the offerings. The fresh garden salad had the best of summer tomatoes but the price of $13 left you wondering about the very small portion. All in all, great food that is worth the experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great meal
    OChemist
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Took our daughter here to celebrate her grad school entrance. She's lived in Washington, DC for five years, now in NYC and she was very favorably impressed with the creativity and quality of our meals and especially the desserts. Nice wine list and cocktail selection too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peggy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent find! Will definitely return on next trip to Indy. Creative, healthy dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite restaurant in Indy
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is simply the best restaurant in Indianapolis. Excellent food with an interesting presentation. I've never been disappointed. This is also the place to try new things outside your comfort zone or a new take on old favorites. Chef Oakley has been very successful at this over the years. The service is always very good. The ambience is elegant, trendy yet comfortable if you are casual. They also have special wine tasting events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat Like a RockStar Foodie
    ProfessorDoc
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We are regular foodies. This is our GO-TO place in indy for true fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My Go To Place
    dineNdash
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    You can always count on great food and friendly/knowledgeable service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    Nutmeg
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Always an excellent choice for friends. Superb wine list.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tkyci
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    good peice and good food with warmer service in there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • oakley's bistro
    bestplace4dining
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    in my opinion, the best restaurant in Indianapolis. Food is excellent, staff is knowledgeable and prompt. Have been going there for years and have never been disappointed. Always something new and creative on the menu. Just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary there and had a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great innovative food
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The soups are always outstanding. Lots of great small and medium plates. Something for every size appetite.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I was very disappointed in the menu, small portions and very high pricing, compared to my last visit. I would not recommend this restaurant in the future, quite a letdown.
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  • Amazing food
    zvillefoodie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food presentation and quality of ingredients was superb. The collection of flavors the chef brought together was a party in my mouth. We will definitely god again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JAYatJWIndyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    To say I love this restaurant would be an understatement. I cannot believe it took me so long to come back. The dinner was delicious. I dined with a friend and we were both very pleased. We both started with gazpacho. I had the cauliflower/almond gazpacho. For our entrees, I had the duck and he had the trout. Both were delicious. We ended the meal with an outstanding chocolate pudding. It was served chilled with pistachio nuts, caramel (if I recall), and a white chocolate sorbet. Our only complaint was that we didn't order two deserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a Surprise
    ProfFoodVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We dined at Oakley's on June the 28th. I had read the reviews and glanced at the menu prior to arrival. Without a questions this restaurant is "fit for foodies". I did find the menu a trifle tedious but that was due to the verbosity used to explain the selections, some of which was needed. The wait for the food was very short, which scared me slightly, but the presentation was incredible and I sincerely mean that. All of the entrees we ordered were tasty and interesting. We will return to Oakley's. Excellent food and Exceptional presentation. Clearly this chef knows what consumers are looking for in the Restaurant business. Plus he Thanked us for our business on our way out... Well Done.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oakley's is the BEST in class
    JaneS
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I always bring my out of town guests to Oakley's for its can't miss fabulous cuisine. Always a "10" and memorable!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting find in a strip mall
    Nanook
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This is a great bistro with really good gourmet food tucked away in a strip mall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was interesting and delicious. Presentation lovely. Wait staff very prompt and not intrusive. The environment is not noisy and relaxing. Pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • We'll be back very soon!
    Penny4urthtsVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    first time here. Checked OT for available tables on a friday night in our area and Oakley's came up. I had read about it before and we decided to go with it. So very, very glad we did. Truly an outstanding restaurant. If you have not tried it you must! We've been trying restaurants all over Indy for the past 3 months since moving here and this is by far the very best experience we've had and that is saying a lot. We have had some fabulous meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food outstanding
    Michael
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    third time at Oakley's in the past 2 years, and it always pleases. Food is creative and delicious. Also very helpful and adapting to anyone with food issues - we are both gluten free, and they made everything work. Go here for great food
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The first course of the pork and grit spring rolls was excellent, but the standout was the corn gnocchi in the second course--Fabulous!! The special salad of tomato and watermelon was also incredible!! It's a great place to go and try lots of things. Be warned about the chairs on the porch--they are not comfortable at all.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistently good
    ScoutVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    As have reviewed this site many times, would like to give kudos to the servers, they are knowledgeable, make recommendations, and very professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another wonderful experience!
    LoveToDine
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Steve Oakley is one of Indy's best chefs. Food prepared to perfection every time. Staff is incredibly friendly and knowlegable. Love Oakley's!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Lucy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our experiance at Oakley's was outstanding in every way. Our group of four shared several dishes and we couldn't decide which were our favorites because everything was so delicious! I highly recommend Oakley's - creatively presented and reasonably priced selections,friendly professional staff,tasteful comfortable surroundings. Looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    kehead
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My wife and I dined here for our fifth anniversary on Friday. We left after a wonderful meal, but found the service just as refreshing. I really enjoyed the romantic vide, without the service or restaurant feeling stiff. It was casual and fun throughout every delicious course. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dineNdash
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I always enjoy the menu options at Oakley's. Incredible food!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Up and down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Some things were delicious - oysters wrapped in lettuce, chocolate and citrus dessert; and some things were not. Lobster waffle needs more lobster and a little different texture for the salady things on top; bacon wrapped apricots should be good but really aren't.
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  • Excellent!!
    Tigerjoe
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I don't eat at Oakley's enough! The few times I have eaten here, the food and service has ALWAYS been top notch. I had the chilled Asparagus Soup which was creamy and cool and the first Asparagus Soup I have eaten that wasn't off the stove and hot. Then I devoured the Idaho Ruby Trout which was served with a bunch of different vegetables, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, among others. The bacon spaetzle was hard to figure out without looking at the menu again; it could have been a little more crunchy and had more of a bacon flavor. However coupling it with one of the dribbled sauces on the plate made it very tasty. The food presentation is very well done. And the service could not be beat. Thank you for another great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet