OAKLEYS bistro
OAKLEYS bistro

OAKLEYS bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oakleysbistro.com/
  • Phone: 3178241231x
  • 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, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Catering Options Available
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Party Options Available, call for details
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Hopkins 3178241231x
  • Entertainment: No live entertainment
  • Special Events: Monthly Wine Dinners, Tuesday Wine Tastings 5-6pm, holiday happenings

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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OAKLEYS bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (94)special occasion (76)neighborhood gem (62)romantic (46)notable wine list (35)great for lunch (18)good for groups (16)great for outdoor dining (13)hot spot (4)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Overpriced
    lookingforbetter
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This was just disappointing. While they try to be inventive, it just somehow falls short. "Duck and Duck" entrée was tough; they tried to flavor it up with the confit but just didn't come together. For the $$, we will return to Late Harvest instead, while has never failed to be a total treat to the senses. Would not bother to return to Oakley's since there are much better choices around here.
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  • Always look forward to oakleys
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Love the menu, the variety of excellent soups like no where else. Often just dine from their starter menu as it has so many of my favorites that I have no room for an entree. Everything is meticulously prepared, creatively developed, and presented spectacularly. Service is always great. You do need to leave room for their special unconstructed deserts, especially anything with their homemade peanut butter gelato. I'm from the east coast where there are lots of unique restaurants. It is a pleasure to discover this find here in the chain restaurant capital of the midwet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oakley's is Fabulous
    KimH
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Oakley's is a local gem and very deceiving from the outside. It's located in a strip mall but when you walk in it is very warm, inviting and fantastic dining experience. Out waiter was very knowledgeable about everything on the menu. My husband gave him free reign to order for him and everything he chose was fabulous. The shrimp corn dog and Pumpkin Gnocchi as starters were delightful. We also had the Duck Confit and Shrimp & Wild Boar. The flavors were delicious and complimentary - we would highly recommend this place to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Very delicious ... varied menu...
    WilsonVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A very nice restaurant with very good service and a great diversity of menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    AWESOME
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was the 3rd time we've eaten at Oakley's recently. The food is AWESOME! Not sure how they combine all those different foods and come out with truly amazing flavors, but they do it consistently! A wonderful place for a special dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely soup & tart
    NoNameVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The venison tart was excellent, as was the ginger butternut squash soup. Perfect for a dreary rainy day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Fresh Food great service-LUNCH
    FoodFan
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    You can tell from the minute you walk in Oakley's that great care and consideraton has been given to every detail from the physical pieces of dining (heavy utensils and nice flatware) to the ingredients that go into the dishes (fresh herbs and locally grown produce). This was my first visit to Oakley's and I was not disappointed. Our waiter was very attentvie and made sure to check on us often enough to make us feel we were being observed but not so much that it was annoying. There was a steady lunch crowd and it never got to a point where we felt we had to speak loudly or strain to hear. Overall, it was a fantastic lunch. I look forward to going back for dinner..Try the creme bruelee - and thank me later!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Sheer perfection start to finish
    EGFJVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is our third trip to Oakleys and it gets better every time. Start with welcoming hostess, knowledgeable wait staff & incredible food. I am not a foodie nor am I adventurous but this restaurant has a lot for me and also for my more adventurous guests. Jar of pickles appetizer was fabulous as was the onion soup, crusty warm boule, pork tenderloin that is nothing like anything out of a typical restaurant, short ribs to die for and duck...well I don't care for duck but my husband loved it. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cindy
    luv2eat
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had our best friends and 3 college age kids come to Indianapolis and wanted to go out to eat at a nice restaurant since they all were "foodies". All I can say is they were VERY impressed with the food and raved about the quality of the food from the soup to the entree to the dessert. The food was excellent and the atmosphere and restaurant layout made it easy to talk and laugh as if we were sitting within our own home. I also want to point out how accommodating the restaurant was as our timing for eating was constantly moving earlier and later. They were able to make it all work for us and I really appreciated there help. Trust me - you won't be disappointed!!!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Fantastic Meal!
    RonH
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    In Indianapolis for the first time and had heard rumors about this place, the fact is they were understated! What a great meal and what great dishes! This is easily one of the best places I've eaten in a while. The wait staff was one of the best we've come across. They were knowledgeable, pleasant and personable, and kept a good pace flowing. The food itself was outstanding, we started with one of the night's special featuring Foie gras. Just the right mixture of pancake, micro green, sauce and well prepared & season foie gras. Not to be outdone both our main course shined with well prepared duck, seasoned with crisp skin as well as the pork dish with a depth of flavor. Next time we are back in Indy this place is at the top of my lists!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Special Touches
    Lisa
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Took my husband for a birthday celebration. They seated us in the kitchen "nook" table. The chefs greeted us and spoke with us throughout the meal. Service was AMAZING, but as good as that was the food was even better. Appetizers - dinner - wine - dessert - absolutely impeccable. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW, just wow!
    Gener8
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This is the "don't judge a book by its cover" place - towards the end of a strip mall behind an Applebees, couldn't look any more common. Then we went inside. Accolades line the foyer walls. Pleasant greeting, open kitchen, chefs wearing white. The tables are far enough apart to make it comfortable. Booths line the walls. Staff share table duties, and all are exceedingly professional. We were happy with everything placed in front of us, from appetizer to soup (wanted to lick the bowl) entree and dessert. Just outstanding, and although the portions look small, we were very full and very satisfied when we left. Dinner for two, no alcohol, was $80 - worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    amazing
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    hidden treasure! Unique food with creative twist! Every bit is a foodie dream!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Chef in Indianapolis!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Oakleys is always outstanding and Steven Oakley is a genius. We always love to taste the diverse flavors and see the beautiful presentation of his dishes. The service is very professional and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent anniversary dinner spot
    Brandon
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I found Oakleys on a "best of" list and wasn't sure exactly what to expect. What we found was outstanding cuisine and excellent service!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but overpriced
    misterprose
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We walked away from Oakley's Bistro with the thought that they thought they were fancier than they really were. We elected to go small plates and share and everything was very good, however each dish had some obvious flaw (salad wasn't well mixed, etc...)
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    special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Another great dinner at Oakley's Bistro. I took my wife and my mother to dinner to celebrate my wife's birthday. Great food, excellant service and a wonderful experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite restaurant!
    ValdecapVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Oakley's is my favorite restaurant in Indianapolis and in my visit the other night, it was the delicious experience I've come to expect! I started with the beet salad, which was different than many I've had, it was fresh, innovative and delicious like everything else I've ever eaten here. I then ordered the tilapia with corn risotto for my entree. The tilapia was perfectly prepared, moist and delicious and the corn risotto was one of the best risottos I've eaten. We didn't have dessert and I'm sad I didn't order one because their desserts are to die for! Always a wonderful eating experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Lovely Bistro Lunch!
    NLB1964
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Lunch at Oakleys was to celebrate a colleague's birthday. We dined outside which was lovely, very relaxing, and food was very good. We both had the goat cheese salad and the lobster pot pie. I noted that the lobster pot pie was a little saltier than I would have preferred, but the flavor was very good, and for dessert, some of the flour-less chocolate tart with fruit and a candle. Overall a very good experience and a nice celebration venue!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    mdkoVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We were able to dine at the chef's table for the first time, which was fun, but nothing special. The creativity and blend of flavors represented on the menu is always a treat to experience. Our server was knowledgeable about all the menu items and provided additional explanation. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and have identified this as one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Dinner was fantastic - we'll be back. All the courses were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • coming back!
    welbyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    have thought about eating there for years but always chose someplace else, wow, did not realize what we have been missing , is different and is what we like, we will come back again soon
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our anniversary dinner
    Thompsons10
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were treated pleasantly at our dinner. The waiters were great, food was awesome. You all made our Anniversary dinner very special and we thank you. P. S. My husband LOVED his meatloaf.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First disappointment
    Willbeback
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Always enjoyed in the past but not this time. So called prawns were out of the bag u20s and we're overlooked and rubbery. Also tasteless. Boar was nothing special. R Butchers block mostly pickled veggies.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I had a tomato salad which was good but cost $13.75 for two tomatoes, sprigs of green and two pieces of shaved carrot! Overpriced... Also, my husband asked for a Hendricks gin martini. It tasted odd. The waitress then explained that you not have Hendricks gin when bringing another. She have said upfront that you do not carry the type of gin asked for. The service was also a bit slow. The restaurant was extremely loud.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Spot
    cree
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A real gem in the northern Indianapolis area, Oakley's was the perfect place for a special birthday lunch. The food presentation was camera worthy and loved the tastes of shrimp bisque, chicken/artichoke tart, yummy risotto. Enjoyed the fresh pea tendrils garnish on a few dishes. Cute bistro interior, outside dining too overlooking the parking lot of the strip mall. Attentive service. But, where was everybody?? We were only one of three or four tables during our hour lunch on a weekday. This restaurant deserves to be busier!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Completely satisfied
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was wonderful and the service very good. The presentation of the entrees was Artistic and appealing
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indy1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good venue for small (5-8) groups, creative menu, reasonable wines choices (quality and price)...service usually prompt and curteous, sometimes a little slow when very full (e.g. this past Saturday)
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not for vegetarians
    Traveler2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good food, but mostly meat based. Not the best for my vegetarian wife.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    Swango
    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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • 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
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    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.
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    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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