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OAKLEYS bistro
OAKLEYS bistro
  • Address:
    1464 W 86th Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46260
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown Indy
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

OAKLEYS bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oakleysbistro.com
  • Phone: (317) 824-1231
  • 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 American, American, Contemporary French / 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 (317) 824-1231

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...Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "We are regular foodies. This is our GO-TO place in indy for true fine dining."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "You can always count on great food and friendly/knowledgeable service"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Always an excellent choice for friends. Superb wine list."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "good peice and good food with warmer service in there."
    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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The soups are always outstanding. Lots of great small and medium plates. Something for every size appetite."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I always bring my out of town guests to Oakley's for its can't miss fabulous cuisine. Always a "10" and memorable!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is a great bistro with really good gourmet food tucked away in a strip mall."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Steve Oakley is one of Indy's best chefs. Food prepared to perfection every time. Staff is incredibly friendly and knowlegable. Love Oakley's!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I always enjoy the menu options at Oakley's. Incredible food!!!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at Oakley's this weekend. Every dish was creative, full of an interesting combination of ingredients, and executed wonderfully. The service was attentive and efficient and our server provided good advice on the menu. The wine list was very good with some excellent interesting wines and not your typical mass produced and distributed wines. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Oakley's has been our favorite restaurant for years. On May 23, 2014, the service was definitely not at the usual standard. We had a spill on our table and needed to remind the server twice before it was cleaned--about 20 minutes from our first report. The server didn't seem that knowledgeable or attentive, in general. Also, the restaurant is no longer carrying the vodkas and bourbons that we prefer. We had never heard of the brands offered. That doesn't mean the brands are bad, we just didn't expect the change from the normal very high quality and known brands like Belvedere and Willett. I ended up having a grapefruit martini that I didn't much care for. My husband had a beer which was good, but not what he wanted. Will try again"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our anniversary there for the very first time! All we can say is EXCELLENT! From the service, atmosphere to food, there is nothing we could think of to be any better. We will definitely go back there again and tell friends and families what a wonderful restaurant Oakley is! Thank you Oakley for the wonderful evening and great experience! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "If you are addicted to those food-centered TV shows like Top Chef, then this place will make you feel like you have entered that world. The flavors are amazing, the plating is artful and the staff is both knowledgeable and attentive. It is, in my opinion, the best restaurant in Indy."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "After reading all the reviews was excited to take my family....we tried several small plates a med plate and the entrée. The only thing that stood out was the bill! Had a great time with family, but could have taken a nice trip for what we spent. We normally never have room for desert but ended up going to Dairy Queen afterwards."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Chef Oakley never fails to exceed my expectations. He is a master of surprising flavor combinations, and the presentation is always stunning. The service could not be better."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Lunch was great; headed back to try the small plates or dinner."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Unique, fresh, and very good food combinations. We tried a variety of dishes and shared. Everything was delicious."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Oakley's consistently has good food and a very diverse menu. we were disappointed in the suggested wines however ( white) which were harsh and we sent back two of them. The staff was very accomadating about our change in the wine after we sampled a taste."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We were reluctant to go to Oakley's because it was out of the city but let me tell you, it is worth the drive! The food was on par with any top restaurant we have been to in Chicago. The presentation of the food was beautiful and the flavors were intense. We had three of the starters and each had a main course (short ribs and Amish chicken). The Scallops with the apricot mole starter was my favorite but everything was so good! It was our anniversary and the staff made us feel special and Chef Steven Oakley personally delivered desert to us (a light citrus cake, sorbet and chocolate ganache) which finished off the meal with perfection. My husband and I are already talking about taking another trip to Indianapolis just to eat here. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I took my husband to celebrate his birthday. It was a busy Saturday night, but we were impressed with the attention and service from our waiter. The menu was great, very different from the normal places in Indianapolis. We both started with soup, I tried the squash soup and my husband had the apple/potato soup on special, both were outstanding. I also really liked the shrimp corn dogs, very unusual combo but delicious. Above all, the food was excellently prepared and presented. We kept asking ourselves why we hadn't been here before. Definitely worth a return trip. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Oakley's will challenge your pallet with complex flavors that blend seamlessly together for a dining experience you will not soon forget. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My wife and I rank oakleys as one of our favorite restaurants in Indy. The appetizers, soup and entrees are always great. Never a bad meal. The shrimp corn dogs and French onion soup are staples."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Wnt on Fri nt vry shrt notc Ws srprd that res. ws so easy2 obt Nce plce 1st vsit Wife vegetarian and imprsed veg menu itm self less so w beef shrt ribs 4 pri $120 w/tip she ws more imprsd thn me Dnr incld a shrd salad 2 dnr entr a shrd desrt &1 wine&coke+coffeesThe menu sze and variety didn't imprss me I am always disapntd when a sizeable sum (IMO) is spnt and and the estab can't even offer to comp 2 cups of coffe I feel like I am a typical male diner that doesn't often go more upscale so I ws mostly disappointed wth the saad & my entr sze My wife ws pleased but as usual &she ws surprsd at only 1 lstd veg menu itm I think she'd gve abt 90-92% ovral, me 78-82%@ pice levl I wld prob rec ano plce she wld prob rec p.s.Serv adq bt noth spcl."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Took a friend here for a retirement lunch. The food was good but but not as good as normal. The service was not good. We had to flag down the waitress for drink refills and she was very slow even though we told her our time was limited. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I have been here twice and both times felt the food was full of wonderful, complex flavors. The portions were just the right size. And you do not miss that they are not over-sized since the flavors are so impactful. The two other diners with me felt the same way about their lunches. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The presentation of the food was unique and everything tasted wonderful."
    Dined on 4/26/2014