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 Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
OAKLEYS bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (88)special occasion (70)neighborhood gem (53)romantic (45)notable wine list (34)great for outdoor dining (16)good for groups (16)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent anniversary dinner spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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...)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Bistro Lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    • Food
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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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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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)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.