Awesome First ExperienceI wanted to take my wife somewhere new for Mother's Day. I stumbled accross Oakley's menu while Googling. The different menu options looked like something you wouldn't see everyday. When we got there, my wife loved all of the selections from the side plate menu. We dicided we'd share four different things from small plate and finish with salads. We each had an Oyster slider. Then we ordered the Scallops and Lobster waffle. I also had Gnocchi. WOW! Everything was so spectacular. We'll be going back and next time we'll dig into some large plates. The service was outstanding. If you're a fan of presentation, then you'll love this place. Every small plate comes literally on it's own uniquely shapped plate. Everything just fits.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesomeThis place was great, the food was delicious and just the right amount. The owner knew it was our anniversary so he came out personally with champagne and there delicious shrimp corn dogs on the house. Waiter was knowledgable and very friendly. Absolutely going back...5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMoutstanding food, moderate portionsOn a weekday evening we were seated and served immediately. We had one outstanding soup -- the French Onion -- and one very good soup -- the butternut squash. We passed up some excellent looking small platters -- except that my wife had the small platter scallops for her entrée. This was two wonderfully done large scallops -- crusty on both sides but perfectly cooked. I had the short ribs. Along with excellent vegetables, this consisted of two modest sized pieces of short ribs meat, They were wonderfully done... intensely flavorful. I would have liked a third piece.
Very pleasant music played -- mostly Frank Sinatra (spelling?). I would have gone for 10% less volume.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMVery Good as Usual!Our dinner was, as expected, very nice. Chef Oakley has a talent for coming up with imaginative dishes that work very well and are delicious. Our food Saturday night was no exception. We've been coming here for years and will certainly be back soon.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have been huge fans ofWe have been huge fans of Steve Oakley since he was chosen by Drew & Susan Goss to bring Something Different to it's next incarnation. His Bistro is a tribute to excellence.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Bistro in IndianapolisHaving dined in every major city in the US, as well as many high end resorts and Michelin star establishments, I would rate this as one of my top 5 dining experiences. Easily the most creative and FUN menu I have ever seen, without being too "over the top". Food quality and presentation were out standing!
I just wish I lived in the area, I'd be dining at Oakley's every week.
Put this restaurant at the top of your list when you visit Indianapolis!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMHaven't been to Oakley's inHaven't been to Oakley's in some time - and was blown away - both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed every course! Highly recommended.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent. Everyone in IndianapolisExcellent. Everyone in Indianapolis should try Oakley's. Been there several times, always awesome.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service is alwaysFood and service is always top-notch: even though all the servers are good, ask to be seated in Josh's section. If you are eating there this month, the dessert special- corn cookies are fabulous: I could have taken a dozen- really they are wonderful even though they sound weird.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMI've visited Oakley's severalI've visited Oakley's several times and always been very impressed with the service and ambiance, but the real star of this restaurant is its food. The food is beautifully and inventively prepared, delicious and exciting. It's a true foodie restaurant. I think it's the best fine dining restaurant in Indianapolis and rivals restaurants I've been to in Las Vegas, Chicago, San Diego etc. Very glad this restaurant is in Indy and kudos to Chef Oakley and his staff!!!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe quality of food has alwaysThe quality of food has always been good during every visit. Service has always been friendly and helpful.
Price is good for the quality.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, lots of flavor depth.My only complaint is that service was a little bit slow. It seemed that they needed one more server. The food was outstanding, reminding me of what eating some of the chopped TV show food must taste like, if cooked with normal ingredients.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food. BeautifulWonderful food. Beautiful prep. Excellent service. Top notch!!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent high end restaurantIncredibly good food and artful presentations. I have been to a lot of expensive, high end restaurants and I put Oakley's in the "outstanding" category. I had the Lobster waffle appetizer and it was excellent. My pork tenderloin entrée was also very good and the chocolate torte for dessert was another example of beautiful presentation and complex tastes. I recommend it highly.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and service wereThe food and service were excellent ! Took a client there for lunch and it was great.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMOakley's Bistro is a sensoryOakley's Bistro is a sensory delight. I love viewing the various artistic food arrangements. Visually very appealing and the flavors and textures are amazing. One of my favorite restaurants in the Indianapolis area.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were there during the NorthsideWe were there during the Northside Nights and the menu was great for a meat eater and a vegetarian that comprised our party. All the items were served on beautifully arranged plates and delicious in every detail. The only negative was we had "new" server who was clearly not ready to represent a fine dining establishment like Oakley's. He could not answer simple questions like which of your chards by the glass is oaked? He had no idea what I was taking about and said he would ask. He came back with I glass of wine, and left the table without any explanation. It was oaked, but I think he should have given me a chance to choose.
The server did not spoil the night, but we were surprised that he was allowed to be solo.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMJust an excellent restaurant.Just an excellent restaurant. Period. My only suggestion would be to expand the beer list to include more craft or micro-brews.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOakley's is top notch everyOakley's is top notch every time I go. Love the food, service and atmosphere!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was amazing. ThisThe food was amazing. This was my first time and I had a few small plates which were fabulous. Recommend the suckling pig, lobster waffle. Even the spreads provided with the bread were delicious. I was in Indianapolis for a business trip and have now found my new favorite place. What a find, the food rivals that of some of the best in NYC. The layering of flavors was spectacular.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is my favorite restaurantThis is my favorite restaurant in Indianapolis. The food is always fantastic, as is the service. The menu is interesting and always delicious. Great wine selection, too. Congratulations to Steve Oakley and Staff on maintaining a consistently great product and atmosphere. And thanks for being a local gem.12/13/2012 12:00:00 AMAfter seeing the locationAfter seeing the location in a strip mall I was surprised at how good the food was. From the kimchee deviled eggs to the meatloaf, the bbq salmon medallions and the beef short ribs everything was excellent. The fried brussel sprouts were a delicious and unique side item. Desserts were fantastic especially the creme brulee with chocolate mousse and peanut butter powder. The only complaints were the restaurant was way overcrowded and people were elbow-to-elbow. Also and of less importance while the server was nice, the manager and the chef were hugely rude and unpleasant when we complimented them on how good the place was. Seemed so weird to me. Anyway A++11/17/2012 12:00:00 AM