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About Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grill

The Canal Bistro is the realization of a dream for Mona and George Hanna. George's homeland is Egypt; Mona spent her first 23 years in Lebanon. They know Mediterranean cooking. George has been in the restaurant business for 22 years. And over the years, Mona watched her mother and grandmother cook for their big family from their own herb and vegetable gardens, learning the value of freshness in cooking.

George says. "It's been our dream to open our own place, to be creative with cuisine, and to have a family business that our sons can be a part of."

The Canal Bistro is that dream. "It's like you've come to one of our parties -- we've basically just moved our kitchen from home to here," they say. "We put the grill in the dining room because we want people to know that we are using top quality ingredients, and that freshness is our goal, so everything is done right in front of you."

So eat up, relax, be happy. You're eating in a dream come true!

6349 Guilford Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern

Hours of Operation:


Weekend Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: - 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Sugar Bob Lane

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(317) 254-8700

Website:
http://www.canal-bistro.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

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4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

We love ❤️ the Canal Bistro! We gather every year for the Christmas season with great friends! Our server Starr was the BEST!! She is pretty Awesome!! 🌟⭐️🌟

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

we went here for date night . service was great and the food was good. fair prices .

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We consistently have good food and good service. It was a little noisy but that does not stop us from going back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food was fresh and. delicious Nice size portions. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Lamb Kebob was poor to fair. Meat was overcooked, tough and dry. Overall, food could have been better seasoned.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Nice atmosphere, good drinks & great food at a superb price point...keep up the good work!

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Vegan, Gluten Free Options
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 15, 2017

One of our favorite Middle-Eastern/Mediterranean establishments in Central Indiana! The Kafta, Shawarma, kabobs, Dolmathes, everything we have have had has been amazing. The desserts are exceptional, too.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Met a friend for dinner. Outdoor canal seating was available. Enjoyed a lovely glass of Israeli wine and some vegetarian options. Great mushroom wrap!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Kid-friendly
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 24, 2017

As usual, the staff at Canal Bistro were friendly and accomodating . The food was fantastic. This is my favorite place to eat in Indianapolis.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Disabled Access, Fun, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great spot for a lunch date

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

It was our 1st time there . Got to sit outside. It was fun people watching . Our waitress was totally awesome . Little smaller inside the what I thought from the website. Food was great !! I would recommend it to my friends

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, People Watching
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Fabulous Resturant always consistant
Great service

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Canal Bistro is my go-to restaurant. I've never been disappointed with the food or service, and price for value is excellent. It offers inside or outside seating, with a canal view.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Although it took a long time to get our food ordered and served (I got there at 10:40, food did not come out until 11:45), the food tasted amazing! Very flavorful, authentic, and I would return.

I wish the server would have taken our order earlier, and we had to hunt her down a few times. I think the restaurant did not have enough staff to accommodate the number of guests.

But if you have time, definitely check this place out.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our food was delicious, although I would have liked our courses to be spaced out a little more. We weren't finished with apps when salad arrived. We weren't done with salad when entrees arrived. Our server Adam was helpful & kept our drinks replenished. The beef & lamb that we ordered was tender and well seasoned. Overall a good experience (except one nosy waitress who butted in to our conversation).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

I like sitting outside by thee canal. Waiter very nice. But the Greek salad was very disappointing. Looked and tasted like it was made in the morning, would have sent it back but did not want to disrupt the occasion. the Mezzanine plate was good, fresh and plenty. They really need to make the salads fresh to order.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Love this place because the food is authentic and portions are generous. This time I ordered the gyro platter. It was enough food for 2 people but very yummy!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The only negative was the screaming toddler whose parents didn't ask to have their food packed up to remove this very unhappy child that ruined all diners evening on 8/5. I was very close to asking the manager to take control as all of us had to listen to this for too long.

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 4, 2017

69th wedding anniversary lunch for my parents. great food, great desserts, great laid-back vibe. something on the menu for every eating preference and style. the turkish coffee is amazing as is the rum-soaked grilled pineapple with vanilla ice cream.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great food and service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Enjoyed a delightful meal outside along the canal. Service was top notch and the food was very flavorful .

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Best Greek food around. Excellent service. We were near a large party and it was very loud because it's not a big place. We should have picked outside seating.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Great food, great location on the canal. Even a nice 4-piece jazz combo. Can't wait to go back and take our kids (teen and early 20's).

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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Fantastic service.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We are regular customers of Canal Bistro but this last visit wasn't as delightful as previously.
We made a reservation for a party of 7 to celebrate the grandparents. The restaurant seemed not to have any table ready and told us that the only table they could set and offer to us was outside, next to the sidewalk, the option was not very appealing to our elder guests, specially on an afternoon with hectic weather, nonetheless we took it. I ordered my favorite "spicy tilapia" and the fish was really overcooked and dry. The waitress realized we were uncomfortable with the table and was very gentile as opposed to the hostess that didn't show any sympathy to the situation caused by the restaurant's lack of planning. Unfortunately we did not enjoy this last visit as we've doe in the past.

Tags: Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We had a great Fathers Day dinner.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Service was great. The outdoor dining area was awesome. We will return to this place soon.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 7, 2017

This was our fourth time at Canal and I am sad to say that it was not as good as in the past. The moussaka had way too much cinnamon and it overwhelmed the other parts of this dish. My lamb shank was dry and not as meaty as I recall from past dinners here. The appetizer ( spinach pie) and house salads saved the day. The baklava was at it's gooey best.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Very enjoyable meal with friends sitting outdoors on the canal. Good food, good service and a very pleasant atmosphere for a summer evening get together. We were there on a Sunday evening and it was not too crowded.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 1, 2017

My first visit in a long time, and I remembered why I love it so much. Excellent food, wonderful service, lovely outdoor seating. We were a group of nine, and about half had not been before. They were delighted to discover this gem!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 17, 2017

We dined here on a whim pre-theater. Sat out on the nice patio. Great service and our meal was DELICIOUS! Will definitely return!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Tapas, Healthy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Our waitress was frendly and efficient. Food arrived fast and war. Salmon wasn't so tasty as I was expecting But overall food was very good.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

To begin with, our appetizer was not what we ordered, then they ran out of ice, yes ice! Then we had to wait nearly an hour for our food. Mine was ice cold....it was bad. The owner had a grad party for his son going on and amazingly, they had ice. Don't waste your time and money, if you don't want to go to Fountain Square for better Greek, go to McDonald's down the street, better service and better food.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Excellent food. Fast service, even on mothers day. Sit outside towards canal.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Excellent, authentic Mediterranean fare served in a cozy Mediterranean inspired ambiance. We drove over an hour and won't hesitate to make the drive again to Canal Bistro!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Tapas, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2017

We noticed immediately how good the restaurant smelled. It was inviting, comforting, and slightly exotic. The atmosphere was pleasant. Friendly and helpful. A must for anyone in the area.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Spicy, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great food and atmosphere- hidden gem! Will return with a group of foods. Great appetizers to share !

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 28, 2017

I've been going to this restaurant since I lived in Indy and it has amazing food. I have since moved but when I visit I try to make it here. They've since changed their decor a bit and it's nice. If it's a nice day it's best to sit outside and enjoy the surroundings. It's also vegan friendly which is awesome.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Vegan
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 22, 2017

I had a party of 19 on a Saturday. Our waitress was fantastic, the food was delicious and presented in a timely manner. Our drinks were never without a refill and my out of state friends enjoyed the resteraunt.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We enjoyed dining at Canal Bistro on Easter. We enjoyed an excellent appetizer plate and a nice variety of choices for main dishes. I want to go back to have the beet salad again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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