OAKLEYS bistro

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1337 reviews
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Contemporary American
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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DL
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding dining experience, as usual! Oakley’s is always spot-on. Creative and delicious!

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KD
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the absolute best meals I’ve ever had.
The seasonal menu is DELIGHTFUL.
The buffalo cauliflower was amazing.
And honest to God the best crème brûlée I’ve ever had in my life!!!!
Very attentive staff, Ken is a great server!
Cannot wait to come back again!

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SR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oakley's ALWAYS delivers! I'm embarrassed to admit I haven't been in the restaurant for some time. I will not let as much time pass again, before revisiting the restaurant. Service was great, food - delicious as always. Lunch was a great value. We will return!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Love the food! Would give 5 stars all around except for the ambience. Location takes away from a completely outstanding experience. Will keep going back, though, because the food and service is excellent. Have yet to have any dish that wasn’t great and that I wouldn’t recommend!

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CW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and cocktails!

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H
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and original menu, with everything prepared to order. We had a group of nine, and could not have been more pleased with everything. Our server was personable and knowledgeable, the ambiance was perfect, the food exceptional. Of note, one of our group had some food allergies which they deftly handled, and her food was just as excellent as everyone else's. Would highly recommend this restaurant for a special evening for couples, friends, or a larger group.

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PT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Awesome food (As always!). Enjoyed our meal and dining experience

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J
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service, beautiful and well prepared food.

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C
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant - never a bad meal! Great selection of wines. Fabulous !!!!!!

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c
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very noisy, only had appetizers, they were good. Service was good but slow.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal I've had in a long time! Excellent presentation, flavor and service.

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DT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique dishes perfectly prepared. If you are looking for an alternative to steak and seafood places you should check it out. We have been several times and have never been disappointed.

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J
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional. Everything was perfect.

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S
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of the best restaurants in Indy. The lamb rocked.

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DL
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oakley's continues to be one of the very best dining experiences in the Indianapolis area. I've dined at Oakley's several times and have never had anything close to a bad (or even mediocre) experience with food, service, or ambiance. The food is second to none in taste, creativity and presentation. Imaginative combinations of ingredients. No doubt Oakley's is deserving of its James Beard awards. Service is always welcoming and knowledgeable. I have enthusiastically recommended Oakley's many times to colleagues, friends and family.

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E
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we ordered was amazing. Drinks, appetizer, entrees, and desserts. Definitely a unique gem on the northwest side.

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C
Indiana
31 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beet salad was excellent. Exceptional summer salad. Meatloaf and lobster schnitzel could not have been better.

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SK
Indiana
34 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. OAKLEYS rarely disappoints.

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A
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this local gem in our hotel restaurant guide. Worth a 20 min drive to a regular strip mall, with a world class, Bobby Flay-beating chef. Food, service, ambience, price—all outstanding. In Michelin parlance, “worth a detour, even a journey.”

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TP
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a wonderful dining experience. My pork chop was a bit overdone, but delicious.

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M
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible dishes! The tuna was elite, cooked perfectly rare, and paired with Spanish risotto and isles onions... totally scrumptious.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars and visited recently with a first-timer from out of town. Ordered several sharables and starters so we could try a wide variety of dishes. Everything was exceptional. Taste, presentation and service were amazing, as always. Never disappoints.

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KM
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing out of the ordinary menu. We always order the specials.

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PK
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oakley's Bistro is our favorite special occasion restaurant. My wife and I went to celebrate our anniversary, and Oakley's did not disappoint. I had picked out my entree ahead of time by looking at the on-line menu, but I changed my mind after our excellent server, Mary, described one of chef's specials--a rigatoni pasta in a tomato read sauce with pulled pork and topped with two large shrimp. Wow! It was delicious. My wife had the salmon, which she also loved. Oakley's served creative dishes that are delicious. And we have always enjoyed excellent service.

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OT
Hong Kong
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, service and presentation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Oakley’s to celebrate a birthday, but every visit there is a celebration. I have truly never had anything than outstanding food and service.

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MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have wanted to come here for about 18 months. I live in Dallas and get to Indy very seldom. This lunch was so worth waiting for....the soup was incredible and the presentation was impressive. the salad was beautiful like a piece of art. We had a creme Brule it was the perfect way to end a meal. Mary our delightful server was so much more. She was fun and added to our experience. What else can I say....I'll be back! Coming for dinner next time.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time visiting, still excellent and wonderful plating continues to impress. Dishes are tasty.

Forgot to take pictures of HONEY SMOKED SHORT RIBS (garlic potato purée, mushroom ragout, three pepper marmalade, crispy potato latke, pickled mustard seeds, ramp escabeche) and LAMB TENDERLOIN (ramp cheddar fritters, eggplant purée, baby carrots, red pepper romesco, smoked honey mixed nut glaze, wild watercress), but they were also great. The lamb melted in your mouth, the short ribs popped with a nice smokiness.

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M
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been to Oakley’s one time for a wine-dinner pairing celebration and this time was as outstanding as the first. The food is elite in presentation and taste!

We started with buffalo cauliflower which was up a notch with the blue cheese mixed in the hot sauce flawlessly. My wife had the mushroom patella and I had the lamb. Fantastic & delicious. Portion sizing is also excellent - not too big, not too small.

Wine selection by the glass is limited and carries some lesser known but good wines. The bottle selection is much more expansive.

I think we are now going to add Oakleys to our regular monthly rotation. If you haven’t gone yet, I highly recommend.

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was crowded so we asked to move to a quieter area. They moved us without any issues. Food was GREAT, the manhattan drink was one of the best ever. Always a great place to dine. Love it.

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WF
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had foodies visiting from the East Coast, so wanted a fine dining experience. They were very impressed with the menu selections and the excellent food and service. The only downside for me was that I couldn't see people's faces at my table on account of the glare from the sunny windows. A little candle mid-table might have helped.

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RB
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Mary was an absolute delight. Combined with he ability to recommend immense items that work so well together, she enhanced our party of 4 dining experience.

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N
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday with lunch at Oakely's. The service was exceptional and the food was delicious. We will definitely go back for lunch or dinner.

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SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside and everything was awesome. Ben our server was great. Had apps, entre and dessert, bottle of wine. Price was very reasonable and food was delicious. Thanks for a great meal, we'll be back again! Shawn and Julie

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OT
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service tonight!

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MK
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience starting with the shrimp corn dogs. Very creative menu including many tempting options so it is definitely worth a visit! Keep up the good work!

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B
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Shrimp corndogs were good but too bready. meatloaf was very good, touch sour, aged taste but still worth a second try. Paella was tasty. Kids choices were a bit lacking but good. Excellent quality.

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I
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food selection, presentation, and quality was outstanding. A bit pricey but worth it!

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WW
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Oakley is a true master of his craft. From starters to dessert, the delicious complex flavors experienced are a reflection of Chef Oakley's thoughtfulness and expertise in every dish he prepares. The staff are first class, very knowledgeable, very polite, and very attentive to detail. What a pleasure it is to have dinner at Oakley's!

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J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Oakleys Bistro to celebrate my wife's birthday and we were so glad we did. Everything was very well done from the cocktails to desert. Since it was our first time there and the menu was packed with interesting dishes we elected to forgo ordering entrees and instead ordered several items from the starters and shareable sections of the menu. I think this was a good idea because it allowed us the opportunity to see the thoughtfulness, skill and creativity that they put into every dish. The menu is seasonal I believe so it may change but we will certainly be back to see what else they have in store. Thank you to the entire Oakleys staff for a wonderful evening.

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