OAKLEYS bistro

4.9
1365 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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JL
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It has been many years since I was last at Oakley's. It still held a place in my top restaurants in Indy, however. I paid a visit on Saturday night and had a terrific dinner. I forgot how tightly executed the menu, the food and the presentation are for Chef Oakley and his team. Our server was helpful, personable and unobtrusive. We had a great meal. And a lot of interesting items on the menu to explore. I'll be back much sooner this time around!

RS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oakley's as a great experience for any culinary lover.

BW
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not have been any better. I’ve been before, so the bar was set pretty high. Not surprisingly the staff at oakley’s raised the bar to a whole new level. I HIGHLY recommend the lamb tenderloin.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Our waiter, Kenny I think, while nice did not know the menu or the specials. He told us the corn/jalapeño chowder wasn’t the soup (we learned after it was even though it was on the chalk board as a special) and completely missed on the ice cream selection. He also misrepresented the specials, specifically the rabbit and how it was prepared/served. Chef was outstanding, as always, and our meal was excellent! Always delicious and great value for an excellent dinning experience. This was our second experience w the same server and wish his prep/effort/execution matched the rest of the restaurants. 5 stars all the way across but a miss on service. We will definitely be back, and soon, but will likely ask for a different server to ensure service is as solid as the food.

OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing chef. He is like red wine gets better by the year

JC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service and food as always ! Great place !

DJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat at the Chef's table which was a great experience! The problem was that it was a bit too smokey for an asthmatic to be sitting here. I chose to stay and take meds. We found out later that they had a burger special that night and putting 2 and 2 together, I figured that was the reason for the excess smoke! I would recommend just be aware of that point.

MS
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oakley's had a back to school burger night. That was the best burger I have ever had!! Oakley's needs to add that to the menu!

R
Indiana
34 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always excellent. However, we felt that we were rushed through our dinner.

WL
Indiana
25 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oh my. Quite superb. Definitely on our list of “must do again”. The drink menu of sophisticated whiskey drinks, the shareable menu, soup and salad menu, and the starter menu never allowed us to get to the entree or desert menu.

Our evening was excellent. The service was well paced and when needed, we had multiple servers sharing in furthering our selections. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste and ambiance.

Cannot say enough about the entire meal. Thank you.

LP
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend and I have recommended. A must for foodies.

OT
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit and everything was fantastic. We loved Oakleys and will definitely return!

DN
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Had wanted to go here for years! Was wonderful food and we will happy to return sometime in the future!

GE
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Consistently good food and service. Steve is a master.

PR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was outstanding. I need to dine here more often.

t
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

can't go wrong! excellent menu-perfectly perfect - fish-steak-soup-salad-it just does not matter what you've got. this sis the place to go, when you've been everywhere else

RM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent . But pricey but worth it

B
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oakley’s is a special place for Indy. The food quality, presentation and value are excellent. They also have a good wine list.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent, but I was very disappointed by their selection of wine and liqour. There was less than a handful of red wines available by the glass and the whiskey selection was rather poor. They did have an extensive cocktail menu though. This is purely constructive criticism. I can’t tell you the last time I had such great service. The staff did everything they could to ensure we had a nice meal.

BS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The entrée was fantastic. The flavors, the presentation, the creativity all to my liking.

JR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazingly good.
One of my best two best meals all year!

JP
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Never disappointed! Varied menu with options that are hard to beat. The creations by the Chef explode with flavor. Service is always top notch.

J
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I have been to Oakley’s many times and usually love the food and experience. This time around the food was really not very good and they had loud rock music playing instead of what you might expect for a high end bistro. Disappointed in this specific visit for sure. My scallop appetizer came out sitting on whipped butter...not melted, not seasoned...just butter. The same dish was just lacking in taste variation. The duck duck was alright, but also salty on the whole. The meatloaf was good, but the potatoes and broccoli were mediocre at best. Really loved this place in the past. Not sure what happened on this particular visit. It was not a good dining experience for $100.

B
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Tenderloin dumplings are a must..

I
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous evening at Oakley’s. Service is nothing short of outstanding. Entrees are so unique and never ever disappoint. This restaurant is a must try in Indy.

DL
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

G
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience from beginning to end!

KD
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
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!

SR
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
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!

ID
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Easily one of the top 5 restaurants in Indianapolis.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
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!

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

Excellent food and cocktails!

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.

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

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

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

Always great service, beautiful and well prepared food.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Exceptional. Everything was perfect.

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