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About 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...

1464 W 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:30pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
86th & Ditch Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(317) 824-1231

Website:
http://www.oakleysbistro.com/

Entertainment:
No live entertainment

Catering:
Catering Options Available

Parking Details:
Plenty of well-lit, up front parking is available as well as a ramped drop-off/pick-up curb.

Executive Chef:
Steven J. Oakley

Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Options Available, call for details

Private Party Contact:
Chris Hopkins: (317) 824-1231

Additional:
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly Wine Dinners, Tuesday Wine Tastings 5-6pm, holiday happenings

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Join us for a 3 course prix fixe Valentines Dinner, with choices in each course, you'll be sure to impress your date.

OAKLEYS bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (45)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Special Occasion (42)
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Creative Cuisine (41)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Worth the Drive (25)
Romantic (24)
Seasonal (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Local Ingredients (21)
Authentic (20)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Cozy (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Tasting Menu (16)
Healthy (15)
Business Meals (14)
Fun (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Casual (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

Oakley's Bistro has been excellent since the day it opened and continues to be! Forget about it sometimes then always are more than pleased when we dine there!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic as usual!

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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

Very intimate dining with delicious options on the menu. We were a group of 4 and we all loved our dishes. Would definitely go back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent all around.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Everything was excellent!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Minutes from my house yet I'd not been there before. It was top notch. I was wrong to assume it was just a neighborhood place. It's as good as any of spots in more trendy locations. We'll be back.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We had a fantastic experience. The duck on duck was lick the plate clean delicious. The pork was fantastic and can certainly feed a hungry person. I love the attention to detail, the beauty of everything served, impeccable service and consistent fantastic food. Every bite hits creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth...

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Very limited although interesting menu but everything is a bit oversauced. Steak came drowning in a sauce when the server did not mention that. The other dish also was over sauced as were the appetizer and salad. These dressings and sauces were good, but a much lighter touch is needed. Less is more. I think they are going for elegant but assume Hoosiers want lots of goo. (We are both thin, too, so I don’t think they assumed we wanted rich food.) Every dish except the cold salad was brought to us by different staff, each holding the dishes with a protective towel, warning us the plates were very hot. They were. Made us wonder how long our dishes sat under the heaters before they were served. Stil, food was cooked and presented well aside from drowning each dish. Wine list— only three or four red wine selections by the glass. This place is not consistent but I have had a good meal or two there. Many other better and great choices in Indy, but in Nora area this probably is the best, excluding lovely Thai and other international restaurants in area.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This was a return visit after a great first experience with some friends. My return visit was with a large group of business associates who had not been to Oakley's Bistro. All were very impressed ( as I new they would be!) and thanked me for selecting such a great place for our business dinner. Thank you, Oakley's team!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went out with family for 3 course meal on New Year eve. Somewhat pricey for $ 75 per head without alcohol. Service was good but not the best I have experienced. Food again was above average.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our first trip to Oakley’s Bistro, but it will definitely not be our last. All the food had great flavor, was unique, and all around delicious!! Our waiter was very helpful! The Shrimp Corndogs really are something you must try!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing food! Staff were knowledgeable and attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Just amazing

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 26, 2017

the work of a true chef. You may not recognize all the ingredients or flavors, but the combinations are awesome. Apricot appetizer, creamed spinach, duck in duck, and pork chop were some of best dishes the patrons had ever eaten. Service was attentive but not overbearing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were blown away by our first visit to Oakley's Bistro and can't believe we haven't visited sooner! It's in an unsuspecting location, a small front in a strip at 86th and Ditch, but the bistro feel inside is so welcoming. Everything ew had was delicious - from the shrimp corndogs and lobster waffle to the duck and salmon entrees. Our only regret was not saving enough room for dessert! After this trip, we will definitely make Oakley's our go-to place for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Oakley's never disappoints. After years of enjoying many dinners there, this was my first lunch time experience. Quality of food and service is just as high. The big plus is the lower prices!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 19, 2017

This is one of the best Indianapolis restaurants. It never disappoints me and this time was no exception. We did some shareables and I enjoyed the 4 we shared. I will return in 2018.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Oakley’s is consistently great but new menu is exceptional!

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had a wonderful meal!!! Would recommend EVERYTHING!!!!!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our waitress was perfect for a group of six ladies and very sweet.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Always spectacular food and service. The soup was delicious and everyone in our group enjoyed their meals. A go to for a wonderful experience.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Seated right on time. Service and selections were great. Restaurant is a little noisy but I think it depends on table location or nearby diners. Overall, excellent dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We wanted a place that was quiet for our party of 6 to be able to talk. This place was perfect. Food and service were also great.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The service was good. The food was awesome. The value was great.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Took my sister there for her birthday. She loves to support local restaurants. The ambiance and food was excellent. The service was the best. A great place will definitely go again real soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was wonderful. Can’t wait to go back.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This is the real deal - excellent food, service and ambiance!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Biz meeting

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

We love coming to OAKLEYS. Hoping for seasonal food and would love more vegetables on the menu. We love the cooking. Going to keep coming to try as much as we can since we don’t eat chicken or beef.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My wife and I celebrated a combination anniversary and birthday at Oakley's Bistro. We had had lunch there previously but had not been there for dinner. The experience was outstanding. The restaurant is in an unassuming location in a strip mall on the north side of Indianapolis (86th and Ditch Rd), but it offers first-rate cuisine. We each had a drink and split the bacon-wrapped apricots (delicious!) and an interesting fall harvest salad to start. For entrees, my wife had Stanley's Meatloaf (great!) with a side of Kung Pao brussel sprouts, and I had braised short ribs (excellent!) with a side of mac and goat cheese (wow!). Everything was creatively combined with wonderful layers of flavors. You could easily get by without the sides, but we're glad we got them because they were really great. We finished everything off by splitting a seasonal dessert sampler. The service was excellent; our waitress was very attentive. The atmosphere was pleasant -- cozy and not too loud. While the total tab was higher than what we would usually have going out to dinner, we thought it was well worth it. Oakley's is a great place for foodies and one we would recommend for special occasions or just a great night out.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Amazing. Can’t wait to go back!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The salmon and the pork chop were great! Very interesting and delicious apps too!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Love Oakleys Bistro, it is my go to restaurant when I want to show people how great Indianapolis cuisine could be. I often have colugues in town for LA or NY and Oakley’s never disappoints in impressing these guys.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 26, 2017

What can I say that I haven't already mentioned in previous reviews? Oakley's never disappoints in all the times we've visited. It seems to be our "go to" restaurant and for good reason. The food is prepared with attention paid to the slightest detail including the nice hot plates that keeps everything yummy to the last bite. Food combinations are creative and we love the use of vegetables - still very much lacking in many other eateries. All members of our party of six were happy and content with their selections.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food, service and ambiance are always just wonderful. I would recommend this to both foodies and those with a little more caution in their food preferences.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was fantastic and the choices were extraordinary! Loved it!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very impressed. Great food. One of the b st places we have been to since moving to Indy from Chicago.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Phenomenal find! My wife and I can’t wait to return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 12, 2017

3rd visit, better than the first two times. Didn't think that was possible. This place is a must visit. If you luck into venison being a special I HIGHLY recommend it!!! The tilapia, and beef short ribs are off the charts any night you go.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was very good. Our major issue is that it took a long time to get our food. We were there almost two and a half hours for dinner. The staff was very nice and friendly,

Tags: Special Occasion
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