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:
Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

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

OAKLEYS bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

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4.7

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4.5

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4.4

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98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (45)
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Good for Anniversaries (37)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Worth the Drive (31)
Notable Wine List (22)
Romantic (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Authentic (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Local Ingredients (18)
Cozy (17)
Seasonal (17)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Business Meals (14)
Healthy (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Casual (12)
Great for Lunch (10)
Fun (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vegan (3)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Bar Seating (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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,

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I think Oakley's sometimes gets forgotten these days with so many new dining options in town. I have to say, Oakley's is tried and true and has never disappointed. We were thrilled with our entire meals, as always. We recently tried one of the new restaurants. It was fine, but Oakley's shines. You will enjoy great service, wonderful food and a beautiful atmosphere. Don't let the strip mall location keep you away!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Wonderful food. Each dish was just perfection. The red pepper saffron risotto was spectacular.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always exceeds expectations...love this place! The food, the service...everything is always perfect!!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The deviled eggs and shrimp corn dogs were amazing. The food was delicious; we had the meat loaf, short ribs, and the mahi-mahi special. The chocolate whiskey cake was a great end to a wonderful meal.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

As always, Oakley's Bistro was wonderful. The wait staff is attentive without being obtrusive. I never feel rushed. The shrimp corn dogs are an absolute must. All the dishes are so well thought out and everything on the plate compliments the other ingredients. I'm always amazed at how delicious the food is. I would recommend this restaurant for any special occasion.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Mind blown. Once again presentation was only outdone by the flavor combinations. Beef short ribs were amazing, and the duck was out of this world.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our favorite restaurant! The food is always outstanding and innovative. The servers are knowledgeable about the food, the specials and the wine list. We have never been disappointed with our experience at Oakleys.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was our first visit to OAKLEYS . We are new to the Indy area and have been trying new places. So far this is our favorite. Love the shrimp corn dogs!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Awesome food and attention to detail especially with dietary restrictions!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We went for an anniversary dinner. We weren’t crazy about our particular table but the restaurant had a small cozy atmosphere. The food was outstanding!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food and service were great, as always! Thanks for a nice night out.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 21, 2017

After a bit of a wait for water & drink orders our service was very prompt after that. The food was delicious, and the original presentation of the bacon strips was definitely a hit.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Oakleys has always been an outstanding dinning spot. We have been eating there for well over 17 years. My only disappointment was and shall remain the poor quality of music being played.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 17, 2017

As usual, Oakley's was amazing. Their new menu is great and much more gluten-free friendly than the previous one. I had the salmon and lentils, which was something I hadn't ordered before, and it was SO GOOD.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Bathrooms need updating. Food was excellent!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

WOW!! What a find!! The shrimp corn dogs set the tone for an awesome meal. I chose to have tilapia, and my beautiful date had the meatloaf (oddly enough, she doesn't like meatloaf). Both meals arrived to table and were like works of art. Flavors that were out of this world, and portions that left us both satisfied, but not miserable. Highly recommend the chocolate whiskey cake. Atmosphere was a little noisy, and tables seemed very close together. Definitely will be making a return trip soon. Truly top 5 in Indy!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I come back to Oakley's two or three times per year, every year since they opened. I love Steve's craftsmanship in the kitchen. This time around, we had butternut soup, eggplant soup, the mushroom paella and pasta w/meatballs. All delicious, but all incredibly salty. This is the first time that everything came to the table over salted, and alarmingly so. I hope it is not a trend.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Our group shared three appetizers and one entree. The appetizers were fabulous! Wish we would have tried more

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent meal!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Never disappoints! Every dish I've ever tried is amazing and reasonably priced for an upscale restaurant. Specials are well worth the splurge!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Organic, Comfort Food, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We requested and had the "round table" near the kitchen. You can see Chef Oakley cooking, which was fascinating. He is the Michelangelo of food. The cuisine all looks incredible and tastes even better. We tried the Shrimp Corn Dogs and they were tasty and amazing. She had the Tilapia and I had the Salmon and both were superb. Dessert was a Chocolate Whiskey Cake and was phenomenal. I try something different each time. Try the Goat Mac and Cheese. Best in the city. This place is always an experience. Never has disappointed me.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Each dish includes a gastronomic experience!! Thai cauliflower soup was delicious with flavors of ginger and coconut complemented by ample heat!! The chicken tart is both flavorful and filling!! Short ribs tacos had a nice sweet Smokey flavor! You have to get the lemon creme brûlée - lemony tart with a charred sugar crust! Divine - thank you for the awesome service!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 6, 2017

After our first visit, I'm sure we will be back. Maybe our new favorite place. Everything was awesome!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Fabulous meal! Everything was literally perfect. Food, wine, service, atmosphere....truly we could not have asked for a better evening.
Each dish was impeccable and incredibly delicious! Thank you. :-D

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Best short ribs ever. Third time here didn't disappoint. Somewhat limited menu assures every creative dish is special. Outstanding personal service.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

My friend Cynthia and I were In Town for a woman’s seminar. We had driven up from Wilmington, NC. We had the most amazing meal! We had first heard about and seen Steven on Beat Bobby Flay 3 nights previous to our visit, and knew we HAD to visit. We had , of course, the shrimp corn dogs, then butternut squash soup, salmon over sweet potatoes, and the kitchen catered both to my food allergies, as well as my friends gluten intolerance. She had amazing creamed spinach, chicken and artichoke meatballs, and sweet potatoes. I also had a wonderful Italian Margarita. Her coffee was really good.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

As always, Oakley's is a great restaurant that foodies in Indy should discover for themselves. The food is always elevated and well prepared. I had the tilapia and it was extremely delicious. If you like mixed drinks, the Manhattan I had was a great version of a venerable classic. My wife had the Basil Gimlet and the Grapefruit Sparkler and raved about both of those drinks. The shareables are delicate and appropriate as starters - we had the trillum cheese, and the salads were ample and filling. As someone who eats out frequently at the top restaurants of Indy, this should be on your list of places to try. It isn't cheap, especially if you order drinks. But you do get what you pay for if you want an exceptional meal in a cozy restaurant.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Best restaurant in the city, maybe in the Midwest. Creative menu perfectly prepared and presented.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Service was great and the food was awesome

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food is always impeccable and delicious. The food Is beautiful and wonderfully complex.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always a Great Meal.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Everything about the experience was delightful! The food was more than fantastic!

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

I was visiting from out of town, and my mom and I decided to have a special night out at your restaurant. We had a reservation, and yet the host attempted to seat us at the back of the restaurant in a very crowded area even though there were several open/more desirable tables elsewhere. We asked if we could sit at the bar instead (my mom's request), and the hostess told us that she would have to ask the two other customers who were already sitting there if it was "okay." Seriously? That was one of the strangest things I've ever experienced at a restaurant. You're not going to seat customers in empty seats AT A BAR if it makes the other people there uncomfortable? This is not a service-oriented attitude. We chose to sit outside because we felt so uncomfortable by the situation. (By the way, my mom needed two cushions to make the outside chair comfortable).

Your cocktail menu is inspiring, but did not live up to expectation. Both us us had the impression that there was VERY LITTLE alcohol in our drinks and for the price you charge, we felt annoyed and chose not to order another. My advice would be to always overcompensate on alcohol....people are happier and end up ordering more food.

I appreciate that you're using interesting ingredients in your cuisine. The vegetarian paella was especially good. The fall harvest salad, not so much (very odd-tasting cheese sauce).

Good luck.

Tags: Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was great and the menu had many very interesting and unusual offerings that came together excellent. The real treat was the service! Our waiter, a young man from Texas was exceptional. Was absolutely on top of the service, friendly, personal and had character. Thank you!

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Oakley's Bistro is consistently one of the best restaurants in Indiana time after time. Chef Oakley is a master at combining taste and creativity. His dishes not only taste great but are works of art. We are truly lucky to have a chef of his talent in Indy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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