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Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grille, Indianapolis, IN

Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grille

4.6
4.6
612 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (317) 254-8700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Broad Ripple / Meridian - Kessler

  • Cross street

    Sugar Bob Lane

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 612 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Indiana

    Hot Spot

  • Indiana

    Scenic View

  • Indianapolis

    Hot Spot

  • Indianapolis

    Outdoor Dining

  • Indianapolis

    Scenic View

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  1. DJ

    DiningJen

    Indiana

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service from Emily (I believe) and fabulous food on a beautiful patio on the canal! It's always a treat to have the hummus, dolmathes, gyros, salads and more. And this time we added a flight of mimosas, too - yummmmm!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service.
  3. B

    60thBirthday

    Indiana

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was good. Service was great. Atmosphere and location were very nice!
  4. K

    Kishor

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great ambience and service. Food was above average.
  5. KS

    KirkS

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent as usual and our waitress was delightful!
  6. JH

    JHart

    Indiana

    118 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good appetizers and mains! Good service!
  7. MO

    MichaelO

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat tasty Mediterranean food. Highly recommended.
  8. BE

    BigEd

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I enjoyed a great meal at Canal Bistro. Food was excellent - we had the lamb shank and stuffed peppers (veg,) - both were cook to perfection. Service was very good - timely attentiveness. Location was on the Canal - great setting.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Great value. Only complaint was that the server brought all food (salads, apps, main course) within less than 5 minutes after they specifically asked if they should stagger everything and we said to please space it out. It was tough to maneuver everything on a small table.
  10. MK

    MadalynK

    Indiana

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to dine at Canal Bistro sitting outside along the serene canal in the heart of Broad Ripple. The food is fresh and flavorful, with the dipping oil for the bread seasoned with a wonderful mixture of herbs and spices.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tried a new place for SUNDAY brunch (new to us). The service was wonderful, the food was great. We sat outside and it was a breezy comfortable day in July. We would go here again.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside and enjoyed watching the ducks playing in the canal. Had a small Greek salad and a gyro sandwich. Both delicious. Service excellent. No complaints whatsoever. My 3rd visit. Will definitely return.
  13. KB

    KarenB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We arrived early in the evening for a business dinner. The staff was welcoming and friendly. Our server was very attentive throughout our time at the table and provided great service. The food is good and the location is terrific, alongside the canal. It was somewhat uncomfortably warm inside. They offer on-site parking, which is a plus.
  14. PS

    PhilS

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, got plenty to eat. I found it a little warm, all the doors were open to the outside. Service was good, but basic. I'd recommend it, and try it again myself.
  15. DD

    DerekD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Excellent staff! Great food!
  16. S

    Steve

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always have a great experience with Canal Bistro. Assistance with parking, wonderful outdoor seating, plenty of staff, friendly service and delicious food.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The food quality, plate / bowl presentations and wait times were disappointing, and unexpected. We had four people in our party. 6 PM reservation on a Friday night, before the crowds. We historically go there about once a quarter for lunch or dinner. One of our house salads never came out, so they comped us with a Greek salad instead. One of the entrées needed to be returned because most of the lamb had been over cooked, and chard. According to our server, they had a new cook, inexperienced, running the kitchen. I spoke to the owner afterwards to share our experience. I suspect they’re struggling with staff turnover and overall team management. We will likely try some new places going forward.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect weather, great seating outside
  19. j

    jimr

    Indiana

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Split a nice bottle of wine while eating on the canal. Great food and very helpful server
  20. DP

    DebP

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Requested outdoor seating for 5, under some shade. Upon arrival, restaurant owner was welcoming and personable and seated us immediately. Service was impeccable and pleasant. Food was what we were looking for - authentic Mediterranean.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Father’s Day. Very busy so staff seemed harried
  22. MK

    MacyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant & the location. Their food is amazing.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Seated outside on the canal. Nice welcoming upon arrival. Food was excellent and enjoyed the very nice staff. We will be back.
  24. BB

    BobB

    Indiana

    102 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice Mediterranean inspired restaurant on the Broad Ripple canal. Very flavorful options and large portions. Quite good
  25. ST

    SorayaT

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Good for meat lovers but limited vegetarian/vegan option. And I found their menu repetitive. Same options throughout the menu. For instance, the portobello appetizer and portobello entree are the same. The entre is wrapped with pita, but the appetizer comes with pita on the side. Another example is falafel salad, falafel appetizer and falafel sandwich which is redundant. I wish I was warned when I ordered the portobello appetizer and the sandwich. I would go again for the ambiance but be careful in ordering. Still- I rate it an excellent place to chill and eat good food.
  26. TB

    TerryB

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view by the canal with outdoor seating. Shawarma salad, hummus and pita bread were delicious
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I enjoyed the whole dining experience. It was all very wonderful!
  28. JH

    JimH

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Food was good. Lamb and chicken we slight overcooked. This place needs a variety of salad dressings, no one likes to be forced to have Italian or balsamic. We do like thos pla e and go every year during race weekend.
  29. JB

    JohnB

    Indiana

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mixed kabobs and gyros melt in your mouth. Their new Chardonnay was perfect our w food -and patio as the sun set over the canal. Busy, busy..still great service.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and good food. The staff was wonderful.
  31. K

    Kristen

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect dinner for a date night in Broad Ripple! The outdoor seating along the canal was perfect. I had lamb chops and my husband had the lamb kabobs, both were great! Service was also great. It was busy, but not chaotic, great energy!
  32. EM

    ErynneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best service we have honestly had in years! The staff were all working so hard and were so attentive. The food was absolutely delicious. Perfect night and atmosphere.
  33. SC

    SadieC

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The breakfast potatoes are the single greatest thing in this world.
  34. JL

    JuliaL

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were able to dine outside which is really nice. All of the food was excellent!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been wanting to go here for years. Finally did for brunch and it was delicious! Ricotta stuffed French toast was 🤌🏼 also a major bonus that their patio is dog friendly!
  36. WW

    WarrenW

    Indiana

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The kitchen didn’t seem to consider the different prep and cook times for our food as two of us received our food between 10 and 15 minutes earlier than the other person with us. We were nearly finished with our meal when the other food arrived. Waitress forgot about a drink that was ordered, also. Food was good and the waitress was nice, but our first visit here in several years wasn’t as good as expected.
  37. B

    Bonnie

    Indiana

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service lovely on the canal highly recommend!!
  38. MS

    ManoloS

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was well prepared, well presented. Excellent service.
  39. ND

    NewDiner

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our food & have no complaints. Canal Bistro offers nice seating inside & outside. Service was good.
  40. SC

    ShellyC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Pricey, didn’t get what we ordered, and a pitcher of sangria for $38 is STUPID. I love (d) this place so it was upsetting to take someone there for the first time and have a ‘meh’ experience. Hailey, our waitress, and the beautiful canal seating was great.

FAQs

Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grille offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (317) 254-8700.

Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 612 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grille

6349 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sugar Bob Lane

  • Neighborhood

    Broad Ripple / Meridian - Kessler

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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