Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grille

4.6
441 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, good food, reasonably priced, good service.

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L
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite Mediterranean restaurant - Their Baba & warm pita is always the first thing we order! We are never disappointed. Can’t wait to sit outside along the canal soon!

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AK
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and drinks were great. Even the vegetarian in the group enjoyed the food. The stuffed Dolmathes. Are vegetarian and so good.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and nice ambiance! Saganaki was delicious. Spanikopita was small and a little over cooked. Enjoyable experience overall.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were blown away by the delicious food and friendly service. This is going to be one of our regular spots in Indy now! Get the beef shwarma, you will be glad you did!

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The service was excellent, the food was very good and the prices were reasonable. However, the noise level was very high. We had family from out of town and we found it difficult to converse with anyone except the person right next to you. I would be glad to go again -- if conversation was not important.

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MR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food...the service and the parking lot attendant!

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CE
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The food didn't have a lot of flavor. I love spice this was missing. It just wasn't my personal taste. I would recommend it. The service was great. The place was nice and clean.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from beginning to end, very good staff, from the time we pulled in, all smiles!
Would definitely recommend, and will be going back! 10/10

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CG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was really good. Unfortunately though, the Lebanese eggplant dish was a little mushy. Service was wonderful, atmosphere and decor lovely and festive, but a bit noisy. The tables are close together and there were large parties around us - everyone was super friendly and it wasn't a problem, but if on a date, you might want to ask to sit in a corner? Overall, wonderful and fun! Would highly recommend - we are definitely going back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The lamb shank was very good with one issue. Most of the meat was moist and tender but there was a section which was somewhat dry and stringy. I will also suggest offering mint jelly to compliment the
lamb shank. Since our dining experience was for a birthday party, all of the people in the party were given a slice of baklava. The taste of the baklava caused me to think I died and went to heaven.....DELICIOUS. The service was exceptional and professional. We felt welcomed and appreciated.

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TM
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Yummy Mediterranean food. Good size portions, but not huge. Staff was all amazingly friendly. Will definitely return!

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J
Indiana
94 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Gyro meat was very dry, some pieces more like jerky!
This plate used to come with pita bread and green beans and that has been removed. Have eaten here many times but will hesitate to return

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LH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding- absolutely no wait for our reservation and our waitress was amazing. Our drinks were never empty. No one had any complaints about their food and we all ordered something different. I would order the portobello appetizer and lamb shank entree again and again. It was a great girls' night out!

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W
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent mediterranen Food!

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated son’s 22nd birthday. The waitress heard me mention it and brought him a dessert with a candle. Food was good. Restaurant was not crowded and relatively quiet, which was great for talking during dinner.

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Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good and the ambiance nice, but the service was the shining star. The location is outside our routine, but we will plan to visit again.

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Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very reliable. Good food and good service.

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D
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time in restaurant - we enjoyed being there, the food and the service. We will return!

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LW
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best gyro meat in town! Gyro salad, burrito, sandwich or platter. They also have a great brunch! :)

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AB
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The location and atmosphere are great. I was really disappointed with the food, especially for the cost. I ordered a beet salad, and it was just a salad with sliced, cold beets on it. The spanakopita was greasy and not tasty. The dolmathes tasted blah and really not good. Overall, the portions were small, too. The hummus was good, but I was really bummed overall because I normally love Greek food.

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S
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely waitress who was a former student of my son in law’s. Our service was quick and the food was good. The falafel was highly fried and too greasy for me however I probably shouldn’t have order it. I personally love the vegetarian options on the menu. We will be back!

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n
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Canal Bistro. Staff is always very friendly and helpful. Food is always delicious.

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CA
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten here many times and it never disappoints. It was my birthday and we love Mediterranean food and this is very authentic. The portions are large. The calamari is the best I've had. Our waitress Katlin was very attentive and really made a good Manhattan and old fashioned. The Turkish coffee and dessert were to die for. Make sure to keep room.

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LR
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The waitress was unprofessional. I did not like how she spoke to us, how she spoke about the restaurant, and how she spoke of herself. I usually visit the restaurant during the warmer months. This was actually the first time I was seated inside. I was not impressed with the service, but the restaurant was clean and our orders were made correctly.

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OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Try the baba ganoush and definitely upgrade your fries to the garlic feta fries.

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AP
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite entree is either gyro plate or gyro sandwich. Always order and love the clean, green refreshing taste of the tabouli salad. My husband usually orders the garlic feta fries with his meal. And of course is required to share his fries with me!

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AL
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great place for a birthday celebration. Great atmosphere, drinks and food. Service was awesome! Can’t wait to return!

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JH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food, service, and ambiance is ALWAYS fantastic

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GG
Indiana
41 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I ordered Lamb Shank dinner and it outstanding. Have not seen that at other restaurants I go to. Our waitress was most pleasant and attentive. Very pleased with the menu. I can definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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j
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We chose an outside table. It was so enjoyable. The food was average. I had the lamb shank and my wife had the lamb kabob. My lamb tasted more like mutton and my wife said her lamb was tough. The service was excellent. I would go back to try other items on the menu.

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RB
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always have a good meal here. Enjoy sitting outside during the warm months.

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CG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an after-the-wedding gathering at Canal Bistro to give the families one last chance to spend time with the bride and groom. The food was terrific, the service excellent and the servers were so friendly and accommodating. I will definitely return to try other menu items. Thanks for making our special night even more special!

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ML
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service! Very loud with people trying to having normal conversation. Sit outside if you want to hear others at your table.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Sat outside on the porch while it rained. Made for a lovely evening.

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E
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed our time there...loved the outside seating.

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LM
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and extra special to sit outside on the canal

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Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful night out for our daughters birthday! Excellent food and service. The noise level was a little much but we were a big party and certainly contributed.

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Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Aside from the server, this was a very disappointing dining experience. While we were seated promptly and the server was appropriately attentive, our food ( gyros platter and lamb Kafta) turned out to be little more than over cooked ground meat that was far too salty but otherwise lacked much seasoning. We opted not to stay for dessert....

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