Canal Bistro - Mediterranean Grille

4.5
476 reviews
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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!
What 476 People Are Saying
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Indiana
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was terrific! Very friendly, fun service. Great lunch! Enjoyed being able to hear each other when conversing - seems a rare thing at many restaurants today!

LH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff. Also, they have parking and on Saturday night, they had someone outside directing people to parking spaces and stopping traffic so people could cross the street.

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the experience overall!
My new fav restaurant! 😊

LW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Canal Bistro is one of our favorite "go to's" in Broad Ripple. The patio is great, the food consistently good, and service excellent. For all of us GF types, there are a few addl entrees that are also GF that aren't indicated as such on the menu so just ask.

B
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was wonderful. We enjoyed a variety of items from the feta fries and the beet salad, to lamb K-Bobs, moussaka, and stuffed peppers. The service was excellent, and the staff friendly. We really enjoyed sitting outside by the canal!! We will definitely return for another visit!

CT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! We enjoyed our meal thoroughly and can not wait to go back. I’ve already picked out what I am going to order for brunch! We dined outdoors overlooking the canal and it was absolutely delightful!

J
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service was good. It was a little hot in the restaurant.

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

Our visit was enjoyable. We got a table on the patio which was good. The cocktails were really good and the service was great. My food was disappointing. We got the feta fries and bana ghanoush for appetizers. The former really didnt have much flavor and the latter was of a runny consistency. I had the gyros platter and the meat was over-cooked and dry. I must say that others in the party enjoyed their food. This was my first time and plan to come back again to try out as anyone could have an off night.

c
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

pleasant location with good parking. Poor acoustics so very noisy. Typical Greek menu. We found lamb kabobs and shank were extremely tough. Should have furnished steak knives. Excellent service with many available staff

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

Jessica helped us make great food and drink choices. I am so pleased with our time there!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Canal Bistro. The servers are great and food is 👌

TM
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great, but the A/C was struggling and it was very hot

N
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Only complain was there was a a fly or two running around I know with the heat and summer it can happen but still something to look out for

UK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Canal Bistro is a great place to eat. Friendly atmosphere, great tasting food and very generous portions. We love it.

KH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband and I had not been here in a few years. We were disappointed in the food. The dipping sauce for the bread was tasteless. My “upgraded” Greek salad had one olive, small cube of feta cheese and piece of cucumber. The meat from my gyros platter was delicious, but the rice and rest was unremarkable. My husband had the lamb kebab and the meat was tough. Great decor but I would not return as the food was very mediocre.

OT
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

If I could select all “zeroes,” I would. Formerly one of our favorite restaurants, we’ll now never return.

We arrived on time for our reservation and requested outside seating. The owner & hostess said they were about to clear lots of outside tables, but we needed to wait at the bar. No problem. But we noticed while the patio was packed there were maybe four occupied tables inside the restaurant. We sat at the bar, were greeted by the lovely bartender & looked at the cocktail menu. We picked our cocktails but didn’t have time to order because the owner & hostess came to say our patio table was ready.

They led us to our outside table which was merely ok because it was right at the entrance & a bit awkward. Again, no problem. A waiter came by several minutes later & said he’d be right with us. Another several minutes passed and he brought plates & silverware. And that’s when it just declined.

A couple (with their dog of course) came in several minutes after us - him first, then her with the dog. The dog got served water & the couple had about three staff descend on them with table settings, bread, etc. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for anything.

Another 10 minutes passed & I went into the restaurant to the host stand which has a DIRECT sight line to our table. No hostess but at least four wait staff at the prep bar. None asked me what I needed. Finally a charming busboy/server passed me, double backed & said I’d be seated in a minute. I said I’ve already been seated but would appreciate actually being served. He apologized & got the owner.

Instead of apologizing for our experience, the owner just stood there while the waiter LAUGHED AT US. We left & said never again.

The charming parking attendant realized we were upset, described the jerk waiter to a T and said it happens all the time.

From a former favorite to now telling as many people as possible to AVOID Canal Bistro at all costs.

PV
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service. Nice atmosphere to meet with friends and enjoy good conversation.

KD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is lovely and unique, and the food was amazing! We'll definitely be returning :)

JG
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Eveverything was good except the lamb in the gryo platter and sandwich was overcooked and dry.

B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal and the freedom to stay as long as we wanted while visiting. Service and attitude were great. Food was top notch.

FL
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all respects. Authentic Mediterranean fare served in a relaxed atmosphere. A really great meal.

WT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service, and experience...our first time there, but definitely not the last! Don’t miss the olive appetizer. Our party enjoyed the chicken schwarma , moussaka, beef kebab, and stuffed peppers. Everyone was quite happy with their selection. The house Italian vinaigrette on the house salad is amazing! We enjoyed patio seating on a beautiful June evening. Our server was outstanding.

TM
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was wonderful. Portions are quite large wish I’d either shared my dinner or not ordered an appetizer. We’ll surely go back.

OT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Main entrees, appetizers, desserts and drinks were all wonderful and plentiful. I do wish the water had ice in the bottles. I'd definitely go back! Glad to support a locally owned restaurant

LV
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was okay - but then again it was a Saturday night. Grape leaves are some of the best I have ever enjoyed. Gyro platter was equally as good. Saganaki was good - but they couldn’t flame it because the restaurant was so busy - and it just didn’t taste as good as a flamed version. My wife’s penne pasta dish was less than good. Baklava was over the top delicious- huge portion - a party of 4 can easily enjoy. Don’t be fooled by the lower than average wine prices. The wines are good and don’t reflect their ratings found on Vivino.

a
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the owner to all of the servers, they try to make your experience wonderful.
Food is really good, and plenty of it.
Lovely setting by the canal

DF
Dallas
101 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a nice time. Food was okay, but we've had better. Ethan was a great server. Knew when to be there and when to leave us alone. Great outdoor seating and nice view of backroads Broad Ripple!

MH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and staff! Love, love the saganaki cheese. I recommend Friday nights during the Summer because you can catch the live music from the canal. You’ll love it!

f
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

this was mothers day dinner and the meals , lamb chops, and beet salad were outstanding. the service person was very knowledgeable and enjoyable to visit with.

RG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food. One of my favorite restaurants in Indy!

RK
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I had the Moussaka and it was absolutely tasteless. There were also pieces of bone and sinew in the meat. It really missed the mark. I would have sent it back but I was the guest of my friends. I think you really need to know this as it is the iconic dish of Greece and deserves to be represented well. Also the salad was lacking and lettuce tough. I will add that my friends Salmon dish according to him was good.

KS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out standing food outstanding service beautiful restaurant they and tastic food

DG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Top notch service, quality food, and fair prices make Canal Bistro one of the very few restaurants that I will patronize and recommend to my friends.

CR
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Great atmosphere. I highly recommend.

LS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and fantastic location on the canal. Recommend the flaming cheese.

O
Indiana
251 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. We had a special dietary requirement in our group and they were so accommodating and kind! Professional excellent service couldn’t be better! Food delicious and fresh. Plenty of food for the price- even more than expected. Highly recommend

O
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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!

AK
Indiana
9 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.

S
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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