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OAKLEY'S Bistro

1464 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260-2181
+1 317-824-1231
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Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“meatloaf” (20 reviews)
“suckling pig” (7 reviews)
“corn dogs” (10 reviews)
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CUISINES
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
££££
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LOCATION
1464 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260-2181
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11 - 20 of 163 reviews

Reviewed 20 March 2017

Went here on a busy Saturday night for a birthday dinner. We had reservations, a must!, and were seated right away. Tried many things on their small plates, medium plates and full plates offerings. I started with the Shrimp corndogs- all breading, very little sauce...More

Thank Betsy B
Reviewed 13 December 2016

A friend sent me to Oakley's about 10 years ago... for lunch. I remembered it was excellent. Since I was staying on N. side of Indy, I decided to see f it was still there. Was it ever. Normally not one to enjoy dining by...More

Thank bmwbillk
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Great cozy restaurant, presentations of the food are exquisite from salad to main course. Once you taste the food, your mouth will drop because each bite is so delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant. This is definitely a 5-Star restaurant.

Thank Fabnel
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Try the lemon risotto. It's delicious. Served in a tasty little cup with a cheesy topping - it's mouthwatering! The rainbow trout was delicious - served with veggies. We also tried the fettuccini with chicken artichoke meatballs. I liked the meatballs better than the fettuccini...More

Thank artsiren
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Chef driven local food prepared in eyesight of dinners. This is a class act of service, food quality and exceptional flavor fusions. Recommend this for anyone wanting to impress a business associate, date or anyone else who enjoys superb food.

Thank Curtis B
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Oakley's promotes itself as featuring French cuisine. I don't think so. Oakley's is merely trying to compete with deservedly highly praised creative cuisines around town. Bacon wrapped apricots? Good if you like crisp bacon, the dominant flavor and texture. Toad-in-the-hole salad? Nearly unpalatable. And more...More

Thank Ruth788
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Dishes are fresh and creative. Service very good and atmosphere conducive to conversation. Menu is small but a great deal of variety

Thank John W
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Chef Oakley is a tremendous talent hidden in northwest Indianapolis. My husband and my in-laws celebrated my birthday at Oakley's Bistro this past week. It was the first time for each of them. My husband's meatloaf with chili sauce was met with great acclaim. My...More

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Last night I introduced three friends to Oakley's. They were impressed. From the appetizers of olives and nuts (separate, of course) to the salads and entrees, this bistro has it all. The 7 ounce carafe of wine as well as the house old fashions were...More

Thank walkergilmer
Reviewed 23 May 2016

Oakley's has been on my to-try list for years. It has rave reviews everywhere. Overall, I was disappointed. It's a small bistro that was more casual than I was expecting from the menu prices. Our table was ready exactly on time. The menu had some...More

Thank MelissaC380
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$34
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 13:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 13:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1464 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260-2181
    (86th & Ditch Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis>  > Washington
  • Neighbourhood: Washington
  • Phone Number: +1 317-824-1231
  • E-mail
Description
It’s commonly thought that you know you’ve found your life’s calling if you’d do your job for free. Chef Steven J. Oakley personifies that idea. His career began at age 16 when he offered his services to a suburban Chicago restaurant for free: “I just wanted to work, I wanted to learn,” says Oakley. That emphasis on hard work and continual learning has culminated in Chef Oakley arriving at the top of his profession in Indianapolis.

That structured education didn’t temper his need to learn from other chefs in other kitchens and he spent many weekends traveling to New York City to work in some of the most prestigious restaurants in the country, including The Park Avenue Café and Lutece—for free of course. He spent summers back in Chicago where he worked at the famous Charlie Trotter’s. Following a brief stint at the Scottsdale Princess Resort in Arizona, Chef Oakley returned home to Chicago where he worked for another landmark restaurant, Printer’s Row, and again, Charlie Trotter’s.
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