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“Very creative and tasty!”
Review of OAKLEY'S Bistro

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Ranked #84 of 2,363 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Price range: US$1 - US$34
Cuisines: American, French
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Washington
Cross street: 86th & Ditch Road
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.
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
“Very creative and tasty!”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

The food here is excellent and a bit expensive. This is a great place to go on a special occasion. I think that it is one of the best restaurants in Indianapolis.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“One of Indy's Top 5 Restaurants!”
Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

Oakley's is is one of the finest restaurants in Indianapolis. The quality of the food is terrific and the prices are reasonable. From Escargot to Salmon Paillard with morel mushrooms to Suckling Pig - this menu is first class! The wait staff is very knowledgable and attentive. We thought the quality of the cocktails were especially good as well. You will clearly need an advanced reservation.

Visited June 2014
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Everyone should experience Oakley's”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

You might not expect to find such an excellent experience in a strip mall, but that's the only surprise at Oakley's. The service, atmosphere, quality and originality of the food are consistently superb. Every visitor to Indy--and every local too--should take the opportunity to spend an evening at Oakley's. I recommend going with a group so you can have a chance to sample many dishes, because it's often difficult to choose only one or two items off the very creative menu.

Visited February 2014
Thank Lindsey B
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good food, nice atmosphere”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

Lots of fun and interesting menu items. Everything tastes great. We found more appetizers, small, and medium plates that we were interested in over the entrees so we ordered a lot and shared.

Visited May 2014
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Stormville, New York
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Seriously good food”
Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

We decided to eat here because we were intrigued by the menu items. It did not disappoint. The staff were friendly and efficient, the decor inviting and the food was sublime. The attention to detail and flavor were evident in every single mouthful of food. Worth seeking out!

Visited April 2014
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