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OAKLEYS bistro

4.8
4.8
2028 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

Welcome to OAKLEYS bistro where food is our passion and sharing it with our guests is our joy! To learn more about us, we encourage you to visit our website at www.oakleysbistro.com; better yet, we invite you to join us and experience for yourself that we love what we do and it shows! We’re honored with local and national recognition such as Indianapolis Monthly’s 2006 “Super Star” and 2005 “Restaurant of the Year” and Bon Appétit’s “hottest restaurant from coast to coast;” but, we most cherish the accolades from our guests. We look forward to welcoming you ~ Steven J. Oakley, Chef/Proprietor...

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Booked 29 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Contemporary French / American

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (317) 824-1231

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Steven J. Oakley

  • Catering

    Catering Options Available

  • Private party facilities

    Private Party Options Available, call for details

  • Private party contact

    Chris Hopkins: (317) 824-1231

  • Area

    NW Indy / Zionsville

  • Cross Street

    86th & Ditch Road

  • Parking Details

    Plenty of well-lit, up front parking is available as well as a ramped drop-off/pick-up curb.

  • Entertainment

    No live entertainment

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Rosemary Boule

    dijon butter

    • eachUSD 5.75
  • Shrimp Corndog "Beat Bobby Flay" Winner!

    bistro honey mustard

    • eachUSD 2.75
  • Bacon Wrapped Apricots

    tequila soaked apricots, hickory smoked bacon, jalapeño kumquat honey glaze

    • 6 PiecesUSD 9.75
  • Tulip Tree Trillium CheeseUSD 12.75

    baked to order, cherry ginger rosemary jam, marcona almonds, crispy lavosh

    • Chicken Cordon Bleu "Deviled Eggs"

      crispy swiss, ham, roasted chicken

      • (3)USD 9.75
    • Foie Gras MousseUSD 13.75

      sauterne cured, strawberry ginger jam, bingo spiced cashews, toasted country bread

      • Pineapple Teriyaki Brussel SproutsUSD 13.75

        scallions, smoked peanuts, celery, ramen crumble

        • Buffalo CauliflowerUSD 13.75

          celery, blue cheese, pickled carrots, garlic bread crumbs

          • Tennessee "Eggrolls"USD 11.75

            pulled pork, grits, jalapeño, cheddar, bourbon bbq "kale slaw"

            • Lobster WaffleUSD 15.75

              basil roasted garlic waffle, lobster, zucchini sauté, mustard cream, crispy leeks, tomato jam

              • Roasted Red Pepper HummusUSD 11.75

                red wine pickled feta, cucumber, tomato, olive, tzatziki, fried shishito pepper, pita

                • Prime Rib "Dumplings"USD 14.75

                  horseradish crème fraiche, bacon pico de gallo, queso fresco, housemade steak sauce

                  Soups & Salads

                  • Roasted Butternut Squash MapleUSD 8.75

                    three squash relish, fennel pepper whipped cream

                    • Bistro Soup of the DayUSD 8.75

                      seasonal ingredients

                      • Brussel Sprout "Cobb"USD 13.75

                        charred onion, delicata squash, smoked bacon, egg, tomato, apple, avocado mousse, manchego cheese, mustard shallot dressing

                        • Roasted BeetsUSD 13.75

                          red & gold beets, poached pear, pickled red onion, currants, smoked pecan granola, frisee, honey whipped feta cheese

                          • Baby RomaineUSD 13.75

                            sundried tomato, roasted butternut, shaved fennel, spiced walnuts, potato stix, cotija, calabrian chili buttermilk dressing

                            Entrées

                            • Stanley's MeatloafUSD 27.75

                              chile jam, whipped potato purée, broccoli, carrot, vermont white cheddar cheese, crispy vidalia onion

                              • Salmon FiletUSD 30.75

                                olive oil poached, chile sweet potato purée, shiitake mushroom rangoon, pomegranate molasses

                                • Beef Short RibUSD 33.75

                                  potato purée, mushroom ragout, blue cheese, potato latke, sundried tomato escabeche, red pepper coulis

                                  • Chicken & Pork Belly "Piccata"USD 31.75

                                    roasted garlic fregola, lemon chick pea fries, caper raisin agrodolce, charred broccolini

                                    • FettucciniUSD 20.75

                                      crushed tomato sauce, roasted garlic ricotta, pancetta

                                      • Wild Mushroom "Paella"USD 25.75

                                        kale, poached egg, saffron aioli, goat cheese, cauliflower, pickled celery root, delicata squash

                                        • TroutUSD 32.75

                                          butternut squash sage risotto, muffuletta relish, ratatouille vegetables, piquillo pepper purée, fig balsamic glaze

                                          • Duck & DuckUSD 35.75

                                            rosemary duck confit arancini, roasted grape & fennel relish, peach fresno chili gastrique, mustard crème fraiche

                                            Sides

                                            $8

                                            • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

                                              • Butternut Squash Risotto

                                                • Mac-N-Goat Cheese

                                                  Last updated: 2 February 2022

                                                  What 2,028 people are saying

                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                  4.8
                                                  4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                  • 4.8Food
                                                  • 4.6Service
                                                  • 4.6Ambience
                                                  • 4.4Value

                                                  NoiseModerate

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                                                  • Indianapolis

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                                                  1. DH

                                                    DonH

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 1 day ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Every time we travel through Indy we try to eat at Oakley's. They are closed Sunday and Monday's and seems as those are the days we are passing through . Last night was different...Sat at the bar and had a fabulous meal . One of our best eating out experiences in a long time. This is indeed a treasure . Unbelievable friendly service and Head chef Steve Oakley is always in the kitchen creating masterpieces . A 10 plus for the whole experience. Sharon and Don Hansen.

                                                  2. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Indiana

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Best restaurant in Indy

                                                  3. CM

                                                    ChrisM

                                                    Indiana

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Always love Oakleys, but they were off their game Saturday night. Waiter said they were short staffed. Still, service was decent. Food was not worth the money this night. Short ribs were dry and salty and meatloaf tasted left over. Appetizers were good though. Definitely not worthy $250 for 3 people.

                                                  4. B

                                                    Bugs

                                                    Indiana

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Good and service was amazing. This place never disappoints us. I got the short ribs and hubby got the duck. Incredibly delicious. Our younger kids came with with us this time and they enjoyed their meals as well. It’s always a boon to the parents when a nice restaurant that is on the higher end has something delicious/affordable for the kids. It makes it easier for parents like us to bring our kids with us. My kids loved it and asked to come back. We will definitely be back!

                                                  5. BJ

                                                    BJones

                                                    Indiana

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on 20 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    There was a large party of about 12 people celebrating a special event, but they were in the front & we were near the back, so it did not affect us much. It could have been quite a distraction, but we received the same excellent service & food as always. They were able to host a large, vivacious group without compromising the experience of others. The staff did a great job.

                                                  6. GV

                                                    GiselleV

                                                    Key West

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 20 May 2022

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Unexpected surprise while visiting Indianapolis. Congratulations

                                                  7. DS

                                                    DanS

                                                    Indiana

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    Dined on 20 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    One of our favorite dinner spots!

                                                  8. JC

                                                    JackC

                                                    Indiana

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 19 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Fantastic first visit. A little expensive but you're getting a very interesting meal with a lot of great ideas. Paul was an excellent server and we valued his recommendations.

                                                  9. c

                                                    cdjenks

                                                    Indiana

                                                    25 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    25 reviews

                                                    Dined on 18 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Had not been in the restaurant for a while and it was so good

                                                  10. J

                                                    Jackson

                                                    Indiana

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 18 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Everything was wonderful. The luncheon was for my friend’s birthday and she loved it. I think our favorite part was our waiter Paul. He was a blast and such good service!

                                                  11. C

                                                    Chris

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 18 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Oakleys is an amazing experience for any meal with exceptional service, a cozy setting and the best food Indy has to offer.

                                                  12. KY

                                                    KarenY

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 15 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Everything was perfection. Food was exceptional. Service was very efficient and personable.

                                                  13. TK

                                                    TomK

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 14 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The food and preparation is always excellent. I have been dining here since it opened and I have to say its my favorite restaurant in Indy.

                                                  14. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Indiana

                                                    31 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    31 reviews

                                                    Dined on 14 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Tried a new menu item Ricotta Dumplings it was great

                                                  15. c

                                                    cherylt

                                                    Salt Lake City

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                    overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                    Food was good, however, it was not evident on menu that most items were a-la-carte. My salmon piece was small for the hefty price and very "pickley" in taste. Menu was very limited.

                                                  16. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Indiana

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                    overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                    Really great food. Tried the trout, bacon wrapped apricots, Brussels and deviled eggs. Service was not bad at all. Food came out quickly.

                                                  17. MC

                                                    MichaelC

                                                    Orlando

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Special appetizer was frog legs, which were excellent with a New Zealand white wine. Entrees and desert were up to the usual great standard.

                                                  18. MM

                                                    MMlm

                                                    Naples

                                                    83 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    83 reviews

                                                    Dined on 12 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Used to live in town and this was one of our favorites. They did not disappoint. The wild mushroom paella was a great blend of flavors. My husband loved the daily special, beef tips.

                                                  19. DP

                                                    DaniP

                                                    Indiana

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    Dined on 12 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Always wonderful!

                                                  20. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 11 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Wanted to show a professional colleague a unique, top notch Indy restaurant. Chose Oakley’s and not disappointed. The Beat Bobby Flay corn dog was a great start, whet his appetite for more. Butternut squash maple soup was great follow up, and Stanley’s meatloaf Vince’s the deal. He was VERY impressed.

                                                  21. m

                                                    michaels

                                                    Indiana

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 11 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                    Great food. Very local favorite. Always pleased with our visit.

                                                  22. h

                                                    happy

                                                    Cleveland

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Food is always fantastic. Staff are friendly and attentive but not intrusive. Had a great night celebrating an anniversary.

                                                  23. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Chicago

                                                    13 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    13 reviews

                                                    Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                    overall4food4service2ambience5

                                                    One of our favorite spots but disappointed with our waiter. After ordering seven appetizers as a prelude to dinner and waiting 45 minutes, Waiter advised us he did not put in appetizer order until all food is ordered! Said this is normal procedure at Oakeys, which we had never experienced in the past. Our meal thus took 3 hours!

                                                  24. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Indiana

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on 3 May 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    It is ALWAYS great.

                                                  25. s

                                                    sgun73

                                                    Indiana

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We love this place because the food is always interesting and different and delicious. After dozens of visits we’ve never had less than an amazing dining experience. Great portion sizes too so you don’t leave uncomfortably stuffed.

                                                  26. F

                                                    Fred8

                                                    Indiana

                                                    24 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    24 reviews

                                                    Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Delicious and creative appetizers and entrees. The short ribs were outstanding. Highly recommend

                                                  27. BB

                                                    BobB

                                                    Indiana

                                                    90 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    90 reviews

                                                    Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                    In the top tier of finer dining places in Indiana. Great flavors and presentations

                                                  28. a

                                                    alvin1972

                                                    Indiana

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    One of our favorite restaurants in Indianapolis. Good food, comfortable atmosphere and attentive service

                                                  29. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Indiana

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Anniversary

                                                  30. R

                                                    Ricoop

                                                    Indiana

                                                    95 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    95 reviews

                                                    Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    My family dined here to celebrate my birthday. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food and drinks. The service was very good too. They even had a kids menu with food my grandsons enjoy. We always enjoy dining at Oakley’s.

                                                  31. BB

                                                    BarryB

                                                    Cincinnati

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The food was outstanding!!! Our server did a great job ensuring we had everything needed and the food was to our satisfaction!!! This place is great for a family outing or an intimate date!!!

                                                  32. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Indiana

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    Dined on 13 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Wonderful as always!!

                                                  33. L

                                                    Lyle

                                                    Indiana

                                                    17 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    17 reviews

                                                    Dined on 12 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                    Never had a bad experience at Oakley's, Food always innovative and delicious.

                                                  34. GF

                                                    GayleF

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 12 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Delightful , & food delicious , you made our day 😋

                                                  35. C

                                                    Carmel0424

                                                    Indiana

                                                    17 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    17 reviews

                                                    Dined on 9 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                    When we arrived the hostess was going to seat us in the back corner next to a bigger party and I inquired about getting seated elsewhere since there were several open tables. She was extremely rude, glared at me and reluctantly moved us to a different table. It was an unpleasant way to start the evening. But our waiter was fantastic, gave us some recommendations and our meal was outstanding. We started out with the prime rib dumplings, I had the salmon and my husband had the meatloaf. We finished it off with the whiskey cake . That was rather small and nothing special compared to the rest of our meal . We had not been to this restaurant in years. We will definitely be back and hope for a friendlier welcome next time !

                                                  36. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Indiana

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 8 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The restaurant was a small setting with an elegant ambiance. This is a wonderful place for date night. The service was excellent and the food was phenomenal. My husband had trout with a side of risotto. It was excellent as was my meatloaf and sides of potato purée and broccoli which was perfectly cooked. We had the Brussel sprouts as an appetizer. OMG! Delicious!!!!! The ladies walking out ahead of us told us to get the Brussel sprouts next time we came here and we said we got them this time. We all said they were the best we had ever had! Highly recommend this restaurant.

                                                  37. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Indiana

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    Dined on 8 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Food. Is. Amazing.

                                                  38. LT

                                                    LilliT

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 8 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great Food and Service! I took my grandfather here last week and we had the famous shrimp corn dog, Buffalo Cauliflower, Lavash/cheese (apps) , Beef Short Ribs (entree) Sorbet assortment and Dan's Chocolate Bar (desserts). Everything was brought out very fast considering their dining room was pretty full for dinner. Our server was very educated about the menu and suggested everything we ordered. We enjoyed everything about the whole experience. 10/10 would recommend to anyone that is into trying fun, beautiful and delicious food. We did not try any of the fun cocktails but will definitely be coming back!

                                                  39. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on 2 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    First time here and loved it! My wife and I now consider this place one of the hidden gems in Indianapolis. Would definitely recommend coming here for any date night or special occasion !

                                                  40. BG

                                                    BarryG

                                                    Indiana

                                                    25 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    25 reviews

                                                    Dined on 1 April 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Started with the bacon wrapped apricots. They were absolutely delicious. I had the meatloaf and my wife had the salmon. Both dishes were excellent. We finished the evening with chocolate cake and the expresso martini. All was very good. Our server was knowledgeable and efficient. Great evening

                                                  FAQs

                                                  OAKLEYS bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. OAKLEYS bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (317) 824-1231.

                                                  OAKLEYS bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 2028 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                  Booked 29 times today
                                                  Google Map for OAKLEYS bistro

                                                  1464 W 86th Street Indianapolis, IN 46260

                                                  Additional information

                                                  • Cross Street

                                                    86th & Ditch Road

                                                  • Area

                                                    NW Indy / Zionsville

                                                  • Hours of Operation

                                                    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                  • Cuisines

                                                    Contemporary American, American, Contemporary French / American

                                                  • Dining style

                                                    Casual Elegant

                                                  • Dress Code

                                                    Business Casual

                                                  • Parking Details

                                                    Plenty of well-lit, up front parking is available as well as a ramped drop-off/pick-up curb.

                                                  • Payment Options

                                                    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                  • Executive Chef

                                                    Steven J. Oakley

                                                  • Entertainment

                                                    No live entertainment

                                                  • Additional

                                                    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                  • Phone number

                                                    (317) 824-1231

                                                  • Catering

                                                    Catering Options Available

                                                  • Private party facilities

                                                    Private Party Options Available, call for details

                                                  • Private party contact

                                                    Chris Hopkins: (317) 824-1231

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