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“Excellent upscale restaurant!”
Review of OAKLEY'S Bistro

OAKLEY'S Bistro
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Ranked #61 of 2,453 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $34
Cuisines: American, French
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: 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.
Reviewed May 28, 2012

I've been going to Oakley's once or twice a year for many years. It is expensive, but never fails to please. The food and service are always first rate.

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Reviewed May 24, 2012

Top rated chef with experience at high end restaurants like Charlie Trotter's in Chicago brings his own style of sustainable cuisine to the Indianapolis market and is a standout. Lovely somewhat formal setting in a fairly small dining room makes feels intimate and stylish - not what you'd expect from a restaurant located in a strip mall.

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Reviewed May 3, 2012

What a lovely dinner. Large square table to accommodate 11 people. Every course was wonderful.

Thank Marsha C
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

Indianapolis doesn't offer that many options when you're looking for a bit of sophistication beyond pizza, barbecue and steaks. Oakley´s Bistro comes as a good surprise. We usually have the entrée du jour - mostly fish - and were never disappointed so far. The portions aren't large but sufficient. The service is efficient.
They lack entrées for kids, so it´s not really a place for family dinner. There is a small terrace if you don't mind looking at the parking lot.
For an starter, entrée, 2 glasses of wine and a small dessert, you'll pay about $60-65 incl. taxes and service.

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Thank guy_wolff
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

We have been to this restaurant several times and are never disappointed. The service, food, atmosphere are all great. I'd say what we had to eat but we've never had anything bad. Eat here! Plus the location is great, just a few blocks from Trader Joe's and across the street from Half-Price Books.

Thank Marishka_D
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