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Review of OAKLEY'S Bistro

OAKLEY'S Bistro
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Ranked #83 of 2,366 Restaurants in Indianapolis
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.
Miami, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Love it!!!!”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

We have gone to the MotoGP races (from Miami, FL) in August for the last four years. We make it a point to drive North and have dinner at least one while there. Excellent food and great services.

  • Visited August 2011
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English first
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Food!”
Reviewed June 4, 2012

Fantastic dinning experience. A culinary joy to experience with fresh ingredients and a daring flare. Try the pasta 'Fettuccini" with the chicken avocado meat balls. Fantastic!

  • Visited June 2012
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Indianapolis, IN
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A Gem of a Place”
Reviewed May 30, 2012

Steve Oakley continues to deliver some of the finest food in Indianapolis. Not only is the food marvelous in its preparation, but the presentation on the plate is truly a work of art. The restaurant has an acceptable wine list that is fairly reasonably priced. The folks there are also bring back some of the cocktails that were famous in the "earlier" days--maybe one of the best manhattans you will ever taste. If you are in town on tuesday night, check out the three-course pre-fixe menu for $30.

  • Visited April 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent upscale restaurant!”
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.

  • Visited February 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Superb”
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.

Visited April 2012
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