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Review of OAKLEY'S Bistro

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Ranked #84 of 2,363 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Price range: $1 - $34
Cuisines: American, French
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Restaurant details
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.
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Best Indy Has to Offer”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Wonderful, innovative and sophisticated food. The butternut squash soup is simply amazing! If you are fascinated by the dishes prepared on Top Chef, Oakley's will not disappoint.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank csthacker
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chris h, General Manager at OAKLEY'S Bistro, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
Thank you for the feedback. Steve does such a great job with food, he really puts his heart and soul into what he does and it's nice to hear back from our guests.
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English first
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good local gem”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Good service. Wonderful interesting menu items. I like the variety from small plates...we can pick and choose. There were also interesing large plate items. The butternut squash soup with ginger and jalepenos was awesome. The scallops were cooked perfectly. The homemade icecream - gelato sampler for desert was just right. Wonderful service. Our waitress was very good.

  • Visited October 2012
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Leesburg, Virginia
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Excellent bistro food”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

We had dinner on a week night with our daughter and son-in-law. Overall our experience was very good, with exceptions as noted below.

Among the appetizers, the hard-boiled eggs were a real winner. The vaunted shrimp corn dogs were disappointing---small, dried-out shrimp inside flavorless cornmeal that was far too much for the size of the shrimp.

Entrees and desserts were uniformly very good.

Our biggest issue was with the waiter, who was humorless and pedantic in his food descriptions. More significantly, we were using this dinner for a discussion of some family financial issues, and he constantly interrupted our conversation to do things that didn't need to be done. He seemed oblivious to the fact that each time he came to the table, we ceased our conversation until he departed.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank chiefsimak
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“One of the Best in Indianapolis”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

I've been going to Oakley's Bistro since it first opened and have always had a wonderful meal. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, Steve Oakley does a super job in bringing freshness and slow food to Indianapolis with his unique blend of local fare with Continental flair. When you visit Indy, Oakley's is a must. The only reason I didn't give it an excellent rating is because their selection of alcohol is somewhat lacking, but the food and service are certainly worthy of an excellent rating.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank KarlZIII
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Best of Indy”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

Chef Oakley and his team are amazing from start to finish. Wish I could eat there every day of the week!

Visited April 2012
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