About Bin 36
Chicago, IL 60661
Bin 36 is a casual, friendly and affordable spot where wine novices can enjoy over 50 wines by the glass. Learning about wine does not have to be complicated! BIN 36's staff is enthusiastically prepared to offer people a great environment to learn and enjoy great food and fantastic wine. Open for lunch & dinner 6 days a week!
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, American
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Closed
Between W Lake and W Randolph
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking and street parking available.
- CTA El: Clinton Pink Line/Green Line
- CTA Bus #56 Northbound on Jefferson, Southbound on Desplains
- Metra: Ogilvie Station is 2 blocks away
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Ongoing series of classes on a monthly basis around wine, cheese, and food! Our private dining room and out door patio is the perfect place to host your next event. We welcome any event from 15 to 250.
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BIN 36 offers seated dinners, cocktail receptions, networking events, holiday parties and a variety of social events. We can accommodate groups from 10 to 250 guests. We also offer a variety of fun activities, such as wine tastings, blending events, wine and cheese pairings and mixology classes.
Bin 36 Ratings and Reviews
The good: Love their wine! I've been to Bin 36 multiple times. They have a great wine list, including wine flights that are fantastic. They do some fun pairings with their cheeses (and salami, if you're a meat eater) as well.
Other: The regular food menu is pretty small, and the vegetarian options are minimal. My understanding is that the meat options are truly fantastic, though; both of my friends ordered a steak dish over (I think) cauliflower and said it was excellent. Also, this new location in the West Loop is much darker inside than their old location.
Note: not from this visit, but -- they have a good outdoor patio as well, which is is pleasant and fun when the weather is better.
Can't speak more highly of this place! Been here a few times now and have been wow'd each time! Juan has taken care of us twice now and is superb! The menu is fresh and modern, tastes are excellent! Portions are better than expected. And you absolutely get more than you pay for. We always look forward to coming here.
Honestly, this was the best dining experience that I have EVER had in the city of Chicago. The food and wine setup were extremely enjoyable and both the owner and head chef are extremely delightful people! We will be back soon and with more people. Thank you, again.
Bin 36 is a great place to talk in a warm and inviting ambiance where you really feel like you can nestle in as a guest. We shared the roast duck last night as our entree, preceded by the scallops appetizer. Both prepared perfectly and paired with wines from their vast selection of wines by the glass.
Enjoyeable. Went before the Opera. Small plates so you can have choise of food but not be to full to enjoy a 3 hour opera. The lamb shoulder was great. The mushrooms quite taste. Picked a couple of small pours pf wine spanish wines both outstanding. The wines are so well organized. You can become an 3xpert after a few visits
Dinner tab was $149.00 and we left very hungry. Wine was nice, but food was way overpriced, not especially tasty, and miniature portions. I would not return unless it were just for a glass of wine.
And my husband now informs me that he does not wish to ever return because both glasses of wine he had were inferior.
This was a disappointing experience from beginning to end. Starting with a clueless hostess, to a server who was rarely seen and did not bother to explain any of the wines, and ending with a bill that contained items we never received. The food is very mediocre (the only good dish was the side of french fries) and the portions are tiny.
We used to go to the old location all the time. There are 8 of us and we loved the big, open feeling of the restaurant, the well-priced wine flights and the abundance of food found on the cheese plates. Sadly, the new location changes the ambiance and the food, while delicious, was not nearly as filling. We order the Chef's cheese plate and expected the usual - large, thick slices of cheese, a full apples worth of apple slices, a pile of nuts and a bunch of bread. What we received was everything on a much smaller scale. Again, delicious but disappointing. We also got a bunch of small plates and a salumi flight, not to mention multiple wine flights. The server was great, the wine was great, the food was delish but it just wasn't the same.
The space was large and airy, which I'm sure is lovely in the summer, but was quite chilly with the 0 degree weather outside. We were sat promptly despite arriving a few minutes before our reservation time. Food portions were a little small for the prices being charged, although the wine flights were delicious and worth the cost. Our server was friendly and helpful.
This is one of my favorite places in Chicago and I dine out for work and with family all the time. Great wine, amazing food, wonderful service and the owner is one of the best humans on the planet. He will surely come say hello, share conversation and make you feel at home.
I won a gift card to BIN 36 and decided to take one of my girlfriends with me for dinner. We had a good experience and would definitely go back again. The waiter greeted me promptly after I was seated and did a good job of explaining the menu. I had the sweet wine flight and my friend ordered one of the white wine flights. We ordered the squash and Brussel sprouts which were both very good. Our main meal was the salmon and the flank steak, and the hamburger. The steak was not cooked as well as we would have liked, but everything else was good. It would be great if there were more food options to choose from due to the fact that many people may be coming for dinner and not just a wine tasting.
Everything was great except for the food. I came here for a business lunch and was embarrassed for picking the place.
I ordered a steak sandwich and a side of brussels sprouts while my guest ordered the burger. Both orders came with fries which were highly undercooked: they were still yellow and had absolutely no crisp. The steak sandwich was cold and the bread was not even toasted (or had been toasted many hours prior to serving). Furthermore, the sprouts were deep fried and completely soaked in oil. So much oil to the point where the sprouts were soggy and sitting in a large puddle of oil on the serving plate. To make things worse, they were served cold so I think, as with the other food, there was probably a long time between when they were cooked and served.
Not what I had expected from such a location, I'm very disappointed especially since I live in the neighborhood.
To say it was a disappointing Thanksgiving dinner experience is a bit understated.
Did not feel welcomed when we entered even though had made a reservation days in advance. Seated right by the door even with other tables available. Waited 10 minutes to be acknowledged by the waitstaff.
Honestly should have left, as nothing following made the above tolerable.
We had reviewed the pre fixe menu so we knew what we were ordering.
Best dish was the cauliflower soup even at room temperature.
The turkey dish including the sides were cold and I have seen better presentations at cafeterias.
The prime rib was ok but again presentation and cold food.
It was too late to turn back eat what we could and move on.
Desert well, pumpkin pie had an off taste and the pecan pastry seemed right out of the fridge,
Lastly, the pours for the wine pairings were not much more than a shot glass,
This may be a good place at other times but doing thanksgiving is not a strength.
At least we did not get sick
I have only positive things to say about Bin 36: I had been to the old location in River North years ago, but the West Loop ambiance is even better. The service was great, the wine flights are fun, the food is delicious, and the owner is very friendly and has so much knowledge to share (if you want him to!)... The dessert flight is truly amazing. We had a perfect night!!!
Went went my wife for our wedding anniversary. Service and staff were excellent, attentive, and had great meal suggestions. Couldn't have had a better experience. Ambiance was great, drink selection was a plus. Would suggest Bin 36 to anyone for any occasion.
A very disappointing brunch. the restaurants opened at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday and we arrived at 10:30 and were the first customers. They were not ready for customers. We order the beignets and were told that they would not be ready for a long while. So we went ahead and ordered our meal and told them we would order beignets after the meal if we were still hungry. Two of us ordered "Lemon and Ricotta Pancakes Blueberry compote, whipped mascarpone"). I ordered one egg over easy. When our pancakes arrived the plates were cold - not a major problem but it is nice to serve hot food on warm plates. The pancakes were large with 3 very small dollops of lemon mascarpone and about 10 fresh blueberries (not a compote as we expected!) The whole dish was very dry so I asked for some of the lemon sauce that the pancakes were served with in the past, but they said they did not have any and gave us some warm maple syrup instead. The over easy egg was hard and cold - perhaps because of the cold plate it was served on. A desultory meal at best. They did bring us 3 beignets at the end of our meal but as none of us as finished our meals we did not really need the beignets but we tasted them as they were offering the beignets to us free of charge. They were disappointing too. They were more like the hush puppies you get at Long John Silver than beignets which are supposed to be light and airy. And they were heavily coated in cinnamon - not what we had hoped for. We did not eat them. In addition to the problems with our meal and the service, we found the menu very limited. On our previous morning in Chicago we had had brunch at The Kitchen on Clarke Street and found the food and service there to be excellent. We had also enjoyed breakfast at Grand Lux - again excellent. We will not be returning to Bin 36.
This was a great place to celebrate our two runners after the Chicago marathon. The menu had something to offer everyone. The french fries are DELICIOUS! Everyone loved their meals, and we had some picky people with us. The space is very nicely decorated. Great outdoor space also. They have a private area also. The staff was excellent. Nothing bad to say about this place.
Best brussel sprouts in the city!
Bin 36 is a bit far from my office but worth the long walk or short cab ride. The brussel sprouts appetizer is to die for and great for sharing among 2-3 people. I also enjoy receiving the e-mails about their daily (Monday through Friday) $8 lunch specials, which are a great value and always seem to offer an interesting variety from week to week. Overall, great food and great service and I can't recall a dining experience at Bin 36 where I left feeling disappointed.
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