Bin 36
Bin 36

Bin 36

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bin36.com/
  • Phone: 3127559463x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon-Thurs: 6:30am - 12:00am, Fri 6:30am - 2:00am, Sat 7:00am - 2:00am, Sun 7:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: William Hewitt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: BIN 36 can accommodate 10 to 400 people.
    Wine Tastings and classes
    Blending Events
    Corporate & private reception and dinner parties
    Great team building ideas
    Wedding receptions and bat mitzvahs
    Bachelorette and surprise parties
    Casino nights & lots of other fun things!
  • Private Party Contact: Elizabeth Bolger 3123270459x
  • Special Events: Ongoing series of classes on a monthly basis around wine, cheese, and food!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kinzie
  • Public Transit: State/Lake
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Bin 36
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 wine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Bin 36 reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (74)fit for foodies (47)good for groups (35)special occasion (32)romantic (23)great for lunch (21)neighborhood gem (19)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (11)hot spot (8)scenic view (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Lunch Specials!
    Bin36RegularVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Fantastic Lunch Specials for those of us that need a quick, delicious & reasonably priced lunch with great service. Thank you for offering the delicious specials for offices near by! For the couple that left because they thought it was too fancy for lunch, they should have taken a moment to look around and see that everyone was thoroughly enjoying their meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marc
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Good food, good wine list, good cheese selection but very poor service and noise level is unacceptable. It was almost impossible to carry on a conversation without having to yell.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what it once was.
    EatChicago
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The apps were good, as was the wine, but the selection of entrees was extremely limited, as the service was exceedingly slow and inattentive. So sad. I used to love this place for its food and service as much as for its wine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine, food and fun
    Wendy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The focus at Bin is the wine, but there's something for everyone here. They have a limited food menu, but again, enough options to fit every taste and budget. Their servers are well trained and can make recommendations if you need/want. I always recommend trying one of their wine flights, you get to sample wines that you otherwise would probably never try. I brought a group of out of town colleagues to Bin and the service was terrific, the food was wonder and everyone enjoyed the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great burger, lackadaisical service
    TheDarkKnight
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Took a date here on a Thursday night to wind down an evening after a show at the House of Blues. Let me say that the layout is excellent and the food is great! Loved it all. However, the hostess seemed like she didn't want to be there and the bussers were just all over our table. Every time I wanted to engage this young lady I was with in conversation, another staff member was there. Now, I love attentive service but this became slightly intrusive. I could be because it was slow that night or whatever, but I would really recommend this place, maybe not for a first date.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique
    Sisu
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Unique and appealing approach to wine and cheese offerings, reasonable prices, generous pours. Upstairs not a great place if you want to hear or be heard. Atmosphere more geared to millenials. Maybe better if you dine in the cellar but it was closed when we were there. Annoyed that we were not informed about this when they called to confirm our reservation. But would definitely recommend and would visit again because of the cheese and wine selections and excellent service from knowledgeable and friendly wait staff. Great location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Missed the Mark
    LovelyLunchVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This week I ordered the lunch special which was a burger, and it was totally overcooked. I ordered medium, and it came very well done. This would have been somewhat understandable had they been busy, however; there were only 3-4 tables at the time. I do not like well done meat, and since I was on lunch I didn't have time to send it back. The manager was very apologetic and offered me a complimentary one on my next visit. I am a regular and will definitely be back; this was just a bit disappointing. (I also had the black bean soup, though, and it was great!) ;-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Weight staff were blasé, and could have cared less about the service and the timing for the meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great way to experiment
    Clevendboy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Bin 36 has an extensive by the glass wine list, including wine flights, and a vast cheese selection also done in flights/groups. Servers are very knowledgeable and guide you through picking great pairings. Tapas-style menu enables sampling and sharing, and would be great for groups or foodies that want to explore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great good and wine choices
    Cath
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    we chose this place because my companions had been here before when in town and loved it. I can see why. a great place to try and share a good range of foods and wine, and the wine flights and cheese flights work well for groups also. a perfect place for our catch up.. we were there in a quiet Monday night and received excellent service. a great night out for our week's stay in Chicago
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roberto
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. The wine pairings are a special feature of the restaurant and is the selection of cheeses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The true City Enoteca
    4foodwilltravel
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is a great spot, excellent ambiance and a very unique offering of wine varietals, excellent cheeses and great appetizers. The lamb meatballs are incredible, and the wine/cheese choice/description menu is very ingenuous. An excellent place to unwind, enjoy a good wine (without taking a senseless hit on your wallet), and simply chill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Variety in taste and drink
    GoodGenetics
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nice open industrial yet chic atmosphere with super wine selections and an awesome variety in tapas. The menu is very busy and intimidating, but giving them freedom to assist you will pay off in dividends. My pallet and mind exploded with a fun little flavor adventure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful...
    pkeenanVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a great meal here tonight. Our server was well versed with not only the menu but the pairing which I think they pride themselves on. I'm an out of towner now but when I lived in Chicago I would come her to learn. Do yourself a favor and have a sit down. Well worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good yet....
    Greenwood
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have really liked this place in the past, except for the noise. The wines are stellar, great choices, with flights so you can try different wines. The cheeses are melt in your mouth good. The food choices are just okay. If you want to try different wines and have small plate apps, I would recommend Bin 36. The six people I took there enjoyed it. I thought the food could be better. A table clearer spilled a glass of water and a glass of wine, acceptable response to clean up, but they didn't offer my guest another glass of wine. Not acceptable. Still wish they had kept their outdoor space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bin 36
    Estee21
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Nice atmosphere, but fairly noisy space. Great wine and cheese selection. Good selection of small plates and things to share.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flights of Fancy
    Where2Next
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We enjoyed the cheese and wine flights and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine Bar
    pafishing
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This restaurant is a good wine and cheese bar. The selection of wines was good but fairly young in age. Nothing on the menu older than four years which seemed a bit odd for a restaurant specializing in wine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat a $5 lunch special!
    LovelyLunchVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Bin 36 is right across the street from my office, so it's very convenient for a quick lunch. And the weekly $5 specials are GREAT! This is also my Go to place for a nice, reasonably priced bottle of wine for a special occasion. I love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FT45VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We enjoy Bin 36 every time we visit Chicago. The wine selection is amazing and the food is excellent. We had a variety of wines, appetizers and cheese and loved everything. Service is great too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love this place
    yay4wine
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I always have great service when I dine or drink here. Jimmy the bartender/mixologist is the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to learn about wine
    JoevVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    A definite place to add to your list. Every wonder what a wine library would feel or look like to you? This is the place-knowledgeable wait staff and a great way to experience wine/cheese pairings. The Wine flights are fun the way they walk you through your selections-add to your list of places to go soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Wine variety and reasonable prices is the main attraction. Food simple but good and again reasonably priced. Room is a little lacking in atmosphere
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very good food, and EXCELLENT service. Only reason Bin 36 did not get 5 starts is that the ambience is good, not outstanding. I'd go back again, and recommend to anyone looking for good food and wine, and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service and Wine List Excel!
    SassyChicagoanVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    No one can beat these waiters and bartenders for being knowledgable about wine and cheese (and the rest of the menu). You are in great hands here. We usually go to the bar, but for this special occasion decided guaranteeing a table by getting a reservation would be better. The two of us were seated at a small table for two in a mostly empty restaurant (not so special) and there wasn't really enough room for our 2 flights of wine, our meals and our cheese flight. Meg, the waitress, was incredibly helpful and made great suggestions regarding the wine and food. The experience was great but I should have demanded a better table as that really took away from the overall experience and didn't have to.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible food and service
    OperataVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    What ever happen here? service is simply the worst, food is at best mediocre (and very greasy - the bread was not fresh, pates were less than ordinary), wine is cheap (stuff you find for 5 to 7 dollars a bottle). The hostess cannot even distribute menus...the waitress gave us someone else's wine, took if back, and then return it to our table to say it was on the house..the chairs are very uncomfortable. They need a chef and training, lots of training. they are on their way out of business.
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  • Disappointing Service
    SammyVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Normally an excellent restaurant but our last dining experience was disappointing due to exceptionally poor service. There is never a good explanation for having to ask three times for beverage service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good wine and cheese bar
    Adam
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Good food and drinks with excellent variety. I would like to see it when it is full, but I went with a group and we all had good food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner and breakfast!
    Penny
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Superb experience. Had to change the number of diners at the last minute, and that was done cheerfully. Service was perfect.....informative, friendly and non-intrusive. Wine flights were fun and interesting. Food was very good, everyone was pleased with their choices. We had 3 or 4 desserts and shared around the table and loved them all! Additionally, due to the proximity to our hotel, we stopped and for breakfast the following morning and had an equally satisfying experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    CandyBAVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The food was not good. We ordered a lobster sandwich and got a lobster?salad that tasted like herbs/spices in mayonnaise on white bread toast with a strip of undercooked bacon.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wine & cheese?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I visit every time I come to Chicago. I truly enjoy the flights and cheese and wine. Creative concept and fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    lnan
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our party picked this restaurant due to its proximity to our event. The food was fantastic. We had oysters and mussles. For our entree we had burgers and they were cooked to perfection. I would highly recommend this place. Wish I lived closer so it would be easier to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but menu is a nightmare
    Popcornone
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The menu is just so confusing to look at. Took an age to decide what to have. In the end chose a burger which was good. Could be so much better. Make simpler and it would be better by 100%
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great!
    Kris
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Went there for the wine flights, but had bad service and the wine wasn't that great. I liked one out of the four that I received. Also wish the server talked to us about the wines we choose. I would not reccomend.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sorry, not a good experience
    gardenangel
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    From the moment we approached the entrance, I knew it was going to be bad. The glass doors had thousands of fingerprints on them; couldn't possibly have been washed in more than a week. The entrance was also poorly maintained; chipped plaster, chipped paint, scuffed baseboards, etc. When a restaurant maintains the physical space so poorly, I don't even want to know what the kitchen looks like. The ambience of the restaurant was poor as well, bare floors, bare tables, bare chairs, no fabric anywhere, no color. Fortunately, there were only a few occupied tables so noise wasn't a problem. Staff was indifferent. Sorry, but it was bad in every way.
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  • Great pre-concert dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I met three friends here for dinner before a House of Blues event. The location can't be beat for that. We had appetizers, dinner, and wine. The wine was very good. We had a cheese flight, which we really enjoyed, although sharing among four, it's really just a small taste of everything. Chicken was outstanding. Our waitress may have been new. She didn't seem to know the cheese or wine very well and brought two people's salads with two other people's dinners, so two of us were just getting started while two others were finishing.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1305 reviews are from the Bin 36 reviews archive.
  • Madame
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I went for lunch with girlfriends and had the hummus with pita chips which was outstanding. Our waitress was very attentive and personable. It was overall an outstanding experience. Loved the French pinot noir. I would love to return in the evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Motown Pe Party
    Mookie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food and service were great. Sitting on top of other patrons for a romantic meal...not so great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and extensive wine list
    Bettiboop
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great place for pre or post theater dining. Extensive wine list and excellent suggested pairings for each menu item. Flights offer opportunity for trying new wines. Limited number of entrees but our selections were awesome in both taste and presentation. I had the trout and my husband had the pork - both excellent. The wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced and overrated
    chicagonewbiesVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food quality was poor, not anywhere close to what we expected. Blue cheese was old and moldy where it should not be, and other semi-soft ones seemed over-ripe and old. House smoked salmon had no flavor and home-made pastries tasted like store-bought. Servers talked over the food (not very sanitary at all!) and did not even seem to realize how bad that was. Went there because of some good reviews and found the place to be overpriced and overrated.
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