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
103 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (80)fit for foodies (53)good for groups (38)special occasion (36)neighborhood gem (24)great for lunch (21)romantic (20)late-night find (15)vibrant bar scene (15)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (3)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    JimG
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Been going here every year for 15 years. They removed the white table cloths and you eat at Formica tables. Leather upholstery in booth was worn out. Main course entree offering was greatly reduced to a choice between 5. You should not have top ask the waiter for bread and butter. Everything has been cut back except for the prices. On the other hand, the food was hot and tasty. I am not going back until I hear that ownership really wants to be in the restaurant business for the long haul.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice, but nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The wine flights and cheese flights were reasonably priced but there was nothing special about it. The waitress was friendly but wasn't the most attentive and didn't offer suggestions. We had made comments about how many choices there were on both the wine flights and the cheese flights but she did not offer any opinions or suggestions. It was not a bad experience by any means, but it wasn't a place I would go again either.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun night!
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went here to celebrate my husband's and sister's birthday. The food was great and the selection of wines was impressive. We were a little disappointed in the service as our waitress was not the friendliest and seemed to have way to many tables. The atmosphere was fun and the noise level was energetic but not so loud that you couldn't hear your table conversation. The only other interesting thing was that the space was expansive but they had the tables really close together. But overall, we would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommended
    vinedogg
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The wine list is spectacular and they offer chest flights to pair with any wine preference. This combination of wine and cheese is reason alone to dine at Bin 36. However, it’s the service and the sommelier that make the Bin 36 experience truly magical.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cheese flights
    luv2dineout
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    What a great way to begin the dining experience - with a cheese flight! Since it was our first time there, we tried the virgin flight...and now we want to go back and be bolder with our choice! The food was very good and our waiter was very knowledgeable! It was a good experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LovelyLunchVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Another great lunch. The $5 burger was thick, juicy, and cooked to perfection. I will miss these lunch specials!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly Excellent
    Josh
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I chose Bin 36 for a business dinner, and after looking at the menu was feeling a bit underwhelmed. Once seated in a booth, this feeling was not reversed: the upholstery was cracked and clearly in need of replacement. Things got better, though: the wine selection is outstanding, and the server was incredibly knowledgeable about all of the many wines on offer. We ordered a cheese flight, which was quite good. The real upside was that the entrees were fantastic; everyone in our party was delighted with their meal. Other than the decor, which is in desperate need of a revamp, Bin 36 was great and, given its proximity to my work, I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad service
    cardmdVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Sommelier was great, and bus boy kept our water full. It ends there. Our waitress was rude, unfriendly, poor service, never smiled. We both felt uncomfortable. Has to be worst waitress in city. Not to mention looked unkempt. Won't come back
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good value.
    Janie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Used a Groupon coupon, good value, would have liked to have chose something other than an entree. Our server made us feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Amazing
    EricVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Bin 36 is a perfect restaurant for business dinners or romantic dates. The entire evening is spent talking about the wine, the cheese, the meats, and the dinner itself providing hours of enjoyment. This was my fourth or fifth time visiting here (I live in Philadelphia PA) and each time has been perfect. This time my colleagues from Germany, the UK, and Boston all enjoyed the evening and were extremely happy with the meal. We ordered wine flights, cheese flights, the Chef's meat plate and olives as appetizers and then followed that with four small plates for dinner which were all fantastic. I cannot say enough good things about Bin 36 and am really hoping they somehow franchise the idea to bring it to other cities like NY, Philadelphia etc..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the lunch specials!
    LovelyLunchVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I had the Cuban Sandwich, which was delicious. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Wine List
    DonD
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    It is really good to try new wines. The food is good but the menu doesn't have to much from where to choose. If you want to have a good sandwich or salad and enjoy some wine this place will do the job
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    aldanat
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Our server Chris and all the staff made our evening very pleasant and memorable. Was a wonderful way to sample different cheeses and learn about wines. The olives were Devine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Winendine
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Bin 36 was great! I would highly recommend the Wine Flight along with the cheese flight. A very impressive and delicious assortment of both! Bin 36 makes a great place for groups or for just a dinner date. Service was very good as well and the waiter was very knowledgeable and a great help with recommendations. I did not feel rushed and that is another reason I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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