Nice views, good food
Took the out of town boss to dinner here. We had dinner on the early side and the restaurant was empty but for us which was a bit awkward, but at least quiet. The views were nice and the food unique and appetizing. The staff was personable, friendly and attentive.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food, wine, view
The sunny warm June weather brought out a lot of people wanting to dine in the sun, so the wait staff was stretched thin. That's why the service is rated only fair, but at other times we have had much more prompt service at this restaurant. The food was high quality, such as homemade pappardelle with brisket, dungeness spaghetti, or seared salmon. They have far more quality of wines by the glass than most restaurants, with a gas/preservation system. One of our Eastside favorites. Try the maple/pancetta popcorn appetizer!
6/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service were the best I have ever had there. Simply delicious. Our server was excellent too. Can't beat the view either!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pefect for summer dining
My friend took me here for my birthday. It was our first time here and won't be our last. Our waitress was great and had very good knowledge of the menu, especially the last minute changes. The fontina and duck bacon pizza is a must try, and scallops were cooked perfectly. All topped off with their flourless chocolate cake which satisfied this chocoholic.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful time eating on a Saturday night out on the deck, and the blankets they provided helped keep us extra warm. The service was excellent! Our server, Shelbyrae, was incredibly knowledgeable about the wine and food including the new foods items on the menu, enthusiastic, and we truly had a better dinner and night because of her fantastic service. The food was cooked perfectly, and I very much enjoyed the small bite options that they had, as well as being an extensive menu, without being overwhelming. Overall, a great place for you to enjoy any type of meal, any time of year.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
great view & great food
I booked the Bin for a work dinner for 8 people recently. I chose the location because it has a great view of Lake Washington, great service, and good food. We shared some appetizers, most notably the bacon popcorn, and everyone was happy with the food.
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a terrific experience at bin on the lake celebrating a significant birthday. The new chef creates delicious dishes that use only fresh ingredients and are a delight to the eye as well. They even have their own Italian bees on the roof and use the honey in signature dishes and drinks. The service was excellent, the General Manager very attentive, and the entire experience showcased by the fabulous lake view. Highly recommend!
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Some servings sizes were small,
Some servings sizes were small, so be sure to ask your server about size. One app was missing the fig jam. Service was a little slow, but overall experience was nice. Food was very tasty and atmosphere was awesome.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food & view
Fantastic food! I could eat the beet salad every day!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great wine list, knowledgeable and attentive servers.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful dinner on a beautiful summer evening. The view was great. We had the Marcona almonds and a pizza for appetisers with our drinks. The drinks were generous and the snacks were delicious. The only snack that wasn't good was the Greek feta puffs or pops. Two of us had the filet steak which was tender and tasty. Normally, I don't eat steak anywhere but a steak house. I would put that filet up against any steak house.. I loved it. The women had the scallops which they really enjoyed.. All in all it was a wonderful meal. We plan to go there a lot in the future..
7/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Wonderful Surprise!
We tried the restaurant because we were staying at the hotel near by, and the friendly staff, delicious wines and food we loved drew us back again for the second night. I think the semifreddo dessert may have been the best dessert I've ever eaten. Not too sweet, perfect texture, amazing huckleberry sauce. I was pretty crazy about the salad with goat cheese, local strawberries and pinenuts too. Stephen loved his salmon. We would probably return to the hotel, just to dine at Bin again!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely birthday dinner
We had an early reservation and enjoyed a nice window seat overlooking the lake. Crostini, almonds & figs were good, halibut with creme fraiche, spring peas, pickled rhubarb and asparagus, and scallops with pureed beets and an arugula, mandarin orange and fennel salad were very good-to-excellent. Ricotta doughnut holes with huckleberry sauce made my Montana birthday girl very happy. Our server, Joel, was friendly, professional and unobtrusive. Bin offers 1, 3 and 6 ounce pours of around 1/3 of the bottles, kept fresh with Argon gassing. We enjoyed glasses of Cremant d'Alsace rose followed by a bottle of Petit Chablis, perfect with seafood. Overall, while pricier than my regular budget, this is a special occasion venue we will visit again.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was one of the nicest
This was one of the nicest dinners we've had. Every dish was excellent. The staff was exceptionally friendly and gracious. We were given plenty of time, it was quiet enough to talk easily (happy hour is until 6 and after 9, so a quiet dinner can be had between those times). Even on a rainy evening, the lakeside view was lovely. Really a memorable evening.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Expensive, but good
The overall experience was great. Except that during the reservation, I asked the for the waiter to have minimal interactions with us and I don't think that was communicated to him. He kept coming back and interrupting us all the time. It was overpriced.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine on the Water
Spectacular setting on Lake Washington. Elegant, relaxed ambience. Fine wines. Tasteful foods. Pricey but worth it.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
It has a very romantic feel
It has a very romantic feel to it! Plus the food was good!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Outdoor Dining
View was great. Service was very good. Food was good although I ordered the scallops and although I asked for them to be prepared medium well I thought they were under-cooked. Others in our party ordered the halibut and salmon which they enjoyed. I would definitely go back just would not order the scallops.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unusual and fabulous
Every dish the four of us tried was delicious and contained an unusual and wonderful touch. Best Brussel's sprouts EVER!!! We had them as an appetizer and the two guys who hate "little miseries" loved them too!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice experience
After reading the reviews - which went from excellent to poor, I was hesitant to book a meal here. I'm glad I took the chance & did. The service was friendly & responsive. Although we did have a main waiter, there were many wait staff on hand to make sure the plates were removed, water glasses were full, etc. The food: the duck was to die for. Cooked to order, flavorful, tender. The scallops and the steak dinners were excellent as well. The halibut and the crab spaghetti dinners were bland. A word of caution - we ordered vegetable plates for starters (asparagus, brussel sprouts, beets, etc). It was all good but your main course included a lot of vegetables, too. Since it was a birthday celebration we also ordered four desserts. Yum!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A lovely evening out
Shelby, our waitress was attentive, had lots of good suggestions and was patient with our needs. She even provided a lighter weight fork when our guest couldn not manage with the regular one. We treated a 97 yr old friend to a lovely evening out and she was delighted with the whole event. We were not rushed and our service was the best possible. The food was tasty and the service wonderful.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Patio dining with a view of the lake and boats and dock and Olympics, delicious food with lovely presentation. Only thing subtracting from ambience was the setting sun directly in our faces. The cucumber avocado chilled soup and the scallops are notable. Easy paid parking. We did not realize we could have had a validated ticket and wish we had been offered the chance for a validation. Definitely recommend.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful view. Great food.
We had dinner at 7pm on a Saturday night. The outdoor patio dining area was hopping, but we chose an inside window table for more privacy. The food was sensational (we had the duck and king salmon). The décor seemed alittle bit "used", but overall it was a lovely evening.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Limited menu, very good.
It was a Thursday, 6PM, but the place was busy -- especially the deck, as the weather was spectacular. The lake view and setting sun made for a gorgeous view. The food was very good, but with only one or two options per protein, and no vegetable sides (as indicated on the web menu), we were still a bit disappointed. Our server was OK, her assistant was great. We will likely return.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely dinner all the way
Lovely dinner all the way around. Food, service, ambiance all made for a very enjoyable meal.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday dinner at Bin on the Lake.
Great foood but..
Understaffed and if you use the Passport Card an automatic "Service Charge" is added at about 20% so you don't misscalcualte the tip.
Needs painting and clean up.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu is simple but very nicely executed. The service is thoughtful without being over done.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Someone really cares in the kitchen. Our salads and entrees were really excellent. Warm crunchy baguettes were delicious. Cocktail was amazing but expensive.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
As it was summer we ate outside and had a beautiful view and great weather. The food was good but not great. If we had been eating inside I'm not sure it would have been as nice.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
celebrating with friends
I had the Chef's Special - the duck leg with peach compote - and it was VERY good. The chips were awesome. Thank you.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Killer view at sunset.
Slightly below average on food quality for their price range (for example, not so complex sauces and untrimmed lamb with 1/2 the portion being fat).
Great service - night and day compared to downstairs.
The view... the view! Amazing sunset view of the lake.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
very nice presentation of
very nice presentation of entrees (1 steak, 1 duck breast); prepared as requested, unique menue, knowledgable friendly and proffessional server and staff. great evening to sit on the paito - nice experience.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic and Scenic Outdoor View
If you go, definitely request some order seating (if the weather permits) and try to get there before sunset, it's well worth. Cost is a little high, but the food is definitely up to snuff with a profound palette. Try the study of duck, it's delectable.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best steak ive ever eaten.....
Normally, I dont give reviews, but I want to make sure everyone knows about this restaurant. The food was absolutely amazing. The service was polite, personable, and incredibly efficient. The view of lake Washington at sunset was breathtaking. As far as price goes, its comparable to any other fine dining establishment like the palisades or grazies Italian ristorante, but the food is unbelievable. Best filet I've ever eaten, and believe me, I've eaten a lot(I'm a culinary graduate, former chef, and current butcher. If you have a few dollars to spend, spend them here. You won't be dissatisfied.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best food with personal service
All of our food was sooo good, that there were no leftovers! We all cleaned each of our plates and had desert that we really did not need but wanted just to extend the evening. Having the chef come to our table was a special treat on our first ever visit. It made us feel like honored guests and old friends. Yes, we will be back and may include a weekend stay at the hotel to savor the time spent there.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
christine's Birthday celebrations
I celebrated with friends and then with family. Both meals were great. Justyna was fun and pleasant. She brought a flour-less cake with a candle for the first dinner and provided an excellent complimentary flight of wine + a flour-less cake for the second dinner. Thank you very much.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
So lovely. The food and atmosphere was outstanding. A beautiful restaurant to celebrate anything.
The beet salad was to die for.
Our friends ahi tuna was perfection she said.
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice place for a birthday
The best part about our visit to Bin was the service. The food was good -- halibut better than salmon. Our kids enjoyed it as well.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bin on the Lake was just what
Bin on the Lake was just what we were looking for. Great food, excellent ambiance with Lake Views. Wine list was excellent and the wait staff was attentive and professional. It is a nice place to dine with an ecclectic menu , all without being too hoity- toity.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great way to celebrate a birthday!
I had a birthday dinner celebration there recently and it was wonderful! The food is innovative and delicious and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Will definitely be back to enjoy the experience again!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bin on the Lake
We had a great meal. The porkchop was fabulous. Salads were all good. Even though it was Restaurant Week, the service was outstanding. Great option on the 3 and 6 oz wine pours.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Trout was awesome. Tenderloin
Trout was awesome. Tenderloin as well. Soup was mediocre. Tottie appetizer was a bit disappointing . Our table was right next to the kitchen door, little noisy and busy.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated my boyfriend's birthday and our anniversary. The staff were extremely efficient, kind and friendly. Darrell was given a free glass of wine because it was his birthday. They were amazing. Wish I could go back real soon.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my husband to bin on the lake for his birthday. We had such excellent service and the food was incredible. Such creative combinations - really delightful. It was so nice to be able to order smaller glasses of wines to match each course. My husband loved the steak tartare starter and I enjoyed the seared ahi. Then we had salads - roasted beets with pistachio pesto for him and the lovely mixed greens with hazelnut crusted chevre for me. Entrees were the seared scallops and roast duck breast. The chef has a a very imaginative way of combining flavors and textures that really compliment each other. We really had a lovely evening.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food. Server was hard
Great food. Server was hard to understand and missed one entrée. When pointed out we declined to wait for it. They brought it anyway at no charge.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Thanksgiving Day meal,
Great Thanksgiving Day meal, wonderful view, prompt, friendly service.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Thanksgiving meal
Probably the best Thanksgiving dinner we've ever had. Absolutely delicious.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had the seared scallops and my wife had the duck breast. Both were very very good.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
I don't know who this chef
I don't know who this chef is but our meal was out of bounds. I am not a young person and have cooked for many years myself but found his dishes to be unique and flavorful. I started with the beet salad and finished with the Pork Chop (Oh, my!) while my friend had the starter of hazelnut and greens and concluded with the Beef Brisket. The only negative thing I would say is the beef brisket was not of ample quantity.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Has a great food menu at more than reasonable prices but the wine prices will keep me away.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM