Bin on the Lake

4.4
1194 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
At bin on the lake, cuisine is never an afterthought. We believe that something extraordinary happens when food and spirits are skillfully paired, amplifying the unique flavors of each. bin on the lake's cuisine highlights locally-sourced ingredients that capture bright, seasonal tastes of the Northwest. Known for our exceptional wine list, we have over 40 wines by the glass in 1, 3 and 6 oz. pours, in addition to refreshing signature cocktail offerings. Best of all, bin on the lake is a relaxed and stylish wine bar that serves Happy Hour from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Located at the heart of Carillon Point on the shores of Lake Washington, our passion for serving good food and great wine is matched only by the view!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest, American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Restaurant:
Monday-Sunday 5 PM - 9PM

Bar:
Monday-Sunday 4 PM - 9PM

Happy Hour - Featuring Bar Bites, Wines, Signature Cocktails
Monday-Sunday 4 PM-6 PM
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Phone number
(425) 803-5595
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Matt Steffen
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Private party facilities
Bin on the Lake is a warm and welcoming restaurant and bar located on the shores of Lake Washington. With views of Lake Washington and the Olympic Mountains, Bin on the Lake offers Northwestern cuisine with Mediterranean influence in a lively, social atmosphere.

Our dining room is versatile and able to accommodate groups of varying sizes. The a la carte dinner menu is available for groups of up to 16 people. Prix Fixe menu packages are also available for groups of 16-30.

The semi-private dining space is divided into 3 sections. Rows of sheer curtains can be drawn to provide a more intimate dining space for groups.

Menu packets can be viewed at www.binonthelake.com/menus
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Private party contact
Todd Leggett: (425) 739-6372
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lake Washington Blvd.
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Parking details
Choice of self parking with 1 1/2 hours of validation or valet service is available for a $5.00 charge.
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Entertainment
Our beautiful “semi-private event space” has a stunning view of Lake Washington. We offer custom prefix menu options for parties of 13-40 guests beautifully paired with wines.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1194 People Are Saying
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j
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best locations anywhere...wonderful ambiance, Service by Nicole was awesome, food was excellent and overall experience was incredible...

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RF
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Servier forgot to order one of the dishes and never checked in during the meal
Food portions were too small and overpriced
Desert was dry and tasteless

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L
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Used to be my favorite spot to go for a nice meal. Through the years the quality has been declining. Very disappointed. Not worth the money anymore.

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J
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food was terrific, the service was attentive and the sunset view was beautiful!

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FS
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sarah is a wonderful waitress, very professional and caring person. My wife and I always enjoy our time at the Bin.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Great lake view and friendly server. The food was average though.

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely location on the lake. Wonderful fresh seafood. Heaters on the deck to take off the chill. Great experience!

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TH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had another memorable meal on our anniversary. The chef accommodated my celiac easily and the food was delicious. Watching the lake was dreamy - we would have even outside but for the smoke from forest fires.

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KW
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Started with a very nice cheese and charcuterie plate. The seafood risotto was excellent. But the filet was disappointing. While cooked to order, the sauce was overwhelming and almost made the steak inedible. Why order a filet if you cannot enjoy the quality of the meat? We'll probably go back eventually, but we will not order a steak again - especially one with a sauce.

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty. Limited menu, but eclectic. Price is fair for the quality and quantity. I would go back. Great outdoor seating overlooking Lake Washington.

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SW
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food and the view were fantastic. Unfortunately the service was very very slow.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Ok. Food was good. View was good. Not worth traveling from Bellevue. Booked reservation on my birthday with a note it was my birthday. Was not special but good.

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TC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for celebrating my husband's and my birthday. The waiter seated us by a waterfront view, and the view was breathtaking. The waiter was so kind and friendly. My family had a wonderful time, and will definitely come over again for another special occasion.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent!

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R
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful - very knowledgeable waitstaff.
The local wine recommendations were spot on as were the cheese selections.

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MW
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation included request for window seating, and were able to choose indoor or patio table. With the nice warm weather spent dinner relaxing watching the boating traffic and sunset. Excellent drinks, wine entrees and dessert. A perfect location/view with service and food to match.

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ST
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a beautiful dinner last Friday night with oysters, a fabulous crab salad and sea Bass. Our waiter made sure our wine was nice and cold since it was about 88 degrees and we sat on the deck. Everything was wonderful. Thank you! We'll be back.

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d
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wish you would have ordered umbrellas for outside that tilt--was too warm to sit outside without that.
And it was very noisy at the end of the restaurant; glad when the table of 8 left~

Your new chef is wonderful!

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D
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Not as good as it used to be. 3 tables had table cloths, the rest just bare ugly brown tables. For the prices on the menu it was more like a cheap cafe. Service was very slow and restaurant had only a few tables occupied.

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both truly loved the way we were greeted & treated here. It was just the two of us, but it looked like a great place for groups as well and their view is Amazing! The server knew the hard details of the menu options and the food was delicious. Can't wait to return soon!

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KK
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful sunny day in Washington. Enjoyed eating on the patio. Lots of people ate outside.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Bartender was out so service was slow

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EL
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful Father's day dinner with my two young sons. I appreciated that they put us in a small out-cove in the restaurant and the service was great. Jaimee was a our server and she was wonderful and engaging when we had questions. The food was excellent and well priced considering the location next to the water. This might be my new favorite restaurant.

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MP
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Having been here on other occasions, I was very disappointed by the service this time.

We arrived on time for our reservation and were told there was no deck seating available and were told they had no indication of this ask . The hostess was pleasant and offered deck seating if we could wait 15 minutes, which we did.

Upon being seated on the deck by the hostess, we have to wait between 5-10 minutes before any server came to our table (which was right next to the doorway between the deck and inside. When a server appeared, only one of us asked for a drink initially (an apple martini) and was given a confused look and the server finally agreed they could make it. We hadn't yet been offered water or provided with the drink / wine list (and still weren't by this server). We waited approximately 10 minutes before asking another passing server for water and the drink / wine list. After another 5-10 minutes without a server coming by (and never seeing server #1 again), we stopped server #2 in order to place a drink order. Immediately after server #2 was walking away, server #1 finally appeared with the initial drink ordered (15-20 minutes after ordering and 20-30 minutes after being seated). We had to have server #2 cancel the replacement first person drink order. After another 5-10 minutes the other 3 in the party (25-35 minutes after seating) had drinks arrive.

The service , both coverage and coordination was poor at best, and unacceptable at a place of this stature. (especially since I had been before and had very good service). There were at least two empty 2 person tables along the railing on the deck for 10-15 minutes while we waited for drinks, so it wasn't like the area was fully packed and overly busy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food and service were sub-par, I expected more. Everything was not bad but nothing was good either.

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MS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Would I recommend Bin to a friend? Yes, but only a friend with LOTS of money. Whew, is that place expensive!

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderfully relaxed evening. The staff was very nice and adjusted to our schedule. We would recommend this for sunset viewing.

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S
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent, but service was erratic and slow.
We sat on deck and I do not think restaurant was prepared with servers for that area, although there were 5-6 tables full of dinner guests. Menu somewhat limited, but was explained as transitioning to summer menu. Some wine selections were no longer available. Had to ask several times for salt and pepper for table.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Hard to beat the view. But, the service was average at best. Got mussels as appetizer. No spoons and two little plates to put the shells. Water was filled one time. Food was slow to come out and barely warm. Did I mention that water glasses were never top-offed... I expected much better...

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SM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good steak. Really good salmon. Really good muscles

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A
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FYI - they add a sur charge due to the Seattle $15/hr wage issue. Only problem, doesn't go to the wait staff.... What??? Shouldn't just go into a company kitty for the fat cats at the top!

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers day

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EJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

we had a reservation for three people and the hostess attempted to put us on a two-top table. I ad to struggle to convince her to re-seat us. This isn't a coffee shop, this is to be a fine restaurant where customers should have reasonable space to sit and dine. Also, the special occasion Mother's Day Brunch had a much more limited menu than is reasonable and the selections were too limited in taste.

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CR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely Mother’s Day brunch yesterday. Excellent food and service... only drawback is loud conversation bounces off the wooden floor by the banquet seating area...
Plan on returning for Happy Hour on the patio someday soon!

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D
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I made the reservation and then read reviews. I was starting to wonder if I'd made a mistake. The outdoor area was packed when we arrived so it is popular. We got a great window view of the lake. The food was very good and the wine was very good too. We very much enjoyed our early mothers day dinner. I found the service to be good VS. many of the reviews. The main reason I gave 4 stars is I agree the prices are rather high. But these type of hotels tend to over price food. We had the seafood risotto and N.Y. Steak and a Ceaser salad. All were tasty.

I live a fair distance away but would visit again if in the area.

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GG
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

The bread and service was good. Food and ambiance is stuck in 1995.

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E
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was just perfect: beautiful view, very good food, and wonderful service! We will come back for sure, it was a great discovery!

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LU
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food took over 45 minutes to arrive. I think they forgot our order. It was not good for as expensive as it was.

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E
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Came for Seattle Restaurant Week. The steak we got was pretty good. Grilled salmon was great but the side dish pairing was a bit weird. It has bacon cubes on the side, it was way too salty and too strong of a taste. Not so good to pair with salmon. Dessert was really good though!

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