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About Cafe Bink

James Beard nominated Chef Kevin Binkley's Cafe Bink is the "little sister of Binkley’s Restaurant" where exceptional ingredients are prepared with straightforward simplicity. Many of the classic French food preparation methods are used, but Cafe Bink is a modern American cafe serving the best available local and organic products whenever possible.

36889 N. Tom Darlington Dr
Carefree, AZ 85377
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French American, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Open Tuesday-Sunday
*CLOSED MONDAY*
Lunch: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Happy Hour: Tuesday - Sunday - 2:00pm-5:00pm
Brunch: Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm

Cross Street:
In Carefree Marketplace

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 488-9796

Website:
http://cafebink.com/

Catering:
It is our goal to bring the Cafe Bink dining experience to your home.

Executive Chef:
Kevin Binkley

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe Bink Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (18)
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Local Ingredients (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Cozy (6)
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Scenic View (5)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food was fabulous as always, It the service was extremely disappointing. We were there with 2 friends on a Thursday night. There were 2 other tables occupied when we arrived, and halfway through our meal we were the only people there. Our waiter was inattentive. We had to call him over to take our order. He served our second course before clearing the dirty dishes from our first course. When he did come to our table, he spoke only when spoken to. He was on his phone behind the bar. Finally a customer came and sat at the bar, and our waiter spent the rest of the night talking to him.

The rest of the staff had nothing to do, so they were scrubbing the hoods over the stove with soapy water. We watched as it dropped down. Was it on our food? We couldn’t see.

We love the food and will return to hopefully see that the service has returned to what we have always expected from Cafe Bink.

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Consistent great service and quality food. Awesome happy hour!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great patio table by the fire. We had a good evening.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was well prepared and very tasty, the wait staff was FAB U LOUS!!! Very accommodating and EXTREMELY friendly!!! Hostess left a little to be desired though...

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The menu had a great selection and the food was really beautifully prepared and tasty. Highly recommended.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Meal was good , but we think it’s too pricey for lunch

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Miss Binkelys in Cave Creek and midtown is too far. However Cafe Bink fills in nicely and we'll be back!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a carafe of Sauvignon Blanc a ham sandwich and a fish sandwich. The ham was exquisite house made with crispy onions. I would definitely order again.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great, as always! Look forward to coming back. Thank you.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We love Cafe Bink. Stay near Troon and make the drive for lunch after a hike or for dinner. Both great. Service excellent and food is terrific!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We heard there was a new chef/part owner at what we consider a neighborhood rsstaurant that we USED to frequent, but had stopped going to due to spotty service and a deteriorating food quality. Decided to try the "Tasting Menu" served at the bar on Fr/Sa nites, and available only by reservation, and we now have a new favorite food experience. Although the regular menu for table service is fairly casual, Chef Justin offers a weekly tasting menu that is fabulously creative, and every bite was a delectable treat. The menu changes weekly and there are wine pairings, and we were totally WOWED! For our tasting, the tempura veggies with dill dipping sauce had the lightest batter ever, and the veggies were crisp and yummy; the bacon vinaigrette on the salad was perfect; the butternut squash soup with maple foam and crisp pepitas a masterful combination of sweet/salty/savory/crispy; the pork entree with pears remarkably tender and lick-the-plate worthy. We thought we had no room for desert, but ate every bite and licked our lips. What a wonderful and truly unexpected experience!!!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was well prepared and fresh , but a very limited menu.

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always great food. Service was good but just a little slow on service this time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 6, 2017

It was a birthday dinner. Unfortunately, Cafe Bink did not acknowledge the special occasion. In the past they have.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Business Meals, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Cafe Bink has always been one of our favorite Carefree dining spots.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I love this place. Always amazing food, great ambiance (sitting outside) and very friendly staff. Food and service does not happen quickly so if you have places to be pick another joint. But, if you are able to just relax and enjoy a great conversation while you wait it’s worth it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Creative and fresh foods served on a patio looking at the mountains. We went for brunch to celebrate a birthday. All decided to order off the lunch menu. The $12 mimosa with 1 cent refills are a steal. Two of my dining companions had the fish sandwich and were very happy campers. The large portion of lightly battered, flaky cod was served on a delicious, fresh cahallah roll. They chose the house made potato chips as the side and ate every one. I chose the Fall inspired arugula salad topped with fresh, chunky, flavorful chicken salad. The flavor combination was perfect! Spouse chose the beets with chick salad on top. The knowledgeable server questioned this decision and described the beets in detail. Spouse should have listened as it was not a good mix of flavors. All the food was very good. Only complaint would be the bees that prevented customers from sitting at several of the open tables. Service started off good but became very slow as business picked up. We were told that one of the servers failed to show up for work. I can honestly say that if it wasn't a 45 min drive to get to Cafe Bink that I would make it back on a regular basis.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was okay. Chicken tortilla soup is mostly broth and tortilla strips. Very watery and barely any chicken. Flavor was fine. Cafe Zupa soup is twice as good, 1/2 the price.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Patio is lovely with a great view of the mountains. The brunch menu was limited but lunch was also served. Food was good and pressed coffee was fantastic.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had a wonderful experience dining at Cafe Bink -- both the food and service were exceptional. The weather was perfect for sitting outside and our server Debra was very personable and friendly. We ordered the set "date night" menu with wine pairings. I loved that chef Justin came out and talked a little about each course, and later, when Debra followed up to see how we enjoyed each course we could tell that it wasn't just a courtesy, but that the entire staff really care that the guests enjoy the food. And the food was excellent -- each dish was a wonderful combination of flavors. I especially enjoyed the arancini, and the perfectly cooked osso buco. We will definitely be back again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Chef Justin’s food is fabulous....we had the wine paring with tasting menu....the only .problem was the road noise on the patio...motorcycles roaring past endlessly, they cannot solve that problem and it would not keep me away.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Casual
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent - if you haven’t tried the Cafe in the last 6 months you must!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The menu is somewhat limited but the battered cod was done perfectly.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We hadn’t been to Binks in a while but so glad to have put it back in the rotation. The service and atmosphere are hard to beat. The staff is really professional and welcoming. The food is well thought out and executed. Alaskan cod was crispy and fresh. Trout was deliciously buttery. Salads were fresh and seasonal. Although not had this time, Amy’s bolognese is an indulgence to try and their vegetables are imaginative (that’s a good thing). Thanks for a nice night out.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Vietnamese themed 6 course tasting menu was exquisite. Our favorites were the rice porridge, shaking beef, and mango sticky rice. The chefs here deliver the most delicious and creative dishes we have ever had.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Had another great meal at Cafe Bink. The trout was truly delicious. I'm always willing to try it in a restaurant, but so many times I'm disappointed because it's dry. This was done to perfection in a wonderful butter sauce. Will definitely have it again. Love the cornbread muffins served in a hot black skillet to start.
The only negative was the calamari. It was just okay in the cornmeal crumb mixture. I prefer mine batter fried, but thought I'd give this a try. Cooked really well, just not as pleasing as a good crunch on a batter fried.
Love the ability to dine outdoors, and the wait staff is so friendly and helpful.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Not as good as previous visits. Lacking in Flavors.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 1, 2017

LOVE!!!!! Exquisite! 6 course tasting menu with cocktail pairings for 54 per person was amazing experience and a great value! The chefs take great pride in the food and it shows in every bite of every course.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We went for burger night. Two burgers, order of french fries, and a bottle of wine for $35.
Burgers were cooked perfectly, buns were fresh, fries were extra crispy and delicious. Donna, our waitress , is a gem! A great value.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Had a late dinner there while vacationing at the Boulders - service was great right when we arrived and continued that way the whole time we were dining - food was delicious and fresh

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Have not been there for awhile, had two bad experiences, new chef from binks midtown is very creative. And will now return mor often.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was very good. Servers friendly. Nice chance to check it out during AZ restaurant week. Patio was a little too cool.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had the Restaurant week menu and wine pairings. Very well done. Loved every bite. Chef came out personally and answered questions about the courses. Great experience

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We had the tasting menu and it was excellent. All of the food we have eaten here has always been amazing, so creative and delicious.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food here is exceptional and very chef driven. We started with the gazpacho which was light and refreshing and one of the best we've ever had. My husband gave a thumbs up to the artichoke pasta and loved how the Calabrian chiles and olives gave it depth. For me, the star of the night was the Alaskan beer battered cod. Im not a big fried fish person but something compelled me to order it and it was a total wow dish! The fish was perfectly cooked and the accompanying chow-chow, shishito peppers and smoked chili aioli added tang and heat, totally putting into another realm altogether. So, so very good! My only suggestion for this place is that they change the lighting over the tables. It's super bright and does nothing for the overall ambience. We sat at the bar which has dimmer lighting, making it much more cozier. Aside from that, for the food alone, it's well worth a repeat.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Came across this place when searching Open Table for places to try when visiting Phoenix and Cafe Bink did not let us down. We made a reservation to experience the chef's tasting menu with wine or beer pairing. The meal was inspired from German cuisine and it was delicious. We were offered a 5 course tasting menu that hit on all cylinders. The chef came out with each course and provided some insight into what we were about to eat, how it was prepared and its inspiration. This place seems like a great little neighborhood spot as it seems that the other customers were all locals and chatting with the whole staff. If you are in the area, I highly recommend that you pop in -- if you are staying at the Boulders in Carefree - the restaurant is just over a mile away - do yourself a favor and get off the resort and give this place a try.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Our dinner was outstanding. Chef accommodated our vegan diet with a delicious and creative entree of vegetable tacos and a vegan version of spicy Mexican corn. And instead of black beans, Chef Justin prepared a Mexican version of lentils!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Can't go wrong at Cafe Bink. Can always count on a great meal and wonderful service. The staff really gets to know the locals. Cindy at the bar is great!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Casual, Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Amazing as always! We come at least twice when we are in town! Fantastic food!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Chef Justin went off menu to accommodate our vegan diet. The meal was excellent; flavorful , creative, and fresh.

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