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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.
Carefree, AZ 85377
French American, Dessert
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Happy Hour: Tuesday - Sunday - 2:00pm-5:00pm
Brunch: Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm
In Carefree Marketplace
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cafe Bink Ratings and Reviews
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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chef Kevin Binkley always amazes with imagination and creativity. First time here and have always loved his other places. This is more of a café/bistor rural urban flare. Nice outdoor patio. Inside it is narrow with row seating, long bar, nice art. It is energetic and I would say not romantic because the tables are very close together and you sometimes can talk with the diners next to you,but you go here for the chef's excellent creations and have to say feel like you are family here. May be better with outdoor dining that looked pretty nice with ambiance. We tried the reservation only 6 course date night dining on Fri and Sat only, I think maybe just for the summer. The chef truly creates, the falafel starter, the cheeses, the Lemon Granite intermezzo, wine pairings, local chicken with great sauces and veggies and fruits,loved the eggplant with the yogurt feta and pomegranate sauces and dip. And the dessert yogurt mousse with pistachios,honey,dates and crispy phyllo and of course the 3 wine tastings perfectly blended with this Mediterranean twist tasting. Donna the server was great, super friendly, Chef Alex explained all the dishes nicely. Again, this is an urban type rural café with nice décor and very lively. It is small so would highly suggest reservations especially for the weekend date night tastings. They serve Lunch ,dinner and sunday brunch. You can never go wrong with Chef Kevin, such a special treat full of surprises.
While we missed Binkleys in Cave Creek, which has gone high-caliber and fixe prix in Phoenix, we enjoyed our dinner it it's little brother cafe in Carefree. Very casual, with limited seating, the food and service are excellent, although the menu is limited.. If we should ever be in the area again in the future, we would definitely return.
The (special event) 4 course with wine pairings Tomato Dinner was amazing. The welcome Tomato Tartare snack was so carefully made, very flavorful and delicious. The Heirloom Tomato Salad was Magical. Every bite had a different taste and it was an interesting journey. Confit Tomatoes were very concentrated with tomato flavor and were served with a Tuna Lasagna and more. Tomato and Leek Tart was the other super amazing plate. It was also flavorful and everything with that delicious smoked tomato bernaise was balanced. Even the Vanilla Tomato Cheese Cake was great too. I enjoyed myself so much! Service was friendly and efficient. Even the Chef checked on us too....It could not have been any better.
My wife and I love Café Bink. This visit we had the peppers appetizer, Caesar salad, the wild rainbow trout, peach cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream and a bottle of Frank Family Zinfandel. The food and wine were fantastic. Looking forward to attending their Tomato Dinner on July 20th!
Every meal is nothing short of extraordinary. The food is inventive and uses super fresh local ingredients which make all the difference. The service is also always outstanding. Can't recommend Cafe Bink highly enough. Sunday Brunch is my favorite thing there!
Must smaller place than I expected, but it was summer so the patio was closed. Very fun menu (although limited), with an eclectic mix of apps and entreés. Service was prompt and friendly and overall experience was great. Food was a little on the salty side, but not to the point of overwhelming the palate, just may need to ease up a bit. We will be back!
My girlfriend and I went there for dinner on a Saturday night. It came highly recommended. I thought it was very good, but not great. The service was fantastic, and it had a comfortable, casual vibe, but the menu is very limited, and nothing jumped off the page at us. My girlfriend is a vegan, which pretty much limited her to one dinner option (artichoke and asparagus pasta), and while she liked it, she didn't love it. Oddly enough, she said it was "too flavorful". I played it safe and got the hamburger, which, again, was good but not great.
We were staying at The Boulders, which is less than 2 miles away, and if/when we're up that way again, I'd go back to Cafe Bink. I wouldn't, however, make the 40 mile drive from my house. There are too many equivalent restaurants in between.
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