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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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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
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Neighborhood Gem (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for a Date (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Casual (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Cozy (7)
Healthy (7)
Authentic (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Scenic View (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Business Meals (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Organic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Romantic (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Kansas City)·Dined a day ago

Consistently excellent experience. Amy does a fabulous job with an interesting menu and intimate outdoor space.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

Our latest trip to Cafe Bink was for Valentine's Day, and let me say it was AMAZING!!! A perfect lobster salad, a fantastic cod/orzo dish that was to die for and Chateaubriand with potatoes that were out of this world!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food with a bit of 'twist'. Had the chicken salad sandwich and roasted pork sandwich with their wonderful fries. Delish!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great food and service. A favorite dining spot for us every year when we visit Az. apple cranberry co bbler was fantastic

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Tuesday is Mexican night and always fun. Interesting cocktails and food options.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We love to sit at the bar - talk to the staff & watch the food preparation in the open kitchen! We love the “neighborhood” bar/restaurant feel every time we go for dinner or sometimes just a drink! The food is always reliable! So is the service!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Didn’t have a table ready, even though there were open tables and the food was only fair.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Took inlaws for anniversary. First time I went for brunch. The Huevos Rancheros which were excellent. My wife had the Benedict which looked amazing!!

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food5
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Our trip to Bink’s in Carefree. Great food and service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Best battered cod outside of Alaska! The dish is fresh, light and crispy. The green tomato relish on the bottom is a tangy, tart and a perfect pair for the cod. Match the fish with their delicious fries and you’ll be in heaven. But don’t stop there - make sure to try the vegetables sides which are almost a meal by themselves. Love Tequila Tuesday as well. Housemade guacamole is fresh and full of flavor.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food-especially the Mac-n-Cheese. Corn muffins with honey butter are out of this world!!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Went to Cafe Bink for a quick lunch before some shopping for art in Carefree. The servers seemed overwhelmed that day and did mention that it was busier than normal, but there were still lots of seats available, so they may be a bit understaffed. Hard to get more tea, water. Food delicious when it finally arrived. Tables really close together, so had to listen to two other conversations around me. I would choose to go somewhere else.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always love cafe bink! Great tasting menus! Great service! One of our favorites!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Once more we were not disappointed in Cafe Bink. There is new life here and we are loving it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Love Cafe Bink, incredible food creatively prepared in a simple way with the freshest local ingredients and always consistently perfect. The French Fries are a must to be shared...out of this world! A slice of France with a California cuisine touch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Seasonal, Casual, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food. Wonderful waitress. Always enjoy Cafe Bink.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Vegan, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Just great food! Fun and great outside views. Yes

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fun, Casual, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 7, 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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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 5, 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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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 1, 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 29, 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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vip
 (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 25, 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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vip
 (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 22, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 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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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 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 9, 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 5, 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 4, 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 28, 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 21, 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 21, 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 20, 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 18, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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