Bin 36

4.0
1731 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Bin 36 is a casual, friendly and affordable spot where wine novices can enjoy over 50 wines by the glass. Learning about wine does not have to be complicated! BIN 36's staff is enthusiastically prepared to offer people a great environment to learn and enjoy great food and fantastic wine. Open for lunch & dinner 6 days a week!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, American
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 11:30am–10:00pm
Fri 11:30am–10:00pm
Sat 4pm–9:30pm
Sunday - Closed
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Phone number
(312) 995-6560
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Shane Graybeal
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Private party facilities
BIN 36 offers seated dinners, cocktail receptions, networking events, holiday parties and a variety of social events. We can accommodate groups from 10 to 250 guests. We also offer a variety of fun activities, such as wine tastings, blending events, wine and cheese pairings and mixology classes.
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Private party contact
Sanja Mitieva: (312) 608-7637
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between W Lake and W Randolph
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Parking details
Valet parking and street parking available.
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Public transit
- CTA El: Clinton Pink Line/Green Line
- CTA Bus #56 Northbound on Jefferson, Southbound on Desplains
- Metra: Ogilvie Station is 2 blocks away
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Special events & promotions
Ongoing series of classes on a monthly basis around wine, cheese, and food! Our private dining room and out door patio is the perfect place to host your next event. We welcome any event from 15 to 250.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Open Table allowed us to make reservations for Thurs 1/4 lunch but when I arrived, I learned the restaurant was closed for the holidays. Why would Open Table allow me to make reservations if the place was closed. Did the restaurant forget to tell Open Table? Is there a glitch in Open Table's system? This was a business lunch. Whatever the reason, I was utterly disappointed. (FYI I was forced to give 1 stars in order to submit this. It should really be 0s)

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant didn't update opentable availability and allowed a reservation on a day the restaurant was closed. I made a reservation for an important family event and was not notified until less than four hours prior to the reservation that they were closed that day. Awful experience.

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DK
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Having a wine flight at Bin 36 is always a pleasure, and Enoch Shully is the consummate host. The kitchen makes some very tasty dishes at reasonable prices.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

It was just Ok

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KR
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This was a great place for drinks, food was not as good as I thought it would be. However, service was top notch! A friend and I went for my birthday and they gave us a free glass of champagne and chocolate cake, very generous! I would go back for drinks and small bites, but not for a full meal.

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HS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great variety for the Holiday menu. Big portions.

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Just had Thanksgiving meal with friends. Their 3-course meal was family style and pretty filling. Stuffing might have been a little burned but overall great choices. I especially liked pumpkin polenta & cauliflower soup 💕 Service was somewhat slow but not many people were working. We were thankful to have a place serving Thanksgiving meal at reasonable price. Will definitely come back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thanksgiving dinner special. Food was quite good and the portions were generous. The wine pairing was nice but stingy for the price.

Overall a pleasant tasty mean with a nice ambiance.

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SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Came to Bin 36 for Thanksgiving dinner and had a great meal. It's a huge meal, so you definitely won't leave hungry! The staff and our server were courteous and professional and accommodated our dietary requirements. My girlfriend is vegetarian and I'm allergic to both peanuts and shellfish. They came up with a great veggie option for my girlfriend and made sure I didn't get any peanuts or shellfish in my meals.
The ambiance was nice, until it got busy and then it was pretty crowded and noisy. Not surprising for Thanksgiving dinner, but if you want a quiet dinner, better to go on a slower night.
Overall, I would recommend Bin 36 for a date night, or nice dinner out, during a slow weeknight.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was great

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K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Access to the restaurant is good, the staff is very friendly, the food was excellent and the owner was. Very pleasant!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother to Bin 36 to celebrate a momentous birthday and what a fun time we had. We celebrated with my toddler in tow. They were very accommodating to our requests, engaged my child and adjusted food options to that of a younger persons likes. The adults were equally well taken care of. It was so nice to feel welcomed as a family and also be able to have an adult dinner as well. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion, but especially for a special one.

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V
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This place is getting a bit dated. It also has a funky smell to it. Food is OK and we did have a nice waitress but with so many good options in the area I would choose something else

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I really hoped to have a nice dinner here to celebrate my girlfriend's new job but the restaurant really failed to deliver a nice experience for us. I arrived early to purchase a bottle of bubbles for the table for a toast. I asked the man behind the bar for some recommendations but did not get much help from him. I liked the description of one of the glass pours which was listed at $10 and asked to our purchase a bottle to be presented at the table when my girlfriend and her friend arrived. I was charged $55.00 for the bottle, and when I asked for clarification on why I was charged so much more than the glass price for a 750 mL, I was told it was because bottles were not usually sold of that item. It would make sense to charge more if I had wanted a glass of something only available by the bottle, but since this was not the case I felt taken advantage of.
After we were seated at the table, we asked for some recommendations for starters, and told the server we wanted to order appetizers before entrees. We wanted the calamari and our server suggested we also order the Brussels sprouts, which would also go well with the calamari. Unfortunately the calamari came out quite a bit after the sprouts so we didn't really enjoy these items together.
As for entrees, I ordered the chicken, my girlfriend ordered 3 empanadas since she was not very hungry and her friend ordered the burger. For some reason the empanadas were sent out first. We decided to share them so we could all enjoy something while waiting for the other items. When they finally arrived, my chicken was not fully cooked so I asked that it be given a bit more time. It ended up being another 12-15 minutes until it was brought back out by a cook. We finished our meal and hoped to ask for a check, but our server was nowhere to be seen for quite some time. Mistakes and delays like this would have made sense if the restaurant were busier, but we were one of only 3 parties. Just a disappointing experience overall.

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OT
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Restaurant was pretty empty and gave the impression of just holding on. Accents of waiters very strong, so difficult to understand them. Seemed like a dying place -- wouldn't go back, for sure.

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BO
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience! My friend is a vegetarian so had to stick to a specific menu, but enjoyed what we had: goat cheese empanadas, cheese board, and salad. Probably could have passed on the hummus and Brussel sprouts as they were just ok. Wine flights were fun and overall a really cool concept of sharing and sampling.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is phenomenal! Enoch is always a gracious and attentive host.

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FG
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my regulars in the City - both for social and business - good combination of wines, ambience, service and food. It's the combination of the aforementioned that attracts me.
Noticed a prior review citing wine selection and on this Sat night we had an excellent $35 bottle - think it was called Tulah or something like that.

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JW
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere was great, but for a wine bar the selection of wines was lacking (as in, many of their wines were out of stock except for the $80 per bottle ones...) The food was good but also very small plates. For the amount of money spent, I shouldn't be leaving hungry. There are other places in Chicago with similar themes that could provide a better atmosphere.

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PL
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Gracious host, expert waitstaff, lovely outdoor seating, kale salad and short ribs very good; hummus was salty and average and accompanying veggies were old (celery brown on edges, carrots and cucumber rather soft ). Nonetheless would return but not order again.

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SS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place. Had a wonderful evening. Glad I found it.

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DV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was extremely attentive, food was outstanding. Will come again and have already told friends about it.

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OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Go for the happy hour! Small plates with not the usual options plus a small menu of entrees. In addition, you can get cheese 'flights', wine 'flights'. Prices are reasonable, portions are reasonable and designed for sharing. One caveat: white bean hummus is boring, but fish tacos are very good.

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JW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

food was average. wine was good. better place for drinks and apps than dinner

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish came implacable. I love the seasonal ingredients.
Wine recommendations were great and the atmosphere on the patio is relaxing despite being in the inner city location.

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K
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a lovely evening that began with complimentary Rosé Champagne on the terrace for the start of the Birthday celebration. The Kale salad, Squid Ink Bucatini and Octopus were delicious and well portioned enough for two. I will definitely make it back to this location in the very near future.

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l
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went after work with a group. We tried the different wine flights and took the food option where we got one of everything on the menu. The food was fun and the wine was great. We sat outside on the patio and the great weather certainly added to the fun!

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j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great happy hour! Good food, wine and great service!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic. However, the portions are small for the price. Good location and nice atmosphere with friendly and helpful wait staff.

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fulfills its promise. Good suitable food. Limited menu well executed, with a inexpensive and low inib
rihation way to test your palate for wine

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BP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice time at night. nice patio. thanks for a nice evening.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I've been to Bin 36 three times over the past 15 years. Always the same experience- nice flights of wines I've never tried, well-paired, and quality, food, mixed with excellent, friendly service. Always a good experience for not a lot of money. We had two flights of wine each, a cheese board, a salami board, calamari, and my wife had a salad and I had a burger. Too much food, but all good.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and excellent wine. Pleasant quiet ambience.

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

I used to really live the diversity of the menu. I don't know if ownership has changed but the menu is much more limited and the good is at best, average. The wait staff was very good but I will not be returning.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A most pleasant evening with 1/2 price cheese plate appetizer when we arrived just 10 minutes prior to our 6 pm reservation. Italian wine flight was well rounded for a most agreeable price. Entrees were on the small plate size but who cared after all that good cheese?

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bin36 never disappoints. Enoch is unfailingly friendly and knowledgeable and new chef Angelina has actually improved the formerly wonderful Brussels sprouts and added several innovative dishes. Perfect for business or family dinners or lunches.

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R
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic wine list in a lovely setting. The chef's cheese board selection was outstanding. The glazed chicken wings were also delicious. In addition they offer a variety of wine flights which looked tempting if we'd had more time. The 2 Chicago residents I brought there had never heard of the place, but they will be going back. We were on the early side so it wasn't super-crowded. Our service was great but I didn't experience the place packed with people.

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IA
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The staff is awesome & the wine is better.

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CL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can already see the impact of the new chef on the menu. Innovative. Thoughtful. Yum.

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BH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After reviewing the menu on-line disappointed to see item I was not offered.

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