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About Bin 36

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!

161 N. Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, American

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu 11:30am–10:45pm
Fri 11:30am–11:30pm
Sat 3pm–11:30pm
Sunday - Closed

Cross Street:
Between W Lake and W Randolph

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 995-6560

Website:
http://www.bin36.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking and street parking available.

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

Executive Chef:
Shane Graybeal

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

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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Thanksgiving is around the corner, please look out four our great menu on open table in the next few weeks. We will be doing our tradition Thanksgiving. Stay tuned.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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join us for one of our excited dinner of the year here at BIN 36. We look forward to meeting you, your friends and family.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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We can't wait to start 2018 in style but that will not be a great party without you. We do look forward to spending this great evening with and start New Year in style here at BIN 36

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Private Dining

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.

Bin 36 Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (11)
Good for a Date (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
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Creative Cuisine (7)
Business Meals (6)
Casual (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Tapas (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Fun (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Healthy (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Cozy (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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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·Dined on October 31, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Healthy, Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic, Tapas, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 24, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 13, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great food and excellent wine. Pleasant quiet ambience.

Tags: Organic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 20, 2017

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)·Dined on June 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 8, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 5, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 5, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Enoch, the owner, and his team are fantastic! I've been several times and have never been disappointed. Great wine selections, including flights, and tasty, thoughtful food options! Service is outstanding as well. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We had an amazing time! Marlon was outstanding, food was awesome, and wine was perfect. Can't wait to visit again!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 19, 2017

First time using the app so I didn't realize that I had actually made a reservation until I was notified that I didn't show up. My bad. Anyway, I was staying up the street at the Hampton/Homewood and got take out from here one night. The hostess was very friendly when I ordered and so was the bartender as I sat at the bar with a Stella Artois while waiting for my food. The burger was delicious. Fries a bit above average but that could be due to the 10 minute walk in a take out container.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 17, 2017

I was there yesterday for a business lunch. It was 80 degrees and very windy. Too windy to sit outside and the restaurant did not have the air conditioning on.The restaurant does not have any ceiling fans either. The brussel sprouts which used to be very good and probably sauteed came out brown and were deep fried to a pulp. Not a glimmer of green. I will not be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 16, 2017

We made a reservation for a business lunch. Upon arriving saw outdoor area was open, but chose to sit indoors for shade. Indoors had AC turned off on a hot 80+ day.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food wasn't great and the service wasn't either.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

My wife, kids and I had a fantastic Mother's Day brunch. Great food, service and atmosphere. Can't wait to come back on a warmer day and eat out on the patio.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 13, 2017

A wonderful evening. Outside dining with friends. Made some new friends at the table near us.The food was delicious and the wine fantastic. The owner is very friendly and made some excellent suggestions. Always enjoy our visits here. Will come back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 11, 2017

The service was so terrible that we left after ordering drinks. We were seated for about 20 minutes before we were able to get the attention of our waitress to order those drinks and then she didn't come back to the table for another 20+ minutes after that point (drinks were dropped off by another server). At that time we told her the service was unacceptable for us and we would like our check, to which she didnt say anything and just turned around to get it. It was the most attentive she was all evening.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 11, 2017

The food was just Ok, the portions are small and the taste is ordinary. The grilled calamari was chewing and the spiece was not blend in. The service was minimal.

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