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Bin 941 Tapas Parlour

941 Davie St
Vancouver, BC V6Z1B9
Tel: (604) 683-1246
Fax: (604) 683-1206
Neighbourhood: Central

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Best cheesecake ever
By goldfish28 of East Vancouver, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 12:44am [Dine in]

I had read about Bin's cheesecake, so I decided to try it out tonight.

It's by far, the best cheesecake I have ever had. The cheese itself was creamy, but not heavy; cheesy, but not dry. Bin serves their cheesecake with bananas and a caramel-coconut sauce that (surprisingly) goes really well with cheesecake, as it would with asian sticky rice.

The place was packed on a weeknight, so we had to sit on the waiting area with a little table. I saw the rest of their menu, and though most items sounded good, I found them to be quite pricey for tapas. Can't really say much about that though, because I didn't actually have the food.

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Love the Food!
By krissy of Commercial Drive (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 20, 2009 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

Decided to stop in here after an early movie on a Saturday night so we were seated immediately. We were given a complimentary bowl of soup to start which was very welcoming. When asked about the number of dishes to order for two people, our very friendly server happily took the time to outline what the best selections would be, two or three from the top part of the menu and two or three from the bottom. We decided on two and two.
We started with the blue cheese salad which had the most wonderful, creamy blue cheese in it. Following this came the crab cakes, wonderfully crisp on the outside and served with gorgeous accompaniments. The portobello mushroom was also divine. Finally, we had the duck which was wonderful and I love duck and eat it often so even I was impressed.

Along with the food, they have a great selection of wines and the port was fabulous! I will definitely be coming back here and recommending it to all of my friends!

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Great food but can't they turn the music down?
By artkeb of downtown, vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

The food at this restaurant has been fantastic every time I've been - although some dishes are more sublime than others, I've never had one I don't like. However, you really need to be prepared to go at odd times in order to get a seat - although I love the complimentary soup tasters they bring while you wait! The wait staff are also friendly and accommodating - except in one specific area. Try asking them to turn the music down a notch (which seems to move from loud to deafening at around 6.30pm) and you will receive a death stare and lame excuse about how it's not possible. Once they crank up the volume you can expect your conversations to become one long variation of "I'm sorry, what?" "Can you repeat that?" "I'm sorry, I can't hear you, can you say that again?" Clearly, I'm not the only reviewer to have noticed this - I notice the Zagat review also mentions the need ear plugs. Maybe this is their way of getting people in and out - it's hard to linger and converse over your meal unless you can communicate in sign language. Still, this restaurant is definitely worth a try...

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mmmm
By Staringflamingo of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 30, 2008 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

Tho there are more meaty things here than fishy or veggie, at least they aren't muddled with other meats. And there are enuff options to choose from you don't feel cheated. The food is very tasty, not tru spanish tapas, bear that in mind (I lived in Spain for several years). Not that that's bad, but don't go there expecting that. The w8 for a table is ridiculous and the space in the back is a joke, particularly if you have an hour wait. Go early and be prepated to walk next door for a cheaper high ball while you waith.

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Best late night eats
By boozie of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

This is the spot for the best late night eats in the city!! Its small and always busy, if you dont like that dont go, for me the ambience is great! The duck is one of the best in the city, and for the price bin is one of the best deals in town!! Great wine list, and a small but nice bottle beer selection.

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what happened??
By six7guy of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

So much for Bin for me.
This place used to be outstanding but something has gone terribly wrong.
Sorry but I will be off to try out the numerous new places in town. I think the places that have been around a while and have enjoyed a lot of success in the past should realize that there are so many new and better places for people to spend their money now.
Time to pull up the old socks there Bin... the heat is on.

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Still the Best
By roberto of Marriott, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 9:30am [Dine in]

I was a little worried going back to Bin 941 after reading some of the reviews - granted they didn't say anything bad about the food, so why not. Boy oh boy was I glad that I did - more than 5 stars, 4 snaps and a 'hellz yeah'. Can I get an 'amen' from the back section?

It was an early Thursday evening, not too crowded so we sat overlooking the kitchen. The wait staff was attentive, caring, courteous and attractive to boot. They immediately sat us down and served complimentary soup - a split-pee, tomato concoction - tasty. The wine we ordered was spot on and the food was outstanding. The kitchen crew were fun to hang with - they strived to create perfection in presentation and taste - succeeding with each dish. We had the duck, tuna and some of the navejo bread appetizers. It was the duck that I came back for ... incredible.

Bottom line - a great restaurant. It's a small place and gets crowded, so if you are an a**hole and are claustrophobic I recommend Dennys down the street.

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Great Food but bring a pad & paper for communication!
By foodguruji of North Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

I've been to Bin 941 on several occasions and have always been impressed with the food and service. This visit was no exception. What was different, though was the music volume. Good music at a decent volume is great when played through a high-end sound system. (a good example of this is Bistro Sakana, down in Yaletown) Bin's volume was over the top, though. I literally had to shout at my partner to be heard and even then I don't think she could hear me. I certainly could not hear her! A great place if you have no desire for any communication other than snuggling! Still the food was awesome! I just wish they would turn the tunes down a notch or so.

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Discrimination a disappointment
By budd_time of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 2:52am [Dine in]

What had started out as a fun and relaxing evening with my partner, abruptly came to an end as we were rudely ignored and left unattended while celebrating my partners birthday.
As much as I enjoy the food at the Bin, it was extremely dissappointing when our server forgot to bring us water as we began enjoying a beautiful bottle of wine. When I finally asked the server about the water that I had ordered, I was told that there would be another server taking on that responsibility for us. Great, that was only the start of this disappointing evening. After deciding on a few plates to share and still with no water, we flagged down our server to take our order. The food came quick and was amazing. As far as the service, well, there was no wine poured and still no water. Finally the water came near the end of our meal. It was then that I mentioned, as my partner left to use the bathroom, that it was his birthday and perhaps they would have something special to serve him for dessert. The server mentioned that she would see what she could do for me and then never returned, not even with a dessert menu. It was then apparent that we had been avoided all evening. Without making a scene, I approached the bar to get the check, paid it and then handed the tip to the kitchen. I guess that was enough to draw a look of disgust from our lovely server. Now the tables had turned, and as I have been in the restaurant business for more than 26yrs, it was not something that I have ever had to do. As we had enjoyed the wine and each others company, there was no need to make a scene. I may never return though. The highlight of the evening was at 1181 on Davie where the bartender graciously offered us a complimentary drink to celebrate my partners birthday....and we werent avoided.

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Great place!
By LowTEC of White Rock (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

Great dishes, actually excellent dishes. The place is packed all the time, so having a group of 6 might have a big problem to find an available table. Too bad it doesn't take reservation but that's understandable

Highly recommended

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Bin there?
By foshizzle of Vancouver west end (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 3, 2006 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

One of my favorites in Vancouver. If you don't like crowds, then don't go. The food is excellent, the wine list is good and not too overpriced. I've never had bad food there, the service is friendly but efficient, which is fine with me considering how busy they always are.

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Fun and Funky
By VicVanMan of Fernwood, Victoria (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 6, 2005 - 3:30am [Dine in]

Drives me crazy, everything on the menu sounds, looks and tastes great --- hard to decide what to order, I want it all!

If you want awesome food late at night, this is the place! I hear they are hard to get into early, but that's what happens in a small popular restaurant.

The music is loud, but the sound quality is excellent. It's a fun and funky place to chow down.

I was impressed by the open kitchen with a bar you can sit at and watch/converse/be served by the "chefs" wearing very tasteful black with gold trim jackets. Certainly one of the cleanest kitchens I have ever seen.

We sat at the bar, and the "chefs" delivered the food to us. I LOVE that.... they are so proud of their beautiful food. That's really a refreshing concept.

I knew immediately I would become a regular customer.

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you can always count on Bin!!
By jagr99 of downtown (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 3:04am [Dine in]

This place almost never fails to deliver a phenomenal meal. I can only recall 1 mediocre dish over the years I've been dining here. But as many others have commented the ambience may not be outstanding but that's their concept small dishes, small rooms. My only complaint is I can never eat their on weekends unless i get there at 5pm. But hey that's just because everyone else knows what a great menu Bin offers

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Still Great After All These Years
By bphillips of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 20, 2005 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

Excellent food, ambiance, service - relaxed, casual and fun to boot. Never a miss!

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still great
By doald of westend vancouver (25 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

still one of the best places can see how it is on the top 100 of all of canada only have had one bad thing there years back a over cooked piece of tuna the only other thing I have noticed is that the kitchen staff seems to not last to long there, I wonder why? I know its hard to find staff . my favourite is the duck and the mussels are always good.

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Nice surprise
By Odile of Yaletown (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 23, 2006 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

Not sure what to expect, walked by many times in the past but the noise level seemed to keep me away, and eventually the curiousity took over. A nice refreshing twist to the food - looking forward to our next visit but just wish it would not be so loud. Good service but yes loud that even sitting at the bar on a Sunday at 6:00pm we had to speak up quite bit.

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No substitutions???
By Filmsuperboy of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

As a matter of choice Bin 941 is one I often forget about because it is very small and a hit or miss as to getting in when I need or want to eat. Just happens that we thought about it and being close, we thought the attempt was worth the effort.

Service was slow but understandable in a small crowded establishment, no problem, part of the charm. Charm aside, ordering of my meal was and is my issue. I found something that I wished to try and ordered it assuming that a simple substitution to one of the other side items, on the menu, should offer no major issue for the establishment. I have a strong aversion to certain vegetables and am accommodated in restaurants across the board. I asked for the simple, in my mind, substitution and was told that I could not make any substitutions. I then requested that the chef avoid plating the sides to my meat - that was also turned down.

The long and the short of it is that I respect an artist's desire to keep the essence of his or her creative integrity but all I asked for was a side to not be placed on my plate. The customer is still the one that should be satisfied despite the creative integrity of the artist but if that is not the case then don't make me pay for it. Next time I won't of course because I know that my satisfaction and dining experience is subordinate to the creative energy of this Chief.

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Great, yummy food! Will definitely be back.
By megsablue of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 25, 2009 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

We decided to try this place last Saturday night and I'm so glad we did! We got there around 6:30 and were told it was a 30 minute wait - we ordered some drinks and sat in the back and waited for our table. It turned out to be a little over 30 minutes, but then they let us know we could either wait for a table (for an additional 15 minutes) or sit at the bar. We decided to wait for a table and it was only about 10 more minutes. This is a tapas bar, so don't plan on ordering an entree, instead, the idea is to order several little dishes and share. We ordered the pomme frites (worth the wait right there - they were amazing and we had to leave a lot as there was only two of us, definitely something 4 could share), a salad and three tapas, the black cod and two of the tuna. So five dishes between the two of us and I think my husband could have eaten a little more if he wasn't getting over a cold. Wine list is pretty good and my husband enjoyed several selections of their beer. It was a great restaurant - we'll definitely be back! I do think this would be a fun restaurant for a small group too (4-6). Just be prepared for a wait as the place is tiny! (We heard the waitresses say 90 minutes at around 7:45).

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Very Yummy Very Money (expensive)
By sup9jai of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

There probably almost 3 years ago. Nice decorations. Nice food and nice presentation. Honestly their foods were really good but all of them are very small portion. It's like you're ordering a lot of appetizers till you are full. But it was really delicious. So if you don't care about prices then GO FOR IT!

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Little Gem
By MissionGal of Mission,BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

This is one of those last places that really feels like you are out. Cozy, romantic and oh so tasty.
Love to wander down, order a glass of J. Lohr Wildflower and a beautiful plate of the mussels. What a wonderful night! The tight quarters make you feel the need to be as close to possible with your dinner guest and what could be better! Forced closeness! And no PDA to be embarrassed about!
Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful but dare I say a bit pricey...especially these days. Save it for a special night out so you can totally indulge, relax and soak it all up.

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