The tapas-only menu includes treats like Coconut-Steamed Mussels and Crab Cakes sprinkled over with burnt-orange chipotle. Excellent menu, warm ambience but very small and crowded.
This place looks quite cozy from the outside so we decided to check it out. The ambiance is quite nice although it is somewhat crammed inside. There is a small bar and a few tables side by side close to each other. The best tables are by the window.
Once you order, the food takes quite long to arrive. When I saw the dishes, I thought they were well presented but very small. I got the impression that the place tries to sell you on the quality of the food. Although it was quite good, it was nothing out of the ordinary. Therefore, I thought it was too overpriced.
In short it's a nice little restaurant, the sort of place you might go on a date. It is overpriced however and I would not rush to return there again... There are better options out there.
Very pleased with the fresh, international DELICIOUS entrees and appetizers. I had fish and friend had multiple tapas, both dynamite. Service was exceptionally friendly, responsive, and knowledgeable. My friend was in town from the east coast, and probably went back recommending Bin for the food, service and nice looking waitresses (lol).
Mmmmmmm....my mouth is watering just thinking about the food we had! Took the wife here last friday and we loved every part of it! Great service and awesome food! We had so much food, we just couldn't get enough! A little overpriced I think but once in a while is ok. We'll be back soon I hope.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Excellent food, ambiance, service - relaxed, casual and fun to boot. Never a miss!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.