Kirkland >Food & Dining > Bin On The Lake
1270 Carillon Pt, Kirkland, WA | Directions 9803347.656326 -122.207302
4pm to close
NOT AS GOOD AS I HAD HOPED FOR – After much debate between Bin on the lake or my hotels restaurant, Trellis . I decided to go to Bin on the Lake due to the location. What a huge mistake.
Lets start with the appetizers. Usually , when an establishment has a small menu,they are damn good at executing it. In there case,the appetizers I had there were way over spiced ( the goat cheese with tomato sauce was so spicy and I eat siracha chilli sauce )that it left a bad taste on my pallet or they were way under sauced (the confit duck rolls). For dinner I then ordered the scallops for my wife and the Ahi tuna for myself. The scallops , I will say were cooked perfectly , but the white bean, greens and tomatoe olive oil broth was far from a broth and more like an unappealing mush that was very bitter and did not pair with the scallops at all . My Ahi tuna was a very weird combination on its own. The tuna came with a braised ox tail for a sauce , but it was bland and offered nothing to dip into. The Bin kim chi I will say is good but came on top of a parsnip puree which is not a good vessel to pair with the kimchi. It was almost like two small dishes combined into one. In the end I found the food not worth the high price and left very dissapointed . I actually stopped in the hotel restaurant( trellis) for some mussels and sliders. If anything I would recommend the bar downstairs and not much else., unless you like to leave paying a large tab and unhappy with your choice
A Wine Lovers Dream!! – I met a friend in the bar this week and was blown away by my 80 choices for wines by the glass. As if that wasn't difficult enough, I also had to choose if I wanted 1, 3, or 5 ounces of said wine......
The wine list is more of a "book with chapters" with many delicious wines to consider. I started with 3 ounces of Veuve Cliquot Rose', 3 ounces of Caymus Cabernet, another 3 ounces of Waters Bordeaux blend and finished it off with a 5 ounce pour of Cullin Hills "The Dungeon" Syrah.
That equates to 14 ounces of "good God!"
As mentioned these wines are kept on a preservation system that regulates pour amounts, temperature, and is said to keep wines fresh for up to 24 days.
If you are a cork dork at all - you deserve a trip to Bin Vivant to check it out for yourself!
Editorial Review – Kirkland's new hot spot at the Woodmark Hotel -- with an entire menu based around vino and, ya know, the amazing view of Lake Washington.
Poor customer service, small portions, very expensive, nice view – We made a reservation over one week in advance, but we still had to wait for our table. The hostess then seated us at a table where the outside railing blocked our view, when a table with a better view was available. When we told the waiter we wanted to take advantage of the Dine Around Seattle menu, he instantly became inattentive. We had to ask for basic items such as bread. The food was very good, but I received only three measly little scallops for my entree. When we noted that he left a drink off the bill, instead of comping it as a good server would do, he charged us.
While the food was tasted fine, the entire experience was disappointing. It's extremely expensive for such small portions and poor customer service.
Wonderful dining experience again! 4-4-08 – It truly amazes me to read some of the very negative reviews about this fine restauant. I have dined here many times and have never once experience any of the negative things others have written about. Recently had another great experience celebrating my daughter's 30th birthday. Both the food and our server were outstanding as is the view! Is it expensive, yes it is, but I happen to think it's worth it for a special occasion.
We had crab cakes and calimari for appetizers and both were quite good - probably some of the best calimari I've had and I'm not particularly fond of it. My daugter-in-law had the rissotto which she said was great. My son had the tenderlion and I had the Kobe beef tenderloin, which was one of the best steaks I've ever enjoyed. The birthday girl had a Thai seafood grill that she thoroughly enjoyed. All in all another wonderful meal with a server who provided great customer service with a smile.
very delicious food, a little bit too expensive – Dungeness Crab Cakes : pretty good...
Ruby Grapefruit Dungeness Crab Risotto : so so...
Fire Prawns : good...
Golden Fried Fresh Calamari : ok, not very special...
Pan Roasted Black Cod : very very good... impressive...
Berkshire Pork Chop : surprisingly good...
Classic Profiteroles : my friend thought it was great, but I thought it was just ok...
Burnt Creme-Sicle : so so...
Great Place to Eat – We had a wonderful dinner at Yarrow Bay Grill. We sat outside and the view was amazing. The team that served us was just as wonderful. They made recommendations and were totally focused on us have the best meal possible. I will make it a point to eat here every time I am visiting.
Its ok – Very gorgeous view of the Seattle Bay. Fresh fish. Delicious lentil soup. VERY high prices. Too high. Weird chocolate sauce on the dessert. I just don't think I'm into very fancy restaurants without concepts.
Unforgettable experience – We went there on Valentine?s Day ? and what a perfect choice it was. We are newly-weds, and I guess the happiness and romance was written all over our faces :-). The waiter was very professional and sensed the romance in the air and made the evening even more memorable ? she knew when we needed attention and even guessed what we needed before we even asked for it.
The food was fantastic ? I had the best lamb ever! I complemented the chef on it, and the waiter brought the chef out of the kitchen to introduce to us! It was a very nice and personal touch that does not happen too often!
The portions, the arrangements, the quality and the variety of food is superb, and if you can get a table with the view of Lake Washington, it hardly can be a more enjoyable experience than that!
Highly recommend for romantic night out.
Great Food, Incredible View – This is the only place in Seattle or the Eastside that you can sit at a table by the lawn, with incredile views of the lake and no wind whatsoever. I think because this restaurant is in a hotel, not everyone knows it is here. But the food is better than its neighbor restaurants and the ambience excellent. It is the perfect place to sit outside on a warm day and look at the beauty of Lake Washington. As for the food, it is excellent and the menu constantly changes reflecting local ingredients and specialties.
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