Boston >Food & Dining > Bin 26 Enoteca
26 Charles St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211442.356823 -71.069872
Monday To Thursday From 12:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 12:00 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Back Bay, Beacon Hill
Fantastic service, great ambiance, delicious food – We visited Bin 26 last night and had a fantastic time. We had reservations for 9pm, and when we arrived the place was packed, so we had to wait a few minutes. From the beginning, the owner and the manager both checked on us constantly, offering drinks, and just being nice.
After we sat, our server (Mike) continued the same trend. We had the charcuterie plate and the grana padano cheese to start, then I had the leek-wrapped monkfish and my wife had the special fusili pasta entree (with sweet italian sausage, shaved black truffles, and truffle oil). For dessert we shared the "ThreeRamisu" which is tiramisu cake, tiramisu gelato, and tiramisu-flavroed mikshake. All were delicious, no complaints at all.
Service was attentive, prompt, friendly, and helpful. Overall we had a great experience and we'll definitely be back.
Best Wine Selections Here – I really enjoyed myself here for drinks and appetizers. The wine list is quite extensive so it was great to go and sample a few wines. Many of our choices came from all over the world so it was great to go to a nice place that serves more than just domestic wines. The appetizers were very tasty. The portions are small but I had no problem with that. My waitress was very nice and friendly. She was visible throughout the evening and anytime we had a question or needed anything she was right there. The place had a cheery vibe. There were alot of people so I would recommend making reservations for dinner otherwise sitting at the bar for drinks and appetizers was great as well. Very nice place!
Offensively priced food is terrible; Atmosphere is gimmicky - Go only for glass of wine – Save your money and go somewhere else. If you can't resist, just stay for a glass of wine. Six of us went for dinner - intrigued by the wine list and wanting to try some place new. The service was fine and but the food is terrible. My rabbit was dry and flavorless - an animal I've had often and cooked myself. It's hard to do rabbit badly. It came perched on a pathetic bed of eggplant that was coated in a boring sticky glaze. My wife's cocoa tagliatelle was incredibly salty and lifeless. A friend's monfish was rubbery and dull. All portion sizes were too small - and I've never been one to complain about that.
Simply put, it is offensive to be charged $20 average per entree and feel ripped off. I must also add that the design of the place was as gimmicky. The lighting creates a tolerable ambiance but the design lacks subtlety and class.
Why do so many Boston restaurants get away with serving such dung? If you want truly fantastic Italian fare, go to the Trattoria Toscana on Jersey street in the Fenway. Their inspired authenticity is worth the wait.
Interesting wine list – As would be expected, Bin 26 Enoteca had an intersting wine selection with much explanation for the interested reader. The selection of different sizes by the glass or small carafe is quite a good idea. I was alone so I expecially liked the setup. Both of my courses were quite good--I had the rabbit on a cold winter night and enjoyed it, especially with the wine selection. The service was excellent. My only suggestion is to offer another dessert choice or so--all the choices are quite heavy. I plan to go again.
Good add to Beacon Hill – We had a nice evening at Bin 26. The service was good, a bit slow, and somewhat unorganized upon arrival. We didn't know if the bartender had let the host/manager know we had arrived, and were somewhat confused. The food was average/good, however, the pasta dishes were very small, so a hungry person should order something else. The cheese selection was good, but the wine selection and the decor was the best- large wine selection for good $, and intriguing decor. Next time I return, I will enjoy cheese and wine, and stay away from the entrees.
Upscale-casual restaurant and wine bar provides Beacon Hill residents with a stylish spot for fresh, Italian-accented fare. – The Scene
Much like Lala Rokh, the handsome Persian eatery located right down the street that shares the same ownership, Bin 26 makes for an ideal date spot. Its voluminous wine list is one of the city's most varied and inviting (dozens of labels are available in various amounts, including 100 milliliter tasting pours). Back-clad servers are well-versed in the menu's numerous intricacies, and the minimalist dining areas maintain an easygoing vibe.
Bin's menu, while appearing a bit limited, is exceptionally well-chosen, providing smart options for those wanting a full meal or only a nibble while sampling wine (gourmet cheeses and charcuteries are perfect for sharing). Proper starters include Tuscan-style tomato soup and beef carpaccio with aged parmesan. Homemade pasta dishes (cocoa tagliatelle with porcini ragout, garlicky linguine with local clams) prove popular as well. Tiramisu served three ways and a light strawberry millefeuille highlight the dessert options.
Nice ambiance, nice staff, average food – Upon entry, the friendly maitre d' immediately made us feel welcome, even if we didn't know much about wine and had to ask him for suggestions. The mini-carafe's (100ml) are cute and a good choice to test out wines. The 5 of us sat at the long 'community table' in the middle. The overall atmosphere was friendly and not pretentious, which was a pleasant surprise. Appetizers were good, our waiter was friendly, but service was slow. I was not impressed with my seared tuna entree, which came out well done -- even for my friend, who had requested the same thing rare. (However the waiter did warn us that it was not sushi-grade, but shouldn't it be?!) An overall enjoyable experience - mostly due to good wine, lighting, and company, but one should be able to expect more from the food at that price range.
Worst service ever. Not worth the high prices. – Terrible service. In fact, it is the worst service I have ever had in a restaurant (which made it worse given the high prices). Had to order things multiple times from the waiter, who was extremely arrogant. Owner and hostess were no better when it was brought to their attention - they basically made excuses. Food was mediocre and overpriced. Its a shame that Beacon Hill is tainted by such a place. You're much better off going to Figs a few doors down!
Great Food. Great Wine. – Bin 26 boasts an excellent wine list, food, and atmosphere. My husband had the mozzarella and speck then the tuna, while I had the mixed green salad and scallop ravioli. We finished off with a great cheese tray. Everything was wonderfully fresh and absolutely delicious. The wait staff was very attentive. If you don't have reservations, try to show up early (between 6-6:30pm) to avoid the wait.
Not what I expected. – I went to this Enoteca with high expectations, being myself a lover of the wine bar concept but I didn't find the kind of experience that I was hoping for. I think they did a very good job on the place by showing all the wine bottles and one of the walls is completely covered with wine labels, which is a very nice touch.
When it comes to food though, this place was definetely lacking its soul, no small plates to really match the wine (besides 4 cheeses and four salumi), their seafood salad interpretation was ok but not thrilling. The entree was maybe the most disappointing of it all. I got the ricotta gnocchi with fresh tomato sauce and baby calamari (the calamari just didn't add any flavor to the dish), and I would rate that dish very average in flavor; my girlfriend got the bass "filet" (according to what it says on the menu), but it literally was the tail of the fish and it was completely flavorless, same for the barley and parsley thing that came with it, no FLAVOR.
The thing that amazes me the most sometimes about some restaurants is that if they charge you $26 for a bass filet (which is fine with me), at least serve a bass filet, and use the tail for something else; that's not gonna hurt your food cost! Just a small comment about the wine list, I would say it's prety confusing specially for someone that is trying to learn something about wine.
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