What You'll Get
For thousands of years, the Mediterranean Sea shaped some of the world's most ancient civilizations, who gathered by its shores to dive for the delicious pasta, tapas, and wine growing beneath its crystal waves. Today's Groupon gets you $20 worth of wine and eclectic Mediterranean fare for $10 at Bin No. 18. Bin No. 18 is an European bistro and wine bar that serves Spanish, Italian, and mingled Mediterranean flavors in a setting that Miami.com calls "informal, yet affecting a certain wacky elegance," just like the knot in Yogi Bear's tie.
Chef-owner Alfredo Patino calls the artisan dishes on Bin No. 18's menu “roadside Mediterranean cuisine." For lunching, try a Spanish bocadillo made from jamon Serrano with aged Manchego cheese ($7.95) or an Italian panini with prosciutto di Parma, tomato, arugula, and mozzarella di Bufala on ciabatta bread (8.75). Start dinner with creative small plates such as warm figs brûlée ($8.95) and Scottish salmon tartar ($8.75). Then try seafood, such as mussels ($10.75), scallops ($12.75), or salmon ($15.75). Pasta options include Bolognese ($13.75), handmade gnocchi Sorrentina ($15.95), and ricotta and spinach ravioli ($14.75). Bin 18 offers more than 15 white wines (like the New Zealand Gewürztraminer, $9 for a glass), more than 20 reds (try complex Bordeaux, $12 a glass), and more than just a few bubbles to complement its European flavors.
The restaurant is a small, casual space that the Miami New Times calls "loftlike." Tables made from concrete slabs over wine barrels lend the place an industrial feel that complements the urban cuisine. Bin No. 18 is just a couple blocks from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, so stop by for drinks and dinner before a show.
- Among prepared grazing items, standouts were warm figs brùlée (fresh figs stuffed with Cambozola bleu cheese and toasted hazelnuts, drizzled with syrupy aged balsamic vinegar), and a daily special of richly flavored, homemade lentil soup ("my mom's recipe," according to the youngest Patino, a rough-edged but charming server) that was not initially mentioned but well worth requesting. – Pamela Robin Brandt, Miami New Times
- The food is always good, whether for lunch or dinner. The chef does an outstanding job for each and every dish he prepares. The wait staff is outstanding always with a smile and great attitude. – travelermia, TripAdvisor
- Great casual bistro with an excellent selection of wines and beers to enjoy with upscale cuisine. – EschelH, Zagat
The Fine Print
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About Bin No. 18
The breadth of the Atlantic Ocean doesn't impact the reach of Alfredo Patino. As the chef and owner of Bin No. 18, the Miami-based chef draws inspiration from the casual cuisine of European bistros while using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and contemporary technique to lend a bit of New World flair to the ever-changing menus. French, Italian, and Latin American flavors appear throughout Chef Patino's cuisine, adding a global scope to the regionally rooted dishes.
Shareable platters of imported European cheeses and cured meats are served alongside Latin staples, including octopus salad, as well as classic Italian entrees made with homemade pastas. But recreating time-honored classics isn't the only thing that Chef Patino does. He also demonstrates a willingness to experiment by fusing New and Old World influences. This culinary whimsy is evident in the kitchen's modern interpretation of a Cuban sandwich—complete with slow-roasted pork, brie, and fig sauce—which earned a spot on Food & Wine magazine's list of the Best Sandwiches in the U.S.
And much like the European bistros that originally inspired Chef Patino, Bin No. 18 features an extensive wine list. Like his menu, the wine list takes a global approach by including bottles from Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Greece, and Austria, as well as Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, Washington State, California, and Oregon. This variety of options ensures that numerous pairing options are available for diners looking to enjoy a glass with their meal or collection of small plates. CBS Miami was also impressed by the selection, placing Bin No. 18 on its 2011 list of the Best Wine Bars In South Florida.
The Old World inspiration shines through a bit more clearly in the restaurant's décor, which skews more toward a rustic, yet refined ambiance as opposed to a nouveau vibe. Wooden wine barrels sit beside tables with avocado-green chairs, occasionally doubling as small side tables. At the same time, the collection of crystal chandeliers dangling from the ceiling adds a bit of classical elegance to the space.