The Mediterranean Sea shaped some of the world's most ancient civilizations, which gathered by its shores to dive for the delicious pasta, tapas, and wine growing beneath its crystal waves. Savor the sea's bounty with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mediterranean dinner fare and drinks at Bin No. 18.
Bin No. 18 chef-owner Alfredo Patino's artisan dishes flaunt Spanish, Italian, and other Mediterranean flavors in an environment that recalls a European bistro. Creative small plates such as warm figs brûlée ($8.95) and bruschetta di eggplant ($7.95) can be halved with a math tutor before diners dive into an entree of honey- and grain-mustard-glazed salmon ($15.75) or hand-made gnocchi Sorrentina ($15.95), all while savoring the melodies created at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, located just blocks away. Bin No. 18 also offers a plethora of white, red, sparkling, and pink wines ($6–$12/glass) and a bounty of premium beer ($4–$16) to keep throat-dwelling frogs quenched and quiet.
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.
Media and Entertainment District
1800 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, Florida 33132