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“A Good Meal if You Understand the Deal”
Review of Bin 189

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Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Many of the reviews of this restaurant, located in the Lake Arrowhead Resort have been 5's and 1's (especially on Yelp). If you understand the deal, this place is no longer such a mystery. First, if you are a party of 2-4, don't come here without reservations - or dine in the lounge where the food is good and the prices are very reasonable - or be willing to wait. This is a restaurant that LOVES large parties 8-20. They have only a limited kitchen staff, and make their money on small parties in the lounge and bar, and on large parties in the restaurant. The service is slow (remember limited staff) and the food is good (but not world class). We had a nice bottle of Prosecco (Italian version of champagne) and tender meaty calamari while waiting an hour for a table. We ordered immediately, and the food took an hour to serve. The lamb was very good, as was the Cornish game hen. We finished with creme brûlée and bread pudding. All in, a very good meal, served in 2.5 hours. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a good meal in Lake Arrowhead, and is willing to understand the deal.

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1  Thank tmgarrett
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

I've dined at Bin 189 twice during 2012, the most recent in September and both times we had a wonderful experience.

It's casual fine dining, meaning the food is good, but you really don't need to dress up. On our September trip, we were seated near a family with a crying baby that they would not take outside to sooth and we had the server and manager both quickly jump in to ask if we wanted to be reseated. We decided to stay and cut the family some slack, but it was definitely good form for the staff to react so quickly.

They do a fantastic filet and I love the ahi appetizer. On my last trip, I had an amazing starter salad with candied nuts and goat cheese. It was listed as side salad, but big enough for a main course. I've enjoyed every component of both meals.

I love the bar, it has both a cozy and fun atmosphere. The only negative is it is a bit loud, especially when they have live music going and the noise carries into the main dining room.

I look forward to many meals here on future vacations.

Please check out my blog for pictures and further musings of our mountain vacations.

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Thank Karen H
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stayed two nights at the resort using a coupon that included free breakfasts. While the hotel was wonderful, the restaurant was not. We had planned on having dinner there one night but decided not to after having breakfast. Our pancakes and french toast were almost cold and very, very dry. Both were served with a tiny pitcher of syrup that was not sufficient. The large bowl of oatmeal was tepid and dry, served with a tiny pitcher of milk. On both occasions, we would have asked for additional syrup and milk, but unfortunately, the waiter never returned to our table except to give us the check. We could have tracked the waiter down but did not care enough to do so. As other reviewers have noted, it is a lovely facility that should have better food and service.

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1  Thank PalmSpringsVisitors
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Liked everything. Service was way beyond expectations, waiters are very knowledgable about wine pairings and dinner recommendations. Give yourself a favor and dine here!

Thank Cocopuffs2000
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We were so disappointed with the food! All of our dishes tasted like they came out of a can...from the tomatoe basil soup to the gnocchi . So sad since this is an outstanding view of the lake. I feel sorry for guests staying at this hotel since there are few restaurants in the area to choose from.

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1  Thank Traveler29105
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