Looking for a great place to go on a date in Grand Junction? Bin 707 is our favorite place! It’s not a bad place for families either, but it rates number 1 as our date spot. Read more to find out why.
What’s with That Name?
Before I review the place, I want to write a few words about the name, in case it sends your mind in the same place it sent mine before my first visit. With the word “foodbar” in the name, I was envisioning some kind of generic buffet-type place. Nothing could be further from the reality of Bin 707 Foodbar. Everything is prepared fresh from local ingredients; there’s no “food bar” (buffet). I’m assuming the word “foodbar” originated from the dual emphasis placed on offering great experiences in both food and drink (the bar offers a great variety of options for Grand Junction, including “flights” to allow patrons to explore.)
Bin 707’s Location
The physical address is 225 N. 5th Street, #105, in downtown Grand Junction. It’s pretty much at the corner of 5th and White.
There’s plenty of parking along 5th street (in the evenings). Since 5th Street is a one-way street flowing north, I typically take Rood to 5th, turn north on 5th, and park in the first parking lot I see. Traveling on 5th street, Bin 707 Foodbar will be on your left.
What We Love About Bin 707 Foodbar
The Unique Atmosphere. When I take Susan out for a date, I’m interested in an experience that’s different from what’s offered by the chain restaurants. Bin 707 offers an atmosphere that is both casual (I’ve eaten there in jeans and a hoodie without feeling uncomfortable) and somehow upscale. The place is quaint (it’s not a big place); yet, it feels bigger than it is due to the absence of walls (in places where other restaurants might have them) and the high ceilings. Also, there are many smaller tables for 2, giving Susan and I an intimate setting for conversation without feeling like we’re being swallowed by a booth. For me, Bin 707 offers a great date atmosphere.
The Attention to Detail. There are so many little things that Bin 707 gets right.
There are butcher paper “tablecloths” that offer an opportunity to express your inner-artist.
The lighting fixtures are just plain cool.
There’s a bookshelf full of cookbooks that add to the ambiance.
The restaurant’s logo is unlike any I’ve seen (and rather appealing) and can be found in unlikely places.
If you like to pay attention to the little things, you can have some fun at Bin 707.
The Menu. I find things at Bin 707 that I don’t find anyplace else. That’s a good thing! I’m not always in the mood for a burger (bun-less, of course) and fries, but, when I am, I want to to be unique. Bin 707 offers the fries cooked in truffle oil, along with a truffle aioli.
It’s awesome! I am particularly fond of charcuterie and cheese boards. Bin 707 offers the opportunity to try dried meats and cheeses that I’ve never tried (or heard of). You can even build your own from a generous list of options.
The Berkshire Pork Tacos are a tasty spin on the traditional taco, as well.
The Bar. I like a glass of whiskey from time to time. And when I drink a glass of whiskey, I’d prefer trying something I’ve never tried before. (I am an explorer, after all.) Bin 707 Foodbar’s whiskey list is long and covers a wide variety of price points.
On top of that, the bar offers a list of whiskey flights, so I can try a smaller amount of 3 different whiskeys at a time. Typically, Susan and I share one flight, and it’s just about the perfect amount.
The Prices. The prices at Bin 707 Foodbar are surprisingly reasonable. So many of our “date places” feature prices well above those of our typical “family places”. That’s not true of Bin 707 Foodbar. I find that a date with Susan costs me little more at Bin 707 than it would at a place like Chili’s…and Bin 707 is so much more date-worthy.
Locally Sourced Food Made from Scratch. I’m a big fan of local sourcing. In my opinion, it also tastes better. Same for food made from scratch on-site.
Four to Five PM
Bin 707 Foodbar serves both lunch and dinner; however, if you arrive between four and five PM, you can only order off the Happy Hour menu, so the kitchen can switch from lunch to dinner. The Happy Hour menu is smaller than the lunch and dinner menus, so it’s worth knowing this if you plan to arrive early to beat the crowd (like we often do.)
As you can see from the menu above, it’s limited but still worthy. Charcuterie boards are also available.
Bin 707 doesn’t take reservations, and it’s not a terribly large restaurant, so…plan on getting there early or plan on waiting a while. Fortunately, you can stroll around beautiful downtown Grand Junction while you wait.
There’s a reason – actually there are a bunch of reasons – why Bin 707 Foodbar is our favorite date place. I encourage you to give it a try!