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805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
831-449-1545
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6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Good for:
Families with children

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good Home Cooking at the Beat

Very good food with good size portions,I had a Reuben sandwich with fresh Cole slaw, just like (K F C ) very good the wife had the fried chicken dinner with a salad and baked potato also very good Excellent service and staff . Very Good Value for the $

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
TravelDeFamly
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Oakland, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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89 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

My husband & I ate at this restaurant for breakfast. There is a large variety to pick from & it was delicious. Since we are seniors, there is a special section for us folks who tend not to eat so much although the portion was more than generous. All this in a rustic ambiance with Teddy Bears on display &... More 

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Salinas, California, Usa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

This is a great restaurant for comfort food.They have a great variety of food items and some are big portions.This is a great place for families too.I've always enjoyed coming here to eat with either friends or family,always leave full.since it is a popular spot to eat,expect a bit of a wait,but it will be totally worth it.Prices are also... More 

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Ventura, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

It is not a hit and miss place as each Black Bear Dinner is pretty consistent with each other even the pleasant wait staff.

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Oakland, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Very good food with good size portions,I had a Reuben sandwich with fresh Cole slaw, just like (K F C ) very good the wife had the fried chicken dinner with a salad and baked potato also very good Excellent service and staff . Very Good Value for the $

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Amerikaner im Schweiz
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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

For those wanting eggs done any way they wish, 3 pancakes, bacon and sausage, the Volcano is a very good deal and is not only nicely presented but is very, very filling. I have been to this restaurant for lunch and dinner many times, but my trip from SoCal to SF this time necessitated a night's rest in Salinas, which... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

OUTSTANDING food at a very reasonable price. THe Menus at all the Black Bear Diners are ineresting, as they didscuss the life and culture of the area at a given time.

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MAGALIA
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153 reviews 153 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
410 helpful votes 410 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The Northern California chain restaurants "Black Bear Diner" spread all over the state in recent years. They are mostly near freeway exits and often not far from malls and major hotels. Their concept is traditional American food and large portions - far away from modern diet trends. The Salinas Black Bear is not very typical in its appearance (most likely... More 

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California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We stop often at a Black Bear Diner when we travel up and down California. Good food, good service, good values. Last night we stopped in Salinas. We were seated in a back table near a very drafty outside door. I asked to be moved to a different table and that was my mistake. I must have broken some unwritten... More 

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Morris County, NJ
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Nice, varied menu, tasty food, good deserts, reasonable service. Cute bear-oriented theme. It's a chain in California, but it doesn't feel like a chain.

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Pioneer, California, Usa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Black Bear Diner, always good food and lots of it, we try to stop at Black Bear Diners when we are on the road, California to Oregon. We have never been disappointed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: 831-449-1545

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 15
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
6:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?