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Black Bear Diner

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805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
831-449-1545
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6:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 7
    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
Service & food quality is better!

They've improved a lot! We used to go only if nothing else was open, but we go now whenever we want a good dinner & crave comfort food. It's not gourmet, but it's much better than it used to be.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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No. Calif
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  • Families with children
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No. Calif
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

They've improved a lot! We used to go only if nothing else was open, but we go now whenever we want a good dinner & crave comfort food. It's not gourmet, but it's much better than it used to be.

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Watford City, North Dakota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Came here several times while in Salinas. First night I ate the Chicken Pot Pie. It was OK. I had a big appetite and could have eaten a little more. The second visit was for breakfast and we came with a crew of guys who all challenged one another to eat the Big Foot Chicken Fried Steak with 3 eggs,... More 

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The World
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91 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Exactly what they say they are. Abundant portions served as if to their family. The food is tasty and the portions are huge. The price is really low for the quantity of food. Really good mashed red potatoes. Not a diet restaurant.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We stayed 2 night here .we walk from the hotel to have dinner at black bare my friend recommend bar b q ,steak is very good here i have to try

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Post Falls, Idaho
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90 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you are starving and needing a bit of cheering up, go to Black Bear Diner in Salinas and sit at one of Maria's tables...she could cheer up the dead with her genuine good nature and very pleasing smile. Order anything on this menu and you will leave with a full stomach, satisfied palate and happy soul! There are wonderful... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Returned to this diner on my last trip to Salinas. I was looking for something a bit more on the healthy side and probably should have gone elsewhere but it was late and this diner is adjacent to the motel. I saw that their menu now has "fit" choices which are billed as being 500 calories. I appreciate that they... More 

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We were staying at the motel next to this restaurant so thought we would try it on our first night, we had the steak and ribs which were ok but nothing special. Red wine in a plastic wine glass was a real no no for me and needless to say we never went for a return visit!

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orinda, ca
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I've learned to come here for dinner on Friday or Saturday, when the special (not on the printed menu) is prime rib, quite delicious. I order the smaller size, which is still so generous that I get two meals from it. Very reasonably priced ($17?), most restaurants charge at least twice that. Includes tasty soup (or salad), baked potato, vegetables.... More 

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Loma Linda, California
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Don't pass by without stopping here for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Food is Great, servings are Huge, and the staff is always friendly!

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Grover Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Stopped here as my parents had eaten here before. Nice wait staff, well worn restaurant. Food was what one would expect, not outstanding, but good and filling. It was what we needed for a quick pit stop.

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?