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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
loved the food

the food was just homestyle country type of food, the menu had a lot of different options made it hard to make up your mind when ordering but still very good food. i wish they would grow into a chain all over the US, it would make a very nice diner themed place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
Safuan M
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  • Families with children
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Loma Linda, California
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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 23 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

the food was just homestyle country type of food, the menu had a lot of different options made it hard to make up your mind when ordering but still very good food. i wish they would grow into a chain all over the US, it would make a very nice diner themed place.

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Springfield, Oregon
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

My fiance and I came here after we got engaged at Disney land. He knows black bears are my favorite, I have been collecting over 10 years. Great dinner, terrific staff, food, oh the food.... Large amount, tasty..great prices!

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This is a chain restaurant. We only had breakfast. It was pretty average diner type food. However, the service was great. The bear motif is charming.

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Monterey
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Average food and service, sometimes takes too long to get the whole experience accomplished. Don't go here if you are looking for a timely meal.

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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Stopped in for a late lunch while traveling. Menu had a lot of choices, so deciding was hard. Senior menu had nice options. Our entree choices came with a side salad -- lettuce, carrots shreds, croutons, cabbage & it was huge! The corn muffin that came with it was very good. The fried chicken was very good -- crisp and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Hadn't eaten here for a while, and pleasantly surprised! Greeted as usual by a statue of a black bear...but once inside noticed a difference. The chairs at the counter, were recently modified. The backs were assembled and looked like wooden logs, and quite befitting the surroundings. BEARS....everywhere!! Pictures, and black bear objects to buy, as well as their tasty black-beary... More 

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Santa Maria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

My family likes BBD and thought we'd try this one when traveling. The food was good but service we got wasn't the best. People seated after us got served quicker than the 3 in our party. The waitress was sweet but lacked attention to detail. The inside of the restaurant wasn't as up to date as other locations. The back... More 

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Midwest
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

If you're hungry, this is the place to fill up at breakfast. And unlike a lot of places, you can fill up on food that is genuinely good. The fare is basic, nothing fancy. I had eggs, linguica sausage, a biscuit and hashbrowns; the Portugese style sausage was flavorful and slightly spicy. My son went for the Grizz - three... More 

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Additional Information about Black Bear Diner

Address: 805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
Phone Number: 831-449-1545
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
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
Average Prices: USD 8 - 15
Cuisine: American

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • 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?