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Black Bear Diner

805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
831-449-1545
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English first
Asheville, North Carolina, Usa
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144 reviews 144 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Wife had a huge taco salad with the best deep-fried taco bowl ever. Good salad. I had spaghetti and meatballs, which was pretty good. Breakfast the next day was good too.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

lots of choices, good food, good staff. They were very accomodating about splitting our meal. The food we saw going to other tables looked very good as well and the prices were fair

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Adelaide, Australia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Staying at the Laurel Inn so it was very convenient. They gave us a 10% discount coupon which we forgot to use! but it was different enough place. Food was nothing special but nice, same with the service.

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San Francisco, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

So I have heard so much about the Black Bear Diner from my sister. She said it is awesome. I had to try it myself and she was not wrong! This place IS awesome! Portion sizes are out of control and everything tastes homemade...probably because it is! lol We ate one night in Salinas and loved it so much that... More

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Salinas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband and I ordered breakfast and I should have ordered the kiddies meal. The service was great from the beginning to the end. We were met at the door to be seated with a hostess that was all smiles and acted as if she loved people. We did not have to wait long for our meal and by the... More

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Salinas, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

They have the usual diner comfort foods. The food was good and filing but some of it seemed like packaged food, especially the gravies.

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Clovis, California, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We try and stop at BBD when we find them as they offer value, good menu, and friendly service. The Salinas location was the first place I ever heard of BBD and they got me hooked. Plenty of quality food. Big salads. Terrific desserts.

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Stockton, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We have finally learned how to order smaller portions at Black Bear and get to enjoy our meals without overeating. There homemade breakfast sausage is wonderful. There chicken fried steak is awesome and I had the cheeseburger salad (I know it's not very healthy) and loved every bite. One family member always has the multi-grain pancakes and they are fantastic.... More

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Bay Area, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We ate at the Black Bear Diner while staying at the Laurel Inn. (We had been to Bay Area locations with family.) The food was good--we shared the Prime Rib special-- and the atmosphere was, well, themed. ("Lumberjack-special") Service was fine. Bonus points- when the waitress made a minor mistake on the kids meal dessert which would have been fine... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I have enjoyed Black Bear Diner while traveling, especially the one in Yreka. The Salinas version has extremely slow service. Our server was friendly but apologetic. The restaurant wasn't that crowded, so I don't know quite what the hangup was. This was my husband's first visit, however, so he wasn't impressed. I know what the chain is capable of, though,... More

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