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Black Bear Diner

805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
831-449-1545
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Ranked #22 of 284 Restaurants in Salinas
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night
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English first
Salinas, California
1 review
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
14 helpful votes 14 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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25 reviews 25 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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Cherryville, North Carolina, USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Very good homestyle cooking. I like country style food, meat vegetables. The pot roast and mashed potatoes was very good with large portions. Friendly, efficient, waitress. Can't go wrong here.

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Oceanside, California
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43 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This place has everything good you have ever associated with a dinner and none of the bad, except for the calories. Best meat loaf I have had in a long time. Super friendly service, too. The menu includes classic diner food and modern alternatives.

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Paicines, CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It took 45 minutes from time of ordering until food was delivered. Burger was overcooked. Have been to other locations and everything went well.

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Amerikaner im Schweiz
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18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

My favorite short order restsurant, bar none. They'll make a traditional comfort food dinner minus the bread and the carb load just to save you 500 calories without losing the enjoyment factor.

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