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Black Bear Diner

805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
831-449-1545
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Ranked #23 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
Oceanside, California
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
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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Millville, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

After a loooong day of traveling and an unsuccessful stop in Santa Cruz on Memorial Day weekend (you'd think I'd know better since I live near the Jersey shore) I checked into my hotel in Salinas and walked over to the diner. I sat at the counter and every one of their employees was incredibly pleasant to me. The menu... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Sometimes you are surprised by restaurants that are "tied" to a motel. This Black Bear sits in the middle of the Laurel Inn hotel. We had driven all day and just wanted a nice meal without a lot of trouble. This fit the bill nicely. A little small, so I suspect could get crowded, but was not when we were... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We went to breakfast at the Black Bear Diner, my grandson had a big breakfast, and he emptied his plate (a rarity) so I know the food was very good. I had two large (and I do mean large) biscuits and coffee, the biscuits, oh "so good". This was my second time, returning for the biscuits, butter and jelly, and... More

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Salinas, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Black Bear Diner is not my favorite breakfast place in Salinas, but it definitely isn't the worst. :) My family always orders the Chicken Fried Steak, and I have to admit it is pretty good. I often get the Hot Italian Sausage and Eggs, which is good, and I recently got the Southern Scramble (Biscuit, Sausage, Eggs, Gravy) which was... More

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Santos, SP
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58 reviews 58 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The environment is very good. The food is tasty but the employees are not reliable. I ordered a rib with two sides and a corn bread. They didn't served the baked potatoe that I ordered, neither the bread. My wife ordered a ravioli stuffed with ricota, but they served one with meat. But the worst was the waiteress that lied... More

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Napa, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Road House Family Menu. Many fried items and high calorie desserts. It is not outstanding but is buffered from the competition

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The food is excellent, the staff is attentive, and the music is fun. Portions are huge, and the food is like home made (it is), comfort food. Love the pot roast, the turkey, the fried chicken, red skinned mashed are delicious!

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