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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night

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  • 30
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  • 32
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Gastronomic dining

Black Bear diner is restaurant well known for their good eats and generous portions. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Come hungry, otherwise you'll be asking for a "to go" box!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
Dahlia G
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Salinas
Good for:
  • Families with children
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Salinas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Black Bear diner is restaurant well known for their good eats and generous portions. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Come hungry, otherwise you'll be asking for a "to go" box!

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Alameda
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72 reviews 72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I was unaware of the Black Bear Diner chain until I visited one in Fremont a month ago. I liked it enough to use the one in Salinas for lunch on both the trip south from the Bay Area to San Luis Obispo and returning home. Food is freshly prepared and the menu has something for every taste, palate and... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My husband & I ate at this restaurant for breakfast. There is a large variety to pick from & it was delicious. Since we are seniors, there is a special section for us folks who tend not to eat so much although the portion was more than generous. All this in a rustic ambiance with Teddy Bears on display &... More 

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Salinas, California, Usa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a great restaurant for comfort food.They have a great variety of food items and some are big portions.This is a great place for families too.I've always enjoyed coming here to eat with either friends or family,always leave full.since it is a popular spot to eat,expect a bit of a wait,but it will be totally worth it.Prices are also... More 

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Ventura, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

It is not a hit and miss place as each Black Bear Dinner is pretty consistent with each other even the pleasant wait staff.

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Oakland, California
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132 reviews 132 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Very good food with good size portions,I had a Reuben sandwich with fresh Cole slaw, just like (K F C ) very good the wife had the fried chicken dinner with a salad and baked potato also very good Excellent service and staff . Very Good Value for the $

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Amerikaner im Schweiz
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59 reviews 59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

For those wanting eggs done any way they wish, 3 pancakes, bacon and sausage, the Volcano is a very good deal and is not only nicely presented but is very, very filling. I have been to this restaurant for lunch and dinner many times, but my trip from SoCal to SF this time necessitated a night's rest in Salinas, which... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

OUTSTANDING food at a very reasonable price. THe Menus at all the Black Bear Diners are ineresting, as they didscuss the life and culture of the area at a given time.

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MAGALIA
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157 reviews 157 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
410 helpful votes 410 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The Northern California chain restaurants "Black Bear Diner" spread all over the state in recent years. They are mostly near freeway exits and often not far from malls and major hotels. Their concept is traditional American food and large portions - far away from modern diet trends. The Salinas Black Bear is not very typical in its appearance (most likely... More 

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California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We stop often at a Black Bear Diner when we travel up and down California. Good food, good service, good values. Last night we stopped in Salinas. We were seated in a back table near a very drafty outside door. I asked to be moved to a different table and that was my mistake. I must have broken some unwritten... More 

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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?