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Black Bear Diner

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1161 E Tulare Ave, Tulare, CA 93274-4561
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6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 56
    Very good
  • 17
  • 5
  • 2
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Black bear diner

Food is good. Out of 6 people in my family, we did not care for the pancakes. However the rest of the food was great and staff was very helpful and friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Tulare CA
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is decent and you will be filled up. The service is also top notch. I would choose this place over most main stream diners.

Thank Tim O
Tulare CA
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Food is good. Out of 6 people in my family, we did not care for the pancakes. However the rest of the food was great and staff was very helpful and friendly.

Thank Lmishelof
Chandler, Arizona, United States
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Great service with a tasty meal. They have something for everyone on their menu. Stop...you will not be disappointed.

Thank Heather B
Prague, Czech Republic
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Great idea... it was to let TripAdvisor website to recommend a local place where to stop by for a breakfast! Funny black bears everywhere but of course the meals were also a real delights. A bit more expensive comparing to other places like that but it was worthy at all. Very authentic!

Thank alder192
Level Contributor
30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Well you wont go hungry. Portions were massive and that's where the problem is - the plate is piled high but sadly the food is very average. Mind you, its not very expensive either. As long as you don't go expecting fine dining you wont really be disappointed - just make sure you skipped lunch first!

Thank Sean G
Vancouver, Canada
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

First time we had visited this chain and were not disappointed .... Friendly and accommodating staff .... huge portions .. Good comfort food ....Great value for money ... Would wholeheartedly recommend

Thank Gater55
Rapid City, South Dakota
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109 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We always eat at Black Bears everywhere, we know the food is always good, but the service from our waitress, well, she needed replacing. We ate dinner early, usually do to avoid the dinner crowds, we asked for a booth, a little more room for us old people, she said we save those for parties of 3 or more...really?,about 5... More 

Thank Robtzu
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74 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Don't really know why I expected more. Maybe it's because the place looked better than the food they served. I don't like when a place so blatantly only wanna perform on portion sizes. I am aware that this is no fancy place but I would have loved if the food was presented a little better. People next table ordered burgers... More 

Thank RobertFromDenmark
Level Contributor
38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

First time we have been to this chain and we loved it. The food was great ( large portions) and the service excellent. I would definitely return

Thank Neil S
New Castle, Indiana
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200 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Ate here with family of 5 when Mexican restaurant downtown was closed. The waitress was nice and attentive, while food came out with reasonable timing. From meatloaf to BBQ, mashed red potatoes and gravy, cornbread, to everything we all had was yummy. We didn't have tummy room left after our meals to order dessert, but as we paid at the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1161 E Tulare Ave, Tulare, CA 93274-4561
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Tulare
  • Phone Number: 559-684-9152

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine


Open Hours
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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