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Mother Bear's Pizza

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1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
+1 812-332-4495
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Ask anyone in Bloomington where you can get the best pizza and they're...
Ask anyone in Bloomington where you can get the best pizza and they're sure to say Mother Bear's Pizza. We've become an institution, and many students and locals alike call our restaurant home. Our crust sets us apart, but our toppings are the freshest ingredients anyone can come by. Not in the mood for pizza? We also have crisp salads, hot sub sandwiches, wings, quiche, pasta dinners, such as Chicken Parmesan and Spinach Lasagna. And don't leave without grabbing a brownie for dessert! Better yet, try our Munchie Madness: a 10" one-topping pizza, an order of breadsticks or cheese bread, two homemade brownies, and a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Dr. Pepper, or Mountain Dew, all for $11.95!We also serve beer and wine!We are consistently named the Best Pizza in Bloomington by Indiana Daily Student Poll, and People Magazine named us one of America's Top Nine Pizzarias!We take Campus Access and deliver until 3 a.M. Thursday - Saturday!
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Good for:
Large groups
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 144
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Friday night pizza night

This is one of our regular pizza joints for Friday night pizza. Love their unique pizzas, atmosphere... Just a great place and fun for kids. They love reading the writing on the booths.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
QueenMasonBee
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Bloomington, Indiana
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Bloomington, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is one of our regular pizza joints for Friday night pizza. Love their unique pizzas, atmosphere... Just a great place and fun for kids. They love reading the writing on the booths.

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Avon, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is the best place to get pizza on campus. It isn't expensive at all. They do now however have a limit on your refills, you can only get one free refill. Their salad is really good but pizza is obviously their big suit. They have tons of options plus the build your own. Parking is an issue, whenever we... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

Each year we renew our WFIU member card and love cashing in our BOGO here because Mother Bear's allows you to buy one extra large pizza and get one free, so it feels like a luxurious bargain! This a great pizza place for large parties- delicious salads, good beer selection, tasty pizzas. My only complaint? No thin crust....

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Mother Bear's is the best kind of local joint - great food, great service, fun atmosphere. Great for families, groups of friends, and casual business meetings. The pizza lives up to the hype!

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Indiana
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Nothing fancy. Classic pizza. Love the place ! Popular with college students. Close To campus. Great service.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

I highly recommend this place if you are in bloomington The pizza was awesome service excellent and atmosphere fun. Pizza well made and home made. Go.

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Rockport, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I would drive there just for the pizza, but I'd stick around for the atmosphere..it's simply divine!!

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West Lafayette, Indiana
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Okay, if you want to drive through IU campus to pick up a pie and hope to get a place to park, Mother Bear's is worth the drive. I hear it's been nationally featured in People Magazine, but that was back in the day and now Aver's, Pizza Express or Rocket's can keep up with the 'gourmet' pizza crowd. Honestly,... More 

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Aurora, CO
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423 reviews 423 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This is a well known place in Bloomington and very popular. It's a fun place to go with a lively atmosphere and much history. The pizza is good, a thick crust style. No reservations and parking is a bit of a problem but we always come back to Mother Bear's.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

I had high hopes coming here because Mother Bear's pizza is rated so high and I'm a pizza lover. Quality wise, it wasn't even as good as Pizza Hut. And the service was awful. The waitress was rude to us especially when we asked for our checks to be split up. She probably isn't there anymore because it's been a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 812-332-4495

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget

Description

Ask anyone in Bloomington where you can get the best pizza and they're sure to say Mother Bear's Pizza. We've become an institution, and many students and locals alike call our restaurant home. Our crust sets us apart, but our toppings are the freshest ingredients anyone can come by. Not in the mood for pizza? We also have crisp salads, hot sub sandwiches, wings, quiche, pasta dinners, such as Chicken Parmesan and Spinach Lasagna. And don't leave without grabbing a brownie for dessert! Better yet, try our Munchie Madness: a 10" one-topping pizza, an order of breadsticks or cheese bread, two homemade brownies, and a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Dr. Pepper, or Mountain Dew, all for $11.95!We also serve beer and wine!We are consistently named the Best Pizza in Bloomington by Indiana Daily Student Poll, and People Magazine named us one of America's Top Nine Pizzarias!We take Campus Access and deliver until 3 a.M. Thursday - Saturday!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 am

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