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Mother Bear's Pizza

1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
+1 812-332-4495
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Ranked #1 of 295 Restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Pizza
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Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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!
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89% Recommend
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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Great pizzas. Love the Dixie Two Step with barbecue chicken. Reasonable prices, especially with their munchie madness special. Brownies were great too!

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43 reviews 43 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Awesome place with electrifying energy.a nice bar to hang out whilst your table is ready as it's always crowded with IU students.luckily the IU food card is not accepted here and only in their 15 food halls coz otherwise this place wud b even more mobbed.i personally do not like pizzas but this one was just perfect.awesome crust with just... More

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Akron, Ohio
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I always check trip advisor for restaurant suggestions when visiting a new place. I was surprised to see a pizza place rated number one. Our family of five, visiting our son in Bloomington, wanted a easy, inexpensive dinner, Mama Bear's was the choice. Three beers, a soda and 2 large pizzas for under $50! We had a large Monet thin... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Seeing anything rated #1 always makes it a target, but it is difficult to argue with this one. The pizza is as good as you have probably ever had. The atmosphere walks the line between college-oriented and reasonably classy very well. There is nothing wrong with either, but you rarely see them blended this well. Service is informative, reasonably efficient,... More

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Ravenna, Ohio
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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Graffiti everywhere. Monet pizza and pitcher of local beer very satisfying after long day of moving. Server willing to explain menu and make recommendations. Hot, made to order pizza with great crust came relatively quick. Would go again.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The host was very flexible and seated the five of us quickly on a Sat. night. I am not a big fan of deep dish, bready crust, but this is some good pie. Good ingredients and well cooked. For the most part, the Special pizzas do not have any price break from ordering it by ingredient - they are more... More

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Chicago, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Nostalgic trip down memory lane as I was a student at IU until 2004. Pizza and breadsticks were lovely as always, server was very kind. Of course the restaurant itself is a hole in the wall.. you go there knowing that. it's part of the experience.

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Rochester, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

If you're in Bloomington and like pizza this place is a must stop. Bring a sharpie and you can leave your mark on the booth. It's encuraged!

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Burns Harbor, Indiana
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75 reviews 75 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Mother Bear's pizza never disappoints. The food is top notch and the service is always good. It's always busy even in the off season (summer when the kids are home). Please do yourself a favor and eat here at least one time and you'll be certain to return again and again!

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Bloomington, Indiana
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The best part of Mother Bears is the great selection of gourmet pizzas -- there are lots of interesting (but good!) combinations. They also have a good lunch special.

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