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Black Bear Cafe

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American, Irish, Fish & Chips
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215 Roosevelt Trail (Rte 302), Naples, ME 04055
207-693-4770
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Surprisingly Excellent food

We go to the Black Bear Cafe every summer when we visit Naples. I was reluctant at first because we have kids and it's definitely a bar, but we went for it. The seafood there is DELICIOUS. Seriously, I actually sent my compliments to the chef. The breadsticks they serve to everyone are also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
Marie N
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Worcester, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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129 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Worcester, Massachusetts
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We go to the Black Bear Cafe every summer when we visit Naples. I was reluctant at first because we have kids and it's definitely a bar, but we went for it. The seafood there is DELICIOUS. Seriously, I actually sent my compliments to the chef. The breadsticks they serve to everyone are also good. The tables are tight, so... More 

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BBCMamaBear, Owner at Black Bear Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your awesome feedback and delighted to know that you and your family enjoyed your visits to the Black Bear. During the summer season, it can get a bit cozy, and so we are adding additional seating, via a Snug, which will be a smaller eating area separated from the main dining area, and perhaps... More 

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Stopped in for supper on Friday night after Thanksgiving. Good live music, great service, and the food is comfort food with a twist and REALLY well done. I had grilled pork loin with garlic mashed and it was outstanding. Hubby had the shepherd's pie with sweet potato mashed instead of the usual and it was delicious. No room for dessert,... More 

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BBCMamaBear, Owner at Black Bear Cafe, responded to this review

Wow, thank you so much for your fantastic review. We sincerely thank you for choosing the Black Bear and know that it is great feedback for our team to know that you enjoyed your meal and the service. Feedback like this is most welcome and extremely encouraging. Thank you again and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you... More 

Windham, Maine
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is the little Irish Pub that my husband and I go to for a well poured pint of Guinness and good food. Most Friday and Saturday nights there is a bit of music as well and a few sing-a-longs are not uncommon! It doesn't open until 4pm and is usually packed by 7. Great little place! Enjoy!

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BBCMamaBear, Owner at Black Bear Cafe, responded to this review

Wow, thank you so much for your great review and for choosing the Black Bear. We love it when our customers enjoy the experience. Thank you again and we hope to welcome you back soon. More 

Raymond, Maine
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The Braised Lamb Shank was just perfect.. so meaty and flavorful and the accompanying orzo though it sounded plain was perfectly seasoned and a wonderful accompaniment. My dining partners had the pork loin. They both mentioned that while their dishes were good the pork was a little overdone. Future customers might mention that to their server when ordering. Three of... More 

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BBCMamaBear, Owner at Black Bear Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for choosing the Black Bear and sharing your feedback. Regarding the noise, we are currently adding more seating, that will be a bit removed from the entertainment, and anticipate this to be ready by February 2015. During the season 'quiet nights' are most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and during the other season, we offer music Friday and... More 

Kittery Point, Maine
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We were looking for relaxing pub fare and their new fall menu is a step above. The Fall Mussels with apple cider broth were delicious. My wife had the lamb shank and it was awesome. I had the shepherd's pie with a sweet potato mash that very tasty and cooked perfectly.

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BBCMamaBear, Owner at Black Bear Cafe, responded to this review

Wow, thank you so much for giving us a try and then taking the time to share your great feedback. It is always a thrill to show our staff a great review. We hope you will stop in again and look forward to welcoming you back then. More 

Arlington, Texas
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This cozy pub on route 302 in Naples has atmosphere, friendly service, and great food. The shepherd's pie is outstanding. Heaping platter of calamari with tangy banana peppers is perfect with a glass of Smithwicks. Haddock is fresh and tasty. Enjoyed some fun local musicians one night--just like pub experiences we had in Ireland! Closed Tuesdays, but we went back... More 

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BBCMamaBear, Owner at Black Bear Cafe, responded to this review

Delighted to read your great review and thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us. For the winter season we are open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back again. Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us and for sharing your great feedback. More 

Brentwood, New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Given that bears became extinct in Ireland about a thousand years ago, this is a curious name for an Irish pub. That aside, it's a great spot for food, drink and music. During the high season they have music nightly, mostly at least Irish-influenced. The night we were there Jud Caswell performed on guitar, banjo, cittern (a cool, funky 5... More 

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BBCMamaBear, Owner at Black Bear Cafe, responded to this review

We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your experience at the Black Bear and thank you so much for your kind feedback. We are fortunate to enjoy the sounds of many accomplished musicians at the Bear, and Judd is right up there with the best of them. He has been known to stay and play requests from the staff... More 

Beaufort, North Carolina
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The early bird special are the best. The Haddock is to die for. The pizzas are also very good. Nice choices, not the normal every day run of the mill food. Great ambiance, Good selection of Beers, Irish and domestic.

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BBCMamaBear, Owner at Black Bear Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you most sincerely for choosing to dine with us at the Black Bear and thank you for your feedback. Our Early Bear menu has great offerings and it makes us so happy when it 'hits the spot' for our customers. Thank you again and we look forward to hopefully welcoming you back again. More 

bigyin33
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Excellent spot for a good pint, live music and great food. What more do you need. Been here many times over the past few years, pub pizzas are great, the chowder is excellent. A good pint of Guinness outside of Ireland is hard to come by, they have a great pint of the black stuff here.

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BBCMamaBear, Owner at Black Bear Cafe, responded to this review

Wow, what a great review. I am delighted to read that you have enjoyed your visits to the Black Bear. We look forward to welcoming you back again. More 

Canterbury
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

We were second to arrive at this restaurant, and hadn't booked. We were told they could fit us, so yes at down, placed our order for a starter and main dish. Unbeknown to us they had taken a larger booking and had messed up on numbers, so part way through out main course they started moving tables around. We courtesy... More 

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BBCMamaBear, Owner at Black Bear Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you most sincerely for choosing to dine here with us and thank you also for sharing your feedback. During the summer months it can get crowded and tables will be moved around to accommodate parties of different sizes. We so appreciate when our customers are willing to help us out on those occasions when someone is asked to move... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 215 Roosevelt Trail (Rte 302), Naples, ME 04055
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Naples
  • Phone Number: 207-693-4770

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Irish, Fish & Chips

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?