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“OK for big eaters” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Black Bear Diner

Black Bear Diner
395 Leavesley Rd, Gilroy, CA 95020-3606
408-842-9901
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Ranked #4 of 114 Restaurants in Gilroy
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Deming
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“OK for big eaters”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Chains like the Black Bear Diner are geared towards customers who want big plates of homestyle food offering good value for money. However, it is not really the place for lighter eaters and people who are simply put off by the sight of people shovelling down massive plates. Having said that, the breakfasts are quite good and consistent in quality. And the burgers are quite acceptable. Many of the other entrees and lunch items have high sodium levels as well as high calories, so are not suitable for people watching their diets for medical or other reasons. I have asked to substitute fresh fruit for fries, and the staff are willing to do this, but this is not always available, The servers at this particular Black Bear Diner seem to be very nice and accommodating overall. But, you have to check carefully orders to go, as items tend to be forgotten. And, since this restaurant is in Gilroy, it would be nice to have some food with garlic on the menu.

Visited December 2012
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Fallon, Nevada
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“good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

good,Food good menu close to location,clean Bathrooms,deserts menu nice,lighted parking lot,had carved bear in front of building

Visited January 2013
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San Jose, California
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“Good Food, Good Prices, Good Wait”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Good old fashion restaurant dining at reasonable prices, with large portions. If you like a good old fashion breakfast, Black Bear has it, but go hungry, or you will be taking a good portion home with you. Service is always friendly and attentive once you are seated, this is nice family place to have breakfast on weekends. Have eaten at about 4 or 5 different Black Bear diners and all have been consistent and good. Once you eat there will want to go back again ....

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Nice Family Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Affordable, good food, family friendly, comfortable for handicapped persons. Convenient to the Ramada Limited motel across the street.

Visited August 2012
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“Good basic food at a reasonable price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is part of a chain and in my experience, all of the restraurants give one a simliar experience. The food is basic American: hambergers, various sandwiches, country fried steak, chops, etc. they also serve breakfast. The food is good and the service is satisfactory to good. It is a good, reliable place to eat.

Visited October 2012
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