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“Family Place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Black Bear Diner

Black Bear Diner
910 W Olive Ave, Porterville, CA 93257-3112
559-784-3648
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Ranked #1 of 85 Restaurants in Porterville
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Family Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

Above average food and service. Went for breakfast. Large portions and coffee cup never empty. Family atmosphere. Definitely a good choice when taking kids and grandkids out to eat.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Good place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

This place is good for the value. My husband's steak was cooked perfectly - medium rare. Mine was supposed to be the same, but it was overcooked. Veggies were also overcooked. The service was great. I would return, but don't order the steaks.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Visalia, California
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79 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“They Have Great Pies Here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Always had great service and great food at this Black Bear. But they have the only pie crust I have ever liked. The pies in Tulare are good but the crust is not as good as in Porterville. I wish the baker would share there secret with all the Black Bears & Ryan's Place. There all great for breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bakersfield, California
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Quite possibly the worst meal I've ever had.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I know, I know. It is 100% my fault. Why would anyone in their right mind order Steak and Lobster at a Black Bear Diner? Well, it was the 'special' of the evening. I was thinking the lobster tail would be a typical, low budget, frozen tail. But the steak should make up for any short-comings. Was I ever wrong. The tail may have started as a average frozen tail, but by the time they had overcooked it by a factor of ten times, it was nothing more than a tasteless piece of shoe leather. The steak was just as bad. It was maybe 1/4" thick BEFORE the cooked the last bit of moisture from it. I ordered medium, but I think their cook chart goes something like: rare=well, medium rare=extra well, medium=cooked beyond recognition. I'd hate to see how they do well done. The green beens were cooked down to basically a green soup. Maybe if the cook didn't spend so much time over-cooking, the food would come out in a more timely manner.

After the meal the cashier asked what I thought of my meal. I told her it was the worst meal I ever had. She said "Oh, that's too bad", and then took my money.

If you really enjoy having to work to chew your food (think beef jerky) you might really like this place. If not, well, their pies do look good.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Porterville, California
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“Old Fashioned Comfort Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

The food here is excellent. The portions are gigantic. There is always enough for two meals. They have a great special daily on steak and eggs and the chicken fried steak is the best anywhere. The servers are always friendly and the desserts are wonderful.

Visited May 2012
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