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“Really, a 3.5” 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 #3 of 83 restaurants in Porterville
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American
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New York City, New York
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“Really, a 3.5”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

I had the Western Burger and it was delicious. My parents had the meatloaf and chicken fried steak. Both were decent but WAY too much gravy on both which took a lot away from the meal. (Ate at a different Black Bear Diner today, had gravy on the side and the meal was much better so ask for Gravy on the side!!).

Got pies to go-- Lava cake was very very dry and I threw half of it out. The strawberry short cake was delicious. The Chocolate pudding/cream pie was decent.

The wait staff was very very good. As described, the portions are very generous (my father left "full" and that NEVER happens). The price was pretty good for the portion size. I thought the decor was cute.

Visited August 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
New Orleans, Louisiana
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81 restaurant reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Good comfort food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This restaurant serves very good comfort food at reasonable, if not low, prices given very large serving sizes. The meatloaf was very good with two large pieces, each of which would have been enough by itself. The corn bread and mixed vegetables were good and more reasonable single serving sizes. It's no surprise people were leaving with doggie bags.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“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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“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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“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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