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“Never had a bad meal there” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Black Bear Diner

Black Bear Diner
805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
831-449-1545
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Ranked #22 of 285 Restaurants in Salinas
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Stockton, CA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Never had a bad meal there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We have finally learned how to order smaller portions at Black Bear and get to enjoy our meals without overeating. There homemade breakfast sausage is wonderful. There chicken fried steak is awesome and I had the cheeseburger salad (I know it's not very healthy) and loved every bite. One family member always has the multi-grain pancakes and they are fantastic. Another family member always has the pancakes with a side of bacon and that is fantastic as well. We have never had a bad meal at this particular Black Bear and yes we've had marginal meals at another Black Bear but never this one.

Visited August 2014
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  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Bay Area, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Themed family friendly large-portioned mini-chain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We ate at the Black Bear Diner while staying at the Laurel Inn.
(We had been to Bay Area locations with family.) The food was good--we shared the Prime Rib special-- and the atmosphere was, well, themed. ("Lumberjack-special")
Service was fine. Bonus points- when the waitress made a minor mistake on the kids meal dessert which would have been fine at home, she replaced it without us even asking.

Certainly preferable over Dennys/Applebys/etc

Visited August 2014
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“disappointing in comparison to other locations”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I have enjoyed Black Bear Diner while traveling, especially the one in Yreka. The Salinas version has extremely slow service. Our server was friendly but apologetic. The restaurant wasn't that crowded, so I don't know quite what the hangup was.

This was my husband's first visit, however, so he wasn't impressed. I know what the chain is capable of, though, so I won't give them up entirely.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Cherryville, North Carolina, USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Very good homestyle cooking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Very good homestyle cooking. I like country style food, meat vegetables. The pot roast and mashed potatoes was very good with large portions. Friendly, efficient, waitress. Can't go wrong here.

Visited July 2014
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Oceanside, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“We loved this place ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This place has everything good you have ever associated with a dinner and none of the bad, except for the calories. Best meat loaf I have had in a long time. Super friendly service, too. The menu includes classic diner food and modern alternatives.

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