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“Not so prime rib” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Black Bear Diner

Black Bear Diner
951 Merchant St, Vacaville, CA 95688-5315
707-448-1500
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Ranked #14 of 164 Restaurants in Vacaville
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Denmark
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Not so prime rib”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

After all the reviews we were looking forward to a lovely meal and it began also quite nicely with a great bowl of soup, but then we got to the special of the day, the prime rib. Taking the positive first the sauce was good, as were the potatoes and the vegetables but the meat! Tough as leather in parts and full of sinews. I cut about a third of it off because it for me was unedible and the remainder didn't even taste particularly well.
I can in no way imagine how this restaurant got the ratings it has. I shall never return.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Vacaville, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Consistently Excellent - easily best breakfast in Vacaville”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

I've only dined at the Black Bear thrice, and todays was as good as all the rest. The charming carved Bear motif is welcome and ubiquitous, and the service is friendly and efficient. Their portions are as generous as they are tasty.

Highly recommended!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Winters, CA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great service, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We regularly head to Black Bear in Vacaville for breakfast/bruch. They make an excellent chicken fried steak in two sizes. The portions are generous and easily can make two meals.

We've yet to have a bad meal there breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Service is great and the rare 'slow' meal, the server keeps you informed.

Definitely recommend Black Bear.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Whittier, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Thelma and Louise mini trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

Our first visit we sat at the bar as the waiting time was about an hour. Me and my sister had so much fun watching the cooks and waitresses interacting nd it was great to see that they help each other. The food was delicious and you can't beat the prices and the quantity and quality. I am so excited to know the have a restaurant in a Arizona. I live in So. CA. they don't have one yet but they will soon. I will be vacationing in Az. Next month so I have two favorites Crakel Barrel nd Black Bear Diner

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Garden Valley, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Can't Beat A Bear”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Whenever it's feeding time and we see a Bear Diner, we head for it. You cannot beat the food, the amount of food, the price of food, and of course the ambience. Service has always been fast and friendly. On Feb. 4th we ate lunch at the Black Bear Diner in Vacaville for the first time and it too was as great as the others we have eaten at. We highly recommend them anywhere you go.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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