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Black Bear Diner

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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1435 V St, Merced, CA 95340-5632
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Chino Hills, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Over the years we have seen freeway ads and have driven past a diner while in central and Northern California. For the first time we were in the right place at the right time to feed our hungry tummies!! What a treat from beginning to end. Our server Tao, I believe, was friendly. We had been on the road for... More 

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San Pablo, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

our server was very attentive with our order, and very nice, always checking on us of what we need. we had breakfast and coffee was kept coming

Thank hanmarie16
Stockton, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If your travels take you through the small town of Merced CA make this a stop for great food. Just off 99 it is easy access to the freeway and with major gas stations right near by. The service is fast and friendly. You may want to share a plate because the portions are super man size! They do serve... More 

Thank Richard H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

This place has so many choices that it is so hard to choose from! Breakfast has a great menu, lunch is awesome! But dinner has a class all to itself! Great place to go get a full belly! I would recommend this to all my friends.

Thank hilariog967
Sacramento, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We arrived mid morning and were immediately seated. The waitress was VERY helpful finding the right combination for my teens. We had bacon and eggs, pancakes, bacon...one of almost everything. It arrived quickly and was great. Decent portions an da good price.

Thank b5orange
Lompoc, California
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

We've eaten at a Black Bear Diner before so figured it was a safe bet. The service was good. The food was very good. They serve way more than you can eat. I would definitely recommend going there.

Thank HappyKathy805
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

The mashed potato is disgusting. I had the meatloaf which is good. The potato reminds me of instant mashed potato. It made me sick I kept having heartburn. My stomach hurt for 3 hours. I took medicine. :\

Thank diana c
Merced, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Went there last night. Too hot to cook! An extensive menu to choose from. Travelers it is right off Hwy 99 @ V str. and a nice place to take the family. Grand kids like the chocolate chip pancakes! Pies!

Thank cyd2020
Sacramento, California
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72 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Black Bears for me are always a good bet for breakfast. Very consistent between the different restaurant locations I have tried. Large portions of comfort food in a decent atmosphere. Wait staff was attentive and the food was good.

Thank Monte M
Long Beach, California
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

From Los Angeles to Sacramento...on Hwy 99... this was a great place to stop and "fuel up"... the décor puts you in a Happy Mood... kind-a like being at Knott's Berry Farm Bear Jamboree... The kids... of all ages will love it. They have a great table for wheel chair seating... and extend the courtesy of seating you first... even... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1435 V St, Merced, CA 95340-5632
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: 209-383-9600
this is a chain

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?