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Black Bear Diner

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805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
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6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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Good food at good prices

If you stay at the Laurel Motel this is the place to go. We had dinner there and the selection of food was very good and when it affixed it kept it's promise. Service was very friendly and the bill a pleasant surprise

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
John D
Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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Soledad, California
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food here comes in huge portions, so bring your appetite! Not expensive at all for quality food that tastes like homemade. You won't be disappointed. Only thing is you might have a bit of a wait to be seated. It's always full.

Thank Dee93960
Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you stay at the Laurel Motel this is the place to go. We had dinner there and the selection of food was very good and when it affixed it kept it's promise. Service was very friendly and the bill a pleasant surprise

Thank John D
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This was the BEST choice for our Christmas dinner ever. We were visiting family and no one wanted to cook so we found the Black Bear. Noel our waitress was wonderful and we felt so at home with Bing Crosby on the radio and recalling memories of North Salinas when we were young. The food was down home goodness. Some... More 

Thank Barbara F
Orlando, Florida
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101 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Late dinner while on the road. Our family had the onion rings as a starter and the chicken & waffle, chicken taco salad, and fried chicken as entrees. Apparently we were in a chickeny mood. Everything was hot, fresh, and timely. The service was great as well. The portions are very large. My taco salad was probably a whole head... More 

Thank mindelicious
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69 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Had dinner here on my first night in Salinas, a short walk across the parking lot from Laurel Motel. I had the meat loaf, not bad! Flavorful, however the steamed vegetables were pretty mushy. The service was excellent!

Thank Joethesailor2014
Kansas City, Missouri
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56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Had Sunday breakfast here. It was very busy and crowded but we got in short order. Nice menu and food was ample and delicious. It is on the property with Laurel Inn so we didn't have far to go. I would eat here again.

Thank coce50
Salinas, California
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168 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

I' ve only visited 3 or 4 Black Bear Diners over the years, and there's one thing about them that consistently disappoints. I'll nearly always leave room for dessert, and these folks promote their cobbler desserts as something special. Unfortunately, they generally fall short, primarily because you get short changed on the fruit filling, especially in the apple or berry... More 

Thank palshaw
Saint Joseph, Missouri
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270 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Stopped into this restaurant for breakfast. Friendly, helpful staff! Large menu. Home Cooked food. Large portions!! Interesting decor. All about bears! Food was good and prepared as ordered. Fair prices!

Thank Ge0rgetravels
Las Vegas, Nevada
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

While visiting in California we decided to take our family to Black Bear Diner for breakfast. Even though they live in Salinas they had not eaten at the Diner. They were quite impressed. So much food is put on your plate and it's oh so good!! The family enjoyed so much they said they would be going back to eat... More 

Thank jrer R
Antrim, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We had a meal here when we stayed at the Laurel Inn as it was right on the parking lot with the hotel and we had driven enough for the day. The food was very very good, nice homely food and plenty of it also, Service was brilliant as well and as it was quite well priced it ticked all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: 831-449-1545

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 15
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: 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 - 12:00 am
6:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?