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Black Bear Diner

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
6:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 12:00 am
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Melbourne, Australia
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98 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here twice, once for dinner and then for breakfast the next morning. Both times the food was excellent as was the service. If you want a good meal at a good value price, I would recommend this chain food restaurant.

Thank misterchester12
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have used Black Bear Diners before across California when visiting, but only for breakfasts. Good food and service, generous portions. I arrived in Salinas mid-evening and found there was a Black Bear Diner next to hotel, so decided to get dinner there. The young staff were pleasant and friendly, starters and drink were fine. The entree, Pot Roast, looked... More 

Thank Peter714
denisejohnson2016, Communications Specialist at Black Bear Diner, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know. We are very sorry to hear about your disappointing meal with us. I feel badly that the manager on duty was not made aware of your displeasure, so we could rectify the situation before you left. I would love further follow up with you - if you could email me at: denise.johnson@blackbeardiner.com. Please note... More 

Stockton, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Right next door to the Laurel Inn, walking distance. This one, food and service was very good. Selection and prices were also very good. Went in for dessert then came back for breakfast!

Thank Bruce S
Salinas, California
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

I had to have the pancakes! I'm a fan of the pancakes and they are huge! The coffee was delicious and my server Faith was amazing! My boyfriend had the Country Fried Steak and it was huge! Best value, awesome service, friendly staff!

Thank MsM1421
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

Visited here for brunch. The place has an amazing aura which makes you starve. The service is quick and food was mouth watering. Loved the sauces which is not their own production are also complimentary with the food.; prepared with different types of chilies.

Thank MadMaTriX_blr
Salinas, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

If you love big portions and home cooking this is the place. But be warned come early as this place fills up quickly! especially on Sundays. I recommend the volcano can never finish it but order it in memory of my stepdad.

Thank Kmartindecosta
Queensland, Australia
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30 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

As overseas visitors, our first ever time in an American Diner. Next to the Laurel Inn motel, very conveniently just off the US101 freeway. Staff were very friendly and most helpful in explaining the meals and choices. The meals were very good and we thought were great value.

Thank Dreckly56
Salinas, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

This is one of our favorite place to eat breakfast. The servings are huge and the food taste great. My wive loves the chicken fried steak and I really like their linguisa and eggs. The price is right and the people are friendly.

Thank 425henrya
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

My dad is 96 and loves to eat out. We even had Christmas dinner here. Best decision I ever made. They wait staff is super and the food is plentiful and satisfying. It feels like home to me, so it is my favorite when I visit family.

Thank Barbara F
Rome, Italy
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129 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016

Staying at the Laurel Inn motel nearby, we decided to have our dinner at the Black Bear, expecting nothing exceptional, but being anyway confident in the reviews found here on TA. Once at our table, I read the story of this brand, which made me eager to have the fine American food I had just ordered. Unfortunately, what I got... More 

Thank fabio_68

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $15
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Kids, 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: 831-449-1545

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