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Black Bear Diner

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American, Diner
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951 Merchant St, Vacaville, CA 95688-5315
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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El Dorado Hills, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stopped here for an early breakfast on the way to SFO. Service was fast and efficient. The food was a good - typical for a decent breakfast. Black Bears are consistent. Good solid food. Nothing special.

Thank BEN P
Berkeley, CA
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58 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I travel a lot between Chico and the Bay Area and this is the best place to break the trip on the way back and have a meal. The food is well prepared and plentiful.

Thank paulie47
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I have been to this restaurant several times for breakfast. It is our number one breakfast spot!

Thank Jessica E
Vacaville, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

I've eaten here many times. There's often a long line that moves rather quickly for the number of people waiting. The food has always been tasty and what you'd expect. The staff is friendly.

Thank zebra394
Sacramento, California
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

The portions are HUGE. I ordered breakfast, my friends ordered the daily special Prime Beef. It was fantastic! The beef filled the platter. My friends took the rest of the meal home. Very good service. My breakfast was very good. I will be back for the beef.

Thank Al A
Vacaville, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

Everything at Big Bear Diner is really good. They have a good selection that includes local flair like carnitas or breakfast tacos. It all tastes like good old homecooking. We had a party of 10 but were still seated quickly and served perfectly. I can't say the same for other chain restaurants. This is a small chain with a family... More 

Crestwood, Kentucky
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Have never had a bad meal here. Have only had breakfast here. The food is great, quantity excellent and food is always good. Service has not been disappointing either. I really should try lunch or dinner here too. Don't think I would go away hungry.

Thank Gerry S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Large plates, and lots of food. I had chicken fried steak which was good, it came with a choice of potatoes and I chose their coutry potatoes which was good and plentiful. My wife had huevos rancheros which she said was good as well.

Thank John B
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Black Bear is a great place to split meals, because quantities are very large. We often split a breakfast. We always order the multi grain pancakes with our eggs, meat, and hash browns. Food is generally served promptly and hot. Quality is very good. This is comfort food, so don't expect fancy sauces, although the sausage gravy is really tasty.... More 

Thank Chillin-n-Vacaville
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Portions are huge! Food is decent and priced friendly. Restaurant appeared clean and staff friendly. A/C wasn't working too well the day we had dinner, but it was tolerable. Good family dining with a good atmosphere.

Thank Firefighter4238

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
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 - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 951 Merchant St, Vacaville, CA 95688-5315
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Vacaville
  • Phone Number: 707-448-1500

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