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Big Bear Cafe

Cafe, Diner
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893 Main St SW, Gainesville, GA 30501-4423
+1 770-538-0272
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile

The food was delicious and the service was great. I had the best pancakes I have ever eaten in my life. Hometown cafe feel where the locals eat.

Thank Jake N
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

Owner is helpful & always friendly. Waitress, is outstanding ! Great family Diner. Biscuits are really good. Vegetables are great. Friendly atmosphere.

Thank teetotaltravels
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

I read all the wonderful reviews with most of the lower ratings not caring for the seasoning, which I can work with, so my mother and I were looking for a good veggie plate for lunch, and this sounded like a good spot. I have to give them 5 stars on my biscuit, but Mama's cornbread was burnt on the... More 

1 Thank Janie O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

Good home-cooked breakfast and lunch. The buttermilk biscuits taste great but lack the crisp browning around the exterior because they are made in a pan and sliced into squares. The vegetables at lunch are particularly good. Come here when you want a home-cooked, southern meal. Nice people, sometimes they get busy.

Thank Beathan24
Gainesville, Ga
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2015

The restaurant is in the older part of Gainesville and was easy to find.The Lunch was good and came out in reasonable time. The owner checked to make sure everything was how we liked it. Our dishes were cooked just right and we will be back again.

Thank bcoleattorney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Had lunch with my wife and decided to try new place. I had beer battered fish and she had corned beef with cabbage. All were very good, but French fries were not good. Other sides were excellent and the service was really good. I would go again. Overall good experience.

Thank 9753MD
Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

First visit to this historic cafe, located near the old Gainesville Railroad Station. This old Diner is reminiscent of yesteryear, with some counter dining, booths, and several tables. We were welcomed on entering and seated, served coffee, and our order taken by a nice server. Since they serve breakfast until 1500 hours, my wife and I chose breakfast versus lunch.... More 

1 Thank Hal K
Auburn, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

Ordered the western omelette and I asked what was in it and the answer was "meat". It was good and was later confirmed to be Philly Cheesesteak. Everything else was to be expected except they didn't have ham. They did however offer Bologna for my friends omelet. The food was pretty good, but I took a long time 20 minutes... More 

Thank chrissB9996MD
Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2014

What a little treasure in historic downtown Gainesville. This is definitely where the locals go, everyone who walks in was greeted by name. I was there with four of my girlfriends after attending a plant sale in the area. The blue plate luncheon special was fried chicken with two sides. Three of my friends had that, and it looked delicious.... More 

Thank misslinda53
Opelika, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

Best time to hit this little joint by the tracks is early morning when the silverbacks gather before work. If you want to see a who's who among Gainesville's aristocracy, this is the place to do it. Biscuits bigger than ol' Flex Musclechest's far-more-colossal-than-average fists, too.

Thank Flex M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 893 Main St SW, Gainesville, GA 30501-4423
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 770-538-0272

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