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Mother Bear's Pizza

1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
+1 812-332-4495
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Pizza, American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We stopped in here while my son was visiting IU for a tour. It was 4:00pm on a Wednesday, and it wasn't busy at all. I don't think school has started yet, so that's probably why it was so quiet. The food was good, and...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a must-stop while visiting Bloomington. Cold beer and really good pizza. There have lots of different types of pizza on the menu, can't go wrong with any of them. I would eat there again for sure.

Thank brian h
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the aggravation of trying to find a parking spot! Staff is friendly and attentive. Pizza is fantastic and the atmosphere is comfortable and welcoming. Walls and benches covered with messages from years of patrons. If you want to make your mark, don't forget your...More

Thank carolwI9002OP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't really like pizza that much, but theirs is amazing! The one loaded with pork is the best!! Plan ahead though. Long waits are common to be seated at either location.

Thank Nathan J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit to this pizza place. Looked like a college town pizza place inside. I probably would have given the restaurant a 5 rating if they didn't run out of thin crust before I ordered. They should make more each night. It was only 6:30...More

Thank Andy P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Come here for the pizza and enjoy the quirky decor. This is THE college pizza place that has lasted forever.

Thank alandF6879AU
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apparently an IU tradition, Mother Bear's offers up good eats surrounded by a zillion student signatures on the seating. We were served a rather beautifully prepared large pizza fixed just as we wished...medium crust with the right amount of toppings. Regular marinara sauce has a...More

Thank MountainSongBird
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been going to Mother Bears for 20+ years!! It is always good!! I have had multiple kinds of pizza, wings, salads, breadsticks, garlic cheese bread, and on and on..... You can't go wrong with Mother Bears. And now with 2 locations it's even better!...More

Thank DJSM2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mother Bear's has the absolute best pizza in Bloomington, all of Indiana, and possibly the whole Midwest. Highly recommend going there at least once during your visit!

Thank Z3555LIrebeccaw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the best pizza in Bloomington, great family place, fair prices will be going there a lot.No long waiting in line, fast service, friendly severs. You need to try the deep dish everything pizza, wow soooo good.

Thank lindaselvia
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $15
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 812-332-4495
At Mother Bear's, we have established ourselves as an icon of the Bloomington, IN community and welcome many students, alumni, and local residents into our restaurant every day. Customers are welcome and encouraged to bring a Sharpie to your name on our wooden booths. Our unique dining environment also features an eclectic collection of local art.

We are best-known for our traditional pan pizza but also offer sesame-seed thin crust and deep-dish options. All three choices are made with our homemade dough!

Not in the mood for pizza? We also offer crisp salads, hot sub sandwiches, wings, and pasta dishes. To complete your meal, try one of our warm, homemade brownies.

Ordering for carry-out or delivery? Try our most popular deal: the Munchie Madness! A 10” one-topping pizza, an order of breadsticks or cheese bread, two homemade brownies, and a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Dr. Pepper, or Mountain Dew, all for $12.95!

We also serve beer and wine with many selections from local breweries.

We are consistently named the Best Pizza in Bloomington by Indiana Daily Student Poll, and People Magazine named us one of America’s Top Nine Pizzarias! Whether you're new to Bloomington or just stopping for a visit, please stop by to enjoy what we have to offer!
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