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Mother Bear's Pizza

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1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
+1 812-332-4495
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 am
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Moline, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Best ever. Delivery was on time too. Had the veggie and it was loaded. Crust was perfect and crispy. This has been a staple for many years in Bloomington.

Thank iowans2016
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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233 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Bloomington's best and most popular doesn't make it great. It can make it the best in town. Service was prompt and attentive. Decor was casual, place was lively. Great mushroom apptz. Pizza was good - just not outstanding, average a best. Plenty of other pizza in other cities better - but if in Bloomington - this likely place to go.... More 

Thank abmilw
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

In town for a wedding and used TA reviews to suggest this and another place to the family there for food. They all agreed. U warned about the parking. The website also warns about the parking but they have about 10 spots for a restaurant that probably seats 100+ people so we had to pay $5 to park! Also I... More 

Thank WVUfan88
Bloomington, Indiana
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Consistently good pizza. The decor is dated and dirty but that seems okay in this joint. The crew is a little crunchy and slightly full of themselves but that should be expected when dealing with university students. Parking is horrendous when the kids are in town.

Thank Lance D
Bloomington, Indiana
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Favorite pizza place in town. Great food, fun atmosphere right next to IU's campus. Busy during the school year. It's a go to if we treat any out-of-town folks out to eat. Favorite is the Illinois Central!

Thank lindseykzwart
Fort Wayne, United States
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu is wide and deep. The service is prompt and courteous, and, as a bonus, the specials and discounts are fantastic. But, above all, as someone who went to high school and college in Bloomington in the 1960s, many friends of mine were quite surprised I had never eaten at Mother Bears. I, too, was surprised when I ate... More 

Thank Claudia B
Heltonville, Indiana, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Locals and those in the know are aware that Mother Bear's is the best place for pizza in Bloomington. There are vestiges of the 60's in the form of a kept mural on the wall, time-worn booths that speak of the countless patrons who have discovered this place and kept its tradition alive. Other pizza places have more volume and... More 

Thank Sean Jamie S
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The pizza was good. It's a favorite among locals and the college kids. I enjoyed the pizza immensely myself.

Thank Lawrence H
Bloomington, Indiana
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For eating or delivery, Mother Bears is excellent pizza reasonably priced. Wings Night on Monday is also a must.

Thank bgalm
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63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have never had such an amazing pizza in my life. Seriously the sauce, the cheese, the crust and even the dipping sauces were to die for. The price was more than fair. We had the special which is a medium pizza with two drinks and breadsticks and I highly recommend the cheesy breadsticks. I loved that the whole restaurant... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, 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 - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 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
Ask anyone in Bloomington where you can get the best pizza and they're sure to say Mother Bear's Pizza. We've become an institution, and many students and locals alike call our restaurant home. Our crust sets us apart, but our toppings are the freshest ingredients anyone can come by. Not in the mood for pizza? We also have crisp salads, hot sub sandwiches, wings, quiche, pasta dinners, such as Chicken Parmesan and Spinach Lasagna. And don't leave without grabbing a brownie for dessert! Better yet, try our 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 $11.95!We also serve beer and wine!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!We take Campus Access and deliver until 3 a.M. Thursday - Saturday!

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