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Mother Bear's Pizza

1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
+1 812-332-4495
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Pizza, American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The pizza is excellent. Great proportion of toppings to dough and the mother bear sauce is perfect for deep dish pizza. The atmosphere is exactly what you'd expect from a college staple, low light, groups laughing and drinking, and plenty of seating

Thank Seth R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a review for the original restaurant on campus. Mother Bear's pizza is a thick, deep dish pizza, with lots of wonderful toppings. You will not go away hungry. Their cheese bread and breadsticks are amazing. The soft drinks are a generous size. If...More

Thank Christy P
Reviewed 4 days ago

I first ate at the campus location 40 years ago while attending IU. We always got our pizzas there. They are still great now as they were then! This is the only pizza that my husband & I agree on, it's great! People magazine rated...More

Thank Robin792
Reviewed 4 days ago

They offer a good variety of pizzas including some for the spicy lovers. Thier specialty pizzas are always good. If you show them your license on your birthday they will give you a percentage off of your pizza based on how old you are that...More

Thank cdogthetrader
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The subs and wings are awesome. The waiters are friendly and the service is very quick. I see why they are number one on trip advisor!

Thank Brad M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Popular with the university crowd. This is a strictly casual place specializing in quality pizza at a reasonable price. If you are looking for high end....you've come to the wrong place.

Thank Sagebrush
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, Sagebrush!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place claims to be award winning. I'm from near Chicago, where there's many GREAT pizza choices - the BEST in the WORLD! I've been in Bloomington for 16 years, and I went to Mother Bear's Pizza ONCE.

Thank RamblinMan_69
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We hope you'll give us another try because we think we do serve great pizza ;)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is good for Kids of all ages. Pizza was really good and at a good price. We have tried several times to eat here and didn't want to wait to get seated.

Thank Jenellstout
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! We're happy to hear the kids approved :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with 3 of my nephews and mom. The kids like to come here... One of them always gets the wings which disappear quickly. We got the the Cosmo, which was very tasty. Located close to the IU, campus Mother Bears is popular among students.

Thank Craig B
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, Craig! :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed! The food is amazing and the staff could not be better. Try the cheese bread and salads too!

Thank angie7612
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, Angie!

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Brooke F
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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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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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
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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!