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Brown Bear

$$ - $$$American, ,
147 N Michigan Ave, Shelby, MI 49455-1025
+1 231-861-5014
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
147 N Michigan Ave, Shelby, MI 49455-1025
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Reviewed yesterday

Burgers are great and made to order. Also they have excellent dinner specials all through the weeek. Their best is their sirloin steak special, also made to order. If you are looking for a snooty atomosphere this place is NOT for you. If you are...More

Thank behornbeck
Reviewed October 21, 2018

It has the famous Big Bear Burger which isdinner plate size!! Other burgers, steaks, chicken, shrimp and nachos are favorites too! Fair prices in a small town setting in Shelby Michigan. Come by and try!!

Thank tuffyluwho
Reviewed October 5, 2018

We went to this restaurant based on word of mouth. The burgers were said to be fantastic. We ordered burgers (about $10) and they were good but maybe not better than specialty burgers in other restaurants. The Brown Bear is on the main street of...More

Thank Dave48838
Reviewed September 17, 2018

This place was fantastic! The service was so friendly & fast. The food was so delicious & so plentiful!!! We were all ready for naps after that meal!! Nice homey atmosphere & plenty of TV's to catch the game. Good variety of beer. Prices very...More

Thank Deborah F
Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

Have to consider where the restaurant is located, the area is kind of the middle of nowhere. As such, the food is decent, perhaps even good and worth the visit. Burgers are sizable and tasty with interesting flavor combinations available. The building is old and...More

Thank C_N_1_77
Reviewed August 25, 2018

How would you like a one pound hamburger, cooked the way you like it? Sorry, I could not eat one, so I ordered the half pound burger myself. Not up to that? Step down to a quarter pounder (that is the wimpy size). Two complaints:...More

Thank Larry W
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

Brought some friends there on a Saturday night. Arrived a little after 8 pm and tables were available. If you go earlier, be prepared to wait; the place isn’t very big. The service is really good - the waitress was there right away to take...More

Thank zigger0210
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Place is frozen in time with great food and large portions. Full of colorful characters with questionable manners.

Thank Bill V
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

I've been going to the Brown Bear for over 30 years and I honestly don't think I've ever eaten something I didn't like. Even my family members who rarely get into small towns looked forward to visiting us because they knew we'd take them to...More

Thank Ann_RanDaly
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Always have had a great meal at The Brown Bear! First time that I had the chicken dinner with a baked potato and slaw and it was delicious. Very reasonable priced. You should stop if your in the area!!

Thank Amy S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 147 N Michigan Ave, Shelby, MI 49455-1025
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Oceana County  >  Shelby
  • Phone Number: +1 231-861-5014
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