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“Goldielocks says just right”

Mother Bear's Pizza
Ranked #1 of 344 Restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Italian, American, Pizza, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: 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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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Goldielocks says just right”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

The pizza at Mother Bears is very good. The breadsticks were also pretty tasty. The delivery was relatively quick and the order was accurate.

Visited October 2013
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Thank woosusan
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Mark H, General Manager at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thanks for recommending us! I'm glad to know you thought everything was tasty and that you experienced a quick and accurate delivery. Hope to hear from you the next time you're craving pizza!

All the best,
Mark Hajduk, General Manager
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“We always eat here when we are in Bloomington!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

We really enjoy the atmosphere, the pizza and the beer. They have made some updates and are adding on to the place. It looked great.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Robin G
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Mark H, General Manager at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thanks Robin! It's nice to know you appreciate the recent renovations. Hope to see you back again soon!

Best,
Mark Hajduk, General Manager
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Indiana, United States
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160 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Awesome Pizza but Parking is Horrible”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

If you can get Mother Bear's pizza then you know why they have won so many awards. If you live near or on campus and haven't gone, you need to go. They are well sized now with double the space of when I started at IUB but the quality of the pizza is the same if not better. The big problem is parking -- there really isn't much especially during the week days. But if you can walk or take a bus the food is worth it. Getting a pizza to go is also an option though again you may want to pay for delivery given the parking situation. Yes, it does cost more than most of the pizza options in town but the difference in taste and quality make up for this. My favorite is always The Divine Swine. They only list the basic cheese pizza online at this time (10/2013) in terms of nutritional values so if you are counting calories or just worried about other nutritional issues you will feel very limited.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank thetammyjo
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Mark H, General Manager at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thanks so much for recommending us. While I'm glad you think our pizza is delicious, I'm sorry you've been frustrated with parking nearby. FYI, parking is available Mon-Fri after 5pm and all day on weekends directly south of the restaurant. You can park in the "At Swain" parking lot during these hours.

Looking forward to your next visit!

Best,
Mark Hajduk, General Manager
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Mystic, Connecticut
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“Very good Pizza!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

After a long weekend of track and field at IU everyone was in the mood for pizza.Being from out of state we asked where to go and everyone told us to go to Mother Bear's Pizza and we were not disappointed! Very relaxed atmosphere and delicious hot fresh pizza with a huge menu for all dietary needs and wants!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Caroline C
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Mark H, General Manager at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thanks for giving us a try, Caroline! I'm happy to hear you really enjoyed our pizza. Hope you get a chance to visit again soon!

Take care,
Mark Hajduk, General Manager
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“Good pizza, college atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

We were visiting IU with my son doing a college visit and wanted to take him to a local place to eat. They had a wide variety of pizza choices. The bread sticks were also good. We would recommend this place to others.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Mark43065
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