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The Black Bear

Mile 238.5 Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
+1 907-683-1656
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Hours
American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Mile 238.5 Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have given a few fives but I am trying to give fewer so places that get fives stand out more. The Black Bear deserves every single star. If there is such a thing as authentic Alaska food The Black Bear is it. Everything looks...More

Thank Marty P
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Small, and purely devoted to customer satisfaction in the food and service. We've traveled the world and don't believe we have we seen a staff so dedicated to our enjoyment of both their food and their service! Fun staff, hard-working, unfailingly smiling and very efficient...More

Thank cruisin0910
Reviewed 18 September 2018

This cozy cafe had a menu well suited to vegans, vegetarians, and coeliacs who are not well catered for by some of the bigger restaurants across the road. My supper of gluten free tempura cauliflower (cooked in its own fryer) hit the spot with a...More

Thank Vegiemuncher_13
Reviewed 17 September 2018

This is an excellent coffee shop with breakfast, lunch and dinner. The coffee and food is excellent, and the shop is small. Thus, it can get crowded, but the staff is efficient, and, even though there may be a long line, the wait isn’t excessive.

Thank bertsirkin
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

The breakfasts are very large portions of mostly home cooked fare. The biscuits are huge, fresh and delicious. There is usually a breakfast line, because the coffee is some of the best in the area. You come in, order, and find a seat. Tables are...More

Thank D G
Reviewed 8 September 2018

My daughter and I had breakfast here one morning after staying in nearby yurt. Small place where you order and pay at counter and then find a seat and food is brought out to table. Their coffee was delicious. Grandma’s biscuits and gravy (one biscuit...More

Thank bonnie107
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Mark and staff were great! We stopped in to warm up with some coffee and hot chocolate. We enjoyed some of the baked goods as well. Easy walk from our hotel, the Denali Bluffs. Cozy atmosphere. Definitely recommend stopping in here for coffee and cookies:)

1  Thank christine n
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

We had breakfast in this small Cafe before our trip to Fairbanks. They have a big choice of cake, muffins and cookies. Gluten free and for vegan too. They don't do table service.

1  Thank chiarys2015
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

We ate here twice during our stay in Denali. Great coffee drinks (decaf and soy milk) and a fantastic breakfast sandwich made with eggs, cheese, and a biscuit!!

1  Thank CinBuch
Reviewed 31 August 2018

what a great spot, right in the merchant mall. stopped in breakfast one morning and pleasantly surprised. great coffee, delicious breakfast, and baked goods to go, win win all around. a must stop for any time of day.

1  Thank Nicole H
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24 April 2017|
Response from BKAS82 | Property representative |
Hello! We are nine miles north of the Village. The Princess is right across the street from us. Hope to see you soon!
20 December 2016|
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Response from BKAS82 | Property representative |
We turn on the northern lights in August, sir. Grass fed, bush fed, lichen fed...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 2 - US$ 18
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mile 238.5 Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Denali National Park and Preserve
  • Phone Number: +1 907-683-1656
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The Black Bear is the place to go for hand crafted, delicious food. Voted BEST CAFE IN ALASKA by Food Network, we proudly stand behind all that we do. Black Bear serves brunch every day until 3pm with delicious offerings such as biscuits & gravy, benedicts and classic egg breakfasts, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches on house brioche, burgers (both beefy and vegan) and our famous smoked gouda mac & cheese. Dinner offers something for everyone, from our vegan gluten-free coconut curry to wild Copper River coho salmon, braised short ribs and fresh handmade pasta with locally foraged morels. We love to find the best local and seasonal Alaskan products and bring them to the people. We offer a full espresso bar, crafting locally roasted SteamDot coffee, as well as shakes and fresh fruit smoothies. You can expect fresh pastries coming out of our in-house bakery throughout the day (some vegan, gluten-free too). And our deli case is always full of quick grab and go items to take on your adventures. If you're coming off a busy day, just grab a local beer or glass of wine to enjoy while you linger on our deck, breathe deep and take in the mountains. Black Bear offers something for everyone, whether you are on an indulgent dream vacation, or keeping on the healthy side. Locals love us, and you will too.
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