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Black Bear Diner

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American, Diner
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805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
+1 831-449-1545
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 06:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 00:00
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Salinas, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016

The Black Bear will never leave you disappointed. The food is amazing, many great home style dishes away good and always plenty on your plates. Go for dessert instead of a meal, just once it's a treat you'll want to do again and again. These diners are in several western states we have eaten in several and they have all... More 

Thank twinklynana
Santa Ana, California
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2016

A must for breakfast whenever in the area. Fast service and tasty food. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

Thank coyote2ears
Fresno, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2016

IF youre in town and you don't stop here, then I don't know why youre in town, this is totally mouth watering and ....words don't do the food, staff, and prices justice. incredible.

Thank Stephan N
Snelling, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 February 2016

Stayed next door and the restaurant was right there. The place was very clean and the wait staff was excellent. The food is always safe, as you know what your getting before you enter, it's a chain restaurant. It was nice to have the 2 person pies to go. We'll eat there again.

Thank Larry L
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54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2016

Pretty average. The streak was somewhat dry, though cooked medium rare as ordered. Everything else was good- green beans were fine, baked potato nearly the size of a football was hot and steaming.

Thank ChuckAtlanta
Culpeper, Virginia
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185 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

Have visited here twice. Comfortable and clean. Big portions of American fare. Friendly service. Next time I'm in town, I'll visit again.

Thank Scriptspring
Toronto, Canada
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553 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

We went to this restaurant as we are staying at the laurel hotel. We were exhausted from sightseeing and were very happy to see that this place has a c of e from trip advisor The place was full but the friendly staff found us a table. The waiter was excellent. Being a senior I opted for the small rib... More 

Thank 2torontotraveller
Soledad, California
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

The food here comes in huge portions, so bring your appetite! Not expensive at all for quality food that tastes like homemade. You won't be disappointed. Only thing is you might have a bit of a wait to be seated. It's always full.

Thank Dee93960
Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2016

If you stay at the Laurel Motel this is the place to go. We had dinner there and the selection of food was very good and when it affixed it kept it's promise. Service was very friendly and the bill a pleasant surprise

Thank John D
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 January 2016

This was the BEST choice for our Christmas dinner ever. We were visiting family and no one wanted to cook so we found the Black Bear. Noel our waitress was wonderful and we felt so at home with Bing Crosby on the radio and recalling memories of North Salinas when we were young. The food was down home goodness. Some... More 

Thank Barbara F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 15
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: +1 831-449-1545

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?