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Mother Bear's Pizza

) #1 of 275 Restaurants in Bloomington ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Italian, Pizza, American
1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
+1 812-332-4495
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Pizza, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
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11 - 20 of 577 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great pizza place. The prices are good, with myriad options for building your own and a lot of gourmet options. They have a fantastic white sauce and he person I was with loves their gluten-free crust. Great atmosphere, great service. Just be...More

Thank Jennifer H
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review, Jennifer! We actually just opened up a second location on the west side of town with a much bigger parking lot for this very reason. We hope you'll visit us there as well :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Breadsticks and small pizzas for our first time visit. No complaints except wishing we had ordered more to take home! The original Pan crust is very tasty and the menu has every combination a pizza lover could dream of. They also have pasta and sandwiches,...More

Thank ValerieJason
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to hear, Valerie! Thank you for your review :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here while my son was visiting IU for a tour. It was 4:00pm on a Wednesday, and it wasn't busy at all. I don't think school has started yet, so that's probably why it was so quiet. The food was good, and...More

Thank Michael M
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, Michael! We try to keep our walls as clean and friendly as possible but it is difficult to keep up with sometimes :/ it's great to hear you enjoyed your experience though!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely a must-stop while visiting Bloomington. Cold beer and really good pizza. There have lots of different types of pizza on the menu, can't go wrong with any of them. I would eat there again for sure.

Thank brian h
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, Brian :)

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the aggravation of trying to find a parking spot! Staff is friendly and attentive. Pizza is fantastic and the atmosphere is comfortable and welcoming. Walls and benches covered with messages from years of patrons. If you want to make your mark, don't forget your...More

Thank carolwI9002OP
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, Carol! We recently opened up a second location on the west side of town that has a MUCH LARGER parking lot to combat this problem, you'll have to give it a try as well :)

Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

I don't really like pizza that much, but theirs is amazing! The one loaded with pork is the best!! Plan ahead though. Long waits are common to be seated at either location.

Thank Nathan J
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Great review, Nathan!

Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

First visit to this pizza place. Looked like a college town pizza place inside. I probably would have given the restaurant a 5 rating if they didn't run out of thin crust before I ordered. They should make more each night. It was only 6:30...More

Thank Andy P
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Running out of thin crusts by 6:30 is definitely not a regular occurrence for us, Andy. We're so sorry you didn't get to try it out. Thanks for the review though!

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Come here for the pizza and enjoy the quirky decor. This is THE college pizza place that has lasted forever.

Thank alandF6879AU
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So happy to hear :) thanks for the review!

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Apparently an IU tradition, Mother Bear's offers up good eats surrounded by a zillion student signatures on the seating. We were served a rather beautifully prepared large pizza fixed just as we wished...medium crust with the right amount of toppings. Regular marinara sauce has a...More

Thank MountainSongBird
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed your experience :) thanks for the review!

Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Have been going to Mother Bears for 20+ years!! It is always good!! I have had multiple kinds of pizza, wings, salads, breadsticks, garlic cheese bread, and on and on..... You can't go wrong with Mother Bears. And now with 2 locations it's even better!...More

Thank DJSM2014
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the awesome review! :)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 15
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 00:00
Monday
11:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 00:00
Thursday
11:00 - 00:00
Friday
11:00 - 01:00
Saturday
11:00 - 01:00
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
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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