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Mother Bear's Pizza

) #1 of 274 Restaurants in Bloomington ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Italian, Pizza, American
1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
+1 812-332-4495
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Pizza, American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

Mother Bear's is bigger than it looks. The atmosphere is collegiate to the extreme. The wait staff is friendly and helpful. They have fresh salads and an assortment of different pizzas but the basic sausage pizza is the best in town. Bring a marker so...More

Thank jd502016
Reviewed 20 August 2016

I have been enjoying the deep dish pizza at Mother Bear's since I was a student at IU in the mid-1980s. Now, my family of three visits from Central Indiana at least once a year, and we all three agree it is the best there...More

Thank PhilJ925
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Great college classic with fantastic pizza and salads. Good beer selection too. Always crowded. College atmosphere. Good value.

Thank Davanrn
Reviewed 18 August 2016

We had arrived earlier in the day for IU move in and completed a 6 hour drive in the rain. We wanted take out and had heard good things about their pizza. We were not disappointed. Very good selections and the prices were not outrageous...More

1  Thank Sddddddddddddd
Reviewed 18 August 2016

The decor is classic "university town shabby", but the pizza is authentically fantastic. They offer different crust types, sauce options and all the toppings you can imagine. The service was good and attentive. Would definitely visit again! It gets extremely crowded, so either go early...More

Thank Henry L
Reviewed 17 August 2016

The seating is plentiful and years of graffiti on the wall is fun. They offer a good selection of beers at a reasonable price. The food is basic fare but not to balance the alcohol then to impress. The bread sticks are bread with sauce....More

Thank bbekbkuck
Reviewed 17 August 2016

In a town full of great pizza spots, Mother Bear's is our favorite. Casual dining close to IU. Also has delivery and carry out

Thank kbird324
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

I live in Bloomington and have known mother bears is great from way back when I was a kid in the 80s.. I live on the far west side and they don't deliver to me so I often go other places... But every time I...More

Thank ron h
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

This pizza place has a pub atmosphere and is located across the street from IU on 3rd Ave. the pizza is unique and tasty, not your traditional Italian style.

Thank colfal8
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Great food. Varity of Pizzas, with great favor. This place has limited parking. Easiest to get in when IU is not in section. You can order and pick up. Deep dish is one of the best. If you can get in, atmosphere is wonderful.

Thank DJTodd
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Brooke F
How do you make a reservation for this restaurant?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 15
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, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
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
  • E-mail
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!