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The Bear

24 W Park St, Spencer, IA 51301-4227
+1 712-580-2327
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good50%
  • Average0%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
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“kettle chips” (2 reviews)
“sandwiches” (5 reviews)
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24 W Park St, Spencer, IA 51301-4227
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Reviews (22)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bear is located in the lower level of a former church that is by the river. What a beautiful view and so relaxing eating breakfast and looking out at the peaceful river! The decor is eclectic with an antique stove, leather sofa and chairs,...More

Thank minnesotans4
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

Good service, friendly atmosphere, and excellent coffee and sandwich for lunch. One of the better spots I've found when visiting Spencer.

Thank Marc B
Reviewed 17 October 2016

The menu is a little different compared to most places in Spencer. The Cuban sandwich is very good. My favorite is the Spinach and Chicken salad with dried cherries. I like their lemongrass iced tea.

Thank mom3659
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We are at The Bear back-to-back once for lunch and once for breakfast while on a business trip to Spencer. We probably would have not given it a second chance but we're not locals and needed some coffee drinks, so we did. We experienced all...More

1  Thank Kat D
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

My go to place for lunch when in town for business. I ordered the Asian Chicken salad that took over 20 minutes. The salad came with a bunch of spinach leaves on one side and basically half a bag of cabbage salad. The very disappoint...More

2  Thank Bianca M
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

I've been to The Bear a few times, and I have not been impressed. I find that the service is always bad and the employees have no real motivation to serve anyone that walks through the door. On my most recent trip, which was lunch...More

1  Thank Emily J
Reviewed 3 June 2016

The Bear is a cozy and fun place to hang out with a friend enjoying lunch or a glass of wine along with a view of the river. I recently had the white bean and avocado sandwich and would definitely have it again. The bean...More

Thank Anjou_Lindgren
Reviewed 16 May 2016

The Bear offers healthy options. Great salads, sandwiches, and soup. Sides include fruit, veggies, or kettle chips. First Blue-Zone restaurant in Spencer.

Thank Jill T
Reviewed 4 May 2016

Wehad lunch here and the food wa great !! They aso serve wine so that's a plus for me !! Very cozy atmosphere

Thank ocsuzee
Reviewed 28 September 2015

The Bear is right by the Little Sioux River. It is relatively small and it is hard to seat a group together, but under 8 is doable. It is a self-serve order (they bring it to your table). The menu is limited, but everything I...More

2  Thank Bojimama49
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Bojimama49, you seem to really like The Bear and highly recommend it, yet you rated it as only one star, which is for "Terrible." Did you mean to give it more stars?
30 September 2015|
Response from daveofspencer | Reviewed this property |
Probably. I like the place so ignore the one star
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 W Park St, Spencer, IA 51301-4227
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Spencer
  • Phone Number: +1 712-580-2327
  • E-mail