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Black Bear Diner

805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
+1 831-449-1545
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good35%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“black beans” (28 reviews)
“pot roast” (5 reviews)
“meatloaf” (3 reviews)
Open Now
06:00 - 22:00 Hours
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed good food sitting in a booth and taking in the busy atmosphere (in fact, we were staying in the motel next door (they can give residents a 10% off voucher) and the car park for the Black Bear was ALWAYS full - that...More

Thank JaneR123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tired and hungry, we hit BBD after a swim meet, and were pleasantly surprised at the amazing experience we had. Our server was super friendly, yet professional, and the food was amazing. IDK if we were just expecting Denny's type food, but everything we got...More

Thank Kimberly O
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

The menu was awesome, and the service was spot on. Great, clean, warm restaurant that is obviously well managed. This is a home run if you are in the area. Great portions as well.

Thank kennykelme
Reviewed 17 March 2018

Really liked the place from the time we drove up in the parking lot. Wooding carving and mural of black bears. Inside has wood and log decor with more carved wooden black beers. The menu is in the form of a newspaper gazette. The food...More

Thank RayneLa
Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

Went there 3 times for breakfast during my stay at the Laurel inn. Friendly staff, good food. Dont bother with the menu if you dont want to read it. Just tell them what you want. The menu is extensive though so if you go for...More

Thank John T
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

The 50’s jukebox music makes my heart smile. Large portions of all America comfort food will more than just fill your belly. I need to split or take half home for later, because the meals are so rich and big. The single portion pie cabinet...More

Thank KimHall831Realtor
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

Took a break from Christmas Shopping and had a late Breakfast. Luckily we were seated right away, this restaurant is so busy waits are to be expected. The staff was friendly and welcoming. The service was fast and frequent, never ran out of coffee. I...More

Thank RustyWater
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

I cannot say enough good things about Black Bear. The restaurant is scrouplious clean, the menu is amazing. I have yet to receive bad food. The staff is so ready to help and answer any questions you might have. Most of the emoyees have been...More

Thank gloriad193
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Looking for a comfort meal my family and I went to Black Bear Diner. Inside the restaurant the seating area was very big, but the tables were positioned awkwardly and very spread out. Upon arrival we were greeted nicely by the front counter employee. Then...More

Thank DrewmanG
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Downgraded the score from a higher rating due to absence of our wine preference. On two consecutive nights informed by waitress that chardonnay was on offer only to be then told that supply had run out. All other dining aspects were good and enjoyed our...More

Thank Traveller839
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
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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The city of Salinas has several attractions for residents and visitors to experience, from the Mazda Raceway to the National Steinbeck Center. Of course, you’re going to build up an appetite — and that’s where we come in. The Black Bear Diner has a wide selection of menu favorites, and definitely a few surprises up our sleeves. We invite you to come in and stay a while.
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