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Black Bear Diner

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$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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174 W Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035-5202
+1 408-946-2327
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 22:00
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Palm Springs, California
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141 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

OK, so I could barely bear the bear schtick upon arrival here (you'll be groaning over all the references), but that all faded away quickly when the food arrived. The chicken and waffles selection brought the best fried chicken breast I've ever had -- and one of the largest pieces of chicken, too. It had been pounded into a paper-thin... More 

Thank WheelsOnFire
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When one goes to Black Bear Diner, he or she'd better bring along a hefty appetite. Not only is the food delicious, but the portions are generous. The manager told us that, if the restaurant has the ingredients, they'll make anything the customers want. I had an omelette that could easily have served two or three. Add in the potatoes... More 

Thank Raginggranny
Pleasanton, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good Food / Decently Priced / Comfort Food / Mix and Match to make your meal healthy - like replace the rice with Salad - replace the Potatoes with Fruit etc. Great place for larger number of people to meet and fellowship

Thank Daniel D
San Bernardino, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Milpitas for a family function. This diner was recommended by our son. It has big portions and the price is good.

Thank mskatieco
San Jose, California
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We have been to a lot of different Black Bear Diners in different locations! Tonight's experience was the worst! First, when we got here around 7:40pm, we got ignored for 15 - 20 minutes while there was no line. Second, the food was served very slowly. Last, they mixed up our table with another table and almost charged us with... More 

Thank Rachel S
Houston, Texas
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132 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

The food and service here were about what I've come to expect at other BBD's - friendly service and good food in large quantities. Recommended if you don't mind a raucous atmosphere when large families are present with screaming children, like it was today.

Thank Gregory M
San Jose, California
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We love their food. Especially their corned beef and pancakes. What we love most is their service though. Dee Dee made our day! She is the absolute best. Their food is great but she is what will keep us coming back. Also their habanero sauce.

Thank Nicole L
Livermore, California
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155 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

I can't get enough of this place. i rate it better than most restaurants my bus has lead me to. I SO appreciate being appreciated when I step into your establishment. The portions are fit for a bear or me. Skinny guys like me eat ALLOT! It takes much to keep my figure in shape. Yes skinny guys do eat... More 

Thank Driver_316
Mount Vernon, Washington
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We pulled into the Black Bear Diner in Milpatis as out of towners in town for the Seahawks Game in SF and had never eaten at a Black Bear Diner before. From the moment we came inside everyone here was so friendly and we were seated almost immediately. Our server was Jessica and she was so kind, hilarious and on... More 

Thank AarikaRenaa
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

My family and I went to this outlet after having good experiences at the outlet in Monterey, CA. But we were in for an indifferent experience... 1) The server gave me cups of cold water despite me asking for warm water. Clearly not listening when I told him what I wanted. 2) The fries that was served was cold. Asked... More 

Thank alwayz83
denisejohnson2016, Communications Specialist at Black Bear Diner, responded to this review

I am so sorry to hear that your experience was not what you have come to expect from Black Bear Diner. I know my manager would want to address these issues directly - please send me an email with your contact information so they may reach out to you. I can be reached at: denise.johnson@blackbeardiner.com More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 174 W Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035-5202
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Milpitas
  • Phone Number: +1 408-946-2327

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