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Black Bear Diner

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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805 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730
+1 831-449-1545
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 06:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 00:00
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Oroville, California
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167 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very friendly Black Bear Diner. They wait staff is fast and very helpful and attentive. The place is packed on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Lots of locals as well as travels. You may have to wait. They also were great about my allergy to cantaloup and gave me a huge bowl of fresh strawberries instead.

Thank gdncd
Los Molinos, California
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we've eaten at this Black Bear Diner a number of times when traveling through Salinas in the past few years. It is always good food and the service is always excellent!

Thank mickhayes
Santa Rosa, California
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My abousolute favriot place to eat whenever I travel.They never disappoint me.Huge servings enough to split a meal if your a little eater.Pancakes are fluffy and hot biscuits are huge and light as a feather.Wonderful polite servers and a clean place with awesome customer service.

Thank Mary Ann M
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46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant was closed one day because of a storm, no electricity. But when it was open, we had lunch, dinner and breakfast. Plates are very full, and food is delicisious; Grandson had French Toast with Ice Cream. Steak for dinner all delicious. Employees are very friendly and have good memories, each time we were greeted again with "welcome back".... More 

Salinas, California
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

First of all I ordered a glass of wine and when I asked 4 chardonnay the waitress asked if that as red or white wine. It went downhill from there....my glass had lipstick on it from the previous guest. ...I was not wearing any this particular nite. My waitress took the glass back and replaced it with a totally fresh... More 

Thank smwnyl
Southampton, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Just across the hotel we were staying at, we ate here just once. The staff were friendly and the menu has a great choice. The food we had was really nicely cooked and presented and was excellent value for money. We would highly recommend this diner!

Thank Danielle W
Manchester, New Hampshire
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Huge portions of good food at great price. Nice people to serve you. Don't drive by. Open 6 am to midnight.

Thank jtfftj1155
Melbourne, Australia
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100 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We ate here twice, once for dinner and then for breakfast the next morning. Both times the food was excellent as was the service. If you want a good meal at a good value price, I would recommend this chain food restaurant.

Thank misterchester12
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

I have used Black Bear Diners before across California when visiting, but only for breakfasts. Good food and service, generous portions. I arrived in Salinas mid-evening and found there was a Black Bear Diner next to hotel, so decided to get dinner there. The young staff were pleasant and friendly, starters and drink were fine. The entree, Pot Roast, looked... More 

Thank Peter714
denisejohnson2016, Communications Specialist at Black Bear Diner, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know. We are very sorry to hear about your disappointing meal with us. I feel badly that the manager on duty was not made aware of your displeasure, so we could rectify the situation before you left. I would love further follow up with you - if you could email me at: denise.johnson@blackbeardiner.com. Please note... More 

Stockton, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Right next door to the Laurel Inn, walking distance. This one, food and service was very good. Selection and prices were also very good. Went in for dessert then came back for breakfast!

Thank Bruce S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?