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Brown Bear

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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278 S Hancock St, Pentwater, MI 49449-8798
+1 231-869-5444
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in and had an excellent lunch. Shrimp basket, potato skins, buffalo chicken salad and hamburger. We all enjoyed our meals, they were hot and tasty, and the waiter was VERY pleasant.

Thank Isis1977
Teasdale, Utah
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95 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We shared a 'Bear Burger' that was loaded with over a pound of burger, sliced ham, cheese, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes and lettuce - a huge sandwich, well prepared and delicious. Added a baked potato instead of fries. Also ordered side salads; excellent meal topped off with a craft beer on tap. Pub food at its best, several other specialty burgers,... More 

Thank larryj2012
Pentwater, Michigan
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 April 2017

I have been here on three different occasions and the burgers are always amazing. I have tried three different kinds, and they've all been great.

Thank Jordan5052
Level Contributor
141 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Very busy time to go but had to try one of Michigans best burgers. Very tight seating arrangements but go for the food!

Thank spartyharty
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 January 2017

All is good as can be expected in a bar. However, the noise is not welcome. Can not hear the TV sets in place. The food needs to be served hotter. Lights above the sandwiches don't make it. Waitress work on a 3 person tipping. The Mgr however does a great job. Needs handicapped parking for 2 of 3 spaces... More 

Thank viper6446
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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171 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

Based on a lot of recommendations by locals and other frequent visitors to the area, we drove up to Pentwater to browse the town and eat a couple meals. We stopped and had burgers (their claim to fame). I have had a lot of awesome burgers in my day so I'm a bit critical. Bear that in mind. For the... More 

Thank 69-Mach1-lvr
Lake Orion, Michigan
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Local establishment was great home prepared and cooked burgers. Service and staff were friendly and accommodating for allergens.

Thank hammers1856
Clare, Michigan
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We had lunch here today and got the burger with pineapple, ham, jalapeño, and blue cheese on it. Very good. I would spend the extra dollar for onion rings or fries rather than their chips though.

Thank Brenda E
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch a cool adult beverage. Was some of the best shrimp I've ever had and the husbands hamburger looked amazing. It was a very clean and friendly.

Thank Nicole W
Marietta, Georgia
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291 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

The burgers were big and juicy, but not very flavorful. My burger just fell apart all over the place. The bun was not substantial enough for the burger size. And, the fries were just a bit rare.

Thank luv4phood

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 278 S Hancock St, Pentwater, MI 49449-8798
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Oceana County  >  Pentwater
  • Phone Number: +1 231-869-5444

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