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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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Salinas, California
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 53 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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3 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
Salinas, California
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

I had to have the pancakes! I'm a fan of the pancakes and they are huge! The coffee was delicious and my server Faith was amazing! My boyfriend had the Country Fried Steak and it was huge! Best value, awesome service, friendly staff!

Thank MsM1421
Bengaluru, India
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Visited here for brunch. The place has an amazing aura which makes you starve. The service is quick and food was mouth watering. Loved the sauces which is not their own production are also complimentary with the food.; prepared with different types of chilies.

Thank MadMaTriX_blr
Salinas, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

If you love big portions and home cooking this is the place. But be warned come early as this place fills up quickly! especially on Sundays. I recommend the volcano can never finish it but order it in memory of my stepdad.

Thank Kmartindecosta
Queensland, Australia
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33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

As overseas visitors, our first ever time in an American Diner. Next to the Laurel Inn motel, very conveniently just off the US101 freeway. Staff were very friendly and most helpful in explaining the meals and choices. The meals were very good and we thought were great value.

Thank Dreckly56

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