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Mother Bear's Pizza

1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
+1 812-332-4495
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, American, Bar, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Now with a second location in town it makes it much easier to visit Mother Bears and get their great pizza. Try the munchie madness but whatever you get you will not be disappointed.

Thank johnp36942
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The pizza is so good, it belongs in a city much larger than Bloomington. We’re very lucky to have an A+ pizza joint in town!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered a pizza for delivery. Was told it would be there in half hour. At the hour mark I called and the person that answered the phone told me it should be there any minute. 20 minutes later I called again to be told...More

Thank Anon12448
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gotta go to Mother Bears every football season. This time we went to the new location on 3rd street. Had an hour wait after the game.

Thank rfjenn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here late on a Friday night. It is nice that the hours extend late into the evening. We ordered 1 each of the three crust options. My favorite was the deep dish which had cheese on the crust to caramelize as it baked,...More

Thank Travellover1869
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So happy to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks for the review :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great location for students and great pizza. An old place but it feels like at home as soon as you walk in.

Thank adzajmi
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Okay, we were driving through Bloomington, and figured we would give Mother Bear's a try. My wife and I dined with our three kids, and my "favorite mother in-law"and every single kid loved the pizza and cheese bread. My mother in law liked the pizza...More

Thank GoButler99
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review! Hope you'll get to try more of the menu soon :)

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Best pizza ever. Sicilian style is our favorite but every pizza is great. We also love the wings and house salad. Service is great.

Thank Susan H
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Great to hear...thanks for the review :)

Reviewed 11 October 2017

Mother Bears, a Bloomington must. If you are fan of pizza, this place is a must. While you wait, spend your time reading the graffiti in your booth and drinking a cold beer. Family friendly too!

Thank btowncarr
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Great review!

Reviewed 10 October 2017

The garlic bread and pizza are WONDERFUL. The place is fun, loud and funky, Bring a sharpie and add your name to the wood panel walls. We had a vegan pizza with sauce (no cheese) and veggies, and a simple cheese pizza. Both were perfect...More

Thank Valerie E
Ejshafer, Marketing Director at Mother Bear's Pizza, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're sorry you didn't enjoy our second location as much, but thank you for the review!! It's hard to beat the campus original :)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 812-332-4495
At Mother Bear's, we have established ourselves as an icon of the Bloomington, IN community and welcome many students, alumni, and local residents into our restaurant every day. Customers are welcome and encouraged to bring a Sharpie to your name on our wooden booths. Our unique dining environment also features an eclectic collection of local art. We are best-known for our traditional pan pizza but also offer sesame-seed thin crust and deep-dish options. All three choices are made with our homemade dough! Not in the mood for pizza? We also offer crisp salads, hot sub sandwiches, wings, and pasta dishes. To complete your meal, try one of our warm, homemade brownies. Ordering for carry-out or delivery? Try our most popular deal: the Munchie Madness! A 10” one-topping pizza, an order of breadsticks or cheese bread, two homemade brownies, and a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Dr. Pepper, or Mountain Dew, all for $12.95! We also serve beer and wine with many selections from local breweries. We are consistently named the Best Pizza in Bloomington by Indiana Daily Student Poll, and People Magazine named us one of America’s Top Nine Pizzarias! Whether you're new to Bloomington or just stopping for a visit, please stop by to enjoy what we have to offer!
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