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Black Bear Diner

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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1435 V St, Merced, CA 95340-5632
+1 209-383-9600
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 06:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 23:00
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband & I ate at Black Bear Diner and weren't that impressed. I had a trip tip sandwich with chips. The meat was tough & so was the bread. I finally just took the bread off & tried eating the meat wI think a knife & fork. The potato chips were warm & really good.

Thank on2teaching
Merced, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Giant menu, great options for the kids. My little ones love the chocolate pancakes. They can accommodate a large party without waiting very long. Service is quick and the food is average.

Thank CDingeldein
Los Angeles
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the Black Bear Diners--they're a chain but they don't feel like it. Not a scrap of corporateness. Just chainsaw bears and families and great great food. They're usually in mountain towns or more rural areas, and why go to some fake cheesy Cracker Barrel when you can eat at a Black Bear?

Thank PapagenaandPapageno
San Jose, California
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40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Black bear diner is our favorite restaurant to end our road trip! Their locations are great, always on the way! The service of this one was awesome! We ordered today's special (prime rib) to share (no shame for sharing a meal at black bear). The main course comes with soup, corn bread, mixed veges, and baked potatoes (my husband added... More 

Thank Rachel S
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9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Never been disappointed here. Food is always good and the service has always been great! If you leave here hungry, then you need to slow down. The portions are big, and the taste is always good! If you never been, you need to stop n check it out!

Thank hilariog967
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Went here. The food was flat. No flavor. Did not like it at all. My cup had a stain of lips on it. And prices for this food was not worth it

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

I'm sorry to hear that your experience was not what it should have been. It doesn't sound like a manager was called to your table to take care of the issues mentioned. Please send me your email or phone number so that the General Manager can reach out to you directly. My email is: denise.johnson@blackbeardiner.com More 

Merced, California
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The three of us went in for a quick dinner the other night, we got seated and Crystal came right over. She was so very polite and helpful with my five year old. There were a few people in the other section and the other waitresses were just standing around and not attending to their tables. Crystal seem to have... More 

Thank Andrea K
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Large portions of classic diner food. Fun decor with Bear theme for kids and families. The service is great as well as the management.

Thank Christina L
Mariposa, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Delishes, I had a taco salad that was giant. Had tons of meats , cheeses , and other assortments. Was so good. I took 1/2 of it home and ate it the next day.

Thank W5555FBmaryb
London, United Kingdom
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328 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Very friendly. Big portion sizes. Food is decent excellent pancakes. My guess is there is a big wait on weekends. Restaurant was very clean and service efficient and friendly.

Thank HowieEmbry

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, 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 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1435 V St, Merced, CA 95340-5632
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: +1 209-383-9600
this is a chain

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