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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, Michigan
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46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles 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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277 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
Lewisville, Texas
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108 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We followed the reviews and enjoyed a great burger. Went back for a second time, and unfortunately, they were closed (it was a Monday). Will try again on our next trip to the area.

Thank Texanontheroad2011
Ferndale, Michigan
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Best burger in Pentwater - waffel fries could use some spice - cod fish n chips and nacho were very good - also serve time from ordering was very good as well as our waitress 😊

Mansfield, Ohio
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is a nice place to eat in Pentewater, Michigan. It's your typical bar fare and the service is good.

Thank jaytelcom
Detroit, Michigan
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Only get to this part of the state once a year so I have to stop at The Brown Bear. Whether you choose this location or downtown Shelby, you're in for a treat. I'm not man enough to eat the iconic 1 lb Brown Bear Burger, but the Cub is great and today I had the spicy. We ate upstairs... More 

Thank Bob O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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?