Big Bear Cafe
Big Bear Cafe

Big Bear Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website:
  • Phone: (202) 643-9222
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:50am

    Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am - 12:50pm


    Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:45pm

    Saturday & Sunday: 1:00pm - 3:45pm


    Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am

    Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: R St. NW
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Big Bear Cafe
Small neighborhood restaurant serving candle-lit dinners on a vine covered garden patio.

We source from local farms and vendors, use herbs from our own gardens, cure our own meats, and do our own baking, preserves and pickling.

We also source from the farmers and vendors of the Bloomingdale Farmers' Market that we helped to establish in 2009.

We do private events and special dinners upon request including weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, coursed dinners, and cocktail receptions.

For special events or parties of 10 or more please contact the restaurant.
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Big Bear Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (3)fit for foodies (2)great for outdoor dining (2)good for groups (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Love it!
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Healthy and tasty food, nice ambiance, cute terrace and good energy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KellyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is the third time I've been to Big Bear for dinner. It was an excellent experience, per usual. We were celebrating a birthday with 13 people, and we sat outside on their patio. It's so wonderful out there - vines all around you, lights hung above you, not noisy. The drinks were delicious - especially the old oak tree cocktail and their sour white beer. Ordered the mac and cheese to start, which comes in the cutest little cast iron skillet. Definitely tasty, with a spicy kick, and not overly cheesy. Had the short ribs for dinner, which were cooked and seasoned so perfectly, as well as awesome greens and couscous. The plum cobbler dessert was my favorite. Service was excellent, though food took a while to come out. Overall delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3
    • Food2.5
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1 reviews are from the Big Bear Cafe reviews archive.
  • Great Food
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Big Bear is our normal morning spot for coffee and breakfast out on their patio, but we decided to give dinner a shot! The lighting, vines, patio, etc. is beautiful and would be great for friends or for a date. The food was absolutely delicious. We had a group of 7, so we tried much of the menu. Seriously- food is awesome; however, it took forever for us all to get our food (1+ hr)... likely because we had a larger group (and they have a small kitchen). I'd suggest going in a smaller group or plan to hang out for a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate