Black Bear Bistro

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189 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Combining the best of farm fresh local and organic ingredients with old-fashioned family value, Black Bear Bistro serves up generous portions of great food at very reasonable pricing. All dishes are prepared to order using the finest produce, herbs, cheeses, breads and meats. Meals are complemented by excellent Virginia wines plus on tap are a great selection of Virginia brewed draft beer selections … or try one of our signature martinis – all served by a friendly, attentive staff!
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and awesome pizza! Will def be returning again

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were seated quickly, but after 15 minutes, no one had visited our table to bring water, offer drinks, or even just to say they were running behind. After 25 minutes, the couple at the table behind us, who were already seated when we arrived, got up and left. A waitress had been to their table, but still no drinks, no order. After 30 minutes with no visit from a waitress, we got up and left.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere- staff is always friendly and professional!! I have never had a bad experience over the 2 years I have eaten there. Slightly overpriced for some of the entrees but they offer so many delicious and affordable meals.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great addition to the Algonquin restaurant scene!!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here for dinner frequently. Love everything about this place. Food is great, ambience is charming, good beer choices.

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I was a little disappointed this time at Black Bear. We have eaten there a few times over the years and always excellent food and service. When I made the reservation on Open Table it asks if you are there for any special occasion and I said it was for my husband's 50th birthday. We had 6 people and asked if there was any special dessert or anything they could do for his birthday. I never heard back and even with all the presents sitting there at our table, there was no acknowledgement at all. Maybe our server was new as she seemed a little nervous. It was not bad service, somewhat slower, but there were 2 large parties that evening downstairs as well, so we understood and expected food to come out slower. It just would have been nice if someone would have taken care of the request or even just said happy birthday as it was obvious. We will be back, but thought you shouldn't ask on the reservation if you are celebrating something if you do not do anything with it.

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R
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This was our 3rd time here and our first time coming for dinner. We ordered an appetizer and it came with our meal bot before hand. The 1st 2 times were great. We came back the 2nd time because the artichoke dip was amazing. And it wasnt on the menu last night . That's the only reason my husband and I came back for the 2nd and 3rd time. So we wont be coming back. :(

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BC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the Cauliflower and Goat Cheese soup. Excellent! Definitely plan to get a bowl instead of a cup next time.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I'll begin by stating the only positive … drinks at the cellar bar were great, as was our bartender! We went for lunch on Saturday around noon, and the restaurant was completely out of pizza dough!!! (I am not kidding!), so we couldn't order anything with dough. Our waitress Jordan was completely non-friendly and rude and barely paid any attention to us. And when she was, she was snapping at us or being inappropriately sarcastic. I don't understand why people get into the service industry and then act as if customers are intolerable. I believe I would have been treated friendlier at a public hanging. Ah no, The Bear will not be getting my business again. I think I'll go somewhere where people treat me as if they want me to spend my money there.

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C
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

it was fine. nothing special - wine list very limited

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just need to add vanilla ice cream to go with the delicious chocolate chip bread pudding! (And for kiddies)

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NV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Our food and service were great. We ate outside on the patio and it was quiet and pleasant. The ambiance inside resembled eating in a bar so it wasn’t what we expected or were looking for.

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JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Wide variety of choices on the menu. Excellent service. Mother-in-law loved it which made for a perfect Mother’s Day.

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined at the Black Bear Bistro on Mother's Day. We enjoyed a wonderful meal and will definitely return!

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

a surprise gem found, we had a great experience. Will definitely come back.

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A
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good. Service was good. Nice thing is two menus in one. Had Brussels Caesar. Should have been crunchy but it wasn’t. Turkey and Brie sandwich was good.

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MG
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We ate downstairs so I gave the ambiance a three. I really prefer the old upstairs. They have great oysters. I love the bear parafenelia. The noise was low which I really appreciate (hope I marked it correctly above.)

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the wood fire options and the outdoor dining. Would definitely go back.

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RM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing find in old town Warrenton! Food and atmosphere are very nice. Great place to have conversation with friends.

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OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quickly seated and outside on a beautiful day. Pleased with service and food. We have been here several times and will be back.

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t
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Server was nice but food was just okay-got a burger with fries and the fries were soggy and limp. Asked for them to be well done but either her had been sitting around or were covered and steamed after cooking.

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RA
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy going to Black Bear. Food is good, however my friend did not enjoy the vegetable soup. Prices are reasonable. Have sat both inside and out and have enjoyed both the atmospheres.

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was underwhelming. I ordered the chicken cordon blue sandwich and the chicken was extremely dry and somewhat cold. One of my friends ordered a specialty hotdog. She felt it was ok, but not as good as one she could get at Foster’s for less money. My husband had the oyster poor boy and said it was ok, but nothing to write home about. I was disappointed because I was the one who recommended going to the restaurant based largely on reviews I had read about the quality of the food. I note that we were there for lunch and it was around 3:30 pm so perhaps their focus was more on preping for the dinner crowd. I will note that the three of us split a piece of German Chocolate Cake which was delicious and thoroughly enjoyed.

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N
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed lunch with friends. Our meals were very tasty and varied, and sizable portions. We had wings, oysters, fish poor boys, salads and brick oven calzones. Our drinks included wine, beer, ice tea. The greetings, service, and food quality and presentation was purely outstandingly. Our collective kudos to the fun staff and management, and the cooking team. We regularly trek from south Fairfax County to sup at this delight restaurant.

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NJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five ladies thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Our vegetarian friend was particularly happy with the menu choices.

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Previous visits have been fine, especially dining on the patio. This visit I had reservation and though there were plenty of open tables when we arrived, they initially tried to seat us a a table wedged in an unlit corner behind a table with 2 small kids and a crying baby. I am fine with supporting family trying to have a meal out, but no need to seat us there with many other options. After asking to be moved to another table things were fine. However, after bringing our food, the waitress disappeared never to return. After 45 minutes after finishing our meal, and needing to get back to work, we finally had to just get up and flag down someone to find our waitress in the back to get out check so we could pay.

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JO
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was hometown friendly, and food was delicious.

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CT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and fast attentive service. The menu is unique. It is nice they have vegan options.

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RC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bistro is consistently excellent. This is our go-to place in Warrenton. Great job on the prime rib! And, Sarah, our server is the best!

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N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a most delightful group meal with good friends, including children, yesterday. The greetings and service was superb, and all the staff and chefs, and pizza chef had great personalities and were upbeat and made us feel at home. The food and drink choices were varied and plentiful. The meals were all over-the-top. Strombils, pizzas, sandwiches and salads were well prepared, presented and quite tasty indeed. Great beer and cocktails too. This is a well-run restaurant that sure knows how to please a group. Thanks you Black Bear Team!

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great lunch specials. Love to sit downstairs with a cozy fire in the winter. It is a good place for small groups for lunch. I wish the french fries were unseasoned or just with a bit of salt.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I love this restaurant! Great food! The server was friendly, a bit slow this time, but she may have been new. We were not in a hurry anyway. Love that they have plenty of options for everyone!

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DH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Young inexperienced wait staff. Very courteous. Had a great experience.,

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our second tine here. Food is pretty good. Service needs a lot of work. I think this will be our last time.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I feel the place has potential. I feel they were unprepared for the night. I made a reservation a few days in advance, when we arrived the hostess tried to seat us at a ledge on the wall, not exactly what I had in mind for Valentine’s Day. I refused that seat, the hostess took to a different room where there were 4 empty tables, this confused me as to the first seating offered. The waitress did a great job, the food was good, my steak was what I expected, my fiancé chicken was over cooked. The drinks were good and cold. Our server saved the night. I would try it again on another night and would hope for a better result. It is an awesome venue.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful spot for our Valentine’s Day dinner. Atmosphere was cozy, dinner was delicious, and local beer selection was outstanding. Our server was super! So glad we dined there; we’ll be going back for sure.

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RC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Probably the best brisket I’ve ever had. Keep up the great work.

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a reservation for 5 individuals at 6:30 pm we arrived a few minutes beyond. From there it went down hill the drinks were weak two items on the menu nonexistent for a Friday evening I find this disgraceful and short sited and the rest of the meals serviceable at best and over priced.

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OH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only was the food exceptional, but my soup had all fresh vegetables, made fresh in the kitchen. Our server was very accommodating and did not hesitate to answer our questions or ask the chef if she wad unclear. Very enjoyable.

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JK
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have used Black Bear for a lunch destination as it is our half way meeting place for family and friends! Great food choices and wonderful ambiance.
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