Black Bear Bistro

3.9
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205 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(540) 428-1005
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Todd J. Eisenhauer
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Warrenton Circuit Rider
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on recent ratings
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food
3.7
service
3.9
ambience
3.9
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JK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were a large group of out of towners and we had a great meal. Staff is younger but they are nice folks that answered all our questions. Food is pretty solid. Ambiance is varied as they have multiple seating areas. Enjoyed it.

DB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our vegan burgers at Black Bear Bistro. We normally get vegan pizza, which is fantastic. Went out on a limb and tried their burger. Yum!!!!! Will be back soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow but had a good experience

MT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice meal. Good service

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We arrived about 20 minutes prior to our reservation and waited as several employees walked past us. We were greeted and I explained I had made a reservation for 6 on the patio. The young lady spoke to another employee and then told us they could not take the reservation because it was First Friday. My son correctly summed that up by stating you won’t honor the business in hopes of other business.
We had to be seated inside. Waitress a

DW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time the three of us had been to the Black Bear Bistro. All of us were impressed with the food and service. The macaroni and shrimp appetizer was great and loved the burgers. Definitely look forward to going back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

I requested a quiet private space and instead was sat next to a very active and loud child. We were served water with no ice, no lemon, no straws after waiting for 20 min at our table. We frequent the bistro often and typically have had a pleasant experience. This was beyond sub par. A disinterested server, unnecessary wait time at our table. When I asked for a lemon a third time I was brought a lemon on a napkin.

KW
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I am indifferent on the referral. The food is great, the ambiance is decent, except it gets too loud. We asked to be seated downstairs because in past times we were here it was always a little more romantic, but there was a very loud family in the room with kids screaming and our table was basically in the doorway and my husbands chair kept getting kicked by one of the waiters. The service was absolute crap. Very slow and forgetful...it was a bit disappointing.

W
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

We’ve been to BBB several times and the food has always been phenomenal. However our most recent visit was absolutely terrible due to the awful service. Our appetizer was brought out AFTER our entrees, and our entrees were brought out one at a time, about 10 minutes apart from each other (there were three of us). Each time we tried to get our server’s attention she would make excuses “sorry, they’re coming from two different kitchens” and then rush away before we could respond. We ordered refills and never received them, even though they still charged me for 2 beers when I only actually received one. Her response - “sorry the bartender usually brings it out for me” ... well what about the other non alcoholic drinks?? She just rushed off again and we finally had to find her to get the check so we could just leave. The food we ordered was great as always but they really need to hire better trained staff.

JM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Been there many times. Always a great time. Beer and wine selection is limited.

CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, neat building, good staff. Worth a return trip.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good. Basement seating is dark with no windows. Employees don’t seem very happy.

KB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. The shrimp po’boy was amazing! The cellar is very cozy and quiet; the upstairs is more lively.

ER
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

First, the great-sounding menu online through TripAdvisor that got us here was not the menu in the restaurant. Upstairs on the main floor was too noisy with loud music playing. The grilled Caesar salad sounded interesting, but wasn't well executed. There was too much water on the plate from the lettuce wilting, very little Caesar dressing, and the shaved parmesan cheese was in thick slices rather than thinly shaved. A very disappointing watery salad. The formaggio pizza was a better choice.

C
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Portions were tiny, quality was awful. Room was too dark, noise from the bar was too loud.

BB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent setting!!!!!! This place is 10 out of 10!!!

TH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and awesome pizza! Will def be returning again

A
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
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.

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

Great addition to the Algonquin restaurant scene!!

JM
Washington DC
8 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.

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.

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. :(

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.

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.

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

it was fine. nothing special - wine list very limited

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)

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.

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.

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!

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.

A
Washington DC
30 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.

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.)

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.

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.

OT
Baltimore
9 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.

t
New York Area
9 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.

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.

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.

N
Washington DC
7 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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