Blue Bear - Racine

4.7
187 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Blue Bear is a locally owned farm to table restaurant. Our entire menu is made from scratch including all sauces, dressings, soups, bakery, etc. We use whole farm fresh meats with no hormones, antibiotics, additives or preservatives. We use free range chicken and farm fresh eggs. We roast all of our meats in house. We use locally grown and organic produce when in season and available. We offer many gluten-free, vegan & keto friendly options. We use plant based, compostable carry out containers. We cook with 100% real clarified butter. Blue Bear is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a fantastic Saturday & Sunday Brunch!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 187 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasaamtly surprised, great food, excellent service, and the food was to die for.

Owners daughter made us feel welcome, along with our server Allie!

First time in, definitely not our last!

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Rick
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is really good, the tables are a little small.

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LynnD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing, as always - the service was really, really impeccable. She went above and beyond. The food was delicious and healthy - can always use more salt though :)

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Lori
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal at Blue Bear. We met an old friend and it was a lovely time. We all had the walleye fish fry and enjoyed it. It’s a great place for my husband who has to eat gluten free. All homemade and delicious food!

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HeatherB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Blue Bear! They are accommodating when it comes to allergies and the food is delicious. The staff is friendly and food comes out hot!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for there special event Izakaya night. Limited interaction with staff since you ordered and paid through an app but the server was very friendly. Pace of apps and main entree’ was good.

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LaurenB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! This farm-to-table restaurant is phenomenal - fantastic customer service, a wide variety of options, and delicious food! The corn bread is fresh and warm, with a spicy honey dipping sauce - SO GOOD! We all had different brunch items, and we were each more than happy with our choices. We will be back!

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vipBradW1
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great visit to BlueBear! November 2021, Friday dinner of GF fish fry, GF fried chicken and gravy, GF fried artichokes and GF polenta fries. Everything was terrific in flavor and preparation, served exceedingly hot and fresh. Great flavor, great variety, all gluten free! Thanks Again!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful restaurant!

Blue Bear - Racine
Responded on November 4, 2021

Thank you so much!! hope to see you again!

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JenW
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Welcoming host. Nice selection of food. Large portions. Excellent flavor! Definitely recommend.

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RexJ
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, and atmosphere. Compliments to all the chefs…simply fantastic.

Blue Bear - Racine
Responded on November 4, 2021

Thank you both so much!! Loved having you! hope to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Bear consistently delivers excellent service, exceptional food and an innovative menu. Do not miss the ham when you go.

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GinaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG - what a gem, so glad we found this place - breakfast, coffee, selections, and hospitality - everything 5 star and more! If you haven't been here before and you are a foodie - it is a MUST. You'll lick your plate clean. They also source from local vendors. Could not recommend more!!

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WIVegetarian
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu offers a diverse selection that will make everyone happy. The options are innovative, high quality and rotate based upon season. Service was fantastic. We will definitely be back!

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AnneB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside, great set up! Excellent food and service as always.

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DMJM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was amazing, as always. The Taylor Street Chopped Salad is my favorite salad in the area! Normally I can't indulge in bacon on my salads, but because I know that it is sourced carefully, and nitrate free, I can get my bacon. I'm a regular at Blue Bear and I'm always so impressed by the quality of the food, for the price. Always high quality and always delicious!

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LeahC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious. Pleasantly surprised at how yummy everything was! Great service as well. Would have liked to sit outside but they didn’t have enough lighting in the dark.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Great food and loved to be able to sit outside.

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JenniferN
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The meal was all right but one of the omelets was very salty. The worst was the terrible waitress. Did not aim to please when I tried to replace vegan bacon with regular bacon and she wouldn’t do it because she said then it wouldn’t be vegan. I’m not vegan, just wanted bacon and she didnt seem to get it. She was also very inattentive and forgetful…almost mean. On the chance I would get her as a waitress again, doubt that I will be going back anytime soon.

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vipBordeauxbob
Milwaukee
112 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Sat outside for Sunday brunch—food and service were excellent, as usual. Appreciate being able to make reservations on Open Table — not many Racine restaurants use this app.

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Madamekelle
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the Blue Bear Benedict and the Blue Bear coffee and now I’m addicted. Our waitress was super helpful in picking between menu items and keeping our drinks coming. A new local favorite that I’m sure we’ll visit often!

Blue Bear - Racine
Responded on October 5, 2021

Thank you for the visit and the review! We always love to hear our staff being helpful, we'll see you soon!

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nathanm
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Loved the food! Excellent flavor! The service was very polite, but a little disorganized. I had made a reservation for outdoor seating, and even though we got there a couple minutes before the reservation, the only seats available were inside. There was another couples of people ahead of us that had to wait another 15 minutes before they could have a seat outside, even though they had made a reservation as well. I definitely still recommend them though. It was a busy time of day that we came, so I’m guessing that this is a common issue among restaurants. Love the style of cuisine that they serve! It’s hard to find a place like this around here.

Blue Bear - Racine
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you for your visit and for the review! You're absolutely right, Sunday brunch is always a very busy time for us. We do our best to make sure we have tables available for our reservations but definitely have room for improvement. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great service and the food was fantastic! We were seated outside in a “cabana” and it couldn’t have been more wonderful!

Blue Bear - Racine
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in and for your review! We're always happy to share our beautiful cabana space with our customers. We hope to see you again soon!

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MarvinD
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent. We are GF and Blue Bear has a good menu for GF - first time we have had a Friday night fish-fry out in several years. The breaded COD was very good, perfectly done and very good flavor profile. Potato pancakes are excellent also. Outdoor seating was nice, tables are well separated. Definitely a good value and excellent food.

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Marge
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We went to a wine dinner which was very nice and very good food. My only complaint is that the "up front manager" who was one of 2 servers had absolutely filthy fingernails. Blue Bear touts they clean in between guests, etc, but has anyone even looked at the hands of the people serving food? Totally turned off and disgusted.

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EWKWI
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, though just a little bit pricey for brunch without formal service. Highly recommend anything with the gravy on it.

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Tonya68
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, interesting menu. Good service. Will go back

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Ginu
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Outdoor seating looked nice but it smelled strongly of bug spray.
Our waitress was nice and helpful but otherwise staff was not welcoming or friendly. Food was way average.

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LynnS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, had a grapefruit gin drink and it was all great. Wonderful sitting outside

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JenniferH
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

I really wanted to like Blue Bear because God knows Racine needs good dining options; however, we didn't have a great experience. The front outdoor patio is right on the main road and noisy, hot and not the greatest to look at - the back patio seems much nicer. The wait staff was nice enough, but we only saw her once. The food was so-so at best. Omelet was way overcooked and dry, the biscuits and gravy were small in portion size, and the coffee was half a cup at max with no refills. Very disappointing. I'm not sure that we'll be back unfortunately.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Got the notification that Izakaya Night was happening and made a reservation for my wife, daughter , & I since we all love a good bowl of ramen.

A little scheduling delay on our outside table so we were offered an inside table which we accepted. Unfortunately that was a bad decision and start of a less than exceptional meal that we usually expect from Blue Bear.

Since our last visit it appears they switched to a system where you order yourself from your phone instead of a server taking your order. While convenient, it’s frustrating when you have questions about a cocktail or dish since the phone menu gives no description or ingredients. Did I mention when we were seated not one person explained how the system worked or asked if we had any questions.

So we make our drink selections only to find out her choice of old fashioned is sold out. Sold out, really, it’s an old fashion, make another. Her 2nd choice of lemon drop martini was good.

Appetizers were the highlight of the night. Brussels sprouts, veggie tempura, and pork belly skewers were all very good. In hindsight we should’ve stopped there but we were here for the ramen.

Ordered our ramen, there were only 2 choices. What, it’s RAMEN NIGHT, how are there only 2 choices. So basically comes down to beef or veggie. 2 ordered the beef and my wife ordered the veggie. Veggie broth was pretty bland. Beef was also just average, while the meat was braised well and very tender, the ramen noodles were nothing to write home about

My daughter finished off with a ginger creme brûlée which was good.

Back to our mistake of the inside table. All the while we were eating our ears were being assaulted by Japanese pop music being played about 2-3 numbers too loud. A server stopped by the table to I think check on if we needed anything but while her mouth was moving nothing was audible above the deafening music in the background.

So lesson learned. Stick with our favorite ramen houses in the northwest Chicago subu

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MaryS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, great service. We come here often.

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SamanthaS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ramen night pop up was incredible! Always love Blue Bear and the pop up dinner was just as delicious

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AmberN
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team was great! They really worked together as a team to help customers and each other and it really showed! Everyone looked to enjoy their job as well.. great to see! I will be back with an even larger party for the next izakaya event.. and we cannot wait!

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esme
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Went to Ramen night. Food was complete hit or miss. Crab cakes and dessert were good but other good was bland. Service was good. Too many flies and bees to enjoy outside seating.

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DMJM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Bear never disappoints. With a menu that changes with the season, they use fresh, locally sourced ingredients and the flavors just shine!

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vipVinoveritas
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a brunch at Blue Bear June 11, 2021. Nice patio and also they have a indoor space. We sat outside. Great breakfast menu, with full bar service. Service was excellent, food is very nutritious and healthy and very good. We will be back soon.

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00hog
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met a friend from Milwaukee there for breakfast and we were pleasantly surprised how good the food and service was. Friendly servers, yummy eggs and potatoes. We will be back!

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vipEsaO
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good and the server was outstanding! We haven’t had that friendly and competent of a server since before the lockdown. What a pleasant morning!

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KatieP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience. Delicious food. The staff did an excellent job balancing a huge party along with all the other tables. Spacing helped us feel safe. We would highly recommend.

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You can order delivery directly from Blue Bear - Racine using the Order Online button. Blue Bear - Racine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (262) 583-3131.

Blue Bear - Racine is rated 4.7 stars by 187 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.