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Mother Bear's Pizza

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1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
+1 812-332-4495
11:00 - 01:00
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Bloomington, Indiana
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

Deep dish Supreme is to die for. Lots of good beer. Friendly service. Convite convenient parking behind the restaurant.

Thank Guy L
Avon Lake
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42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Ate here for the first time 4 years ago moving freshman son into IU. It's a classic. And be sure to bring a sharpie marker because they let you write and sign your name, leave a message on your table, booth or wall! Great pizza. They deserve the awards they have won.

Thank bonevoyage
Huntington, New York
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

Always great. Devine swine is my fav. Margarita is great too. Need to get wine glasses not cups for wine drinkers. Why do they charge for a side of marinara sauce in a little cup? Still one of my favorites when visiting IUB.

Thank rtrump
Valparaiso, Indiana
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

My son is a student at IU and I've had friends attend there so I've heard raves about Mother Bear's for years. I had never gone there before because I figured it happened to be popular just because of it's location and of course it's great pizza compared to all the cheap pizza places catering to a student's budget. I... More 

Thank Welsher
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 April 2016

My daughter is an IU freshman on the women's soccer team. She was taken here by her teammates and was begging us to take her back the first time we visited IU. We make scheduling changes each visit to include a trip to Mother Bears. The wait is worth the food. I like that the staff is very matter of... More 

Thank richardlF957QT
Unionville, Indiana
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 April 2016

You will not be disappointed with Mother Bear's Pizza. It's a must for residents and visitors. Super delicious!

Thank Tina S
Plymouth, Indiana
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168 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2016

I went to a conference at IU last weekend and Mother Bear's Pizza was delivered for lunch. I was surprised at how good it was! Just the right amount of toppings and the crust may just be the best pizza crust I've ever tasted. I enjoyed a bit of salad from Mother Bear's too it was fresh and good!

Thank lrltshw
chicago land area
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016

Our wait was about 30 minutes on a Saturday night. Well worth the wait! We shared between two of us... cheesy garlic bread, a 6" Monet Pizza, 6" Cosmo Pizza, and a 6" The Big Cheese Pizza. Delicious! And of course we couldn't finish it all. Their normal crust is a thick crust. There are different seating areas, as the... More 

Thank LilMan99
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016

I am a huge fan of Chicago deep dish pizza and Mother Bear's did not disappoint. By no means is this any comparison to Chicago, but for the area, it was delightful!

Thank ShineSense
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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81 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

There are many specialty pizzas to choose from. The decor is unique. The pizza we had was very tasty. Recommend.

Thank LQ4L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Italian, Pizza, American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3731
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 812-332-4495
At Mother Bear's, we have established ourselves as an icon of the Bloomington, IN community and welcome many students, alumni, and local residents into our restaurant every day. Customers are welcome and encouraged to bring a Sharpie to your name on our wooden booths. Our unique dining environment also features an eclectic collection of local art.

We are best-known for our traditional pan pizza but also offer sesame-seed thin crust and deep-dish options. All three choices are made with our homemade dough!

Not in the mood for pizza? We also offer crisp salads, hot sub sandwiches, wings, and pasta dishes. To complete your meal, try one of our warm, homemade brownies.

Ordering for carry-out or delivery? Try our most popular deal: the Munchie Madness! A 10” one-topping pizza, an order of breadsticks or cheese bread, two homemade brownies, and a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Dr. Pepper, or Mountain Dew, all for $12.95!

We also serve beer and wine with many selections from local breweries.

We are consistently named the Best Pizza in Bloomington by Indiana Daily Student Poll, and People Magazine named us one of America’s Top Nine Pizzarias! Whether you're new to Bloomington or just stopping for a visit, please stop by to enjoy what we have to offer!

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