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“Golf Course” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Black Bear Casino

Black Bear Casino
Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Carlton
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Owner description: Resort casino features "Blackjack Alley" with 18 tables, 1,250 video slot machines, 150 video poker machines and high-stakes bingo.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Golf Course”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

We took a trip to the north shore with Lutsen the primary goal l of playing Superior National in Lutsen. We decided to stay at the casino overnight and play the golf course. We played on a Monday morning where there was a two for one special. We weren't expecting much, but we both really loved the course. It is a beautiful course with narrow fairways and is iin superb shape The holes were set-up fair for my wife and she loved it as much as I did. Make sure to bring extra golf balls because you will loose a few. We both said that we enjoyed this course more than Superior National and will definately come back.

Visited July 2014
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Alexandria, MN
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41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Falling apart rapidly”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Stayed here two years ago and all was great, so we tried again. Price was up but still cheaper than hotels in Duluth. Too much smoke. Buffet area was literally falling apart (worn carpet and ripped booth seats). Food was just average buffet food. Room was too sparsely furnished. Housekeeping didn't even make both beds, just one. Shower made some horrible howling noise. Never again.

Visited July 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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93 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Always a great vibe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Why do I love Black Bear Casino? For one thing, it's intimate enough without being kitschy or antiquated. There are new machines all the time. It's spacious enough and there are usually machines available for two or three friends to game together, which is a rarity. The open feeling lends well to relaxation. There is the Sage Deli, with questionable cleanliness, service and food quality - but you got to know it's open 24 hours. Expect to dine with tipsy folks if after 1 a.m. The down side - beverage and cocktail servers are few and far between or crabby/not customer oriented. There are way too many garbage people vs beverage people?!??! The gift shop is great and handy to the casino patrons, although I wish it was open 24 hours. It will always be a favorite casino of mine that I have visited for many years. I like the perks and also the opportunity to use earned comp in the gift shop or restaurants, and that you allow patrons to use comp for tobacco products if this is their choice. THANK YOU. I can't wait to go back again. Love my Black Bear Casino!

Visited June 2014
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Emmons, Minnesota
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37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice break while travelling”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Almost always stop at Black Bear on our way up north. Nice break from driving. Casino is in good location right off I35. Buffet is same as every other casino buffet. Seven fires is nice for a date night. Rooms are nice and are inexpensive.

Visited June 2014
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Oxford, Iowa
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Black Bear Casino and hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

Stayed at Black Bear twice. Once going to Duluth and once on the way back. Both stays were very nice. The room was comfortable and clean. The staff friendly. There was a loud party next door on our second night there but a call to the desk was all it took for security to quiet the room.
We ate at the buffet on a "surf and turf" night. The wait was 1 1/2 hours. I had prime rib and my wife had New York strip steak. Both were so tough that we could not chew them and the mashed potatoes were runny. The cafe was acceptable and the deli was very nice. The slots were OK. A good selection of games and we both came out about even.

Visited May 2014
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