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Big Bear Cafe

Big Bear Cafe

Café and Coffee Shop$$$$
LeDroit Park - Bloomingdale, Washington
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  • Eater
    Eater2 weeks ago
    The Bloomingdale coffee house has cobblestone garden patio to accommodate guests outdoors. Big Bear Cafe serves a range of dishes from chorizo omelets at breakfast to burgers at dinner. Read more
  • Lamar M.
    A cozy but wonderful place to enjoy a cup of coffee. They offer a limited menu of sandwiches and pastry that varies.
  • Lamar M.
    A cozy but wonderful place to enjoy a cup of coffee.
  • Mary-Katherine M.
    Great outdoor seating. Breakfast bagel was 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼
  • Esra K.
    Esra KaymakNovember 20, 2016
    Coffee is good,The place has a bohemian atmosphere which I did Like. However, it would be much better if There wouldn't be A weird smell inside The cafe:/ and better if it would be cleaner
  • Faith P.
    Faith PippinSeptember 16, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Good food and espresso drinks, but the staff is beyond rude and aloof. I even once had a barista repeatedly lecture me about diet soda causing cancer when I ordered a Diet Coke for my diabetic dad.
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraAugust 19, 2016
    Love this place like more than friend
  • Sabrina B.
    Sabrina BorgesJune 17, 2016
    I wish I had taken a picture of my breakfast bagel and iced mocha but they were too delicious not to eat and drink right away. The ivy-covered building was one of the most beautiful I've seen.
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DagleJune 2, 2016
    Cappuccinos, tea, eats are all great but no pour overs!
  • Ilker Y.
    Ilker YazarMay 14, 2016
    Ok, so after 3 months, I've come to the conclusion that the U.S doesn't know how to make a good breakfast/brunch or latte. Big Bear is zero hipster and 100% fail. Y'all need to learn from Melbourne.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RMay 1, 2016
    Cold beers, good food, best patio.
  • Katarina K.
    Katarina KatsmaMarch 28, 2016
    Whenever I'm here the line is out the door! Great stuff.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonMarch 9, 2016
    A great place to have a dinner party with a set menu. The manager is super helpful.
  • Will W.
    Will WhiteDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Quality has dropped off. Food is slow.
  • Gary C.
    Gary ColemanDecember 23, 2015
    Meh...French pressed coffee that they let sit more than 4 min. Pricey.
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AnzaloneNovember 7, 2015
    The atmosphere is cozy and the cafe is beautiful.
  • Richard H.
    Richard HudakOctober 15, 2015
    Great garden salad with an upgrade of felafel. The baristas rock, literally, and the outdoor seating is a peaceful oasis.
  • Antoinette J.
    Antoinette JanusSeptember 7, 2015
    Their breakfast sammie was delicious!!
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaAugust 16, 2015
    Tea and bruncg
  • Eric B.
    Eric BreeseJuly 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything here is fine. Nothing more, nothing less.
  • Anthony J.
    Anthony JonesApril 25, 2015
    I live across the street from this place 2007-12, and I stop going when I was asked by a barista "why do you need 2 cups of coffee"...Great food, shitty counter folk.
  • Paige N.
    Paige NicoleApril 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great lattes and cute outdoor seating area. I ordered out for dinner once too and the food was phenomenal
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.February 16, 2015
    Great coffee and pastries, but somewhat pricey. Impossible to get a seat in winter and inclement weather.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SimonFebruary 7, 2015
    Love the breakfast foods and coffee
  • Kass
    KassJanuary 12, 2015
    Love the cappuccinos, great patio in the summer, and really cute dinners on weeknights. Be warned, wifi only works during weekdays
  • Paris W.
    Paris WatermanOctober 26, 2014
    One of my favorite cafe's in DC. Local, neighborhood feel - great music selection. Large indoor space and outdoor patio. No WiFi on weekends!
  • Shilpi R.
    Shilpi RoongtaSeptember 12, 2014
    There weren't too many vegetarian options for dinner but the outdoor seating atmosphere was so charming!!
  • Emelie N.
    Emelie NilssonAugust 27, 2014
    Breakfast is great!
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KyleAugust 9, 2014
    Great study spot
  • Caitlin R.
    Caitlin RushAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheddar grilled cheese with apples is pretty effing good. And it's a cool place to work during the day.
  • Jake F.
    Jake FrasierJuly 13, 2014
    No wifi on the weekends or after 6pm on weekdays. Great atmosphere, food, and espresso!!
  • Quinn R.
    Quinn RaskJuly 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great coffee but expensive. Patio in the summer is the best part.
  • Dawn B.
    Dawn ByrdJune 24, 2014
    Awesome coffee & Sunday Farmers Market. Have a new chef who's food I've yet to try. They grow their own herbs which I hear he uses!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanJune 22, 2014
    Don't eat the grapes off the grapevine outside
  • Kourtney R.
    Kourtney R.June 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour! 4 - 7 Mon-Sat & Sun 4 - close
  • Ariel M.
    Ariel MinApril 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    No wifi on weekends!
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McDermottMarch 13, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    They have a pretty good beer selection, although it is all in bottles
  • Katie W.
    Katie WarrenFebruary 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The friendly staff always remember the regulars, and even put together a Valentine's Day playlist that ended up with the entire cafe singing Seasons of Love together.
    Upvoted Apr 22
  • Greg
    GregJanuary 5, 2014
    BYO WiFi on the weekends as Big Bear has will have a password up
  • Norm S.
    Norm SunDecember 7, 2013
    If you order the bubble & squeak, ask for the horseradish sauce. The two make a delicious combination.
  • KV
    KVNovember 3, 2013
    Great coffee, good food, but sadly they are very slow with their food service. Waited 15 minutes just for a bagel with apple butter...and it's not the 1st time my wait has been an eternal.
  • B R.
    B RabbittNovember 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    I love the location, atmosphere and food here but for some reason about half the time the employees are dicks inexplicably. The bar tenders are awesome - above and beyond - but the day crew sucks.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MoolchandaniOctober 22, 2013
    My experience here was miserable. I was so annoyed that I was paying so much for bad food & bad service. I was genuinely happy to leave.
  • Eric M.
    Eric MillSeptember 2, 2013
    Huge bears
  • Ari W.
    Ari WeaverAugust 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to work, especially outside. Amazingly nice staff. But for a "counter culture" place, it's $$$$$$$$$$.
  • Alikia R.
    Alikia ReavesJuly 23, 2013
    Nice neighborhood spot. They use fresh ingredients from the local farmers market.
  • Rizalyn V.
    Rizalyn VargasJuly 20, 2013
    My breakfast burrito was really dry :/
  • Shala R.
    Shala RomanJuly 19, 2013
    I haven't been here for a while and so sad they changed the chicken pesto sandwich into a wrap. :( The bread and mozzarella was so delicious! Nevertheless, giving the wrap a try.
  • Chad S.
    Chad ShryockJune 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't come on the weekend, no wifi.
  • Erin P.
    Erin PApril 26, 2013
    This place needs to offer a lower fat milk option. Only offering Whole or Soy is pretty ridiculous.
  • Justin
    JustinApril 21, 2013
    They "won't make a quesadilla with just cheese." Sucks for us vegetarians who don't want chicken. Cute place, tho.
  • Norm S.
    Norm SunApril 13, 2013
    The pate here is amazingly good.
  • Dessa G.
    Dessa GypaloApril 7, 2013
    Best coffee I've had in the District so far.
  • Erik W.
    Erik WeberApril 7, 2013
    Beware no wifi on weekends!
  • Jorge E.
    Jorge EnriqueMarch 4, 2013
    One of the top coffees in DC I must say!
  • Stephanie U.
    Stephanie U.December 16, 2012
    Love this place. Great food, coffee, and people watching.
  • Valeria V.
    Valeria VillarroelDecember 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Farmers market omelette is the shit
  • Alex S.
    Alex S.November 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Mulled cider an excellent option on a cold day, next to a drafty window. Adult version avail as well.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HlavaOctober 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Everything breakfast bagel doesn't disappoint
  • Terry S.
    Terry SallSeptember 29, 2012
    Very confusing ordering system, unnecessary. Average food, store-bought bagel. Paying for hipster atmosphere rather than food quality.
  • Jonathan O.
    Jonathan O'ReillySeptember 21, 2012
    I can't believe they got rid of the delicious chicken pesto sandwich. RIP, best sandwich ever.
  • Ibrahim B.
    Ibrahim BalkhySeptember 5, 2012
    Great French Press Coffee, not necessarily cheap..
  • Tricia H.
    Tricia HaynesAugust 19, 2012
    Great place for doing work but warning, they dont have wifi on weekends or weeknights.
  • Sree Anirudh B.
    Sree Anirudh BhandaramJune 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't forget to get a pot of their Finca Los Alpes, they have it in their selection for the first time in 8 years and for a limited time
  • Matt S.
    Matt SadlerJune 13, 2012
    Great place to spend a few hours working while enjoying a nice espresso. Don't discount the food. They actually cook here, not microwave.
  • Carolyn
    CarolynJune 3, 2012
    Amazing coffee. Great food. Chill vibe. Reminds me of my favorite coffee shop in Santa Barbara.
  • All Giggles C.
    All Giggles CJune 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you love portabella sandwiches, this pace has the best one!
  • scott d.
    scott douglassMay 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This pyg loves the cappuccinos.
  • Joseph F.
    Joseph FosterMay 6, 2012
    Service is terrible, totally unfriendly and cold cashiers taking your order
  • Kristina A.
    Kristina AndersonApril 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Nothing more delicious than their vanilla yogurt and granola for breakfast..or 5pm
  • Bob E.
    Bob ErlenbackApril 17, 2012
    No chai? Really? That's a fail.
  • Ed G.
    Ed GomaaApril 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Granola with yoghurt us delicious and their daily specials for bagels are good to look out for. Score a spot in the patio when it's sunny.
  • Paraag S.
    Paraag SarvaApril 4, 2012
    Grilled cheese is killer. Hot sauce baked in provides a nice little bite. And cheese is muenster of course.
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah OMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're looking for a 'skinny' option fugeddaboudit. The hipsters don't play that. But if you want atmosphere, you're in luck!
  • Robert C.
    Robert CoxMarch 16, 2012
    Love this place, but someone needs to lay off the top 40 club tracks.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MattosFebruary 28, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Mix the Moroccan mint & ginger teas together!
  • The Ramsbury Group
    The Ramsbury GroupFebruary 22, 2012
    Bring your jacket, and bring your high brow expectations. It can be chilly at times, but the french press (no other choice) is worth the shiver.
  • Erie
    ErieFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're here for cocktails (so delicious!) try The Muckraker, named for WCP's Shani Hilton
  • scott d.
    scott douglassJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The customers are insufferable.
  • Ghosts of DC
    Ghosts of DCJanuary 27, 2012
    Have a cup of coffee and read about the history of 1700 1st St. NW, dating all the way back to 1894. Read more
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 24, 2011
    Bitches Say A! Super chill, great quality coffee and breakfast spot. Not the place for a massive group brunch, but stop by with a friend for a quick bite.
  • Steve M.
    Steve McKinneyDecember 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Have a seat an stay awhile: The more unique french press coffee beans are only served to dine-in customers.
  • Steve M.
    Steve McKinneyDecember 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    $5 min on credit card is flexible. They keep a log of the remaining amount of the $5 to be used on your next visit
  • B H.
    B HuttonNovember 19, 2011
    Good deal going on right now with $2 home made chips and $3 hot cider!
  • Julie H.
    Julie HoushOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Come for breakfast (Monday-Thursday there are omelets and french toast!) stay for dinner (Small plates and cocktails, oh my!).
  • Leslie T.
    Leslie ToyOctober 15, 2011
    Hipster-friendly. Reminded me of the cafes in Berkeley.
  • Bob C.
    Bob ChapmanSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Try on Lenora's glasses, get a picture taken for the gallery
  • julia
    juliaAugust 11, 2011
    They get good coffee beans. Read more
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PremackAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    When single origin espresso is available don't miss it. Order it without milk for full flavour
  • Keri R.
    Keri RichardsonAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Chipotle Vegetable Chili is AMAZING! even in the summer months.
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine McAranJuly 31, 2011
    the unsweetened iced tea is so yum
  • Chad D.
    Chad DavisJuly 23, 2011
    On Saturdays try to get there before 11:30a to beat the yoga rush.
  • Cheapism
    CheapismMay 3, 2011
    Stop in for a delicious fresh coffee, or stay for a sandwich (starting at $5). They use local produce from farmers markets and have a garden on the premises. They close at 6pm on weekends. Read more
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 21, 2011
    The tiny sidewalk patio—with umbrella-covered tables against an ivy-covered wall—is an excellent place to linger over Big Bear's sustainable coffee.
  • Nathaniel E.
    Nathaniel EmodiMarch 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the salmon lox breakfast bagel with added arugula, something introduced to me by the barista Michael. Also, ask for hummus on the regular breakfast bagel -- sounds weird but crazy delicious!
  • Crystal B.
    Crystal BMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Decent bagels. Crowded on weekends, though!
  • Lorena S.
    Lorena SanderFebruary 22, 2011
    The vegetarían chili dinner special is delicious!
  • Erik M.
    Erik MoeFebruary 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Now has a nice beer list!
  • LiJia G.
    LiJia GongJanuary 25, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Open until 8 on weekdays and serving delicious beers
  • Tom M.
    Tom MappNovember 1, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    11/1/10: New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on Earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
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