Black Bear Diner Just Off the Sonoma Plaza

Black Bear Diners and small towns of the Western United States seem almost synonymous.  With 42 properties in California, and another 26 scattered in another 7 states these guys have been serving up home-cooked meals for nearly 20 years.  The service is friendly, the food hearty and delicious, and the signature chain-saw bear sculptures adorable.  And it’s wheelchair accessible.

Black Bear Diner
201 West Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476


open 6:00 am to 10:00 pm daily

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kid’s menu available

signature chain-saw art bears raising the American flag

We were staying at the Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn across the street so it was a short walk/roll to pop over for some lunch.  It’s a premier location, just a block away from the historic Sonoma Plaza in the Sonoma Marketplace Shopping Center.  Though we walked/rolled over, I noted 2 accessible parking spaces right in front of the entrance, with 1 being van accessible.  As it’s in a shopping center there are plenty of other parking spaces, including van accessible if those 2 are taken.


easy transfer to comfortable, padded booths, wide walkways

Everything was easy, convenient and accessible here.  The 2 front entry doors were wide and easy to open, with a flat threshold.  They opened right into the main entry that doubled as a gift shop, with plenty of space to maneuver.  The hostess seated us at a comfortable booth.  I transferred from my scooter and Chip was able to store it a few feet away.  The manager stopped by and in conversation noted that many of their patrons have mobility challenges, and that the staff is trained to accommodate their needs.  Indeed there was another guest at lunch that was using a walker.


The menu was traditional diner food with some wonderful twists thrown in.  They have a section for healthy eating!  But they also suggest that you never, ever skip dessert.  And so, our waitress didn’t have to sell the Sugar Bear Lava Cake too hard before we succumbed.


The restrooms were fully accessible and even set up so that the paper towels were reachable from the sink, so I didn’t have to drive the scooter with wet hands to get a paper towel.  It’s the little details that make the difference.

Black Bear Diner is a great spot for a casual, affordable, and accessible breakfast, lunch, or dinner close to Sonoma’s Plaza.

Accessibility Details:

  • 2 accessible parking spaces with 1 van accessible
  • accessible parking short distance to entrance
  • entrance with 2 wide easy to open double doors, flat threshold
  • spacious interior with wide walkway
  • easy to access booths
  • accessible gift shop
  • accessible Men’s and Women’s restrooms
    • roll-under sink
    • low mirror
    • soap, paper towels, waste can reachable from sink
    • lever handles
    • accessible toilet room with back and side grab bars

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