about us

The Black Bear has been a local, independent, small business in the heart of Denali since 1997. Our season runs mid-May through mid-September, when everyone takes dream vacations to The Wilderness.

We operate a casual counter-service restaurant, serving brunch and dinner as well as local coffee, beer, and wine. Sourcing proteins and produce locally, supporting local farmers and bringing the highest quality products to the table is very important to us. We have an in house bakery, featuring rustic pastries, both conventional and vegan/gluten-free. We also bake all of our menu breads in house. Most of our menu is available gluten-free. And we have excellent options for vegans and those eating clean. We are the go-to spot for people wanting real food from scratch.

As for coffee, we are THE coffee house in Denali. In fact, we were chosen as 'BEST COFFEE SHOP IN ALASKA' by Food Network online. We source locally roasted coffees from Steam Dot Coffee Co. in Anchorage, voted 'BEST COFFEE IN ALASKA' by Food and Wine Magazine. And we are proud to offer many directly traded coffees with real stories from farmers and co-ops all over the world. We also serve smoothies, shakes, tea, locally brewed kombucha, Alaskan beers, and wine.

We are known for our customer service. Check out our reviews on Trip Advisor and Yelp: awesome, happy staff... delicious food and pastries... great service.

For over 20 years, Black Bear has been the living room of Denali. It's the place to linger, indulge, people watch, meet friends and make new ones. Our dynamic staff cultivates the magnetic vibe that breeds our beloved community.