The Bear Cafe, Streamside & Fireside Dining

295 Tinker Street (Route 212)
Woodstock, NY 12498
(845) 679-5555

Bear cafe main dining area, overlooking millstream

About The Cafe


The Bear Cafe, located in Woodstock's historic Bearsville Theater Complex, invites its guests to enjoy its rustic atmosphere and become a part of its family.  Nestled along the Sawkill Creek, the Bear Cafe fuses a rustic Catskill vibe, a commitment to fresh and local ingredients and a celebration of the heart and soul of Woodstock's music and arts scene each night.

Cafe History

Bear cafe entrance 

The Bear Café was created in 1971 by Albert Grossman, music industry visionary and personal manager to artists including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Band and Peter, Paul & Mary, Todd Rundgren and others.

Relax in comfort in our streamside dining room or cozy up at a corner table in our elegant fireplace room - or have fun at our circular bar where locals and wanderers meet.

Our Chef, Joshua Raja, creates classic American cuisine that continue to be a culinary highlight of the Catskills and Hudson Valley. He is also the executive chef of the Commune Saloon and for catering on the property.

The Artist

Elliot Landy is the iconic American photographer best known for his documentation of Woodstock and rock musicians.  His photos currently grace the walls of the Bear Cafe.  He was the official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. His photographs, which have appeared on the covers of such magazines as Rolling Stone, LIFE, and The Saturday Evening Post, are found around every bend of the Bear Cafe.  Landy's portraits have also graced the covers of many of the best known albums of the era and the client's of Albert Grossman, including such classics as Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline, Van Morrison's Moondance, and The Band's second album, eponymously titled The Band.

 A trip to the Bear Cafe is a voyage into the history of Woodstock and rock & roll.

Our Philosophy

World class food with friendly service in one of the Hudson Valley region's most picturesque streamside and fireside settings.

Menu and Specials

Bear cafe filet mignon with port garlic sauce and stilton blue cheese


Arguably the best restaurant in the region

–Gourmet Magazine

Bearsville Theater

Bearsville theater, woodstock, new york

Already legendary among theatergoers and artists alike, the Bearsville Theater has undergone extensive renovation to become a one-of-a-kind showpiece venue for an array of musical, theatrical, catering and special events. More information

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