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

Sit down to a world class dinner served streamside or fireside at the Bear Cafe, located at the edge of Woodstock, New York. Please tour our dinner menu, which includes our nightly specials.

Cafe History

Bear cafe entrance

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

In May of 1988, Peter Cantine and Chef Eric Mann, formerly a busboy and a dishwasher at The Bear Café of old, reopened The Bear Café. Eric Mann remains the Chef de Cuisine at the Bear cafe.  His classic American cuisine continues 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 good, 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


Where the Powerful and Famous Nosh

–New York Times November 2002

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