Always unsolicited, The Bear Cafe has received local, regional and national praise from publications as diverse as The New York Times and High Times.
- Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 1999
- New York Times: "Where the Powerful and Famous Nosh"
- Cover, Saveur Magazine
- Chronogram "Best overall"
- The Kingston Daily Freeman "The Bear Cafe, one of the area's top dinning destinations"
- Featured in High Life Magazine British Airways
- Featured in The New Yorker
- Gourmet Magazine: "Arguably the best restaurant in the region"
- New York Magazine: "fresh, imaginative, new-American Fare, as well as a lively,,, glamorous?... bar scene"
- New York Times Travel Section:"The Bear Cafe is definitely the big game in town"
- Poughkeepsie Journal: "Include it in your plans for a memorable dinning experience. Very likely you'll give their performance rave reviews."
- High Times: "Wow, Man!"