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Since 1980's

Bear Cafe

With an eye to our infamous past, and a passion for building a new future, the Bearsville team has re-opened Albert Grossman’s much-loved restaurant – The Bear – with chef-inspired Farm-to-Table cuisine sourced locally in the Hudson Valley.

Albert created his restaurant in the 1980’s to wine and dine the world-famous musicians recording at his legendary Bearsville studio. His cuisine connected the artists to the beauty and bounty of the Catskills in an atmosphere of stylish celebration.

Today, Chef Josh Rajala and General Manager Christopher J. Hack are re-interpreting Albert’s philosophy, ready to provide outstanding cuisine delivered with warmth and hospitality, in the same spirit as Albert ‘The Bear’ himself.


A Historic Haven with Riverside Views and Artistic Elegance in the Catskills

The walls of The Bear are lined with photographs from our illustrious history, including never-before-printed pictures of historic guests such as Janis Joplin and Patti Smith, The Band, and more contemporary visitors such as The Lumineers.

Both the riverside dining room, and the cosy bar look out over the picturesque Sawkill Creek.  The interior delivers a strong sense of place, inspired by the bluestone river rocks of the creek bed, and the stunning old-growth trees remind us why Albert Grossman chose Bearsville as the location for his artistic utopia.

Elegant, revealing, and artistic, whether you want a private dining event, or an intimate dinner for two, we welcome you to The Bear and invite you to enjoy the best of the Catskills.