Frequently Asked Questions


what is cow by bear?

Cow by Bear is the vision of an Alaskan brown bear named Chef Bear. Started out of Bear's apartment in 2011, Cow by Bear is now a highly regarded dinner party experience operating out of one of several secret San Diego and Seattle locations. Dinners take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 8pm. Each dinner is reserved to 14 guests in a communal, social setting.

Cow by Bear is not just a dinner; it is a dinner party experience where you can expect to not only eat a world class meal cooked by a bear, but leave with new friends. We look forward to spending an evening with you.

Who is bear?

Chef Bear is an Alaskan brown bear known the world over for his pop-up experiences. After escaping from a traveling circus in his youth, Bear is said to have had an awakening in which he learned to walk, talk and, ultimately, cook. Since then, he has traveled the globe, putting on dinners of all kinds on every continent. 

Bear arrived in San Diego in 2011 and launched Cow by Bear. After six years, he relocated to Seattle to open up Cow by Bear Seattle. The San Diego location continues to operate under the guidance of head chef Osa Bear and their protege and son, Lil' Osito Bear.

How can i make a reservation?

Cow by Bear operates under a special ticketing system, where guests purchase tickets online for an available dinner, much like purchasing tickets for a concert or sporting event. Simply visit our tickets page for San Diego here or Seattle here, select your party size and available date. You'll be asked to make payment to purchase your tickets and your reservation will be complete.

Can i reserve the entire table of 14?

Yes, as long as 14 seats are available for the dinner of your choice, you can reserve all 14 seats. If you have any further questions regarding a private party, please email Bear directly at

When are dinners?

Cow by Bear hosts dinners in both San Diego and Seattle every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 8pm. There are no walk-ins. Additional private events are available at your request. Simply email Bear at to inquire.

How much does it cost?

Dinner is $195 per person and includes 5(+) courses paired with fine wines.

What does a ticket include?

Dinner is five courses, highlighted by our signature 50-day dry aged ribeye roast. Upon arriving, guests receive a snack course and cocktail. Three of the main courses are then paired with expertly curated fine wine. Gratuity and service fee is included in your ticket price.

What does communal seating mean?

Guests sit together at a table for 14. You'll enter as strangers but leave as friends.

how will i know where the dinner is?

The day before your dinner you will receive an email from Bear with the address and additional details for the evening. If you do not receive the email, please email Bear directly at

Can you accommodate allergies?

Please note any food restrictions in our ticketing system when making your reservation. We begin preparation for each dinner far in advance, but as long as we are given at least two weeks notice we are able to accommodate most restrictions.

can you accommodate vegetarians?

The Cow by Bear menu is designed for meat-eaters, as evident by our signature 50-day dry age ribeye roast as the main course. That said, we want our dinners to be as inclusive as possible and welcome vegetarians with advance notice. As long as we are given at least two weeks notice we are available to accommodate most requests.

How far in advance can i make a reservation?

You can purchase tickets up to one year in advance. Dinners generally book out several months in advance, so the earlier you make a reservation for your desired date the better.

Do you have a waitlist or cancellation list?

Yes, you are able to add yourself to a waitlist on our ticketing system. You can find the ticketing system for San Diego here and Seattle here.

what happens if i don't show up on time?

Dinner starts promptly at 8pm, and it is important to your dinner experience and the experience of the other guests that you arrive on time. Please keep in mind that we are not able to delay the start of dinner or offer discounts to your meal if you show up late.

is there a dress code?

There is no dress code. Be comfortable.

Are kids allowed?

Dinners are reserved for guests 21 and over.

ticketing system log-out times

Please be aware that you will have 10 minutes to complete your transaction once tickets are selected. If you exceed the allotted time, you will be signed out and the tickets will be released into our system for other guests.

Why do you use a ticket system?

Ticketing allows us to anticipate who is coming in to properly prepare the meal to the best of our abilities. It also allows us to operate in the most efficient way, which makes for a better dinner party experience.

Can i get a refund or exchange my ticket?

Much like attending a concert or sporting event, all sales are final. If you cannot come, we recommend you transfer your ticket to someone else. If you'd like to inquire about transferring your ticket to another date, please email Bear at and we'll do our best to help accommodate this.

can i give my ticket away or sell it?

Yes. The ticket is completely transferable although selling the tickets for more than face value may be illegal in your area. If purchasing a ticket from another ticket holder, you must make sure you receive a formal transfer of the ticket through our official website. Any ticket purchased on the secondary market are at the purchaser's risk and not recommended. We cannot accept responsibility for forgeries of misrepresentations on any ticket not transferred through our system.

How do i transfer my ticket?

To transfer a ticket, log into your account, go to the "My Account" area using the upper right navigation pane and select "Your Tickets." Each ticket has a transfer button next to it.

Do you take walk-ins?

No. You must purchase tickets in advance to attend a dinner.

Do you allow corkage?

We are unable to allow outside alcohol of any kind at our dinners.

May i increase the size of my party?

You may increase the size of your party as long as tickets are still available for the dinner you are attending. If your party increases and additional tickets are not available, we recommend transferring your tickets and making a reservation for a future date.