Welcome to

Madison Bear Garden

The world-famous Madison Bear Garden has been serving up great food and fun since 1977.  Come explore our astounding collection of memorabilia, have an ice-cold Sierra Nevada beer or try a legendary, mouth-watering Bear Burger!  We’re located adjacent to the CSU Chico campus at the corner of 2nd & Salem, in the heart of downtown Chico.

We are open

Monday – Sunday 11AM – 1:30AM

Come Take A Look Around!


Beers On Tap

(All of our great 59 beers on tap)

Let Us Cater Your Event!

Private Parties

Our Infamous Bear Wear

Our History

The Lusk Building, where the Madison Bear Garden resides, was constructed in 1883 for Mr. Franklin C. Lusk, a prominent lawyer, business man, and Chico city official.

The large, two-story brick building at 316 West 2nd Street was originally used as combination residence and law office. Extensively damaged by fire in 1932, the structure was purchased and restored by Annie E.K. Bidwell Parlor #168 in 1934.

In 1976, the building was purchased by Grand American Fare Inc., a multi-state restaurant company. After a year of renovation, it opened for business as the Madison Bear Garden in the Spring of 1977. Anyone there that opening day, March 13th 1977, is sure to feel the same nostalgia from years past when they visit us now.

The look, feel, and spirit of the Madison Bear Garden has remained intact and is tirelessly maintained, even now, 43 years later.

Visit Us

Madison Bear Garden is established in lovely downtown Chico, and is right near the campus. We are a Chico tradition that is looking forward to serving you.  We’re open daily at 11AM. Closed for Thanksgiving & Christmas Day

316 W 2nd St Chico, Ca 95928


Hungry? Give us a call at and we’ll have it ready when you get here.

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