Black Forest Inn
Black Forest Inn

Black Forest Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theblackforestinn.com/
  • Phone: (973) 347-3344
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Thursday and Friday 11:30-2:00
    Dinner:
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday 4:30-10:00
    Closed Tuesdays
    Saturday 5:00-10:00
    Sunday 1:00-8:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Continental, German
  • Executive Chef: Heinz Aichem
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Planning a party at your place? We’ll go the distance for you!

    From trays & chafing dishes ‘to go’ to fully staffed events, the Black Forest Inn is ready to fill your off-premise catering needs. With personal menu planning & attention to every detail, we will go above & beyond to make your party a big success.
  • Special Events: Oktoberfest, German Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year' Eve, Game Dinners, Wine Pairing Dinners, Beer Pairing Dinners, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day Buffet, German Heritage Festival and more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Exit 25 off Route 80
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking
A word from Black Forest Inn
One minute off Exit 25 on Route 80 at the Morris-Sussex County border, the Black Forest Inn features award-winning Continental-German cuisine in a casual atmosphere. While we offer many German favorites, our menu is very Continental & European influenced by the cuisines of Italy, France and Eastern Europe. On our menu there's something for everyone including plenty of unique hot & cold appetizers, steaks, seafood, chicken, veal, pork, fabulous salads, and gourmet sandwiches. Located at 249 Rt. 206 North in Stanhope.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContinental
Black Forest Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (81)fit for foodies (56)good for groups (55)neighborhood gem (34)romantic (31)kid-friendly (10)great for lunch (10)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Has probably seen better days
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Having spent considerable time in Germany, I felt like having a German meal. The decor was authentic and pleasant. The food was just alright. The weiner schnitzel was bland. Not sure how the spatzle was made but it wasn't like any spatzle I've ever had. The bratwurst was very good. The potato pancakes looked like flattened tater tots and tasted the same. The seats were lumpy and I could feel the springs. The beer selection was good. The service was pleasant. All in all it wasn't worth the time and money.
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  • What a treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I haven't had German food in a long, long time. And this wasn't just any German food - it was really really tasty. We all loved our meals! The spaetzle was delicious. The desserts were great. But the entrees stole the show. I would absolutely go again. I would love to try the Fri night buffet; and/or the goose dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best German Restaurant and the food -best
    sweetpea
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    we loved every minute of it including our server Kevin. Food outstanding. I've been to a few German restaurants, but this beats them all. Thank you for great afternoon
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a special meal
    Dashin2Dine
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I brought my boyfriend in for a special birthday dinner over the weekend. We had a couple drinks at the bar and when we did sit, we had a cozy booth tucked away in a quiet corner. Our server, Hannah, was just about the best either of us had ever had. The food was absolutely beyond compare -- neither of us could remember having a better meal within recent memory. Try the house made wild boar prosciutto over melon, it was one of our favorites. I know my boyfriend felt incredibly special and that his birthday was transformed into an actual holiday. Black Forest Inn has been there a long time and after eating there, it's plain to see why.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfied
    Discerningdiner
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The menu offered a wide variety of appetizers, entrees. drinks and desserts that were superb. I have dined at The Black Forest Inn on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed. I would highly recommend this restaurant to all of my family and friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    SaturdaysVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We try to go out to dinner once a week and Black Forest Inn is one of those places we love to frequent. The atmosphere is simply beautiful, plenty of "old home" Germany in both the amount of visible wood in the dining areas, the decorum and dress of the staff. The food is out of this world and choices are many to whet anyone's appetite. We love the potato-crusted sea bass; even a steak lover would opt for this dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feels like home!
    Jhart
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We took another couple with us this time. His mother was born in Germany so he knew the entire menu and said it felt like home! Our server was great and offered great recommendations. Overall it was a wonderful experience for all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Seafood Buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We really look forward to the first Friday of the month because that's when they do the Seafood Buffet! Woul recommend to others!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oktoberfest at The Black Forest Inn
    2WkndMunchers
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The wait was Horrendous but once seated near 8pm the Food was WONDERFUL!! Our server although frazzeled, was very helpful in explaining the dishes and suggesting items :) IT WAS A GREAT TIME WITH A GREAT FOOD EXPIERENCE! Expect to wait,but you are sure to ENJOY this place. If you want GERMAN this is the place to go .The red cabbage is to die for MMMMMMMMM
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • traditional german food at its best
    germanfoodlover
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    all the german favorites at the buffet, rouladen, sauerbraten, spätzle, red cabbage, and more, quiet, friendly service,
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb as always
    MomnipVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We enjoyed the Friday night buffet. The full menu is always available but the buffet allows you to sample many entrees (at least 10) plus carving station with fantastic prime rib and one other meat, salad bar, chilled shrimp, etc. They change up the offerings so you can be a "regular" and get something different every time. Coffee and desert are included too. The chef stopped by and shared his ingredients for the FANTASTIC beef stroganoff with us. Another stellar dinner with great service at the Black Forest Inn!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    ARR3VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Always a very nice experience. Very good food and service wth authentic german dishes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Special
    UCFVisitor
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We have been here several times for special occasions and have never been disappointed. The food is very authentic and exquisitely prepared and we love the decor, it is very cozy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Everyone in our party of 4 enjoyed this dining experience. The service was also outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Black Forest Inn Never Disappoints
    MartyRVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The Black Forest Inn is one of those great restaurants where the quality has remained the same for decades. The food is great, the service excellent and its just a wonderful experience. We went there for my sister-in-laws birthday and it was just wonderful. We often celebrate Christmas Eve at the Black Forest. The German specialities are wonderful and no one does venison and game related dishes better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Find
    BeeNJ
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The Man and I were pleasantly surprised. Excellent food, drink, and service. Portions are of a very healthy size. Did have to wait a few minutes, even with reservations. Seating is a bit tight and the dining areas can be a bit noisy but that did not put a damper on things. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a great place
    BBLU
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This restaurant is very consistant in their menu and service. A nice place to go for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oktoberfest Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We went to the Black Forest during Oktoberfest to enjoy the music and to have authentic German food which is what the Black Forest is all about. They never disappoint in the food department, everything was delicious, wild boar and venison are both excellent choices. We like to go to the Black Forest every couple of months but during Oktoberfest is always a highlight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • annwalt073
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We enjoyed an Octoberfest meal before, this time we added another couple. We had a delightful time, the food was outstanding it came out hot and in an timely fashion. My guests were very impressed and said they would return again. Our server was very good and attentive even though the place was jammed full.. She deserved the 20% tip that we left for her.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oktoberfest
    stcyprien
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fun restaurant to celebrate Oktoberfest. Lots of noise to be expected, lots of loud people, busy bar, hefty portions of german specialities, and a man playing the accordeon and singing german drinking songs , its almost like being in Munich!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and beer
    anon
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food and beer but we were seated too far from the live music and could not hear it at all. We arrived at 6:45 for a 7:00 reservation and we were not seated till 7:20.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • zehr gut!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    As always, the BFI does not disappoint. The Octoberfest menu has all the standards as well as some seasonal speciaties. I had the OKTFST sampler (or something of that name). Excellent. As are the sides. In some places the sides can be cold, feel warmed over, etc. The red cabbage and dumpling came across as fresh and delicious. Also, our server was great. She knew all the dishes and desserts and provided some good recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great way to celebrate
    greatfoodfind
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We brought another couple to celebrate with us and they had never been to Black Forest and they fell in love with it as we have. The food is always delicious and plentiful and we love the ambience
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MarsVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Best crispy pork shank. Just reminds me of home! Potato dumpling was very good. It had that tasty chewy gooey texture that was not a typical of a mashed potato. For dessert we ordered dark chocolate with pecans...this is a must taste. Deellish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Muffdvr420
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The best German food I have ever had, and the service was excellent. The beer was also nice and cold
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    NiceNightOut
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Went to celebrate daughter's birthday. Very nice, buffet option on Friday night. Like they have 2 portion sizes depending on your appetite. Also appreciate you can get anything from a buffet to a salad to a sandwich.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    aneveningout
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A memorable night. We were seated away from most diners, and able to interact with each other without effort. Flowers ordered for occasion were on the table prior to being seated. Everything came at a nice pace, staff very attentive. Thanks to all for great evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our First Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was our first visit to The Black Forest Inn. We enjoyed it very much! My only suggestion would be to make the side order a bit larger and offer more vegetable side orders. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the trip
    beach
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Delicious meal for our family of four. Cozy booth, friendly hostess and waiter. Fun to try German specialties that were prepared perfectly. If you don't have room for dessert, try a bite & take the rest home. They got every course just right!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    Maplewoodresident
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food is amazing. I usually have German stuff (the sauerbraten and the red cabbage are astonishing) but last time I started with lobster bisque and it was unbelievable. And the Friday night German buffets are the best deal on the planet if you eat as much as I do. They're also a good way to try out lots of different things, so you'll know what to order when you come on a weeknight. My mom has trouble hearing when there are lots of people in the room, so she doesn't like going to restaurants, but BFI is an exception -- we go early, around 5, and ask for a quiet table, and we often get a room to ourselves -- there are lots of little rooms and alcoves. Mom loves having great German food at a restaurant and still being able to hear!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Excellent food and very friendly. Great Oktoberfest music and a good selection of beers. Great deserts! Service a little slow, but they were very busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NonameReviewerVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Front-of-house management needs attention. We arrived at 5:45 on an Oktoberfest Sunday for our 6PM reservations...told we needed to wait until 6. We were seated at 6:30. Meanwhile, the two hostesses disappeared for 5 or 10 minutes at a time; we realized they were setting tables. I'm guessing they have done Oktoberfest before, so this should not have happened. Hostesses setting tables? Is this the best use of their time when 20 people stood in their reception area, waiting for dinner. Once seated, the food and service were very good.
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  • disappointed
    overndone
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had to wait 30 minutes to be seated for our reservation after reminding the hostess who we were at least 3 times. very unorganized. waiter we had was rude. musical entertainment was way too loud. could barely carry on a conversation at table. not worth the money. couldn't wait to leave.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We Left
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I live in Freehold NJ - Stanhope is 1 Hour 30 minutes away, we arrived early and were seated at 5pm, after 15 minutes no one had taken our drink order or acknowledged our presence. After a half hour of watching everyone around us being waited on and receiving their orders we started to believe that we were in the twilight zone! 40 minutes passed and still no service. We left. It's a shame, we don't usually go out for expensive dinners, We used to go to the Schwaebische Alps restaurant in Watchung NJ for German food, but they have been closed many years now. My family and I were really looking forward to adding a new tradition to our list, but I will never go back there again. Looks like it might have been a good place too ... what a shame.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • October fest worthy
    Dineandwine
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We brought in two small children and they were quite comfortable. The food was very true to the ethnic standard and quite excellent in some cases. The escargot was as good as I have ever experienced and my grandchildren ate most of my serving using the butter sauce to dip their bread in. The Breaded Veal was cooked just right tender and flavorful. The accompanying potato Pancakes were reminiscent of McDonalds breakfast home fries. The apple sauce was obviously from a jar. In all there was nothing wrong with the food and preparation and it was elevated by the decor and atmosphere. The German beer was extensive and also added to the octoberfest atmosphere.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friday Night Buffet
    Lykinn
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Nothing less than "wonderful". Lots of choices and dishes constantly being replenished keeping the entrees fresh and not over cooked. Service was friendly and very attentive. Overall this restaurant remains a five.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wouldn't have gone if we knew this!
    Partyof10
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    WOW! We made a reservation for a party of 10 and I SPECIFIED that there were 6 kids in the party. It was for a SUNDAY at 4:45 so not a time outside the kids normal dining time, not something that would interfere with other diners. So we got there and got seated immediately. Great! Then they forgot about us for 25 MINUTES even thou we were kinda right in a passage way that everyone HAD to walk thru.. they didn't have ANY kind of cups to accommodate children.. I'm not talking zippy cups or cups with straws.. I'm talking cups that were smaller, lower to the table.. not some goblet that you put in front of a 3 year old.. really? so out of 6 kids we had three spills, we didn't get our drinks until almost 45 mins in.. we finished DINNER at 6:40
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    fit for foodies
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  • Cheaper than going to Germany
    Bobandnancy
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Wehn you arrive you think you have been transported to the old country. The food was exeptional. Service was also very good. Highly reccoment.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Consistantly superb!
    midmaxlex
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great restaurant with incredible homemade food - excellent game meats, seafood and traditional german selections. Highly recommended! Been going for many years and we are never disappointed.....the best!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An enjoyable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Not our first visit! we introduced four friends to the Black Forest Inn and they loved it. Food was great from appetizer thru dessert. The many smaller dining rooms allow for quieter dinning. The help in friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate