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
114 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (80)fit for foodies (54)good for groups (52)neighborhood gem (33)romantic (30)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (9)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Only been their twice. Was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Only been their twice. Was disappointed the first time that item on menu was not available. Food was excellent both times. Friendly service and staff.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Black Forest Inn is a
    GregVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The Black Forest Inn is a great place to celebrate special occasions. We had a family reunion recently and everyone had a fabulous time. I compliment the chef and staff for a fine job. You can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Year's Eve Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Food was OK. Maybe because it was New Year's Eve I found our waitress to be taking a long time to take our order. Then she would dissapear for a while and then come back. The food wasn't that great. It was OK and very price it. five people we spent $200.00 without drinks.Would I try it again on a regular day? Maybe...but with those prices, I have to think about it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    I had not been in over 15 years and decided to take my husband for New Year's Eve. We were pleasantly surprised. The Inn seems to have been nicely renovated. The menu had traditional German food. The food was excellent - hot in temperature and great portion size. My request for a quiet table was honored. Service was pretty good. More suited to an older crowd. Overall I was impressed and would definitely return again. Don't pass up the Black Forest Cake - the real thing with Kirsch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • outstanding dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    it was New Year's Eve, it would have been nice to have a little music, live or otherwise. besides that, food was Outstanding, service was very good, our reservation was on time and we had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Wonderful New Years Eve dinner. Even though it was totally booked we managed to have a 3 course meal in a little over two hours. As always the food was prepared great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Black Forest Inn is a great
    egoebelbecker
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Black Forest Inn is a great restaurant for family gatherings, small groups, and a quiet night out with someone special. The food is fantastic and very authentically German. The portions are absolutely perfect. We had a great experience and will definitely be visiting again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have been to the BF on a few
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Have been to the BF on a few occasions and decided to try New Years Eve dinner there. As has been the case it didn't disappoint. Food is always spot on!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great traditional German ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Great traditional German ambiance and menu selections. Beautiful bar with a good selection of on tap beers. Attentive service and relaxed atmosphere. Our selections were perfectly prepared and attractively presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best local upscale Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    Great German Cuisine for a reasonable price, awesome Friday Buffet and big variety of delicious deserts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must Try
    LNMFoodLoversVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    We have been going to Black Forest for over 25 years. Every meal has been fabulous. The chef owner has French and German training an d specializes in continental cooking with wonderful sauces. The restaurant is listed as German but is so much more. Where else can you get high quality seafood and delicious meat at a reasonable price? Worth a trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant In The Area
    LetsEatOut
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    Just had Christmas Eve dinner at the Black Forest Inn with family & had a great time. Food is always outstanding & the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Perfect for a holiday or special occasion. We have never been disappointed & look forward to our next opportunity to dine at the Black Forest Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Beautiful decor for holidays,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    Beautiful decor for holidays, superb food. Chilean sea bass in potato crust with lobster sauce best I ever had. Offers German authentic German cuisine. Black Forest cake made there was delicious. Not to sweet just perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent as always.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Food was excellent as always. It was very busy which might be why service wasn't as good as it normally is; all the water glasses were empty, empty drink glasses, and took at least 20 minutes to get the check. We suspect nepotism in selection of the band as it was too loud for the space it was in and really wasn't particularly good. Would strongly recommend this place on food alone but the band and service were detractors from an otherwise excellent night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good German Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    What a delightful place to have a holiday dinner: festive decorations with Old World Victorian German charm. Food was excellent and well-presented. Service was excellent --- the server recommending but not pushing dishes on us. I love German food and it is not easy finding a good German restaurant anymore. Most in New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area have closed or don't serve real sauerbraten with potato dumplings in the way my grandmother made them. This place comes close.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday buffet is a great way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Friday buffet is a great way to taste many different foods prepared.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had Saurbraten. Not as good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    Had Saurbraten. Not as good as in the past Had Saurbraten in Long Valley brewpub 2 weeks later - much better, nice sauce
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic German
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    Our second visit in the past couple of months and both were outstanding. Classic German menu blended with other options and all prepared perfectly. The venison loin and Christmas goose specials were especially well done. We will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is a German Gem in Northern
    Donald
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    This is a German Gem in Northern New Jersey. I hope this restaurant is in business for years to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't Miss With Black Forest Inn
    GregVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    You can't miss with the Black Forest Inn. I'm quite impressed with the consistency of their food. They have a great menu that is very continental. The service is friendly but you must wait for your entree because it is created fresh. We especially enjoy the warm atmosphere especially with the fireplace going on a cold night. You can't miss here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impeccable dining, outstanding
    GregVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Impeccable dining, outstanding service in a very warm, friendly atmosphere. Every time we come here, we feel so comfortable. Kudos to the entire staff for a job well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely, though a bit pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Lovely, though a bit pricey Teutonic food. Loved the seafood buffet and the desserts. The servers were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and restaurant was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    The food and restaurant was very nice. We had our office Holiday Party that night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • German food the BEST!! We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    German food the BEST!! We have enjoyed dining there several times. You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Black Forest Inn is an
    diningwithdan
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    The Black Forest Inn is an excellent restaurant -- consistently good in all aspects. Quality and variety of the food, the attentiveness of the service, and the appropriateness and beauty of the venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific traditional German
    Bap17
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    Terrific traditional German food in a quiet cozy setting. Good portions and great taste.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I've been to the Black Forest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    I've been to the Black Forest Inn, several times now. The food is fabulous, although a bit pricey. The buffets are are fantastic! The high class assortment is full of flavor and not overcooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have enjoyed dining at
    BBLU
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    We have enjoyed dining at the Black Forest on many occasions. This particular time it did not meet our expectations. My drink from the bar a ( Sweet Rob Roy) had much to much sweet vermouth in it. The kitchen ran out of potato crusted sea bass which is our favorite and service was not up to par, probably because they had a large reunion party that night. Overall the food was very good and came to the table hot. Since the Black Forest is one of our favorite restaurants we will not let this past experience cloud our judgement.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food/Slow Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    While the food was very good (the escargot was excellent)the service was slooow. We were there on Thanksgiving Day. They advertised that they were open from 12 - 8 for dinner so we made reservations for 6:45. We arrived at 6:40 and were seated right away - a good sign, or so I thought. My husband and I waited at least 15 minutes to get even a glass of water brought to the table. Then we waited again for our server to come and take a drink order which was delivered by the bartender. Then we waited again for quite a while before someone came to take our dinner order. All this time we never even had bread on the table. By the time we finally got served and finished eating it was 9:15 and the staff were all eating at the bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best authentic German food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    Best authentic German food in NJ. The "Maultaschen" are to die for. As a German I know what I am talking about
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints. Truly an
    GregVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    Never disappoints. Truly an outstanding restaurant. The chef and staff do a tremendous job. I'm urging the people where I work to hold their Christmas party here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best German food I've found
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/19/2012
    Best German food I've found in America so far! Great atmosphere as well. Try either the venison or the wild boar with a glass of weissbier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Black Forest always has
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2012
    The Black Forest always has good food and if you like German food than this is the place for you. We love the great beer selections and the German food. It is a nice and quiet spot for dinner in an old world atmosphere, lots of wood and antlers with some nice stained glass. We average about 6 to 8 times a year and has been a staple in the area for decades, the potato dumpling is a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • this time just a fair experience,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    this time just a fair experience, we were sat by the hostess and not given menus, when waitress came, she said there were no menus and she didn't know where they were? waitress was not prepared with pepper when she brought salads and she apologized and said she would be right back but instead went and took an order from across the room and by the time she came back with pepper mill we were just about done with salads, it is unffortunate service didn't match the quality of your establishment
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  • Always Great for Special Occasions
    GregVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    This place never disappoints. Food is outstanding. Service top notch. All in a warm atmosphere. If you are looking to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary, etc. this is the place. We have done it many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enchanted Evening von Deutchland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    Took my girlfriend here for her birthday and we really enjoyed the elegant ambiance and very authentic German dining experience. The staff was very friendly and accommodating - our server even found one of the staff with a lovely voice and delivered our Black Forest chocolate cake slices with a Happy Birthday song and candle! A wonderful and enchanting evening. Open Table made it a snap to reserve and I really appreciate the convenience with this web app and dining support service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They failed to honor the reservatio
    AimeeVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2012
    They failed to honor the reservation I made on OpenTable
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Bier; Best German Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    True high quality German food. EACH entree was specially made and served. SPATEN crystal beer is the best ever had. Soup to nuts with Bier will run ~$75. Worth it for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Octoberfest menu was
    BeeMoVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2012
    Special Octoberfest menu was tasty. Entertainment ended too early.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We really enjoyed the Balck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    We really enjoyed the Balck Forest Inn. The Octoberfest made you feel like you were in Germany. The food from start to finish was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate