About Black Forest Inn

One minute off Exit 25 on Route 80 at the Morris County-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.

249 Rt 206
Stanhope, NJ 07874
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Continental, German, European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11:30-2:00
Dinner:
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday 4:30-10:00
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
Saturday 1:00-10:00
Sunday 1:00-8:00

Cross Street:
One mile off Exit 25 on Route 80

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 347-3344

Website:
http://www.blackforestinn.com/

Catering:
Planning a party? Your place or ours. 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. Ask about our Oktoberfest catered parties.

Parking Details:
Plenty of parking

Executive Chef:
Heinz Aichem

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
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.

Specials

Three Course Early Bird Prix Fixe Meal

Wednesdays - Fridays from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Perfect Place for Your Next Party

Wednesdays - Sundays from 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

All You Can Eat Friday Night Buffet

Fridays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Specials

Three Course Early Bird Prix Fixe Meal

Wednesdays - Fridays from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Details

Three Course Early Bird Prix Fixe Meal. Excludes Tax and Tip. The Most Amazing Dining Deal in the Area. It features most of our favorite items. Special valid Aug 28, 2017 - Dec 28, 2017 on Wednesdays - Fridays from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Let us do all the cooking this Christmas Eve! Our European-trained chefs will offer their award-winning cuisine on December 24th from 1 to 8pm. Make your reservations now!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Want to enjoy an award-winning dinner this New Year's Eve? Come to the Black Forest Inn in Stanhope for a fabulous dinner to welcome in the New Year! Reserve now.

The Perfect Place for Your Next Party

Wednesdays - Sundays from 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Details

Second Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Company Parties, Club Events, Communions, Repasts and more. We will design an event to fit your tastes and budget. Plus we can cater your party at your location too!. Includes Tax and Tip. Call Barbara Koster at 973-347-3344 for more info. Special valid Aug 28, 2017 - Dec 28, 2017 on Wednesdays - Sundays from 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM.

All You Can Eat Friday Night Buffet

Fridays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Details

Our grand buffet is the only one of its kind in North Jersey. Over 20 hot & cold items plus a carving station & many of the Black Forest Inn's favorite entrees plus dessert, coffee or tea.The price per person is $34.75. Excludes Tax and Tip. The First Friday of Each Month is Our Seafood Buffet for $44.50 per person. Special valid Sep 20, 2017 - Jan 19, 2018 on Fridays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Black Forest Inn Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (14)
Seasonal (12)
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Fun (11)
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Bar Seating (9)
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Sunday Lunch (6)
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·Dined 5 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the Black Forest Inn Sunday evening. The food was delicious and pleasing to the eye

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The Black Forest Inn features authentic German cuisine which is outstanding. The service was wonderful. Our waitress could not have been more accommodating and helped us with celebrating a birthday. She was able to advise us on menu selections and wine. This was our first visit, but I know we will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food, high quality, great service

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Was about average. The appetizer "jumbo" potato pancakes were not jumbo, an average size pancake. Did not get a whole lot of "meat" with the dinner and the spatzle according to my 84 yr old mom, was not the real deal

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This place was fantastic, great food, wide menu selection, so hard to choose one thing. Some very unusual options, plus some more accessible choices. Everything was tasty and cooked great. Fun, cozy German interior. A classic. Went here for a birthday party and we really loved everything we had. Will be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great authentic German beer and food. I do think it's a bit pricey but the homemade sides make it worth it. I like the ambiance and the fact the waitresses wear authentic garb.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We've been coming here for several years. Great place for authentic German cuisine.
Service is always slow, so we typically go for Friday night buffet because it is faster to serve ourselves. The buffet has a very nice selection of traditional German food.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always a great meal at the BFI. I had the Chealean Sea Bass - it was a special of the day. Tasted great . My son had it also. German beer with my meal and one for desert. Bread pudding for desert also was very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This place is amazing. It never disappoints. Highly skilled chefs create delicious dinners.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always a good meal. Friendly server but service odd due to a family party that restaurant did not make known to its customers on their website not even on the door so it was odd to go in and find the seafood buffet cancelled (only offered once a month) and something we planned ahead for...

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food.nice people. We enjoyed the meal. It was my first time trying German food. We will go again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Black Forest Inn has an early bird special Wednesday to Saturday before 6 pm you have to try

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

An unique traditional German restaurant. Family run.

Great traditional menu yet with something for everyone.

Great food and wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have been going to the Black Forest for many years, sometimes just for a nice dinner, but always for Octoberfest. This trip did not disappoint. The food was wonderful, and our server was excellent. It is definitely worth the trip if you want authentic German food with appropriate music and atmosphere!

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had not been there in a long time so the Pub atmosphere with TV set on the wall threw us off. Food was excellent but when I asked for the beer sampler the waitress told me there was no glasses available for that. A few minutes latter the table next to us had a beer sampler placed on their table.
We will be back to try the buffet.

Tags: Business Meals, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner with my very pregnant daughter and her husband who was celebrating taking an exam and a birthday postponed. The place was a great as we remembered from long ago. Delicious German food and outstanding service in a lively atmosphere. Accommodated us even though we arrived late for our reservation.
Would surely recommend for a special night out with different food than the usual.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We actually like this place but the hostess station is the most disorganized I have ever seen. We waited a half hour after our reservation and they still couldn't even venture a guess as to how long it would be until we were seated. This happens all the time. It's a shame. It's a nice place, good food, good ambience, just no clue how to seat customers. They shouldn't accept reservations if they can't honor them. Or are they just trying to increase the bar business. And it's not the hostess herself because we have had this problem many times with many different hostesses. With a proper front of the house, this could be a very nice place. Someone needs to take charge.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

A very attractive Bavarian atmosphere with stained glass windows and costumed waitresses. I have stayed in Bavaria and know the style. I was hoping for more Bavarian type dishes but althoughout there were just a few, it seemed to cater more to an American fare. There were NO German Pretzels available, the soft ones tied in that famous knot which was disappointing. Good apple strudel But all in all a cute restaurant which German charm. On Weekends they still have a German band and Oktober fest until the last weekend in October..

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Loved Oktoberfest so much that we came back. Food was outstanding, music and ambiance really captured the festive feeling of that big Munich event.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I think I would have enjoyed myself much more except for the crowd. I made a reservation for 4:30pm and unfortunately we arrived at 4:00pm and were told that due to the crowd and the number of large parties, our table would not be ready until 4:30pm. Ok we were early. We would finally seated at 4:48pm nd then only after I asked the hostess twice if it would be much longer. The small children were running around making much noise. Next time I come to the restaurant I will try to come later. Perhaps after children's bed time. However, the food, when it arrived was excellent ad the service was slow considering the crowd of people.waiting for tables. All factors taken into consideration, Good Show!

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Authentic, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We went on a Saturday for my Husbands birthday and we had a blast. The German singer was great and made you feel like you were in Germany again. The waitresss we had was the best waitress I have had in awhile. She explained the menu to you and was kind and courteous throughout the night. We had the sample of beers which was a great sampler. The food was great and the dessert was fantastic!!! Would definitely come with a group again!

Tags: Authentic, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I love the atmosphere. The staff is always friendly and the food is great. They have the best chicken francaise I have ever tasted.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a great time the service was good and so was the food

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Love going to the Black Forest Inn for traditional German food. My family likes to go there for special occasions - birthdays and such. It's a bit of a drive for us, but worth it!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Oktoberfest was amazing! The food was fantastic, the entertainment a lot of fun and the ambiance was like we were in Germany enjoying Oktoberfest!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was delicious. But our server seemed to forget about us. It took too long to receive each course and other servers were more attentive to checking on drinks and taking away empty plates. The Octoberfest band was good. next time we would like to try the new Pub.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We have been going to this restaurant gem for years.

On this occasion and during Octoberfest this fine restaurant was absolutely on their game. The beer was fresh and flavorful, the German band played to the delight of the crowd, the traditional food was outstanding.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We go to Oktoberfest every year and have for a long time. We usually have a group of 10 plus and in the past have run into issues with our reservation. It was frustrating but not enough to keep us away. This year we were only 6 and we dined early to avoid the rush. Unfortunately we did not get to see Heinz. It is always a treat to meet with him even if only for a few minutes. Michelle was our server this year and she was delightful !
Always a delicious meal at the Black Forest!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Had a delightful time, the food was good. Would be helpful if menu or wait staff could provide an English translation of menu choices.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Always enjoy Octoberfest at the Inn. We both had Saurbraten which was excellent. Our waiter was great, the drinks were excellent. The band was entertaining. Looking forward to coming back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This was the first time we ate there and we will definately be back. The food was awesome and the restaurant was decorated very authentic. We are new to the area and eat out often. We loved this place

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Went during the annual Octoberfest celebration. Had a great time....band gave it a lively atmosphere and the help was friendly and maintained the energy level of the band...

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Seasonal, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

good German food, great beer.... a good stop! worth the drive,

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Had a great time and great food at the Octoberfest with the live music and dancing!

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Live Music, Healthy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Always a great experience. We were tucked in an odd corner, which worked out great as we were looking for a nice quiet dinner. Great beer on tap.

Tags: Authentic, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Food was delicious! We had lost of food allergies in our group and our waitress was SO nice and accommodating. Highly re ommend

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

WE ALWAYS LIKED TO GO THERE FOR OUR ANNIVERSARY, ONLY THIS TIME THERE MUST HAVE BEEN AN OFF DAY. IF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST TIME WE WENT, WE WOULD HAVE NOT GONE BACK.
WE ORDERED LIVER PATE FOR APPERTISER WHAT WAS 3 ROUND 1/2 INCH THICK SLICES OF COURSE LIVER WURST NO CRACKERS OR DINNER ROOLS, WHEN WE ASKED FOR CRACKERS WE GOT 3 CRACKERS. DINNER WAS VERY GOOD AND WE DECIDED TO TAKE HOME DESSERT, 2 PIECES OF APPLE STRUDEL. WE DID NOT CHECK OUR DESSERT BEFORE WE LEFT, I GUESS WE SHOULD HAVE!?!? BOTH PIECES OF APPEL STRUDEL WHERE COMPLETELY BURNED ON THE BOTTOM AND LIGHTLY ON THE TOP, THAT WAS A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. I CAN NOT BELIVE THAT A PROFESSIONAL CHEF WOULD HAVE LET A DISGRACE OF A APPLE STRUDEL LEAVE HIS KITCHEN.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Called to make a reservation and told 'sorry, we're completely booked for tonight'. Went onto Open Table and had 4 different times to choose from, reserved, confirmed and went to restaurant. Walk ins were also seated. ?? Were seated opposite 2 very large birthday groups which added to noise factor. Ordered beers which were a bit pricey; didn't like my draft-also warmer than room temp- asked to switch, waitress took away and brought back saying manager said fine but we'd still have to pay for it (never heard of that in better restaurants!) 3 of 4 in party German, so when food arrived portions were small, good but not great, and sides served in these little bowls. Experience was more confusing than enjoyable. Also had an odd jewelry and stacking doll sale in foyer. Won't go back.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Everything was great. We came for the "Early Dinner Pri Fix" which was an excellent value. There were plenty of selections. The food was great and the service was exceptional. We sat in the "more formal" section (marked by white tablecloths on the tables), which was relatively quiet, something we miss these days when we go out.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Rating service so low because it was over 30 minutes before our drink order was taken.

Tags: Great Beer
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