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

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.

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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4.5

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4.2

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4.5

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4.0

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Worth the Drive (24)
Good for a Date (19)
Live Music (19)
Cozy (18)
Good for Groups (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Seasonal (12)
Casual (11)
Fun (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Business Meals (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Romantic (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

It appears that non-Caucasian patrons must sit in the back room and are last to be served.

Tags: Live Music
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Our waitress was lovely, the food was excellent, the traditional German band was fun and the facility is extremely clean and beautiful. The beer wasn't cold and I had their "signature martini" that was not balanced or mixed well. The desserts (apple strudel and wine-soaked black cherries over ice cream) are worth the visit themselves! We will definitely go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

have been to the Black Forest Inn before but this was the first time for Oktoberfest. As usual, it didn't disappoint.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Absolutely delicious!!!!! If you love German food, COME HERE! If you don't think you like German food, then COME to the Black Forest Inn . . . it's amazing!!! Excellent all around: entrees, sides, Beer, dessert, live music, knowledgeable wait staff. It's pricey, but you get authentic, fresh food and good portions. Try the Black Forest cake -- yummmmmmm!

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Good food, over priced for the portions you get, authentic, loud live music, but seating is very tight. I would go again but only for a special occasion due to cost and distance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

My family has loved Black Forest Inn for many years - it was great to see that they have made some improvements to the restaurant after coming back from their annual summer vacation! Their pub/bar area has beautiful new hardwood floors and a great new TV. The ambience there with some classic rock music and a more relaxed vibe is exactly what they needed.

For those who still like the traditional restaurant, the rest still looks the same. I was able to see the new menu and it looks great! The new items offered sound delicious and seeing them on their Instagram page made me wish I could try them - tonight was their first weekend of Oktoberfest and a special menu was used. Still delicious, but I will definitely go back during the week to try some of the new dishes.

Our server, Kevin, was as gracious, congenial, and welcoming as he always is. My herring appetizer was as good as I’ve ever had and my wienerschnitzel was tender, crispy, and exactly what I was in the mood for.

The live band playing traditional German music was a great touch and it was fun to watch the more brave folks out on the dance floor.

Some people may find the traditional, fine dining establishment a bit outdated...but it was great to see the owners are taking strides to keep up with the times and get a newer generation through their doors. I look very forward to going back in the not so distant future.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

The Black Forest Inn offers delicious authentic German cuisine. Their Schweinshaxn (crispy pork shank) was better than what I had in Dinkelsbuhl.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Authentic
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We have enjoyed all of our visits to the Black Forest Inn. The waitstaff is helpful and responsive, the atmosphere is light and friendly. The Octoberfest is rowdy and fun. You can't go wrong with any food selection here, we have never be unhappy with any of our choices. Every time we go we choose another German dish to try. We travel an hour to get here and love it!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great Beer, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was not as good as usual. Is there a new chef

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

Food and service are always good. Great value for the money.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

This was by far the best restaurant my husband and I have been to in a long time. The staff were so friendly and helpful with the questions we had about the food. Kevin our waiter was so enjoyable. It was like being with our family enjoying a happy get together. I wish we lived here so we could enjoy coming here on a regular basis. Thank you for the best meal and the most enjoyable evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We have been going to the Black Forest Inn for many years. We have never had a bad meal and the service is always excellent. Lately, however, they have begun making changes in their menu that are rather disconcerting. For years, one of the guilty pleasures at the Black Forest were the delicious buttered croutons they served whil you waited for your dinner. At out las visit in June, they had disappeared because they were allegedly "too costly". Our server told us that were were not alone in our disappointment. They were missing still on our most recent visit this past Saturday. Not only were they missing, but many of the "Junior" portions which allowed anyone to get a slightly smaller portion for a slightly lower price. This was very disappointing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

This was the FIRST ever Friday Night Buffet "Clam Bake". We are regulars at the Black Forest Inn and the Clam Bake was good--but not great. (They modified their 1st Friday of the month Seafood Buffet slightly by subbing Boiled Blue Crab in place of 1/2 Lobsters, and added steamed clams and Clams Casino in place of other seafood selections.) The NE Clam Chowder was fabulous, but we had to ask for it since our waitress never offered it to us as. The steamed crabs were small, cold and unseasoned. And the tableware and settings were not conducive for picking crab. The dishes of raw shellfish (very good) and steamed clams (good) were often depleted. There was no drawn butter available and cocktail sauce was not served with the raw shellfish and was not easily found elsewhere on the buffet. The "sliced to order" pork and beef were not up to par compared to the normal selections most Friday nights. And the normal German sides were not offered like they typically do on Friday buffets. Desert was still included with the $44.95 Clam Bake buffet and was GREAT as usual. But $9 for 16 oz of Octoberfest beer seemed steep to me. (I don't remember ever noticing that the drink prices were that high before.) All in all, I wish that we had ordered off the regular menu instead this time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Food, service and ambience are all wonderful. We enjoyed our evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great service. Delicious meal. Schnitzel choices were great. We will go again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Out with the wife. Haden been there since I was 10. And 50 years later it was as great as I could remember. Jagershitzel was fantastic as was the red cabage. Great wine too. Had reservation and took us right on time. Bathrooms were spotless!. Will be back for the rabit and Maybe the seafood buffet. Just fantastic.0

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Used Open Table to make a reservation but Hostess could not find. I had received a confirmation.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We celebrated our wedding anniversary plus 2 friends birthdays Wed August 23, 2017. (6 of us). Food and service were great, and the hostess, waitress and bus girl all sang for us and decorated our desserts with lighted candles. It was a great way to celebrate, and a big THANK YOU to the staff for making this event memorable. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

We went on a Sunday evening to celebrate our Father's birthday. We were seated promptly and the waitress was quick to our table for our drink order. There was a little delay in taking the food order, but I could see that our waitress was busy with a large group in the main seating area. We chose to be seated in one of the smaller side rooms as our father is hearing impaired and the noise level was much better there for table conversation. The food is great. Our three dishes were the Icelandic Sole, Sauerbraten, and pork schnitzel...portion size was good and we were all pleased. They helped us in celebrating Dad's birthday by accommodating our wishes...no singing...just a dessert with a candle. There was enough singing in the main room.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Sauerbraten is more than pot roast. Where is the red vinegar and ginger snaps.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Went there Saturday night at 7 pm. By 9:15 pm we were just about the only folks in the place. That is not a criticism, just an observation. The only effect it does have is that some of the entrees were sold out. In fact, my wife go the last salmon dish. Her first choice was scallops, but they were all gone.

WE had a nice meal, great service and will return.

Tags: Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

we have gone to the Black Forest Inn for years now and still enjoy going there a few times per year. We have several favorites and many times like to go for the Friday Buffet.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Romantic, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Without realizing it, our reservation was during a German festival time. Rather than the normal selections, we had to select from a limited menu which didn't really bother us since we would more than likely have chosen the same appetizers and entrees we enjoyed. Although not particularly German, the lobster bisque is delicious! The winerschnitzel and the beef rouladen were very tasty. No room for dessert and will definitely return!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We had a reservation for 7 pm (6 people) and were not seated till about 7:25pm with no apology or much explanation for the wait. About 7:15 the hostess said they were setting our table...I guess that takes 10 minutes. The hostess at the front seemed confused and was not very competent.
Our waitress service was extremely slow. From the time we sat down till we ordered our meals was about 35 minutes. Once we ordered things did move along at a normal pace.
They were having a heritage festival with a special menu. Food selections were plentiful and quite tasty. Everyone at our table enjoyed what they ordered except for the potato dumplings. They were rubbery and rather tasteless.
All and all I feel like we would not bother to make the 45 minute drive here again even though we love German food.

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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Wonderful German ambiance, authentic cuisine, superb traditional friendly and helpful service. A great dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Food was excellent,Service was great. Very enjoyable experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Hard to find good German cuisine is right here! The schnitzels we all tasty and cooked perfectly but the red cabbage was the best we ever ate. Good hearty meal and attentive service.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants in this part of Jersey. The biggest surprise is that you don't have to like German cuisine to dine here. My party was amazed at the Scallops, Salmon, Filet Mignon and more. The desserts were really outstanding!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Casual, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. The waitress was so genuine and can't wait to try something else on the menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Casual, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

After a morning business meeting in the area, chose Black Forest for lunch! What a great choice! Authentic German Traditional fare, delicious in every way!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Our first visit but definitely not our last! My father was up from NC and we wanted to try something new. We all loved the food and the service was wonderful! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Cozy, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Absolutely first rate dining experience! Sunday at 2 was a perfect time to dine. Low noise level and charming decor. Ask for Sharone if you want truly professional knowledgeable service. Portions are very large (we each took home enough for another meal). Veal and pork were all delicious and desserts are to die for. Well worth the drive if you aren't in the immediate area.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Brought family members here & every one enjoyed it!

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Poconos)·Dined on July 7, 2017

excellent classic German food, reasonably priced. not haute cuisine, but generous portions well prepared. Most of those there (not us) were for the buffet, which looked great but was more than we wanted in both quantity and price.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We're regulars at the Black Forest Inn and simply love the Sea Bass special! Hubby, who is a steak lover, will opt for the Sea Bass without question. The service is always friendly and efficient, and the food is phenomenal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

It was about 25 years since we had first been to the Black Forest Inn, and we can't believe we waited so long to return! We can't wait to try their Oktoberfest in July! The food was delicious--from the appetizers to dessert. The service was attentive and professional. Now we can't wait to go back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Live Music, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Very nice atmosphere, however the food was very disappointing. Potato pancakes which in a German restaurant should be outstanding, were limp, soggy and greasy. The entrees were so overly salted, they were actually inedible. A restaurant claiming to be authentic fell far short of the mark.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The atmosphere of the restaurant is cozy and unique, but it's quickly overrun by waitresses kicking and tripping over everyone's chairs and nearly dropping trays of food on diners at every table. Every member of my party had this repeatedly happen to them. This wasn't my party's individual bias either, as other diners repeatedly switched tables or appeared upset when they were told they couldn't switch tables.

Also, while a geographic area may be likely to hold a particular group's political viewpoint- drinks and menu items based in politics will likely turn-off potential customers or will lead to current customers not returning. While everyone is entitled to their political viewpoints, it doesn't mean you need to force them upon your customers.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The atmosphere is great. Our waitress was very personable and efficient. the food was traditional and very good. We were visiting with friends and we weren't rushed by the restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Food was not good. Lobsters overcooked. Asked several times for new ones that were not overcooked but never received. Remaining entrees were not flavorful. Pasta was starchy and tasteless. Pork also overcooked and very salty. Crab cakes very salty. Ginger carrots and homemade blue cheese dressing were the highlights. For $45 per person before drinks, tax and tip, I was very dissatisfied.

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