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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (35)
Great Beer (31)
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Good for Anniversaries (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Good for a Date (21)
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)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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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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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Saurbraten was tender and correctly seasoned. Wurst en and hasenfeffer were great. Kids love spetzle (coke and fanta)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

The Black Forest Inn has been in the community for 30 plus years. It offers a variety of German dishes and a few American dishes, all with superb taste. It has won numerous awards - all which can be viewed upon entering, which attest to the quality of the meal one will receive. Each time my wife and I go for a date night, we are always happy with our choices, the service, and the atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I can't recall having a bad meal at Black Forest. Even being there for Mother's Day with what seemed like the entirety of Morris and Sussex Counties, the service was top notch and the food was exactly as expected. I would highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We went on Mother's Day, and even though it was packed, the food and the service were excellent. Don't know all the wonderful aspects of this place, but we have been there a few times, and even though it is quite a distance from our home, we find it well worth the trip. Maybe a bit pricey for some folks, but within range of ordinary people for special times. It's hard to find authentic German food, but this is the place!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals. The wait staff was excellent with service and recommendations.

Even though we had a reservation we had to wait to be seated.

Mother's Day was our first time there and I am not sure if it is like this all the time but we were seated in a smaller room and the tables were too close together. We could hear everyones converstations.

Tags: Great Beer, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The Black Forest Inn is one of the best restaurants. This was our first visit there and we were so impressed with the food and service. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Casual, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Cozy, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I've been to the Black Forest Inn many times, and the food is always excellent, served hot with generous portions, though quite pricey for what is essentially German comfort food. Always try to seat in the bar area, the ambience is better an servers more attendant. It's easy to vanish in the main restaurant and side rooms, resulting in spotty service. While definitely well frequented by seniors, younger people or families will not feel out of place. Draft beer list is short by modern gastropub standards, but the selection of excellent German brews more than makes up for quantity.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Second dinner at Black Forrest Inn. Decor is traditional, maybe a bit old-fashioned, but we like it. A few separate dining areas kept noise level just fine on our first trip, but this was a Saturday night on Mother's Day weekend. It was packed, and the larger dining room was VERY loud. We asked to be moved and were taken to a smaller dining area near the bar which was much better. The food was fantastic both times that we had dinner. I don't go for the German fare, but their seafood is always fresh and deliciously cooked. Our first dinner was on a Friday night, not on a holiday weekend, and the service was very good. This trip, on Mother's Day weekend, our meal took a total of 2 hours and 40 minutes! We weren't in a hurry and had a nice time, but there was WAY too much of a lag between apps, salads, and entrees. I'll definitely go back again, but will probably avoid holidays.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Excellent German food and beer. Excellent food and service, as usual.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Casual, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The servers were wonderful, and attentive. The lobster bisque was good, but no lobster. The meal sizes were good, the desserts were wonderful. All in all the food was great.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The food was horrible. You need to make your sauce better. The stuffed lobster tasted like rubber.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

If you want to visit a special restaurant in Germany, stop at the Black Forest Inn first for dinner and you can save the plane fare. This restaurant is a family favorite of ours. My wife and I went here for our anniversary dinner and again, talked about how much we love this restaurant.

Should you dislike authenticity in cooking, a friendly Bavarian dressed staff, a wonderfully warm oak lined dining room, great wine and beer selection and reasonably priced entrees .... well it may not be for you. I recommend it highly for your regular list of dining spots!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Food was fresh & delicious! Loved the bratwurst and the Rack of Lamb was awesome.. best I've had. Good cocktails, too. Potato Leek soup was piping HOT, CREAMY & FLAVORFUL. The decor is very inviting & you feel as though you are on vacation. We walked around to the other dining rooms after dinner to take a tour & were very impressed (some private rooms for parties or a romantic dinner) We highly recommend dining at the Black Forest Inn! ENJOY !

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Love the food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

A staple for German cuisine. Excellent reputation for years. Cozy atmosphere, fits with the food and theme

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 16, 2017

This is the type of restaurant that you would dine at for holidays and special occasions. They are able to easily accomodate large parties comfortably. The food can be authentic German cuisine however they do offer a variety of other options such as seafood and American fare.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Just a wonderful place! Great service, attentive waiters and waitresses, delicious drinks, excellent German entrees! We just love the German mautchausen appetizer and the sauerbraten and jagwrschnitzel entrees! We will, of course, be back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

great food -great table ( the one I asked for ) .

little slower service but in all fairness it was Easter with a very large crowd .

we all really enjoyed the whole package .

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on April 15, 2017

We went for my son's 11th birthday (as we do every year). They treat him like a king. The food and service are great! Recommended to all.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Love their food. Veal never fails me and love almond cup berry desset! Usually go for special occasion but just love it and have stopped for dinner on whim! Now has wonderful friday buffets!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Authentic German food--rare to find this anywhere, even in NYC; wonderful draft beers; sauerbraten was not as good as mama used to make, but the spaetzle and red cabbage were.
Service is a bit inconsistent but uniformly trying to please.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Authentic, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

I've been going to Black Forest for many years - the food never disappoints and the seafood buffet was no exception. It's a must try if you haven't already.

Tags: Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Live Music, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

We went to the 1st Friday Seafood Buffet - The cold items were nice, but the tiny baby lobster tails were one mouthful if that. Went to the carving station3 times & no one was there to serve. I think it was pretty bad - won't be back anytime soon !!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Very disappointed to read some of the negative reviews of this place. Glad that I did not change my mind and had a fantastic time with great food, great service and good times. It is an old German charm restaurant so please don't expect up to date amenities. If you are looking for a different flair for a restaurant, this will definitely leaving you wanting to return. I have spent a lot more money at "trendy" and "classic" restaurants that did not give as much in service or value. So, try it out, you will not be disappointed. Definitely make reservations for weekends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

i have not been to this restaurant in about 3 years. i was disappointed with the sauer braten, the gravy was burnt and it did not taste like the meat was marinated.
The vienerschnitzel was not cooked through.
the jaegersnitzel ,veal, was very rare. i am not used to seeing rare veal.
the chef does not capture fine German cuisine, i will not go back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Best German restaurant we have come across! Our favorite

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Roastbrauten was great. Sauerbraten was just ok. Food was ridiculously salty. Maultschen ( spelling may be off) , the German raviolis were amazing. Possibly some frozen items such as potato pancakes and potato dumplings . Basically a good value.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2017

We have visited the BFI for many years and have never been disappointed. Everything is excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Waitress was pleasant, but uninformed about the beer selection, witch contained only a few German beers. Service both from the bar and food was terribly slow. If you are not going to have live German music, at least play it overhead, not the pop music that was heard. Food was ok, but overpriced in my opinion. No gravy for my wiener schnitzel and the potato pancakes were like the OreIda variety at the grocery store. We had high hopes but were not impressed.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on March 11, 2017

I'm not sure what other reviewers got out of their experience.. But you could not ask for a more friendly place… The food was excellent and our waitress was very attentive… Cannot wait to go back again!

Tags: Outstanding Value
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

What a delight! Food was outstanding, service was terrific. Ambiance is charming. Seafood was fresh and delicious. German cuisine tasty and authentic. Beef dishes excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Outstanding! Went on a Friday and had the buffet. It was a great value, because you get to try many different foods and you get dessert. Everything was delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Not many German restaurants around anymore, but this one is worth the drive. Food delicious, servers excellent and a very quiet, cozy spot for an enjoyable dinner. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Western NC)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Food is always excellent and authentic
Enjoyable staff who allows you time to savior each course

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Never disappointed with the food or service. They always have specials that are just as delicious as the regular menu. The food is exceptional. Just delicious. The staff are very nice and friendly. The decor reminds me of an old world castle -rich wood, fire places, cut stone walls. The German themed dresses add a bit of kitsch in a classy way. Makes a special occasion even more memorable. Love it.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

I enjoyed the German atmosphere in the main dining area, but we were seated in the back corner of a side room and once the meal order was placed, seeing the server was rare. The entrees are pricey. The food tasted good, especially the side dishes of Spaetzle and red cabbage. I and my family were very disappointed at the small size of the senior (large) portions relative to the price. I get larger portions for much less at other restaurants. The website should be updated to reflect the increase in prices since the last update.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Outstanding food and service. Such a pleasant experience to find a restaurant that has outstanding food and service also where the people are happy to welcome you and do everything possible to make sure you have an enjoyable meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

I am German and must say that the Food is not Authentic, the Food is overpriced, I had better Food at the Longhorn for half the Price !!!!!!!!!!!

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