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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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The award-winning Black Forest Inn invites you and your Valentine to an outstanding dinner with a specially created menu. You can also enjoy the finest wines, beers and unique cocktails. The Black Forest Inn has been given accolades from OpenTable, Zagat, local media and of course our customers.

Black Forest Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
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Good for Anniversaries (37)
Worth the Drive (34)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Good for a Date (29)
Seasonal (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Cozy (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Fun (16)
Live Music (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Romantic (13)
Business Meals (12)
Casual (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Great for Lunch (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Very good classic cuisine. German foods highlighted but are somewhat 'Americanized,' i.e., less herbed or otherwise flavored than classics (that is, bland). Seating was quick but service was slow althogh quite friendly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

My dish was delicious. My wife's saurebraten was awful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We tried the buffet. It was good but I will order a la Carter next time!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Once again BF hit a home run, great food, great service (thanks to Sarah) amidst a beautifully appointed dining room that wants us to come back again and again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The Potato Leek soup was delicious and the Chocolate Soufle was outstanding. But we wanted the German Potato Salad, unfortunately for the 2nd time in a year it was not available. Last year, they ran out before 6pm and this year there was none at 4pm.
When we ordered coffee, we got a half a cup, so we ordered another. Again, a half a cup.
I was very surprised when the check came and we were charged for 4 cups of coffee, not two.
For $120 I would think the second cup of coffee would be free!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We enjoyed appetizers (escargot, potato leek soup, and smoked trout) and dinners (scallops, sauerbraten, fish and Christmas goose)!! We think of the Black Forest as a special treat because of the beautiful ambience and fantastic food. I feel at home there because of my German genes!!! I love being to make a reservation on Open Table!! Cheers!!

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

A lovely experience as always. The Christmas goose was delicious.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food and service were very good. The restaurant was busy so if you are looking for a quiet, intimate dining experience, this would not be the best place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We went for a Holiday Dinner. Everything was great! The Service was excellent. The Staff couldn’t help you enough. Always making sure everything was perfect. The Food was phenomenal. It is definitely my Favorite Restaurant! I cannot wait to return! Glückliches neues Jahr!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve Dinner. Great Cocktails, Great appetizers, Dinner was awesome, wish it was a larger portion,maybe because we were one of the last seated ran out of food? Will go back to try the buffets as they were highly recommended. Our waitress was exceptional. Staff was very professional and courteous.

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had dinner on Christmas Eve and the food was very good . The atmosphere was suitable for the holiday and we had a wonderful evening.

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had the Christmas goose. It was excellent. Thank you for making it at Christmastime. We always enjoy it very much. Eleanor Weissenrieder

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great authentic German food. Great staff and service!

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

Had the buffet tonight and it was incredible! Highly recommend it!

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Very good food and variety of drinks. The German fusion menu offers a wide variety of dishes that will suit any taste. We have been there before and will definitely return.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

German fun but dated decor. The dark and dreary decor of the Black Forest was like stepping back in time and not in a good way. Felt very old fashioned and although the place is huge the bar is cramped and slow. The service was slow and the portions for the price were small. My pork black forest was disappointing. Thin pieces of pork with a brown salty sauce. The Jagerschnitzel was the best and the dessert of a chocolate molten cake looked unappetizing.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We have been to Blackforest Inn many times and were always very happy with food and service. The food is truly authentic German. One of my issues is the frequent live music. When we go there, we meet up with friends who we see a few times a year. Therefore, I request a table in the more quiet section of the restaurant. When we went there this Saturday, we were seated 50 minutes after our reservation time. I asked a couple of times how much longer it would take, and the hostess couldn't give me an answer and didn't seem to be concerned in the least bit.

Our table was at the open door to the main area where a band played Oktoberfest music and later Christmas music. During the live music, it was difficult to communicate with our friends. Once we were seated, it took a while to order drinks. My drink order was mixed up. It then took over 20 minutes until the waitress took our food order. When we received the appetizers, my order was mixed up again. Fortunately, after that the service went smoothly. Food was good as always.

Hopefully, the service issues on this visit were only due to the busy Holiday time.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always a treat to dine at Black Forest Inn but it’s especially festive around the holidays. Authentic, meticulously prepared German fare, joyful music and dancing. Always puts a smile on our faces.

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fun, Great Beer
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We make it a point to come to the Black Forest Inn for my son's birthday. So far, it has been the third year. The food is beyond great, the atmosphere is wonderful. The only problem was that this time, we were seated next to a table that was filled with children. Their parents were at another table. Because there were not parents at that table, the noise level got quite loud. While I think it's great to include kids when it comes to dining out, I think it would have been a good idea to have some parents at that table to keep it at an acceptable level. The Black /Forest Inn is not a Chucky Cheese or a McDonalds, and the food (although very worth it) can be expensive. To pay a few hundred dollars for food (as I had invited 9 people), it would have been nice to have been able to talk without screaming to be heard over the din. Next year, I will be booking a separate room, but I will definitely come back.

Tags: Live Music, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food. Handicap accessible. However only one handicap parking spot. Coffee needs to be hotter.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always consistent meals. Food awesome and the service always attentive.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Have eaten here dozens of times over many years. The food is always delicious, Christmas goose is a must as is any veal dish. Now have a lighter pub menu and more "light" options. Classic dining at it's best.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

This place is far and away our favorite place for a special dinner! I don't care if you order classic German or oysters on the half shell (which are as good or better than any at Legal Seafoods), you're going to say "WOW!, that's Great!" Yesterday we were there specifically for the Christmas Goose and we were not (and never have been) disappointed. Sometimes, I wonder what goes on in other peoples minds, I've seen reviews that say it's expensive at The Black Forest. Compared to what? Last night our Goose dinners plus 2 drinks, an appetizer and a dessert for right about $125 (including a 20-25% tip!) that's a fine dining bargain! The Black Forest is hard to beat. Try it.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Went for lunch with long time friend. Wanted something different enjoyed the German dishes. Would certainly go there again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Our only small complaint would be the drink cost. The prices were not listed on the menu. A very common glass of white wine turned out to be $10.50 on the bill. We were not expecting it to be so pricey - seemed like a house brand. Disappointing there.

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

There were two highlights: one was the great Spaten bier and the other was a wonderful Vienerschnizelette Greuere . I have eaten Vienerschnizel in Vienna, Austria, in open air cafe’s and I must say Black Forest Inn’s was better!! You won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food great place great atmosphere my mom's in a wheelchair they have an elevator and it was worth my trip and there's

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful as always. Fantastic service and incredible food. Server was very polite with a good sense of humor too. One of the best German restaurants In the Northeast.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Authentic German food in a traditional old school atmosphere! Excellent food & service!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Bavarian costumes are a bit kitschy and the tables are too close together (to be fair, this was Thanksgiving, and I'm sure they were trying to accommodate as many people as possible). The food is reliably good, and if the entrees seem expensive, it's worth remembering that they come with a choice of side dishes. Those who don't love German specialties like wienerschniztel and sauerbraten will find excellent seafood and other offerings (and for Thanksgiving, roast turkey of course). The creme brulee is the best in the area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

GREAT food,cocktails,wine & beer. Must try the Black Forest Punch Cocktail. Extremely authentic. Waiters & Waitresses are very professional. I plan to go to all their hunter dinners in January,February & March...The Christmas goose is fantastic...

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We have been several times and never disappoints. Consistently good food. Nice menu options.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were seated on time, graciously and professional. Even though it was busy on thanksgiving, the service was attentive. The wait staff was very pleasant and took the time to chat briefly. The food was very, very good. Definitely a restaurant to go to.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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