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.

Black Forest Inn Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Sunday Lunch (11)
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Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Service and food were outstanding! I always love the potato leek soup. Couldn't ask for a nicer Valentines.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

From appetizers, entrees, cocktails and dessert, everything was AMAZING! We can't wait to come back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

I would be disappointed if EVERY aspect of the dining experience was not at least superb because for my 35 plus years, that is all I have ever experienced. Alles ist gans gut!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Our dinner on Valentines Day was excellent. We go to the Black Forest often and love it! We have our favorite waitress Melissa who always takes great care of us! Our food was exceptional and can't wait to go back yet again!!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful food, ambiance and service!!! Always a great time at Black Forest Inn!!!
Authentic German food as well as food for everyone - especially the Bavarian Pretzel!!
Can't wait to go there again!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was good not great. Love the old German style decor. Portions small for the price.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great, authentic German cuisine. We went for my mother's birthday with our family and they were very accommodating. We had a party of 10 and they gave us our own private room.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The Mardi Gras Buffet was incredible. We went up several times and spent a long time tasting everything available. Love their buffets!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Black Forest Inn has amazing food, I highly recommend the pork shank. It is absolutely to die for. The beer selection is on point, the food is always very good and the service is top-notch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a good time. The food was really good and portions were generous. We will %o back again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

this was our second time and it was just as good as the first. authentic german and other items were just mouthwatering. friendly staff was nice to have as well. cant wait for the 3rd time!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and service. Went for the authentic German dishes. They did not disappoint. Even my mother in law from Germany loves it. She has been dining at this restaurant for 30+ years.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great German food, but very pricey for what it is. 4 adults and 3 children $350 . 1 adult and child shared a meal, 2 adults ordered 1/2 orders and a total of 3 glasses of house wine and a glass of beer on tap were ordered. Service was very attentive without being annoying. Beautiful atmosphere and was quiet on a Sunday night. Enjoyable evening, but the price prohibits us from visiting again.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and experience as a whole!! Will definitely be back !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food is authentic and pretty good, portions are small and I think its overpriced.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Have not been to the restaurant in a while. Was as good as I remembered. Everyone enjoyed the buffet. Chef and waitress were very helpful and friendly. Needed some German music to finish it off.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 on January 14, 2018

Great German cuisine with daily specials. Try the venison, it was outstanding!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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

Great food. Traditional German cuisine. Warm dining room. You won't leave there hungry! Spaetzle! Weinerschnitzel! How could you go wrong? One complaint...no German chocolate cake on the menu! My son was a bit disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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

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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 (New York Area)·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 28, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 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

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great authentic German food. Great staff and service!

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

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 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 16, 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 16, 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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 (New York Area)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 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 14, 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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