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About The Black Forest Restaurant

Welcome to BlackForest! We are proud to offer authentic German food that is both memorable and fresh but right here at Harrison Hot Springs. The Black forest restaurant over looks beautiful Harrison Lake just 10 km off Highway # 1. Our restaurant is family owned and operated since 1975 in Harrison Hot Springs. Come and enjoy delicious European food!

180 Esplanade Ave
Harrison Hot Springs, BC V0M 1K0
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
German, Austrian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Cross Street:
Next to Beach Hotel

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 796-9343

Website:
http://www.blackforest-restaurant.com/

Private Party Facilities:
We can accommodate private dining for group of 50 or over.

Private Party Contact:
Vicky Ghotra: (604) 796-9343

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Black Forest Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

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4.2

value

4.1

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Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
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Good for a Date (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Waterfront (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Romantic (7)
Fun (6)
Great Beer (6)
Scenic View (6)
Business Meals (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great service ! Vegetables were fresh cooked , perfectly large portions ,friendly staff!

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Waterfront
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·Dined 6 days ago

It was a date with my wife of 40 years, been here before and will come back . They deliver on all points

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Absolutely fantastic. Great food which we were able to share. The appetizer was delicious and the chocolate mousse was just grand. Thanks Vic for treating us to dessert❤️

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food is to die for and this restaurant is very popular with good reason. We make the drive out to Harrison once a year to eat at The Black Forest.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The restaurant was clean and very nicely decorated and food was excellent but was way to noisy for a nice romantic dinner and table for 2 are to small.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

The best schnitzels on west coast. Only thing that could make this place even better is dumplings!

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Service was excellent. We both had the Schnitzel Oscar and it didn't disappoint. We would definitely recommend the Black Forest! We'll be back :)

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food - Great service. Our gathering included one person in a wheel chair which was accommodated without a problem. The seating was a little cramped but the service was quick and the meal was served without delay.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Black Forest provided a wonderful German comfort meal on a dark, rainy evening. My wife's family is German and she was happy to have a German meal reminiscent of her childhood food. Portions were good, as was the authenticity.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Casual, Fun, Seasonal
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was good and uniquely German. The German radio was a nice touch. Worth another visit.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was quite possibly the best meal I've ever had. The service was absolutely amazing and the food was even better.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Waterfront, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

We were on a two day get away in Harrison Hot Springs. Three months previous I had been to The Black Forest Restaurant in Harrison's celebrating a special birthday with my girl friends and I really enjoy the schnitzel dinner. This time I was with my husband. We both ordered a specialty schnitzel and like the last time we thoroughly enjoyed the dinners. The portion side was large and the food was delicious. There was nothing left on our plates. We sat in the enclosed patio and our waitress was very pleasant and efficient. Next time we are in Harrison's I will definitely return for a schnitzel dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Been going there for years. The newer owners have done a great job and have maintained the quality of the food and the excellent service that we have enjoyed for a long time.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Amazing food, great atmosphere! Must try :black forest sausage, schnitzel and pork hawk. Also great deserts. Our favorite is the apple strudel.

Tags: Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We have visited this restaurant few times in the past 4 years. The main reason for choosing it for our anniversary dinner was German pan fried schnitzel. We drove 12 hours from Northern Alberta to be told that they do not have pan fried schnitzel although the menus list pan fried Vienna schnitzel. We were very disappointed to say least. My wife tried their deep fried schnitzel and was terrible. I tried meatloaf with some kind of souce which tasted like cough drop. Service was poor, our server brought wrong beer and wine. This was the last time we dine there and we do not recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for genuine German food. That was a terrible experience for us.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Black Forest is a regular date night destination for my wife and I. T he food is amazing and even the rare occasion of mediocre service doesn't detract from the overall experience. If Harrison Hot Springs had nothing else to offer we would very likely still make the trip out for dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was delicious, the service was great. there was a fly buzzing around that was annoying, but it was outside, so what can you do? all in all, a great experience.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Price for quality and quantity was way off. Restraunt was dead when came and they screwed up order. Not likely to return

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Our table was ready when we arrived and we were met with very friendly and helpful staff.
they had set up inside for us and we asked for an outside table. They were very happy to do the reset and this happened very quickly. the service was prompt and very professional. The food was excellent and came quite quickly. I am so looking forward to visiting the BLACK FOREST restaurant again soon.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Terrible service and the food ok . Steak was very tough.. would not go back

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

The staff was very friendly and accommodating when it came to our group of 20 that celebrated my parents 25th wedding anniversary

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 22, 2017

We enjoyed our meal. Reminded us of my family's home cooking (German heritage). Good hearty eating, but as German food is....not a "wow" taste experience (i.e. Thai or East Indian cuisine). Our waiter was attentive and helpful.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 18, 2017

ドイツ料理の美味しいお店。もちろんロケーションは最高。ビールもドイツのホワイトビールもあるしピッチャーもあってグループにぴったり。Shunizelが旨い!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Black Forest food is always amazing and the staff are always accommodating. Jenn (with 2 n's lol) took great care of our group and the evening was perfect. Thanks so much.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We were a party of seven older adults who have travelled and spent time in the Alsac and in central and south Germany. The food was so-so. Several ordered the jäeger schnitzel and we all found the pork overdone and somewhat tougher than our expectations. While a bit overdone, we enjoyed the red cabbage. Service was friendly and fully satisfactory.
Excellent waterfront location.
Operating in a small tourist dependent village, the restaurant has its challenges. We have no complaints.

Tags: Seasonal, Waterfront
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This place looks great, the food came
Out fast and was good and if it wasn't for the terrible service it would've made for an overall fun 30th birthday dinner for my wife.
The service started off bad with a 'go ahead and seat yourself' to a girl with zero personality shoving some menus into the plates on the table and mumbling something while walking away and then the waiter was just never around. It took him a very long time just to bring out four tiny slices of bread and we waited for quite some time after our meal until he happened to be walking past and we managed to flag him down for a desert menu. He did not return at this point and we finally just walked down to the entrance to pay.
Aside from that just small things like no authentic huge beer steins, no käse spätzle, no cranberry sauce.. not the end of the world but if you've ever been to any half decent German restaurant, never mind to one in Germany, you may be disappointed.. but as said before the food was good and the location is nice.

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at the Black Forest. The server was one of the best I've had so far, great personality. The food fabulous with a wonderful selection.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Authentic European decor, wide menu selection of German and non. Very tasty, good service, vibrant atmosphere. My waitress, Tania, was friendly and professional. A good value!

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We decided to drive here for our anniversary just to eat. We had great service and great food. Afterwards a nice evening walk by the lake to top it off.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great German food, I liked the roulade the best!
The portions are very generous!
Our German family members used to make many of these items, but they would also make German-style perogies and cabbage rolls also, which I would have loved to see on the menu!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

Our experience on August 2nd, 2017 was beyond great! Our server, Scott was extremely professional and wonderfully friendly. Very attentive without hovering or pestering. All of his tables seemed very happy. He helped make the experience wonderful. We were on our first ever family vacation and I wanted to share one of my favorite restaurants from my childhood memories with my family and it was perfect. I have a very dangerous mushroom allergy. With all the dishes that had mushrooms as a main ingredient, including 2 that my husband ordered, plus the dish I ordered originally came with mushroom sauce, I had no reaction from cross contamination at all. This goes to prove how clean their kitchen is kept! Awesome! (Unlike a 5 star restaurant, that had previous knowledge of and a direct reminder to the hostess and server. It almost ruined our vacation the very first night!) I'd like to Thank The Black Forest Restaurant and Scott for exceeding my expectations! We will return very soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

The food here is authentic German fair, cooked to perfection. The service is friendly and the atmosphere transports you. I highly recommend the Vienna Schnitzel. It came with pan fried potatoes and perfectly cooked vegetables. The children's menu was a hit with the kids too.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Great Beer, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Even though the restaurant is in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs, you don't go there for the scenery. You go for the food, i.e., the schnitzel. Reserving via Open Table was easy and our table was ready and waiting for our 7pm arrival. Our waitress Amie was a gem. Her efforts to keep all 13 of us happy didn't go unnoticed. No question she earned the 20% tip the fellas put down.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The Black Forest Restaurant is a steak and schnitzel house and I am disappointedt o say that they did not seem to be able to cook either very well. I made the reservation here based on a number of extremely positive reviews on a number of online review sites. And I must say I am so unhappy with my decision.

Keeping with the European theme (I am European so I know what the theme is) they served lovely warm baguette bread which was a nice touch (a second helping does set you back a few dollars but you dont want to be filling up on bread anyway).

For starters we opted to share a portion of calamari. Portion size was ok, especially if it were for only one person, but the quality of the fish paired with the fact that it was overcooked made for a let down.

For mains- I ordered the bratwurst schnitzel. It came out and was a great size portion. And I can say that it was tasty. I enjoyed it. It wasn't amazing but it was good. But my boyfriend ordered the steak and schnitzel and this is where it took a total nose dive. This restaurant claims to be a steak and schnitzel house so when they serve up below par orders of both you know there is something wrong. First the portion of both meats on this option are TINY - half schnitzel and a very small steak, but my boyfriend ordered a medium rare steak which came out totally overcooked. Completely too well-done (even for me and I order my steak well done). When we alerted the waiter he was apologetic and removed the steak from the plate. But this left G having to eat the remainder of his meal until another steak was brought out. We went for a meal together to eat all of our meal together. The waiter offered a free pint to G for the inconvenience but really it should have been a free dinner because this wasn't worth paying for.

I would not recommend this place. An utter disappointment.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Had the schnitzel Charlotte and it was delicious.
Also, their home made Black Forest cake was good too.
Large portions so we shared.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Friendly staff, great food, good service, very nice atmosphere. Highly recommend you give it a try if you like really good Schnitzel! All ingredients are fresh not frozen.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Finally found quality German food in the GVRD. Delicious bratwursts and schnitzels. The vegetarian options were delicious as well.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 3, 2017

All the soups, salads, entrees were delicious. Our reservation was ready but not necessary at 4:30. We enjoyed sitting outside in the warm breeze.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Consistent good food!!!
Beautiful patio!!!!
Super clean!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The food was amazing....service great....felt like I was home in Germany again!

Tags: Cozy, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Authentic, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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