18 Best Restaurants in The Black Forest, Germany

Cafe König

$ Fodor's choice

A small chocolate and macaroon shop is attached to this ornate café specializing in breakfast, light lunches, and sweet cakes. It's a centrally located place that's perfect for people-watching and indulging in the German coffee-and-cake tradition.

Kaiserstuhler Hof

$$$ Fodor's choice
For quality dining and impeccable service, this handsome ivy-clad inn and restaurant, an easy stroll from the port, is the place to go in Breisach. You'll feel pampered from start to finish, from the elegant wood-paneled dining room sparkling with crystal and white linen, to the gourmet menu of market-fresh dishes: housemade goose-liver pâté or creamy cauliflower and white truffle soup to start, followed by tender roast veal with spring vegetables, sautéed monkfish complimented by a buttery shallot-wine sauce, or pasta and scallops with fresh basil coulis. The expert staff is delighted help you choose just the right pairings from an extensive wine list.

Köhlerstube

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Chef Florian Stolte creates beautiful dishes using international ingredients with an Asian twist in this one-Michelin star restaurant in the Traube Tonbach hotel. You won’t often find creative options such as Faroe salmon with miso and myoga (Japanese ginger) and lobster with cauliflower and ponzu in these parts of Germany, all served up in an informal atmosphere and paired with inspired wines or non-alcoholic choices.

Tonbachstr. 237, Baiersbronn, 72270, Germany
07442-4920
Known For
  • Fish- and seafood-heavy dishes
  • Interesting wine pairings veering toward the natural
  • Warm, friendly service
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. and Thurs., early Mar.–early Apr., and mid-June–early July

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Le Jardin de France

$$$$ Fodor's choice

This inviting French restaurant, whose owners are from Alsace, emphasizes elegant, imaginative dining in a modern setting with floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive courtyard, perfect for alfresco dining in summer. Dishes combine luxurious ingredients such as scallops, lobster, pigeon, and truffles with richly flavored sauces featuring red wine, bone marrow, orange, or juniper.

Augustapl. 2, Baden-Baden, 76530, Germany
07221-300–7860
Known For
  • Well-paced business lunches
  • Steak tartare with parmesan and quail egg
  • Homemade foie gras with spices and chutney
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Berghütte Lauterbad

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This traditional mountain hut in the woods is run by the nearby Hotel Lauterbad. The restaurant has an outdoor seating area and a beautiful panoramic view that you can enjoy while munching regional delicacies after a hike.

Café Etoile

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Though panoramic views of the Black Forest and Vosges mountain range from the lovely outdoor terrace are a bonus, a pleasant ambiance, friendly service, and good food served all day long complete the package. Whether you're looking for a coffee and pastry between sightseeing or a full lunch or dinner, it's all here: from a tempting selection of French and Mediterranean-inflected light dishes—quiche Lorraine, charcuterie plates, with chorizo, salami, and pâté, Greek salad, stuffed grape leaves—to homemade pastries and a choice of coffee, tea, and the local beer and wine by the bottle or glass. A hearty breakfast is available on weekends and holidays.

Café Ihringer

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All roads lead to this pretty peach-colored café-bakery smack in the center of town, where an eye-popping variety of German style cakes, tortes, and tartes make for a difficult choice indeed, further complicated by towering ice cream sundaes topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit and an array of homemade pralines and truffles. Savory soups, salads, and crêpes make this a good choice for a quick lunch or a resplendent brunch featuring fresh breakfast pastries hot from the oven. A large, sunny terrace is perfect for a coffee and a quick bite or a beer and some people watching. Deservedly popular, it gets very crowded in high season.

Inselklause

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Inside a small family-run hotel done up in Black Forest decor about 4 km (2.5 miles) southwest of Triberg, the Italian owners of Inselklause create an appealing mix of Tuscan and regional Baden cuisine. Try one of their delightful pizzas, opt for a well-prepared meat dish, or peer into their stream to see the Forelle (trout) caught fresh for your plate.

Triberger Str. 7, Schönwald im Schwarzwald, 78141, Germany
07722-7743422
Known For
  • Delicious pizzas
  • Freshly caught fish
  • Good choice of Italian wines
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed. No lunch weekdays

Kühler Krug

$$$

Fresh fish and wild game are the specialties at this elegant yet homey restaurant around 2 km (1½ miles) south of the Old Town in Günterstal. Interesting dishes include rabbit in hazelnut sauce with baby vegetables, as well as salmon in saffron foam with a Riesling risotto.

Torpl. 1, Freiburg, 79098, Germany
0761-29103
Known For
  • Friendly hosts
  • Sustainable ingredients
  • Fresh fish and meat specialties
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. and Thurs. No lunch Fri.

Oberkirchs Weinstube

$$$$
Across from the cathedral and with a terrace on the market square in summer, this hotel, restaurant, and wine cellar is a bastion of tradition and Gemütlichkeit (comfort and conviviality). The proprietor personally bags some of the game that ends up on the menu, which features simple but filling dishes and includes around 20 Baden wines served by the glass, many supplied from the restaurant's own vineyards.
Münsterpl. 22, Freiburg, 79098, Germany
0761-202–6868
Known For
  • Oberkirchs wildplatte with a selection of local game
  • Fresh fish
  • Schnitzel with seasonal meat
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Pizzeria Rustica

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The loft-like space, bright, contemporary décor, and imaginitive pizzas, salads, and light pasta dishes—like tagliatelle with shrimp, zucchini, fresh tomato, and saffron or linguini with homemade pesto and shaved parmesan—draw a lively crowd. The restaurant's location near the old town and the late hours (it's open until midnight 7 days a week), also make it a much-appreciated night spot.

Rizzi

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This trendy lounge with an eclectic menu focusing on seafood—with a few Asian touches, such as Thai curry soup and salmon tartar with Japanese mayonnaise, as well as German and more international dishes—has become a beloved institution thanks to its oversized patio. Although the food is noteworthy, this is really a place to see and be seen.

Schwarzer Adler

$$$$

About a five-minute drive from the Franz Keller winery (and owned by the same family) this charming Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel serves up a mix of luxe international ingredients (such as Canadian lobster) and more local fish, meat, and veggie choices. Try the five-course set menus with wine pairings or the signature truffled chicken for two to four people—just come with a healthy appetite as the portions are substantial.

Turmbräu Freudenstädt

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Lots of wood paneling, exposed beams, and a sprinkling of old sleds and hay wagons give this place on the main square its rustic atmosphere. Along with beer from its own brewery, the restaurant also serves everything from soups and salads for lighter appetites to hearty traditional dishes like Maultaschen (meat-filled dumplings), Flammkuchen (Alsatian flatbread), and Schnitzel (breaded fried meat).

Marktpl. 64, Freudenstadt, 72250, Germany
07441-905–121
Known For
  • House-brewed beer
  • Large choice of Schnitzel and Flammkuchen
  • Pork dishes, often served with homemade Spätzle (egg noodles)

Wanderhütte Sattelei

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One of several restaurants run by the team behind the five-star Hotel Bareiss, this hiker's hut is more moderately priced than many of the town's more famous Michelin-starred gourmet restaurants, but the quality of the regional specialties served remains high. It's the perfect place for coffee and cake or a simple lunch, and it's also open for dinner on Sunday; atop a 700-meter-high hill near hiking trails, it has loads of outdoor seating from which to enjoy the natural surroundings.

An der Sattelei, Baiersbronn, 72270, Germany
07442-470
Known For
  • Black Forest cake
  • Thick potato soup
  • Flammkuchen (Alsatian tart)
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No dinner Mon.–Sat.

Warteck

$$$

With leaded, stained-glass windows, vases of flowers, and beautifully upholstered banquettes, this hotel's two dining rooms are a bright spot in local cuisine. Regularly changing multicourse menus feature seasonal organic products, or you can order a wide selection of delicious meat dishes (with a smattering of fish and vegetarian choices) à la carte.

Stuttgarter Str. 14, Freudenstadt, 72250, Germany
07441-91920
Known For
  • Coq au vin in riesling sauce
  • House-made Semmelknödel (bread dumplings)
  • Extensive wine list
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed.

Weinstube im Baldreit

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A lively little wine bar in the middle of the Old Town enchants you with its lovely terraces and courtyard. Excellent local wines and simple seasonal meals are served before a cozy fireplace in the huge barrel-vaulted cellar.

Küferstr. 3, Baden-Baden, 76530, Germany
07221-23136
Known For
  • Flammkuchen (Alsatian tart)
  • Maultaschen (pasta stuffed with meat and spinach)
  • Asparagus with ham in season
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch

Zwickel & Kaps

$$$$

The name is a highly sophisticated brewing term describing the means by which the brewmaster samples the fermenting product. That's a good description of the atmosphere here, too: a brewery with service that takes its time to prepare burgers, steaks, and other heavy dishes that wash down well with beer.

Marktstr. 3, Alpirsbach, 72275, Germany
07444-917–8407
Known For
  • Nebraska porterhouse steaks
  • Extensive burger menu
  • Flammkuchen
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No lunch Tues.