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“3 well deserved Michelin stars” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Schwarzwaldstube

Schwarzwaldstube
Tonbachstr. 237 | Hotel Traube Tonbach, 72270 Baiersbronn, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
07442 492 665
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Ranked #2 of 28 Restaurants in Baiersbronn
Price range: $73 - $241
Cuisines: European, French, Contemporary, International
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The taste experiences that have made Harald Wohlfahrt one of Europe's best chefs await you at Schwarzwaldstube in Baiersbronn. A master of flavours, his compositions create an incredibly light and perfect cuisine – delicate, intense, full-flavoured and delicious at the same time. Sommelier Stéphane Gass pairs each course with a subtle wine from Traube's outstanding cellar.
Boston, Massachusetts
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24 restaurant reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“3 well deserved Michelin stars”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

This restaurant is top quality in every sense of the word, in contrat to the decor which resembles a Wooden style furniture in a bulky way, the food is eclectic, innovative, heavenly, the service level is really excellent, let them surprise you with their own wine choices...Dont take the prefix menu, Go a la carte and share a few entrees, apps and desserts with your group companions...you wont regret it...

Visited April 2012
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FamilieFinkbeiner, Inhaber at Schwarzwaldstube, responded to this review, May 8, 2012
Dear guest,
A huge „Thank you“ for your comment to our restaurant Schwarzwaldstube “3 well deserved Michelin stars”. We are very glad to see that you had a great stay with us and that you enjoyed the food, the service and our wine surprise. We forwarded your kind words of course also to our staff.
We would like to thank you as well for your remark concerning the decor. For us, the family Finkbeiner which owns the Traube Tonbach already since more than 220 years it is important to change and to renovate step by step, as it is possible. So we created a very new entrance and Spa & Resort last year and by September 2012 the new Haus Kohlwald will be open.
Thanks again for your wonderful recommendation about our restaurant. We hope to see you back again there soon. With best regards from the Black Forest
Your family Finkbeiner
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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
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Zaventem, Belgium
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83 reviews 83 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
“Does Michelin apply other criteria in each country?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

First this: the Schwarzwaldstube is first class! Chef Harald Wohlfarht knows what tastes are, and how to use them. Each plate is an explosion of sweet, sour, bitter and salt. The whole 7 course menu stays on the same level, no downs, no errors. Shear perfection!

But...

There may be room for some improvement on the service side. Two examples: the female sommelier (let's hope in her enthousiasm) uses strange language to describe the wines she's presenting (what does a comment like "This is a bottle I would like to go to bed with" learn about a wine? Or does she have other intentions with bottles in bed, other than drinking their contents?). Second example: when all of us three at the table were out of bread, we started counting the number of times a waiter passed, looked at our table, and didn't react: this happened 72 times (exactly 72 times!), before finally one took the bread plate and offered a new one... Unacceptable at this level!

Apart from that...

We often wonder whether Michelin imposes the same evaluation criteria worldwide? After having visited 230 Michelin stars all over Europe: we don't think so. If you give this cuisine three stars, then why do definitely superior restaurants like 't Zilte (in Antwerp, Belgium) or De Kromme Watergang (in Hoofdplaat, NL) only get two? Or why get comparable competent chefs of In De Wulf (Dranouter, Belgium) or La Sucursal (Valencia, Spain) only one? It beats us...

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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FamilieFinkbeiner, Inhaber at Schwarzwaldstube, responded to this review, May 8, 2012
Dear guest,
Thanks a lot for your comment to our restaurant Schwarzwaldstube. What a pleasure to read how you enjoyed your menu from Chef Harald Wohlfahrt.
We would like to thank you as well for your remarks concerning the services, as only owing to your notes we may improve our strength and decrease weaknesses. We already had a conversation with our staff and the team about these points.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in our restaurant to convince you of our service and our restaurant.
Best regards from the Black Forest
Your family Finkbeiner
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“Superlative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

This restaurant should be compulsory for people who think that French cuisine represents the pinnacle of gastronomic prowess - but on second thoughts, why waste a scarce luxury ?

I had inquired of colleagues as to the best restaurants in Schwarzwald - I was told Schwarzwaldstube but that I'd never get in as I hadn't booked. Fortune favoured me and I managed to get a table for lunch - 3 hours later and I had experienced one of the top 5 meals of my life - certainly better than any Michelin 3 star I've been to in London, Paris or New York. I don't know if Schwarzwaldstube is Michelin star rated - and quite frankly I don't care - great food speaks for itself: the presentation was, in my experience, unsurpassed, every course rightfully demanded to be savoured, the service was attentive but unobtrusive - i.e. perfect and the recommended wines were superb. Next time, I won't take the risk of not booking.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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FamilieFinkbeiner, Inhaber at Schwarzwaldstube, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Google Translation
Sehr geehrter, lieber Gast,
für Ihren Besuch in unserem 3-Sterne-Restaurant Schwarzwaldstube möchten wir uns im Namen unseres ganzen Teams recht herzlich bei Ihnen bedanken. Es freut uns sehr, dass Sie bei uns einen wunderbaren Abend genießen und sich von Harald Wohlfahrt und seinem Team auf höchstem Niveau kulinarisch verwöhnen lassen konnten. Selbstverständlich werden wir Ihr Lob an das gesamte Team der Schwarzwaldstube weiterleiten und freuen uns schon heute sehr auf ein Wiedersehen mit Ihnen in der Traube Tonbach. Bis dahin wünschen wir Ihnen alles Gute und senden Ihnen vorweihnachtliche Grüße aus dem Tonbachtal.
Ihre Familie Finkbeiner
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Stuttgart, Germany
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“For dinner on a Saturday, reserve this a year in advance--it's worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

Probably the best restaurant in Germany--but by no means the most expensive!

One of a handful of three-star restaurants in Germany. The decor is an odd combination of old carved wood (we are in the Black Forest, after all) and modern elements--white tablecloths, blue tones everywhere. It's cozy, yet exquisite. And the views--a Black Forest valley, with the mountain range on the other side--are stupendous.

The chef, Harald Wohlfarth, may well be the best German chef at this time--and one of the very best in the world. The food is a combination of French inventiveness with some Black Forest flavors thrown in--this is the Schwarzwaldstube, or Black Forest Inn, after all!

The degustation menu--in fact, there are two of them, 135 and 195 Euro--will offer you a plethora of unforgettable experiences. You can also order à la carte, which will probably run you--if you take an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert--around 150 Euro.

The wine list is extensive, and offers everything from reasonably-priced wines to Château Petrus for 800 Euros and up. The sommelier knows every single wine on the list, and will often recommend a cheaper wine if he feels it goes better with your order.

Bring plenty of time with you--we were there for lunch, arriving at noon, and we were not finished until after 3PM. They tell you that you can stay until 5 if you wish, and many do.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“It deserves it's reputation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2010

Comming here, we were very curious, if this famed restaurant could meet the expectations as the best in Germany. And it does. Food is perfect, service very charming and helpful. The wine list and recommendations of the somelier are devine. THIS is as good as it gets. But you have to be a connaiseur - for others it might seam to be "overdone".

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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