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“Casual Steak Dining” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Black Forest Steak House

Black Forest Steak House
1263 Barkley Boulevard, Bellingham, WA
(360) 733-9185
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Ranked #168 of 336 Restaurants in Bellingham
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Bellingham, Washington
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34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Casual Steak Dining”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Scheduled dinner seeking prime rib; the restaraunt called back to let us know they had run out before our 9 PM rez; that was excellent service. Came the following evening. Service was excellent, food was average; all was hot, served at the same time; salads were blah, bar service was good.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Bellingham, Washington
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Disgusting server ruined the whole experience.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

I came here with my boyfriend for a casual dinner and drinks in the bar one evening a few weeks ago. You can tell the tattooed server (nothing against tattoos, as I have many myself) sure thinks highly of herself. However, she's clearly been "rode hard, put away wet" more than once, reeked of body odor, and was beyond rude to us and the customers she was serving around us. Although our food was good and the restaurant clean, she truly ruined the entire experience. I'd rather visit Applebee's for our next date night than this place.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Bar Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We usually eat in the bar/lounge. They have a reasonable bar menu with decent choices and you can order off the regular menu if you want. They have a decent bar steak (7 oz sirloin) for a reasonable price. The service and food are very good and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming.

Visited April 2013
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“Spotty”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

We have been to Black Forest several times, and alas, have found that it suffers from lots of inconsistency. If the name had not already been taken by another (equally mercurial) Bellingham establishment, Jeckel & Hyde would be a more appropriate moniker. This physically attractive restaurant is, sadly, a very poor cousin to the Black Forest chain's founding Everson landmark, Jack Neimann's Steak & Schnitzel House.

First the good: the bar area is quite fine. The happy hour bar specials (food and drink) are consistently good and the environment is pleasantly upscale.

But the not-so-good: Food and service in the main dining room is spotty, at best. Poor, slow, inattentive service, with errors, and mediocre, very uncreative food, overly enhanced with scads of butter leave little to recommend beyond the decor of the dining room itself. The promise of Bavarian cuisine is barely noticeable (only the soup was in any way Germanic). Prices are moderate, but seem high given the quality.

NOT RECOMMENDED outside the bar menu.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Every aspect was AMAZING. Well worth a few extra bucks.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This place is absolutely wonderful!!! Yes, it is a little more pricey but that’s because it is a nice establishment and a few extra dollars are well worth it. The food is amazing. I’ve been three times and have tried various things off the menu and everything has been so delicious. Of course try the steak, it's a steak house! Additionally the service was AMAZING. They were very tentative, quick, and genuinely nice and friendly. Overall this place was great. I would suggest it to anyone and will defiantly be going again. Also, for such a nice place they are very accomidating for large parties for special occasions and families.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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