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“Good food but not great” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Black Forest Inn

Black Forest Inn
Ranked #7 of 1,213 Restaurants in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: German, Austrian, European, Central European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Hamilton, Canada
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Good food but not great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2011

You get lots of food here for a decent price...home fried potatoes piled on high.

Very small glass of wine - 5 bucks.

Kitsch for decor. Waitresses in Bavarian costumes.

Generally great for a quick meal downtown if you do not have great expectations.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
Ontario
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Good German Food and plenty of it.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

The farmers sausage is really good, served with warm saurkraut...mmmmm. The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are friendly. The food is really good and you'll want to come back for more.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Susan915
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Burlington
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76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“after 44 years, still going strong....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2011

Since it's inception in 1967, we have been sometimes constant, and other times sporadic visitors to this "Hamilton Landmark" Although the street has changed, the look and feel inside the restaurant has remained fairly close to the original. The food offering also has undergone some updates, but by and large has kept to the original formula.
In our experience, the food has always been tasty, (our preference being the smaller size meal, one of those being the "Schnitzel-burger", which has really nothing to do with a "burger", but is a name that has stuck over the years) It's a smaller version of the regular size Wiener Schnitzel, we ask for it to be very thin, and that's how it is when the order arrives. This is accompanied by either soup of the day or a salad, and it is one of the best values to be found anywhere. The selection of sides is Home Fries, or Rice, or
Spaetzli. There is a nice selection of beers and wines, The service staff has changed over the years, but, on the whole, the feeling of "clean and comfortable" has remained true to the original.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AmigoBert
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ontario
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“stay away”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2011

have been waiting for the table for half an hour. But it's not the problem. Food is sooo bad you wouldn't believe. Shnitzel is tastless like a paper ( and thin like a paper too). Plate is full of ugly looking potatos ( supposed to be home fried), overcooked vegetables covered by the tastless gravy. The whole plate looks like a mess. Never again. We invited our friends to this restaurant and feel like a fool.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank avocadoOntario
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Toronto, Canada
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89 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Authentic Bavarian Cuisine”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

Did you know that "schnitzel" doesn't typically necessarily come breaded and fried? In fact, only the Vienna and Cordon Bleu schnitzels at this restaurant are. Some of the facts you could learn when dining at the Black Forest Inn.

The food was delicious - though I found the Schnitzel Pusta a tad salty, with tartar sauce AND pickled peppers, for my liking. The service was wonderful, Bavarian beer on tap delicious and the ambience authentic, if a little dated.

All in all, a very pleasant dinner experience.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank revolushun
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