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“Superlative”
Review of Schwarzwaldstube

Schwarzwaldstube
Ranked #1 of 36 Restaurants in Baiersbronn
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $71 - $234
Cuisines: European, French, Contemporary, International
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The taste experiences at restaurant Schwarzwaldstube have made Hotel Traube Tonbach one of Europe's best places when it comes to cooking. Head chef Torsten Michel is 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.
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.

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FamilieFinkbeiner, Inhaber at Schwarzwaldstube, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2014
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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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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.

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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".

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Reviewed May 4, 2010

Best dining experience so far !!! The prettiest, best tasting food, unbelievable wines, super friendly service.....they did not put one finger wrong. I'll be back !!

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Reviewed March 15, 2010

This restaurant is a 3 star Michelin and you will not go hungry. The food was hearty with large potions which is rather unusual for the typical fine dining experience of small portions and fine food design. The chef is well respected but he overdoes it a little with each dish i.e. too much different foods on the plate.The plates were a little overloaded for a fine dining experience. So don't eat before you go. The wine Sommelier that served us was really a disastor. As relatively experienced wine drinkers our wine was served about 4 degrees too cold and he just dumped it all in our glass. We were never asked for a dessert wine and he seemed particulary inexperienced. He challenged us on the wine we choose and we felt highy insulted. There seemed to be other Sommeliers in the room but ours certainly did not fit in a fine dining restaurant. He definitely needed more training if he had announced that our wine was cold at the start we would have respected that he informed us which is normal and professional. So the overall food experience was excellent however the wine setup was definitely a visible issue throughout the restaurant. What was particularly nice was the restaurant did not have a stiff atomsphere. A downside was other tables with cameras and flashes constantly during the meal so peace & privacy was a little intruded upon. Also young kids were allowed.

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