Black Forest Inn

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Bar, Eatery

1 E 26th St
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55404-4339
United States

(612) 872-0812 | map

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Reviews by oner0002:
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oner0002 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ahhh ... the good ol' Black Forest. The place looks rather unimpressive from the outside, but once you get in, you'll see a small bar/seating area that gets super crowded and a small dining room off to the right which also gets crowded. But the glory of the Black Forest is the garden! Just off the bar they have a garden with tables and a water sculpture. It has trellises covered with vines (which help block the street)and plenty of room to stretch out.

The food is good, not super special and sometimes inconsistant. I've had a fantastic Hassenpfeffer (however you spell that) and some not so good. The veal shank is always good .. but all these carbs are really only there to soak up all that alcohol you suck down when a PITCHER of SALVATOR (note my caps) is only $14!! The tap list changes from time to time and they occassionally get some good German stuff in.

Oh yeah, one more thing. That photo by the bar and bathrooms? Yes that is a Richard Avedon. Yes those are beer stains and YES that is a bullet hole in it. The story behind it is complicated so ask the locals or bartender after they pick you up off the floor after your 3rd liter of Kostritzer.

Sep 24, 2010
More User Reviews:
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Josholson666 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Dec 09, 2015
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Apr 06, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is one of the few places in the area where I can get a half liter of Paulaner Salvator or a 22 ounce Franzikaner Dark on tap to go with a plate of nieren (veal kidney) served with spaetzel and red cabbage. Its casual, filled with neighborhood types, and comfortable.

Jan 07, 2015
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hardy008 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Jul 08, 2014
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Jul 08, 2014
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place looks kinda run down from the outside but when you get inside it has a rustic Old World charm. They also have an outdoor seating area for the warmer months. Their beers are almost all German, with Spaten, Hacker, Paulaner, Gosser and a few others on tap. The selection is limited but all good beers. The food is particularly good, especially all their lunchtime specialites. The food and beer are particularly cheap ($3.50 a mug). A good place to get a beer and lunch on the weekends. Can get packed on Friday and Saturday nights.

Jan 28, 2012
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AmberMan22 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Came here recently with a large group, and had a great time sitting outside in the recreation of a biergarten.

Service didn't really matter since we were enjoying massive pitchers of tasty beer at tasty prices (no, not high life) so refills were not needed often.

Beer selection is fantastic, with a number of good German options -- dark, light, hefe, etc. -- always available, and flexibility for those who might not enjoy imports.

Food is a point of contention. I've had delicious food every time I've gone, but I've heard from others that it can be hit or miss even on the same dish from visit to visit.

I would put the value at closer to 'inexpensive' than 'reasonable' because while there are pricey options on the menu, there are bargains to be had as well, and the beer is at a great price too in bulk form.

Oct 19, 2010
Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis, MN
Place rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 8 ratings