Thuringian culinary art

Enjoy the relaxing ambient atmosphere in our restaurant or in our event locations. We offer you home-style, Thuringian delicacies and seasonal cuisine. The Green Salon and our banquet hall are both a suitable location for family celebrations or work parties up to 80 people. The “Spiegelsaal” is our highlight. The room is inviting you and your guests to celebrate parties, to hold conferences and has the perfect setting for a private or business event. You’ll find more details under Conferences & congresses.

You are also welcome to visit our Sunday Matinee.

Back to the time of Martin Luther

The “Schwarzer Bär” is an integral part of the history of the city of Jena. Beside him 1853 Prüfer “Deutsches Haus”, 1890 the “Sächsische Hof”, 1899 potter’s “Kaiserhof” and in 1911 it seemed as if Muller’s “Fürstenhof” outstripped all previous, if not bring to a standstill. But just as the “Göhre” was well-known, no promising new creation could harm the “Bär”, and so it remained what an anonymous rival had already done in 1872:

„Jetzt sei der Bär von mir genannt
als Lutherhaus berühmt, bekannt,
dass hier der Wein auch stets ein guter,
das fand schon Doktor Martin Luther.“



Smoked trout filet

with grated horse radish and buttered bread

Clear soup of ox

with egg sting and small pepper dumplings

Breast of Guinea fowl

Served on sauerkraut with grapes and bread dumplings

Wild berry compote

with whipped cream

Luther-Beer dark or light

34,00 € per person

We kindly ask you to make a reservation two days in advance.

Our menu


Home-style Thuringian delicacies and international specialities

Traditional dishes


Thuringian beef roulade
with a sour cream sauce, red cabbage with apples
and thuringian potato dumplings (10,a,g)
16,90 €
pink roasted veal liver
on apple onion confit and calvados
with potato puree (10,a,g)
17,80 €
boiled rump of veal
with fresh horseradish sauce,
sautéed root vegetables
and homemade bread dumplings (a,c,g,i)
17,50 €
duck breast and leg
with mugwort sauce,
red cabbage with apples
and Thuringian dumplings (a,i)
19,50 €
Thuringian ‘Rostbrätchen’
with onions roasted in beer, pickled vegetables
and roasted potatoes (1,2,a,j)
15,50 €
strips of beef and turkey
with sorts of mushrooms
and fettuccine (a,c,g)
16,50 €

Boiled and roasted dishes


two ‘Oberweißbacher’ veal cutlets
with steak fries and fresh salad (a,c)
18,90 €
Argentinean beefsteak
on bundled beans and grilled tomatoes,
served with homemade potato croquettes (10,a,c,g)
24,80 €
pot-roasted beef cheeks
with port sauce,
served with hispi cabbage
and homemade potato balls (a,c,i,j)
17,50 €
tender lamb filet
on zucchini and tomato
served with rosemary potatoes
23,80 €
pink roasted saddle of venison ‘Blankenhainer breed’
on creamy savoy cabbage,
served with chestnut puree (10,g)
34,50 €

Fish dishes


Norwegian salmon filet
on two kinds of carrot and baby spinach
served with gnocchis (10,a,c,d,g)
17,90 €
codfish filet
in herb sugo
on pumpkin casserole and lemon-bay leaf potatoes (10,d,g)
18,50 €
zander and “Schkölener catfish“
with vegetable casserole,
sweet potato fritters and dijon mustard sauce (10,a,d,g)
17,90 €
Arctic char filet
on sautéed turnip, ginger and pumpkin seeds
served with parsley potatoes (10,d,g)
18,90 €

Vegetarian dishes


capellis with pumpkin filling
on sautéed vegetables
with planed Grana Padano (10,a,c,g)
12,50 €
forest mushroom ragout
out of assorted mushrooms
with homemade bread dumplings (10,a,c,g)
12,80 €



crème brûlée of dark chocolate
with spiced oranges
and poppy seed parfait (10,s,g,h)
8,20 €
duet of baked apple
with vanilla cream
and pear sorbet (10,a,c,g,h)
7,80 €
hot raspberries
served with vanilla icecream and whipped cream (10,g)
7,50 €

Additives & allergens



  • 1. Phosphate
  • 2. Preservatives
  • 3. Flavor enhancer
  • 4. Antioxidant
  • 5. Dyes
  • 6. Quinine
  • 7. Coffeine
  • 8. Ginger
  • 9. Sweetener
  • 10. Lactoprotein



  • a) Gluten-containing cereal
  • b) Crustaceans
  • c) Eggs
  • d) Fish
  • e) Peanuts
  • f) Soy
  • g) Milk
  • h) Nuts
  • i) Celery
  • j) Mustard
  • k) Sesame
  • l) Sulfur dioxide and sulfites

Recommendation of the week

lukewarm sweet potato pumpkin salad

with couscous, sesame and dates

served with gilthead filets (8,d,h,k)

16,80 €

Smokers Lounge & bar in Hotel Schwarzer Bär

You’d like to stay the night, have a conference or meeting in a cozy ambience and wouldn’t like to miss the enjoyment of a cigarette or cigar? In our smoking lounge you can relax with a cigarette or cigar together with your favorite drink.