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

Fish dishes


Filets of matie
with remoulade with vegetables
and fried potatoes (10,d,j)
13,70 €
Roasted trout from “Wichmarer Quellen”
with boiled potatoes and lettuce (a)
16,90 €
Filet of catfish
on potato rösti with leek and Dijon mustard sauce (10,c,d,g,k)
16,50 €
Three kinds of fish
salmon, zander and red mullet on sautés of yellow carrots, spinach and pernod
with sesame potatoes (10,d,g,k)
18,90 €

Vegetarian dishes


Ragout of three kinds of mushrooms,
served with home-made bread dumplings (2,10,a,c,g,l)
14,80 €
Tyrolean Schlutzkrapfen
filled with pumpkin, with leaf spinach and tomatoes (8,10,a,c,h)
13,60 €

Our classics


Thuringian Rostbrätchen
with onions roasted in beer, pickled vegetables and roasted potatoes (1,2,a,j)
15,50 €
Thuringian roll of beef
with sour cream sauce, red cabbage with apples and Thuringian dumplings (10,a,g)
16,90 €
Home-made knuckle of pork in aspic 
with remoulade with vegetables
and roasted potatoes (a,g,l)
13,50 €
Prime boiled veal
with horseradish sauce,
glazed root vegetables and home-made bread dumplings (10,a,c,g,l)
17,90 €
Two fried escallops of veal
with danish french fried potatoes and salad (a,c)
17,20 €
Medium roasted saddle of lamb
on balsamic onions and beans with rosemary potatoes (2,4,l)
22,50 €
Strips of
ostrich and turkey
with mushrooms and fettuccine (a,c,g)
16,50 €

Autumn dishes


Braised beef cheeks
on balsamic shallots, with mashed potatoes with celery (10,g,i)
18,50 €
Schwerstedter steak of ostrich
on sautés of shallots and grapes in a Port wine reduction, with potato rösti with leek (containts alcohol; 10,c,g)
21,50 €
Roasted half of duck
with sauce of sage brush and red cabbage, served with Thuringian dumplings (2,4,l)
19,50 €
Medium roasted saddle of venison
coated in honey and nuts with sautéed cabbage and mushrooms, served with home-made potato cookies (a,c,h)
34,50 €
Stewed haunch of venison
with mushrooms, pear of cranberries and red cabbage with apples, served with Thuringian dumplings (2,4,a,g)
17,50 €



Hot raspberries
with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream (3,5,a,g)
7,20 €
of cranberries and plums (contains alcohol; 2,4,5,l)
7,20 €
Crème brûlée 
on spiced pears (10,c,g)
6,80 €
Panna cotta
with red wine pumpkin and white chocolate crunch (contains alcohol; 10,a)
8,70 €

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

Goose breast

with a sauce from mugwort,

brussel sprouts and Thuringian Dumplings

19,50 €

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.