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 €
cured shoulder of pork
served with sauerkraut
and potato dumplings (a,i,j)
16,70 €
duck breast and leg
with mugwort sauce,
red cabbage with apples
and Thuringian dumplings (a,i)
19,50 €
pork filet “strindberg style”
on assorted mushrooms
served with potato croquettes (10,a,c,g,i)
16,90 €
Thuringian ‘Rostbrätchen’
with onions roasted in beer, pickled vegetables and roasted potatoes (1,2,a,j)
15,50 €

Fish dishes


roasted char filet
on ratatouille,
served with black rice (d,i)
16,80 €
zander and salmon
on cucumber spinach vegetable stir-fry
served with boiled potatoes (10,a,c,d,g)
18,90 €

Vegetarian dishes


two sorts of filled dumplings
on Mediterranean vegetables and rocket (10,a,c,g)
12,50 €



homemade baked apple
with a marzipan filling,
on fruits with mulled wine,
served with a small chocolate cake
8,50 €

kids main


potato fritters
with apple sauce (g)
4,50 €
with fruity tomato sauce (a)
5,50 €
thuringian potato dumpling
with sauce
3,80 €

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

sirloin steak of shoat

on duet of red and white pointed cabbage,

served with chestnut puree

and apple-date-chutney (8,10,g)

17,90 €

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.