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


Roasted trout from “Wichmarer Quellen”
with boiled potatoes and lettuce (a)
15,60 €
Norwegian filet of salmon
on asparagus with sauce hollandaise,
served with boiled potatoes (10,g)
19,30 €
Filets of matie
with remoulade with vegetables
and fried potatoes (10,d,j)
11,70 €
Three kinds of fish
salmon, monkfish and zander
on ragout of green asparagus and half-dried tomatoes, served with gnocchi (8,d,k)
21,90 €



Spaghetti of wild garlic
with planed Grana Padano (a,e,i)
11,50 €
Panned buns
with rocket, tomatoes and green asparagus, served with Grana Padano (a,e,i)
13,70 €

Our classics


Roasted venison
in creamed juniper with mushrooms and red cabbage with apples,
served with Thuringian dumplings (a,g,i)
18,50 €
Roasted half of duck
with sauce of sage brush,
red cabbage with apples and Thuringian dumplings (2,4,l,i)
18,50 €
Prime boiled veal
in sauce of horse-radish, root vegetables
and home-made bread dumplings (a,c,g,i)
17,50 €
Thuringian Rostbrätchen
with onions roasted in beer, pickled vegetablesand roasted potatoes (1,2,a,j)
14,50 €
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)
12,50 €
Stewed leg of lamb 
with sauce of rosemary, served with beans with bacon and Thuringian dumplings (a,g,l,j)
16,90 €

Boiled and roasted dishes


Strips of
beef and turkey
with mushrooms and fettuccine (a,c,g)
15,50 €
Medium roasted saddle of lamb
coated in tramezzini and wild garlic on panned beans and paprika with gnocchi (a,c,h)
24,50 €
Fried escallop of veal
with asparagus either with sauce hollandaise or melted butter, served with stewed potatoes (10,a,c)
23,80 €
Roasted liver of veal
on confit of apples and onions and Calvados,
served with mashed potatoes (10,a,g; contains alcohol)
18,30 €
Steaks of beef and turkey
on ragout of different asparagus
with potato gratin (10,a,c,g)
22,80 €
Medium roasted filet of beef
on ragout of different asparagus and black morel
with croquettes of potatoes and parmesan (10,g)
32,90 €
Argentinian steak of sirloin
on asparagus either with sauce hollandaise or melted butter,
served with potato crullers (10,a,c)
26,50 €



of blood oranges and strawberries (contains alcohol)
6,90 €
Variation of
white chocolate mousse, créme brûlée, parfait of espresso and ragout of pears and rosemary with sesame hip (10,a,g,h)
9,50 €
Hot raspberries
with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream (3,5,a,g)
6,90 €
Warm cake of chocolate and mascarpone
with marinated strawberries and ice cream of tonka bean (10,a,c,g,h)
8,90 €

Additives & allergens


  • 1. Phosphate
  • 2. Preservatives
  • 3. Flavor enhancer
  • 4. Antioxidant
  • 5. Dyes


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

                                Weekly menu

Filet of plaice “Finkenwerder Art”

with mashed potatoes

and cucumber dill salad

16,50 €

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.