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    Locally Owned& Operated

    At Black Woods, we like to think of ourselves as more than just restaurants.
    Locally owned and family-operated since the early 90’s, we take pride in treating our guests like family and serving our community through fundraising programs; donations and contributions; and grassroots, hands-on involvement with local organizations that share our commitment to giving back. Our support of all things local doesn’t end with our community work. That’s why we partner with a variety of Minnesota and Wisconsin companies throughout the year to ensure that as our menu changes with the seasons, it remains filled with the healthy, farm-fresh, and organic ingredients that you’ve come to expect from Black Woods.

    So, from our family to yours, welcome to Black Woods! We hope you love our food as much as we love preparing and serving it – and we hope we’ll see you back soon!

    Black Woods

    Dining Experience

    Ultimate Dining Experience like no other. Fresh & local.
    When you visit Black Woods, you can depend on a dining experience that you simply won’t find at a chain restaurant. Everything we serve – from our scratch-made soups, sauces, and gravies to our slow-cooked comfort food classics like meatloaf and pot pies – is fresh and local. And it’s all made with the time and care you’d find in a home-cooked meal.


    Black Woods is locally owned and operated. We opened the first restaurant in Two Harbors in 1994 and have grown through the hard work and dedication of our employees who make up our family. Most of our management grew along with us through other positions in the company.

    Black Woods has branched out to include restaurants in Duluth, Proctor and Two Harbors and catering services across Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as Black Water Lounge and Greysolon Ballroom. We now employ more than 400 people.

    We value the strength of our communities and believe in the rewards of their growth. Black Woods is a proud supporter of local elementary and high schools, UMD Athletics and Fine Arts, and the Duluth Heritage Sports Center. We’re honored to have helped raise more than 4 million dollars to date for those affected with ALS through our sponsorship of the annual Black Woods Blizzard Tour snowmobile ride. We also do our part to help stimulate the local economy by purchasing ingredients, supplies and equipment from regional markets.

    We reach out in support of local fundraising opportunities. With our various venues and locations, Black Woods will assist your fundraiser to make it successful. We will go above and beyond for your cause. From the Boys & Girls Club of the Northland to the Minnesota/Wisconsin ALS Association, we have helped raise thousands of dollars for the community.

    Our Team

    Benjamin Thoen

    Executive Chef, Black Woods Group

    Ben Thoen grew up in Washburn, WI and after graduating from Washburn High School attended Le Cordon Bleu. Classically trained during school, Chef Thoen had the opportunity to work under very accomplished chefs his entire career, beginning at a young age. His first job at the age of 13 was with Good Thyme Bistro in Washburn working with Chef Chris Basnia and launched him into everything hospitality. His fondest memories of his early career are of working with French Chef Germain Palledeau learning the ins and outs of the business of food and honing in his catering and banquet skills in Chicago, IL for Lettuce Entertain You and Wolfgang Puck Catering. Chef most recently had the opportunity to train in Miami Beach, FL and earn his Vegan & Raw Chef Certification with Vegan Fusion ™. Chef Thoen is very happy once again back home in the Midwest after having lived across the country and could not be more proud than to work with the Black Woods Group. As Executive Chef he leads the restaurant location kitchens and works side by side with the creative sales teams, skilled general managers and the powerful support teams that make up the Black Woods Group.

    Blake Yorde

    General Manager at Black Woods on the Lake

    Blake Yorde was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but has made his home in the Northland for almost his entire life. He went to High School at Duluth East before proceeding on to University of Minnesota Duluth to pursue a degree in Communication with a Minor in Coaching. Blake feels these degrees proved that he could learn and helped him polish his ability to talk to a wide range of people.

    Blake began his career in the hospitality industry when a friend approached him to assist at Grand Superior Lodge in Two Harbors, MN. There, he ran the deli and got his start in banquet bartending.  After a few years, Blake was ready to come back to Duluth. This was when he found his place within the Black Woods Group. He worked at the Duluth Black Woods and at the Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods before becoming the General Manager of Black Water Lounge in 2011. He oversaw Black Water for almost three years. Blake left the company for a short period of time after that but made his way back to the Group when he began bartending at Tavern on the Hill in 2015. Then, in 2018, he transitioned back into a management role and now leads as the General Manager of Black Woods on the Lake. Blake feels the most important part of his job is to take care of our guests, and to provide them with a complete dining experience.

    Blake is an adventurous Minnesota Man. He is passionate about the outdoors and spends as much time as he can either in the woods or in a boat. He found his “little piece of heaven,” in Alaska, where he has been a fishing guide for most of his adult life. During the winter, when Blake isn’t ice fishing, you can find him at Spirit Mountain, making the fresh snow powder so that people can go snowboarding, skiing, and tubing. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Joy, and his 10-year-old Alaskan Malamute, Sage.

    Rolland Barron


    Rolland (Rollie) Barron grew up in Burnsville, MN and moved to Duluth after graduating from high school in 2008. Rollie was hired at Black Woods on the Lake as a dishwasher just after his move. Little did we know, at the time, what an incredible addition to the team Rollie would turn out to be. After working at Black Woods for a short while, Rollie’s older brother, Eddie, reached out looking for help opening a new endeavor in the Black Woods Group: The Black Water Lounge. It was there that Rollie was first introduced to the real in’s and out’s of working in a kitchen.  After a few years of learning and growing his skills, Rollie transitioned up the hill to work alongside the team at Tavern on the Hill and then was quickly promoted to the Assistant Kitchen Manager. He was there for two years before joining the Black Woods Group Commissary Kitchen, where he helped prepare food and desserts for multiple locations in our company, including the three Black Woods Restaurants and the Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods. Then, in 2017, almost 10 years later, Rollie came full circle and ended up right back where he started: Black Woods on the Lake. This time, he took over as the Kitchen Manager. Rollie continues to enjoy his time in the Black Woods Group. He loves the people he works with, and he plans to keep progressing and growing within the company. Outside of work, you can find Rollie enjoying a cocktail with his family at his cabin in the Brainerd Lakes Area. He enjoys making simple, fresh dishes at home and loves to grill all kinds of meat entrees, from ribs to hamburgers to steaks. Rollie is an easygoing, strong leader, with a diverse set of skills, and we are proud to have him on our team.

    • Black Woods

      One of my favorite places in Duluth. The food is amazing (try the Bison Burger) and the staff is attentive and outgoing! Black Woods accommodates groups of all ages and sizes, caters, and has awesome happy hours. Really nice atmosphere that is fancy yet casual. I always get the Fifth Amendment Martini and a BBQ Chicken Quesadilla at happy hour.

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    • Great place to eat!!

      We had a group of three adults and six children on a Wednesday night, we walked over from the water park. We were surprised to have about a ten minute wait. Although a wait during the week is usually a good sign. We got a big table on the window side so we could see the lake. A great spot. Andrea was our server and she was fantastic. She knew the menu and worked well with the kids. The food items are a step or two up from bar and grill food. However the favors and varieties are wonderful. Prices are a bit higher as well. However the kids meals are 6.95 and include drink and dessert. We will go again! Jessica L. via Tripadvisor
      Jessica L

      What can you say about Blackwood's - the burgers are out of this world, the brunch in Duluth is great, the service is wonderful and you never go wrong stopping there. Nancy C. via TripAdvisor
      Nancy C.
    • Great Food with a BEAUTIFUL View!

      My husband and I visited on Valentines day, and were seated in the lake superior room right next to giant windows overlooking the lake! Besides the wonderful view and great decor, the cocktails and food were delectable! They have a wide variety of choices. My husband devoured the BBQ bacon cheeseburger (homemade BBQ sauce!) and I had Pasta Santino. I could go on and on about this place. We will definitely be stopping here every time we are in Duluth! ltracy08 via TripAdvisor
    • We will definitely return here

      When I go to Duluth I really like to eat fresh fish from the lake. This restaurant has two choices. I had the Superior whitefish, served with mashed baby reds and asparagus, topped with lemon butter sauce with capers. It was simple, delicious and absolutely one of the best meals I have ever eaten. The staff was very friendly, the music unintrusive and pleasant and the food excellent!

      fischerpat via TripAdvisor
    • A Go-To Place in Duluth

      This is one of those go-to places for us in Duluth. The atmosphere is old-wood, supper club. It's a little dark in the bar and interior dining rooms, but ask for window seating and you'll find a fantastic view of Lake Superior. The one draw to the bar, however, is the working model train, winding around the room, past various North Shore attractions. The food and drinks at Black Woods are superb. The portions are large and the presentation is delightful. There is lots of variety, so everyone will find something to love.

      minicooper452 via TripAdvisor
    • Really Nice Restaurant

      We were in Duluth for the air show and stopped at Black Woods Bar & Grill for dinner. What a great choice that turned out to be! Everything was great from the food, super friendly and efficient employees, great views of the lake, etc. Our meals ranged from Ribs, Bison burger, Pasta, etc and all were fantastic. For such a nice restaurant prices also seems quite reasonable. Highly recommended!

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    Restaurant Locations


    2525 London Road Duluth, MN


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    612 Seventh Ave Two Harbors, MN


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    195 Highway 2 Proctor, MN


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