One of the best restaurant
One of the best restaurant week experiences I have had thus far!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite restaurants
One of my favorite restaurants - fresh seafood beautifully seasoned !
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good and
The food was very good and delivered promptly. We had a nice waitress who tried very hard to please you. She might have been a recent hire and had to have help answering our questions. The restaurant owner also checked in with dinners to make sure customers were pleased with their dinning experience.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
successful restaurant week find
I came here with a group for lunch during restaurant week. Everything was very good - especially the scallops and crab cake, very succulent. I think everyone left pleased. My only comment was that the serving sizes were quite small, but when supplemented by bread it was enough. Also, the lunch was $20.13 instead of $15.13, like most places during restaurant week. Other than those two things, we thought the food was great. Loved the updated row house location.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fish.....fish.....fish......!!!!! The Dorado was prepared perfectly and tasted as though it was caught hours before. The Olive bread and various spreads were the perfect starter along with the Octopus. What a great experience.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took advantage of restaurant week and made a reservation for lunch. Although there wasn't a large selection, there was enough to satisfy our party of 3. It was a lovely building in a great neighborhood. There were only a few diners when we arrived for our 1:15 reservation, but others poured in while we were there. There seemed to be a shortage of help, our server was frantically working the entire area we could see. The food was very good, but the cocktails and wine were very pricey.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food! Great experience!
Black Olive is a fish lover's paradise. A great variety of extremely fresh fish which is well prepared. The service is friendly and attentive. The neighborhood is charming. All in all, a great experience.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a quaint and charming place...
We had wanted to try this for sometime and definitely were not disappointed!!!!! Fish was awesome and loved having organic liquor. Can not wait to go back again.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our 5th or 6th time at the Black Olive and it still felt special. (Staying at the Inn really enhanced the experience this time!)
The fish was extremely fresh and prepared wonderfully. The stuffed calamari was out of this world.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Catch it if you Can
Pleasant eating experience from beginning to end. The astmosphere was great the greeter gave us the option of dining in or out. Taking the time to show us the fresh meat and seafood on the menu was especially nice. Our waiter was delighful and attentive. The food came in a timely manner and everything was delicious. We ordered the stuffed calamari and fish soup for appetizers our entree included the crab cake prepared the right way(with no filler) and the sea of Gallalee fish. Our dessert included the fruit cobbler and the carrot cake very homey taste. Will definitely return.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I went for dinner on a Tuesday evening. My wife had grilled scallops that were outstanding. I was interested in an appetizer that featured a variety of grilled seafood and was meant to be shared by several people. Instead, I got it as my main meal, with a Greek salad on the side. My seafood was outstanding.... I had several each of clams, mussels, shrimp, pieces of octopus, scallops, lobster pieces. It was a wonderful variety and each was grilled to perfection. I can imagine that the Black Olive can be crowded and jumping on a weekend, but - if you like peace and quiet and a chance for easy on-street parking, then a weekday evening would be good for you. We had an attentive, yet not intrusive waitress.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh Seafood Greek Style
This was my first visit to the Black Olive but it will not be the last. The seafood offerings of fresh fish are excellent with great preparation. My wife had grilled sea scallops while I had grilled swordfish. Both dishes were grilled to perfection. The accompaniment was a simple lettuce salad served on the plate. The service was informative, ever present without being intrusive. While the seafood portions were large, since there was no starch, it wa not overly filling - that was perfect for us but may leave some needing to order a side dish.
Limited but interesting wine list - we had a Frog's Leap Chardonnay that was served at just the right temperature (not too cold as so often happens in US restaurants). Valet parking is available.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best crab-cakes I ever had!
Black Olive was a great find for us coming from out of town for an overnight stay. The atmosphere was very quiet and intimate. We both had fish, which was outstanding. I had the red snapper which was delicious! The highlight of the meal was our appetizer, crab-cakes. These were not your ordinary crab-cakes. They were made of fresh, non-pasteurized crab meat and had absolutely no fillers. Best I ever had. Highly recommended!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed the food
I really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The waitress (Laura) was very friendly and provided excellent customer service. The manager came out to welcome my husband and me. The fish was delicious. We had Sea Bass and it was cooked just right. Another thing I liked was once they brought the fish to your table, they took most of the bones out of it before putting it on your plate.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were visiting Baltimore
We were visiting Baltimore from Philly and came upon this delightful and delicious little place in Fells Point. I was absolutely impressed! All the fish was super fresh and they even gave a 'fish tour' where the waiter told where the fish had come from as well as describing the texture and flavor qualities of each fish. The entire experience was fantastic - the freshness and quality of all the food was beyond compare. They made EVERYTHING in house. From the rustic, crusty bread that started the meal to the tantalizing, homemade ice creams and desserts that followed it! They also have a very classic and classy cocktail menu that would impress any would-be mixologist. An absolute must if in Baltimore or visiting!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good service
There were 4 of us. We ordered the lamb shank, kakavia, seafood kabob, and one of their specials - a whole fish. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. Service was attention but did not bother us. Atmosphere was very nice as well. Really very good all around.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastically Fresh Fish
The simple fish preparations at the Black Olive let the freshness of the fish be the star of the show. If you are a fan of fish, this is your first stop in Baltimore.
Outstanding friendly service only increases the pleasure of dining here.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great fresh seafood
Always enjoy black olive.. Out of the way for us, but we make it a point if we can to come. Food and service, as always been great.
8/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife and I enjoyed a delicious meal and excellent service
Fantastic Greek and Seafood.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Black Olive Great Seafood
Great food. Fish fileted right at the table. Stuffed calamari is a must have appetizer. Hummus was wonderful too
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very unique experience, everything was outstanding! Will be going there again.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the grilled shrimp to desert everything was very very good. Best fish I ever ate.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I are from Europe and have very high demands when it comes to food.
Our dinner experience at our 10th anniversary couldn't have been better.
The have a great fresh fish bar where you can choose a fish. The waiter shows you also the appetizers and fish bar and explains it.
We ended up eating a fish soup (we are not big eaters, and it was more than enough for us two). My wife took a second appetizer, the octopus salad and I eat the tuna steak with Sushi quality.
It was delicious.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
8:15 pm seating
The food was excellent and the atmosphere was great. The owner made us feel as if we were in his home. My only complaint was that they were out of rockfish, calamari and bronzini at this late seating on a Saturday night. The Dover Sole was delicious as was the lamb, the halibut and the sardines in grape leaves. I shall go back but only if I can get an earlier seating.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic whole fish and great greek wine list. Used to go there when it was new. Back in Baltimore for first time in 10 years - the place has really upgraded, but the fish is the same: excellent!!!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for fresh delicious fish and seafood. The fish is fillet and served at your table side! It was so good it just melted in your mouth. we ordered the subtle house lemon sauce on the side. the fish was awesome even without the sauce, but with a little on top, the fish was truly amazing! We had fast attentive service and overall a terrific experience!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Black Olive had been on our list for some time. We were very pleased that we were able to make it happen on a Saturday night. Slightly pricey, but the fish was cooked very well and the spread was excellent. Service and Ambiance was great.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
this was our second trip to the black olive (we do not live in maryland). we deliberately chose it because we were so pleased the first time. again the black olive was right in every way: excellent, fresh food, a great wine list (and not overpriced), attentive yet not overbearing service, a romantic venue. frankly, there was nothing we did not like. we would definitely return and recommend it to any of our friends who happen to be headed to baltimore.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Black Olive wS wonderful! Great food, wine and atmosphere!! Great place for a special occasion. Highly recommend!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best fresh seafood and Greek specialties delivered in an awesome family environment ! Like you just stopped over your favorite Greek relatives for dinner!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
City dinning at its best!
This little gem is a block away from the bars at Fells Point, but a world away from a roudy bar scene! The intemate setting lends it's self to a first date or an anniversary. We loved the food. The village salad was the best we had ever had. The meal was out of this world! So fresh they will actually bring fish to you and let you take your pick! They offer a great beer and wine list as well as "cutesie cocktalis." We will be coming back, and bringing friends!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great place which, regrettably for the restaurant was relatively empty. The food was superb! All very fresh and tasty. The service was great! I am completely shocked that this was a 1,000 point opportunity on Open Table. Before reviewing the menu, the waiter will take you on a tour to see the fresh fish and dinner options. If you are looking for a particular type of wine....they will find it. The home-made Baklava Ice Cream was out of this world. I cannot say enough great things about our visit. Bottom line is that this is a "must" try for all who enjoy fresh fish, lamb or Greek food.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Black Olive is my new favorite restaurant! The food was amazing, the service was friendly, and the atmosphere made us feel like we were back in Paris!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food - Service was off
We had a typical excellent meal at the Black Olive - but the service was less than I expected. The waiter was very cordial and helpful, but was easily distracted by the volume of guests and (I assume) trying to give them all his attention. An unfortunate side effect was that with our Wine chilling in bucket away from us - we were not able to refill our glasses ourselves - and the waiter was too busy serving others by the time of our entrees. So we actually left wine in the bottle at the end - that we ended up guzzling at bar before we headed out. Again the waiter was nice enough - but he needed help in remembering all of us.
Even so, I'd still recommend this restaurant any time. One of my fav's in Baltimore.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have taken clients here twice and both times we have all been blown away! Everything at the Black Olive is amazing. Highly recommend the crab stuffed calamari, saganaki plate, and charcoal rack of lamb. Also vegetarian friendly. A great dinner for either business or friends and easily the best Greek place I have been too.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an absolutely fantastic meal. Octopus appetizer was amazing. Fish was fresh. Service was wonderful. Overall lovely experience.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food, the service, the
The food, the service, the atmosphere, etc. are all nice but it is a little bit expensive. We could have gotten as good a meal at Bonefish Grill for less.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Intimate Dinner Great service!
The four of us enjoyed our dinners and were grateful for the prompt and kind service. We passed on appetizers and dessert in order to enjoy a couple bottles of nice wine (pricey dinner).
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Good Bet for Baltimore
Dined here Oct 24th with friends from out of town, I wanted to show them something unique to Baltimore in a historically rich neighborhood, experience a cozy place with good food. The Black Olive was the choice - it did not disappoint.
Entrees ordered were very good, fresh and of high quality. Ordered was the Rack of Lamb, Dover Sole, and Grilled Sea Bass. All were delicious, but have to say the Lamb and Dover Sole stood out as the best. The side salad was very fresh, delicate, and full of flavor and well balanced - it was simple but so well prepared.
First wine we ordered was out of stock so we took the recommendation of our server, she chose a Greek white wine that was perfect for the entrees and salad. Service was attentive, thumbs up.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything my us and and I
Everything my us and and I had was fresh, prepared just right and he service was perfect. Go there!!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Restaurant
The ambiance and food at The Black Olive is consistently first rate and delicious.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waitress was knowledgeable
Our waitress was knowledgeable & personable. Every course was perfectly done. The fresh fish was delicious. It was fun to watch the waitress do table side filleting of the fresh fish we chose from the iced display. The restaurant has a cozy vacation feel to it. The small batch scotch selection was outstanding . And it was a nice touch to gave the owner come by each table & check on his patrons .
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great fish/seafood selections. Emphasis on local sourcing/organic ingredients.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wow! - this is good food
We eat well at home, in 2nd home in Spain, and dining out. This is some of the best food we've ever had. We had only 2 starters and a Black Olive grill mezze to share for 2 - not a lot, but enough and it was delicious. The grilled-to-perfection octopus salad, nicely paired w/ red onions & capers, was stunning. A 10. Also, we love grilled sardines and grape leaves - so the combo attracted. A solid 9. Waitress might have told us the mixed grill mezze also comes with these 2 dishes, but didn't mind getting them again. Hard to say which of the mezze was best - shrimp, lobster tail, ricotta-filled squid, mussels - all perfectly done. And, after 2 strikes on wine order, she brought us similar, very nice, bottle at a discount. Nice touch. Bravo!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went back for seconds....
We enjoyed this restaurant so much we went back our last night of vacation. The waiter was knowledgeable & provided excellent service. The appetizers were scrumptious, especially the cheese stuffed then grilled octopus. This is the kind of dish you want to emulate when you get back home, & yet know it will never quite compare to the original. The seafood is so fresh & delicious. The baby rack of lamb was done to perfection. This is the type of restaurant you will remember & come back to whenever you find yourself in the area. And the prices while not bargains, certainly were reasonable for the quality,freshness, & presentation.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fish had bones in it not filleted
Fish had bones in it not filleted correctly at table manager only gave half off instead of crediting whole meal. We were a table of four, that half off deal made us not get desert there .
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have dined here several
We have dined here several times and the food was great and so was the service. i had the bronzini and greek salad. My husband had the lamb. We both loved the meal and would go back again. A little pricey so may save for a special occasion.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Baltimore Greek!
The food was sublime. Every appetizer was the best we've ever had of its type, and the fish was cooked to perfection. Save room for dessert, esp. the baklava ice cream!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was terrific. Of course we had seafood -- shrimp first then snapper. Simple preparation that lets the food shine through.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
An overall very satisfying restaurant experience, one of the town's best. Bottled wine prices are prohibitive.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM