Black Kettle

4.5
469 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Our cuisine starts in the Kettle with healthy, savory broths and stocks and are the basis for every dish! 16 Soups at lunch and at dinner every entree starts with a savory pottage. Hand-cut steaks, broad wine list, five different burger creations all at a great price point and cozy, garden-like atmosphere.

We offer healthy beverages and small plates that are designed to fit anyone's budget and taste. With an extensive Chef-driven entree menu, we're sure you'll find something you'll love, and love that every dish is made from scratch with healthy, fresh ingredients!
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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Too much decor, poor floor plan, over reaching food. Service was great, but listening to our neighbors conversations was off putting. The shuffle by the front door was a nightmare. I am sure i will go back but perhaps a less busy time.

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NR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The calimari was good, the stroganoff was great, and the poached salmon was off the chart! We had a new server on a very busy night but overall we had a great experience.

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S
Baltimore
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I got the seasonal salad which was a Cobb salad combined with other seasonal items like squash and candied walnuts. The salad was quite tasty, but overdressed. My fellow diners got the grilled octopus, grilled Caesar salad and the seafood pot; all were delicious! Our server gave us incorrect information, once about there being no meat in the seasonal salad (there was) and then about the availability of scallops to top a salad (not available). She was also slow to check in with us. However, they were quite busy.

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DB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I especially like Black Kettle's broad menu options. My husband eats meat and I'm a lacto ovo vegetarian. We have visited 3 times and have never been disappointed. Meals are slow to come out, but well worth the wait. Prices are moderately high, but the food tastes fresh and very well seasoned. Great place for couples - would not recommend bringing kids because the seating is tight. Denise

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food with excellent timing and presentation for a very enjoyable date night

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SU
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Although we made a reservation weeks in advance, we were seated in the very back of the restaurant at a table too small for 7 people. The waiter was very nice and efficient, but the food was pretty disappointing, which is a shame because it used to be quite good. The grilled Caesar salad was cold and the roasted vegetables in the "Warm and Toasty" salad were not cooked. It's a great space, but needs some work on the food.

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c
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

enjoyed our experience fom first step in the door. a beautifully lit, cozy interior sets
a perfect mood for fun and innovative, skillfully made dishes.

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S
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service and interesting menu. Will take family there when they are in town.

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TH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Met a friend for lunch and really enjoyed the food. The soup (beef, barley and lamb), sandwich (salmon) and dessert (creme brulee) were all delicious. Will definitely return!

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JH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tired is the second time I've been at this restaurant and I really enjoyed it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great! Fast service even on a busy night!

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PS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an excellent dining experience. We will return.

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TO
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend from the Midwest joined us at B-K, and he was very pleased with the food and service. (My wife and I have always enjoyed the B-K). We will always keep coming back for more!

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Kevan, we really like your menu and the vibe.
Our family dinner was good, but there were 2 hiccups.

Specialty martinis should always be filled to the top of the glass. The pumpkin martinis (2) were filled half of the glass.
The Catonsville 9 presentation was on point, but again fell short of the portion. We would have ordered more drinks but with those
Two missteps ...and we steered away.

The noise level was intensified by the speaker above our table. It’s close quarters, a Saturday night and the stereo was too loud.

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R
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food.

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VG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

8:15 reservation but we weren’t seated until 8:40 and it took another 20 minutes for the host to let the server know we were her table. No drinks for another 15....not going to be a return patron. No thanks.

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JS
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food, nice people, good service, BUT we were a group of 6 people and they really couldn’t accommodate us well from a space perspective. The seating is super cramped and the walk areas are so narrow that you bump into tables as you walk by. It was hard to enjoy a meal when you are so cramped at a table. We actually originally made the reservation for 8 and reduced it. Not sure how that would’ve worked.

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DD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Real nice and unique dining experience. It is a different menu, but everything was excellent.

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m
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ambiance is charming and cozy which enhances the entire experience. My husband and I love the stroganoff, it superb and highly recommended. The beet salad also outstanding. The service is excellent and the cost for a delightful evening was modest- very affordable.

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AH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a great family dinner with our two grown children, and the vegan in our family had good options to choose from, while the rest of had excellent meat and seafood dishes. I ordered a Catonsville 9 cocktail partly because it sounded good (and lived up to that) and partly to honor the peace activists for whom it is named.

Now, for the food: The Seafood Medley I ordered was described as a bouillabaisse, but was really more of a spicy Asian fusion rice noodle soup. Still, it was good, so I am not complaining about the dish itself -- just the description. The fried calimari was more lightly breaded than any I have had (that's a GOOD thing). The wedge salad was a notch above any I've ever had before, and it was nicely divided so that we could all share it. The "Warm and Toasty" salad that my daughter ordered was layered with perfectly roasted vegetables. My husband's stuffed meatball disappeared before I had a chance to get a taste, but that should tell you something. BTW, that was under the "broth" category, but it didn't look like a soup, more like a meatloaf. I think my son ordered a pulled pork sandwich, and that also disappeared quickly. Everyone was happy.

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EH
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to dine at the Black Kettle. The lunch special with the “booster shot” is a bargain. The salad is a meal within itself! Kudos to the chef and the courteous and attentive table staff. Can’t wait until my next visit.

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b
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal and great menu at the Black Kettle. The character of the restaurant was awesome. The seafood "pot" meal I had was great, lots of seafood, and wonderful broth. My three friends loved their meals too. And the dessert...wow, was not hungry but had to try the chocolate dome. Most unique dessert I've had--save room! I'll definitely be visiting the Black Kettle again!

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MW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal at Black Kettle. This is a small space with lots of ambiance. The cocktails were fantastic, the appetizers and salads were all fresh and delicious, our main course were flat out yummy - and we all tried the kettles - basically a meal in a bowl- we had a lemony chicken duck, a steak, and a seafood; each broth was custom made and the chef was willing to make substitutions and omissions for my allergy. The other mains all use a form of the broths and the chef (Kevan) explained to us how the process lends itself to better overall health. Our server Julie was an enthusiastic guide through the menu, all the way to the chocolate dome dessert!

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GT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent recommendations from our server. Flatbread special was fresh and tasty. Shrimp and grits were delicious! Dessert was the highlight - chocolate dome cake/ice cream! Great meal and service!

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AM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The cocktails were amazing. The food was delicious, and almost every dish could be prepared gluten free. Service was not great. I ordered a drink before the meal arrived and had almost finished the meal before it came and had to remind her about it twice.

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GN
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yummy Great beets! Seafood medley is the best!!

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CD
Baltimore
76 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Black Kettle is different than most restaurants. Its main courses include many that contain broth from soups prepared earlier in the day. Meat and/or seafood/and/or pasta and vegetables are added to the dish. My wife and I shared the shrimp and grits and the stroganoff dishes. The food was good to very good though not outstanding. A flatbread special appetizer was also very good as was a slice of raspberry cake from Sugar Bakers Cakes. Service was attentive. Except for an $8.00 charge for double expresso, prices are reasonable. The restaurant is small and space is tight. Ask for a table that won't be jostled by a server or other diners.

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LP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Once again Black Kettle exceeded our expectations. Six of us enjoyed an absolutely delicious New Years Eve dinner in a comfortable, inviting atmosphere. The flatbreads, salads, entrees and desserts were outstanding.

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PE
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall, our party enjoyed this place very much- our first time here. It was NYE, and not "a fit for man nor beast" outside. But inside it felt warm and welcoming. It was a little chaotic, and a number of specials were already gone, even though it was early. But things worked out more or less. We all enjoyed our meals, although one of the appetizers was skimpy. We were looking for something to share among the four of us and asked for something ahead of time. We got a tray with three 'poppers' and 4 or 5 stuffed peppers with a lot of dipping sauce to fill up the plate. We were much happier with the main courses: two evening specials of the frittata, one of the house "pot" specialties, and a regular menu dish. Plus, the desert cake from the local "Sugar Bakers" was excellent. I think the main thing that needs work is the service. They were too quick to take away dishes and not attentive enough to whether we ready to move on. This may have been due to an inexperienced busser, but it is worth paying attention to.

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s
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always an enjoyable experience dining here. It’s the best restaurant in Catonsville. The food and service are excellent in a beautiful setting. For dinner, I highly recommend the beef stroganoff and for lunch try the soup and sandwich combo. They make great soup, love the lobster bisque.

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SR
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The staff seemed very unhappy and we overheard them unkindly "ordering around" a bus boy who
was working hard. It impacted our experience.

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C
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great lunch!
The butternut squash was absolutely delicious, and the grilled chicken sandwich was extremely tasty. If I’m ever in the area again, I’d definitely return

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MB
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! Excellent & creative food. Anything cooked in the black kettle is amazing. The seafood pot is also excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite dining experience. Even the foodies amongst our group delighted in the food and wine selection. We will definitely return.

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F
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good service, good food, accommodating to requests, lots of veggie choices on the menu.

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A
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I had made a reservation for two via Open Table, and when our party arrived, the waitress checked the computer and said there was no record of my reservation. Luckily, there were few patrons, so we were seated immediately. I am sorry to say that our waitress was far from cordial. I felt like we were an inconvenience to her, and that attitude was displayed throughout the luncheon. I ordered a BBQ chicken sandwich which was cold as were the fries. I wish I could honestly say that my experience was a pleasant one, but it wasn't.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful. The food was great and the place is super cute.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such exceptional food. The seasonal flatbread was incredible, as was the ribeye pot!
But even my kid’s cheeseburger was outrageously flavorful.
Duck fat fries are always spot on.

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ES
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food we had (shrimp and grits for one seafood medley pot for another) were delicious. Drinks were good. The wine list is modest. Having dined here a number of times we were happy with the food, which has always been good. Our service this time is best characterized as chaotic. It was prime time Friday night, so understandably busy. However we had more than one of the staff as us about drinks after we had ordered (from someone who turned out not to be our server), and service was not up to previous standards. We’ll return, as hopefully this was just an off night for the serving staff.

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B
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Appetizers were quite good. Service was not. Random waiters from other tables helped us periodically since ours was missing in action. Bar order got lost. After asking again wrong drink was delivered. My wife liked her meal quite a lot.

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