Black Kettle

4.4
493 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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KP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious and very flavorful. Service is Great!

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S
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Again...had another great meal here. The menu has so many choices. We were there with a gluten free friend and she had many choices. Love the atmosphere. Service was great. Doesn’t break the bank!

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WS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on Saturday with a group of 5 people. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Drinks were great, food was great and dessert was delicious! Looking forward to going back again soon!

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DC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

This was the 4th time I had come to Black Kettle, together with my young daughter. After looking over the menu and prices, I was told of a "special" on rock fish, and I ordered this for myself. I did not ask the price, as I had ordered it before, and do not recall the price being very high. My daughter ordered a chicken and pasta dish, which was delicious.
When we received our check I noticed that the total was unusually/unreasonably high ($71 for two people.) I, also, noticed that there was an entree on the bill for $34. The $34 entree was labelled, "seafood pasta.," although I had in reality/truth received the "rock fish special."
I questioned the waitress, a somewhat rough looking woman who I have never had before, about the inconsistency. (I had not even ordered pasta, and I don't recall any entree on the menu being as high as $34.) She with indifferent voice tones let me know that the restaurant categorized the rock fish special as seafood pasta, and that I, in deed, owed her $34 for the entree "special." Because my daughter was becoming embarrassed/upset, I paid the bill and left, instead of arguing with her or asking to talk with the manger.
If any one attends this restaurant, I would strongly recommend that they exercise caution and not place any order until they get proof of the pricing, least they be told when they are leaving that a "rock fish special" is considered by them to be a "sea food pasta" and is the most expensive dish on the menu. special" costs

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D
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Best dinner I have had in years. And the ambiance is fantastic. Can't believe I never knew this existed!

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RK
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

For all the fanciness, the rock cod was bland, the meatball and sauce too salty and not tasty. The head waiter was good.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! It is a place I am able to take my very, very picky husband to enjoy. We both have food allergies, including gluten and dairy. This is now our favorite spot to be able to order so much on the menu without worry. Wonderful food either way.

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E
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at Black Kettle. It was just as fabulous as it was the first time. We absolutely loved the dining experience! All of us enjoyed the ambiance. We will continue to support the outstanding Chef Kevan Vanek.

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BK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great service, the Catonsville 9 cocktail is a must have. 3 hours of gourmet enjoyment.

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N
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding! Black Kettle is one of our favorite places.

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DC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, ambiance and food couldn't have been better. My daughter is a vegetarian and ordered the tofu and veggie bowl. It looked so good that a meat eater could devour it. I ordered white fish, and it was fresh and very, very tasty. Service is always top grade.

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OT
Baltimore
142 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My only quibble with the service was at the end. We told our waiter that we had theater tickets for an 8pm show. The theater was pretty much down the street, but we had never been there before and there was general seating, so we wanted to leave by 7:30. Our waiter assured us that he'd have the tab on him and all we had to do was ask for it. At 7:25, we asked for it and got it. At 7:30, I went to the ladies room, figuring that it'd be taken care of when I came back. It wasn't. My husband flagged him down at 7:35, and we were out of there by 7:45. By then it was dark, and the place was really hard to find. We got in at 7:55 and were seated in the back row because that was all that was left. If we'd left 15 minutes earlier, we would've had much better seats.

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DC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was the second time we had come to the Black Kettle for dinner. The ambiance has been very relaxing with lovely piano music, decorations, and comfortable seating. Pm both occasions. the service was excellent, and the waiters courteous and exceptionally attentive. The food was excellent the first time; i ordered the crab cake entree, and my daughter a veggie burger. During the second occasion, I ordered the salmon burger and fries. The salmon burger was very large, and the fries great. However, the taste of the burger was not up to snuff in regard to flavor. It tasted somewhat like it had some filler in it or the salmon was not completely fresh, so important for sea food. I am uncertain just what the problem was; however, I have made salmon burgers in several different ways, including with fresh salmon, so am aware of expectations.

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B
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends for dinner. The experience was superb. The drinks were perfect; the food delicious; and the desert exquisite!!🤗

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was great venue for lunch! I had a business meeting their and the service was impeccable. The food -- amazing soups with unusual salads -- was amazing to the insatiable palate. I recommend this restaurant highly and encourage everyone to try the beet salad and mushroom soup. It makes you want to order some to take home for later. Kudos to the Chef and staff! Allison

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R
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing creative and exceptional food at a Great inexpensive cost.

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E
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The bartender apparently did not know how to make a whiskey sour, so my husband drank the worst he ever had. He does not like to complain or send back. My Moscow mule was fine.

The beef stroganoff was ok, but not as tasty as the traditional dish. The seafood bouillabaisse was also not as good as a traditional recipe. The burger was fine.

Deserts were ok. cheesecake with brownie crust was good as was the amaretto wedding cake. The chocolate covered ball was not worth the price. The outer shell had very little chocolate taste.

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LK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were very happy with our drinks, food and service. It is a little noisy... they are busy so that isn’t really a surprise.

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m
Baltimore
89 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Two of us had a light lunch on a Saturday. We each had a bowl of soup and a cup of tea. The soup came with two small pieces of garlic bread. Both of us enjoyed the soups. Our server was very pleasant and very accommodating -- refilling water glasses, getting more hot water for the tea, etc.

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s
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

will be going back

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P
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a gift certificate to the Black Kettle so we made a reservation. People without reservations were being turned away. It is a small space.
The cocktails were very good and arrived quickly. Our server Mackenize was knowledge and pleasant.
The problem was that the kitchen fell far behind and we waited over an hour for our meal. I had to suggest they bring bread since it was taking so long and when it arrived it was still frozen inside so another waiter (not Mackenize) stuck her fingers in it to check. Then heated up the same bread and returned it.
Once the food arrived it was very good. I had the seafood special and my husband had a beef dish. Both excellent.
The man next to us got the risotto that was supposed to come with his dinner after he was finished and they put it in a to-go cup.
There was no understanding that if there is a problem with the kitchen that you should do things to make your customer's wait more pleasant.
I would recommend Black Kettle, but perhaps it is better to not go on a Saturday Night when it is crowded.

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Kobe burger is delicious. Like the interior atmosphere

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food, great drinks, definitely crowded, and friendly service. Food was fast and had a good amount.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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
67 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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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SR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went here for Valentine's Day, the Friday after. The only hiccup was that we had a reservation but had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. The table they had "reserved" for us was not reserved soon enough; a couple was still there half way through our meal. The host recommended we stay at the bar - yeah, not what we want for a romantic date night. The second recommendation was the worst table in the restaurant - by the door, the server computer, and open on all sides - a generally awkward and uncomfortable position. Luckily a corner table opened up.

Our server said the beef stroganoff is the best dish on the menu, and I believe him! It was DELICIOUS. The meat was as tender as butter, the sauce was tasty and rich but not too heavy. Yum. I ate it all. My partner got a chicken pasta dish that was not on the menu. It was fine but nothing special. For dessert, we shared the chocolate dome. MMM. Rich, chocolatey goodness. Would go back just for this dessert. The wine we had was also superb - one of the red Vinnums.

Our server was great. Nice, knowledgable, helpful, and checked on us just enough. He was also bilingual in Spanish, which was a stroke of luck for us because my sweetie speaks Spanish (definitely got an extra tip for that).

The atmosphere is cozy. The tables are close together but still comfortably navigable. There were piney branches festooning the ceiling and trellises scattered to make the dining room feel like a few small rooms. Overall, the feel is of a secret garden.

Recommend for a date night.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 14, 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 14, 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
4 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
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food.

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VG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 2, 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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