Black Kettle

4.6
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609 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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4.6
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AL
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening. The fish of the day, rib eye steak and steak stroganoff were fabulous.
We mush you!!!

DS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food always!

w
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional from the moment we walked in. The service was impeccable. This was our first visit. I wanted to go somewhere new and especially during this crazy time, wanted to support a local self owned restaurant. It didn't disappoint and I can not wait to go back. The appetizers, especially the mussels were extraordinary. The balance of all the entrees was incredible.... but you must save room for dessert. We had the dome. My husband was in heaven. A must go!!

D
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We went on a Friday evening at 6:30. We were seated in the bar, which is rather small, considering there was a table for 4 and our table for 2 in addition to bar seating. The bar was directly behind my wife and was full with a few standees. The noise level was rather high due to the crowd and the small space. We ordered Manhattans, Caesar Salad and an Angus burger to split as we find that restaurant portions are generally much too large. The drinks were excellent as was the salad. The hamburg was ordered as "medium" but came without any pink in the center. The portions were as we expected. The server was very attentive and did and excellent job. Pricing was fair. Overall I would go back, but would prefer to be in the dining room because of the noise.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to this restaurant. We had a reservation and were seated right away. Overall we had an amazing experience. We met the owners and head chef and had a very nice conversation. The food was impressive and the ambiance was spot on for a quite dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

They ignored our Open Table reservation and tried to put us at the bar. The service was almost comically poor but the food was awesome. Ultimately, I’m sure I will return. The great food and the chance to support a local business is enough for me to overlook the terrible and unprofessional service. Be warned though...they don’t care about the reservation you make at this site.

H
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, amazing service, really beautiful interior. Healthy and you can tell care and attention goes into everything.

MM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have dined at the Black Kettle a number of times and have always enjoyed the entire experience. Very kozy and friendly.

SP
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great!! Food, Service, drinks, Value.

I will be back!!

AG
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointing meal here. Always creative and flavorful. Makes me wish i could eat more. It is our go to place for a special meal. Highly recommend!! Great cocktails too.

SF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All five of us liked Zach because he took time with us to explain in detail the questions we had. He offered to go out of his way to accommodate us. Thumbs up!

AC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We ate here on Valentine’s Day, bad choice. It was a nice setting and likely is very enjoyable on an average day, but SO crowded when we went. We were seated inches away from the next couple. We had to move the table to get in and out of our seats and could hear every conversation around us. They talked up their four courses but strongly encouraged diners to get in and out quickly, so it didn’t feel like we could savor it all. The staff did a good job dealing with the busyness of it all, but really wish they didn’t overbook. I’d like to visit on a random weeknight to get a better feel for the average experience there.

TD
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Valentines Day

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The staff was wonderful especially the bartender and our waiter, Christine.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite mother - daughter lunch spot in Catonsville. Always tasty and cute decor! Can get a little loud if there are big groups as space is cozy.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very small building with tables that are all super close together. However the overall atmosphere was tastefully decorated and the dining service was wonderful. The food was great and adult beverage menu was quite diverse! Will definitely be keeping this as a date night option.

AH
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Went for lunch with some friends and although it wasn’t busy. ( I am very happy it wasn’t) we totally enjoyed the staff, food and ambiance! You will not be disappointed!

d
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special place to eat. You will want to experience the chefs incredible skills!

ES
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant Week menu had great choices and value. Excellent dinner.

JR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on a busy Saturday night. It was the last day of restaurant week. It was our second time there and we brought friends who hadn't eaten there before. The service was prompt and efficient. The waiter had an excellent menu knowledge. He told us about the specials as well as how to make selections from the regular menu. Everyone enjoyed their meal.
It is a unique concept and I will be back.

KV
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this little gem! Food is SO delicious and the wait staff is so knowledgable and helpful! Give this place a try

OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

food was wonderful. small place kinda on top of everyone and everything but service and food was terrific

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The service is fine and the ambiance is nice. It’s like an old French bistro. However the food is sub par. No seasoning, wilted vegetables. The flavor of each course lacked depth. I won’t return.

HY
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The style of the menu and food was really good. One of the most romantic restaurants I have eaten in. No question I will be back again. The experience was really over the top. Great place for a date.

NA
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Most dishes served cold; chowder had undercooked "crunchy" beans - demonstrated to waiter by pinch test that they were WAY underdone; told waiter - he NEVER came back to confirm that is how they were "supposed to be" (not) though I heard him ask other waiter. Grilled salad not grilled and cold, and so on and so on. Lobster roll roll underdone- like whole damn meal rushed and underdone. Get this, told waiter our first time and intrigued by fries so ordered duck fat fries as appetizer thinking they were unique only for each of us to order the meals that came with fries and yet waiter NEVER said hey, the duck appetizer fries and fries that come with dinner are same thing. We figured it out after we ordered and went back to snooty waiter who appeared irritated that we were now cancelling an appitizer he knew was duplicative. Very quietly asked waiter for manager in middle of meal - never showed. In sum, lots of hype and huge let down.

CI
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive service, and a romantic atmosphere. I will definitely be back!

T
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellant. Ryan the server, shared his experience with the restaurant as a customer and the food selections on a warm and pleasant manner. The sauces, meat, salad were perfect. The tart was spectular. The decor was perfect for girls night out. We will return again soon.

EJ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Very disappointed in the service which on previous visits had been excellent. Food and cocktails were very good.

KV
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and it was just wonderful. Our waiter, Shack, was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and not pushy. The food was just outstanding and the presentation of the food and drinks was wonderful. We enjoyed the evening very much and recommend the Balck Kettle to everyone!

C
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

I was surprised at the flavor of the Angus burger. I tasted some spice/herb (not sure what the flavoring was) that I did not like. Never tasted a burger like that. I wouldn’t order that again.

C
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding.

BW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy fine dining in Catonsville. Food was delicious and the service was great. Great drink menu as well. If you like Manhattans, I highly recommend the Catonsville 9, complete with a smoked ice cube. Met and spoke with the owners Kevan and Noelle - very nice couple. Check it out.

OT
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating birthdays. Love supporting a chef-owner driven restaurant. Best kind.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, one of my favorite spots to eat! Everything on the menu is unique, and executed flawlessly. The service is outstanding! I cannot rave about this place enough!

c
Adelaide / SA
50 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Insane flavors. I went on new years eve and the staff didn't miss beat. Congrats staff. For those about to rock, I salute you. Wife owner was an absolute delight. Husband was cooking it up.

J
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our anniversary dinner. The waitress was fantastic - she explained how the menu worked and could tell us options for substituting if we preferred something different. We felt like the experience was catered towards us and customized to fit what we were looking for. The chocolate dome dessert was off the charts - perfect to pair with the champagne. Would come here again.

BG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 4th visit to the Black Kettle and my family greatly enjoyed the experience. The service was excellent and we all enjoyed our delicious entree selections in the beautifully decorated, cosy room. This neighborhood restaurant is a gem and we will return.

EJ
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Can’t say enough about the creative menu, excellent cocktails, and professional and knowledgeable wait staff. Will be visiting more often when in the ‘Ville! A greAt restaurant to take your friends who are city snobs.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pure simple excellence.

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MY
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and if I could give ambiance a 10, I would. Sweet little restaurant with great service. You won't be disappointed.