Black Kettle

4.6
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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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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Interesting dishes. Good variety of gluten free options. Friendly, unpretentious service.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kammy was our waitress and was wonderful - added to our delicious dinner!

OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible. Service was
Perfect.

M
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Menu looked terrific and hard to chose just one. Too many flavors on one plate. Cute place, nice decor, and atmosphere, staff wonderful. I was there for dinner. I think lunch might be a better option.

OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adorable waitress, delicious appetizers and yummy entrees. Really cozy fall dinner! Thanks.

A
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There was six of us in our group and they pushed together two rectangle tables and one round table which was kind of odd but we didn't let it influence our evening. Three of us had the crab cake special served with a lovely tomato, mozzarella, arugula salad. There was no old bay in the crab cake and I just can't get over missing it. Everyone gobbled their plates. One had the seafood pot and raved about it. One had the stroganoff and didn't find it creamy enough and the noodles were ravioli. A different take on stroganoff. Our sixth person got some salad with tuna. Again, a raving great dish. The fig flatbread was yummy. Great wine and cocktail selection. Will return for sure. The service was perfect plus ! That makes for a great night for me.

VD
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy atmosphere. Eclectic decor. Amazing service. Unique cocktails and wonderful food!

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was our first time and we will definitely be back! Rob, our waiter, made our first dining experience truly memorable with his knowledge of the preparations and advice on ordering.

DD
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a special and unique meal. It's hard to describe the many layers of flavor, but each dish is an adventure in flavor, texture, and satisfaction. We are particular fans of the Chicken and Duck Pot and the Seafood pot - which makes it tough to try others given how good those are. Something to look forward to on our next visit.

MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Black Kettle and based on their menu it will not be our last. While I do not have a fancy palate I can appreciate the chefs talent for bringing fresh ingredients together to create a dish that I would not otherwise have ordered. The whole dining experience was very pleasant and will certainly be a go-to destination.

F
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered drinks and relaxed initially. Our waiter checked on us a few times just to see if we needed anything and refreshed our water. We ordered the soup and sandwich combos. This was my 2nd trip to Black Kettle and both times I was amazed at their soup/broth selection. Both times the soup I ordered was delicious (chicken noodle and lobster bisque). Seriously, I wanted to lick the bowl! I ordered the chicken sandwich. The chicken was bursting with flavor, moist and tender. The bread was fresh, the arugula, sprouts and cucumber were also very fresh. And the chipotle aioli was the super winning touch. My friend had the seafood chowder and the BLT. She was just as impressed with her food as I was with mine. We had the Almond Raspberry cake for dessert and it was delicious (from Sugarbakers!). The restaurant has a mix of decorations that make you feel like you are in a winery. A decor that feels warm and cozy and special. Our service was great and we will definitely return!

d
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a recommendation from a friend and decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed and the friend’s reputation for recommendations has increased ten fold!

This was something truly original and different. The owner’s life story is fascinating - check website - but this is about food.

Our waitress, Kami from Kansas, was friendly and knowledgeable of the menu and had great enthusiasm, but not overbearing. She has an interesting life story too.

We’ll definitely be back to try more items.

VJ
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was awesome! Had a girls night here, first time any of us had eaten here and all five us were pleased with our meals! The duck fat fries as an appetizer are amazing.

SW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have eaten at some of the top restaurants in New York and Rome, the Black Kettle is up there with all of them. (Without the insane cost!) The Chef/Owner Kevan has brought a GEM to Catonsville, Maryland. His food is excellent, it is creative and a tremendous value.

HIS DESSERTS!!!!!!!

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Service was great. Small space with a good vibe.Will be back again.

L
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brought out of town guests for dinner. Our server was new and let us know right off the bat. She had a great sense of humor and made the evening super fun even through the foibles, which were minor. Stroganoff was the hit dish of the evening and the flan was large, creamy and delightful. Never have a bad meal here and highly recommend for date nights.

AM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I loved "The Black Kettle"!
Not only was the food, ambience, and service incredible, but we got to meet the owner. She made sure everyone was taken care of and her knowledge of the ingredients in every dish was incredible! It's rare to see the owner show so much concern for the customers the way she did. We'll be going back on a regular basis!

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always feel at home at the Black Kettle
Well crafted cocktails

t
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The soups were excellent - Gazpacho, Maryland Crab and Lobster Bisque. We also had the Tuna sandwich and the special of the day Melted Cheese Sandwich. The staff was friendly and efficient - I will definitely be back many more times - It is the best of te several fine restaurants in the Catonsvillle area.

s
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food3service1ambience4

The menu looked great. However our server did not tell us the specials that were not on the menu when we were given our menus or when we were ready to order. We overheard them mentioned and explained with great enthusiasm by another server at the table next to us. We could not get our servers attention, so we asked the other table’s server if he could get us one of the appetizers he mentioned that was not on the menu. We felt slighted by our server. So we ordered the gazpacho shrimp appetizer from the other server because it sounded right up our alley. However we were very disappointed because the shrimp was bland and did not have a good consistency and did not taste fresh. The average rating on food was for my entree and the appetizer. My husband got the beef stroganoff and said it was excellent. I got the Braised Angus pot and a glass of Zinfandel (just the right amount to accompany my entree). The entree was ok, but beef was not as tender as I expected for braised beef and one piece was actually very tough, but it had a good flavor. The menu did not state that that entree included very big round fat noodles. They are not my thing, but I wouldn’t downgrade the entree any further than average because of them. They were just a surprise, because the server did not mention they were contained in the entree when I asked her to explain it.
We would go back, hopefully get a different server and I would try a different entree.

BD
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table of two had the stroganoff and the shrimp and grits. Both meals were off the charts delicious. The stroganoff, especially, had so many flavors (beef, sauce, mushrooms) that our taste buds were doing the happy dance! The beef was cooked to perfection and practically melted in the mouth it was so tender. Even though the portions were plenty and we were quite satisfied, we indulged in the chocolate dome for dessert--a hard chocolate shell filled with half white chocolate ice cream; half chocolate mousse (?), with warm raspberry sauce poured on top. Whoa! It was decadently scrumptious. They are a tad on the pricey side, but when the quality of the food is taken into consideration, it's a decent value. The restaurant interior is classy, and together with the food quality, Black Kettle lends itself to a special occasion destination. We shall return!

OM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The quality of the ingredients is exceptional and is immediately noticed with your first bite. In addition, the presentation of the dishes is beautiful. Our waitress, Kammi, was a true delight.

HM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time visiting and the experience was as wonderful as the first time. I would highly recommend this restaurant for its food quality and ambiance.

S
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely ambience and spectacular food! Especially a treat for those with celiac disease, as almost everything on the very creative, locally sourced menu can be prepared gluten free.

s
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend Black Kettle all the time. My husband and I come here often because of the great staff, ambiance and the food. We are addicted to their beef stroganoff.

s
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Small dining area, definitely recommend making reservations

CB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I liked the atmosphere, and the food was a little more interesting in its presentation than other restaurants. The soups were outstanding!

s
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, leisurely evening @ Black Kettle...we opted for 4 appetizers instead of entrees...all were very flavorful & unique...shared a fantastic chocolate creation for dessert...our server was 1000% adorable...she allowed us to enjoy a fabulous & leisurely evening, catching up & didn't hurry us out...LOVE this place...food, service, setting...all 5 ☆☆☆☆☆

TK
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. Loved the angus burger. Service was excellent. Thank you for the excellent service.

T
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Our server Noelle was exceptional. The music was nice. The water was good. My ginger ale was also good. I will NOT return for the food.

J
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent Service.
My chicken & duck hot pot was really good. Oyster appetizer was amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food choices were varied and all seemed appealing. Our server was perfectly attentive without interrupting and the atmosphere added to a successful first date (meaning there seems mutual interest in a second date)!

w
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our recent visit to the Black Kettle was another exceptional experience in fine dining. The server was extremely knowledgeable about the food choices and he had a pleasant personality. The food from appetizer through the main course (we didn’t have dessert) was excellent and presented as advertised by the server. The food choices are eclectic and interesting. I believe that there is something for everyone - from vegan to gluten free options - and a wide range of general food choices. The cocktails are also worth trying if you are so inclined.

ED
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place in Catonsville and keep returning. The gazpacho was terrific along with my tuna sandwich. Look forward to coming back next month with a larger group

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and the service was even better. Would definitely recommend and dine there again.

A
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! A must visit.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Shrimp and grits were bland and needs more seasoning. The wait for the food was rather long and the chicken wing appetizer was very dry.

AF
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time and the staff was so helpful and friendly. The food was awesome to say the least. I recommend the angus pot! The music they played was nice for dinner (Jazz) and you could carry on a nice conversation at your table.

I would definitely go again!

P
Baltimore
98 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The gazpacho, salads, and Icelandic cod were top notch. The chef continues to amaze and delight with creations that dazzle both the eye and the palette.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary. Never been here before so was a risk but luckily it did not disappoint. Great place for a special meal.