Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.10mi
  2. Distance: 0.15mi
  3. Distance: 0.18mi
  4. Distance: 0.25mi
  1. Distance: 0.10mi
  2. Distance: 0.15mi
  3. Distance: 0.18mi
  4. Distance: 0.25mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.10mi
  2. Distance: 0.15mi
  3. Distance: 0.18mi
  4. Distance: 0.25mi
  1. Distance: 0.10mi
  2. Distance: 0.15mi
  3. Distance: 0.18mi
  4. Distance: 0.25mi

About Black Olive

The Black Olive is a Psarotaverna which is a Greek fish tavern set in the historic Baltimore neighborhood of Fells Point. We specialize in Mediterranean seafood such a whole fish; grilled and fileting at tableside. We also offer traditonal Greek dishes, housemade breads and desserts. Enjoy signature items such as our Village Pie, Grilled Octupus salad, Rack of Lamb ,grilled Filet Mignon or our fresh Dover Sole prepared to your liking. Pair your entree with international wines carefully selected by our sommelier ranging from California, New Zealand, and showcasing beautiful small vineyards from Greece.

814 S. Bond Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm

Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Sunday: 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Cross Street:
Shakespeare

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 276-7141

Website:
http://www.theblackolive.com/

Parking Details:
$10 valet charge.

Executive Chef:
Pauline Spiliadis

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
The Black Olive restaurant opened its doors in 1997 after renovating a Fell’s Point row house that had been vacant for years. Over the years the restaurant grew and became a Baltimore institution. In the early days of the restaurant, on the back patio, where the view of the Inner Harbor and Harbor East reminded one of the histories of a city, a dream was hatched.

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

Details
Sun 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Mon 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM

Tue - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Black Olive Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (17)
Good for a Date (16)
Special Occasion (16)
See All
Fit for Foodies (11)
Cozy (11)
Healthy (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Romantic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Worth the Drive (6)
Business Meals (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Casual (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Sort by
S
2319 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food. Great service. Would definitely recommend

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

This was a home run! In the 8+ years I've been coming here, this was the best experience my wife and I had. We celebrated our 30th anniversary

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food that we had was excellent and we had a very nice meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had not been to the Black Olive for quite some time. We are very glad we came last weekend. The bronzino was absolutely delicious as was the grilled octopus appetizer. An order of hummus was quite good as well. While the Black Olive is not an inexpensive restaurant, compared to other eating places in downtown Baltimore it is an excellent value!

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our server expertly filleted the fish at our table. It was delicious. We had the combo appetizers which they reduced in size since it was only the two of us. We felt the staff was very accommodating and had a cheerful attitude.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Nice, cozy atmosphere with very comfortable chairs, but they were out of at least four types of seafood. I got the seafood pasta, but since they were out of scallops I paid $34 for a giant bowl of pasta that I could've made myself, 3 shrimp and one bite of a lobster tail. Our food took a very long time especially considering we were one of two couples in there and our server was clearly cleaning up and trying to leave rather refill our water, etc.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service2
value2

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Amazing restaurant perfect for a classy date

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was good but very expensive. An entree for $52.00 without alcohol is salty. We ask for more tapenade and they charged us $10.00 on our bill.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awful. Sat there for 20 mins and nobody came by to take a drink order. Admittedly, I can’t review food, because we bailed before we could order any.

But the smell of three day old fish and unappetizing olives seemed to warrant a one star review in that category.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had not been to the Black Olive for several years and found it just a charming and delightful as we remembered. Fish is a definite when going to Black Olive and we have never had a bad experience. The food was wonderfully prepared and the presentation was superb.

Would recommend Black Olive for special occasion or just for a nice dinner out.

This is a can't miss evening out!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Excellent food and service. Because it was restaurant week, the price was right.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic food and superb service, Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This place has been my go to for a long time. I did miss my res by 1/2 hour, should have called ahead, ended up having to eat at the bar. My Lamb shank was tops, my wife filet just so so. Overall was still a good place to grab a meal!

Tags: Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Outstanding food, but the service was uncharacteristically slow. Possibly due to it being restaurant week.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service2
value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

It was simply an excellent meal. We were there for restaurant week, and I would highly recommend this restaurant. It has unique dishes and we are never disappointed. I must say the appetizers in particular are always a great.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Waiter disappeared frequently and was not attentive but otherwise food was good.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We came for restaurant and had an awesome experience. The food was delicious and very filling. The service was so attentive. We will be back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always a good experience. The Black Olive knows fish. The Greek wine list is exceptional.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Restaurant week is an opportunity to gain new clients. The Black Olive lost 4 clients. Tough octopus, small portions, a poor crab cake, dry bronzini accompanied by mashed sweet potatoes. And we had to WAIT for this (all the tables of 4 seated after us received entrees before ours.) one visit and done.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service1
value1

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We didn’t realize it was restaurant week so had a very limited menu from which to choose. The bread is fabulous. The grilled fish was nice and fresh but potatoes served were cool and there was go green on the plate. Servers filleted the fish tableside but both me and my companion had many bones to work around. Servers and hostess were very pleasant and seemed to appreciate our business. I guess I’d try another time when we could order off the entire menu.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I had an absolutely wonderful time and the food was delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Nice Treasure to try in the City. Might have parking issue. Will recommend!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent meal in quiet comfortable environment. Black Olive remains one of the best three restaurants in Baltimore.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

While the main courses were good, the wine list is lacking. Very few decent choices. Our server was very unfriendly and disinterested, which was sad for such an upscale place.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service2
value2

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We are new to the area, and on a recent snowy day, we made our way there by car. We thought there was valet parking. But when they called to confirm, and advised there was no valet, they promised to help with our car! Can you imagine, they took our car and parked it for us? It was so helpful, as we didn't see any possible parking available! It was a quiet night there due to the snow, and we had excellent service, and the food was really delicious and authentic. We loved our wine selection. It felt like a healthy, delicious meal. Can't wait to go again!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

An incredibly delicious seafood-filled meal! We started with fantastic olives and bread. We ordered Octopus salad and Sardines for appetizers. For entrees, we had branzino fillet and a seafood sampler! A great place for a couple to go for a great ambience and romantic setting!

Tags: Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Denver)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The fish was outstanding. Our waitress was knowlegeable and helpful. It was costly but worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Salmon tartar was amazing

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

In a word, our experience awesome! Two couples who had not seen one another for some time wanted a special place to dine, where we had plenty of time to eat good food and catch up on one another's lives. The black olive was it. 3 of us had a different fresh, and the 4th, being not so hungry, had the single crab cake on a small plate. She pronounced it perhaps the best crabcake she has ever had. Service was excellent as were the wines. Three of the four of us qualify as slow walkers, so were disappointed to find no valet parking. The owner came out to apologize and, seeing our situation, parked my car for us and fetched it when we were done eating! To put all of you at ease, he has said that he is presently negotiating to reestablish valet parking. So it was, without a doubt, a great evening.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Western NC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This place is a shadow of what it was four years ago on last visit. Fish dinner was uncooked, rest of food was mediocre. Not sure what is going on, but not crowded for a Friday night.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service3
value2

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was our first time coming. We enjoyed the meal but we were not overly impressed by anything. One notable flaw was the wine list. They are selling several Cono Sur wines by the glass for $12-15. I have no problem paying that for an excellent wine, but they are selling crappy wine by the glass for more than the price of the whole bottle. They only gave 3 olives to share when we sat down, but service we're happy to refill them. They had about 10 fish dishes listed on the menu, but told us that they only had 3 of them when we went to order. The pasta was really overcooked. The service was fine, and the ambiance was nice. Overall good, but not great. Don't waste your money on wine!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Good place for a quiet, romantic dinner. The wine list could be improved. No-brainer to make a wine list of $100+ bottles. Takes more creativity to make an excellent sub-$40 list. It's possible if they care.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I haven't been back to the black olive in probably 8 years. We went to celebrate our anniversary and they have not lost a step! Outstanding food and service at a reasonable price point, if we lived closer this would be a regular stop. Thanks!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Service slow tho not crowded. Brought wrong order, replaced it and then charged for it on the bill. Main course, grilled whole fish inadequately deboned/fileted, and we spent the meal picking bones out of each forkful. wine list very expensive though our choice, a Greek Nemea was exquisite!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service2
value3

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fresh fish was fresh. Simply cooked but properly cooked. Ownership still cares after many years. HAd not been for a while - will be back sooner this time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was our favorite restaurant in Baltimore. Any special occasions would lead us to the Black Olive. Saturday was my birthday and we had reservations for the four of us at 6PM. We were mildly surprised to find the menu had changed. We were able to pick and choose to order dishes that were similar to what we had come to really enjoy. When our orders arrived we were shocked. The menu says colossal shrimp is $54 per pound and the waitress told us there would be approximately 10 shrimp per pound. The order we received had closer to 25 in that pound, definitely not colossal. My wife enjoys their stuffed calamari and placed an order that ran $14. They showed up at the table and there were two, tiny pieces, a partial bite at best. Nothing like the plate on display. We ordered two seafood sampler plates and the half langostino was so heavily broiled it was not possible to get the tail out in one piece. We left the restaurant at 7:30 and it was pretty much deserted. That led me to wonder if there had been a change in ownership or kitchen staff because the usually energetic dining area was dead. We have reletives coming in from out of town and alerted them that we would not be going back to the Black Olive.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service4
value1

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We have thoroughly enjoyed dining at The Black Olive for several years! We were warmly greeted by the Restaurant Manager and by Taylor who served our table. Taylor was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and the Specials. Our appetizer and entrees were tastefully presented and scrumptious. The Black Olive is truly one of Baltimore’s Finest Restaurants.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This was the third time to eat at this place. I was disappointed in the food/fish every time I had dinner here. Very inconsistent. The best food at this restaurant is "Octopus Salad" and that's about it. They just don't know how to cook/handle fish even though it is relatively highly rated for their fish. The server had no training to remove the meat from the fish and smashed the entire fish. It took 8 minutes to put it on the table and by that time other peoples' food all got cold. They should train the servers more. Tuna steak was absolutely tasteless - it was dry, hard and not taste. I would not recommend this dish. The portion the two sides were so small and asparagus was burnt. Why would you pay this much for this food.... This day is the last time for us.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service3
value2

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delicious seafood options served with care and information on the freshly caught fish. Wine was also excellent and I enjoyed my first-ever baklava ice cream.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was good. Everyone was polite. I love the hummus.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.