Black Olive

4.5
2527 reviews
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Greek
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.

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience with delicious meal. I have to say I was very happy and pleased with the staff. Very informative on each dish, and reasonably priced.

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with family was a lovely experience. Service, ambiance, subtle live music, and a delicious menu combined with great conversation resulted in a night to remember indeed. Our server Aubrey was the perfect guide to the evening. We will be back.

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RG
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the bread pudding (no bread) appetizer, the lobster pasta and a nice Merlot. The service was attentive. The setting and food made for easy conversation and laughter. Perfection.

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

Top notch octopus, scallops, and service. Our waiter was fantastic. Had a great night catching up with an old friend.

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J
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an excellent dinner at the Black Olive this past weekend. We kept it simple: some wine, a split salad, and an entree each. The wine was an excellent choice (a Santorini Assyrtiko) that went well with both the salad and entrees. The salad was a Greek Village salad and for entrees I had a Black Sea Bass and my wife a Bronzino. Both were excellent and well prepared. We enjoy the ability to pick out our fish from their "fish store" and then have it prepared and cooked to order. Very nice indeed.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server was amazing!! I wish I remembered his name, but he was the friendliest guy.

Get the grilled octopus salad. You will be blown away.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved all of our dishes and still talk about them days later. Our standouts are the grilled mushroom small plate, jumbo shrimp, and lamb chops. The Saganaki was amazing.

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GF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We picked Black Olive as we wanted to try a new (for us) Greek spot in Baltimore. We were dining early and we were seated in a back room where the table was cramped in a corner. I couldn't get in and out of my chair without moving the table. In a nutshell the food was good, not great and the service was absolutely horrible. The staff is untrained and made every service error possible, from poor timing of the meal (we were still eating our apps when dinner came) and there was no acknowledgement of that, just plopped our entrees down, to long periods where we didn't even see our server. After they plopped our entrees down, they left all the bread and bread plates and the big, eventually empty appetizer tray in the middle of the (small) table. The wine was never repoured. The appetizer plates were eventually cleared . We ordered dessert. The table was a mess the entire time and the server brought the check with dessert then literally deserted us! We had to call his name to get his attention so we could pay. Yikes! Rarely have I had such poor service from a restaurant that has been in business for so long.

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SK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Greek and seafood dishes were all wonderful; our group of 8 shared a variety of menu items and everyone was pleased--except the two who ordered the filet mignon. Apparently, not a good choice! Our server was wonderful. Unfortunately, he wanted to bring us a complimentary birthday dessert, but we had paid the bill and were all ready to leave before that was ready. And, we were next to another table of 8 who were a very noisy group--again, not the restaurant's fault. So, I would recommend the restaurant highly for its Greek and seafood items, and try not be seated next to a noisy group!

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PW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband, a friend and I had (for the 2nd time) the most wonderful lunch at the Black Olive. Nothing could have been better. A beautiful restaurant, great food, excellent price, wonderful service. It must the at least one of the best, if not the best, restaurant in Baltimore City - or in many cities for that matter.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was delicious, and the cocktails were outstanding. Great recommendations, too from the staff. Highly recommended!

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MZ
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find. Service was a little slow but the food outstanding. I would not return to Baltimore without dinning here!

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OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Always great and fresh food. Great flavors!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live this restaurant. They showed us the fresh fish in the case and I chose fish and my husband loved his Greek dish of lamb and cheese cooked in parchment paper. It was delicious also. The owner was so welcoming and very helpful when I realized I had left my phone in an Uber. We can’t wait to go again.

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TS
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was new but unobtrusively attentive. We tend to forget about the Black Olive since it is just down the street but the food is unexcelled anywhere in the Baltimore area. The wine list is also exceptional with lots of interesting and inexpensive choices, especially the Greek wines. We will be back for another special occasion. Only next time, we won't fill up on the delicious bread and olive oil first! We did not have room for dessert. Sigh.

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RD
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a terrific place. Superb seafood. Quiet unassuming and one of best places i have been to in Baltimore.

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B
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very cozy spot on a charming street in Fells Point. They specialize in fish which is impeccably fresh and simply prepared on the grill and served with an emulsified olive oil and lemon dressing. My wife and I had a whole black bass which was expertly filleted tableside by our waiter who was very attentive, knowledgeable and pleasant. It was accompanied by very nicely roasted cauliflower florets. We started with one of the best grilled octopus salads I’ve ever eaten. They have an extensive wine list. We had a minerally assyrtiko white from the Greek island of Santorini that married perfectly with this kind of cooking. All in all an excellent experience. The food was fresh, wholesome, healthy, tasty and beautifully prepared. We felt we were back in the Greek islands.

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R
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

While our salmon and Bronzini was cooked satisfactorily, it was nothing out of the ordinary. The bread delivered to the table was fantastic, a rustic loaf which was perfect with olive oil. The Village Pie was okay but $18 is a way overpriced appetizer. Dessert was the carrot cake, rather flat slice with coconut on the cream cheese icing. It also was just okay, we had far better desserts elsewhere. Service was great !

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RK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual

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AP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Over priced, moderate portions, excellent fish. Side dish to entrees didn't work. Wine list was over the top exotically over priced and too out of reach for the average diner, we had a bottle of $45 California Chardonnay. That was the lower priced on the menu. It was almost ok. Very disappointed overall. I have been there frequently, but will not return. From a 35 years in food service chef/owner.

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RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is simply the best from the people, service, food, etc. Impeccable!

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WB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We return to the Black Olive when visiting Baltimore from New Jersey,
usually for special occasions.

The place was about 80% full, but the service was still very sparse (though cordial).
You needed to grab your waiter to get his attention.

Black Olive was one of our premier places to enjoy a fine fish dinner, but we
found 1/4 of the fish on the menu were unavailable, even for a 7:00 meal
reservation. This was a major disappointment, since this was one of very few
places to we could enjoy St Peter's Fish, for instance.

The fish that were available were perfectly prepared, and a joy to eat.
I just wish they could provide pita bread with their baba gannoush.
AND ACTUALLY have taramasalata when its on the menu, instead of breaking
our hearts.

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OT
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Doesn't seem as good as the 1st time. A number of dishes were not available. Portions were a little undersized for the price. The waiter seemed a little nonchalant as well. The helper to the waiter was much more attentive to our dinner party. She was really good.

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R
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This was my second time here! First time was very nice and service was excellent. This time the food was great, and service was just ok. Granted, it was valentine’s day weekend so understandable. (the Lady who greeted us was very sweet and did check on us to make sure our server got to us, thanks :) ) I have been a server/bartender for the last ten years so I totally get being busy... but there is a way to finesse being busy and still giving your guests a memorable experience by having a great attitude and communicating that you are busy. The food is 100% worth the money... we will maybe give service one more shot.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a lovely meal, but the atmosphere on the right side of the restaurant was a little stark and quiet for us. If you are looking for a nice quiet restaurant with a more adult atmosphere this is a great spot. Service was good and food was good as well.

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JB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience overall except when we arrived, we were presented with only a set price valentines menu at $75 per person. We were told that was our only option this day AFTER Valentines Day. I had extensively reviewed menus for several establishments, and selected The Black Olive based on the choices normally offered. Very disappointed on the change.

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

The food was amazzzing!!!☺️👌🏽 loved the ambiance, service and live music as well.

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A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a Valentine’s Day and our baby sitter had an emergency at the last moment and cancelled at about 3pm. We had no viable baby sitting options so we had to include our 4 year old son on our date. The food was wonderful and my wife who usually has difficulty finding food that she loves enjoyed her food. I got lamb and enjoyed my meal. My son as usual was not always well behaved but the staff were most nice and accommodating. The guitar player was great and we all loved him including our son who is obsessed with the Character in the movie Coco Ernesto de LaCruz and insisted the guitarist was Ernesto.

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

Each entree was delicious beyond our expectations The service was friendly polite and timely the kind of service that happens With out you noticing A truly awesome wonderful experience we will be returning soon and often

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T
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was attentive and friendly. Food was superb!

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O
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Octopus salad .....whole grilled Dorado......baklava with baklava ice cream
Will continue to return as long as always on the menu.

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D
Baltimore
86 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Love Love the Black Olive. The food was superb, the service so friendly and impeccable! The space is incredibly cozy! Can't wait to come back again!

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WS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Disappointing. That sums it up. Food is very good but attention to service is less than expected. Some things missing from our order and order requests not properly addressed.

Arrived for 8:30pm reservation on Saturday night, party of 4. When we arrived they were in the process of removing 2 chairs from a 6-top table. That made the table less-than intimate. I had to re-arrange my place setting to be within range of my wife (it was her birthday). No one from the staff seemed at all interested in the fact that we were rearranging place settings to make the table better suited for 4. The one waitress (apparently managing waitress) said she'd see about a more intimate table. Never heard anything more about that from her.

We asked about the cocktail menu. She said she had to find one of only 2 that existed in the entire restaurant. Suddenly another waiter showed up. (I'm guessing the other waiter didn't want to deal with us any longer). He was very cordial, when we said we were looking for a cocktail menu he left to find the other of the 2 that existed. Our first waitress returned with the cocktail list. Seconds later the other waiter returned with the second cocktail list. Apparently we were now the keepers of all the cocktail menus.

We ordered cocktails and before long our waiter brought us bread and oil. My wife's prosecco was too dry so our waiter suggested a lighter sparkling white which she liked.

To make a long story short, overall less than we expected. One of my guests asked for dressing on the side but the salad came, over dressed. They missed an entire order for one of my other guests. They were courteous enough to comp our drinks for our less-then-stellar event. Took a very long time to get food even though it was not busy.

Food quality was high. Our second waiter was knowledgeable and helpful and attentive. The fact that a manager did not stop by to speak with us toward the end was disappointing since we had were obviously dis

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EC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was fine except one disappointment. They were out of 3 appetizers, one we came there specifically for. It was not late in the evening. Actually, we were the first dinner customers. We will eat there again. Everything we did eat was delicious

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RG
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I normally get fish at the Black Olive, but this time I got the tenderloin. Cooked to perfection!

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K
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The absolute best place in Baltimore for fish prepared as it should be grilled with care and served with their fish sauce.

Be sure to take to tour of the fish case to see what is available.

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NM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service! Such fresh fish and delicious flavors. Our server was knowledgable, attentive and overall excellent!

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T
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Had been there in the past and it was a much better experience. Unfortunately, my most recent experience was not the best. The food was good, but not at the level it once was. Service was inconsistent - half the table was finished with their entrees before the rest of the table received theirs. Dining room was so cold that some at our table ate with their gloves on.

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OT
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - as always!

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S
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went during restaurant week. Had to ask for a regular menu, which was not initially offered. No fresh fish in the case. Had to ask for bread. Had to ask for olive oil. Had to ask for ground pepper for the salad. Food was excellent except the baklava ice cream was melted (like soft serve). Would recommend avoiding during restaurant week.

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