Black Olive

4.5
2506 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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Daily 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:15PM - 10:00PM

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AP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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MI
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 14, 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 14, 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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U
Baltimore
81 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 10, 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
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 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 3, 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 26, 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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JR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance. Really good food. Good service. Quaint place and quiet neighborhood. Highly recommended.

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OT
Baltimore
98 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had never been to the Black Olive and used Baltimore Restaurant Week as a good excuse to try it. We were extremely pleased with the quality of the food, the efficiency of the wait staff, and our overall dining experience. Our server was very helpful to us in making our selections and his recommendations were spot on. Highly recommended! We will be back for sure...

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WB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

the food was good could definitely it it again.Worth the trip for Dinner doing our anniversary weekend. I will definitely recommend this place

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d
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service of tasty food made for a nice dining experience. We especially enjoyed
the basket of bread.

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MH
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was just wonderful, friendly , professional, very helpful, the atmosphere lovely and the food outstanding, delicious. This was our first time there , but will not be our last. The dinning experience was extraordinary. The only thing it was a little chilly and the parking can be horriable if it wasn't for valet parking.

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WI
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has to be one of the best restaurants that I have ever eaten at. The presentation of food, timely delivered to table and even fillet your fish tableside. Restaurant week is the best time to try new restaurants. Try Black Olive, I promise your taste buds will thank you.

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RG
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This past Friday, we had a "thank you" dinner at the Black Olive, to celebrate recent business transactions.

The first principle of a great restaurant is great food. I don't generally order fish, but at the Black Olive it their fish are always fresh, grilled and the bones carefully removed at table side. Ask for their "special" sauce for your fish. I understand their meat dishes are excellent as well.

The second principle of a great restaurant is great service. To me great service is a combination of knowledge of the menu, presentation and anticipation. At the Black Olive, when you need the staff, they were responsive and when we didn't, they kept their distance. No unnecessary interruptions. Great for conversation.

The third principle of a great restaurant is great ambiance. At the Black Olive, the interior design, spacing, lighting, sounds and smells produce a feeling of sophisticated comfort.

Lastly, the owner Dimitris Spiliadis, knows his wines. Ask for Dimitris to give you a tour of their wine cellar. I understand he provides periodic wine tastings at the Black Olive.

A special place for sure.

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O
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good even though my fish had some small bones in it! Also, we felt a little rushed to leave maybe it was because of the restaurant week. There was no time to just enjoy our drinks, the bill came right after we finished our food. So if you don’t care about that, I’d recommend it.

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B
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Black Olive during restaurant week, as the prices are a bit out of our range otherwise. It was a wonderful meal, and quite creative. Appetizers included a "Greek village pie" (somewhat similar to spanakopita, but with more veggies--spinach, chard, leeks--and a little less cheese); and grilled stuffed calamari: a single tube about the size of a clementine, pinned shut at both ends and stuffed with a flavorful Greek curds-and-whey cheesy filling. Not quite what we expected, but marvelous! My husband then had the grilled bronzini and, at the server's recommendation, I tried the lamb and couscous baked in parchment We were both quite satisfied, and were happy to finish off the meal with chocolate mousse (rich but not too sweet) and baklava ice cream (really excellent, with just a hint of salt). The ambiance was cozy and charming; we were initially to be seated near a rather lively party in the front room, but the server spontaneously offered to find us a quieter spot. A really lovely evening.

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JS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. Noisy just because there was a big party next to us.

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M
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was quite. The calamari appetizer was superb as was the bass entre. We are always very pleased with the consistent good food and service. One of our favorites, and always a good choice for restaurant week.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed in the bronzino I ordered. It was prepared simply but had very little flavor. My friends were similarly unimpressed with their meals.

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JL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've been wanting to try this place since my husbands department had a holiday lunch their! What better excuse than restaurant week! We both ordered fish, which was fantastic. The appetizers were interesting, but left me wanting a bit more flavor and texture. The desserts were also wonderful. There was a good selection of wine to choose from, although we decided not to drink that night. The thing I was most impressed with was the service staff!! They brought that extra element of class to the dining table, while still feeling casual and not "stuffy". We hope to return!

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JP
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food didnt seem too creative. The seabass was cooked perfectly but it was a standard buttery lemon sauce and the lamb was diced over couscous with nothing else. It was very salty.

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LH
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Our party of four came here during the winter 2019 Restaurant Week because the menu looked very promising and because it would be a good bargain based on the regular menu prices.

Appetizers were better than the entrees which were better than the desserts. Grilled sardines in grape leaves were the highlight while the apple cobbler was forgettable. The fish dishes faired better than the lamb dish which could use a more appetizing plating.

Service was the main issue. We ordered two different bottles of white wine (Albarino and Chardonnay?)- one to go with the appetizers and the other to accompany the entrees. We ended up serving the wine to ourselves throughout the meal from the tableside cooler after they were initially opened and served by the waiter; we were practically half way done with our entrees before the waiter opened and served the second bottle of wine and then tried to do so using the glasses from the first wine. (Seriously we needed to ask for clean wine glasses for the second wine as I barely stopped the waiter from pouring the second wine into my existing wine glass that still had some of the first wine in it. Server training??)

Given the regular menu prices, not sure we will be returning here again.

Also, there is no valet parking but there is a parking garage around the corner in case you have guests with mobility challenges.

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t
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed on this trip. Service was poor: slow, not attentive and could not remember who ordered what.

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J
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Went to Black Olive for my wife's birthday, which I mentioned when I made the reservation. The waiter even wished her Happy Birthday. Yet no special recognition (free dessert or complimentary glass of wine) was offered. For a restaurant we have visited frequently, this was a disappointment!

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Naples
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and great service.

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Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and a great meal. Two of us ordered the Dover Sole that was a real treat and the third party ordered Red Snapper that was reported to be excellent. Overall, a very fine dining experience complemented with a nice Malbec.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not wanting to embarrass myself; I did not drink from soup bowl as I did not want to miss a drop nor did I lick my plate although very tempting after the last bite.

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JC
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner on New Year's. Excellent service, amazing food, great ambiance and super classy.

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