Black Olive

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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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Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Seated, no one appeared for 15 minutes. $18.00 for three scallops, we asked for a fourth as there were four of us. They charged us $6.00 extra. We ordered scallops, chicken, bread pudding, pie And two salads. Most everything was served with mixed greens out of a bag. The scallops, chicken and salad were good, not great. Everything else was mediocre. It was very disappointing. We had to ask a busser for one salad that we did not receive. Apparently our waiter was new, he had no support that we could see and his other tables were in another room. He forgot about us. They say a large loud party next to us and it was hard to hear each other. We won’t be back

LA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

My date and I enjoy the Black Olive but it is a bit pricey and Saturday night our server was not very professional. We like to order a couple appetizers and share a main course. One appetizer said “roasted red peppers and feta cheese”, so we expected sliced roasted peppers with chunks of feta. Instead we got a pile of goop, ground up peppers and cheese- it was tasty enough, but did not look appetizing at all and not what we expected. The savory bread pudding appetizer was unique and very good, as was the fish and shellfish stew we ordered for an entre. The server had to fumble through the wine list to find his suggested wine, and provided no help on the menu. Finally, I have a thing about being presented the bill before the table is cleared. Am I alone on this? If I were having dessert or coffee, they would clear the table first, right? Why do I not deserve that courtesy if I am not having dessert?
Anyway, we will go back to the Black Olive since we live in the neighborhood, but we will ask more menu questions, and more clearly guide our server.

NC
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black Olive is a lovely restaurant. We sat at the bar, but the service was no less attentive. The hostess was efficient; Shoshanna at the bar was helpful, knowledgeable and kind. The food was amazing! Authentic and delicious. We had the Black Olive VIP seafood platter and an additional order of the stuffed calamari. Goodness worth the $.

NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With several new menu items, and the best service i've experienced there since the late 1990s, Dimitris Spiliadis has taken his family's fish taverna to new heights. There's no nonsense here – just simple, thoughtful, Hellenic food, wine, and hospitality

BA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t had the pleasure of dinning at Black Olive for over 5 years because my travel to Baltimore is now infrequent. It didn’t seem that long after I sat down because the ambiance, service and food are just as good if not even better. Fresh whole fish is not largely available but at Black Olive it’s an everyday specialty always with multiple choices of fresh fish. Which you can choose yourself from their fish table. Two of us shared a large whole black bass which was cooked like branzino and perfectly. The appetizers were all tasty. I introduced business colleagues to the Black Olive and they top loved it.

DJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this restaurant!!!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening. The experience was excellent!!

J
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I remember going o Black Olive many years ago and it being a wonderful night out. Now the place is tired and feels like no effort is put into making it a special night. No pita bread for the Hummus appetizer platter. The fish in the case looked okay, Not exciting, and our company ordered the Tuna and it looked horrible.

Very subpar now. Time to close

DM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was great to come back to Baltimore and find the Black Olive still there. A nostalgic and reliable place to catch up with former colleagues/friends over plates of good food. The toasted bread was a real standout, btw.

BW
Philadelphia
100 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice menu and well prepared food. The fish was excellent. Our reservation was moved an hour later with less than 24 hours notice to accommodate another event. That was something that has never happened before.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The WORST dining experience in Baltimore. Poor service, disorganized management and kitchen. Had to ask for everything (including tableware) three or four times. This place used to be a gem. Now a complete waste of time and money.

J
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the Stuffed calamari + sardines in grape leaves appetizers and the branzino, filleted tableside, all were served hot and were outstanding. Best seafood at a local Baltimore restaurant I've had this year. Great meal(!) + excellent service from Carl! Thank you!

r
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Still a great place for a wonderful piece of fish and many other Greek additions to the menu. Put this one on your list.

RB
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended the Willamette Valley wine dinner. it was exceptional! Look out for their wine tastings and get the one you will not be disappointed!

JB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at one of our favorites for special occasions.

f
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it!!! Never disappointed and everyone is so nice! Highly recommend!!!

OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Decent spot with good food. Reasonably priced. Service alittle slow. Ambience just not there. Not everything on the menu is a hit BUT the shrimp, branzino, and lamb were spot on.

GA
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Went for a birthday celebration. Food was excellent and service attentive. Prices are very high. It is not a place for regular dining but special occasions.

R
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neil was fantastic- as was the food and ambience!!

GW
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed this restaurant experience very much. We both had fish. Mine was the best and freshest rockfish I have had in memory. My girlfriend's experience was equally spectacular. It was her birthday and we are both from Baltimore. We know the best seafood in the area, and this is where she wanted to go.
We were not disappointed. Fantastic as always!

H
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good as always but not as good as previous visits.

We had a waiter in training which meant fish was not filleted as professionally as we would expect.

Place was empty so ambiance affected.

KA
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just back from Greece and wanted to extend the experience. I just say, Black Olive's stuffed calamari is so much better than what I had on Greece. No comparison!

Everything at Black Olive is top-notch. Food, service, ambience. Love this place!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I came here with my husband the day after our wedding to celebrate. The food was absolutely second to none! We loved the grilled octopus and stuffed calamari appetizers and the wine selection was expansive. Both of our main dishes were delicious as well. I had the sea bass and he got the surf and turf with scallops and everything was wonderful.

However - we were seated in the very back of the outdoor dining area and I’m pretty confident we were forgotten about. No one came to take our order for drinks or food for 30 mins and we didn’t have drinks in our hands until an hour after our reservations.

It was not very crowded at all so I’m not sure what that was about. The food could not have been better but the service was quite a bummer especially considering that it was a special evening that my husband and I were celebrating.

DE
Denver
80 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We had a wonderful time! Recommend the octopus and sardines wrapped in grape leaves for appetizers. The scorpion fish soup was just OK (not sure that it was scorpion fish it looked like rockfish). The grilled rockfish was fresh and good. We asked about after dinner drinks that we didn't recognize and they ended up giving us tasters first b/c they couldn't tell us much. Overall, fun time!

J
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I came to Black Olive for a late lunch Thursday after my doctor’s appointment and were looking for a real pick-me-up. Black Olive did the trick! The prix fixe menu offered a nice variety of choices. We both had the whole grilled sea bass. It was crispy on the outside and moist and succulent on the inside. Our server Jenny graciously offered to bone our fish but we opted to do the work ourselves. I’ve had grilled sea bass in other parts of the world and this version was as good or better than any of them. The Assyrtiko wine from Santorini was a perfect complement to our meal. The seared scallops were cooked beautifully and the Greek salad was equally as fresh and appealing to the eye. We were happy to find that the quality and service at Black Olive remain at a very high level. Thank you for a lovely afternoon!

AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and really wonderful service. We were having such a nice evening that we stayed for hours and they continued to take great care of us. The owner took time to talk to us and recommended a fantastic bottle of wine. The Greek coffee was also a perfect finish.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants I have had the opportunity to dine at. As soon as I came through the door this gentleman came up with a big smile, shook my hand and talked to me as if he had been knowing me for years.
The staff was extremely pleasant, took their time answering my questions while making suggestions.
The food was out of this world delicious!!
I didn't want to leave and I think they knew it from my ever going conversation with the staff. Lol
It was a very delightful date night with my husband at a very wonderful restaurant. I can't wait to go back and I tell everyone about this gem in Fells Point.

d
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As far as the whole dining package, excellent! This place has yet to disappoint.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Great business dinner

W
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was our second trip to the BO and everything was very nice including honoring the notes from my open table request.

S
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful lunch at Black Olive ordering from their prix fixe menu. Loved the four traditional spreads as the appetizer, the roasted vegetables and Pratt Library recipe crab cake were delicious, and the baklava was scrumptious with a wonderful crispness and no sogginess. Will definitely go back again!

m
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The luncheon was excellent and a super value. Place and staff charming!

KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food was delicious. The servings were scant. The service was dismal. It was near impossible to get a drink order, no one asked if we wanted to order wine for the table, a special request to plate the shellfish separate from the other fish on a seafood platter to accommodate a sever allergy was scoffed at and then ignored, water glasses went unfilled and good humor and service was nonexistent. I do not recommend this establishment. And, it's unfortunate because I had high hopes and had even called ahead to arrange a round table for our party of 7 and had explained we were coming to celebrate my mom's birthday.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going to the Black Olive for years, when we can make it up from the WDC area. Always great food and service. The fish is exceptional and the lobster pasta was also excellent. Highly recommended.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! Homemade and good presentation. Service was a bit slow and not attentive with clarification on water and what exactly the order was... so overall seemed overpriced for what it should be. If not the service, would come back here.

s
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Fresh Fish.. and I mean Fresh. Service was attentive but not overbearing, but the fish..did I mention Fresh.. Would defiantely go back!!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. The freshest fish I’ve had in Baltimore! The grilled octopus appetizer is my all time favorite as well.

D
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply love it! The food is absolutely delicious, ambiance incredible and service delightful. Black Olive nails it when it comes to consistency.

ZC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend was a pretty slow time, when my wife and I checked in to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The owner greeted us and seated us outside on the deck, at our request. Beautiful location, very quiet and romantic. Very reminiscent (except the cobblestone neighborhood) of Mediterranean dining experiences we had recently in the Galilee. The owner decided to be our server for the evening, and we chose to rely on his expertise to enjoy a sort of "tasting menu". (They don't officially offer one; instead, we asked him many questions, informed him of our tastes and interests, and ordered assorted mezze based on his advice and suggestions.) This Mediterranean style of dining, with seafood and freshly prepared fresh vegetable dishes, excellent olive oil, home-baked bread, etc. lends itself to a very pleasant, slow dining experience. We complemented it with wines the owner recommended (from Santorini, by the glass), and finished off with a couple of excellent desserts (Baklava ice ream and Tiramisu). Muscles, grilled scallops, eggplant salad (melitzanasalata), savory bread pudding, grilled sardines in grape leaves - all was excellent, and the bill was surprisingly reasonable. Next time we hope to try some more fish plates.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overpriced. Needs a renovation. Oddly, only one side dish available for all dinners. Just odd.

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