Grilled Octopus Salad
Straight from the sea, pounded, marinated, grilled octopus tossed with fresh red onions and capers
Six homemade lamb meatballs seasoned with mint and garlic, served with tzatziki for dipping
Fresh Fish, Prepared Whole
Individual fish priced per person. Our restaurant's specialty is whole fish, only the absolute freshest. Your server will ask you if you would like to tour the fish of the day, displayed on ice in the center of our restaurant, so that you may see what varieties are available on any given day. Grilled with care and filleted tableside, with a simple Black Olive fish sauce
Great food and staff, the sourdough bread is the BEST as well as the humus. Besides entrees, there are enough small plate dishes to make the dinner a discovery.
First time eating here. I think they are new to operating under COVID, so take the review with a grain of salt.
Bottom Line: Good Food (esp the Octopus Salad), terrible service / dining experience. Would recommend to check out if they were open for Lunch and you had over an hour to kill.
The Food - Everything was good, the octopus salad was amazing. The only complaint about the food is the presentation. Tzatziki was scooped onto a plate. Anything in a bowl was in a cheap white, ceramic bowl. Eating out is entertainment.(My wife and I cook and enjoy cooking, so when we go out, it for "fun") So I expect things to look, well, appetizing. Nothing served was "inspired."
Service - 10 mins until waiter showed up. Another 25 mins until our drinks showed up (with the "one plates"). 35 min after that until our entree showed up. Yes, from sitting down, to entree: 70 mins. From sitting down until first drink: 35 mins. I don't know if it was a not knowing how to deal with COVID or what, but, wife and I spent a lot of time staring at each other! lol
Experience - Set up on the street and made as charming as possible with a linen tent set-up overhead. Now, of course the restaurant cannot control who comes down the street, but after the third car came down, with a modified glasspack and / or blaring music. Kinda ruins the charm. Secondly, as soon as dusk hit, spent the rest of the night swatting off nats and shooing away flies from table and food (something they can control, not a lot of vegetation around).
In the End:
Seemed like a neighborhood restaurant as everyone seemed to know each other. If I was a local and ate there often pre-COVID, I might be a regular too and deal with the current (?) negatives (for the Octopus Salad alone). But, not worth a trip to the city to go there.
We celebrated a lovely anniversary dinner at Black Olive outside. It was our first outdoor restaurant experience since the pandemic and overall it felt safe and relatively "normal." Black Olive has about 8 outdoor tables which felt intimate and it is on a side road in Fells Point so not as noisy as Broadway or Thames Street. We both had very nice martinis. The stuffed calamari and saganaki as appetizers were delicious. We had the rockfish and filleted mediterranean sea bass for main courses that were fresh and flavorful. We were too full for dessert. Overall, a great experience.
Black Olive is always nice. Great food. Simple and fresh ingredients!
Group of women were drunk next to us and very loud. No music played and we had to shout across the table just to have a conversation. We were celebrating my Wife’s Birthday and I was hoping I would give her a great experience and ambiance but the noise level was just impossible to have a decent conversation. I left wirh a headache and unfortunately they could not seat somewhere else because only 3 tables were open.
They did a lovely job of social distancing outside. The food was terrific as always. Delighted to support local restaurants.
Have beautifully adapted to covid-19 by having 6 intimate tables on the sidewalk - well spaced from each other. Had a wonderful, relaxing, delicious dinner on this quiet side street just steps from bustling Thames Street. Shared starters among the six of us. And then three of us had the bronzini, one the rock fish, and one the stuffed grilled octopus. and the remaining one - the six year old - was generously accommodated with a dish of pasta that was not on the menu. All were winners. The owner Dimitris came out to expertly filet the bronzini, and suggested a very smooth tsipouro as an after dinner drink. Some of the wait staff are still new, and there was no bartender the night we were there. But neither was an impediment to a delicious dinner and a delightful evening.
They have a nice outdoor set up and when it began to lightly rain, offered us a very private table inside. The red snapper was delicious, the tomatoes in the Greek salad very fresh and ripe and my husband loved his lobster pasta. All in all a very pleasant evening.
I have been venturing to and enjoying this spot for more than 16 years. The food is great, the owners are great and the time is enjoyable. #HowDaBanksesLive
Great outdoor area set up. Just ordered a bunch of small plates and everything was fantastic. The owner was very knowledgeable about Greek wine and gave us some great recommendations!
The Black Olive is delicious. Great menu, great wine list, and great service. 10/10.
There is no better Greek food to be had in Baltimore !! Simply delicious!! The ambiance, the service are delightful!! The place is a true gem!!
The food was amazing and they have a great set up outside!
Very nice outdoor setup on the street. Limited drink options at the moment
(understandable) and very good food. Pricey, but not outrageous.
Glad we were able to support this great place and try it it out. Yummy!!
It was perfect. Wonderful service and food was outstanding
This was our 1st visit to The Black Olive and overall, it was a very pleasant dining experience. This highly-rated restaurant was sparsely populated when we arrived at 8:15 last Sat. night, which we were told was due to the recent Coronavirus concerns in MD. For that reason, I can't accurately assess and rate the noise level. Our service was excellent, as was the food. In particular, our seafood entrees (grilled snapper and grilled black sea bass) were phenomenal, with very generously-sized portions. The cozy ambiance of the restaurant was very nice, however I have reduced my rating in that category to just 3 stars because of the EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE dining chairs. Mind you, I tried out a few, as did the members of the dinner party next to us, who voiced the same complaint. The springs on the seats of these chairs were way beyond their shelf lives, and negatively impacted my dining experience, as I couldn't get comfortable and my back ached throughout my meal. In my opinion, this is unacceptable for such an upscale restaurant. We plan on returning to The Black Olive in the future, and highly recommend it, but only after the chairs have been replaced.
Good service and excellent wine!
Our server Darryl was great. He made some great recommendations.
Decided to take my mother-in-law and fiancé here for lunch. You can’t beat the $20 pre fix menu, even with the up charges the items were priced very appropriately. I had gotten the Mediterranean sea bass, perfectly cooked. My fiancé had opted for the crab cake, best he’s ever had. Then my mother in law had the village pie, such a lovely entree with so many delicious tastes from the Greek cheese to the leeks and spinach. We all will definitely be coming back!
Food was great
The best Greek restaurant in Baltimore
Intimate setting, delicious, fresh food. Perfect place for special occasions.
As usual the grilled octopus salad was fantastic... and was very tender.
The red snapper was perfectly grilled as well .
My wife enjoyed the lamb chops which were beautifully prepared.
If you enjoy gin then you must ask for the Greek botanical “Grace Gin”.
Fabulous place, food and staff. They are doing it right. Great wine selection. Definitely recommend.
Wait staff while friendly and knowledgeable were rather stretched thin, took an extended time for service throughout the meal. They seemed to be confused over which tables they were covering. Noticed the couple next to us complaining and left after appetizers, while we left before desert because the waiter did not come back for an extended time to get our order. We asked for the check instead.
Been to this place many times, and food is always very good. Cocktails nicely done. The whole fish is a must. The greek wines are always nice to try. Friendly staff, the back room is very quiet (never stayed in the front one). Definitely worth a visit!
We are picky foodies yet black olive passed with flying colors. Never have had grilled octopus so tender. My grilled red snapper was the best I’ve ever had and my wife’s bronzini was excellent-both perfectly grilled and succulent. Our waiter picked a well-matched and affordable Greek wine. The desserts did not wow: the baklava had perhaps sat too long because the philo wasn’t as crisp as it should be and the nut filling was slightly bitter.
The Black Olive is a special place. The food is different, fresh, consistent, and just delicious. The restaurant was packed so service was a bit slower, but the team is so personable and engaged, and the food is so worth it that it did not dampen the experience one bit. I highly recommend that you go there to relax and enjoy the wonderful food options. The fresh fish is amazing as well.
Charming atmosphere, friendly service, GREAT food!
The Black Olive never disappoints. The food is superb, the most humble dish is elevated to an unbelievable degree of perfection. Servers anticipate needs of patrons, resolve those needs and unobtrusively move on to take care of another table.
Dependably excellent! Enjoyed yet another meal at The Black Oliver!
We went early on a Saturday evening and had an attentive server who didn’t rush us. He recommended the rockfish which three of us got and it did not disappoint. It was a generous piece of fish, grilled, cooked perfectly and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and herbs. Just delicious. The fourth of our party got the snapper and was disappointed in that it was a bit overcooked and while the server filleted it table side, still had quite a few bones left in it.
We also got the scallops and the grape leaf wrapped sardines as appetizers. The scallops were tender and delicious. The sardines were not my taste but maybe others would enjoy them.
Carrot cake for dessert was a bit dry.
Overall the place has great atmosphere and I would definitely go back.
Great experience. Attentive service. Excellent food.
Delightful treat, the food was amazing! We ordered several small plates, chicken souvlaki, crab cake, stuffed octopus and lamb shank... The lamb shank is two meals by it's self, very tasty!
This was an atypical review for the Black Olive as it is usually terrific. We had several issue; first the waiter didn't seem to interested in friendly service and being present at all at the restaurant, secondly and the biggest issue, was the food was actually not warm. This fish was still tasty even though it was less than room temperature, but the vegetables didn't fare so well. We were there for restaurant week and found the server and the food absolutely delightful. We have eaten many times at this lovely charming restaurant and have always felt it was exceptional! Our last meal, not so!
incredible service and great fresh healthy organic food
Love it. Great cocktails
The Black Olive was just delicious. The menu was different, inventive yet comforting and traditional all at the same time. We were surprised and delighted by the menu, and the cozy atmosphere in this little nook of the world. Our waiter Neil was outstanding. He was attentive without being overbearing. We had the lamb meatballs which were fantastic, but the Bronzino and Scallops were both exquisitely done. I can't wait to go back to this beautiful oasis. If I lived nearby I would make this a weekly stop.
Black Olive does offer delivery in partnership with Toast.
Black Olive is rated 4.5 stars by 2769 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.