Black Olive

4.5
2644 reviews
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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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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner for a birthday celebration. Highly recommend. Delicious fish appetizers and entrees.

LG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, delicious, well- prepared fish, good wine and great service

GJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was terrific. Interesting wine list. Learned about Greek wines from owner. All in all it was a great evening

Y
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm Greek and I can say that, although they don't strive to reproduce the exact traditional Greek dishes (rather, they add gourmet twists to those), they certainly manage to reproduce the flavors. We tried their Greek salad, sardines rolled in grape leaves, and two plates of grilled fish, and they were all excellent. Besides, the backyard were we sat was such a beautiful, calm spot for a summer night!

m
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Had 7pm reservation, but had to wait over 20 minutes to be seated. It took over 10 minutes for waiter take drink order. Another 10 minutes to get drinks. Another 15 minutes for waiter come back to get food order. Food came out over 25 minutes. However, food was great.

TP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was an ok restaurant experience, but not great. The value was not good. The vegetarian restaurant week option was especially disappointing - 4 unremarkable falafel patties and a small scoop of quinoa. The salmon was good but the portion was small and there was only the same small scoop of quinoa as a vegetable. The waitress was fine but was clearly stressed by the number of tables she was working in the other room and we saw her only infrequently.

PT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

We sat in a room looking out to the patio. The chairs at at least 2 tables need to be recovered. Or replaced. They were terribly worn, cracked and peeling. Really does a disservice to your great food and most of your interior.

a
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Went for restaurant week so we were limited to the prefix menu. All the seafood was fresh and nicely prepared but served with lame sides that didnt' go the meal. Mixed drinks are about 4 ounce and $15 and were terrible so I would suggest you stick to the wine list. Overall a fair experience. I wouldn't go again.

JK
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the very best bronzini I have ever had ... grilled with lemon and butter and deboned at the table

E
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were there for restaurant week!.great value,3courses for $35.we sat outside. I would not recommend it. I usually love sitting outside but the sound of the air conditioner compressor was an almost buzz. And the benches are not very comfortable.
The food ,however, was wonderful olive bread pudding with mushrooms,leeks and artichokes as an appetizer,yumm. Bronzino grille with a lovely sauce of olive oil,lemon and herbs was a perfect delicate complement to the fish. Chocolate mousse for dessert was divine!

DS
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Summer restaurant week - great value, excellent food

CA
Nashville
29 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. Great food, cocktails and service. Highly recommended!

MM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Black Olive every year for my birthday because the food, service and wine selection are the best in Baltimore. I cannot recommend Black Olive highly enough.

DR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an absolutely outstanding restaurant for a date / business casual type meal. Outstanding food with unique twist on traditional Greek fare focusing on seafood. Service was excellent and ambiance in an old converted brick brownstone was great. Can't comment on the wine list as we weren't drinking that night. Get the grilled sardines and whole fish!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for restaurant week! Loved the scallops as appetizer. Wanted to get the stuffed calamari but they were out of that. They were out of the savoury bread pudding which was a shame. Beautiful interior in a nice neighbourhood. My friend and I got the crab cake entree and the salmon, and both portions were very generous! The baklava ice cream and tiramisu to finish were also amazing. Complimentary bread was not bad, though I found the crust a little hard. Overall a very good place to come for restaurant week!

CC
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening! It was our first time there and everything was way above our expectations. The service was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was AWESOME, Maryland seafood with a Greek flair! The highlight of our dinner was when the owner himself, Dimitri, came and spoke with us at length. He answered all of our questions with patience and humor. I was completely done when I saw him filet a whole fish, using only spoons! We will definitely be back

MG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dimitri has put incredible love and care into this family restaurant. Ask to hear the story of the wine cellar.

BG
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal!!

JW
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The three of us thoroughly enjoyed our food and waiter. Food was cooked perfectly and the innovative use of apple and fennel was masterful. I really appreciated filleting of my bronzini at table side. We will be back

m
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit and I took my daughter during Restaurant Week. We both enjoyed lunch very much! I plan to go back for their special lunches outside of Restaurant Week!

o
Baltimore
185 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at The Black Olive. Our Greek salads with heirloom tomatoes we delicious and beautifully presented. Our entrees of grilled salmon and crab cakes were well-prepared and pleasing. We liked our baklava ice cream to finish the meal. Our server welcoming, friendly, and attentive. We look forward to returning.

AB
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We particularly like the Fells Point area of the Baltimore Inner Harbor area. Our favorite restaurant is the Black Olive, which we have gone to on several occasions. This time was to celebrate our anniversary. We have always had excellent meals as well as good service. The menu has been varied and the food of high quality.

LM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately, we tried Black Olive for the first time during Restaurant Week, which wasn't publicized before our arrival. The menu was limited. Our appetizers were fine (an heirloom tomato salad and a savory bread pudding), but the entrees were very disappointing--falafel was very dense and chewy; 'lump' crab cakes had lump meat on the exterior only, and were strangely served with a sweet apple salad. Service was disjointed--our drinks didn't arrive until after our entrees were served, and they were too strong. It seemed that there was some disruption in the staff--whether some were new in their roles or some had quit recently, they were obviously anxious. Too bad, since the menu posted online sounded very good.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far one of the best dining experience. The chef was excellent and took great care of us. The best! Bravo!

J
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food! A great dining experience. Looking forward to returning for another great meal.

PG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Of the 4 main dishes we ordered, three were , forth was shoddy; a street vendor would have done better.
Also, 'fresh sardines' does not come out of a tin.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food, service was great.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

The waitstaff was attentive however the outside seating was mosquito ridden. The waiter gave my wife repellent but it ruined our dining experience. My Manhattan cocktail was the size of a cordial and poorly made. The food was good but not excellent. Be careful on your way out. Steep step going back & forth. I hope these issues can be addressed.

GI
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was simple, fresh, and well cooked (i.e. typical Greek traditions). The fish prepared whole (head on) and filet table-side or you can opt to have it whole ( I did choose last opt); it was interesting and appreciated this form of cooking (whole fish) as it’s custom for Greek as well Mediterranean region. That said, the fish definitely maintain its freshness this way. We also tried octopus and sardines wrapped in grape leaf; both amazing especially octopus which is tricky to cook and has to be fresh; sardines were also fresh, not from can. The ambiance Mediterranean style, transformation of an old Baltimore Row House; we opt for outdoor sitting in the courtyard (little bit nostalgic of home). Would recommend and return without hesitation.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond amazing! This restaurant took us back to Santorini!!

GT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic, rustic, beautiful and tasty food. Superior service at this family owned Greek restaurant.

CD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner here for our anniversary. The food was simple and imaginative, service was excellent. We enjoyed the savory bread pudding and a simple salad, followed by Rockfish and Mediterranean sea bass. All prepared simply, and perfectly. Attentive service, nice ambiance. Will definitely return.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Black Olive is a in small, unassuming storefront within walking distance of Baltimore's inner harbor. It is a Mediterranean themed menu, and many items are char-grilled. My wife and I opted for a series of small plates rather than full meals. The seafood presented was exquisitely fresh. Of special note, the crabcake was the best I've ever had. That is saying a lot! It was grilled, leaving a crisp char on the outside. It also removed a lot of moisture which enhanced the sweet brininess of the crab. The "Black Olive Special Grill" is a platter of different grilled seafoods. A must have, absolutely fresh and delicious. Our server, Shoshanna was wonderful and attentive and her timing presenting the various small plates allowed us time to savor each one. The manager came over to greet us and we spoke for a while - she was gracious and very interested in our opinions of our experience there. We'll be back!

CW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time coming to Black Olive. The first time we ate outdoors and loved the small protected courtyard they have for outdoor dining. This time the heat was oppressive and we ate indoors. The indoor seating was comfortable and service fantastic. The fresh seafood is prepared to perfection! We were there on the early side (5-6 PM) so don't know if the dining room gets noisier with more people, but it was quiet, romantic, and a beautiful setting to celebrate my Birthday.

f
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous price fixed lunch. Amazing food, great atmosphere and superlative service. Love it.

RB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and experience was absolutely great!!!! Highly recommend the whole fish.

HD
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Mediterranean restaurants I have been. Great selection of fresh fish and mezes.

KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Food was excellent. Cocktails were disappointing. One tasted like pure lemon juice. Service was laid back to a fault. Someone in our party never even got a cocktail before finishing the entrée. All in all, would likely not return given the other options in Baltimore. Unfortunate because the food was excellent.

F
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Black Olive is one of our favorite restaurants in Baltimore! The atmosphere is quiet and relaxed and the service if outstanding.

MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food very tasty. One of the most pleasant interiors of any restaurant I have been to in Baltimore. Staff is very pleasant without being intrusive. The prices are a bit high, and I was disappointed to learn they charged $14 for two bottles of sparkling water.

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