Black Olive

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Seafood
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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Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

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.

R
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GW
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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
48 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

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
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Great business dinner

W
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

M
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was mediocre, at best.

WB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly lovely place. The outdoor seating area is like a peaceful little getaway..

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and great food... definitely going back!!!

MD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with well cooked food.

SM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

So good. Just consistently good.

OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first traditional Greek meal, my wife and I enjoyed every dish ! From the Greek Beer to the Sardines wrapped in grape leaves,to our meals and desserts every bite was excellent! Our server was perfect! just a bit pricey, but in my opinion you pay for the freshness!

SF
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around!! Can’t wait to go back!

DH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a delightful, quaint restaurant! Everything, from the service to the food, was excellent. I am glad that we tried the restaurant, and we will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service with old world appeal. Definitely returning.

k
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Incredible fish, and the service included an attention to detail expected at a fine dining experience like this. My only disappointment relates to the vegetable side and only because a $48 entrees’ side dish should also be wonderful if not at least full of flavors. My sautéed onion and zucchini was neither. It tasted just like my own home version which is overcooked and seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pretty simple and bland.

JG
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hiccup on the valet parking did not detract from the evening. The service was excellent, the fish dishes were also great, and a nice Greek wine added an exclamation point to the meal. Be sure to try the Greek coffee. It was a nice experience.

g
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

GJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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 on August 16, 2019
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.

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