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About Black Olive
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.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
$10 valet charge.
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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The Black Olive restaurant opened its doors in 1997 after renovating a Fell’s Point row house that had been vacant for years. Over the years the restaurant grew and became a Baltimore institution. In the early days of the restaurant, on the back patio, where the view of the Inner Harbor and Harbor East reminded one of the histories of a city, a dream was hatched.
Black Olive Ratings and Reviews
We had not been to the Black Olive for quite some time. We are very glad we came last weekend. The bronzino was absolutely delicious as was the grilled octopus appetizer. An order of hummus was quite good as well. While the Black Olive is not an inexpensive restaurant, compared to other eating places in downtown Baltimore it is an excellent value!
Nice, cozy atmosphere with very comfortable chairs, but they were out of at least four types of seafood. I got the seafood pasta, but since they were out of scallops I paid $34 for a giant bowl of pasta that I could've made myself, 3 shrimp and one bite of a lobster tail. Our food took a very long time especially considering we were one of two couples in there and our server was clearly cleaning up and trying to leave rather refill our water, etc.
Awful. Sat there for 20 mins and nobody came by to take a drink order. Admittedly, I can’t review food, because we bailed before we could order any.
But the smell of three day old fish and unappetizing olives seemed to warrant a one star review in that category.
We had not been to the Black Olive for several years and found it just a charming and delightful as we remembered. Fish is a definite when going to Black Olive and we have never had a bad experience. The food was wonderfully prepared and the presentation was superb.
Would recommend Black Olive for special occasion or just for a nice dinner out.
This is a can't miss evening out!
Restaurant week is an opportunity to gain new clients. The Black Olive lost 4 clients. Tough octopus, small portions, a poor crab cake, dry bronzini accompanied by mashed sweet potatoes. And we had to WAIT for this (all the tables of 4 seated after us received entrees before ours.) one visit and done.
We didn’t realize it was restaurant week so had a very limited menu from which to choose. The bread is fabulous. The grilled fish was nice and fresh but potatoes served were cool and there was go green on the plate. Servers filleted the fish tableside but both me and my companion had many bones to work around. Servers and hostess were very pleasant and seemed to appreciate our business. I guess I’d try another time when we could order off the entire menu.
We are new to the area, and on a recent snowy day, we made our way there by car. We thought there was valet parking. But when they called to confirm, and advised there was no valet, they promised to help with our car! Can you imagine, they took our car and parked it for us? It was so helpful, as we didn't see any possible parking available! It was a quiet night there due to the snow, and we had excellent service, and the food was really delicious and authentic. We loved our wine selection. It felt like a healthy, delicious meal. Can't wait to go again!!
An incredibly delicious seafood-filled meal! We started with fantastic olives and bread. We ordered Octopus salad and Sardines for appetizers. For entrees, we had branzino fillet and a seafood sampler! A great place for a couple to go for a great ambience and romantic setting!
In a word, our experience awesome! Two couples who had not seen one another for some time wanted a special place to dine, where we had plenty of time to eat good food and catch up on one another's lives. The black olive was it. 3 of us had a different fresh, and the 4th, being not so hungry, had the single crab cake on a small plate. She pronounced it perhaps the best crabcake she has ever had. Service was excellent as were the wines. Three of the four of us qualify as slow walkers, so were disappointed to find no valet parking. The owner came out to apologize and, seeing our situation, parked my car for us and fetched it when we were done eating! To put all of you at ease, he has said that he is presently negotiating to reestablish valet parking. So it was, without a doubt, a great evening.
This was our first time coming. We enjoyed the meal but we were not overly impressed by anything. One notable flaw was the wine list. They are selling several Cono Sur wines by the glass for $12-15. I have no problem paying that for an excellent wine, but they are selling crappy wine by the glass for more than the price of the whole bottle. They only gave 3 olives to share when we sat down, but service we're happy to refill them. They had about 10 fish dishes listed on the menu, but told us that they only had 3 of them when we went to order. The pasta was really overcooked. The service was fine, and the ambiance was nice. Overall good, but not great. Don't waste your money on wine!
Service slow tho not crowded. Brought wrong order, replaced it and then charged for it on the bill. Main course, grilled whole fish inadequately deboned/fileted, and we spent the meal picking bones out of each forkful. wine list very expensive though our choice, a Greek Nemea was exquisite!
This was our favorite restaurant in Baltimore. Any special occasions would lead us to the Black Olive. Saturday was my birthday and we had reservations for the four of us at 6PM. We were mildly surprised to find the menu had changed. We were able to pick and choose to order dishes that were similar to what we had come to really enjoy. When our orders arrived we were shocked. The menu says colossal shrimp is $54 per pound and the waitress told us there would be approximately 10 shrimp per pound. The order we received had closer to 25 in that pound, definitely not colossal. My wife enjoys their stuffed calamari and placed an order that ran $14. They showed up at the table and there were two, tiny pieces, a partial bite at best. Nothing like the plate on display. We ordered two seafood sampler plates and the half langostino was so heavily broiled it was not possible to get the tail out in one piece. We left the restaurant at 7:30 and it was pretty much deserted. That led me to wonder if there had been a change in ownership or kitchen staff because the usually energetic dining area was dead. We have reletives coming in from out of town and alerted them that we would not be going back to the Black Olive.
We have thoroughly enjoyed dining at The Black Olive for several years! We were warmly greeted by the Restaurant Manager and by Taylor who served our table. Taylor was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and the Specials. Our appetizer and entrees were tastefully presented and scrumptious. The Black Olive is truly one of Baltimore’s Finest Restaurants.
This was the third time to eat at this place. I was disappointed in the food/fish every time I had dinner here. Very inconsistent. The best food at this restaurant is "Octopus Salad" and that's about it. They just don't know how to cook/handle fish even though it is relatively highly rated for their fish. The server had no training to remove the meat from the fish and smashed the entire fish. It took 8 minutes to put it on the table and by that time other peoples' food all got cold. They should train the servers more. Tuna steak was absolutely tasteless - it was dry, hard and not taste. I would not recommend this dish. The portion the two sides were so small and asparagus was burnt. Why would you pay this much for this food.... This day is the last time for us.
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