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Black Olive

4.2
2320 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm

Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Sunday: 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Phone number
(410) 276-7141
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Pauline Spiliadis
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Shakespeare
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Parking details
$10 valet charge.
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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.
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Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

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What 2320 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DanaK 
1.0  Dined 7 days ago

I was shocked at how very mediocre to bad our food was. I don't mind paying a lot for a good meal but this was not a good meal. It was a little embarrassing to have taken out of town guests there.
Bummer

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vipfoodies (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great food. Great service. Would definitely recommend

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vipPhil (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

This was a home run! In the 8+ years I've been coming here, this was the best experience my wife and I had. We celebrated our 30th anniversary

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Scott (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The food that we had was excellent and we had a very nice meal.

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vipjada1 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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!

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olderdiner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Our server expertly filleted the fish at our table. It was delicious. We had the combo appetizers which they reduced in size since it was only the two of us. We felt the staff was very accommodating and had a cheerful attitude.

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vipKelsey (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Amazing restaurant perfect for a classy date

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Foodie (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was good but very expensive. An entree for $52.00 without alcohol is salty. We ask for more tapenade and they charged us $10.00 on our bill.

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PG86 (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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Frank1626 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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!

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PaulM (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Excellent food and service. Because it was restaurant week, the price was right.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic food and superb service, Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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vipmdonohue (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

This place has been my go to for a long time. I did miss my res by 1/2 hour, should have called ahead, ended up having to eat at the bar. My Lamb shank was tops, my wife filet just so so. Overall was still a good place to grab a meal!

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vip40somethingfoodie (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Outstanding food, but the service was uncharacteristically slow. Possibly due to it being restaurant week.

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vipMahender (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

It was simply an excellent meal. We were there for restaurant week, and I would highly recommend this restaurant. It has unique dishes and we are never disappointed. I must say the appetizers in particular are always a great.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Waiter disappeared frequently and was not attentive but otherwise food was good.

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CRG79 (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We came for restaurant and had an awesome experience. The food was delicious and very filling. The service was so attentive. We will be back.

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Bvanwely (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Always a good experience. The Black Olive knows fish. The Greek wine list is exceptional.

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vipWnLMom (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

I had an absolutely wonderful time and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Nice Treasure to try in the City. Might have parking issue. Will recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent meal in quiet comfortable environment. Black Olive remains one of the best three restaurants in Baltimore.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

While the main courses were good, the wine list is lacking. Very few decent choices. Our server was very unfriendly and disinterested, which was sad for such an upscale place.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

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!!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

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!

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DonJ (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

The fish was outstanding. Our waitress was knowlegeable and helpful. It was costly but worth it.

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vipElaineG (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

Salmon tartar was amazing

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vipDisappointment (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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