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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.
Private Party Facilities:
The Black Olive has four private rooms on premises. Additionally, our exclusive wine cellar and outdoor seating area are available for private gatherings. Our restaurant is eager to accomodate special needs and menu requests. We look forward to helping you create a successful event.
Private Party Contact:
Connie Fulco: (410) 276-7141
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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
Our food was delicious. Simply grilled fish and salad for me. Grilled shrimp and lamb chops with roasted potatoes for my husband. Despite the fact it didn't seem very busy, our server was very inattentive, supposedly because she was busy. Another server basically did most of the work for us. I felt bad that the tip went to our server. The other young lady deserved it.
I have been to The Black Olive several times in the past. The price tag makes it not as often as I'd like. We've always had some of the fresh fish but this time, I decided to have some lamb and shrimp on the grill. The server was not particularly attentive. We had to ask for additional oil (for dipping bread) three times. I asked for the lamb to be medium rare but it came out well done (brown all the way through). It really was tasty but I should have stuck with the fish. My wife had the bronzini, which is what she usually gets. It was fantastic as expected. We finished the meal off with the best baklava I've ever eaten. This was a nice experience but we've had better here. I expect a bit more for the price. The total was just under $150 for appetizer, two entrees, a couple of drinks and dessert.
If you love Greek food or like your fish fresh and prepared simply to enhance its flavors, then this is a must visit. We sat outside and soaked in the sun after days of rain. The wait staff ensured our water glasses were always full. We started with two orders of the grilled octopus salad split three ways. It was heavenly. We then tried the dorado, bronzini and the turbot. We had the whole fish filleted before serving - but still watch for the stray bone. Almost too full for dessert we split an order of the baklava ice cream. Yum. Asked for an received fantastic advice on the wine choice.
When in Baltimore we ALWAYS do the Black Olive. Everything they serve is wonderful. My favorite is their Greek version of Bouillabaisse, "Kakavia." I've had Giada’s Cioppino in Las Vegas, and Bobby Flay's Bouillabaisse in New York. Both are excellent. The Black Olive's version is the best!
Everything is FRESH, especially seafood. They make fabulous Lamb, succulent steaks and delightful side dishes. Salads are beautiful and large. They serve warm fresh bread and plump firm Kalamata olives with a spiced olive oil unlike anywhere else, short of a trip to Greece.
Wine selection is unique. They specialize in Greek regionals but have superb yet fairly priced choices of classics from the world over. The wait staff is trained in wine selection and pairings.
On our latest lunch visit, the owner’s handsome son served us with relaxed yet prompt panache. His mother (the owner and master chef) seemed genuinely involved in the food and the quality our experience.
Separate small rooms are cozy without feeling crowded.
Windows and ceiling sunlights make for afternoons that swim in luxurious wine-laced haze. Night-time lighting is romantic but I can still read the menu! Real art, wine maps and tasteful decor adorns this scrupulously clean establishment.
Go early for lunch and always make reservations for dinner. Baltimore natives know this place so it is usually full during prime times. Yes, you can get affordable fast lunches there, but it really is worth taking your time to savor this experience.
They have valet parking, …darn convenient on weekends near Fell's point. It’s an easy stroll from Admiral Fell's hotel.
I discovered this superb restaurant three years ago when a relative took us there. I went back the next day TWICE! It really is THAT good! I have been around fine dining decades before the food network created the "foodie" trend. This is the real deal.
You have not tasted Baltimore until you try the Black Olive.
normally this place is awesome, but something went horribly wrong for mother's day. there was a special menu that was almost entirely seafood (one vegetarian but no meat or chicken). it took an hour for our appetizers to arrive. our main courses were an oddly large portion of fish (could've easily fed two people), served with a weird sliced apple and fennel salad. no rice or potatoes or anything that you could even order to go with. desert was odd too, no chocolate options. we will not be returning any time soon.
We were the only people eating lunch so I cannot judge the noise level accurately. The waiter was somewhat overbearing and neither of us were crazy about the food except for the bread which was outstanding. Beware of ordering wine. 4 oz pour of a watery Makbec was $12.50!
The first time we were at Black Olive we were really impressed. This time it was just average at best. The service was average. The food this time just ok. Octopus was great. Pita bread was soaked in oil and burnt from flare ups- sent that back to the kitchen... eggplant mouse was bland and slightly sour. Dover sole was prepared fine and polenta was very good. Presentation of the entree was very basic. For $120 plus tip it was just not good enough. Sorry.
Easter is an important holiday for my family. We normally do alot of cooking on holidays and celebrate and fellowship together. My Aunt is very ill and lost her husband the day before Thanksgiving. My father is very ill with Parkinson's, My husband a disabled vet. My father can't normally tolerate being out too late. I may be wrong and their opening time could have been 5p. The restaurant was empty and I quickly found the reason. My father's favorite is rockfish and the rest of us love red snapper. They were out of rockfish and had only 2 servings of red snapper available. If you, like me, read the rave reviews on their fresh fish, you had better call first. Our busboy was more attentive than our waitress. He brought us the butter we requested from our waitress after a few requests. I do not drink. On special occasions my family may elect to have a cocktail but they were either out of premium liquor or don't carry anything but rail. Even though my dad didn't get his rockfish, we elected to let my folks have the 2 remaining red snapper dishes, and the remaining 3 of us had salmon and swordfish. All of us agreed that the fish was absolutely delicious and wonderfully prepared. The sides we all had, potatoes and asparagus salad were wonderful and fresh. I could have taken a bucket of those potatoes home. I'm almost sure it was the owner I met when I entered. Whoever she was, she was kind, warm and motherly. But I was so dissappointed in the unavailability of the most popular fish dishes. Had I known that, I would have canceled. I ordered a driver to make it all special from a little savings I had. We rarely get to have those types of experiences. I put on a happy face, humbly thanked the Lord for what we did have, but was in tears after we were dropped off. Call ahead if you have your heart set on something particular or you're going to be very disappointed.
Our dinner was delicious in the waitstaff very attentive. We had the cheese rolled in grape leaves, the Greek salad with avocado, Bronzino And red snapper. Very very good. We had homemade ice cream (vanilla) for dessert. One of the best restaurants for fish in Baltimore.
An amazingly delightful restaurant - a gem of a Fells Point treasure - food outstanding, fresh beautifully prepared seafood, wonderful lamb, Greek dishes exquisitely made but American cuisine also delicious. Service fast, courteous, attentive and unobtrusive. Ambience lovely. Outside dining available in a private courtyard not on the street. Possible to have a lovely private conversation with one other or a small group with larger groups also accommodated - could not more highly recommend!
I had reservations for myself and a business associate at 1:00 ,pm on Monday. When we arrived and walked in the place was dark and we were approached by a lady who said we're closed. No explanation until I said I had reservations for 1:00. She then explained "our server didn't show up". I then asked if all the other employees were there and she said yes, although I didn't see anyone. Does Black Olive have only one server? I've never heard of anything so ridiculous. We drove about 30 minutes to get there just to be turned away. I was very disappointed with the Black Olive and don't know if I'd recommend them again.
I've been here multiple times over the last 7 years and I've always been extremely pleased with everything. This time was bad enough for me not to ever come back.
Let's start with the good: octopus, lentil soup, chilled asparagus
Needing work, while fresh and cooked perfectly the fish was not seasoned properly the sauce helped but I still added salt and pepper
The baklava ice cream ; one of my favorites had way too much baklava this time and no honey drizzle.
Finally the kicker: I'm a big wine with dinner person and typically when you purchase a glass of wine for $12 and up I get at least 5 oz I barely got $3 and when I inquired the server told me they used big glasses to which I replied this is not about the glass it's under poured. She told me she couldn't do anything because the manager was there and I said get the manager and I'll tell her. So I sat through dinner with no wine and the manager never came to the table. I refused to drink the wine and sent it away. This level of dining deserves more attention to something so abundantly simple. Cost was not the issue principle was I will not dine there again and I will share my experience with all my foodie friends.
We have dined at the Black Olive on each of our trips to Baltimore or DC over the past 13 years, and will never come to the area without fitting in an opportunity to visit this amazing restaurant. The preparation of each of the dishes, from the appetizers through the dessert is memorable and constantly changing. The fish is so very fresh, and prepared in the most elegant and simple way, and is, without exception, our favorite of any on the planet. We constantly recommend this restaurant to anyone coming to the BWI/DC area. Enjoy!
We saw a review in the Baltimore Sun and were coming downtown so we decided to come to the Black Olive. They had a wonderful selection of fresh fish on display to be grilled whole and then de-boned at the table. We tried two and were very pleased. We also had the scallop starter and they were they among the best (again grilled) that I have eaten. When our foodie daughter from San Francisco gets into town again, We'll bring her here! A wonderful dinning experience!
Excellent food and service. Our waiter did an excellent job on the "fish tour". I selected the grilled Black Sea Bass and it was outstanding. My friend loved the octopus salad and my husband enjoyed the Black Olive Special Grill as his meal. It was such a nice dining experience. We will be back.
I took my wife to her favorite restaurant for her birthday. The Black Olive serves consistently fresh quality seafood that is prepared in the Greek manner that we enjoyed during our stay in Crete. It was perfectly cooked and the presentation was outstanding. Our waitstaff was attentive, knowledgeable and pleasant.
I have visited this location on other occasions. Our experience has always been favorable. However, this time was troublesome. The place was empty on a holiday weekend night. They were out of several items. The service was very slow. The sign is missing out front. It appears they are closing their doors. I would not recommend this restaurant.
We've been here multiple times and enjoyed our time each time, but the service this time was noticeably slower and the food wasn't quite to the level we've come to expect. Not sure what was wrong, we will definitely try it again because this was an exception , but it was definitely disappointing for us folks who save up for a special trip to a great restaurant.
If you are looking for absolutely fantastic seafood dining, then the Black Olive is for you. The service is always top notch and the food is incredible. We have eaten here on numerous special occasions and we have never been disappointed. We look forward to returning again soon for another wonderful dining experience.
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