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, Farm to Table, 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.
In the summer of 2010 that dream becomes a reality. The new Inn at the Black Olive, located on Caroline Street behind the original Black Olive restaurant will open its doors for business.
The Inn will have a market selling organic and sustainable fresh fruits and vegetables, wine, fresh seafood, foods prepared in the Black Olive kitchen, backed goods from a new bakery, suites for guests to spend the night with us, a rooftop café and wine bar that can be used for private events.
Black Olive Ratings and Reviews
Very very good food. We went on restaura ...
Very very good food. We went on restaurant week so they had no full menu (only the restaurant week fixed menu + 4 appetizers). The bronzini was outstanding. The fish soup and mushroom soup were good, maybe too salty but the flavor was excellent. Deserts were nice, especially the carrot cake. I put a note in the reservation noting it was my partners birthday and they honored the implicit request without needing to remind them, which was great. Wine selection is interesting (mostly French) I had to select wine twice because they were out of the first two bottles I selected. They were also out of the third, so they replaced it with a similar one, which I estimated to be twice as expensive as the original one, but they still charged us with the initial price, which was great on their part.
Highly recommended place. They also seem to have some very interesting practices regarding fishing and sustainability, so that's a great plus. Looking forward to dining there again during non-restaurant week to be able to look at the full menu.
The service is great because even the ow ...
The service is great because even the owner took his time to talk to us and made sure that we had our orders right. The food was really great tasting but quite pricey for the location and ambience. The annex dining area where we sat was cold but they have a portable heater that didn't really help so much to warm up the room. It is really quiet because the no music being played at all. But overall , it was a nice a nice birthday for my husband.
Spoke to the restaurant before arriving ...
Spoke to the restaurant before arriving and was never told that it was s limited menu that night. Waitress never checked on ys after initial order, we all would gave irdered mire drinks. Food took a long time to come out and was overcooked. We were told the only availability fir our party was 5:30 but there were several empty tables around us
Soggy salad had wilted lettuce and too m ...
Soggy salad had wilted lettuce and too much oil dressing, shell fish platter was overlooked making it dry, limited wine menu, and the waitress had other tables in a different part of the restaurant so service was spotty. I was excited before we went but left disappointed.
It was New Year's Eve but to have to kee ...
It was New Year's Eve but to have to keep asking for silverware with each course got frustrating. Also surprising that it took a while to get our amuse bouche and then the next course came out before we finished the newly arrived amuse bouche. Most of the food was delicious but the crab cakes had a weird and unusal flavor that did not compliment the crab at all! The grilled fish was outstanding!
Our experience was honestly not very goo ...
Our experience was honestly not very good. The restaurant itself has a nice ambience but that was mainly it. Our waitress came several times to take our order despite us having just sat down. If it were crowded or a weekend I would understand, but it wasn't. We ultimately ordered the grilled calamari with capers and onions, the pasta with clams, and the lamb kleftiko.
The calamari was quite delicious. I would order it again if I ever wanted to go back. The pasta dish came out and was awful. The pasta was clumpy and undercooked. The clams, while numerous, were small and flavorless. And the sauce was clam flavored water. We did not finish it. The lamb dish was just as bad. It came with couscous and some cream sauce. The sauce was watery and flavorless. The lamb was tough, chewy, and flavorless. And the couscous was undercooked and flavorless. We did not opt for dessert at that point. Unfortunately the restaurant is also outrageously priced for the quantity and quality of food. To spend $80, not drink, and be hungry and disappointed is a shame. We went for date night. I loved my date, I can't say the same for the restaurant.
Quality has really declined since we las ...
Quality has really declined since we last dined here about five years ago. Server was very confused and too involved. Furnishings are looking tired, bathroom was dirty. Food was subpar especially for the high prices
My wife and I had such a pleasant evenin ...
My wife and I had such a pleasant evening and the food had so much to do with that.
We both shared appetizers and as always we had the grilled octopus salad.
I am afraid we once again had the grilled lamb and grilled whole fish. We should be more adventurous but those entres are so beautifully prepared.
When visiting the Black Olive be sure to leave time before and after to explore the neighborhood which is a designated national historic district .
The Seafood kabob was simply amazing!!! ...
The Seafood kabob was simply amazing!!! Everything was fresh and perfectly prepared. The whole evening was special. If you are looking for a fu evening dining experience, please go to the Black Olive. You will thank yourself.
The Black Olive was a wonderful place fo ...
The Black Olive was a wonderful place for dinner. The fish is amazing fresh and while that is their speciality their lamb was outstanding for the non-seafood loving member of the family.
Service was as good as it can get. Lastly the chef was very accommodating for one of the party who is gluten intolerant.
It is a quality restaurant with a professional staff so be prepared to pay accordingly.
Fifth time to Black Olive. Have brought ...
Fifth time to Black Olive. Have brought numerous friends. Such unique food, perfect seasoning, lovely service and a great price. They bring a few unexpected hors doevres every time and the ambiance could not be better. Any adult looking for a quiet fabulous dinner should come here.
The best restaurant that we've been to i ...
The best restaurant that we've been to in quite some time. Grape leaves with grilled sardines were great as were the cheese filled ones. Choice of fresh fish that you could select from an ice filled tray was great. Fish was prepared perfectly and filleted perfectly by the server. The lamb chops/jumbo shrimp entree was also perfectly prepared.
A place that we'll definitely visit again the next time we're in Baltimore.
A festive and delicious meal was enjoyed ...
A festive and delicious meal was enjoyed at The Black Olive to celebrate my husband's birthday. This restaurant never disappoints with its Mediterranean offerings made with fresh ingredients and generous portions. Our party of 4 began the meal with the Sharing Platter of hummus and spreads with a plentiful offering of crusty whole wheat bread. We each had a different fish, grilled and de-boned. From the Bronzini, to the Turbo and Rockfish, each was cooked to perfection, moist and well-flavored. And the selection of roasted vegetables was the perfect complement to the main dish. We all shared plates of baklava and carrot cake -- which were so flavorful and not too sweet. Overall a very enjoyable meal and a perfect way to celebrate a birthday.
Food was excellent, service dropped off ...
Food was excellent, service dropped off a bit in the middle of the meal (we had to ask another server fro our waitress to collect our dessert selections as well as our check, but not so much that it negatively affected our experience. Would definintely return and recommend to others.
Was expecting more after a friend recomm ...
Was expecting more after a friend recommended Black Olive. Food acceptable but we were seated in a small back room where we had to listen to the threesome at the next table blab on about nothing. Two additional dining rooms in the front looked much more appealing and had available seating. My bad for not asking for a table change.
We had a large group for a business meal ...
We had a large group for a business meal and reserved a private room. The service was great and food was delicious. Be sure to take the fish tour to see all the amazing options. Highly recommended! The grilled octopus, shrimp, and scallops were all amazing!
I hate to provide this feedback because ...
I hate to provide this feedback because I loved the restaurant the first time we came in. However, I was in with my wife and daughter this past Sat. and it was excessively hot and humid, frankly to a point of actual discomfort. We witnessed several couples come in and leave because it was so uncomfortable. We're from Florida where it is much more hot and humid and it is never as hot in a restaurant in Florida as it was at yours on Sat. I would actually be fine if it was just the heat, but my daughter's filet was very well done and she ordered it "medium". It was very tough for a piece of filet because it was cooked so much. Also, my wife's grilled shrimps were very dry because they were way overcooked. To be fair, I had the bronzini and it was very good. I'm truly sorry to say this but we paid top dollar for an extremely uncomfortable, largely (2/3) overcooked meals. I even gave the server a good tip. I'm not the type to complain in a restaurant, so we didn't say anything. I'm also not the type to send food back and I feel we had every right to send the shrimp and steak back.
Anyway, sorry for the frank feedback but perhaps this will help you for future customers.
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