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.
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: 4102767141
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
I read great reviews about this place. I ...
I read great reviews about this place. I found it to be average or even a bit below average. Although it is a Greek restaurant, there were no Greek cooks in the kitchen. I found the food to be a bit salty. The prices were a bit high. The service was very good though.
This was a really good dining experience ...
This was a really good dining experience, a bit pricey but the entrees were delicious. All the menu items listed on the website are not available when you go to the restaurant. I have been wanting to go to this restaurant for a while now and am really glad I did. I will be returning in the near future.
My friends and I were out for a girl's n ...
My friends and I were out for a girl's night and we chose the Black Olive because a couple of us had been there before and had a wonderful meal. The owners took us to see the fresh fish available and when we were unsure of what to order, they offered to create a meal for us. It was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend The Black Olive!
We received a referral from a friend to ...
We received a referral from a friend to try this place for dinner. We were extremely disappointed in the food. The bar was set very high, however the food was not what we expected at all. We expected the finest seafood in the area, but the food was definitely unacceptable.
A pleasant evening out started with a co ...
A pleasant evening out started with a cocktail, a martini made with potato vodka. I never had potato vodka before and I won't order again; not my kind of taste. Appetizer of the grilled calamari filled with Greek cheeses was excellent. The mixed green salad ingredients were fresh and covered with a light vinaigrette. Simply prepared fresh fish was outstanding. Ordered the St. Peter's Fish. Perfectly sauteed and filleted at table side. Spouse ordered the grilled shrimp over linguine with a tomato based sauce with red peppers. Desserts were made in house and delicious. Service was attentive and the courses were properly spaced. Ambiance was low keyed and the noise level low. Will visit again.
Black Olive used to be my favorite resta ...
Black Olive used to be my favorite restaurant in Baltimore. This last visit, however, was most disappointing. The fish selection was limited - and the service was very, very slow. Almost inattentive. My friend's salmon was not seasoned properly. Nor was my lamb. My glass of wine was from a bottle that had been opened at least two days earlier, as it was "musty". I never thought I would submit a bad review about the Black Olive.
The fresh seafood is the reason to go to ...
The fresh seafood is the reason to go to Black Olive. We were torn between the small plates option versus the grilled catch of the day and ended up doing a bit of both . Among the small plates, the grilled octopus salad was the one that really stood out, although the saganaki came in as a close second. The whole grilled branzino, fileted at the table, was also excellent.
The Black Olive must have changed owners ...
The Black Olive must have changed ownership in the recent past because our friends had been there before and like it, but have changed their minds about it. We were there for the first time. We all thought there was an overkill on organic and local fresh feature of this restaurant. The waiter said there didn't carry normal brands of alcohol (Dewar's scotch, etc.) because they featured organic brands. Well, all alcohol originates from organic sources.
My dish was supposed to be "colossal grilled shrimp" but the actual size of the shrimp was underwhelming and a far cry from "colossal." I could have gotten six larger shrimp in any grocery store. And there was no sauce for them and by the time the dinner was served, my shrimp were lukewarm off the grill on the kabob skewer. My wife's dish of Rock fish was average to below average and she has had Rock fish in a lot of places, not just Baltimore, where the Bay Rock fish are generally good.
I cannot recommend Black Olive enough. I ...
I cannot recommend Black Olive enough. It provide's Baltimore with a unique dining experience that can only be matched in Greece itself! If you are looking for delicious, fresh dishes and an evening full of wonderful memories, save a table at Black Olive.
Great food but on a hot summer night the ...
Great food but on a hot summer night there was only a fan, and no AC. Fortunately we were the only ones there in the beginning so we had the fan for awhile, but still that was a little surprising of an experience for such a renowned restaurant!
Was very excited to go to the Black Oliv ...
Was very excited to go to the Black Olive because I had heard so many great things about the food. Server was a little ditzy, but attentive. Was told about the fresh fish and two of our party of three decided to go with the Dover Sole. Fish was good, and served with vegetables on the side. We were stunned when we got our bill. $48 for the entree. Dover sole and vegetables !! Are you kidding me? We'll never go back.
We wanted a quiet, intimate dinner and c ...
We wanted a quiet, intimate dinner and choose this restaurant for an anniversary dinner based on its menu. Our drinks before the meal were pretty standard, nothing special. The appetizers were very good (grilled sardines and stuffed calamari). The grilled branzini was very tasty; the turbot was lacking. Service was adequate - took quite a while before our initial drink order was taken and then more waiting before they were brought. We had a nice, enjoyable dinner though I'm not sure I'd make the effort to return. The valet, on the other hand, was simply wonderful - very friendly and energetic!! His greeting and send off were outstanding "bookends" to an otherwise good evening.
I wish I could say that I discovered a n ...
I wish I could say that I discovered a neighborhood gem in Black Olive. Unfortunately that was not the case. The food was fine, but not great, and certainly not worth the price. My first clue was that the restaurant -- which bills itself as authentic Greek -- didn't serve pita.
We try to dine at the Black Olive whenev ...
We try to dine at the Black Olive whenever we are in Baltimore. We are usually in town for long hot days of our son's lacrosse tournaments and find the Black Olive to be such an amazing and refreshing treat at the end of the day. We have dined on their back deck (tranquil and lovely) as well inside the restaurant (charming and elegant yet comfortable). The service is excellent and best of all, their food is amazing. Fish of course is their specialty, and they have a wide variety of fresh fish on display on ice if you want to learn about your options and choose your entree. We love their appetizers so much too--generous servings made for sharing--like the delicious mezze platter with freshly made and savory spreads for warm flatbread and a seafood platter filled with grilled calamari, shrimp, scallops and more. The waitstaff has always recommended the perfect wine after we tell him/her what we like. I am sure their desserts are wonderful--but we have always filled ourselves to capacity on the aforementioned favorites and can't eat another bite when we get to dessert! We have dined there in a group of 6 and as a couple--and it is special either way.
The Black Olive continues to be one of o ...
The Black Olive continues to be one of our favorites. The fresh fish selection is great and they do an excellent job preparing the dishes. The menu has many options to choose from. Outside of the main courses, they have a great Greek Salad and an awesome Carrot Cake.
You won't regret choosing this restaurant.
This was our second visit to the Black O ...
This was our second visit to the Black Olive and it was as delicious as our first visit. The extremely fresh seafood was expertly prepared and presented. Unfortunately, we had no room for dessert which sounded fantastic.
Excellent food and service! The restaur ...
Excellent food and service! The restaurant was having an AC problem and called earlier in the day to see if we wanted to keep our reservation. I thought that was awesome and I am glad we went anyway. Though it was a little warm, they brought in fans and blew me away with the service and food. Fresh seafood and Greek dishes. I can't wait to go back!
We had our anniversary dinner there. Th ...
We had our anniversary dinner there. The fish prepared tableside was delicious, but I thought that $48 for Dover sole, no matter how fresh and flavorful, is a crazy price! It was served with a very cheap and light side(apples with fennel). I couldn't believe that something else didn't come with it for such an extravagant price. The olive bread was outstanding, so I filled up on that. It was uncomfortably warm in the restaurant...no air on a very humid night. Had a fan blowing on us. The service was attentive and not overbearing. It was quiet enough to have a conversation without screaming, which I liked very much. Again, great fish, but overpriced!
Excellent Return Visit
It had been a number of years since my wife and I had been to the Black Olive (we live in Virginia). We were not disappointed upon our return. Both the Mediterranean Sea Bass and Crab Cakes were delicious! Our server, Earl, was a tremendous partner in our experience, guiding us with both menu and wine recommendations. His knowledge and spirit definitely enhanced our luncheon on the back deck.
A good surprise
This unassuming store front restaurant was very nice indeed. We came down from NYC to attend a wedding and enjoyed our meal here the night before. Lamb chop and shrimp was top notch. Stuffed calamari appetizer was delicious. All in all it was a very pleasant evening
we liked our food but mom did not like crab cakes
we heard about the black olive but had not had an occasion or chance to visit.
our dad and mom came from Florida and said they would like to take us to lunch.
we remembered we had wanted to go to the black olive.
lunch was good, just a little slow. we had to go back to put $ in the meter.
and our mom did not like the crab cakes.
This restaurant was in the upper echelon ...
This restaurant was in the upper echelon of great. While it's a 4 $ign place the food was over the top delicious. From warm house made bread to the appetizers to the mezzo plates and main courses, everything was perfectly prepared. Our group focused on the seafood and we were not disappointed. Of special note were the "rope grown" muscles. HUGE!! and tasty.
Excellent food! However,the service was ...
Excellent food! However,the service was not up to the same quality. Asked in advance for a nice table for a special occasion, and we were dressed for it. But we were offered a tiny 2-top next to the bar! When many nicer tables were available? The waitress was pleasant but seemed unaware of how to be a waitress. We had to ask to have our water glasses refilled multiple times while staff seemed to wander aimlessly. Etc etc. Strange, because I've had lovely experiences there in the past.
My wife and I went to this unassuming re ...
My wife and I went to this unassuming restaurant on our first dinner date after our daughter was born. It is located in the quaint Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore. They had valet parking (a must in this neighborhood), which was a nice start to the dining experience.
The restaurant is in an old row house, and it has a very rustic/old school look...brick walls, antique posters showcasing herbs and fish species, etc.
I thought that it was interesting that they only had organic liquors, but the bourbon tasted just fine to me! This was really my only "drawback" of the pace.
Fish/seafood is the restaurant's specialty, and it's apparent from the start. The server took us to "tour" the fish (8 different specimens) and described the flavors and even the native information regarding each fish.
For the appetizer, we shared grilled calamari stuffed with various Greek cheeses. It was a delightful dish!
For the entrees, we shared the Branzini...which they filleted right at the table. It was served with a simple olive oil sauce, and it was so tender and flavorful. We also shared a lamb dish...it was cooked in parchment paper along with olive oil and other sauces. The lamb was also very tender and flavorful.
We finished the meal by sharing a piece of baklava.
Overall, I appreciated the knowledge of the server regarding the fish, and the food was some of the best in Baltimore.
We made reservations for our anniversary and arrived at 5:45pm on a Saturday. While the restaurant was busy, it was not over crowded and the room the put us in had a large table of people, plus another table of two. By the time we left, all of the tables in the restaurant were full, but there was no line of people waiting at the door. I'd definitely make reservations again on a Friday/Saturday evening. The food was fantastic - I had Sea Scallops on the Charcoal and my husband had the Lamb & Shrimp on the Charcoal. The food was exceptionally fresh, done perfectly and it came out in a reasonable amount of time. This is quite possibly the best upscale Greek/Mediterranean we've ever had. The flavors of the food really popped, and it was seasoned perfectly. The service, while not overly friendly, was adequate and prompt. I never felt that our server was rude, but I didn't feel like she was at the top of her game either (I had to ask what the fresh fish of the day was, noted that another server told a nearby table about a soup of the day and some special drinks). Apps, wine & dessert were all fantastic as well - we will be back and will definitely recommend The Black Olive to friends.
First Bad Experience
First, let me say the food was amazing, as always! The service is usually outstanding in every way. We have been going there for 7 years and have never had a bad experience, until our most recent visit. Our server was MIA for most of our night. The chef delivered the appetizer. Our bus boy was really good with water and bread. Our server was there for the first drinks and disappeared. She came back for the dinner and then disappeared. Eventually, she came back to give us a desert menu and then disappeared for 20 minutes. I do come here for leisurely dining but that was excessive. This did not make me want to never come back but I hope to return to the service I know next time or that might have to be it.....
The Food is Excellent
This was our first visit and we plan to go back again. New favorite for Fells Point / Harbor East. It's pricey, but the food is ridiculously good. Service was great and the server was very knowledgeable about the food and types of fish available that day. I highly recommend the Black Olive if you are a fan of Mediterranean cuisine.
This was my second visit over the course of 2 years while on business trips. Both times I had less then stellar wait staff in comparison to what I viewed other tables receiving.
This trip, the waitperson struggled at best to describe the fish available for the evening at their display case.
The restaurant expects their waitstaff to be the "bartender" also for their tables. Our waitperson didn't know how to make a basic Manhattan. :-(
The waitperson also struggled with the "table side filleting" of the whole fish in comparison to the other staff person who assisted with my table guests fish.
The preparation was outstanding, but my table guest and I ordered the same fish with 2 different preparations, but they both came out grilled as opposed to one being grilled and the other being sauteed.
While I believe the food is STELLAR, I can't get past both experiences being lacking in the service department, especially for a meal that was $100 per person (including tip).
There was never anything in the service that was so horrible to be reported to Management at any one time, but when you add up the entire experience vs. the cost its just not something I would repeat or recommend to friends.
I wouldn't return or recommend this restaurant.
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