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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
Service was good, food was extremely inconsistent. Things that were done well were outstanding but things that weren't were disastrous. On apps, the tuna tartare was scrumptious. The grilled calamari app was delicious. The lobster bisque came out cold, when it was sent back to be heated it returned with about a cup of hot water added to it and lobster meat removed, it was sent back. The scallops were grilled nicely but completely unseasoned and tasted only of char. Entrees, the grilled fish was delicious, one dorado and one bronzini. The monkfish was also sautéed very nicely. The real disappointment was the seafood pasta. Combination lobster, shrimp and scallops over papredelle pasta. It was supposed to be seasoned with garlic, olive oil, fresh tomatoes. The seafood portion was small, again the scallops (2) were not seasoned though the lobster meat was tasty the shrimp were just okay. The real flop was the pasta, it was so bland and flavorless it was like eating nothing. Water has more flavor. Overall $300 for dinner for 4 with wine and tip (no dessert or coffee); won't be rushing back
We were there with a large group, and while the food was good our entrees took an hour to arrive after ordering them. We were warned the fish would take a bit long to cook but this seemed to take an excessively long time. It makes me much less likely to go back with a similar work group; even without dessert the dinner took at least 2.5 hours, which was just too long.
a bit odd...an appetizer platter of 4 spreads comes with nothing to spread it on. On line it shows gyros with homemade pita. What a novel idea to serve a platter, mind you, for $24.00, with some homemade pita bread. We were given a bowl of 3 olives, yes 3 olives, as we were waiting for drinks. Guess it makes sense there were 3 of us, HAHAHA
Not really too impressed that I ordered a greek salad and there were no olives on it. The waitress told me the guy that was working the salad station doesn't usually work there. REALLY, IT WAS SLICED TOMATOES, RED PEPPER, FETA CHEESE AND CUCUMBERS. Not to mention this side salad was $15.00 and the name of the place is BLACK OLIVE.
I'm just SO done with mediocre places.
The owners should sit and order a dinner there for themselves off the menu and
evaluate the bill for the value.
I own my own business and I often come in the front door to see what the customers are experiencing. Small business owners sometimes lose sight of this.
We only ordered appetizers and they were wonderful. Grilled Scallops, Grilled Stuffed Calamari, Grilled Octopus Salad, and Cheese Stuffed Grape Leaves did not fail in any aspect. All were cooked to perfection and left you looking forward to the next plate. I don't send compliments to the kitchen very often, but they deserved it.
We were there for dinner on Saturday at 6PM and the restaurant was not crowded. We were seated in the room to the right and were the first party in there. The waitress was very attentive and took us on the seafood tour first. We then ordered drinks. She was nice enough to let me taste the Prosseco before I ordered a glass, as I was unfamiliar with the bottle.
We ordered after drinks were delivered. One in our party ordered the salad with the avocado and feta cheese and another ordered the muscles. I ordered the stuffed calamari. The waitress retuned to say they did not have any muscles and there were no avacados. Another salad was selected and the muscles were changed to another stuffed calamari. They kitchen delivered the salad and one calamari. Since he only had two hands, I assumed he would be back with the other calamari. Awhile later I was able to flag down the waitress to tell her we were missing a calamari. A while after that, the kitchen brought the salad we had first wanted with the avocado, which looked much better than the other we chose, but we couldn’t eat that as well and sent it back. I finally got my calamari, but one was very good and the other was not edible because it was like rubber. I did tell the waitress, but she just shrugged.
Our mains were delivered without incident. I had Bronzini, which was delicious, another had the crab cakes and said they were very good, there were two grilled salmon and that were good as well. We did not stay for desert because we were stuffed. I didn’t expect the prices to be quite as high for the fish courses, but overall, I would give it a good rating. I would have rated higher if they had acknolaged the bad appetizer rather than not caring, and had been able to give us the right salad. There seamed to be a disconnect between the server and the kitchen that night.
Black Olive was an original for Baltimore - seafood flown in fresh, prepared in a simple (grilled) fashion, no fancy sauces nor too much embellishment. Overtime however there has come along a lot of alternatives (Ouzo Bay, and forgetting the restaurant around the corner with better ambiance and the livelier mezza bar. It is a shame the Inn at the Black Olive did not survive (probably too expensive, poor marketing, never saw anything from them, even though the market / delicatesen / hotel shopuld have given it an edge.
It was very quiet on a Monday night, and even though food preparation and service are "SOLID" it is nothing exciting or spectacular. It is stuck, no new items, a slimmed down fresh fish offering (no sardines, no fresh octopus seen, no shell fish except scallops. The "olive oil / butter lemon sauce approach while "sensible" no longer justifies the price.
I feel for the lovely folks running the BO, but they need to re-invent or it will be a permanent retirement from the food scene.
It started of okay. Unfortunately their was a long time lapse between our appetizers and main course. Once we finally received our main course... everything was over cooked! The Black Bass which is one of my favorite fish, was dry and dense. The lamb chops that were ordered came out well instead of medium as ordered and while we were eating... a mouse decided to run around several times... almost coming to our table. Our server tried to laugh the situation off and brought ice cream... as if that was suitable for all that had went wrong. Very disappointed as we were out celebrating a birthday. Won't be going back... if you decide to take a chance... the scallops were delish. Should've just ordered more scallops
It took an hour for our appetizers to be served. They were out of many entrees and we weren't told until we placed our order. Then they ran out scallops which our table ordered and we weren't told until the remaining two entrees were ready to be served . Have been previously and this experience for far less enjoyable.
This experience was truly miserable. It was my 4th time eating here and it's usually incredible. I'm not sure what was astray but everyone from the the Maitre D through the server seemed to be in LaLa Land. The date of this fiasco was Thursday 9/14. After being seated we were ignored for 3o minutes, no water, no greeting no anything. I then went up and asked a serve person if someone was going to attend to us, as was told sorry, but he was busy. Not the best answer. I then asked her if she could get some water/bread, since our waiter was too busy. That was accomplished with an apology for the poor service. I asked if she could get our appetizer ordered, which was done. The appetizer came 30 minutes later. We had ordered a bottle of wine from the Maitre D it did eventually come, I asked for an ice bucket as it was a white, 35 minutes later it showed up without an explanation of the tardiness. After finishing our appetizer, I then went up an INTRODUCED myself to our waiter, as he had NEVER commoner to the table and asked if he wanted to take our dinner order. Dinner came 45 minutes later!! WOW!! I could go on, but won't. Needless to say, my party could not wait to leave the restaurant. Sad to say, can't go back to what was a great place.....
This was the worst dining experience we have in recent memory. We went to order our fish, they were out of our selection. We ordered a bottle of wine, they were out of our selection. Our salads arrived and they were made incorrrctly. We waited so long for our food that guests that arrived after us left because it tooknso long to be waited on. When our food did arrive all four entries were cold. We all ordered fish and the meals were not edible. We told the waitress we expected our entrees to be taken off the bill. The owner was at the bar the majority of the evening. Not once did she come to the table to apologize or attempt to redeem the evening. The entree were removed from our bill. To be clear this was not the fault of our waitress. She was lovely. She was the only one there . Not once did the owner attempt to help her.
This is a good restaurant for special occasions. Traditional Greek food in a comfortable, quiet setting. The featured food is fresh fish, simply prepared, but there are also other seafood offerings. The Greek salad is excellent and the desserts, as well. We had a delicious carrot cake. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, but especially those who have visited Greece and enjoyed the food.
This restaurant pays attention to every detail and treats you as if you were royalty. Food is great! The crab cake was without any shells and did not contain a lot of filler that some restaurants use. We attended during Baltimore restaurant week and they did not scrimp on portions. We highly recommend going there.
Excellent food and friendly service. The waitress was attentive, but not obtrusive. I went for restaurant week but I am gluten free the staff graciously provided options for me. The only drawback was the lighting. The lights were bright and positioned above a ceiling fan was gave the effects of strobe lighting when looking down at the table. Overall an excellent experience. Excellent soup starter and a rockfish entree. I will definitely be back.
It had been a few years since we had been to Black Olive but we recalled our prior dining experiences there as delicious and memorable. On a whim, I made a rare Saturday night date with my husband and booked a table since we have been longing to return . I was happy to see that it was Restaurant Week because I knew from past RWs the owner really whipped up tasty and value packed prix fix specials for the week. We were not disappointed. We added a non-RW appetizer of grilled octopus to our orders. Can food be too tasty? The octopus was so tender and flavorful - I was overwhelmed - no hyperbole folks! We enjoyed the exceptional spread plate and Greek salad. The Entrees of Crab cake and Cornmeal crusted rockfish were both superb and the seafood kabob had extra scallops and shrimp. Our desserts were the berry cobbler and carrot cake. The servings were generous. My husband was so happy he wanted to return the following night! Peruse the extensive wine list or order a palate pleasing crafted cocktail. Dont miss out on the fish "tour." It was good to shop the entrees and fish before they get to your table! AND note to the rack of lamb- I'm coming back for you!
One of the best few meals I ever experienced in a restaurant! Everyone was ecstatic about their entree, selecting your fish from an iced case was a nice experience, the rack of lamb on charcoal was amazing, the asparagus was beautiful and perfectly cooked, the bread was so good I could have eaten it as a meal by itself.
We were in Baltimore for a conference and dined at the restaurant with some friends. Most of us had been in the restaurant business for many years. For me, it's been 50 years--chef for Lady Bird Johnson, sous chef at Green Pastures (at the time on James Beard's list of 100 best restaurants in the world, written several books on the industry, Masters and Doctorate in the industry, etc.
For more than a decade, the Black Olive has been one of my favorite Baltimore fine-dining restaurants. The food remains excellent-- the best and freshest selection and seafood to be found. THe lamb dishes are also superb. But after the past couple of visits, the Black Olive is off the favorites list.
They have an extensive wine list. Unfortunately, none of the good or interesting wines on it are in stock. After our first three choices were out of stock we settled for the mass-produced mediocrity the server suggested. Ordinarily, I wouldn't have done so, but more than a half an hour had passed and the appetizers course nearly finished. It seemed the only way to get wine. It was a sugar bomb when we told her we wanted to something dry and Old World style.
The service is slow and indifferent. They have done away with valet parking, which in a busy urban neighborhood on a Saturday night is a big issue. When I complained--having had to walk in the rain in heels to the restaurant--the owner shrugged and said, there is a parking garage on the next block. For Black Olive prices I demand good service, good wine, and valet parking. But if you are already in the area, don't care for wine or attentive service, the food is great!
We have been dining here for years and it never disappoints. Absolutely the best scallops we have ever tasted for the appetizer, and the bronzini was done to perfection. We ate early (5:30pm) on a Saturday night and were one of only 3 couples dining. When we left slightly before 7 the restaurant was still fairly empty. With great fresh food and excellent service, I don't quite understand why they are not packed. We live in the suburbs, but it was a quick and easy drive to Fells Point, with plenty of parking.
Nice local spot that is just outside the heart of Fells Point. Fairly casual place with a nice atmosphere. A conversation at the table isn't muffled by your typical restaurant background noise or other conversations. The food was very good with an emphasis on fresh fish and other seafood entrees. Authentic greek dishes available on many menu selections. Would definitely dine here again.
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.
one of the best fish restaurants in the Baltimore-DC corridor. food is outstanding. the stuffed calamari is amazing as is the grilled octopus salad. The fish selection is really good and they show you the fish before they cook it and filet it at the table if you want. I went once about 7 years ago and then again this weekend. outstanding both times and I asked myself why I hadn't been back in so long. I'm definitely going back again soon.
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