Black Olive

4.5
2815 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGreggB
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots. Once I utter the name ‘Black Olive’ she knows the night is about to get even more romantic. Since 1997 or so, I’ve been patronizing and enjoying all this gem has to offer. We will definitely be coming back, as that’s just #HowDaBanksesLive!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable experience yet again. Can’t wait to come back!

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vipSteve
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding fish...3 different preparations of 3 different fish, all delish. Helpful staff...I completed my fish fillet lessons! I especially enjoyed the ouzo-infused sorbets ;)

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ronaldB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the better restaurants in the Baltimore area. The owner is personally involved in serving meals. Outstanding menu. Will be back again as 1st choice when coming to Baltimore.

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bbtown
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We greatly enjoyed learning about the dishes and wines. I have already recommended this restaurant to several friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great meal and service. I will be coming back.

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Kick
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a larger group and our treatment was exceptional. Placed where we could talk and not bother others. Extensive menu-everything looked delicious. Nice wine and cocktail selection as well. Wonderful, memorable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black olive is always great!

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vipZortapa
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

We specifically had a reservation for outdoor seating. They did not honor the outdoor seating stipulation. Ultimately they did offer an outdoor table,but it was a table for two(we were4) and it was immediately next to another full table. Definitely not happy with this experience on our anniversary.

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vipDeanna
Baltimore
158 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had a very good dining experience, which was especially appreciated after our last dining experience in March that wasn't so great. Food and wine was delicious. We were seated in the back room, which could use a little sprucing up. Also, the restaurant would do well by playing some music. At times, it was awkwardly quiet.

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vipChel1999
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve missed dining at one of my favorite restaurants, I had not dined at the Black Olive since Covid… I was so happy to experience the traditional Greek food, that the Black Olive is known for…. I truly enjoyed my dining experience. I’m so happy they survived Covid.

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vipMikeHikeEat
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The predominantly fish and seafood menu with many enticing options made my decisions difficult. Ultimately, my wife and I decided to eat here 2 nights in a row to satisfy my desired to try the many choices. Conversations with the staff combined with the delicious food to make a terrific experience!

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vipcwmndc
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only excuse my wife and I have for our several year absence from dining at the Black Olive is that we live in DC with many great local favorites and avoid the traffic on 295. But, newly liberated from the worst of the pandemic constraints, we longed for the very freshest fish and seafood and so, made the trek to Fells Point.
Traffic to/from was not bad and there is now far more parking available in the area.
Except for the nearly empty dining room early in the evening, our dinner experience exceeded even our heightened expectations. The attentive server was very friendly and professional. Appetizers of lamb meatballs and oysters were amazing as were our chunky, Black Olive salads. But the tasty freshness of the Red Snapper and the Dover Sole were quite special. We also enjoyed the rich, dry, Greek "Santorini" wine. Carrot cake and baklava finished off an outstanding meal.
Black Olive has earned its place back near the top of our dining list: we will be back, soon.

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George
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

food was cold. soup as bad not Greek fish soup. took over 1 hour to get food. they did not have a number of items on the menu.

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BetsyB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a delicious, relaxing dinner for our first visit to Black Olive. The menu is so extensive and to be a bit overwhelming but we made some wonderful choices. It was a terrific meal. Our only disappointment came when one of our guests who is not a sophisticated eater but was trying his best, asked for cocktail sauce for some oysters he had ordered. The waiter told him that they don't have cocktail sauce but he could bring him some hot sauce which he declined. The problem came when we clearly overheard our waiter and the bartender laughing about it and making fun of him --they were just behind a partial wall next to our table. Bad enough that they were rude, but to do it within earshot of the customer is just offensive.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Black Olive has been a favorite of ours for a long time. We haven’t been there in a long time because of the pandemic. Knowing that the Black Olive weathered the past year was a relief. Our meal was perfect! And the service was outstanding!

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UptownGirl14
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The best fresh grilled fish I’ve had since I went to the Greek Isles. It was absolutely delicious! The grilled sardine appetizer was a knockout. Do yourself a favor and book your reservation. You won’t be disappointed.

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vipLaurieM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The food and wine superb. It took however 45 min to finally get the check and we ended up getting parking ticket due to this. Restaurant needs to improve the overall experience. Not sure we’d return because of the $50 ticket due to slowness

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ScottS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food at a great price. Service staff seems a bit inexperienced post Covid and is stretched a bit thin, but overall a very nice experience.

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RichB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group sitting at 2 tables.
Feedback from our group:
Delicious food, service was outstanding!
Thank you for accommodating our group!
We will be back!
R&T Butler

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MarcieG
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

The worst waitress ever. Rude and everything took forever as she only came to the table about every 25 minutes. Truly the worst experience at a restaurant with great food.

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Rick
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Black Olive has always been one of our favorite special restaurants, especially for the fresh fish. One of the true sins is to overcook fish. The waiter should have taken less time with trying to impress us with his knowledge and more with paying attention to the service.
The appetizers were delicious, but we waited more than 45 minutes for our fish entrees. The waiter blamed this on a large party in another room and told us our food was on the warming table. This was obvious when we finally received it, because one of our party said her haddock was overcooked to the point of having a crust on it and did not finish it.
It may be a problem of understaffing because of starting full inside dining after COVID, but dinner starting at 6:45 should not take almost 3 hours. We will not return or recommend to our friends until the service is fixed.

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vip9dhc
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful evening on a quaint side street in Fells Point. The hostess showed us to our choice of a quieter table on the back deck (though plentiful outdoor seating out front allows for more social dining). As always, Black Olive offers a wide selection of fresh seafood and an extensive menu of appetizers to choose from (along with adult beverages of course). In our case, we started off with Prosecco, warm Sourdough Bread, the Melitzanasalata Eggplant spread and the grilled Jumbo Scallops. Yuummm!

I then asked our server for her suggestion for an entree - which turned out to be the best-tasting Mediterranean Sea Bass I've ever had, grilled & prepared to absolute perfection! What a wonderful treat! And the slow-cooked Moroccan Style Braised Lamb Shank! a huge bowl of stew, filled to the brim served over couscous - flavorful and also cooked to perfection, the tender meat fall-off-the-bone delicious.

Wine and Baklava followed as the perfect way to finish the evening. So after four-and-a-half happy hours we slowly made our way back to the (now) night sky of Fells Point.

Black Olive
Responded on June 3, 2021

Dear 9DHC, Thank you for your review. We greatly appreciate even negative reviews as they are a teaching moment. Your review, is however, a real treat for a staff that has been working hard during and after a pandemic to maintain a cuisine that has been passed down through oral culture. Your words make such respectful recognition of the effort that our entire team makes to give genuine love through the craft of food. We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience! Kind Regards, Dimitris

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FrankG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Nice evening, didn't sit in the primo area of the place but the food carried the evening.

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vipcynthia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellently prepared seafood. Scallops were particularly outstanding but we enjoyed all of the other dishes that we ordered (octopus salad, eggplant, dover sole, and tiramisu).

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vipBDHamilton
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we go to the Black Olive, we find another reason to fall in love with this place. The food is delicious. Wine, beer, cocktails: they always have a list of classics with a twist and local offerings we haven’t tried. The service and hospitality are second to none. The owner, Dimitri, visits each table to inquire about your meal and to see if your martini was made the way you like it. It’s different than other spots in Fell’s Point in that it’s classy and cozy at the same time. You can share small plates with a group or enjoy a beautiful entree, from Moroccan lamb shank to a whole Bronzino. We went for our wedding anniversary this weekend and can’t wait to go back.

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NathanS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Black Olive has an excellent menu and the food is fantastic. Great combination of Greek, with all of the traditional item, and seafood with a modern touch. Drink menu is excellent as well. We were a group of 10 and ou server was ovewhelmed from the start and was probably not that experienced which resulted in some bad moments for service (4 appetizers never delivered, incorrect drink orders prepared and extremely slow service which resulted in 1 member having to leave before his meal was ready.) However, the manager/owner overwhelmed us with his apology and his actions to "make it right". Once we brought our disastissfaction with the service to his attention he made sure that he was checking in with us, ensuring the orders were correct and actually thank me for letting him know about the issue and even said he was going to make sure stay started lettingcusotmer know that some entrees took up to 45 minutes to prepare and that they should account for that. Overall an excellent experience at the end and I will be going back.

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AdolfoM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was an overall pleasant experience. We would go back

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jayk
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, lots of different fresh fish to choose from as well as chicken and beef dishes. Have the hummus-it’s fantastic!

Black Olive
Responded on May 29, 2021

Jayk, Thank You for your kind words! The Black Olive Family

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vipBostonbon3
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Black Olive was as fantastic as always! The food, ambiance and service were all excellent. This restaurant never disappoints. It is equally great for a special occasion or for no occasion. We love their fresh fish, homemade bread and various dips. They are attentive and the food presentation is beautiful!

Black Olive
Responded on May 29, 2021

Dear Bostonbon, Thank you! That made us all smile! The Black Olive Family

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KurtU
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back since covid. The back deck was peaceful and the food was perfectly cooked and fresh. Casual, not rushed and a delightful experience. One of the owners was there and checked and regularly. Glad they survived the shutdowns and hope to return soon.

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MissM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience3

The wine selection was limited. They didn't have the Cab we ordered. The waitress had no training on wines and offered a white wine as a replacement. We ordered a Pinot Noir, which was overpriced (we both had a headache the next day). When we ordered the food, they only had one side available, a fennel apple salad. When asked if they had veggies, the chef said he wasn't making anything else. At that point, we paid for the hummus (which was delicious) and wine and left.

To whomever responded to my review, your bias is showing. Guessing you said I had an attitude because I'm a black woman. FYI, I never spoke to the server, my date did. Being he's a very kind, diplomatic attorney, he was never nasty. We don't believe in being nasty to servers. Your lack of curiosity and sides have no bearing on her service. Saying your wine gave us a headache is a fact and therefore not slander. Treat the next bad review with more respect. Read it and do better, not attack the person who didn't enjoy the experience.

Black Olive
Responded on May 27, 2021

Dear Miss M, Normally, we look at reviews that have things that we can improve and take them seriously. . It is slanderous to say that you got a headache from the Pinot noir that you had. We are a busy restaurant and the chef makes thoughtful sides every night. We offered other options but cannot grill vegetables on a grill that is full and is timing very complicated seafood and fish. Your nasty tone and inability to understand anything that a restaurant must face during a pandemic is shameful!

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AntoineW
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great people/staff, delicious food and wonderful atmosphere! I recommend The Black Olive...two thumbs up!

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vipDarnelD
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious well prepared food! Loved quaint and intimate vibe... Perfect for first date scenario!

Black Olive
Responded on May 27, 2021

Thank you Darnel!

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Cris
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We asked for pita bread multiple times and was given excuses every single time (we saw the other table get it and it was supposed to come with our hummus appetizer ... so we had to eat it with regular bread which Was a little weird). Prices are expensive but food was good.

Black Olive
Responded on May 27, 2021

Dear Cris, I am sorry that we ran out of our house made pita. It took us a little while to get up to speed with everything and have been doing our best to have everything in abundance. I also apologize for the prices being what they are. We keep impeccable quality of seafood and ingredients that have, especially recently, experienced significant increases in cost to us. Again thanks for your feedback and sorry again about the pita. Kind Regards, Dimitris

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was generally good, however we have ordered grilled fish but they had only one side (cus cous). We have asked for an alternative, eg. Some veggies or other but they have refused it. Simple request, which they would be able to do it and they simply did not wanted to do.

Black Olive
Responded on May 27, 2021

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed your fish. The chef makes a side every day. If a customer wants a substitution, we try our best to accommodate that request. Unfortunately our grill was full of dinner orders and was unable to without compromising the food from the grill of others to accommodate your special request of grilled vegetables. We did offer you a Greek salad or Romaine salad which you refused. "they simply did not wanted to do" is untrue and unkind!

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GeorgeB
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Black Olive is better than ever. Great food, and excellent service.

Black Olive
Responded on May 27, 2021

Thank you George!

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nathani
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I dined at the Black Olive and few years prior and the experience was phenomenal. We were looking forward to a similar experience on this visit. Unfortunately the food and service have declined significantly from our previous visit. Hopefully it was just an off-night for them and this was an unusual experience not consistent with their typical offering.

Black Olive
Responded on May 27, 2021

Nathan, If you had a specific area of improvement it would be helpful. Your review is so vague and negative that I question your motive. If you really had a problem feel free to contact me and let me know about it so that we can not charge you for your meal. We are not in the business of unhappy guests. Your review is vague and negative. I feel that your review is disrespectful, not helpful, and suspect of conflict of interest! If it is not please contact us with more details. Dimitris

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PeteA
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the beginning of great baked bread to olive oil & olives, it was a great treat/dinner. Our server Arel(sp) was attentive, but not annoying. Great food & presentation....only wish someone told me or emphasize that you have available parking behind restaurant....parking is tough in that area. Will definitely come back & recommend!!

Black Olive
Responded on May 27, 2021

Dear PeteA, Thank you for taking the time to describe your experience with us. I am sorry parking is so difficult in the area. We look forward to your return. Kind Regards, Dimitris

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Amazing
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They know their fish - a can’t miss! Staff very attentive and special. We were wondering how it would work out with COVID limitations but it did not disappoint. We felt safe with plenty of room between diners indoors. The stuffed calamari app was amazing and the fish entrees were cooked to perfection - which we have come to expect from this excellent restaurant.

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