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Baltimore's best crab cake - Black Olive, Baltimore, MD

Black Olive

4.7
4.7
2903 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
After a renovation of the Fells Point General Store in 1997, The Black Olive sits in quaint elegance on the cobblestone section of Bond Street in old Fells Point, Baltimore's waterfront Jewel. Though the restaurant itself is just over twenty five years old, the spirit from which it springs holds a story that stretches through multiple generations The Black Olive is a Greek fish tavern set in the historic Baltimore neighborhood of Fells Point. We specialize in Mediterranean seafood such a whole fish, traditional Greek dishes, house-made breads and desserts. Enjoy signature items such as our hand made Village Pie, Grilled Octopus, Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon , Bronzini, Dover Sole, and our Maine Lobster Pasta. Pair your entree with a selection from our vast cellar or an inspired cocktail from our bar. We are proud to support organic and sustainable producers of ingredients including our wine and Spirits. Named '50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences in America' in Wine and Spirits Magazine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Greek, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–8:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (410) 276-7141
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Dimitris Spiliadis
  • 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
    Dimitris Spiliadis: (410) 276-7141
  • Neighborhood
    Fells Point
  • Cross street
    Shakespeare
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Offers

  • Private Wine Cellar Table (6-10 people)

    Multiple dates available
    Fri - Sat - 4:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    Dine in our private wine cellar in complete privacy. Serving 6-8 guests our cellar built with 200 year old original bricks houses our award winning wine collection. Your party will have the cellar for the entire evening and can book hard to get times. The Fee for reserving the cellar is 150$ and arrangements for prix fixe or wine pairing options are available with advanced notice.

What 2,903 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Seafood

  • Baltimore

    Seafood

2,903 Reviews
  1. MichaelT

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, service and ambience . Will visit again soon

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  2. NancyP

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and Dimitri was a warm and inviting host.

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  3. HowardM

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent experience in all aspects. Service was especially good.

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  4. ScottB

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful time at The Black Olive. Our server, Rafael, could not have been more friendly and accomodating. The food was excellent. I recommand the Dover Sol (pricey, but worth it) and finish up with a Greek coffee.

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  5. RoseD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great service. Great drinks. Staff very friendly.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and quiet enough to have great conversation.

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  7. Friend

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Apparently, service is affected by workforce. Our waiter appears overwhelmed, but adjunct support was excellent. To make up late dessert, our waiter provided complimentary ice cream.

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  8. MiaJ

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal. Everything was lovely. Good service nice atmosphere

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  9. AnnaC

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time eating at black olive and it was just as good as the last. Very well cooked food, great ambience and wine selection, and very friendly staff. We will definitely be back.

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  10. Drano1110

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The service was ok, but the food was excellent. Maybe they were short staffed, but it seemed to take a while at times to get our food and our waiter forgot to get back to us about our drinks. Also, it was very loud in there, so it was hard to have conversations and kept having to repeat ourselves. Not sure if it is always like that, but that sort of ruined the evening. Not too much of an ambience there, either. We made the most of it, though, and still enjoyed the food. I just remembered having a better experience in the past many years ago.

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  11. DougieK

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely evening at Black Olive. Great service cute fish was amazing.

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  12. PaulB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Busy night, everything right. Thank you Demetri, Gus, the kitchen, our waiter... Perfect pacing, wonderful food

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  13. TinaM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great. Food was delicious. The service was amazing and the ambiance was excellent. Can’t wait to return.

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  14. GabrielleC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had booked a table, but it wasn't ready when we arrived. We ended up having to sit at the bar, although Danny provided excellent service. The food was completely worth the price

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  15. AngelaD

    Baltimore

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My friends and I went there for Restaurant week. The food was good but I thought the portions were on the small side. I’m not sure if the portions were reduced in size because of restaurant week.

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  16. PatR

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here in several years and I was pleasantly surprised!!! Great service, great food and great atmosphere!!! Great selection for restaurant week!!!

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  17. Bmorediner

    Baltimore

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food at Black Olive is excellent and it's always a good bet during Baltimore restaurant week. The seafood was great and we enjoyed the appetizers and dessert - the baklava ice cream was a particular hit!

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  18. AbsolutelyIncredible

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a wonderful greek restaurant right off the main boardwalk of Fells Point. Every dish we were served was beautiful to look at and tasted amazing. Our appetizers (taste plate and sardines in grape leaves) were absolutely delicious and the fish for our main courses was perfectly cooked with absolutely incredible side vegetables. We went for restaurant week and the menu selection and value were fantastic. Highly recommend.

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  19. TheresaT

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was very good...However, portion size of the tasting plate was quite small, barely enough for a real taste. Especially, if compared to other appetizers as the Greek salad. More effort would have been appreciated re: desserts. one would expect actual baklava on a menu, not just ice cream. Tiramisu is an Italian dessert.... also, restaurant week diners would appreciate consideration of a reduced-price wine or glasses of wine. We did have a wonderful experience. Thank you.

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  20. PaulC

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Restaurant week! The selections were yummy and the portions were decent. Souvlaki was excellent as an appetizer and the Atlantic char delicious.

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  21. AshaS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and ambiance. Will return for the fish options,

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  22. Natty

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This ways first visit. The food and service was outstanding.

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  23. Drew

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    A real disappointment. Having been to the BO several times in the past and really enjoyed the food and service, this most recent visit was disappointing. We were initially seated very close to the doorway and were promptly moved to a better seat. The wine arrived warm! $130 bottle should not be warm. The apps were good but not great. The feta in the salad was wonderful. We both had a fish for main course. My rockfish arrived way over cooked. The other dish was properly cooked. Our waiter was not around - even the busboy could not locate him. 20 min by the clock went by. I was offered a replacement which was done correctly but it was after 9 and the kitchen was closed and dark. We were not offered dessert. We walked back to our hotel dismayed.

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  24. RobboB

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful dining experience we enjoyed at The Black Olive! Amazing food and service in a beautiful space. The attention to detail graciously delivered by the whole team at The Black Olive was very impressive. We started with hummus and grilled octopus salad, which were very tasty! For the main course we had The Greek Village Pie and the Lamb Shank, both were outstanding. The only miss of the whole evening was the tiramisu my wife ordered for dessert. She only wanted a couple bites of yummy deliciousness, and was very disappointed. While we appreciate artistic interpretations of classic dishes, this variation was not tasty at all. A sad ending, but not enough to overshadow a wonderful evening!

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  25. CarolineQ

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Black Olive never disappoints!!! Wine was amazing, we had Dover Sole, Chilean Sea Bass and the Rockfish and they were all delectable! Dimitri as always stopped by the table to greet us with his beautiful energy. Remains my favorite restaurant in Baltimore.

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  26. AlexandraM

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous experience at The Black Olive. Rafael was our waiter and he was so knowledgeable and made the best recommendations. My husband and I got the avocado Greek Salad, and split the lamb chops and the Chilean sea bass. Oh my gosh my mouth is watering just thinking about them! Both cooked to perfection and served with grilled vegetables and the tastiest hummus. We also got the baklava ice cream and as it was my husbands birthday they put a candle in it. We recommended it to the couple next to us after one bite, and they ordered it too! Needless to say the bowls were licked clean. Rafael had joked with us that there would be no leftovers, and he was totally right! We cannot wait to go back.

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  27. SteveM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We have always loved the Black Olive and enjoy going there during the holidays. But last night we did not have a good experience. From the young kids from the next table running around our table and jumping up and down, to the long wait for service, to the very poor cocktails, and to the average entrees, it was a disappointing experience.

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  28. MKRH

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent for our pre Christmas dinner with family. The service was great and the food was delicious. We will be back.

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  29. Polly

    Baltimore

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite local spot for spectacular seafood and Greek delights. My go-to for the holidays. Service is excellent.

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  30. CharlesK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Service and food was fantastic, Sea Bass, Lamb Meat balls, Octopus salad, and Metzesalata were all fantastic. The stuffed calamari was only ok.

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  31. KatharineG

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As a party of 9, we dined in the wine cellar. Dimitris and his team were incredible start to finish. We loved the space and the ambiance of the restaurant overall. The food was delicious and we enjoyed passing many plates around to share. Highly recommend and will be back!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Vegetables in the Greek salad were bursting with freshness. The lamb chops were perfectly cooked and seasoned. Atmosphere is small and intimate and warm. The Pinot noir was superb and the right temperature (a little cool). Highly recommend without qualification; a wonderful dinner!!

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  33. OmarG

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Great food and location. Very attentive staff.

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  34. AlanB

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, fis choices are amazing. Service was choppy but management very caring. Desert was devine

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  35. EmilyP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and atmosphere were a delight. They even gave us complementary port at the end of our dinner to celebrate some birthdays in the room. Definitely will return.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an incredible evening. Our family of seven enjoyed an amazing meal in the private cellar - both food and service was world-class. Charcoal grilled lamb and shrimp, lobster pasta and saganaki plate were the crowd favorites. We will highly recommend Black Olive to our foodie friends.

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  37. RobertC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Relaxing atmosphere, good service, not rushed food was not over spiced. Would definitely go back.

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  38. AllGood

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, ambiance, location and people! Wish I lived closer, I would come all the time!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Would definitely come here again. The lamb meatballs were soo good!

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  40. RyanK

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is incrediblr and the staff is the best. We go for all special occasions

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Safety precautions

  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Black Olive using the Order Online button. Black Olive also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 276-7141.

Black Olive is rated 4.7 stars by 2903 OpenTable diners.

Black Olive does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Black Olive

814 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Shakespeare
  • Neighborhood
    Fells Point
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–8:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Greek, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Dimitris Spiliadis
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (410) 276-7141
  • 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
    Dimitris Spiliadis: (410) 276-7141
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