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Black Olive

4.8
4.8
2757 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 22 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Greek, Organic

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 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

    Street Parking

  • 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, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Wine Cellar dinner with food and wine pairings

    $150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    5 course food and wine dinner in our private wine cellar. Our beautiful brick cellar has a capacity of 10 people.

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What 2,757 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Healthy

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Seafood

  • Baltimore

    Best Overall

  • Baltimore

    Healthy

  • Baltimore

    Great for fine wines

  • Baltimore

    Good for special occasions

  • Baltimore

    Seafood

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  1. CS

    ChrisS

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding food was very good and was an enjoyable experience all around we will go and visit again when we are back in Fells Point!
  2. J

    Johnnie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to the Black Olive many times over the years and each time they find new ways to delight and surprise me. The Dover Sole is what you should come here for, full stop. It is quite simply the most succulent fish you will ever eat. It is otherworldly. Everything in this restaurant is thoughtfully crafted, even the table bread is grilled and seasoned perfectly. Enjoy your fresh fish or rack of lamb with a glass of assyrtiko. Rafael, our server, was professional and personable, readily willing to offer recommendations, which were spot on. For dessert, the baklava ice cream is always a hit -- you'll make room for it no matter how substantial your meal. Finally, if you're not driving, the ouzo on the rocks is a superb apperitif. I cannot recommend Black Olive enough. Whether it's an impulsive Tuesday night date or a special occasion, this restaurant will leave you overjoyed. Black Olive holds a special place in my heart. So many great memories were made here.
  3. BM

    BMoreFoodLover

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Black Olive is truly my favorite restaurant in the United States!! The fresh food is perfectly prepared and delicious! The service as expertly conducted by Jeff Wallace and Raphael, is exquisite. The atmosphere is intimate, cozy and one can imagine that they are in Greece. The owner, Dimitri, has continued the legacy from his parents who originated The Black Olive and he has now made his own superb mark on it.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Black Olive is consistently one of the finest meals in the city. Extensive wine list, great fish selection. We love it
  5. P

    P123344

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a double date. Food was delicious- a little pricy but it was a special event. Waiter was very conversant- which I felt was appreciated. The wait for the food was slightly longer than comfortable but the food was worth the wait. I would def go back for a special occasion.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and the service was exceptional!! We will continue to be our friends back to share our wonderful experience in dining.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    We were rushed in and out for no reason. The whole 5 course prix fix menu was rushed - like less than an hour. Take your time and we would have ordered more wine and enjoyed our night out for new years.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It’s not often that you write a review of a restaurant and within days you receive a follow-up email from the maître d’. I never expected to hear back but I did and kudos to the Black Olive for their superior staff and extraordinary customer service. We visited the Black Olive on New Year’s Eve, and had a prefixed menu. My review mentioned that the food, as always, was outstanding, though the service felt rushed. The maître d’, Liddy, contacted me by email and apologized for the rushed experience. She invited us back to give it another try. I was taken aback by the incredible customer service, and the overall kindness of Liddy and her email. We returned to the restaurant on Saturday evening and from start to finish, it was an outstanding experience. The Black Olive has always been one of our favorite restaurants simply because the food is truly outstanding. However, the customer service is second to none. Thank you to Liddy, Jeff, our server, and the owner, Dimitris. Thank you for the opportunity to return and for an amazing evening.
  9. C

    Chris

    Baltimore

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to The Black Olive for New Years Eve. The menu was prix fixe at $120 before taxes and service. I must say that this was one of the best meals I’ve had, and service was divert on a busy night. From the amuse bouche through my elegant, yet simply prepared Dover sole. Every course was elevated with careful attention from the kitchen. We dine at The Black Olive from time to time. We have always been very pleased with our meals. Their bronzino is always excellent!
  10. PM

    PennyM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience. Wine, food and service were great!
  11. BF

    BmoreFoodLover

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic dinner and night out on the town!
  12. DJ

    DrJerry

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious food; however, since Covid now has tables spaced apart and is more pleasant to eat. Previously, tables were packed to tight together. The lamb chops were as good as any I have ever had.
  13. MM

    MelanieM

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fish at Black Olive is astounding, and the service, even more so. Our waiter was brilliant, the best I’ve ever encountered in Baltimore.
  14. MH

    MikeHikeEat

    Washington DC

    130 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dinner I have had at Black Olive has been fantastic. There are so many delicious Mezzethes that selecting just a couple is always a challenge. I love to visit with a large group that is comfortable passing plates. The Chefs in the kitchen are true masters of cooking fish and seafood on their Grill, great grill flavor but never overcooked!
  15. LJ

    LeonardJ

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    As always we loved it
  16. LH

    LinneaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is really warm! Prepare to visit atleast twice!

    Black OliveResponded on December 17, 2022Thank you Linnea for your review! We especially appreciate your warning to prepare to visit at least twice. It made our day. We hope to see you soon!

  17. K

    Kinsale

    Baltimore

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    First time back in 10 years. The food, as ever, is just outstanding. Best Daurade Royale I have eaten outside Europe. Plates full of creative flavor combinations. Service was a problem a few years ago. It was just very slow. Huge improvement here with food arriving in good time and the meal very well orchestrated. The interior decor is the same as years ago and could use a makeover at this point. The room felt a bit tired. But The Black Olive remains one of Baltimore's best. Very much recommended.
  18. TW

    TroyW

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The scallops were perfectly grilled and seasoned. I was mad there were only 3. The lobster pasta was amazing. The service was great. We can’t wait to go back!
  19. JD

    JessicaD

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal for a special date night. Lobster pasta, rockfish and the dip sampler were all phenomenal. We will definitely be back!
  20. GD

    GratefulDave

    Baltimore

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience overall. Mezze were innovative and delicous. Grilled fish entrees were perfectly cooked. I enjoyed the halibut . Asstryko white wine was an excellent match. Have hard to find Greek wines. Parking in Fells Point is always a challenge Recommend
  21. CQ

    CarolineQ

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fabulous meal at The Black Olive. It is Baltimore’s greatest hidden gem ! A great vibe always, with the tone being set by the ever gracious Dimitri. Our server was fabulous. Efficient, and yet had time to share some stories that had us laughing. The food was exceptional, and cocktails were perfect. We left with full bellies and full hearts ♥️
  22. KP

    K8ieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Overall Second time visiting this gem. Food was exceptional, service delightful, wine selection impressive. Charming atmosphere. Grilled octopus salad is our absolute favorite - would come back just to eat this dish. Dover sole was cooked to perfection. Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant.
  23. Y

    Yuki

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shrimp and octpus were great!Staffs were friendly and kind.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great hummus. Perfect Greek salad. The diver sole was amazing. And our server Jeff was awesome - friendly, professional, knowledgeable.
  25. JJ

    JamesJ

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, Big Heart Although we were first timers, we were greeted and served throughout our stay as if we were regulars who dine there once a week. The space is broken into intimate dining areas which feels more like being at a family home with lots of family members in each dining nook. We started out with the appetizer combination and the Greek village pie. The pie was a rustic spanakopita with spinach, red Swiss chard, leeks, cheese and homemade phyllo. We were all tempted to just order more pie for the rest of our meal. But fish had called us to this place. We ordered the whole Dover sole, the Mediterranean sea bass and Greek style lamb chops. Each dish came with roasted potatoes and sautéed Broccolini. Our waiter, Rafeal, commented on each dish as it was served which added to the delight of the presentation. Fish and meat are hard to put on the table at the same time while maintaining their warmth, tastiness and firmness. Each of our dishes were delightful. The owner Dimitris stop by the table twice, inquired about our experience and welcomed us to his place. The next time we drive up to Baltimore from Virginia we will definitely put the Black Olive restaurant on our schedule.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the ambience was perfect for what my husband and I were looking for! I would highly recommend!
  27. W

    Woodroad

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It had been 15 years since we ate at the Black Olive, and it was as good as we remembered.
  28. LB

    LizB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful supper with friends. The food, ambience and service were amazing.
  29. CQ

    CarolineQ

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This little gem in Fell's Point out did itself once again. The Chilean Sea Bass is always out of this world, but this Past Saturday, it was beyond exquisite. You welcomed in by the staff like a family returning home. Dimitri always stops by the table and greets us with gratitude. Every time I leave, I start counting the days until I can return again.
  30. KW

    KenW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    It was my wife's 55th birthday and it is our family tradition for the birthday person to choose the family's dinner destination. My wife chose "The Black Olive", as our dinner destination. She and I have eaten there before, and we always wanted our son to experience it with us. The staff was professional, courteous, friendly, and helpful as always. They recognized my wife's birthday, how could they miss it, she was wearing a tiara and sash. Even though they have a limited menu, I think they respect the choices they present on the menu. The food was served fresh and deliciously prepared. We did not feel rushed. We laughed, drank a little, and ate good. I would, no, we would definitely recommend "The Black Olive" to others and we look forward to returning. -Ken
  31. m

    momstaxi3

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. The owner came out to our table for a quick chat. Definitely authentic Greek cuisine. We will be back!!
  32. JW

    JWPB

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought a big party from out of town and everyone enjoyed the guidance from our server and each of the entrees were stupendous. A very good time was had by all. We will be back soon.
  33. P

    Pickle

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a party of 8. One of us ordered a steak medium rare and it came well done. The chef personally came out and apologized for the mistake and gave the guest a very nice meal of lamb chops. Great dinner.
  34. BM

    BMoreFoodLover

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite Greek restaurant!!
  35. V

    Vmarie

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great service and delicious food.
  36. V

    Vegasuncle

    Baltimore

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Very friendly service. Highly recommend
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  38. TS

    TonyS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! The only minor suggestion is we wish the bar had a slightly larger selection of wines and liquor. However, they provided some very good alternative choices. Each of us in the party had a different whole fish. They were absolutely delicious, and the potatoes were awesome.
  39. DA

    DavidA

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very pleasant surprise that we were met by both the Owner and his Father and they were both so very gracious and friendly. Their meal suggestions and wine were spectacular!
  40. DV

    DanielleV

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent! Can’t wait to go back

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You can order delivery directly from Black Olive using the Order Online button.

Black Olive is rated 4.8 stars by 2757 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 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Black Olive

814 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Shakespeare

  • Neighborhood

    Fells Point

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Greek, Organic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • 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, Private Room, 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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