The Black Olive specializes in impeccably fresh seafood. Let the waiter give you a guided tour of the catch of the day, which reclines on a bed of ice in the kitchen case. You can have your selection simply grilled, lightly dressed, and filleted for you table-side, accompanied by a glass of wine from the list's thoughtful selection of oft-neglected Greek vintages. For an appetizer be sure to try the calamari, stuffed with feta and manouri cheeses.
Jun 25, 2012
The Black Olive is located on a quiet street just a few blocks north of the Inner Harbor's edge in Fells Point. There is garage and surface lot parking available nearby and it's also within walking distance of stops 8 or 11 of the Water Taxi. Street spaces are almost impossible to find however. I must admit my visit to Black Olive was driven by wanting to experience their Kakavia soup. It was only listed for lunch as a half portion, which our
waited could not answer as to how large a seving that was. It was rather obvious that he also didn't exactly know what Kakavia was and finally had to resort to asking the kitchen. The uneven service didn't stop here either. Few of our other questions could be handled and we were also served a salad different from what we had ordered. The 1/2 Kakavia serving did turn out to be large enough to be considered an entree size for either dinner or lunch. It was interesting but was little more than seafood in a broth that lacked the richness or preparation of any bouillabaisse I've ever tried. I wouldn't even draw that comparison if The Black Olive didn't bill it as the predecessor to such. The strangest thing about Black Olive though is that I never really felt I was dining at a Greek restaurant. There was just no "Opa" to me.
Jan 28, 2008
We ate dinner here on Saturday night (1/26/08) and were very impressed. I had the Melitzanasalata and the beef tenderloin filet...both wonderful. My boyfriend had the Grilled Octopus Salad and the Dover sole (incredible!) Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The fish tour was interesting and unique. We are glad to have found this restaurant and will definitely be back!