Black Olive

4.6
541 reviews
$30 and under
Greek
Traditional, homemade Greek cuisine that promotes a long, healthy life. The menu features items such as fish, bread, olive oil, vegetables, yogurt, and cheese, among others. Black Olive is a BYOB establishment.
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Suburbsusie
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Consistently good food. Reasonably priced.

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vipStephen
Philadelphia
236 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a quiet night at the Black Olive, but the service was great, the food was excellent and this is always a good place to dine. The octopus was tender as was the calamari. The desserts were great too. You can't go wrong at the Black Olive.

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vipwalkerda14
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a fine dining ace like Estia but the meals are every bit as good. The marinated then grilled octopus is sublime. Tzadtiki is awesome. Can't miss with this place.

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NikkiD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food was very good. I ordered lamb chops for an entree and they were out, which was fine, but it was 6:30 on Friday night. The lights were bright making the packed dinning room feel more like a cafeteria then a restaurant. Service was excellent and prices were good. Not sure if I will return but we did enjoy our dinner.

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vipDavidG
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You don't have to be Greek to appreciate good food and they deliver at this restaurant. It was our first time visiting and we thought it was outstanding. I had the Plaki, fish in a red sauce with onions and it was excellent. Even if you don't normally order fish I would get this dish. My wife had the lamb chops and they were grilled and seasoned perfectly. And you bring your own wine...very good service here too. Highly recommended!!

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vipbobospot
Jacksonville
117 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have always had excellent experiences at Black Olive! If you go, you have to have octopus, even if you don't think you like it! This spot is an excellent addition to the area.

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vipAlan
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the baked scrod over vegetables in a lemon wine sauce. The sauce was nice and light the way I like it. My wife had the chicken in a red wine sauce, which she enjoyed.

The service was spot on and I got extra Marriott points as it was part of a Marriott dine around town promotion. Plus it’s on the Voorhees card. All good reasons to build loyalty.

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vipMickeyC
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food always excellent…and they have the best grilled octopus!

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chnj
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely be returning.

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Cutin
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner George is very friendly and accommodating. He comes to the table to greet you and make sure the food meets your expectation. The food is delicious and fresh. This is my new favorite restaurant!

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vipwalkerda14
Philadelphia
102 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious grilled octopus. Wonderful spanikopita. Same for the stuffed eggplant. And relatively inexpensive.
A real gem.

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epplehead
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I really like this place! The food ( grape leaves with sauce on the side, octopus as dinner and a lamb shank) were all very good and came in timely fashion. The woman who waited on us was excellent. She was very busy but made sure we were doing OK!

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LDMedford
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great fresh authentic food. With great service. Owner seems to always be there.

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vipsaturdaynights
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Once again had a lovely dining experience at a "local" favorite. Greek food is a local treat as there are very few if any greek restaurants in our area anymore.

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LS21
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most excellent Greek food around!! A great selection of traditional Greek dishes prepared with such flavor and quality that it makes you want to go back time and again! The servers are kind and efficient!! Quiet ambiance- And it’s BYOB! Enjoy!!

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RitaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

We love this place for a quiet lunch or dinner alone or with the family. Food is good, prices more or less reasonable and the service is good. This is not a romantic place but a good place to have a good quality meal with family. We patronize this place for years. There are the same people there for years. We know them, they know us. Very nice local gem.

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vipkarenk
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & waiter

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good and tasty male fresh And authentic

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vipTheresa
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing first experience dining here.. delicious flavors, subtle textures and perfect temperature… very nicely done. And the dining room was lovely!

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vipChrissy
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have had a great meal at
Black Olive. Their tzatziki is the best I’ve ever had. I’ve never had a bad meal there. We have the same sever every time and he’s awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best ever lamb shank. Can’t be outdone. Love

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DisappointedDiner
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Had dinner here on August 10. This was our second time here. Here are the bad and good.

Bad

The wait staff have no idea what food is what because they are not Greek, and management has not trained them properly. If you’re going to hire non-Greeks, which is totally fine, you have to teach them the Greek menu. This is a management failure.

This is the second time we tried to order taramasolata in a two month period. The waiter said they have it, but he had no idea what it was, and just guessed. When we got the pikilia, it wasn’t included. He told us after the fact that it’s been discontinued months ago. First, why have it on the menu if it’s discontinued? Management at the very least should have the servers let the diners know they don’t have it. The better option, obviously, is to remove it from the menu. It’s now been on the menu for months after its has been permanently discontinued. Hard to understand. At some point management should have come to us to apologize and explain the situation. They never did.

The waiter did not bring us any water. At all. He admitted he was new. Again, this is a training failure. We still left a 25% tip because he was a young kid trying to make a buck. But he needs to be properly trained. The old restaurant saying is true - when the service is good, the food tastes better.

Good

The lab chops and egg plant salad.

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sgbgla
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

We went with friends to the Black Olive since they were always raving about the food there. We all ordered the Lamb Chops. The chef/owner came out with a different variety of lamb chops that he showed us before cooking and told us he couldn't get the one he usually uses. These were about 1 inch thick but looked okay so we all decided to get them. When they came out and we started to cut them, it was very tough. So tough that I couldn't even eat the meat from the bone and had to leave it. We complained to the waiter who in turn told the chef/owner. He came out and apologized for the way the meat came out but told us he wouldn't charge us for the dinner if we bought dessert and just paid for that which is what we did. I know my friends will be back but my husband isn't one for Greek food anyway and we don't live nearby and after this meal I don't expect he'll want to go back.

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MeBri
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Visited for lunch. NEVER AGAIN. The waiter was unprofessional and the food was subpar. When I got home I called to speak w/the manager who was too busy to speak at the time. During the call the manager refused to give me his name, asked, “what do you want” and hung up mid conversation. If service is important to you this place will leave a bad taste in your mouth. Better option: Norma’s on 70.

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JoAnnO
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have not been back since before pandemic. Food and service still outstanding..

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience! The food was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All wonderful. Great food and friendly service. Reasonable prices…

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vipJoelP
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Greek cuisine at reasonable prices. Excellent service and its BYOB. One of our favorites.

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vipLuv2eatout
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We come here often because the food is always very good. We would come here more but the table and chairs are small and very uncomfortable.

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vipSJFresser
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Party of 5. All thought the food was mediocre. Server needed more training also.

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vipMartyS
Philadelphia
171 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food great service

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vipfoodie
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is terrific. The prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is very pleasant. It is very good value for the money.

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vipJoSa
18 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always excellent at the Black Olive. The service was great and we got special attention from the owner. It is nice to feel appreciated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Wam bam thank you mam wanted a nice evening
Appetizers salad dinner deserts and coffee in and out in 35 minutes

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sharon
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fantastic. We enjoyed every dish and appetizer.

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vipStephen
Philadelphia
237 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I'm a long time customer of the Black Olive and love their food. Mother's Day was no exception. The grilled octopus was tender and flavorful. The spanakopita was excellent and the shrimp were wonderful. The kitchen was backed up and the servers were a little frustrated, but it was to be expected. The Black Olive is always a great choice, but sometimes you just have to pack a little patience. It's worth it!

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vipMickeyC
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good. Great octopus!!

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BStavola
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

First and most importantly our server was subpar. When asked about a certain type of fish his reply was I don’t really like fish so I have no idea. When you work as a server you should have knowledge of everything on the menu whether you like it or not. You could tell that this guy really did not know what he was doing had no knowledge base of the food. When he brought out our meals he forgot who ordered what and would reach right across in front of you. My date ordered red snapper and spent half of the time picking bones out of her meal. Meanwhile, a gentleman I believe to be the owner and chef was sitting at the front Register watching my date pick bones out of her fish and never thought to say anything. Even the waiter saw her picking bones out of the fish and acknowledged shame but nothing was ever done about it. The food was moderately tasty. I will never spend another dollar in that restaurant again. Highly don’t recommend.

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KayS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, friendly service and atmosphere. Quickly becoming one of our favorites. Loved the hummus, haloumi and bifteki!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lamb shank. Best dish ever

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Black Olive is rated 4.6 stars by 541 OpenTable diners.

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