Quick ServiceWhen making a reservations, they seat you quickly, while greeting you formally by your last name. It was Mother's Day, and the service was excellent. We had brunch, and the food was very delicious. If you like bacon, they do not skimp out on you and it is cooked crispy, the way I like it. I was very pleased with my decision to go to Gertrude's.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMeven BETTER than expected!I had heard from friends that Gertrude's was quite good, but my expectations were exceeded! I highly recommend the Bloody Mary's and the soup was a cornucopia of delight!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMmore than satisfactoryAs an early Mother's Day Dinner, we tried this great location and found it to be an outstanding dining experience. Very relaxing, quiet, and peaceful. Great food presentation, and the service staff couldn't have better. We will go again.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMSatisfiedThe quality of the food is excellent; presentation of the meal on the plate is innovative and attractive; service is fast, friendly and knowledgeable; the ambiance is unbeatable.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMPeacefull outdoor desert dinningThis is a great place to enjoy quiet conversation with good friends in an incredible desert setting. You will also enyoy some of the Valleys best food. Great fish dishes! Want to impress out of towners and surprise in towners...5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMFood, Wine and FriendsFive us met after not all being together in over 10 years. We had five appetizers and much wine. It was a beautiful evening outdoors at the garden. We was so good to remember good times and look forward to many more.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this placeWe took friend to dine at Gertrudes's as a thank you for helping us with a project. I had only been there for lunch but thought it was nice. Dinner was great, the food was flavorful and the service was excellent , Daniel was our waiter. We look forward to our next visit and will definitely put this on our list to bring out of town visitors.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely EveningOutdoor dining just as the sun was setting was perfect. All four os us were delighted with our dinners, and we all enjoyed chatting with the Chef. Service was attentive, but not over done. Great evening all in all!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was well done,exceptFood was well done,except the green beans were raw,would have been better cooked. Great ambiance, great for any location5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGertrude's is greatWe dined on the patio at 6:15 on a beautiful evening in early May. The setting was
lovely and the food was simply delicious. Passing through the indoor dining room,
we noticed it was too air-conditioned and the modern decor was on the cool side
as well. Most customers were on the patio, which was warm and lovely. Perhaps
in July or August indoors would be preferred, but for much of the year the patio is
the place to be. Either place, the food we tried made it a good place to revisit. The
halibut special was the best fish dinner I have had in a long time. The pastry chef
is also very talented.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMDining in the desertI'll make this short and sweet: if you haven't been to Gertrude's yet, go now!!! Amazing new restaurant!!!!!!!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGertrude in the Botanical GardenThe setting is perfect for those who enjoy the special ambiance of the Botanical Gardens. . . but it's not necessary to be a member of the Botanical Garden to enjoy the restaurant. I was there for a light breakfast before I wandered through the cacti!5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMNeed more choicesSomething besides pastries should be offered for breakfast no protein too loud indoors at lunch disappointed4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat all aroundLovely setting and delicious healthy food and unique drinks. Highly reocmmend4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMRelaxing LunchWhile waiting for my lunch to arrive it was pleasant to look around at all the cacti and birds. Since it was a little later for
the lunch crowd it was very serene and quiet. The food was presented in a plain white dish and was very pleasing.
Lovely!4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service. WeGreat food and service. We ate outside on the patio which was very pleasant.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat and attentive service.Great and attentive service. I have been here 4 times since its opening this winter. Consistently pleases with fresh, tasty, healthy fare. I was disappointed in the fish tacos - bland and corn tortillas were rubbery. Not horrible; but certainly a HUGE exception to the other dishes. The hummus is outstanding! The individual chocolate cake with mousse is an absolute must ... and I'm not even a chocoholic. Outdoor setting couldn't be better - the Desert Botanical Garden. Prefer outside to inside. Interior very modern, high ceilings, cement floors and very loud - although not in an offensive way. The local, artisan beer selection is great, too. Highly, highly, highly recommend.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've visited 3 or 4 timesWe've visited 3 or 4 times now and find the food and service generally excellent, and consider Gertrude's the best dining option in Tempe. The setting in the Desert Botanical Garden is lovely, will only improve as they fine tune the layout and decor. The food is delicious and imaginative, though amounts vary from dish to dish. (That is, 3 $25 or so entrees arrived with quite different amounts of food on the plate. That's an easy one to fix.) I would also quibble with the $6 "bread course," which amounted to 4 sliced of pretty good bread. That's a bit pricy: if the price must be $6 then it would be nice to have the plate refilled. We've had been and wine on different occasions and the choices are excellent and reasonably priced.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a beautiful evening,We had a beautiful evening, Singing bowls, outdoor table. Our waiter was a bit anxious did not want to spend time with details.
We are from Portland OR and we really enjoyed our evening at Gertrude's4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMTHE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT.THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT. FOOD IS A 5 STAR AND OUR SERVER, MARY, WAS SO FUNNY AND ATTENTIVE. WE ATE ON THE PATIO, NEXT TO THE FOUNTAIN AND IT WAS LIKE HAVING OUR OWN LITTLE PARTY BUT AS WE WALKED THROUGH THE INDOOR EATING WE NOTICED HOW LOUD IT WAS AND I DON'T THINK WE COULD HAVE EVEN CARRIED ON A CONVERSATION, SO ASK FOR THE PATIO.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous Garden RestaurantThe food is delicious, seasoned with interest, presented nicely, ample portions. Service was good, attentive, friendly and helpful.Outdoor ambiance was terrific at Desert Botanical Gardens...how could it not be? We will continue to enjoy Gertrude's again and again.They have a hit!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had an excellent lunch.We had an excellent lunch. The wait staff is very attentive, but not pushy. I love there cucumber ginger Collins. There drink and beer menu is refreshing. I was only disappointed that bread was not served with the salad or the mussels. I need some carbs with my vegetables and something to soak up the womderful Bloody Mary sauce from my mussels. We will be back.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had concert tickets andWe had concert tickets and not a lot of time at the same time as a number of tables suddenly needed to be moved inside. That caused a bit of disorganization but any delays were quickly made up without rushing us. Beet salad good, chicken awesome! Unfortunately we did not sample dessert, but I will definitely go back! Very clean decor and of course the magnificent location at the Botanic Gardens. Service was very attentive and pleasant.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoy the gardens AND superb meal!Food and presentation were beautiful! Everything done to perfection! Great waiter, hostess, overall wonderful evening! We would have sat outside but it was windy. . .next time!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe restaurant and whole lunchThe restaurant and whole lunch experience was delightful. Very bustling during the lunch time, glad that I made reservations first! Great vibe. Food was both aesthetically pleasing and delicious and service was excellent. Gertrude's is located in one of the prettiest spots in Phoenix and fits the surroundings beautifully. Glad you are here!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMMy guest were very impressed.My guest were very impressed. Good food --ate outside. Domanic was a great waiter.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was top knotch!Everything was top knotch! The only complaint that I can think of is the noise from a helecopter flying overhead. Of course the restaurant can't do anything about this and I'm sure it doesn't happen often. I have already reccomended Gertrudes to my friends.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe dining room has a veryThe dining room has a very indoor outdoor feel for those who do not want to sit outside. The patio is very shaded and offers a great outdoor dining experience. The menu is moderately priced and the food has a southwest flair. Great addition to the Botanical Gardens. A wonderful place to experience and enjoy Arizona at its best! A must for out of town guests.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe dined at Gertrude's forWe dined at Gertrude's for a business dinner. We sat at a table on the beautiful patio next to a bubbling fountain surrounded by lush plants and herbs. Our waiter Aaron was perfect, he gave us the time we needed to enjoy our dinner and wine (also suggested a spot-on red wine for dinner, The Riddler). He was professional yet had a good sense of humor, which we loved. The food was cooked to perfection and was not overly fussy, but let the ingredients do the talking. The carpaccio was melt in your mouth fantastic. The swine entree was a pork lovers dream (loved the cassoulet and sausage). I will be back to try everything on the menu, as well as their brunch. A wonderful place to dine in the desert!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was delicious. WeThe food was delicious. We enjoyed our lunch very much. It did tend to get a bit noisy.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat outdoor setting. NoiseGreat outdoor setting. Noise level inside during lunch seemed very high. Glad I was outside.
Enjoyed and appreciated the petite salad option.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMVery busy on a Wednesday afternoonVery busy on a Wednesday afternoon in April. Acoustics made it difficult to enjoy conversation. Our reserved table was a small table squeezed into the corner...one of us was unable to enjoy the view of the garden. Other than that...the food was fabulous and the service was good for a busy time. I will go back, but will make sure it isn't quite so busy and can get a better table.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWe all loved it. 7 in ourWe all loved it. 7 in our party. we could visit and had excellent service . Our waitress was very ajustable to all request and we will return soon. Pat4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoying the fresh air ofEnjoying the fresh air of the Desert Botanical Garden and even occasional wildlife wandering through (quails, roadrunners, desert squirrels) while savoring good wine and super food is hard to beat! Don't miss the chance!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was fabulous. NeededFood was fabulous. Needed a flashlight to read the dessert menu and the bill. Still working out service kinks... slow to get our food, refill glasses, etc. Will go back though a sit is a really unique experience for out of town guests.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWorth it!Located in the Botanical Gardens the scenery could not be more beautiful. The cactus were is bloom the night we were there so we took the opportunity to stroll around and enjoy the color. The service from the time we entered the restaurant until we left was friendly, attentive and informative. The menu changes at this restaurant so to tell you what we had would be silly. What I can tell you is that the food was excellent! The presentation was delightful and the ingredients were enticingly described.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMA Neighborhood GemWe loved our first visit to Gertrude's.
The food and wine were excellant.
I highley recommend the outdoor dining with the fabulous scenic views.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMCould not have picked a moreCould not have picked a more beautiful setting to enjoy a delicious Sunday Brunch. Service was attentive and friendly, and the recommendations from the menu were all great. Already planning our return. Whether you are a member of the Botanical Gardens or not, do not miss this lovely dining spot.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were there for lunch butWe were there for lunch but I'm dying to go back for brunch & dinner. I could stay on the patio all day.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGertrude's has a fantasticGertrude's has a fantastic setting in the patio area. Inside it's pretty compact and noisy. Patio is definitely the way to go. Food was delicious and "gourmet" style with prices on the high side, but overall worth it. Reservations are necessary and they do a good job with honoring them promptly. However, the service needs a major overhaul or they won't be getting repeat customers at those prices. Our waitress was young, and a bit inexperienced although very pleasant. Had big issue with ordering a bottle of wine, she knew nothing about them, but got info for us. We ordered and never received it, had to let our appetizer sit for about 10 minutes. Finally got a hold of her and she went to bar, came back and told us they were out of it3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGetrude's is a perfect componentGetrude's is a perfect component of the Desert Botanical Garden. I love the outdoor seating where you can watch the creatures and the people as they wander thru the garden. We had the ranch steak which was prepared just right. Instead of french fries, I got the braised brussel sprouts. You got to try them they are so good. I love going here and will continue in the future.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMLunch crowd and noise overwhelming,Lunch crowd and noise overwhelming, however - we were seated early at a wonderful table and enjoyed our dining experience lots. Three ladies ordered the Newman Ranch Burgers, I had the Chicken breast sandwich, Anchiote marinaded, etc. We all really enjoyed the flavors of our lunch greatly. We also shared a small appetizer "three shrimp, bacon sitting on a nice spread of pureed celery root - tasty though abit more seasoning would been good. The luncheon selection menu was great, our server was very attentive.
Looking forward to returning for dinner some evening. Overall, Gertrudes is a great place to bring our friends and visiting family. What a lovely surprise in the desert!!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent service by our waiter,Excellent service by our waiter, Mary!! The three napkin swine sandwich was great.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMDesert DelightGertrude's is a gem tucked into the Desert Botanical Gardens! We were fortunate to get an outside table next to the fountain. Our lunch was outstanding. We started with the calamari breaded with cornmeal. I think it is probably the best calamari I have ever eaten! My meal was the grain salad. It is a perfect portion for lunch. My husband had the green chili pork which he loved. It is spicy but in a subtle way. The flavor seems to develop in your mouth. This was our second trip to Gertrude's and we plan on returning again and again.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMNice new addition to the PhoenixNice new addition to the Phoenix restaurant scene.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our second visitThis was our second visit to Gertrude's. I suggest making a reservation because of the popularity of this restaurant. Very good. Will definitely be coming back. You do not have to pay an entrance fee to the Botanical Garden if you are only eating at Gertrude's.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful retirement dinnerWonderful retirement dinner with my family from all over the country. We had a great stroll through the beautiful gardens and then a superb dinner and dessert. Will definitely return!3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe menu is wonderful forThe menu is wonderful for a locavore, veggie-lover! Beautiful outdoor patio setting! The service needs some work. A server didn't show up for at least 8- 10 minutes after we had been seated and even then, it was not our server, but another asking if we'd been helped yet. That server took our drink order. As she was delivering our drinks and beginning to answer our questions about the menu, our actual server showed up and took over. Hostess gave me the wrong menu, so when I placed an order for one of the salads, it wasn't until 10-15 minutes later that the server came back to say my choice was not available & I had to make a new selection. Attempted to deliver a desert to our table that we didn't order. All had pleasant attitude.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMOutdoor seating is a mustOutdoor seating is a must as it is breathtaking and beautiful. Another fabulous John Douglas design. Food was great -- the service requires some maturity still.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMDelightful Dining at the DBGWe sat on the Patio for lunch and it was totally delightful! Service was excellent and we really enjoyed the food. A great place to eat!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AM