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Gertrude's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gertrudesrestaurant.net
  • Phone: (480) 719-8600
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:30am
    Sunday Brunch: 7:00am - 9:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Stephen K. Eldridge
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Chef's Table is right next to the kitchen line and seats up to 12 People
  • Private Party Contact: John T. Windels (602) 481-4669

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Desert Botanical Garden
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Our guests may park anywhere in the Desert Botanical Garden public lot. We recommend you park near the entrance, the center parking lot sidewalk is a good landmark.
A word from Gertrude's
Gertrude’s, the much-anticipated restaurant at the Desert Botanical Garden, offers a fresh new food experience focusing on ingredients directly from the farm and pasture to the plate.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "I took my wife there for dinnee on our anniversary. The service was outstanding with very personable wait and kitchen staff. I found the food to be very tasty (I had venison sausage). My wife had the burger (she is not a foodie) and she said it was really good. We sat outside on the patio. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is a foodie and wants a great atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The food was delicious and service by Katrina was excellent."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "From the moment we entered Gertrude's and until we left, we experienced top notch customer service from everyone we encountered. The food was beyond our expectations and we will definitely be returning on a regular basis! We were also delighted we happened in on a night they had live entertainment in the form of "Dueling Pianos" which made for a fun time as well. Nothing better than great food, great customer service, and fantastic music on a Wednesday night!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We ordered from the appetizers so that we would not miss the concert and found the found good. However, the sausage dish was a bit dry with not enough of the wonderful apple chutney. Would I order it again? Yes and just request additional sauce. The shredded pork was also a bit dry; however, given the time of day, it was understandable. This was my first visit and I truly see and taste its potential."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "A group of friends met for evening dinner and thoroughly enjoyed this hidden gem in the gardens. The service was excellent, food timely and delicious. I highly recommend Gertrude's for any occasion and local flavor!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "First time at Gertrude's, but not the last. Food was excellent, And ambience very enjoyable. The room was only partially occupied (brunch in Summer), so it was not noisy at all."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The setting is really attractive. The food is expensive and just okay. Our server was a nice person, but a terrible waiter. This is not the first time we have had poor service at this restaurant. Everyone is friendly but they do not know how to offer decent service. Sad. I don't know if we will return."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I made reservations for 5 at 9:30am for brunch. We started out the morning early with a stroll through the botanical gardens. We arrived at Gertrude's, were seated and orders were taken within 10 minutes. An hour later our meal still wasn't served, so we left. I will not recommend Gertrude's to anyone."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I thought it would be nice to have dinner @ Gertrude's prior to the concert & because I've never eaten there before. I was less than impressed with the menu & wonder about the chef's taste for these lunch and dinner items. Maybe it's just me but I think food items are quite pricey"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Enjoyed the Quinoa Salad that a piece of Grilled Salmon was "ADDED" to. Was a Great dish and would go there to order again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Gertrude's & we were pleasantly surprised. Our other visits were during the insanely busy Chihuly exhibit, but we decided to give G one last opportunity to win us over. The new menu, although not extensive by any means, had some delicious-sounding new choices. I chose the happy hour small bites Street Tacos & they were very good, as was the Gazpacho, My husband had the Country Ham sandwich & said it was very good as well. Our server was attentive & knowledgeable. Prices are still a little high for what you get, but everything is fresh & we will come back again. Kudos to the new chef for changing things up a bit."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Very pleasant dinning experience. Gertrude's is perfectly located for those who participate in the concerts performed at the Desert Botanical Gardens."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We took two friends to Gertrudes prior to attending a Music In The Garden concert. First, the menu is relatively sparse and exotic. The main part of what we each had (chicken,salmon) was excellent. The accompanying side were a bit strange. Dessert was superb. I was somewhat put off by the prices. With no alcoholic beverages, the bill for four with tip was about $150. We chose Gertrudes because the meal on the Terrace was too spicy. Would we go back? Somewhat iffy."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We heard they lost their Chef who basically put this place on the map! Didn't excpect this fast of a fall from grace. Though menu items are the same; presentation and quality have slipped from a 10 to a 4. Service timing was insane...waiter rushed us to order claiming food would take 40 MINUTES and everything arrived in 4!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "2nd time coming. Setup reservation on Thursday for Sat at 645pm for 4. Arrived gave my name and the hostess said we had already checked in. Well how can that be if we just got there. She had looked at our name for someone else. So our table was gone. We had to wait 45 mins for another table. They apologized but didn't help. Spoiled the evening. The manager didn't even offer to comp anything. This should be a lesson to the hostess to check the names very carefully. I;m not sure if I will come back or recommend this place to anyone else.That was very poor on there part. The server was rushing us it seemed like too. The food is very good. Just put yourself in this situation. ."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Gertrude's is conveniently located on the beautiful grounds of the Botanical Gardens. For anyone taking a trip to the Gardens or Zoo, this is a lovely dining experience to choose - parking is very abundant and provides a moderate walk before dining. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. We sat outdoors and enjoyed the Palo Verde trees overhead and the rocks in the distance. Our server was friendly, attentive, and available. We were only moderately impressed with our food - a salad with chicken and some hummus. I would definitely return to Gertrude's and try something else on the menu especially if I were returning for an event - such as the "Midsummer's Night Dream" performance we attended in the Gardens."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Overall the food was excellent but the beans with the Tacos were tasteless. Get another side if ordering the Tacos. The beet salad with Salmon was excellent."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Good food and great service. Server knew the menu and made great recommendations. Fish tacos were great as was the hummus appetizer."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our pre Shakespeare evening at the Garden. The food was excellent as was the atmosphere and service.A lovely oasis ."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Not great, but good. The food was fine and the service was very good. Combined, the experience this time at Gertrude's was as expected...which will keep me coming back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was very good but not excellent. I was surprised by how casual the menu was. I expected more dinner options."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Made a reservation at 10:00am on 05/30/14 for indoors. Reservation was confirmed. When my date and I arrived we were told they only had outdoor availability. After a short discussion and while be escorted to the patio we past 4 empty tables inside on the way. After being seated and my making another comment the hostess told me she would look into the situation. Never heard another thing. After sitting for over 5min. in the heat and asking for water the server who was bringing it after another lengthy period chatted with the next table for 3-4 more minute. Food was average. Decided to try this as we were attending a concert in the garden. Next time I will just plan differently. Oh and BTW...walked past 4 empty tables inside on the way out."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Gertrude's serves amazing, healthy food that is perfect for pre-events at the Desert Botanical Garden. Perfect for out-of-town guests. Sure to wow them!!! Delicious with great service."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant for a special occasion. The service was outstanding. The food was very good-- except for the calimari which was rubbery and not cooked quite right. The inside of the restaurant is a little bit tired looking. I suggest touch up on the paint on the walls. It looks dinged up here and there. The location is an absolutely beautiful garden location. It is easy to overlook minor flaws when the environment is magnificent. Overall this is highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We've dined here 10 or so times in the past year. This time we were meeting old friends for breakfast. Gertrude's is great for special occasions and is great for out of town guests. The DBG is a scenic backdrop, the food and service is always excellent and its always nice to stay and linger around the gardens. We'll be back"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Unexpected find! Not a thing we did not like. Menu was restaurant week and choices were excellent. Wish we lived closer so we could visit more often. We visited the garden in late afternoon (not too many people) and being able to stay in the same area for dinner was an unexpected bonus. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Really great use of vegetables! I had the egg white fritita and it was delicious"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. The food, the seasoning, atmosphere, service. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "rare temperate early summer evening made Gertrude's an anniversary treat. Food is interesting, good wine list, friendly, attentive wait staff, leisurely service pace was appreciated. Quiet on patio. Lovely evening. We wished the Garden had been open till 9 (instead of 8pm) for a post-dinner stroll."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I looked forward to my first time at Gertrude's. We arrived early, but were seated immediately as there were only a few other diners. The waitress quickly explained the specials and took our drink order. The drinks arrived and our food order taken within 10 minutes of arrival. It then took more than 25 minutes to get our food. I ordered the chicken. The meat was hot and very tasty. Unfortunately, the mashed potatoes and asparagus were nearly cold and bland. My companion's salmon was warm enough, but there was very little taste to the broth or mussels and she had to ask for bread to go with it (the waitress brought one small piece). The menu was also difficult to understand and quite limited. A disappointing experience."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great choice for a romantic evening with your sweetheart. Our meal was delicious!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "It was so empty , part of its charm is the ambiance and excitement that a full house presents. But it was our choice to grab something small, fast while peaking in on a few plants. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I have visited the Desert Botanic Garden of Phoenix many times, but had not eaten at Gertrude's. It lived up to the positive reviews my friends had passed along. We tried the fish tacos, chile rubbed ribs and the "chocolate" mouse dish. We both thought all were very tasty. Despite a full house, the service was great. We were promptly seated at our reservation time plus about 10 minutes due to the traffic coming in. It was the last night of the Chihuly in the Garden event. The setting is lovely with desert folliage visible through windows and the open doors of the al fresco seating area. All of the entres were well prepared and artfully presented despite the capacity crowd. Well done, and we will dine there again!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My family and I went to the Chihuly exhibit to celebrate my 24th birthday. We did the 4-8 pm slot and walked around a few hours before having dinner at 6. After dinner we continued to walk around and with the lights on the beautiful glasswork in the nighttime it was as if we were at a different exhibit. Such a cool experience and I would recomend it to everyone!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to dining here because i had heard so many great things. We went for a brunch (Sunday) and we were nicely greated by 'we have been waiting for you" which made you feel really good. The waitress was very nice. The server was short didn't place the plate in front of you but just radomly sat the plates down. My Husband and I split Farmers sandwich and a beet salad which was very good. Our guests had the American breakfast which was nothing special, no better than what you could fix at home. No garnish, not even a piece of parsley..nothing to make it special in anyway. I was very disappointed and I'm sorry to say we probably won't go back again. Way too many excellent restaurants to settle."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "food was average. service was slow. disappointing."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The cocktails are great, food is delicious and unique, the staff is friendly and helpful-I really enjoy Gertrude's! The service can be slower but that gives you more time to enjoy the setting. The outdoor patio is beautiful so eat there if you can. I highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Although Phoenix high temperature was 105 the day we were there, we were seated outside at 6:15, and we're quite comfortable. The selections were familiar but with twists. Food was beautifully presented and delious. I especially enjoyed the mint lime cooler and the salmon salad. Friendly and fun servers."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Average at best. Not everything on menu was available. Service very slow....appetizers came out before drinks."
    Dined on 5/17/2014