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Gertrude's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gertrudesbaltimore.com
  • Email: gertrudes@johnshields.com
  • Phone: (410) 889-3399
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:00pm Saturday: 10:30am - 9:00pm Sunday: 10:30am - 8:00pm Brunch Menu served on Saturday and Sunday until 3pm Light Fare Menu on Saturday and Sunday from 3pm - 5pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Bill McKinley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: In addition to birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and corporate affairs, Gertrude's hosts many wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and “day after” brunches throughout the year, for groups as small as 20 guests, and as large as 150. You may visit our web site, www.gertrudesbaltimore.com, for more info, or contact John Gilligan at jg@johnshields.com (or tel. 410.889.3399 x105).
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: John Gilligan (410) 889-3399 x105
  • Entertainment: On Friday nights listen to mellow jazz with Gary Thomas & Friends at Gertrude's from 6 to 8pm, while you enjoy dinner or cocktails in a beautiful and relaxing setting. And the Dottie Tim Jazz Duo plays here on Sundays during our popular brunch, from 11:30 am till 2:30 pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Charles St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking lot for over 40 cars, operated by the BMA; payment is required to use the BMA's lot. There is also plenty of on-street parking directly in front; parking meters are in effect during our operating hours.
A word from Gertrude's
Gertrude's Restaurant, located inside the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), is where John Shields celebrates Chesapeake cuisine using local foods, in a warm and stylish setting. Chef & owner John Shields, a Baltimore native who is a cookbook author and television cooking show host, named the restaurant after his grandmother, Gertrude Cleary, who taught him to cook as a child. Gertrude's dishes up a sophisticated regional menu of Chesapeake foods and traditions for lunch, dinner, and brunch using local, organic ingredients whenever possible. The restaurant's interior, inspired by life on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, is beautiful & elegant yet comfortable. The wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the museum’s Sculpture Garden floods the open & airy dining room with natural light. During the warmer months, additional seats are available on the terrace surrounding a fountain and reflecting pool.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Gertrude's is one of our favorite Baltimore restaurants. We hadn't been in a while and were disheartened by the changes in the facility due to construction at the BMA. However, once we found our way inside the main dining area, it was the same comfortable but elegant place we remembered, and the food was superb. it is very "Maryland" from the crab cakes to the chow-chow pickles. The apple and fennel cole slaw was the best I've ever eaten. And desserts are not to be missed. (Somebody please, please tell me how the pastry chef makes the bottom layer of Gertrude's Candy Bar! I am a baker, and I cannot imagine how he achieves that magical crunchiness.) We're looking forward to a return visit once the construction is complete."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Gertrude's is the place you can bring your spouse, your friend, your date, your mom, your client, even your child. It's fancy but not stuffy; pricey but not extravagant. Being locals, we had the crab cakes, though the menu appeals to all tastes (vegan and gluten-free, included). Reservations are a must!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The reconstruction of the BMA has created a less than desirable ambience for Gertrudes until the fall. The bathrooms remind one of life on a boat -- hardly room to turn around and the aroma of a latrine. Also, the lack of access to paying for parking inside led us to have our credit card eaten and having to wait for about ten minutes for security to come and extract our card from the pay station at the exit. All in all, a less than pleasing environment for what is always a wonderful meal and great service. We will now wait until the fall for our next evening for John Shield's ever great eating experience."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "There was a private party outside, so we were seated inside, which was fine. The best element was the service. We ordered 4 different entrees, a few drinks, and two desserts. Most items were good--the flavored seltzer waters were particularly delicious--but a salad was devoid of dressing and bland, and one of the entrees was excessively salty with flavors that didn't combine well. The server had it removed from the bill without being explicitly asked to do so, which was nice. Overall, the location was simply frustrating because of the ongoing renovations. The light fixtures were not clean, plastic is draped around the restaurant, and the bathrooms in particular were deplorable. I just didn't feel it was a good value for the money."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Gertrude's is reliably good in a beautiful spot on a beautiful spot in the sculpture garden of the BMA. Delicious options, expert service, and nice setting make this a reliable choice for an excellent outing."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I had the zuchettes. Gertrude's version of vegan crab cake bites. They were delish! While I have dined at this fine establishments many, many times, this was was first sojourn since becoming vegan. So, I was excited to find items on the menu catering to veganism. While not many, there were a few excellent choices. Brava John Shields!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "despite the usual delicious single-fry oysters, found the food and service less satisfying than before. The Tuna entree--while rare--was dry; the special "shoulder" (beef) was unappetizing, although the root vegetables that accompanied it were spectacularly well cooked. The service -- well, our waiter simply stood in the far corner of the (almost empty) main room while (on three different occasions) we waved vigorously for what seemed like minutes at a time, trying to rouse him. And this was early on a Saturday evening!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Had a very enjoyable evening. Service staff were congenial and helpful. Will return once renovations to lobby are finished."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Had our bookclub mtg on Gertrude's night for 1/2 bar/wine. We can get loud, but the venue manages sound levels well -- good design and plenty of upholstered banquets. Excellent food as usual. Fun cocktails."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I have been a dedicated Gertrude's diner since they opened, many years ago, because the food, service and ambience are consistently outstanding. The menu has a variety of scrumptious offerings for lunch and dinner. Go to their website and check it out. Then do yourself a favor and make a reservation. Thanks, again, Gertrude's! Looking forward to our next meal there!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food was unique and good but our waitress was poor"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I ordered one of the specials, raspberry chocolate chip pancakes and they were delicious. I shared these with my mom who ordered the crab meat omelette, also delicious. The waitress was very kind and friendly. I had eaten here during restaurant week and had a similar pleasant experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I was disappointed. I used to love the whole feeling there and the food was not good."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We were a party of 5, and placed at a rectangular table, with no seating at either end. We asked to be placed at another table that was open, but the hostess said they try to leave open tables so as to not crowd diners. It was difficult to have a conversation. And the acoustics are poor so the noise level was VERY loud. We had to lean over table to have conversation. The waitress was fair, but the food was excellent. They offer excellent vegan dishes."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Dinner was not as expected. We started off with a really nice Caesar Salad,then had an excessively long wait for our dinner plates even though the restaurant was not crowded. Those of us that ordered crab cakes were disappointed. The "Gertie" was made with what seemed to be mostly filler. I assumed this might be a great dish to order since they serve a crab cake of the day..maybe I should have ordered that one! The vegetable mix of the day was overcooked sautéed vegetables. My husband's loaded burger was excellent.I heard there might be renovations so I called ahead to check & was told the only thing different was the entrance. In fact, there are portable toilets for patroness. Our requested window table was in a very small end corner."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "A very enjoyable dinner. The table reserved for us was exactly as requested, the food and wine selections were quite extensive and the items selected most enjoyable. The service was excellent and added to our enjoyment of the evening."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The Restaurant was under construction so my evaluation should be considered in that vain."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had brunch here with my boyfriend and parents before strolling through the museum. Had been here one other time, for dinner, about 18 months ago. We all loved our food! I had a scoop of ice cream for dessert and they brought it out with a candle--who doesn't love a candle on their birthday? Menu is full of local flavor and refreshing twists on old favorites."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Overall, the experience was wonderful. The only part that was less than optimal was that our table was ignored for awhile, even though our waiter was right next to our table on many occasions, and it took a long time for our order to be taken but the food was well worth the wait! The atmosphere was delightful!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We've dined at Gertrude's quite a few times and it never disappoints. This time we shared an appetizer of chicken and corn fritters - yummy!. Our main courses were redfish over Chesapeake grits - a most delicious fish! - and house special crab cake with garlic spinach and spicy noodles. Every dish a winner."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Ate here after museum visit as I have done in the past pre-construction. The chicken salad on my sandwich was delicious, but the bread was soft and forgettable. The crab soup was good but needed a little oomph. As others have noted construction is not a bonus (porta potties, view, etc.). Will return when it's done."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I loved Gertrude's! I heard they had the best cream of crab soup in MD and it did not disappoint. I only wished I had time for dessert because the churros looked amazing!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "When I asked for greens instead of the fennel coleslaw with my Pulled Pork, the waiter said "I'm not sure, we may have to charge you" I expected him to return with the information. Since I'm allergic to fennel, I was unhappy to see a $4.00 charge on my bill for the little bowl of greens he brought....without confirming it would be an extra cost. If I'd known that, and the small portion size, I would have just accepted the coleslaw and given it one of my guests. Overall, we had a nice time, but this restaurant is very expensive for dinner, so won't be coming back any time soon. $24.00 for a crabcake is pretty outrageous in my opinion. $136 for 3 people is beyond my norm!!!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Ooops... While the food & service were very good I had no idea that construction/renovations were under way and hence the lovely view was completely obstructed. My date suggested I pick the venue & I was a bit embarrassed to say the least. Had I known of the situation I would have waited to make a reservation after renovations were completed. The maitre'd was kind enough to move our table so we had our backs to the exterior wall. The desert was outstanding; Berger cheesecake. Quite surprised the area that was tented was not covered so less of an eye-sore. ***Tried to shorten above to send to restaurant but was told "too long"."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We went to Gertrude's mostly because we were in from out of town to watch our son's college game at nearby JHU. Found it on Yelp,m and are glad we did. Although in the BMA, it is a really cool place, something between funky and romantic, but very vibrant with lots of young people in for the happy hour scene (but stil good and quiet enough for two middle-agers like us!). The service was great (I think our waitress was Lindsay or Katherine, I'm not sure), and she was great...attentive, but not overly so, and very helpful with our wine and food selections. The whiskey flight was great, as were the oysters and kale and potatoe soup. When next in Baltimore, we'd surely come back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We went with a group to the March Wednesday Happy Hour. I had called the day before that we would be with about 10 people in the bar area. When we arrived it was very busy and a very large group was in the bar area already. Gertrudes was VERY nice and accommodated our group in the restaurant area for the Happy Hour. We all enjoyed the delicious cocktails and foods. Waiter was wonderful and patient with us."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Gertrude's is still a very nice place to eat. However...I will not return until the construction at the BMA -- which also affects Gertrude's -- has been completed. Restaurant guests are required to use port-a-pots, and I am NOT the port-a-pot type. Although the pots were located at the top of a flight of stairs, and there were four stalls in the "room", a sink, etc., the odor in the space was still unmistakably the same as or worse than the odor in any one pot installation that I have used in the past. Yuck! No thanks! See ya later, Gertrude's!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We ordered fried oysters, and they were tasty, not over cooked. the potatoes were indifferent and the slaw no better than deli slaw."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I went for brunch as part of a group of three. First, the manager made table visits and seemed to really care that all the patrons at his establishment were having a great time. Two thumbs up. Everybody in our party commented that their food was delicious. One person ordered the crab meat/mushroom omelet, one person ordered the crab meat Benedict, and I ordered the black bean burger. It is difficult to find a bean burger in Baltimore that is vegan (as opposed to vegetarian) so, two thumbs up! Service was competent and friendly; we received our drinks and food in a timely manner. The ambiance is lovely, and if you are so inclined to view some art, the museum is literally right next door! I'll be going back, both for brunch and bar visits."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "If you're trying to have an intimate conversation with a dinner date, this may not be it. Maybe it would've been different with the outdoor seating, but indoors on a Saturday night there, the background noise of the other patrons combined with the hard surfaces acoustically and the fact that everyone is seated in really close proximity, amplifies the noise to that of school cafeteria levels. That said, the food was exceptional, the interior design is modern and well designed, the wait staff are friendly and accommodating. I just wish I didn't have to speak louder than normal conversation level. It almost felt like I was at a club or a packed TGI Friday's during happy hour."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Came here with to celebrate my birthday. Didn't realize there was construction underway. That really took away from the ambiance. Plus there are portapotties (the nicer kind but still) set up as you walk towards the door. I ordered the monkfish medallions & cup of cream of crab soup. I had to add salt to both. I've eaten here in years past but the food was really bland this time. Afterwards I was treated by the restaurant with a complimentary scoop of I've cream with candle but really it was like an apple sauce sherbet inside what I'm guessing was a molasses-soaking waffle bowl and honey-drizzled plate. I'm starting to get the feeling that Gertrude's has switched to a salt-free, sugar-free menu. Def can't call comfort food."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "staff great. food excellent. will be back in the summer so i can enjoy the sculpture garden. Ordered the sorbet sampler and played a guessing game with the server to figure out which was which. Catfish is melt-in-your-mouth delicious and the stuffed french toast was a table hit! will be back in the summer so i can enjoy the sculpture garden."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This has been a favorite of mine as the view of the sculpture garden is just so serene to enjoy. This time though, the noise level was really high and I found the food to be disappointing. We had a terrific waiter who was attentive. Perhaps the remodeling of BMA has affected the ambience a bit too."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We've been here multiple times in the past for dinner, and were very disappointed with lunch. Everything was good, but for the prices they charge for lunch it should be excellent. The seafood salad had 2 scallops, 3 shrimp and some crab meat for $20. The gumbo was more couscous than sauce or meat. Even the service was at best mediocre. We will return, but only for dinner."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We went to Gertrude's for our anniversary. I found it on-linethrough a search. We were very pleased with the food and service. We recommend it highly for any occasion."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a party of 12 and the waitress did a great job, took time to explain menu items and seemed to get everything correct. I had a crab cake, garlic spinach and udon noodles. All tasted great. My only disappointment was " a" crab cake. I only got one, it was small to medium. Of course it was so good I could have eaten five. But one is just not enough. Then came time to pay. 12 people one check, no separating of checks. What a mess trying to figure things out. It brought the entire experience down."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Restaurant was very busy. Food was late because of private party in the patio. Nevertheless, we enjoyed conversation at our table and food was worth the wait."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We have eaten at Gertrude's many times. Reliably good food in a lovely setting."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Sunday brunch was terrific--really great food, superb service! Following our meal, we made a quick visit to the museum, which was another fabulous benefit--the Cone Sister's Collection is AMAZING! The facility itself is under renovation, but the "under construction" ambience actually didn't detract that much from a very enjoyable experience. The menu centers around the flavors of the Chesapeake, and everyone in our party felt their meals were out of this world! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We have had brunch, lunch, and dinner here and have enjoyed all three. The seafood has been especially fresh and tastefully prepared, and the service has been efficient and attentive. Our only complaint has been desserts that add one two ingredient too many (cheesecake with chocolate cookies, etc.). The ice cream sundae, however, was more straighforward and delicious. We do not live in Baltimore, but do go to Gertrude's when we come up for vist to see a play or concert - and not just when going to the art museum. Very high value for a moderate price."
    Dined on 3/8/2014