Gertrude's
Gertrude's

Gertrude's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gertrudesbaltimore.com/
  • Phone: 4108893399
  • 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: Seafood, American, Comfort Food
  • 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 4108893399x105
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Gertrude's reviews from OpenTable diners
375 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (271)great for brunch (201)special occasion (192)fit for foodies (167)great for lunch (163)neighborhood gem (156)scenic view (152)romantic (124)good for groups (95)kid-friendly (35)notable wine list (33)late-night find (14)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • Always a lovely evening
    janetVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Gertrude's is one of our favorite restaurants! The space is lovely - this time we sat outside near the fountain on a beautiful evening. Dinner was delicious - the crab cakes and salmon dish always please, and the house made desserts are always a creative adventure -- this time the fresh peach cake was a 5-star treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    okn310
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    On our many visits, the food has always been consistently of the freshest and highest quality, and the service friendly and professional. We drive from Washington, DC just for the experience of dining again at Gertrude's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loviem21
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It was a afternoon treat to enjoy a day by the outdoor fountain and the waiter was a gem . The garden allowed you to feel as if you had left the city .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A consistent favorite
    QuitaVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Gertrude's never fails to please. Food is good, using local suppliers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely restaurant, excellent meal
    MKozVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    After touring the wonderful Baltimore museum of art, we were delighted to experience this lovely restaurant. The setting, overlooking the sculpture garden was relaxing. The service was excellent. The food was delicious. Don't miss the goat cheesecake and the sorbet sampler.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Gertrude's has long been a favorite on every level, but the construction at the museum makes it presently less attractive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go Go Gerties
    tastefullytacky
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Gertrude's has been consistently good every time we've dined there. The $12.00 Tuesday entrees are wonderful with plentiful portions. Dining on the patio by the fountain is heaven and the interior is also very nice indeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Brunch But Noisey
    Fairportkid
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Gertrude's offers an extensive brunch menu and the food and service were excellent. And, I guess that must be enough for most folks, because the restaurant was packed. But, if you are looking for a quiet weekend brunch, Gertrude's is not the place. The noise level rivals many sports bars, and the tables are so close together you get to know your neighbor whether you wanted to or not. I don't think we will be combing visiting the BMA with dinning at Gertrude's ever again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • glutenfreegal
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Loved it. Lots of options for gluten free eaters including dessert!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    SoMuchFoodSoLittleTime
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Took my wife to Gertrudes for her birthday dinner and was not disappointed. They start you with great tasting corn bread and butter. Food was great, we began with crabettes and chicken and corn fritters. Both were very delicious. For our main course we had the salmon alla bella and char grilled hanger steak. The portions were very generous and once again delicious, very fresh and cooked perfectly. Service was good however lacked some attentiveness but overall was not bad. We did not however see anything on the dessert menu that caught our eye so skipped it. Overall I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This restaurant has an interesting and eclectic menu. The food and service was good. The setting overlooking the BMA Sculpture Garden is one of a kind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!
    Marsweet
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I have never been disappointed with anything I have ordered at Gertrude's . You can always count on a delicious meal, uniquely prepared and well presented . Try the oyster appetizer, outstanding !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great seafood salad
    LunchtimeFoodie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Wonderful team lunch on a weekday afternoon. Service was outstanding, ambiance very nice. The seafood salad was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK
    mr2020VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Four of us dined on the Sunday evening of the Labor Day weekend. The most disappointing was my wife's shrimp and grits -- which was four large (not giant--but tasty) with a big pile of sticky grits for $26. The grits weren't very good, and there was not enough shrimp for a fair meal. Wife was still hungry after dinner! My dinner of the portobella stuffed crab was good, but I don't think crab would amount to a decent sized crab cake. The berry salads were good. Our friends had steak and crab cakes and they reported those were good. The goat cheese cake dessert was awesome as was the ice cream sandwich. The peach cake was dry. Might try again in the winter with a visit to the museum, but no shrimp and grits.
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  • Brunch
    PeterD
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Best brunch in Sculpture Garden. Inside is cold and noisy
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUNDAY BRUNCH
    Harry
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service and food was great. Perfect for a Sunday morning brunch after church services.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch at Gertrude's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We came to Gertrude's for Sunday Brunch and really enjoyed dining outside on a beautiful morning in the sculpture garden. Food was delicious, this restaurant knows it's Chesapeake seafood. A plus was that the Baltimore Museum of Art has free admission during its construction. So we spent an hour post-brunch viewing the museum. The downside is that during construction, Gertrude's is using trailers with port-a-potties. They reek when you step inside.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Thankful1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food is very good, the service excellent, the guitarist's music is perfect for the setting, and very easy for good conversation. The price is very reasonable for such a place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Has it all!
    nsenn
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was looking for a great crab cake close to the Assisted Living Center my brother is in. This place was great! Easy access for the mobility impaired. Now I can start raving about the menu! A unique assortment of whiskeys on the specialty menu. I had the Leek encrusted cod. Perfect! My husband and brother both got the special with the crab cake. Slight twist on the classic lump crab cake and it was wonderful. The ice cream sampler is a must for the dessert. We will be back prices and location is perfect for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Baltimorediner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We went for lobstermania, an annual family tradition. It did not disappoint! Ourdoor dining overlooking sculpture garden on perfect evening with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobsterama!
    Lobsterama
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The MD style lobster was great as well as crab soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so great service
    Bmorelove
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was great, the atmosphere calming and romantic but our waitress was not very good. She forgot to bring us bread, then the food took forever to come out, she never checked on us during our stay to see how things were going and when we wanted to pay it took forever. We had to grab another waitress to take our check because our waitress apparently liked to spend a lot of time in the back rather than on floor with customers.... This is not a reflection on the place really because we have eaten here before and had great service. This waitress may be new or may just need to find a different job...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always an enjoyable experience
    ellie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The noise level can get high when busy. Dined recently with a hard of hearing friend and he found it difficult. however the food and service are great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome meal!
    awesome4taste
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    this is only my second visit to Gertrude's and I absolutely love the food and presentation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I took my mother for her birthday. This place did not disappoint. The food was great. I will be coming back for a dinner for 2 or even brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food disappointing, restrooms gross
    Mikey
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    There were five of us for brunch. Everyone was disappointed. Fries were soggy, french toast was burned, ahi tuna ($26 for tiny piece) was tasteless. Worst of all were the temporary restrooms that smelled so badly I couldn't go in. It's such a beautiful place to dine. Pity about the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BEST Crab Cakes in Town!
    drewhead
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Was told that their crab cakes are typically rated #1 in city, and being a native Baltimorean I have to agree was at least top 2 crab cakes I've ever had, especially with the triple mustard sauce!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One couple asked to split a salad, but it did not come with an extra plate (or actually split, as many good restaurants would do). Brought drinks to wrong people...OK, not so bad BUT THEN they brought the main dishes to everyone at the table except for one person. Waitress said she would get his meal right away, only to return to tell us that it had been delivered TO ANOTER TABLE BY MISTAKE!! He did not get his food (a simple dish-crab cake w/ some veggies) for another 10 minutes. We were NOT offered any compensation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Way to End a Hectic Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We dropped by early, but the place didn't blink an eye seating us outside in the garden where it was so relaxing. We should have sampled two different entrees but the house crab cake beckoned (and the other crabcake was fried rather than broiled). Very good but I didn't see lumps of crab meat as I do at Pappas's. The waiter didn't know what the local greens were but found out and I ordered the kale, which was good. The duck rolls were fried and ok - but nothing to write home about. It was 5 p.m. when we arrived and I asked if there were any "happy hour" drinks and was told "no". We ordered a bottle of white wine but it was not available; the Los Vasco sauvignon blanc they substituted was fine and chilled perfectly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent place. Whenever I am in Baltimore, I make sure I dine at Gertrude's
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for all occasions
    loulou
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Always friendly and the chief visits your table and it is always a joy to go to this GEM
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood
    nathan10VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We love going to Gertrudes. So convenient. Neighborhood place. Always good, friendly and we enjoy the beautiful setting. It is a restaurant that has made its mark in the community.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rand
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My wife and I both enjoyed the perfectly prepared trout dinner and $20 bottle of wine special on Tuesday night. The Berger Cookie cheesecake was also delicious. We have a summer tradition of Gertrude's on a Tuesday night. It was awesome as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuesdays at Gerties is Terrific
    tastefullytacky
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The $12 dinner specials offered on Tuesday night are out of this world. Something for everyone from meat eater to vegan. Great place to take someone who has never been there - they will always be pleasantly surprised.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a special treat!
    Barb
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Gertrude's is always a special treat, especially on a beautiful night when you can sit in the sculpture garden. The food was delicious. I had lots of out-of-town guests who all had the crab cakes. I had my favorite, the catfish. The cream of crab soup is fantastic! Can't wait to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was very good. The decor was good but not great. But the prices were way too high. $23 for one crab cake? And then I had to pay for parking too? This place is way overpriced.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Couldn't be Better
    maryellen
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went to Gertrude's to enjoy their crab cakes and crab soup. I was not disappointed they were great. I also loved that as a side I could get a fresh fruit cup. As a bonus it is delightful to walk around the sculpture garden.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crabcakes!
    WinegirlVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I grew up on the eastern shore and have very high standards for crabcakes. The crabcakes at Gertrude's are fantastic - better than my own grandmother's!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Womderful Lunch
    Traveler
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This restaurant was recommended and I had out of town guests who appreciate art. Located in the Sculpture Garden of the Baltimore Museum of Art, lunch was outstanding. We were seated in the patio near a pond and where much of the sculpture was visible. The menu was so extensive it was hard to decide but one chosen, each of us had an wonderful lunch. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone and am looking forward to returning for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Baltimore410
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Wonderful surroundings due to fountain and sculpture garden. Menu offerings covered a plethora of customizations, and the servers were helpful and accommodating. Food and beverages were generous and delicious. It was much appreciated to receive a mug rather than a cup of hot tea with a scrumptious dessert; and the half priced wines on Wednesdays were much enjoyed. A restaurant to come back to again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.