Gertrude's
Gertrude's

Gertrude's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gertrudesbaltimore.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: 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
418 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (254)special occasion (213)fit for foodies (209)great for brunch (195)neighborhood gem (194)great for lunch (176)romantic (136)scenic view (133)good for groups (112)notable wine list (48)kid-friendly (34)hot spot (25)late-night find (21)vibrant bar scene (9)Show More
  • Museum Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We had Sunday brunch here before visiting the museum. This is a lovely place, spacious, bright, easily accessible under the same roof as the Baltimore Museum of Art, great ambiance, service, extensive menu and wine list. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and a few Vegan choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Non crab crab cakes are excellent. Great Vodka martini.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, poor food
    4r0h
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I was surprised by the mediocrity of my meal. I had scrambled eggs, hominy, chicken sausage. Tiny corn muffins and biscuits were served for the table. Every single item was bland and close to tasteless. When and if I go back, I'll try one of the specials for the day. The waitress was friendly and efficient without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Gertrude's the Gem
    DelectableVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    This is one of Baltimore's dining gems...it is a place that one can always count on. In the warm weather tables around the sculpture garden are the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful!
    MaggiVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The food was amazing. Your specials for the evening were beyond delicious. Katie, our waitress, was a delight - very attentive and friendly. Our guest from New Hampshire always wants to come to your restaurant on each trip to Baltimore so that she can experience another fantastic and yummy evening at Tuesdays with Gertie. Thank you, John, you always deliver the best of everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as usual.
    NewMarket
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I have been to Gertrude's several times as it is a good place to take ladies for lunch. I'd never been there for Sunday brunch before. I had the duck breast omelet and it was very disappointing. The filling was tired if not downright old. I guess I need to stick to the crab cakes as usual! The service was impeccable and made the visit very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Gertrudes, but. . .
    Hope2cya
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I had a wonderful Sunday brunch at Gertrude's. The menu was eclectic and the food tasted great. The only drawback was that everything on my plate was room temperature or colder. The restaurant was super busy and our server was attentive despite the crowded dining room. Perhaps the server wasn't alerted for some time that our food was ready to be picked up. Whatever the reason, that was truly the only deficit of the experience. I would return and try to select a less hectic time for the kitchen and staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Fair
    DRMO
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We thought that we would go to a really nice brunch for our anniversary and chose Gertrude's from advertising. while the food was good, the total experience was not as good as many places we have frequented. for people having to drive a distance, I would recommend you try somewhere that is more accessible with less bumpy roads. All in all, not worth the drive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure
    Rosina
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Birthday was the occasion, though we go to Gertie's whenever we can. Decor is lovely, food is always excellent, and the wait staff is great! One of us is a vegan, and we appreciate the several options she finds there. Special treatment for the celebrant was appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This was our second visit to Gertrude's. First time warranted a return visit, but we will not return after this dinner. Cod special was very over-salted, and lamb chops were extremely fatty. Service was mediocre as waitperson did not return to inquire about our entrees, and it was with great difficulty that 2 members of our 6 person group attempted to obtain salt and pepper for the table (they were not eating the cod!). Finally, we attempted to use a discount coupon from the Baltimore Symphony but were informed that it would not be honored because the restaurant was donating proceeds from the evening to a local charity. While such a donation is laudable, it should not have an affect on honoring a discount coupon arrangement with the BSO.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always enjoy dinner @ Gertrude's
    janetVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This time we celebrated our birthdays with delicious crab cakes, pinot grigio and two luscious desserts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thoroughly enjoyed my dinner!
    Bonbon
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Everything was delicious, even the garden salad, which was huge. My daughter loved Ms. Jean's crab soup. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Excellent
    rolandparkneighborVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Another lovely dinner: a nice bottle of wine at a reasonable price, very good Caesar salads, excellent baked cod -- melt in your mouth and perfectly seasoned. Quiet enough to be able to hold a conversation; perfect service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch at Gertrude's
    goodcook
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    On the whole we liked Gertrude's, although my husband thought his turkey burger was awful. It was noisy, however. The service was wonderful. Certainly I would return if/when I plan to visit the Baltimore Museum (which is terrific) and tell my husband to order something different.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Totally mediocre food
    Cindie
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Although the restaurant was buzzing with activity I probably would not return for a second time. I wanted to take my sister someplace special for her 51st birthday and a colleague recommended Gertrude's, but with the caveat that the food was not up to my standards and he was dead on! The scrapple was limp and fell apart when I attempted to eat a piece and the flavor was off-putting. The toast was barely warm and the cheddar homminy tasted like it was right out of a box. We did enjoy the three piece jazz ensemble and touring the museum afterwards but will not return be returning to Gertrude's.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just a nice place to have brunch!
    FoodiejoeVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I enjoy getting the special of the day brunch omelets. They have a fun selection of cocktails and the muffins with butter and jam are tasty and give the meal a little air of "special". There's a classy new entrance and I always see some sort of small party to celebrate something there. It is fun and good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Survived the renovation
    debdop
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    After a difficult and slightly uncomfortable year, Gertrude's not only survived, but has maintained its tradition of great food and service. As good as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wonderful night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Took a special friend as she had never been here. We were able to get a comfy corner table. Adding to a great evening together was the wonderful meal and top shelf service we had. Thanks for adding to a really nice night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of town guess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Wonderful to have a good place to eat while showing guests the Baltimore Museum of Art. They also enjoyed both the venue and the food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • GandB
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I LOVE Gertrude's. A visitor from New York wanted crab cakes and conversation. Gertrude's was the perfect place for both. We could actually HEAR each other talk while we enjoyed our to-die-for crabcakes. Noise has become a major problem in too many "hot-spot" "energetic" restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gertrudes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Great place for special and not so special get togethers. The food never disappoints. The wait staff are knowledgeable and confident. Going there next week for my birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We went on a Tuesday so they had a great wine special. Started of with a couple of apps that were delicious. However i got the scallops, and they were really bad. I understand the consistency of scallop is a little chewy by nature, however this was like chewing on a piece of gum. One of the first times i have ordered scallops and not finished them. I am hoping it was just an off night for whatever reason. I will give it another shot at some point. Staff was very friendly and ambiance was nice...but its hard to overlook a poorly prepared meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • it was nice
    Karen
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Loved the live music it helped drown out all the chattering. Seems people like to hang out and linger at their tables well after they were finished eating. Went for Sunday brunch wirh my husband. Our waiter had 0 personality and horrific breath. We each got a bowl of the cream of crab which seemed frothy and little to no crab meat. I got the crab and gruyer cheese omelet which wasn't even the slightest warm when it reached our table. My husband got the crab cake and it was really good, also luke warm which was surprising due to it all came out very fast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gertrude's fits nicely
    Itbychoice
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    There is nothing better than very good food prepared with imagination, simplicity and skill. Gertrude's does just this in a setting that could not be more beautiful. The Baltimore Museum of Art's Sculpture Garden is right outside your table where ever you are seated, and the quiet elegance of the inside dining room is understated and tasteful. This is a restaurant my lovely young wife and I will frequent much more often, especially now that the renovation of the entrance is complete. Wonderful ambiance, great food, excellent service and a world-class art museum to wander through after a satisfying meal. A Baltimore gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gertrude's for a Birthday Brunch
    Klondike
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Taking teens out is always a challenge - will there be enough in a serving and will they eat it? Well, the great waitstaf at Gertrude's know how to nail it - proviging a paper cover to the table, and crayons to draw with, they bring out the inner child in us all, loosening the tongue and allowing for exploring the pallet. Our kids (18 and 15) loved it. The ambiance was great and a surprize jazz duo started playing somewhere through the meal - cool, smooth, somewhat familiar tunes, that went straight to the happy sole, as the waitstaff brought out the sunday icecream with a candle and a plate decorated with Happy Birthday in chocolate, making our birthday-girla grin away - this was a surprise! We all enjoyed the visit -Thanks Gertrude's!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • another great dining experience
    jazzVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had a great time once again at Gertrudes. Our meals were very good, if pricey. Really like the new entrance and connectin to the Museum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Docent
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Delicious as always..the vegan soups are outstanding. Any guest I bring to Gertrude's. Love it.. Glad the Front Door is open again !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappointing
    rolandparkneighborVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We love going to dinner at Gertrude's. The food is consistently excellent, and the atmosphere is wonderful -- we can even carry on a conversation and hear each other. Rockfish was delicious, fried oysters were perfect, and we love the Caesar salads, which come with anchovies without our having to request them. Great pre-theater place for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Setting, Food Less So
    dmbalt
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Our server was outstanding. Appetizers were very good. While both my wife and daughter enjoyed their entrees, my fried oysters were beyond disappointing, as were the potatoes that accompanied them. The oysters on my plate were few and what was there was heavily breaded, as well as hard-fried. I had anticipated lightly breaded and pan fried, which may be my fault, as I did not inquire. The potatoes were could have been crispier and spiced up a bit more. After tasting my daughter's crab cake, I'd say that it was above average, but not in the same league as Koco's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch experience!
    NYfoodie
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Loved everything about Gertrude's - the food, the ambiance, the service! Will definitely look forward to another visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistently good food an serivce
    museumdining
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Have had dinner here several times. Quality of food is consistently fresh and high quality. Prices are reasonable. Wait times are short. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • silky
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Gertrude's never disappoints as far as food, menu and service go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable Dining
    Brooksie6
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Dining at Gertrudes has always been a pleasant experience. One can count on the food and service to be consistently good. The dining room is lovely and we especially like the high table in the bar. During good weather the outdoors is our first choice but either way one will not be disappointed in Gertrudes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    loved it. Only thing I didn't like was that it is not that kids friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Enjoyable
    gnilesd
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Really great place, especially after a tour through the museum. Dinner was great, wine was excellent, vegetarian options, coffee excellent. Atmosphere was relaxed, facilities very clean, staff very friendly and attentive. Overall great dining experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch is a special meal
    meleats
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I invited a special friend to brunch to celebrate the life of a loved one. We were greeted with smiles and immediately put at ease. Our server was kind and patient as we caught up over cocktails. He allowed us the time we needed without being disruptive nor inaccessible. Once we placed our order, our meals were brought timely, as were our drink refills. Brunch has never disappointed me. My friend was also delighted. The seafood is always fresh and cooked to order. Flavors burst in your mouth and portions are just right. This is an excellent place to enjoy a delicious meal, great glass of wine, with ambiance and a view. There's even parking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and jazz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Ate here based on a Baltimore blog. Would return in a heartbeat. Terrific food and great jazz. Went for the Sunday brunch. My. 2 complaints: the music sets were far too short, though the quality was very high. Also, if you take a cab, be sure to have them call a return cab for you as it is very difficult to get one in that area. Crab cakes a 10. Waitstaff all seem to be grad students who are very bright and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The waffles are awesome!!! Appropriate size for brunch.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect !
    BaltimoreNPVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Even though I am an infrequent diner at Gertrude's, this lovely restaurant has never missed the mark ! Delicious food, beautifully presented. Wonderful atmosphere, friendly service. It's not hard to understand why this place is a local favorite all year round.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    On a Saturday, my wife and I had brunch at Gertrude's. Everything about eh experience was enjoyable. It is a perfect add-on to a visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate