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Gertrude's Details

  • 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: 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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "I booked a reservation to entertain a business client. I was unfamiliar with Baltimore and read a nice review on Open Table. Even though the lobby of the BMA was under construction at the time (fancy port-o-potties), the patio dining overlooking the sculpture garden was absolutely gorgeous. It was a beautiful night, great weather ... just perfect for eating outside. Food, wine, dessert was great. The fried green tomato, arugula salad was fantastic, as was the crab stuffed rockfish. Perfect night."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "There is not more aesthetic place in Baltimore to dine at than in the Gertrude's portion of the BMA sculpture garden. Additionally, the food is original, well prepared and garden fresh. One can always count on an excellent meal with plenty of dish options."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "Beautiful location and ambience, but I wish OpenTable would let us rank price and drinks individually. That's why this gets 3 stars. The food was outstanding (I still get hungry thinking about that filling ahi tuna steak) but I was underwhelmed with the homemade soda that I ordered... It was sugar seltzer with a lemon and sprig of rosemary... The service was not exactly attentive, but very knowledgeable and friendly. I never like to be rushed, but this left awkward spaces between courses. The dessert (goat cheese cheesecake) was simply outstanding. I think the price is high, as well. Although the food is fantastic, it doesn't warrant the price. Good experience, and I'd like to visit again in the distant future."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "Always a great meal at Gertrude's and especially wonderful on Thursday night as 50% went to the Moveable Feast People. Peach Upside Down cake was worth the price of admission."
    Dined on 9/18/2014
  • "Great meal with great friends. Service was impeccable. Even with all of the construction in the museum it was a wonderful night. The only complaint is the temporary bathrooms need to be cleaned and pumped out more often - they were not clean and they smelled terrible."
    Dined on 9/18/2014
  • "Dining Out for AIDS was a sell-out. Excellent Food and service"
    Dined on 9/18/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoy dining out and finding those perfect lunch and date night coves in and around the city. Gertrude's is that place. The food was excellent, the portions were generous and the service was great. A+ to our server Sarah who helped make our time there one to remember."
    Dined on 9/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/16/2014
  • "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."
    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 ."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "Gertrude's never fails to please. Food is good, using local suppliers."
    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."
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "Gertrude's has long been a favorite on every level, but the construction at the museum makes it presently less attractive."
    Dined on 9/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/7/2014
  • "We took family from out of town to enjoy our Maryland/Chesapeake favorites in an elegant surrounding. Single-Fry Oysters and Chesapeake Rockfish (with Crab Imperial) were terrific. My wife shared that the Portobella Crab Imperial missed its mark; not enough "Imperial" sauce/flavor. She should have probably asked for additional on the side. However, we will go back."
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "Loved it. Lots of options for gluten free eaters including dessert!!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "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 !!"
    Dined on 9/3/2014
  • "Wonderful team lunch on a weekday afternoon. Service was outstanding, ambiance very nice. The seafood salad was the best!"
    Dined on 9/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "Best brunch in Sculpture Garden. Inside is cold and noisy"
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "Service and food was great. Perfect for a Sunday morning brunch after church services."
    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."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "We went for lobstermania, an annual family tradition. It did not disappoint! Ourdoor dining overlooking sculpture garden on perfect evening with great food."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "The MD style lobster was great as well as crab soup."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "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..."
    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."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "this is only my second visit to Gertrude's and I absolutely love the food and presentation!"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Excellent place. Whenever I am in Baltimore, I make sure I dine at Gertrude's"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Always friendly and the chief visits your table and it is always a joy to go to this GEM"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
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