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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
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "Always a treat! The menu gets ever more creative, and makes wonderful use of Maryland's bounty! Do save room for dessert."
    Dined on 10/17/2014
  • "Love the $12.00 dinners on Tuesday night. Looking forward to many more."
    Dined on 10/14/2014
  • "We went for the $12 entree night. The food was delicious, and the service was great--as usual."
    Dined on 10/14/2014
  • "Everything was superb, as always with Gertrude's. It was my companion's birthday and she enjoyed it immensely. It just happened to be a Tuesday and it was a special bonus to find bargains on wine and food."
    Dined on 10/14/2014
  • "We had great food at Gertrudes. I love that they had several marked vegan options on the menu and just a huge variety of items in general; however it is so noisy in the main dining area that I couldn't hear people across the fairly small table! Still, it's a lovely place with a very friendly ambience."
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "The food was very good. Had the Eggs Gertrude for the first time and while I wasn't sure I liked the combination of crab and eggs, the poached eggs were prepared perfectly! The noise level was a little high for conversation, but the place was packed so I guess it couldn't be avoided. Really enjoyed the live music (clarinet and keyboard) which was a lovely background and not too loud. Our waitress was attentive and gracious. We were celebrating 2 birthdays and we received a complimentary apple pie sorbet big enough for all to share. It was a nice touch and quite delicious."
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "It's a good choice if you are planning to visit the museum of arts or its vicinity but would not recommend to go out of your way to dine there. The food is good but nothing special, the place needs renovation (the gb ceiling is cracked and flaking from an apparent leak, the sun shade under the glass curtain wall is stained and seems to have been collecting dust for years now..) and a more experienced staff"
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "Came here for Brunch with my mom on a Saturday. We loved that you could see the sculpture garden and the mood in the restaurant was excellent. I had the crab cake benedict and my mom had the vegetable quiche which was on special. Both absolutely delicious. The biscuits that they put on the table were a great starter with the butter and jam. The coffee was great and so was the service! Perfect place for a quiet brunch."
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "Everything good. Reserved table wasn't ready, but in 15 minutes we sat down."
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "The food at Gertrudes is always delicious. The menu has so many delicious entrees to choose from, that it's hard to decide what to order. I ended up with the veggie flat bread, which came with a side salad. It had caramelized onions, eggplant, and cheese...delicious! When the weather is nice, I love sitting outside and looking over the sculpture garden of the BMA. It is a beautiful and peaceful spot in the middle of Baltimore City. It's a good idea to make a reservation, as sometimes it is hard to get in, even during lunch."
    Dined on 10/8/2014
  • "Gertrude's does a very good job highlighting what's fresh and seasonal from the Chesapeake region. Their servers however, could use some more training, given the caliber of restaurant they are. It irks me to no ned when asking a server for advice on a menu or wine list, and they respond with "it's popular"..."
    Dined on 10/7/2014
  • "Gertrudes has maintained a tradition of innovation and excellent service in a unique setting designed to reward all diners. My wife and I enjoy lunch or brunch periodically throughout the year, when visiting the BMA or just needing and appreciating a calm setting for a memorable meal."
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • "I was in search of an elegant, romantic restaurant to surprise my husband with since he always take me out. Not only was it romantic but the food was perfected to my taste. Thumbs up, would definitely recommend. The staff very professional and friendly and the atmosphere awesome. We had terrific time and are looking forward to our next dining experience at Gertrude's."
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "My guests from out of state enjoyed the delights of a great "Baltimore" seafood dinner. I choose this restaurant because they never disappoint. The foods are pieces of art unto themselves....."
    Dined on 10/3/2014
  • "I lunched here recently with a friend (who was making her first visit to Gertrude's), and we both had a marvelous lunch. My friend remarked that it was better than many restaurants in Washington she had been to."
    Dined on 10/3/2014
  • "Creative menu well executed, good wine list, very nice interior design and ambience. I've eaten here both for dinner as well as for lunch. In the case of my most recent experience (dinner), I commend the restaurant for its generous support of the Turkey Trot fundraiser for Y of Central Maryland."
    Dined on 10/2/2014
  • "Terrific place that we hadn't been too in a while... It has a wonderful quiet atmosphere with fabulous outdoor setting next to a terrific sculpture garden! The food was delicious-- Gertie's crabcakes are a must!"
    Dined on 10/2/2014
  • "Food was fantastic. Enjoyed duck rolls, spinach salad, oysters. Entrees were excellent as well - catfish, gumbo, and rare ahi tuna. Service was not good. Server disappeared for long periods, and we had to ask hosts for drink refills. Then when server came back out, she checked her other tables and didn't even look at us."
    Dined on 10/2/2014
  • "Thanks for accommodating us for the dinner that benefited the Y of Central Maryland! The food as always was exquisite! Our server could not have been better! The 10 folks in our party thoroughly enjoyed the evening!"
    Dined on 10/2/2014
  • "The garden was spectacular and the food was fantastic. It was truly a special place to celebrate."
    Dined on 10/2/2014
  • "Gertrudes surpasses the MET in menu choices, ambience and service. We have a jewel, undiscovered for the most part, that I often use to IMPRESS out of towers. Thanks"
    Dined on 10/1/2014
  • "This was my second time dining here and I enjoyed the meal. The server was friendly and the service was surprisingly fast considering the crowd. I did want to sit outside but there were no tables available. I have recommended friends here on several occasions. I have to say there is one problem I did have with the menu which is the prices are printed very small and I ended up ordering a $16.00 glass of wine because of such small printing and it being printed as 16"
    Dined on 9/30/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at Gertrude's: beautiful evening to sit outside and enjoy the fountains and sculpture garden. The service was just right -- attentive but not pushy. And the food was lovely: nice Caesar salads, perfectly cooked trout, and one of the best crab cakes I've had outside of my own kitchen. Also good, reasonable wine offerings. And best of all, we could hear each other talk -- a rarity these days!"
    Dined on 9/30/2014
  • "We were married in the sculpture garden and had our first anniversary dinner. It was just perfect. We couldn't have picked aa more perfect venue. Everyone was lovely."
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "I took my best friend for her birthday celebration. This was her first time there and she was amazed, calling it a "hidden secret". She will now be telling all her friends and it will not be a secret any longer. I really enjoy going there."
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "Note to restaurant-Please update the restrooms. It was a horrible experience to have to use a Port-A-Potty, with non flusing toilets and your head hitting the door while you are standing over the toilet. There were no napkins to clean your hands. It was just a terrible experience."
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "This is our second visit to Gertrude's and we thought the food was very good. I had the eggs benedict special and that was well prepared and quite delicious. Our waiter Eric made it a truly excellent experience. He added a little scoop of apple sorbet at the end of meal with a birthday candle for my daughter which was most appreciated. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "It was difficult to find amid the construction but worth it!"
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "Love the ambiance. Food is just ok. Prefer outdoor seating. Choice of musician a real plus."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "This was the most enjoyable restaurant I've been to in years. The weather was perfect and sitting under the tent was very romantic. I loved the fountain and the sculpture, and the guitarist played quietly in the background. We were with four friends and we all enjoyed our meals. I had the parmesan encrusted salmon and I do believe it was the best I've ever eaten. The cream of crab soup was also delicious! I would highly recommend Gertrude's to anyone who enjoys going out for a wonderful meal in beautiful surroundings."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "Eating outdoors in a museum sculpture garden on a beautiful fall day is not to be missed! Great and somewhat quirky brunch food, wonderfully attentive service, and fastastically creative drinks. Recommended all around."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "The food was ok but the service was slow. The waitress was working hard, but she seemed to be the only server in the entire, full room. The live piano and flute was a nice touch, but a little bit too loud in the front of the restaurant. Nice room and view of the sculpture gardens."
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "Consider Gertrude's in conjunction with a visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art."
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "this was our second trip for a similar celebration; food, service, atmosphere, price, etc. were all exceptional; will definitely be visiting again and recommending to others."
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "I have been here many times for lunch and it never disappoints. The curried carrot soup was delicious and I was also very happy with the simple green salad, topped with zuchettes!"
    Dined on 9/25/2014
  • "We arrived early and strolled through the beautiful sculpture garden. Gertrude's was very busy as it was a beautiful Sunday and their brunch is hopping. The food was good, the service was ok. It took some time to order but they were very busy. Once it quieted down, the service got better. We liked the atmosphere and will go back."
    Dined on 9/21/2014
  • "We were quite disappointed that the outdoor patio, which we had requested some weeks in advance was closed due to a private brunch. No one in the restaurant seemed to know when the private party would end but we requested a table outside as soon as this takes place. Finally someone said they could seat us there at 1:30, but our reservation was for 12:30 so we sat inside. They almost immediately started breaking down the outside party and seating people out there by 1:00 - which we could have waited for if they had informed us. but we had already ordered. Horrible smell from the port-a-potties right at the entrance to the restaurant."
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "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
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