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
372 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (272)special occasion (196)great for brunch (191)fit for foodies (173)great for lunch (162)neighborhood gem (156)scenic view (155)romantic (126)good for groups (95)notable wine list (38)kid-friendly (35)late-night find (18)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (6)Show More
  • romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food very good service excellent
    Hawk7VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kbruno
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was difficult to find amid the construction but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return
    jazzVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Love the ambiance. Food is just ok. Prefer outdoor seating. Choice of musician a real plus.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Most Enjoyable Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food but understaffed
    Baseballmom
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For a special dining experience...
    Letseatout2day
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Consider Gertrude's in conjunction with a visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday lunch for a co-worker
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice for lunch
    kandmVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable brunch
    Openjo
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not the best day
    xt14
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More than expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sculpture garden dining
    DelectableVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall, I'd come back!
    RavensMan
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    geomay
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Had a group of 12 for dinner at Gertrude's and had a wonderful time. The food was awesome, there is something for everyone, and no one had any complaints! Look forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even under construction - worth it
    RegularDiner
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, Happy, Great Place
    loulou
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Dining Out for AIDS was a sell-out. Excellent Food and service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gertrude's: Our new dining spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Great Chesapeake Menu!
    MikeHikeEatVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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