Gertrude's - Phoenix

4.4
2577 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Local Ingredients
Gertrude’s Restaurant, nestled inside the Desert Botanical Garden, offers a fresh new food experience focusing on ingredients directly from growers in Arizona and the surrounding region.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(480) 719-8600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Alan "Skip" Hause, Chef Owner
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room seats up to 12 at a gorgeous, hand-made table. The glass wall can retract for full interaction with the kitchen, or can be closed for an intimate gathering. The room requires a $500 food and beverage minimum and can be reserved by calling us at 480.719.8600. A credit card will be required to hold the space.
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Private party contact
Michelle Jacob, GM: (480) 719-8600
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Desert Botanical Garden
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Parking details
Our guests may park anywhere in the Desert Botanical Garden public lot. We recommend you park near the entrance, the center parking lot sidewalk is a good landmark.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2577 People Are Saying
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ND
1.0Dined a day ago

The beer was warm, the cocktails subpar, the layout of the venue disappointing, and the dishes, one-dimensional. Overall, poor.

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S
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Our waiter made our anniversary night even more special, offering gentle advice on food and beverage choices. After 43 years of marriage, we look for a dinner venue that will be a relaxing time for quiet conversation with interesting (and some local AZ) food and beverage choices. The Desert Botanical Garden setting is gorgeous! The restaurant fits comfortably with it's setting.

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EA
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Gertrude's is always great for business, special, and casual lunches and dinners! Seasonal menu provides refreshing changes whenever I go. Can't beat the setting at Desert Botanical Gardens!

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AZ
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great meal, great service! The Gertie’s Benedict and BLTE were both excellent. Josh provided fantastic service. Thanks for another wonderful meal. We will be back soon.

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a
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Wonderful meal! Made reservations for a team dinner with out of town guests and it was fantastic! Service was top notch and our meals were excellent. Enjoyed the wild boar, shrimp & “grits” and vegan risotto. We also shared the dark chocolate ancho torte. That’s a must have dessert! The chocolate and spice were perfectly combined.

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NM
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Mexican dishes are not spicy enough. Service was not intrusive but needed to refill water, iced tea and sodas more.

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JR
3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Service was excellent. Salad was great, but I did not at all care for the cold honeydew soup or the snickerdoodle cookie with my ice cream.

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B
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

My daughter and I were visiting from Florida and was at the Botanical Gardens. Stopped in for Sunday brunch and was pleasantly surprised. I had the boar-ritto which I cannot put into words how amazing it was. We finished it with donut holes. We can’t stop talking about them. It is hard to be so far away!

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AZ
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Everything was outstanding as in my review above, but the A/C must not have been working as we were all drenched in sweat by the end of our meal. Yes we were sitting inside as it was 108 degrees last Friday night. They have a wonderful patio but no mister system.

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MM
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Family got together for Father’s Day everyone found something wonderful on the menu for Sunday Brunch service was excellent will come back soon

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JM
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We were visiting Phoenix and came across Gertrudes on Open Table not knowing that it was part of the botanical gardens. Great food and service , a wonderful setting.

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BJ
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The menu was excellent and very creative. The use of new and local items is impressive. All our dishes came out superb and tasted awesome, well done!

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S
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We enjoy Gertrudes for its local ingredients. The three of us had a selection of salads, eggs and meats. The Frittata was delicious as was my fig salad. My daughter had the salmon salad and enjoyed every bite. Our server was prompt on filling our water and coffee cups. We like to go there when we visit my daughter as she lives close by.

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H
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

This food and service far exceeded my expectations. After a stroll thru the botanical gardens on a very hot day. I sat down to the most gracious warm and attentive waiter. He was involved but not in my face at all the perfect balance of providing everything you need when you need it and giving you space. I started my kick with a chilled soup of honeydew melon, cucumber, mint and cream- it was so yummy, I just wanted to dive into this bowl and I wanted it to be an endless bowl of soup! For my main course, I had the shrimp and jiicima appetizer which was ample as a meal with watermelon, cucumber, feta cheese and pepitos. This was also delicious! I will definitely recommend and will be back! It must be nice in the evening when the garden is lit up!

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BD
2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I was really looking forward to having dinner here, based on the good reviews and it's association with the Desert Botanical Garden. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I ordered the matcha bramble which tasted like a blackberry lollipop. Our waiter graciously provided me with some additional gin to dilute the sweetness, but it was still way too sweet. The Korean fried chicken thighs was blanketed with kimchee sauce - it was really too much. A light drizzle would have been sufficient. Our appetizer said it came with arugula, but there wasn't a leaf of it on the plate. For the price, I would have expected higher quality choices on the menu (no fish?) and better taste pairings. On a more positive side, the Brussels sprouts were good (although covered with too much sauce) and the room was comfortable, not freezing like many indoor restaurants in the summer.

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m
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Had brunch today. had date arugula salad- healthy and delicious, Server was attentive.

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JA
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Gertrude's - right near the entrance to the Desert Botanical Gardens - is a great place for fine dining in a casual and lovely location. The view on the patio is of the Dale Chihuly glass at the Gardens' entry. Gertrude's focuses on taking classic dishes and updating them with unique, traditional and authentic ingredients of the Sonoran Desert. It's become our go-to dinner destination when we're at the Gardens for an event, in this case, the performance of Arizona Ballet's Eroica.

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PG
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

The menu is very interesting and everything I have ordered there is excellent. Be sure to try the bread and was he grain salad– you will be stunned. I Do not think there is a lovelier venue for outdoor dining in Phoenix, particularly when you can stroll through the garden after dinner!

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LB
1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Wonderful experience -- beautiful setting, good food and service.

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C
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

What a spectacular evening before the ballet performance, everything was perfect.

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AS
1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Terrible experience...horrible service and over-priced, mediocre food. Will NEVER return!

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SM
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Always bring out of town company for weekend brunch. Consistently outstanding. Professional wait staff, outstanding fare and beautiful setting

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ZP
3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Interesting menu. Nice prelude or follow-up to a visit at the Garden.

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BB
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

love Gertrudes when we visit DBG. Only ever sit outside because it is SO beautiful.

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SM
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Gertrude's is one of the best restaurants in the Valley. Love the food and patio.

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DR
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Wow! Our first time at this gem of a restaurant and we will be back. We were celebrating a dear friend's 60th birthday and then attending the Ballet Arizona performance and it was a magical night. OUr server was exeptional and the food fantastic. Highly recommend.

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CP
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great experience from the food to service to ambience equals great value.

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MB
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Overall, great dining experience. The only snag was that we had made a reservation early enough in time to make it to the ballet that was being performed at the Desert Botanical Garden that evening. However, they kept telling us our table was not yet free. When it was 20 or so minutes after our reservation time. I had to get into a discussion with the hostess about the fact that they had empty tables outside and we need to get seated to make it to the show. She kept telling me that those tables were reserved but the issue was we also had a reservation and they did not have a table available for us. We finally were seated at one of the empty outdoor tables and the waiter did his best to get us our meals quickly but it put us in a rush and we were late getting to the show.

I would not recommend inside seating as it was very loud inside but the patio was lovely.

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J
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Another great meal at Gertrudes. We eat here periodically, and have never been disappointed. The menu changes frequently enough to always be interesting. The chef is very creative, with several unique and interesting choices. Perfect for before garden events, or just a night out. This is one of the best patio dining spots in the valley. The wine list is short but interesting with many Arizona wines.I enjoyed the wild boar this time, and my wife enjoyed her meal also.

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a
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Perfect spot for a beautiful night. We were going to the ballet performance at 8, so got a reservation at 5:45. We got a nice table outside and enjoyed a glass of wine. Out waiter started out strong...very knowledgeable about wine, but quickly became visibly frustrated when we decided not to get appetizers before our meal. It was bizarre. I was happy to forgive him for forgetting to put in half my order (they took car of it quickly), but his frustration with us was so obvious and unwarranted. Other customers were complaining about the sun’s glare and and he angrily adjusted the umbrella, making everyone uncomfortable. Food was good enough considering the beautiful setting. I’ll go back but hopefully get a nicer server.

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DB
2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food was very disappointing and priced MUCH too high considering the lack of quality! My girlfriends and I attend Ballet Under the Stars every year and have made reservations @ Gertrude's every year as well. Because of our last experience, we decided to dine elsewhere before the performances going forward.

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MG
3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We had a reservation but still had to wait about 15 minutes. The menu was different then what was online. The waiter seemed rushed and had an attitude. All the food we got was good.

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PK
2.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Our party of 7 each ordered a different dish. All but 1 was disappointed in the food. Our server was very nice.

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KJ
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The most beautiful and peaceful setting for a meal. The food is always superb.

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AT
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Lovely Mother’s Day brunch on patio! Wonderful service, Gertrude’s has become our family’s special occasion restaurant!

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BF
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our family loves to go to Gertrudes for special times together then on to explore the garden.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Had a Mother’s Day brunch with the family. Service was excellent, atmosphere was relaxing, food was very good.

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MR
4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Love this place. We were visiting the area and loved it so much we went back twice. I had a mixed green salad with a side of roasted shrimp and roasted veggies. My husband had a salad with dates and also added shrimp. Perfect for lunch or dinner.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Visiting the Desert Botanical Garden, stopped for lunch after
Wards. Food was excellent, great spot to cool down and relax.

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LF
5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We had a party of 8 on a Sunday evening and service could not have been better. Thoughtfully the restaurant called twice to make sure I knew that the gardens would be closing at 3 p.m. and asked if I wanted to re-book for an evening when they were open. A family event so we stayed with the booking with no regrets. Attentive service and great food. Very relaxing atmosphere. Highly recommend it.

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