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About Gertrude's - Phoenix
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.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Contemporary American, American, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Desert Botanical Garden
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Private Party Facilities:
Chef's Table is right next to the kitchen line and seats up to 12 People
Private Party Contact:
Michelle Jacob, GM: (480) 719-8600
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Gertrude's - Phoenix Ratings and Reviews
Our server, Anna, was very attentive and pleasant, kept our iced teas filled and the table cleared of dishes. She was the most positive part of dining there. The musician was way too loud for the space and once we exited the Garden on the way to the parking lot, we both remarked that the music at that level was perfect. My friend enjoyed her eggs Benedict though it was a much smaller portion than expected compared to other diners'breakfast plates. My chicken salad wrap was nothing special, and there were some greens in it I didn't recognize that tasted like fresh dirt (not unpleasant but not wanted), so I pulled most of the greens out. Overall, the place was too sophisticated for my palate.
There were four of us for lunch with a reservation at 11:30. Our server, Pablo, was wonderful and the atmosphere outside on the patio was wonderful as usual.
The food was a horrible disappointment this time....and we've dined many times in the past few years, so I'm not sure why?
We ordered 2 Soup & Salad Lunch Meals....and sent them both back. The gazpacho soup was so salty we could not eat it. The Beet Salad it came with was rather pedestrian and the beets had no taste. We ordered a BLT to make up for the 2 meals we sent back and we shared it. It was just OK....but nothing to write home about.
The other 2 people ordered the Turkey Wrap which was a "special" of the day. It was terrible also. The turkey had zero taste and was just some turkey and lettuce in a wrap-nothing else in the wrap....each left over a half of wrap. In fact, we purchased a cranberry relish at the farmers market on the property that day, and we opened it at the table and tried to make the wrap better. It didn't noticeably help.
I WILL SAY THAT THE MANAGER DID THE RIGHT THING and comped our food and only charged for our bottle of Cava wine, which was as she should have done....so not having to pay for the terrible food made up for it a little. We would have rather enjoyed our meals....as our guests were from San Diego.
I will try it again, since the manager was so nice.
Gertrude's-please reevaluate your meals and make them tastier, with more flavor. We usually love it there!!!
We are outside at night. It was perfect. The waiter was really great. Food was fresh and tasty, not outstanding. I got a salad, with salmon, expecting a grilled fillet, or at least grilled pieces, but there was a bunch of shredded salmon that seemed somehow prepared. Not salmon salad, not canned salmon, just really didn't know what to make of it. It was tasty enough to eat, but not as good as grilled greasy salmon. Appetizer was fry bread stuffed with cheese and seasoning. It was really relish, though the slightly tough. I'd eat there again tonight, though, because the place is so beautiful.
My husband and I really enjoyed our date night (hadn't been out in months) at the Botanical Gardens and Gertrudes. We arrived around 6:00p and strolled the gardens a bit before dinner at 6:30p. We sat on the patio overlooking the fountain - absolutely wonderful setting. The food was amazing - started with a tasty crunchy Kale-like salad (can't remember the name) and shared our Scallop and Bison entrees - melt-in-your mouth delicious. We enjoyed a bottle of Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir which was a perfect accompaniment. Would definitely recommend for a special night out.
In a return visit, the service (Pablo) was very good. He was attentive without being overbearing.
My wife and daughter each had burgers which were excellent. I had the chicken salad wrap and was quite disappointed. I have had this previously and it was much better. The previous chicken salad had apples, nuts, etc. This was simply some chicken w/ mayo wrapped in lettuce and a wrapper. I will check on contents before I get tit again.
Started badly as they forced our party of 5 to a small 4 seat table. Stated they were sold out and could not move us. We were there almost 2 hours and there were a number of empty tables around us. Cocktails were good, patio very pleasant, but food barely average. Have been several times in the past and has continually gotten less satisfactory each time....
Delicious food and beautiful outdoor seating. The desert landscape outside with the small water fountain provided a relaxing atmosphere. The food choices were great - I will have to return to try other options on the menu. The salmon (add on) and beet salad went well together. I'd recommend this place to friends and family and definitely a place to take out of town guests to.
My wife and I try to get to Gertrude's every couple of months. We enjoy the ambience--casual, quiet, wonderful food, and attentive and friendly staff. This visit was as enjoyable as usual and put us in the mood to continue our patronage of this fine restaurant in the future.
The way I found this wonderful place, was because I was looking for a Vegan cuisine in order to satisfy my in-laws food requirements and I didn't want to have to drive a great distance.
Gertrude's met that requirement and more. This restaurant is nestled near the Phoenix Botanical Gardens and how wonderful this setting would probably be in the early morning or late evening. Needless to say we chose it for Lunch and enjoyed every morsel.
The menu provided options for everyone, Vegan and Non-Vegan and I even saw my sister in-law take a doggie bag with her potatoes in tow.
There is live music, which was nice, but could be just a little over powering when folks are trying to have a conversation. Hopefully, next time will allow us to sit outside on the patio.
The Desert Botanical Garden in which Gertrude resides is nothing less than spectacular. Rotating artist installations highlight the everyday wonders of this gorgeous site. Inside Gertrude's is noisy and pales in comparison to the small patio dining area. Make reservations well in advance. Although creative, menu is very limited. One item, a cold grain salad, is it for vegans. Not much more for vegtarians. But, the selections are adequate. It is a cozy but upscale experience and I at least have a drink here on my frequent Garden visits.
Gertrude's is surrounded by beautiful desert climate plants from around the world. At this time of the year the weather and plants are in bloom and flourishing as the long summer days begin to fade. After a light breakfast of eggs, toast and coffee, my friend and I strolled to the plant sale at the Desert Botanical Gardens that is a yearly event.
Following some less than favorable experiences at Gertrude's perhaps two years ago, I decided to give the restaurant another chance, given the attractive location of the restaurant and the admittedly well-prepared, imaginative food that places an emphasis on local cuisine. I must say that I was thoroughly impressed with the turnaround the restaurant had undergone since my previous disappointing -- nay, downright infuriating -- experiences. The server was attentive and knowledgeable, the pacing of the courses infallible, and the dishes flavorful and representative of unique location in this corner of the world. Once again, I can recommend Getrude's without reservation (no pun intended!).
Geetrude's is a beautiful place. We came for a special anniversary dinner, and because one of us has celiac and they have a number of gluten free options. The manager informed us that the general manager's kid has celiac and the kitchen is trained to handle things carefully. The drinks were unique and tasty. The appetizer and salad, though slow to arrive were also very good (mussels and squid without the bread, and the hearts of palm with fried plantains on the side because they fried everything, including gluteny items, in same fryer), however the plantains were bland and could have used some seasoning, just a touch of salt would've done the trick. Our luck ran out there. The waiter forgot the wine we had told him we wanted with our entrees. And, the bison steak I ordered was cooked well when I ordered it medium rare, and the croquettes that came with it were icy in their centers. I have to say, we would go back for the duck enchiladas, and the huitlacoche sauce on the steak was inspired and delicious. I tried for a long time to get our waiter's attention, but he kept spinning away from our table. Eventually another waiter noticed that I kept looking toward the kitchen and came to ask if I needed anything. The manager was quite apologetic and offered a comped dessert, but we decided to finish the enchiladas and cut our losses. It was really more than enough food, though I would have liked to have a nice bison steak. We were offered a $50 gift certificate for our trouble and we'll use it, though we'll probably just eat the enchiladas, and maybe the risotto. I'm not sure I'd recommend, but it could have just been a bad night.
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