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Gertrude's - Baltimore

4.6
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$30 and under
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American
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.
We have implemented many safety precautions during this current time, including taking temperatures of guests as they arrive; and requiring all guests to wear masks when not seated at a table.

While we are fortunate to have a sophisticated small particle air filtration system in our dining room--thanks to our museum location--we do understand that some folks are uncomfortable dining indoors at this time. With that in mind we do ask our patrons to reserve the table of their choice: a "standard" table is inside, while an "outdoor" table is...well, that's obvious, isn't it? :)

If you encounter any problems with booking online, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call us so we can personally assist you. Thank you!

Support Gertrude's - Baltimore during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 5908 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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JamesW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The reservations were easy to make through OpenTable. When we arrived, we received our temperature checks and were seated immediately after. All of the wait staff wore masks, and were friendly and attentive. The food came out quickly and correctly. I enjoy that Gertrude's of Baltimore has gluten free, and vegan options clearly marked on their menu, as I have a gluten free preference.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Gertrude's staff is welcoming and having the beautiful sculpture grounds as the ambiance was truly a great reason to come by for a great meal.

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SarasotaGeorge
Naples
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Although I was born and raised in Baltimore, I left after graduating from Johns Hopkins and have returned infrequently. We went to Gertrude's on a recent visit to Baltimore and were very happy that we did. The setting amidst the sculptures in the garden with a bubbling fountain is beautiful, the food was very, very good - including the crab cakes - and the service was good. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great meal in a relaxing and unique setting.

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StephenK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You cannot beat Gerturde's for Maryland cooking and perhaps the best outdoor dining in the Baltimore metro area. The indoor seating is in a beautiful atmospheric setting that lets you know you are in for a total gastronomic adventure.

Even in these pandemic times, owner John Shields greets his guests with charateristic charm and lets each one know that they are "home".

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MARYM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gertrude’s was my first outdoor dining experience under the COVID dining restrictions. The service was attentive and we were very comfortable sitting outside looking at the sculpture garden. The menu (which was also our placemat) was full and reflected the good local produce and seafood of the season. We loved the hush puppies as an appetizer and our St. Sangria cocktails. These had a peach juice ice cube which flavored the cocktail as it melted! The fried chicken was peppery and reminded me of my grand mother’s. This was served with fresh green beans with bacon bits and a red potato salad with a mustard seed creamy dressing. All delicious and large portions. I was so glad to finally be able to enjoy dining again.

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vipBrigidW
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was sweet, the food was delicious and the outdoor dining was simply lovely.

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Cindy
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Perfect setting for outdoor dining. Consider this place for a good option for safe, delicious dining .

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vipBill
Miami
58 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a restaurant in Baltimore open for dine-in service, of which there are surprisingly few, and came across Gertrude's. What a surprise to find that it is located in the Baltimore Museum of Art. The outdoor dining is under a high-end tent (lighting, ceiling fans, roll-down panels for rain) in the museum's sculpture garden. Everything about our experience was outstanding. The food is locally-sourced and innovative, the service is excellent and the ambiance is very pleasant. For those nervous about dining in Gertrude's checks each guest's temperature before seating and each table is thoroughly disinfected between guests. Table spacing is generous and, of course, you are outdoors. Highly recommended.

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vipmegamama
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing and peaceful meal in the tranquil Sculpture Garden. Absolutely no complaints

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NoName
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in Baltimore even on a super hot day.

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vipPhillyexpats
Baltimore
131 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Given the pandemic, service was prompt and cordial. We all enjoyed our entrees and drinks. My burger was cooked just the way I like it and the fries were outstanding. Others seemed to like their’s as well.

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vipRitaluvstoeata
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gertrude’s held the title for best outdoor dining pre-pandemic so it was only natural that we chose it to be our first date night since March. Our temperatures were take, the wait staff cautious and respectful and the care to experience top notch. As for the food, Chef Ed Knott’s passion for food, his menu and his diners experience is unbelievable. He keeps us coming back to this classic staple and gem of a restaurant! The Tillman Island fried chicken and crab cake platter was unreal. The chicken was moist and crispy all at once and his potato salad is somehow creamy and light all at once. My steak frites was delicious! And the aioli for the fries was the icing on the cake. Our Pineapple Crushes didn’t hide be hide behind fruit juice and fillers. And our flourless chocolate cake was decadent. Gertrude’s brunch is outstanding, but absolutely check out their weeknight dining experience! Our Thursday at Gertrude’s was the height of the month! Kudos!

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vipLindaB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Beautiful outdoor setting with lots of space between tables.

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vipJanf
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Being outside, overlooking the BMA sculpture garden, properly distanced, with the white noise of fountain in backdrop, excellent way to break quarantine and enjoy an excellent meal.

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MicheleZ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in the tent by the sculpture garden on a lovely day. Tables were spaced far apart and the fountain was running. Crab quiche was delicious. Server was attentive and timing was good. My only recommendation would be better signage for entry so diners have their temperature checked before they walk through the eating areas.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parent visit from out of town

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vipFishFaceSamWhoDoesItAll
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat here. Hear me, eat here. Here is where it's at to eat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday celebration

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AndreeaO
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, as always excellent, great service, great precautions in place during this times, felt safe, tables were spaced out, it was a really good experience.

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vipWilliamM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to be back to Gertrude's. They have social distancing down to a science.
Safe and delicious.

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Lisa
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I've had better meals at Gertrude's. The food was nothing special, and very overpriced for what it was. $26 for a supposedly lump crab cake with not a lump in sight, and very small. The fries were good, but not worth paying $26 for. My friend's meal was equally unremarkable. The service, however was excellent, and they did well with the covid-19 safety protocols.

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vipDebbyB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gertrude's is our favorite restaurant in the Baltimore-Washington region. The food is fantastic, and the outdoor seating in the sculpture garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art is the best! They have an outdoor tent so you are covered even if it sprinkles. The waitrons and host/ess wear masks and make you feel like family.

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RenardB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

One my favorite places to dine. Good service and food

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KateP
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the midst of this stupid pandemic, it was so perfect to eat at Gertrude's. We dined outside, the service was wonderful, all felt safe and social-distanced and the food was delicious.

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DianeF
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Oysters were small, fried chicken overdone on the outside. Given this was their first weekend back in service I will give them the benefit of the doubt since I'm sure supplies and help are a challenge. I'm sure things will improve in time.

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vipToobusy
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While I recognize that these are different times, I missed having the miniature corn muffins at lunch. Since they are available at dinner time, they should be at lunch as well.
Ronnie was a great waiter, and we enjoyed sitting outside.

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vipwinesap
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the new summer menu. I had a lot to choose from and got a sandwich for lunch the next day. Alot of different salad and lighter choices but kept my favorite spicy Cauliflower appetizer - its a fun dish. It was a little too quiet, but we felt very safe.

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BaltimoreLou
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gertrude's is as wonderful as ever and they are really stressing clean up between guests.

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LoriAnn
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside with ceiling fans all running and it was the most pleasant night I've had since coronavirus started. Go. Relax. Refresh.

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vipTiffanyJ
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great experience, food is amazing!
Service ... Jeffrey makes everything 10x better.

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HelenB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Terribly disappointing. My dinner was not inexpensive ($26 fried oyster platter) and it arrived lukewarm and tasteless. All breading, half cooked potatoes, weak slaw....Gertrudes used to be one of my favorite dining spots but this was a big disappointment. Given the current circumstance, the restaurant was nearly empty so there doesn't seem to be any reason why the food wasn't top notch. Bad experience!

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JimA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gertrude's is our "Goto" whenever we have a friend from out of town or any special occasion. The ambiance is lovely, the room is quiet enough for conversation, and the staff is very knowledgable and always attentive. The food is local, fresh and prepared with loving nuance. We needed a wheelchair accessible space this time, and everything was provided for with careful attention. In the past, we have also needed accommodations for life-threatening allergies, and they have given the same careful attention. I had my favorite, cream of crab soup with the poached pear salad and salmon on the side. It was exquisite. Other members ordered the fresh ravioli - which looked fabulous, and of course, the remainder of the party from out of town simply had to try Gertie's crab cakes. Every selection was wonderful and prepared artistically. Gertrude's is our favorite restaurant for almost every occasion, and we highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal!

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vipGeorgeS6901
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great experience, good food and very pleasant service on an unexpectedly busy evening

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NortheastBev
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great brunch spot! And walk after through sculptor garden was lovely. As is the BMA gift shop!

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vipHarry
Baltimore
95 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The brunch food choices were outstanding as was the food itself. The pulled BBQ chicken eggs Benedict were delicious as was the spinach salad with salmon. I particularly enjoyed their Bloody Mary called Dirty Gertie. All food offerings were reasonably priced with great surroundings.

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GeorgeB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall every thing was good......................

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KristinB
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend in from Michigan wanted a Chesapeake seafood experience, and Gertrude's delivered in spades. Delicious meal in a lovely space, with great service.

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TomH
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and delicious food! Open air setting so one must expect conversational noise.

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vipdrj1
Baltimore
290 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a great server in Jeffrey. He did a good job of explaining the cocktails and of making sure we enjoyed our meal. My friend had ordered the celery soup as a first course but it was very unappetizing looking and she did not like the flavor. She didn't say anything just pushed it aside. Jeffrey was on it and immediately offered her another choice in a manner that did not make her feel guilty at all. My friend had the crab cake Benedict and I had the fried oyster Benedict. They were both excellent. The dirty Gertie bloody Mary was a bit spicy for my taste but my friend loved it. On the other hand, I loved Gertrudes version of an Old Fashion with a dash of a cherry liquor and bitters. We had a very enjoyable brunch although the restaurant can be a bit noisy.

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Gertrude's - Baltimore is rated 4.6 stars by 5908 OpenTable diners.

Gertrude's - Baltimore does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://gertrudesbaltimore.com/gift-cards.

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