Gertrude's - Baltimore

4.6
4963 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Weekend Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Sunday Dinner
Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(410) 889-3399
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Doug Wetzel
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Private party facilities
Celebrations at Gertrude's dazzle the senses. With our view of the Baltimore Museum of Art's sculpture garden, outdoor terrace, tenting capabilities and beautiful star-lit ceiling, Gertrude's will make your event truly memorable--be it a corporate function, garden party, storybook wedding, or other
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Private party contact
John Gilligan: (844) 334-8125
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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).
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Charles St.
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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.
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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.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4963 People Are Saying
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1 review
3.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The food was decent, not great. Based solely on the food and prices, I'd go back and I'd recommend it. However, I don't think we can recommend it because we were sorely disappointed in the service. One waitperson was always confused, our main waitperson would disappear even though the restaurant was not at all crowded. (Often it seemed that the entire wait staff would disappear.) Things we ordered were forgotten or brought in the wrong order (our appetizers came before our cocktails, for example). And, I ordered "peach cobbler" for dessert - and it wasn't a cobbler at all (it was cake)! When I expressed that I thought I'd been brought the wrong dessert because what I'd gotten wasn't cobbler, the waitperson said, "Well, it's OUR peach cobbler"! PUH-leez. It's too bad, because the setting is lovely.

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I suppose I expected a little bit more in terms of food taste and service, but it was a perfectly pleasant experience overall.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
3.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Sunday brunch is always a treat at Gertrude’s but the last two visit was short of the great service I have received over the 15 yrs I’ve dined here. The same server between the two visits did not meet the standard of service I expect from a prominent restaurant such as Gertrude’s. For example, the server NEVER checked back once during our main course; we saw him at the beginning of our orders and then at the last bites of our main course. In addition, if the server was “in the weeds” what of his team members or the floor manager making rounds on the tables to ensure all patrons were attended to or concerns addressed about their food or beverages. It truly was a great disappointment. I hope Gertrude’s General Manager will take the time to reeducate the front of the house on the basics of dining service excellence. Kudos always to Chef John Shields and his kitchen crew.

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MT
Baltimore
2 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all way around. Been many times always like the first time. Food outstanding.

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T
Baltimore
14 reviews
3.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Normally the Tuesday night $15 plate meals are wonderful. Several at our table ordered the salmon and it did not live up to expectations. It was oily and overcooked. 5 of us ordered it. There was a private party on the back porch which may have been the cause but we were disappointed. Our server was wonderful.

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JN
Baltimore
1 review
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrude’s is dependably good. The food was excellent and the dessert was delicious! The staff is great too

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LA
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect of my dining experience was outstanding. Gertrude's never disappoints me and were my first choice to host a birthday lunch for my supervisor and co-worker. It was the first time visiting Gertrude's for my group of 8 and the birthday girls. Each person had nothing but great things to say as well and plan to visit again.

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C
Baltimore
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor area, great food and terrific service!

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Seafood salad best I’ve ever had. All seafood cooked to perfection! Great brunch by the fountain. Will return soon!

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h
Baltimore
4 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was very good. I had excellent Eggs Benedict with flavorful fried potatoes that had onions and peppers. The coffee was excellent with cream that tasted like it was organic. I also had the peach cake with the ricotta honey ice cream. The dessert was not too sweet but very delicious. The service was a little uneven. I had to ask for a coffee refill and it took a while because the waiter forgot. The one thing that caused the rating to be less was the noise level. It was not the people, but the music. They had a live keyboard and it was just too much for a smaller dining room. My friend and I had to talk loud to hear each other. It was a relief when the musician took her breaks. We asked if the level of sound could be diminished a bit and were told "no." I would think twice about going back because of that even though I had delicious food. Part of a good dining experience is being able to enjoy the company and hear the conversation with the person you are dining with.

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V
1 review
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was beautiful and service was good. However, everyone in my party was disappointed in the flavorless and watered down non-alcoholic beverages as well as the bland food. Overall, I would not return, but I did enjoy my company.

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K
Washington DC
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Except for the female hostess who stole our table out from under the male host who had prepared it for us it was all lovely. Too bad her brash and nasty behavior started the meal on a sour note

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MH
Baltimore
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love Gertrude's - always pleased with food, service and setting. Also love that John & John support so many community organizations & events!

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EL
Baltimore
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful ambience.

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F
Baltimore
27 reviews
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Before BMA concert

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C
Baltimore
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I just had back surgery in April and this was a celebration in honor of my being able to walk. It was a perfect place for this occasion. Our waitress was wonderful and food great. Hostess let us pick the table we wanted as we were afraid it would be too noisy. All was great.

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d
Baltimore
9 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant lunch experience. Fabulous cold tomato-basil soup!

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B
Baltimore
12 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The salad was not to my liking which was too bad. Everything else was perfect. And our server was more than perfect!!!!! It was the best service I have ever had at Gertrude's....and hope to return to the same server. What an asset to your business!

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JC
1 review
3.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Gertrudes has a lovely setting. The food is very average. Mr. Shields brags a great deal about his crab dishes. They are very, very average. Far from wonderful.

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t
Baltimore
22 reviews
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great meal at Gertrude's. Great menu with vegan options. Lovely environment. A great place to gather with friends and family.

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Y
Baltimore
13 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always.... but very loud.

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l
Baltimore
1 review
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place to meet your friends old and new and have some of the best crab cakes! On Sundays you will linger for the sweet live jazz tunes with Miss Dottie & her amazing friend. Hope you run into the chef so you can thank him personally for the trio mimosas flight that will have you chatting across tables. No you can’t decide which is best so you each need a round to be sure. Oysters on the half shell will remind of you days on shore (even if you never been). Stroll awhile in the museum and then return to the bar for a refreshing lemonade just for grown ups. I tell you, John Shields has captured you and you can’t leave. He’s a master! Wendy Camilla Blackwell

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S
Baltimore
20 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I brought our Rabbi and his wife for bunch on Sunday, July 1. Everything was perfect. Would highly recommend to people who want to be impressed! Food, service and ambience was great! Will definitely go again -- many times!

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrudes was absolutely amazing. I had never been here before, and Jeffrey our waiter was probably the most wonderful service I've ever had my entire life. Five star across the board. Loved it.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dining experience at Gertrude’s!
Had a long and exhausting day. Took my wife and son who’s a JHU student for a late casual dinner. Our server Jeremy was phenomenal. He was attentive and always pleasant. The food was also amazing. By the time we left we all in a great mood, smiling and ready to drive up to NY.

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MB
Baltimore
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service in a hip and cultured atmosphere

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Retirement

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!!

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B
Baltimore
34 reviews
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant always gives a quality presentation in their food. Flavorful, good portions and affordable.

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NM
Baltimore
1 review
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Gertrudes. Been bringing my granddaughter here and to the BMA since she was a child. Friday, we brought her son, my great-grandson for the first time. The softshell sandwich and Peach Cobbler were excellent. What a wonderful afternoon.

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C
Baltimore
1 review
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! We were taking a foreign exchange student from Italy out for his first crab cake. He loved it and really enjoyed the restaurant...as we all did! We’ll be back very soon!

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p
Washington DC
6 reviews
3.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Noisy place. Decent food. Busy so service was a bit slow

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C
Baltimore
25 reviews
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was a birthday celebration with a 7pm reservation. It was Very disappointing to learn when our order was being taken that both the skirt steak & fried chicken specials were no longer available. And since when looking over the menu (before our waiter took our order), 3 out of 5 of us had already selected those options. Bummer.

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RG
Dallas
8 reviews
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, atmosphere lovely and relaxing, waitress the perfection combination of warm and not intrusive.

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ST
1 review
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch! The food was delicious. Our server was attentive but not intrusive... in other words, perfect!! The life music was a nice bonus as well!

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d
Washington DC
44 reviews
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Gertrude’s is always very tasty! Excellent server.

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JD
New England
6 reviews
3.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The special signature crab cake very disappointing-lots of filler. Order something else. So many places have more authentic crab cakes.

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SK
1 review
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday with an enjoyable lunch and great people. I have been wanting to sample John's recipes for some time and finally got my chance. I would like to return for the Tuesday Tea and dinner at a future time.

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BV
Baltimore
10 reviews
3.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Everyone enjoyed themselves but it's not necessarily a place we favor and would return to

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OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to in my life. Absolutely awesome!!!

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