Gertrude's - Baltimore

4.5
5301 reviews
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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.
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C
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was good, but the waiters didn't pay close attention to my order specifics, but they made up for it by giving me a free desert.

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SL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would absolutely recommend this restaurant. The food was great as well as the overall experience.

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D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service. Parking on the lot is a disaster, needs to have to something saying, lot full and enough areas to turn around with out trying to back out, especially when there are several vehicles behind you. Patients do not work in this situation.

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DC
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Our server, Joseph was a delight.

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TS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I received the wrong entree, but an honest mistake (ordered crab cakes and got monk), and after a few bites, I realized the error, but was so enjoying the monk, I decided not to make an issue out of it. First time that’s ever happened to me😊. My wife’s lamb chops were delicious. I do look forward to actually having crab cakes at Gertrude’s one day.

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FC
Baltimore
59 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Rockfish Imperial and crab portobello were wonderful, and the cocktails were much enjoyed. the seafood salad was also good with plentiful crabmeat and warm scallops. The shrimp were a bit withered from being cooked a bit too long ago. The brussl sprouts however were luke warm and as hard as nails; when I sent them back they returned only marginally better, and the server didn't seem to notice that I only ate a few. Gertrudes seems over anxious to cater to vegans, so my 'bisque' was thin and creamless, and the coconut 'ice cream' tasted like Cool whip-- ugh. If you like sweet cocktails, the Eat your Makeup is a blast: I had two, and my wife enjoyed their sangria with floating fruit ice chips. We'll be back

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

Excellent service - excellent food - excellent valentines dining experience!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good meals and pleasant setting. Service was great. Occasion was Valentines Day. Baltimore Museum of Art is a great place to visit.

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O
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place.

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

WE love Gertrudes and were there for dinner following the Galatines Day party on the patio.
The restaurant was hopping on this day before Valentine's Day and it was very noisy. Hard to hear each other across the table. The service was a little slower than normal, too, but we will certainly return because of the great food and lovely setting.

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DT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrude’s is a great restaurant to have a wonderful dinner in an atmosphere that’s warm & friendly. I’ve been going there for years & the quality has never changed. The best!

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LM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Gertrude’s. We are there frequently. It was my husband’s birthday. It’s his go -to place to celebrate his birthday. He knows he will get and enjoy good food. He enjoys the ambiance.

Our waiter was terrific.

All four of us had a wonderful evening. The evening was lovely all around.

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

I was a little disappointed, though it may seem nit-picky. For a meal that cost just shy of $200 for two, the service was lackluster. We had long waits and despite having made a request for a specific seating, we were relegated to a central table after being told our preferred seating was previously booked. That would have made sense had not the tables in question been empty for the entire duration of our two hour dinner. The food was good, but not great. I never felt particularly welcomed, nor valued, despite having spent the day with my terminally ill mother (whose birthday we were celebrating) at the museum and having communicated the delicacy of the occasion with my reservation.

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TD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Don't know what you can do but the acoustics are lousy. For a group more than four will have to go elsewhere

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PB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The water came infrequently, didn't check on how things were until dining was complete, and one of the four entrees came cold and took a while to be reheated. Desserts were yummy.

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SE
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

My husband took me out for my birthday. Unfortunately for us, there was a large party being served at the same time we had reservations, so we had to wait longer than was apparently usual. We had to ask for bread and then for soup spoons, then for Parmesan for our pasta. The food was fine; we had the seafood pasta and the shrimp and scallops were perfectly cooked. The soup was good, but not exceptional in our opinions. Overall, I was disappointed with our experience.

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ER
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jeffrey was delightful and perfectly accommodated our needs. The crab omelet with sherried mushrooms and Gruyere was also wonderful. And the mimosa flight was the absolute best!!

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TD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Great atmosphere! It can be a bit robust but that's what makes the place so lively.

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R
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was excellent. and the food selection is great. The cream of crab soup was watery and bland but I enjoyed my praline and cream waffles. I was suppose to get caramel sauce but it was missing.
Gertrude needs to try to seat less people. I was so uncomfortable in my seat, I could hardly enjoy my food. The cushion on which I sat was shared by the tables to my left and right. The cushion was in a u- shape and went around a wall. If you stretched out your arm, you would hit the person at the next table. The tables are too close together and my cousin walking with a cane had a very difficult time trying to get around the tables when we were leaving. If I return, it will be on a weekday and not for brunch.

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GB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, terrific service and delicious food.

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KB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great find! Found this place on Open Table when our favorite restaurant had no tables at all, and we were pleasantly surprised. Very upscale, but friendly and more affordable than you would expect for a really nice dinner. It’s very cool that it’s inside the art museum. Service was highly professional, food was interesting and solid.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect. Great food and great value.

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T
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeffrey was our waiter who knew the menu and available drinks. He recommended a perfect Chardonnay for my rockfish. His timing for delivery of the dishes was spot on. We never felt rushed and the meal was delicious. I wish Jeffery the best.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice experience. Food was delicious. I highly recommend to all.

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GO
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious lunch with bread pudding dessert, excellent service, comfortable seating and it felt like a day away!

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JP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Signature crab cakes and fried oysters plus a range of other food types. Interesting setting. Easy to include a museum walk through with your visit.

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y
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant ANYWHERE. Another unblemished, perfect blending of great food, good service, & just right ambiance. From “The Final Word” (best come cocktail ever), wilted spinach salad, bouillabaisse, to poached pear in flourless chocolate cake: WOW. Owner was at nearby table entertaining friends or family. It’s that kind of place! If I owned it I would eat there ever night.

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E
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Solid enjoyable lunch

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Birthday Lunch with family!

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G
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The crab cake that was supposedly popular was not that good and was filled with shells. Food was way overpriced. Atmosphere nice and waitress friendly.

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LY
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family had a great time there after a couple of hours of walking around the museum. Even the PBJ sandwich our 6 yo ordered was excellent! The service was great and the ambience was perfect balance of "nice" and family friendly.

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h
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

wonderful, as always. quality in every way. one of my favorite restaurants

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AZ
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a fundraiser and my birthday. I go the dirty gertie crab cake. It's the only crabcake I'll really eat (not originally from Baltimore). A friend that was with me got the gertie crabcake and said it's the best one she's had since she moved here. Another friend had the lamb chops and was so excited to come back later with her husband to share the restaurant with him. My husband ordered the chocolate bourbon pecan pie, and when it came out a friend who didnt order dessert had to have one! Delicious! Also, Richard was patient with us and just attentive enough to get what we needed without being overbearing. Lastly, the kitchen sent out my dessert on a BEAUTIFUL personalized birthday plate. Love the people here!

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P
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was, as ever, accommodating- particularly as we were celebrating birthday and our two grandchildren were joining us crab cake and oysters were wonderful

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HD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gertrude's is one of the nicer museum restaurants that I've experienced in some time; the menu was interesting but featured primarily dishes that would please most - not too adventurous! My dining partner and I tried the two riffs on crabcakes, and found them both tasty, with lots of crab (presumably from the Gulf, since it's January), and little filler. My dish came with fries, which were fine, and the coleslaw with apple, which was a little bland - I don't think apple, which is sweet, is a great addition to cabbage slaw, which is also sweet. The mini-corn muffins in the bread basket were cold and somewhat gummy; I think they would have been much improved by heating. The wine list was nice and varied, and the coffee delicious. Our server was not particularly knowledgeable about either the crabcakes (origin?) or the wine (he's not a wine drinker) but he was pleasant and brought our order promptly, so no complaints. Overall, a very nice experience, and at a very reasonable price. The sound level was never intrusive - conversation was easy - and the ambiance was pleasant. I can imagine it's particularly nice when the outdoor patio is open (it was snowing the day we were there, so it was great to be inside!). We'll be back!

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j
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very good. The food was good but my hamburger was a little too greasy and overdone. My husbands meal was very good and he enjoyed it very much! All in all a good time all around.

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MR
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was well-prepared with lots of unique brunch options. The Tilghman Island plate was a treat, consisting of 4 perfectly fried oysters accompanying a sort-of benedict with properly cooked poached eggs and lovely Hollandaise. Will definitely go back to explore more of the menu.

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b
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for brunch. Very crowded to level of noise was high. Our waitress was excellent, very accommodating. We all liked our food choices. Also, enjoyed the flutist and keyboard player.

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RR
Baltimore
41 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time here and was quite impressed. Good was pretty good. The service was excellent.

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C
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch is lovely! The staff is always helpful and responsive to special requests. The food is excellent, artistically presented and very yummy. Especially the brunch offerings - like Tillman Eggs Benedict. Comes with fried oysters! And the music provided by Dottie and Tim on Sundays starting about 11:30 creates a very lovely experience, one for which customers can applaud. They even play Happy Birthday when that occasion is being celebrated. Altogether, a lovely place to go with good parking and, of course, the museum is a great venue to explore after dining.

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