Gertrude's - Baltimore

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

The crab cakes were awesome!

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S
Baltimore
60 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We went for brunch, the food sounded SO good but definitely fell short. I got the Crab Omelette which really needed something else to jazz it up a little. Just eggs, cheese, and mushrooms in a sad dull looking blob on my plate. Home fries were ok. My boyfriend got the Oysters Benedict which was also nothing to write home about. I think the best part of the meal were the free biscuits which were out of this world delicious!

Our server was meh... she wasn’t very personable and didn’t know much about the menu (I think she was new though). She got our orders right and the food came out in a timely matter so wasn’t that big of a deal.

Cocktails and beer and wine selection were all on point :)

All in all I probably would not come back here for brunch but would love to try dinner because I’ve only heard good things about this place.

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MP
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I thought it was good. Not great, just good. We have been to Gertrude's many times in the past and thought it was better before. (the food and service). I just expected a little more. We were there for Sunday brunch and our party ordered omelets and quiches and eggs benedict. My wife thought her quiche was too "wet". And I thought my crab omelet was undercooked. I just don't like runny eggs in an omelet. It had about 10x more mushrooms than crab. Flavors were fine. But I expected a little more for a $20. omelet. I'm not saying don't ever try this place...but don't expect too much. I tried my mother's egg benedict and thought it was bland.
The server never came back after we got our order to see if everything was ok. Only when we had finished everything did we see her again. Someone came by to fill up the water glasses once. It seemed like they are trying to get you out of there fast so they can seat another party quickly. Grade: B-

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TW
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a nice bite to eat before going to museum. Nice table, nice food and drink, but our waitress took a long time to take orders and had no frequency at the table after that.

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OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Something has seriously gone awry with Gertrude’s! The food and service is awful, unprofessional to a point of amateurism that boggles the mind. Starting with the receptionist who apparently was never taught how to greet and smile. Our waitress (who was very nice) took our order and then just abandoned us to the very friendly but amateur waiter/bus boy who had zero training , reaching across guests, plonking down plates as if we were at the counter of a diner, dropping knives and just leaving them on the floor. Our waitress showed up once to ask if things were ok (they were not) and then we saw her once more to order desert leaving us again to the friendly but untrained bus boy. Add to this that the service was slow. The food was no better; the menu has hardly budged in 3 years but the quality has deteriorated , two steaks that were so tough we sent one back. The crabe cake somewhat greasy with a tasteless coleslaw, the crab pasta dish was ok, not very tasty and lacked a good sauce . Ice cream for desert was again ok, not memorable. The wine was good, but then they didn’t make it...
they also need to do something to their outdoor dining space , it looks and feels like a temporary wedding tent that is expecting rain, all plastic white with poor table spacing and bad lighting. Add poor service and average food and it definitely feels like a bad wedding reception. Such a shame when the location is so obviously perfect for outdoor dining, with the fountain and sculptures.

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EC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Can’t go wrong for a weekend brunch. Nice selection of healthy and decadent options.

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J
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So consistently good! The service and setting is the best. Food is always perfectly done.

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JB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was fantastic, but the service was terrible. I brought four people there for a business dinner--two from out of town (actually out of the country). The server was snide, rude, and inattentive. I wish Gertrude's paid as much attention to its service as it does to its food, so that I can recommend it. But the obnoxious and condescending server nearly ruined the experience for all of us.

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DF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food, enchanting setting! Highly recommend!

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y
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How can perfect get even better? The season changed! After enjoying meals throughout the summer, fall, & winter last year @ Gertrude's, we dined there again on a perfect evening in April. We were seated in the tent, by a door & window overlooking the bubbling fountain, with narcissi & tulips in view. The Tuesday menu is always a GREAT value. We started with Poe's Final Work, the best cocktail in the world. Then the 3 course menu, salads, entrees, and desserts with a dry French Rose. We splurged on Irish Coffee. We sat at a nice distance from other diners all soaking up the delights & privilege of dining at Gertrude's. Love You, John Shields and all your staff who maintain the highest standards in dining & setting the right mood in every season.

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j
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, this restaurant is consistent. the food is good, the service is very good and the ambience is good. It is a keeper and one that is always a pleasure to go to.

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JS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the emphasis on local seafood and produce!

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H
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was ok. Not exceptional, not bad. Bland may be the word.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came in for an anniversary brunch. It was our first time to Gertrude’s and we’d definitely come back! I got the seafood salad and it was fantastic! The vinaigrette was delicious and the scallops perfectly cooked. We got a special treat at the end; a dessert with “Happy Anniversary!” written in chocolate syrup.

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KK
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a great place to eat after a tour of the Baltimore Museum of Art! The crab quiche was outstanding.

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l
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is very noisy usually, but the food is incomparable.

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t
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Gerties. The atmosphere is lovely and the menu offers something for everyone. Of particular interest to me are the vegan options on the menu that are delicious. Another pleasure is visiting the Baltimore Museum of Art and gift shop while there - not to be missed.

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R
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Celebrated our daughter's 15th birthday with brunch for 9 people. Wonderful food, good service, live music. Highly recommend Gertrude's!

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C
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were lucky enough to come to Gertrudes for an early brunch so had a lovely quiet brunch with excellent service. Too filling to get dessert and I wish that you had a small cafe so that we could have had dessert and tea after we toured the museum. The quiche was wonderful and my partner loved the basic eggs benedict. sorry, we prefer old favorites and of course delightful to see that English breakfast is the tea of choice.

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l
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about our dining experience.
What especially garnered the “outstanding” for me, was the luxury of ordering anything on the menu, as all was free and clear of soybean oil. I was delighted I could eat the bread, marinades, soups and salad dressings without allergy concern! My feeling of relaxation reminded me of a recent visit to Switzerland and Italy where soybean oil isn’t used. In the USA, it’s a rare find to discover a restaurant who chooses to keep that oil off their menu and out of their kitchen. A tremendous thank you!!!

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LB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I had a reservation, but had to wait about 20 minutes.
My companion and I waited close to 15 minutes for a server to come to our table.
The food was not good enough for the price.
I like the venue and its proximity to the BMA.
On other visits to Gertrude's I had a more positive experience.
The hostesses were gracious and apologetic, and had many people waiting.
I would recommend the restaurant reservedly.

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CB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was lovely but the slice of crab quiche was amazingly small for a $16 meal. Surely it could have been a bit larger then 2 inches across.

We appreciated the waitress but she hovered just a bit too much - it seemed every two minutes which interrupted our conversation a lot.

And finally, there used to be a nice cookie on top of the sorbet - that seems to have disappeared. I was disappointed although the sorbet was yummy.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place

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T
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Eric was very attentive. The food was delicious and my grandchildren really enjoyed the food available from children's menu. We had a late reservation, but the kids were restless and the staff was graciously able to seat us early. I highly recommend.

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OS
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very interesting menu--especially innovative seafood dishes. "Small plates" as opposed to appetizers are good for folks with small appetites.

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JM
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love eating at Gertrude’s! The atmosphere is beautiful and relaxing. The food is delicious. We always want to come back to try something new! I had the seafood jambalaya with faro and it was perfect. My husband enjoyed a Caesar salad and cream of crab soup.

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DM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitstaff friendly, attentive, and professional. Food arrived timely and hot.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrude’s is our favorite “goto” for a special occasion. We were a party of four. All of us ordered appetizers, and our server suggested brilliantly that we mix the crab soups! Delightful! For main course, two of us enjoyed the scallops and risotto, while my daughter ordered the pork chop with grits, and my husband ordered the crab cake special. Everything was perfect-right down to the wine pairing. After the meal, we were satisfied, so no desserts were ordered. Nonetheless it was a lovely experience in every way: excellent food, ambiance and service.

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l
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at the BMA and stopped in for a late brunch and stopped in for late brunch which was great! The food and service were excellent with the server providing great options for a gluten free member of our party.

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J
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent experience at Gertrude's. The brunch was fantastic; I had the special that weekend, lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes, and they were stunning. I'd been for dinner several times, but this gives Gertrude's a permanent spot on the brunch rotation!

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S
Baltimore
68 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch at Gertrude’s. Plenty to eat and drink. Crabmeat omelet was exceptional.

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AD
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Menu boring, same ol', same ol', and prices are higher.
We weren't offered a second cup of coffee. Basically ignored after the food was delivered to the table.
Biscuits were not as good as we have had in the past.
Noise level high and the tables are too close together, which made it difficult to walk out to leave table.
Oddly dark at our table; perhaps there was a lighting problem?

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JS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food well prepared and presented. No surprises but satisfying.

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HA
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our lunch was wonderful although the service was only fair. We enjoyed not being rushed.

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Gertrude’s was a very nice experience. The atmosphere was really great with good tasting food. The service was okay. It took the service team a long time to bring us bread and to serve our food. What really stuck out was the dessert which was by far the best thing we ate that night.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for dinner and to support our choir

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JO
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful dining experience. Food was very good and service was just right. You must try it if in Baltimore. Visit the art museum and then have a relaxing dinner.

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Gertrude's was a lovely place to dine. Lunch was delicious and the service was excellent. It truly is one of my Baltimore favorites!

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PH
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

I had eaten at Gertrude's a number of times to mine and my guests delight, but my last visit was disappointing. The staff was friendly and very helpful starting at the reception desk. I ordered a cup of Cream of crab soup, which was aonly 2/3 of a cup with only a few pieces of crab meat. The balance between the cream and other ingredients was off. It was too milky, overshadowing the crab essence.
As a main course I ordered the chicken, stuffed with sage dressing, which amounted to quickly broiled chicken breast and some crumbled cornbread with little or no sage and no chicken stock to meld the dressing together.
I was not alone in my disappointment, we were seated in a large booth next to another party, who also thought the food didn't measure up to the cost. One person ordered pork chops that were on the rare side.
I don't know what happened, maybe a change in ownership or a new chef, but something has changed and not for the better.

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