Gertrude's - Baltimore

4.6
5070 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 5070 People Are Saying
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Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere!

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

There were so many birthday celebrations on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. People were dressed magnificently and the atmosphere was happy and fun. Our waiter Jeffrey was on point, and the Sangria was perfect. Oh, and by the way...the food was pretty good too.

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GR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing you can ding Gertrude’s on is the noise. But it’s not so loud that you can’t converse with the person you are there with. Everything else... PERFECT. And the best outdoor space in the city

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t
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended for the benefit for Dine Out for Life because Gertrude's donated 50% of the night's proceeds to Moveable Feast, a very worthwhile agency to support. The donate 50% every year, so the more we ate, the more Moveable Feast received. Not to mention the menu is great and features vegan and vegetarian options and the setting at the Baltimore Museum of Art is spectacular.

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

Dining Out For Life for Moveable Feast

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c
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. And always see friends. Makes me feel at home.

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

Service was very poor, food was adequate. Definitely disappointed based on their reputation. We had to seek assistance from the manager...twice. Once for ordering and once for paying our check. They provided free desserts but that did not make up for the overall terrible experience. We were there for a fundraiser but will not go back. Unfortunately they most likely lost 6 returning customers.

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

Love, love, love Gertrude's! Food is consistently good with very good service.

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l
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and excellent.food and service
Very very good for groups. Brunch is rxcellent.

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JB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Absolutely one of my favorite places. Food is always fantastic, service impeccable and the outdoor dining in the sculpture garden is always memorable. The interior ambiance is also quite sophisticated. Their brunch is especially good and I am always satisfied.

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EG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It wasn't too crowded the night we visited Gertrude's, a Wednesday. We were bringing out-of-town guests for crab cakes, since we heard Gertrude's has some of the best. The guests seemed to like them --- a lot of black pepper, apparently, but good! My food, a vegetable curry, was fine. It needed salt (which is certainly better than having too much). The rice was a touch undercooked and the dish a bit over-sauced, but okay. The fourth party member said his meal was alright. The highlight: Gertrude's genuinely kind, warm, and smart waitstaff, hostess included. This can really make a meal. Service was A+ outstanding, and even though we were the last to leave at 9:30 (seating ends at 9) they never once let us feel as though it was a problem, which is the ultimate test of a pro staff in my opinion. It was delightful to sit outside on a cool night and to look at a few sculptures together while our food was being prepared. Gertrudes has a lovely atmosphere.

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LP
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Gertrudes never disappoints. The menu changes seasonally and always has at least one excellent fish dish. There is something for everyone - vegan, gluten free, etc. - and the wine selections are good. Dessert is always a treat. The only downside is that due to hard surfaces and large open spaces, this is not a quiet restaurant and you may have to speak louder than you want if your table has more than two people.

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g
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Joe, was fantastic. The food was wonderful. We'll be back soon!

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CB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were pleasantly surprised that Tuesdays Gertrude's offer a variety of entree's for $15-20 dollars! They have bottles of wine to accompany their food for a reasonable price as well. The service was impeccable; we were happy to tip based on what the usual price would have been. Love sitting outdoors - much quieter than inside.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was beautiful! Nice service, amazing food (especially the salmon my boyfriend got), and for my boyfriend and I’s dessert, the kitchen wrote “Happy Anniversary” on the plates, which I was not expecting, but we loved it! ❤️

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n
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, the tea was excellent and the atmosphere was outstanding

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RB
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monique the server was amazing! Thank you for making our day wonderful!

The food was fantastic!

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for our anniversary brunch. The staff was incredibly friendly, the food was perfect and they even wrote happy anniversary in chocolate on our dessert plate. Sit outside in the sculpture garden if you can. Will be going back again soon for a second round!

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N
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

An elderly friend and I went to Gertrude's for lunch last Saturday. They were very welcoming and helpful, giving us a table in a quiet spot where my friend could discreetly plug in her portable oxygen tank. They whisked her walker away to a closet and returned it promptly when we were ready to leave. The food was quite good, and I enjoyed a real Baltimore crab cake with excellent apple-fennel coleslaw. We each had their home made ice cream for dessert and while it was expertly made, the chocolate-lime flavor I had was peculiar and I would not recommend it. The restaurant and the museum itself are both light and airy. We found a handicapped parking spot right next to the door so access was very easy and convenient.

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l
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, servuce, food and ambience!

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EB
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Unless ou are dining alone or do not wish to speak with your companion I would avoid Gertrude.

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RB
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We often meet our friends to enjoy the Tuesday special night at Gertrudes!

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H
Baltimore
71 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday and Anniversary celebration for four was fantastic for the weekly Tuesday night $15 dinner specials! The service, value, and food was absolutely great. I have a reservation in December for eight people but needed to reserve for twelve as on line booking had a limit of eight. Not a problem as the hostess changed immediately. Waitress was so attentive to our needs and made our evening of celebration perfect.

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y
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our "go-to place" in Charm City never fails to charm! The waiter & the location of our table in a corner overlooking the garden -- lovely even on a rainy evening -- added to the mastery in the cooking, baking, and concocting of cocktails. We enjoyed the Tuesday evening 3 course specials of beet soup, wilted spinach salad, seafood gumbo, and upside-down peach cake and chocolate decadence, with a nice South African wine.

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Baltimore
52 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

I ordered the pancetta omelette on the specialty menu. The mozzarella wasn’t melted and the pancetta was few and far between. My meal was just “fair” this time around.

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S
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved having dinner at Gertrude's after spending an afternoon at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The menu offered a number of tempting choices, and we loved the Salmon Alla Bella, the Crab Cakes, the Middle Eastern Platter, and the "build your own burger". The service was wonderful and the prices were very reasonable. What's not to love?

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R
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I come here a lot and have had various items from the menu. It’s good for lunchtime business meetings, Saturday and Sunday brunch and special occasion evenings. Thumbs up for: seafood salad, Mediterranean platter, any omelette (think light, fluffy and flavorful) and crab cake. Thumbs sideways for the seafood hash with poached eggs. Can’t recall any thumbs down. I did have a pretty fabulous breakfast tostada that was on the daily specials menu. Service is always consistently good.

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L
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch!! Great service!! Awesome menu.

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D
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We both ordered the same meal which was excellent. The drinks were good, particularly my friend's special drink of the day. What was disappointing was the service. It was a holiday weekend and the restaurant was not crowded. Our service was slow and most irritating of all, we were brought our salads long before our drinks were served. The wait staff needs to get more training. as this aspect of the dining experience detracted from what is otherwise a fine restaurant.

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BJ
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our dining experience at Gertrude's at the BMA. The food was excellent as were the drink specials. The server staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Always warm and friendly and we had the luxury of speaking with John Shields and with John Gilligan. I highly recommend.

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P
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

As always, very enjoyable. This time, however, the service was ver slow and not attentive.

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MB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful setting in the Baltimore Museum of Art, well maintained and cozy decor, delightful patio next to the sculpture garden. Went for the August Thursday lobster special. The soft shell lobsters were perfectly cooked - moist and flavorful, and accompanied by corn on the cob, baked potato and coleslaw. The staff was very accommodating in giving us the table we wanted next to the fountain. All in all, a delightful evening.

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LK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely worth signing up for email alerts for the specials.

Great evening. Very much enjoyed everything.

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J
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really great restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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T
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My 3 friends & I had lovely time & the catfish & salmon entrees were great

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l
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

we went when it is time for small plates, but I did not imagine the prices would stay the same, and the dishes shrunk to such extent. The soup was very salty, and the chilli was hot, and not tasty, just spicy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Daughter moved into Hopkins for the beginning of her sophomore year. Gertrude’s is becoming a yummy tradition!

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SG
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Gertrude's in years. But it's still one of the best brunch spots in the city. Cozy, nice, low key combo band. And as always the food was delicious. Different year but the same great place.

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HL
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I love Gertrude's but the service was terrible for some reason. It took 25 minutes after being seated for anyone to come to our table and then the attention was half-hearted. Hopefully, it was just a glitch in an otherwise always lovely dining experience.

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KM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious meal. Lovely venue. We'll be back.

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