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About Gertrude's - Baltimore

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.

10 Art Museum Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21218
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:30am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 8:00pm

Brunch Menu served on Saturday and Sunday until 3pm
Light Fare Menu on Saturday and Sunday from 3pm - 5pm

Cross Street:
N. Charles St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 889-3399

Website:
http://www.gertrudesbaltimore.com/

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.

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).

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.

Executive Chef:
Doug Wetzel

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We are open on Christmas Eve, offering our regular Brunch Menu! We will seat from 10 am until 3 pm. Please note the last seating is at 3 pm, and then we are closed for the remainder of the day (as well as all day on Christmas).

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Our New Year's Eve Supper Club returns in 2017! Seatings are at 6 pm and 9 pm, and a special prix fixe menu is offered at both times. Visit gertrudesbaltimore.com/menus/NYE2017.pdf for all of the details.

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Private Dining

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

Gertrude's - Baltimore Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (92)
Good for a Date (85)
Great for Lunch (85)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (80)
Local Ingredients (77)
Great for Brunch (76)
Good for Birthdays (72)
Neighborhood Gem (69)
Sunday Lunch (64)
Good for Anniversaries (63)
Creative Cuisine (62)
Romantic (62)
Scenic View (62)
Fit for Foodies (60)
Worth the Drive (53)
Quiet Conversation (52)
Seasonal (50)
Casual (48)
Good for Groups (47)
Authentic (41)
Healthy (37)
Business Meals (36)
Afternoon Tea (35)
Good Vegetarian Options (35)
Comfort Food (31)
Fun (31)
Bar Seating (29)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Cozy (26)
Disabled Access (23)
Vegan (23)
Live Music (19)
Afternoon Coffee (18)
Gluten Free Options (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Kid-friendly (15)
Happy Hour (13)
Organic (13)
People Watching (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Waterfront (2)
Great Beer (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Didn't love it. For the price I would expect a bit more. Menu sounds better than it tastes. Parking is a pain. But that's typical for Baltimore city. Not going back sorry.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

The crab cake was good but could use less filler. Definitely not lump meat which is what i prefer. The server was excellent; he was very warm and attentive. Stay away from the cheddar pearl hominy; it’s super creamy and cheesy (in a bad way). I was expecting cheddar grits. Overall, the ambiance was nice but i could truly pass on the food. I won’t go back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

This restaurant is very lucky to have such a wonderful location. But the food, not cheap, is consistently weak. This despite Mr. Shields' excellent reputation -- seems to be resting on laurels. Why Gertrude's is still on the local "50 best" lists is a mystery.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was excellent. We were seated right away. The food was very good.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

John Shields maintains the highest quality in his restaurant. Over decades. We always have a great time.

Tags: Hot Spot, Live Music, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Gertrudes has always been one of my favorite restaurants. This visit was marred by less than stellar service. Our server failed to being us the list of daily specials after saying she would do so. One of our drinks clearly ordered "on the rocks" was served "up." Our entrees were delivered in a timely manner, but our waitress never showed up to check on their preparation. I had a question about the preparation that was unanswered and after waitin 5 minutes, I decided to wait no longer and began eating. Our waitress never came by until it was time to clear for desert. We had a question about one of the daily deserts and our waitress said she would check. She returned about 5 minutes later asking if we had made up our mind about dessert, having never answered our question about the dessert special. Overall, very inattentive.
Overall ambience was disrupted by seats near kitchen entrance where wait staff called out "corner", every time the came into the service area.
First time I have ever been disappointed at Gertrudes.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Unusual but delicious soup, food served very quickly, great waiter. Able to sit and enjoy cocktails or coffee. Many choices for runch mimosa's

Tags: Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Great for Brunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

I AM A REGULAR AT GERTRUDES AND HAVE EXPERIENCED DINNERS THAT ARE WONDERFUL, BUT I HAVE ALSO EATEN MEDIOCRE MEALS, AND FRIDAY'S LUNCH WAS JUST THAT. IT WAS A PENNE DISH WITH SUN DRIED TOMATOES AND I BELIEVE CRAB, BUT I HAD MAYBE THREE SUN DRIED TOMATOES IN MY DISH, AND I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE CRAB WAS. THE COST WAS $24 DOLLARS. I WAS DISAPPOINTED. GERTRUDE YOU CAN DO BETTER; YOU HAVE IN THE PAST.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

We met family and friends to celebrate a visit. We had an excellent venue to catch-up on all topics. We were not rushed even though the dining room was almost completely filled. One couple shared all courses and was accommodated with separate dishes rather than eating from the same dinnerware. We all had different fish dishes and all agreed they were quite pleased with the freshness and preparation.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

Gertrude's is always a wonderful dining experience, and this time I have to mention our server, Joe Brady. I asked his name before we left because I wanted to express our gratitude to him and to the restaurant for employing excellent people. Joe's skills in providing attentive, quiet, thoughtful service combined with friendliness and humor made the dinner a joy for us.
Thank you, Mr. Shields, Mr. Brady, and everyone at Gertrude's for giving us such pleasure.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great ambiance! Great food selections and cocktails!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

It's our go to place...wonderful crab cakes (too bad they don't deliver) and it also meets the needs of vegans and children with limited food choices. It was beautifully decorated for Christmas but I felt it was missing a menorah for Channukah.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Vegan, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Although Gertrude's is always good we thought it was especially good at our Saturday lunch. Each entrée was more beautiful that the next one. Everything was spectacular and really delicious.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very charming, helpful waiter. We were able to vote on the best “gingerbread” house and learn about tea time at Gertrude’s.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Tasting Menu
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 (Brighton)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We went for the tea. It wasn’t worth $30 a person, but we had s nice time.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent cuisine & service.
First timer. Will return.

Tags: Vegan, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Healthy, Casual, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Gertrude's is always a delight! The menu is extensive, and I usually go with the specials, which are seasonal and delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent as always

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Everything was perfect. We were shown to our table in less than 5 minutes. Our hostess & server were excellent. Food was great. They were able to handle my new BMA membership & celebrated my birthday with a beautiful display. The atmosphere is charming.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Disabled Access
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 30, 2017

2nd time at Gertrudes. Excellent food and service in great museum location. Good value for money

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Two of us decided on the spur of the moment to have dinner here, which as always, was wonderful. Excellent and professional service set and a beautiful space (decorated very tastefully for the holiday season) sets the tone. After we placed our order, a basket of sweet cornbread and yeast rolls with butter arrived. Wines were half price Wednesday, so we tried more expensive ones we would not usually try--including a lovely pinot noir from Maryland. The tomato bisque with fennel topped with spinach and parmessan was smooth and had an incredible depth of flavor. The fried oysters (appetizer size = 4 to 5) were lightly breaded and fried and accompanied by a nice dipping sauce. Pork sliders top notch. Throughout, our water glasses were kept full, plates cleared when finished, and attention as needed but not too much. We found the evening relaxing and enjoyable. We recommend Wednesdays for those who have hearing issues and want to hear their meal companions better since this day of the week is less busy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Staff are all in a terrible hurry and it makes you feel pretty rushed to leave. They served one sandwich with so little aioli that it was basically dry. Had to ask for it to be brought to the table. It's noisy even though its customer base is elderly.
Meh.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Delicious meal, and a very gracious server who was attentive and kind.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

just the best!! lovely evening. love the holiday houses and decorations. wonderful Tuesday evening menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Food always tasty, attractively served. Atmosphere conducive to conversation, while background music of quiet jazz enhances a feeling of comfort. Waitstaff usually courteous and helpful.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Everything was great, except we could not get separate checks for each couple. The waiter would split the check across 3 credit cards, but refused to write up three separate checks. This is the only restaurant that I have ever had this problem. Very disconcerting!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We treated some family, who are foodies, to brunch. We all agreed that the food was fabulous and the service was tops.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This visit failed to come up to the standards we have come to expect from Gertrude's. Despite reservations, we were seated in the draftiest table in the enclosed "outdoor" area even though the area was nearly empty when we arrived. The cream of crab soup, usually my wife's favorite, was so watery as to question the word "cream." The potatoes accompanying my eggs Benedict were at best lukewarm, and the cut fruit accompanying my wife's sandwich seemed to not have been prepared that day. If this were our first visit to Gertrude's it would have been our last. I might still recommend Gertrude's to a friend, but warn that the food has become inconsistent.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent food, ambience, service, value. Recommend with enthusiasm.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Really enjoyed the meal. Would prefer not to be seated so close to others so you could have some privacy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My family of 8 went for my sons Christening and it was an excellent experience. Highly recommend.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 22, 2017

As always, the menu was innovative, the food delicious and the service excellent. Always a pleasure to dine at Gertrude's.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

The menu had a great variety. Both of us felt that our selections were delicious and very attractive. Great service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food and service are consistently very good. The ambiance of the Baltimore Museum of Art sculpture garden seen from the restaurant is an added plus. A wonderful place the take local and out of town guests. Surprised to learn that the crab soup was made using a pork stock as an ingredient.
Enjoy!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I LOVE THIS RESTAURANT. I would definitely return to and enjoy the delicious cuisine. The waitress served us great with sincerity and smile.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Romantic, Casual, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Absolutely fantastic! Food and service was outstanding. The weekly Tuesday night specials are a great value.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Always excelllent, great service and value. Vegan offerings are excellent.

Tags: Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

A FAVORITE WHENEVER I'M IN TOWN & SEE THE NEW EXHIBIT AT THE BMA.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We love Gertrude's. It is has lovely ambiance,delicious food, and very good service. Our go to place for a special occasion.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This visit wasn't Gertrude's best. We were seated promptly at a table we requested with a window view in the garden overlook area. Virgin Mary was on time and delightful. Ditto the food. But once we were served the young man who was our waiter simply disappeared. No checking on two elderly ladies, no offered desert menu --in fact no sight of young man except to see him once briefly with cell phone in hand behind the bar. To get our check I had to signal the maitre de---never before had this happened. Finally, the carpet in the tented area was filthy with chunks of bread showing up clearly on the dark carpet. The waiter could have spent his time with a carpet sweeper tidying up.

That carping over with, we were thrilled with the food.. crab cakes daily special and Gerties were to die for. I will always come back to Gertrudes. But this was clearly not their best day.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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