Gertrude's - Baltimore

4.5
5140 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 5140 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

We were not able to get that basket of bread and butter and jam that comes to every table at brunch and that has always been served every time I’ve been here and that everyone around us was eating and that we asked three times for and that essentially to be honest ruined the brunch! It was lovely to sit for 30 minutes at an empty table with everyone at other tables eating away. Then after that I was hyper critical of everything. The glass the mimosa came in was sticky. Not a little. Sticky like the mimosa flowed on the outside of it when it was made and it was served like that. Anyway. Maybe we were the only table ever not to get that darned basket of bread ever in the history of Gertrude’s. It was for my birthday and I was seeing other tables getting this sherbet with a candle. The whole brunch I was thinking do you wanna bet we’re the only table not to get that (they did bring it).

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L
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Two of us ordered the classic eggs Benedict. The eggs were hard boiled. So disappointing. The waiter was excellent. He did offer to get us other eggs, but in the interest of time we declined. The potatoes on the plate were rubbery and tasteless, as if they were sitting in a chafing dish all morning in a buffet. Dry, nasty. The pretty surroundings led us to expect better food, and the prices were steep for such bad food. Probably not going back.

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

Gertrude's has been consistently wonderful over the years. The latest menu offers 2 new vegan options that are exceptional. We have never been disappointed and have always enjoyed dining there.

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

Good food, quiet atmosphere, reasonable prices. We enjoyed a delicious meal with 3 adults and 2 children. Everyone enjoyed the occasion.

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

Coming to Gertrude's after a visit to the BMA was a very special treat, especially on a rainy day. It lifted our spirits and was delicious as well as comfortable. My daughter & I were accompanied by her 2 month old daughter and your staff and other guests were very inviting. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon.

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

Meeting with a friend

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

A wonderful casual restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Extremely busy at lunch time. Recommend a reservation.

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CT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

First not so great meal I’ve had there. Salad was not dressed and had a piece of plastic in it. Omelet lacked flavor. Service was excellent, as usual.

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R
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Annual birthday lunch spot for my mother! Always wonderful.

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M
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can always depend on Gertrude’s for a great meal. The oysters are delicious and the desserts are amazing. I had the homemade pear blackberry cobbler, so unique & tasty.

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s
Baltimore
54 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

another wonderful brunch at Gertrude's. had the mimosa flight and all 3 were delicious. love the crabcakes.

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R
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The crab soup was delicious. I had crab quiche that was just so-so. My companion had a shrimp salad sandwich and liked it but would not order it again. We ate outside in the tent which was comfortable, even on a chilly day. Service was good.

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b
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

A little on the noisy side but ambiance is still pleasing. Good restaurant for Seafood choices and always good service.

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TC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great spot with a lot of ambiance. Food is good both at lunch and dinner. Service is usually excellent. My wife and I love Gertrudes' and frequent often.

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DJ
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrudes came through again. The setting cannot be beat. There are views of the BMA sculpture garden in addition to the fine food and exceptional cocktails.

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LD
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Waiter was fantastic. Noise was not conducive to much of a conversation

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AB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really love going to Gertrude’s for Sunday brunch. The food is fantastic and the staff is so friendly. A real Baltimore gem!

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g
Baltimore
100 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Had a great time. Gertrude’s accommodated our party of 7 when we needed to change from 4 to 7
Everyone liked their meals

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SR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well, I adore Gertrude's. It is the ideal complement to one of our nation's best museums (in my opinion!), the Baltimore Museum of Art. I drive up from Rockville, MD area often to come here, and whenever time permits, bring along someone special to dine here as part of the experience. The ambience is charming, the service is warm, welcoming, helpful and unobtrusive... somehow the staff intuits when more water is wanted or more coffee. This weekend my sister was in Baltimore from NYC, and we elected to meet here to spend the day. I reserved for brunch, and one can get either lunch or brunch entrees. Both of us have various dietary preferences/restrictions, and I have taken diners of all stripes here, omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians, and EVERYONE finds choices here, and have enjoyed their meal. If there is a vegan soup on the menu, order it, it will be sublime (if you are in the mood for soup!) The faux 'crabcakes' appetizer for vegans is very tasty. There will also be a page of daily specials. We both ordered the grilled vegetable omelette, which came with a very fresh salad. There is a welcoming basket with homemade little corn muffins, and in the morning, biscuits. With butter and apple butter. YUM. Coffee is delicious. We didn't have room for dessert- this time! We were able to linger over brunch for a very long time and catch up together, in the way that sisters sometimes need to do. So appreciative of our server's warmth and hospitality.
There is also a room surrounded by glass windows that looks out on the magnificent sculpture garden, and is open air during the summer. Children will enjoy the crayons on the table and being able to draw directly onto the 'tablecloth' - they don't know it's a long piece of white drawing paper over the linens! I
I was here last year for my birthday lunch in December, and if I play my cards right, maybe can return this year as well!

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G
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Staff were accommodating to our toddler, and the food delivered on surprising flavor profiles. We had the stuffed french toast, quiche and Gertrude's eggs dishes.

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KS
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting and decor. Crab soup and crab cakes were delicious. Especially with champagne cocktails. Highly recommend for special occasion luncheon.

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PJ
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We just love Gertrudes. We appreciate the warm ambiance, consistently good food and friendly service. It is not the very best restaurant in Baltimore (foood-wise) but it is close enough. Add to that the ability to eat one's meal without being bombarded with incessant noise, the easy parking, the great staff, and you have a solid winner.

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S
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Gertrude's is a great go-to place, especially for showing off Baltimore cuisine to out-of-town guests. This time, I joined 6 other women for lunch. Everyone seemed pleased with their choices. I shared apple, caramelized onion and ricotta flatbread and sweet potato crusted cod (mashed potatoes/spinach), both of which were delicious. The drawback to the meal was the mushroom barley soup, a thin, rather bland mixture with canned mushrooms and very little barley. Disappointing, but overall, the meal was quite satisfying!

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Tahoe
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Gertrude's is a lovely space, great bar, cozy feel, attentive service, well thought out menu, local and seasonal specials....what more can you ask? Oh, and there is a fantastic art museum attached!

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LK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food,generous portions,and your wait for food is short. They have it out in no time.Great
destination restaurant!

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EM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We love Gertrude's and go for our birthdays there. Our service was spotty. We weren't sure if the person providing us with drinks was our server or someone else, it wasn't clear to us. There was a long interval until we had the menu and put our order in.
The vibe on a Sunday, with the music is wonderful. We were seated near the window, indoors so were in a quieter spot. Menu was great.
Birthday treat was terrific.
We will definitely return for a next time.

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s
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess on the 21st was fantastic. Gracious, charming and very flexible as people were pouring in for the cities most popular brunch. And she worked out me showing up too early. As we were going in the gentleman handed her a tip because she had done something awesome for him before hand. The crab quiche was fantastic. We will be back.

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B
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the brunch - amazing variety of dishes. On the pricey side.

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d
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a very tasty meal with nice service and a good wine list

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KB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrudes always delivers a wonderful dinner with lots of good choices for everyone, great cocktails and wine and delicious desserts. We are foodies - and this is one of our favorite spots to dine out with friends.

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LC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our server was nice but somewhat inattentive, and this was at 5:00 and the restaurant only had a few other tables that were occupied, so being busy would not have been an excuse. We sat for a while with dirty dishes and empty water glasses. Had to flag another waiter over 2 times to ask them to have our waiter come over for various reasons. The food was good though, and the menu has a nice selection of options, a creative cocktail menu and nice specials. Decent place to eat if you are in the vicinity.

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JH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I highly recommend making a reservation for Gertrude's! It is a popular weekend lunch spot located inside the Baltimore Museum of Art. I ate lunch there with two friends after we visited the Cone Exhibit upstairs. I had a delicious cup of crab soup and sandwich followed by a creamy cappuccino. Our server was friendly but we found ourselves waiting quite awhile for service throughout the meal. She was extremely busy and the place was packed.

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l
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great evening all round for food, atmosphere, service and music was an unexpected and great addition; birthday celebrations and celebrations of spirit! As always, kudos to Gertrude’s!

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KB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mussels were wonderful. The squash soup needed a little more zip and was too sweet for me.

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M
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Gertrude's many times and it never disappoints. The food is great for an everyday business meeting, and holidays are magnificent. I would recommend it to native Baltimoreans and to travelers, as well. By the way, there is a terrific museum and nice gift shop, as well. The Eastern Shore crab cakes with the lemon/butter aeoli is to die for.

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

I had a simple BLT that was served with a pickle and chips...perfect!

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LF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was great but not the Bloody Mary. It had way too much horseradish in it. I should have asked to try the mix before I ordered it.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good brunch spot. Sculpture Garden views from the patio. Jazz brunch on Sunday.

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AA
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service, delicious food! A Charm City favorite!

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MW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambience, service! Enjoyed every facet of my visit.

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