Gertrude's - Baltimore

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5441 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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CF
Baltimore
73 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had reservations and we were seated right away outside on a beautiful afternoon. The outside tent area is so much quieter than inside and the bubbling fountain, lovely sculpture, trees, bushes, flowers and birds singing made an amazing backdrop for lunch. We started with the crab soup which was nicely spiced and full of crab. The other soup appetizer, pea soup with asparagus, was also spiced well. We then had the crab quiche and Mediterranean omelet, both of which were excellent and just the right portion size. They came with generous fresh green salads. Service was good and there was no rush to leave the beautiful setting.

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

Graduation

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SR
Baltimore
110 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Dependable if not 'wow' meal. Certainly lovely environment in which to enjoy friends' company.

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P
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch outdoors within the sculpture garden was the nicest meal I've enjoyed in a long time.
Inventive menu and terrific service in a lovely setting.

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

Dependably high-quality food served professionally in a beautiful setting at a very reasonable price.

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z
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another favorable experience at Gertrude’s. The service is top notch. The jazz group were really good too. And of course one goes to Gertrude’s for the Crab cakes. Excellent!

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SF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

was pleased with meal - asked Eric to get our waitress and told him that we wanted to get dessert and coffee. Eric came with coffee and dessert menu - waitress came later. He did not have to do what he did - was appreciated

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JR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants !! We always choose Gertrude’s for special occasions. The atmosphere is lovely and sitting outdoors near the sculpture garden is a treat!

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GS
Baltimore
197 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Simply consistently excellent - food, service, ambiance - always a “go to favorite.”

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J
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seasonal ingredients were really fresh. Love the creativity of the menu offerings. Service very attentive without being overbearing.

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LA
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrudes is always great--one of my all-time favorites.

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S
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great, "Baltimore Inspired" cuisine in a the beautiful serene setting of The Baltimore Museum of Art...what could be bad????

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D
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my food was outstanding and a bargain at $15 for the special entree (drumfish)

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LW
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food is excellent and the waitress was good. However, the restaurant seems to be getting more and more packed and it's hard to hear and it's hard to move around in there. I felt claustrophobic.

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TB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We were very disturbed by the person at the front desk. Her looks were unappealing in a dining place, and she is so large it was awkward and difficult for her to get between the tables. And she was curt.
The waiter was uninvolved-he ordered the wrong soup for us and never came back, and we couldn’t get his attention, until after the entrees were served. We told the manager the wrong soup was delivered but by then my husband was eating some of it, we asked for the pea soup, that we ordered and he brought it but didn’t make any adjoin the bill for the mistake. The waiter forgot I’d asked for no ice and gave ice with the drink refill. Generally seemed perfunctory in his service. Overall, we were disappointed with the restaurant, because of these 2 employees, but was food was excellent.

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CV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Very disappointing!! We were seated in a far corner of the tent. There was no heat in that area and it was 55 degrees outside. The tent was cold and we asked a heater, like other portions of the tent had access too. We were told that they were working on it. That was a lie. Unacceptable to seat people outdoors with no heat.
I ordered the Mediterranean omelet without olives. Our waitress, Liz, told me that the kitchen could not accommodate that 'special order'. Seriously. I was handed a menu and asked to order something else. When did leaving one item out of an omelet become an ordeal?
Dress warmly and no special orders if you try this restaurant. I would advise against it.

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N
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for mothers day brunch
The food was pretty good but could be seasoned a bit more. The cream of crab soup tastes weird.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited Gertrude's many times, including for Mother's Day, Father's Day and New Year's Eve. We have always enjoyed the food and the service is always on point. This past visit we dined in the outdoor seating area and it was wonderful. Anyone who hasn't dined at this restaurant has missed a great experience.

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CR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Gertrudes, and need to come back more often. We generally come a few times a year and every time we say "why don't we come more often"? the food is always fantastic, and the location is prime. One of the Baltimore regions culinary treasures.

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LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting but food is average and prices are high for what you get. Service was great however the hostess was a little surly.

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KH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had out of town guests from Seattle and wanted to take them to a good local place. As usual, Gertrude's didn't disappoint. And, it's at the BMA. As we're all art people, this is very cool.

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MP
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant restaurant in the Baltimore Museum of Art. The lunch menu is creative and makes good use of local seafood. The oysters and cream of crab soup were excellent. Highly recommended for a lovely lunch after a museum visit. Garden is also lovely.

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was just a very, very pleasant lunch experience. The Middle Eastern Platter was wonderful.
I've been to Gertrude's many times in the 1990s. You are still the finest. I used to live across the street. Thank you 😊

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JM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab cakes are always on the menu (Never eat crab cakes outside of Maryland!) and make sure to try the cornbread which is in the bread basket. There is a wide selection of items on the regular menu and there is always a list of specials. There is something good on the menu for everyone and one can eat light or heavy.

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R
Baltimore
76 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gertrude's is a terrific restaurant ... we love the atmosphere and the varied menu. We came to dinner on a busy Thursday evening with relatives from out of town and it was a perfect choice. After our lovely meal we walked out into the sculpture garden because it was such a pretty night. Couldn't have chosen a nicer place for a delicious and easy meal in a lovely setting.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I think you’re losing it. Tonight was not the classy service I’ve always come to expect. This is the second time i’ve brought a friend and bragged before hand about the service and the food. Tonight it was subpar.

I had to ask three people to bring a bread basket including the waiter. Finally the bread basket was brought after they brought the food. I asked that person to please bring bread back they didn’t. and a third person had to be asked and it finally appeared. All the other diners appeared to have bread baskets placed on their table shortly after they were seated. My cream of crab soup which is usually beyond delicious was bitter and over seasoned.

It would be nice to have more than one very small chunk of goat cheese on the very berry salad. My friend said her sandwich was just OK. We’re not complainers. it was just unbelievable. The waiter seemed very dis-interested in waiting on our table. The waiter gave us no check back to see if the food was OK. Nothing. He did seem interested in asking us if we were finished eating twice though. Trying to rush us out? You sure weren’t busy enough to warrant people waiting to get in.

You need to work on your customer service and your food quality. I’ve come here for years and brought friends for dining experiences that were just phenomenal. I’m not so sure that I can count on that anymore.

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D
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The blueberry and lemon pepper cheese cake was fantastic ! I wish it was a regular dessert menu item .

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JT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love dining at Gertrude’s! Great food, superb service & a beautiful setting...
What more could you ask for!?!

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DK
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Nice place I like to go to. The waiter that served me in the past is a bit standoffish and diminishes with his attitude my experience and enjoyment. Not good. Next time I might just ask to not be served by him.

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c
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVED having brunch at Gertrude's!!!!! The staff are friendly and professional, the food was great, and I LOVED the ambience because of the jazz music, beautiful decor, and the surroundings because it is in the museum. I plan to return many times in the future!!!!

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A
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

There was a very loud birthday party of 30 people and they took away our dining pleasure.
It’s a shame to have had our evening ruined by obnoxious, inconsiderate people.

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N
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant. The are also very socially conscious.

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JP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is a bit of a hidden gem for the city. It is a nice option to add-on to a museum visit/date, but certainly worth the trip by itself. Their go-to menus items are seafood based. We had excellent service and never felt rushed.

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f
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was very crowded and noisy on a Sunday for lunch, but we had a good time.

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GS
Baltimore
198 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch at Gertrude’s is as good as it gets. Love the food, service, and ambiance. A definite favorite!

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I have visited this establishment on a few occasions and the food is consistently good and the location is great. Great for a girlfriend's outting or a cute couples date for those who enjoy the arts, since it's located within the museum.

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P
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent . I loved the rockfish imperial. Our server, Liz, was awesome!

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t
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the meal. Prompt service. One of the better restaurants associated with art museums in the country. I can see why business people would have lunch here too. You could sit inside or out. We enjoyed a pleasant table for two. A relaxing meal.

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s
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed two great entrees from the daily specials and had a fantastic time sitting on the outdoor patio.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the cooperation of glorious weather and were seated at my request in the enclosed tent
In the sculpture garden. It was wonderful-they we’re quite busy but food and service were top-notch.

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