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Gertrude's - Baltimore

4.6
4871 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
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 4871 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

What a delightful restaurant in The Baltimore Museum of Art! Delicious food and atmosphere for all.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Birthday lunch
Made reservation well in advance
Did get a great seating table and were constantly moving to accommodate servers and waiter
Matre D wasn’t the most friendly either

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I appreciate that when it is a special occasion, a message is written on the dessert plate and I don’t even have to ask for it!!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I ate at the bar after listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates speak at the BMA. The restaurant extended its hours for the event. Normally, I eat weekend brunch at Gertrude’s. This was my first dinner. They did not disappoint. The crab quiche and salad were delicious. Also, the bar manager was very pleasant and provided great dining options.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Our server was easily the best part of our experience here. The food was disappointing. I was served warm raw oysters (on ice), which didn't inspire much confidence in the remainder of the seafood. I came back later after the museum for cocktails and snacks with a friend, and although our service was lovely, the food and drinks were again very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

We love the food at Gertrude's!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Gertrude's is my go-to in Baltimore. Always inventive without being overpowering, the chef allows the freshness of the ingredients to express themselves. The pricing is value for money!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

I have been to Gertrude’s numerous times for different occasions. I have always been pleased. This was for our friend’s birthday & everything was lovely. I just want to thank Peter for taking such good care of us!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Superb surroundings and food. Tuesday night specials great food and value.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The vegan crab cake dish is my favorite vegan meal in Baltimore. Service was a bit slow, but it was busy for Mother's Day so not totally unexpected. Overall, the meal was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good food, love the ambiance, our server was top notch and a big help with our ordering.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I had called and asked for outdoor seating but we were seated in main dinning room.
Our server was great, my crab cake was not as good as normal but still ok

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Good service, reasonable prices, good food, ample portions, excellent atmosphere

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Birthday for a dear friend.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We took some "outside the beltway" friends for lunch after a visit to the Cone Collection. They'd never been to Gertrude's and enjoyed it very much. A lovely Spring day on the patio with Gertie's crab cakes and prosecco is not to be missed! Service was good as usual. We've been here many times and keep coming back.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Food was good as always, and we were able to sit outside which is pleasant and not noisy (inside it is impossible to have a conversation because of the noise).
We were seated 25min after our reservation time, they were unusually busy or overbooked

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Birthday lunch for friend

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We really appreciated that they set up a special table for us outside near the fountain, even they were not doing any regular seating in this area. This was superb customer service!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Service was slower than usual, probably due to an event in the outdoor tent and the noise level was higher as well. However, the trout was excellent as was the French Rose. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

I liked it, but the Gertrude’s crab cake was smaller than at my favorite restaurants and, also, had filler. It also had about 3 pieces of shell in it. I can get a larger crab cake that seems not to have any filler at other restaurants. Also, the other restaurants are priced at about the same or less, but, with a huge no filler crab cake, and, also, comes with two or more large side orders. I ordered a salad, which took the place of two sides. It was a very small salad and was served on the plate with the crab cake. (I like salad served separately so that I can toss it.) So, the crab cake was just “so so.”

The restaurant was just a little too noisy for me. The service was good except the waitress asked my friend if she wanted a wine refill, but never asked me if I wanted a diet coke refill. I would have told her that I wanted a refill, but she left the table too fast.

The lunch was nice, but I see no reason to go back.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We are able to walk here from work and it's always a nice lunch. High end preparation and excellent service. Not for the budget conscious.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We were there on a Sunday after a jazz concert nearby at the museum, and the place was jammed. Nevertheless, the service was attentive and fairly prompt and the food was good.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I wish they wouldn’t run out of the specials and entrees. They didn’t have the steak or the meat special and the special dessert. This is the second time that this has happened. Yes they have become more popular but they should take this into account and order more next time.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Excellent! Great place for brunch!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We had a wonderful 3 hour meal with family. Great for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We love Gertrude's, go there often and the food is very very good. However, the acoustics in the "dinning room" are so terrible that you cannot carry on a conversation. This last time was miserable as the people beside us were so loud that I had to put Kleenex in my ears. Unfortunately we are going to really have to think twice about going back to Gertrude's unless we can be assured of being seated in "the tent" or outside. I would not rate the noise level as "energetic" but as extremely loud and at times unbearable.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Our first visit and won’t be our last. My husband said the fried oysters were amazing. The option of picking your own entree and sides makes it easy for anyone to eat here, especially because there are so many options. I had salmon, potatoes and sautéed spinach. Portions were more than adequate (I really couldn’t eat it all). Nice atmosphere. Service was also very good.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

I've had friends recommend Gertrude's, but for as long as I have lived in Baltimore I've never been. I was not disappointed. Everything about arranging and getting there for our anniversary dinner was easy for me and my spouse. We thoroughly enjoyed our crab-centric dishes. Our server was attentive (but not too) and good natured. He seemed genuinely sorry they had just run out of our first dessert choice. For a special dinner with a genuine Maryland accent, I could not have been more pleased.

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2.0Dined on May 4, 2018

One of my guests had a severe allergic nut reaction and called the ambulance, but the manager seemed to doubt her and questioned our story. On top of that, my waiter disappeared after the incident and no longer came by our table. Furthermore, the pasta was undercooked and the desert was burnt.

Maybe it was just a rough night for the restaurant because my previous experiences have been pleasant and positive.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The food is reliably good here as are the lovely surroundings!
Our server, Jeffrey, worked hard to please but faltered toward the end of our experience.
He came over to our table and said, "are you done?" Instead of , 'have you finished?'
When my husband replied, "not quite yet," Jeffrey cleared his plate straight away.

After dessert and coffee, it took a long time to get the check. He was a fine lad but not quite ready for prime time.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Love Gertrude’s
Excellent food ..and a great place to feel
Relaxed at ,, always have a wonderful
Time there .

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great food. great museum. Lovely atmosphere. We had a delicious lunch by the fountain

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Copacetic to the max!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

The food was delicious and creative with interesting, delightful flavors. The Tuesday night cafe prices are amazing for such great food. Our server was attentive and made great dessert recommendations.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

The mushroom-stuffed ravioli on the special menu was divine. A pleasant experience where, in good weather, one can dine with a view of BMA's splendid sculpture garden.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

A great brunch! Always! Eggs Benedict eggs with crab cakes are worthy of special occasion cuisine.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Lovely experience.

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Generally good, but the mushroom under the delicious lump crab was hard to find. Also the sauce overwhelmed the crab.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Another delicious dinner, this time with the family spanning 3 generations. Everything was delicious. Seafood pasta, Indonesian tuna, Yolanda crabcakes, and Mediterranean platter. We all savored our meals. Our waiter was well informed, patient, and just nice. So enjoy dining at Gertrude's!

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Daughter and I met an old friend for lunch to celebrate her birthday. Service was excellent. Food was very good. I had seared scallops with spicy aioli, Sauter asparagus, and spicy noodles. Daughter had soup and the portobello crab imperial. Friend had the seafood salad. Everyone was pleased with their food and it was a very pleasant ladies lunch.

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