Gertrude's - Baltimore

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was terrific but I have to give my best regards to the service-personnel and prompt and thoughtful and exceptional!

d
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our experience at Gertrude's was superb!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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AM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

M
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent crabcakes and fried oysters (my friend's meal), but tired, flavorless, and unexceptional sides of grilled potatoes and apple cider slaw. Because of those flaws, our meals were altogether too expensive! Our server was fabulous; all staff were wonderful and warmly welcoming to us! I must also emphatically praise the person who sat us, as I specifically requested a quiet table in my reservation, and he must have actually read this--many do not--because we are hearing-impaired and were extremely pleased that he sat us at a table away from noise! Based on the stellar service and the main star of our meals, we will definitely return!

LK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Richard, our server, was fantastic! It’s always a treat to eat at Gertrude’s, and I love taking people here when they visit from out of town.

E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff worked well with each other!

ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Only 2 things come to mind that could have been better - the person calling your name when your table was ready was very close to where the musicians were playing - so you really had to focus on her and listen rather closely.
Also toast with the country breakfast would have been nice.

CM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful, the food was incredible.

JC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, great food. Always a winner. (to fill requires space..............................)

T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great. We went for brunch on a Sunday. Place was full. Our table was nice. Live band playing made it a bit loud. My daughter has a nut allergy so server was very helpful in helping us select a suitable dish for her. I was upset that the person who brought our food out put the dish with nuts in front of my daughter and her waffles cane out with a pecan syrup. The communication among the staff should be better.

w
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place for a wonderful dining experience for the past twenty years.

ES
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met for a birthday celebration and it was wonderful. The food was delicious, the server was pleasant and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere was fun. Afterwards we wondered the museum. Overall, it was a lovely birthday celebration.

MB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food is just meh. I ordered the zucchini cakes which were not cooked long enough and mushy. But both sides that came with the entrees we got were pretty good.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I came here for our Valentine’s Day date. We chose the fixed menu for the occasion. The food was amazing, as was the service. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion!

G
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised to find out that Gertrude's was located in the Baltimore Museum of Art. We heard from a friend that it was very good o we made a reservation. We were there on a Saturday so were happy we did as it was very crowded. They have a brunch and lunch menu and we sampled from both and enjoyed our entrees very much.

We will definitely go there again and recommend it to others.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

From the moment we checked in at the hostess station for our reservation, we were treated like special guests. Every staff member was courteous, helpful, welcoming and kind- the service was just exceptional from start to finish. The food- crab soup and seafood salad for me- was so fresh and delicious. I loved the salad dressing- light and tangy. The server and chef accommodated my son’s allergy without hesitation, which is not always the norm for us in dining experiences elsewhere, so I was really appreciative. And the dessert- flourless chocolate cake- was divine. We’re already planning our return!

HD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite for years. Their focus on high quality has never ebbed. Bravo Gertrude's!!!!

CV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I have been here a few times and always enjoyed the dining. I ordered scallops with a mushroom risotto. The scallops were perfect atop barely warm risotto that was so overly starchy. I was sadly disappointed. The staff was exceptional and I ordered a new dish of just scallops without the starch. They even remade my husband's pasta as well so we could eat hot food together. This was very kind of them. We then received out food and had absolutely no utensils. We also had to ask to have the second meal removed from my bill as it was not caught by the waitress. Overall, a disappointing Valentine's experience. The drink creations however, were exceptional as usual.

DB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love eating at Gertrude's! Wonderful live jazz and delicious healthful food!

MG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second experience was just as good as my first experience. The live entertainment arrived towards our 5:15pm dinner arrangement, which was okay.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Perhaps the best cream of crab soup I ever ate. Crab quiche, however needs tweeking.

U
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience1

The noise was just so overwhelmingly loud-- even at lunch time on a weekday-- that it made it less than pleasant.
The crab quiche was dance and uninspiring and the side salad was tiny. Definitely not good value for the money.
The drinks, the tea, and the service were all good. You can't beat the convenience when you're at the museum. The Gertrude's has definitely gone down hill in ambiance and food prep in the last few years.

CC
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

This is an exceptionally fine restaurant which has met and exceeded my expectations for two decades. However, I've dined at Gertrude's on three occasions since Christmas and the rapid change in quality was shocking. I hope this is a short-lived phase.

B
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went for dinner and enjoyed the evening.Food was very good,drinks were good,very pleasant surroundings and service was very good. Highly recommend this for dinner.

J
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute our server introduced herself, the experience was perfect. The brunch specials were so spectacular, we had trouble choosing. Cocktails were spot on, oysters delightful, entrées exquisite and dessert delectable!

EC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

My meal got better by the course. I began with the cream of crab soup and it was just okay. The Alfredo pasta special that included shrimp, scallops, and mussels was very good. The blood orange upside down cake with ice cream and salted caramel syrup was a knock out. Overall the ambiance was lovely and the décor was beautiful. It was a bit noisy because the restaurant accommodated large groups but I believe it is more suitable for smaller ones. Getting to the restaurant was a bit tricky. It is inside of the Baltimore Museum of Art. I would like to visit again to see the sculpture garden.

BS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good for a special occasion because it's a little pricey. But the food is very good, service is good, drinks are very good, ambience is very good.

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous meal, bright and airy room.

WK
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was excellent, from Gertie's Crab Cake filled with lump crab meat, to the smoked salmon and trout platter, to the drinks. Our server Jeffrey provided us with impeccable service. The restaurant was lively without being too noisy. All in all, a fine experience!

S
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Fantastic food, but service was not up to the same standard.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Cream of crab soup was one of the best I have ever had.

LP
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

In general the only issue with Gertie’s is the noise. One of our party hearing impaired so it was difficult for her to hear. It was hard to hear our waitress over the din. Because of the hard surfaces this restaurant is always loud but there were two large groups of people who were celebrating which made it hard to carry on a conversation. As always the food was wonderful. I cannot remember ever having a less than delicious meal here.

f
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gertrude’s is a favorite. They never disappointment. Ambiance, food and service were all excellent.

G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived at opening time for lunch but the room filled quickly. I began to feel that the tables were very close together, The service was excellent, not rushed but there were no waits. The salad choices were excellent and the crab cake perfect.

BB
Baltimore
86 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful brunch in the covered porch. This is one of the best brunch places in Baltimore. Very relaxing atmosphere. To dine inside where they have wonderful live jazz background music, reserve early as this area fills fast! We had excellent service from the whole staff. The house made cornbread and biscuits with whipped butter are a divine start as you wait for the main plates. Very good coffee, lovely eggs benedict, perfect potatoes, with a little fruit-slice accompaniment. Highly recommend Gertrudes any time of day.

j
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Nice Menu - ordered the trout off the "specials" menu. Very tasty and a sizable portion. Seating is a tad tight where we were seated. Tables for 2 are such that if the person at adjoining table and you both had your elbows out, you would touch them. Made it a little difficult to have privacy. Larger tables seemed to have plenty of space around them.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was good, however rain water started dripping from the glass ceiling above where I was sitting.

AI
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a superb business meal.

F
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always tried and true - excellent good at city’s best museum!