Gertrude's - Baltimore
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.
Everything was terrific but I have to give my best regards to the service-personnel and prompt and thoughtful and exceptional!
As always, our experience at Gertrude's was superb!
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!
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.
Friendly staff worked well with each other!
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.
The service was wonderful, the food was incredible.
Great restaurant, great food. Always a winner. (to fill requires space..............................)
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.
Our go to place for a wonderful dining experience for the past twenty years.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Our favorite for years. Their focus on high quality has never ebbed. Bravo Gertrude's!!!!
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.
We always love eating at Gertrude's! Wonderful live jazz and delicious healthful food!
My second experience was just as good as my first experience. The live entertainment arrived towards our 5:15pm dinner arrangement, which was okay.
Perhaps the best cream of crab soup I ever ate. Crab quiche, however needs tweeking.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Fabulous meal, bright and airy room.
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!
Fantastic food, but service was not up to the same standard.
Cream of crab soup was one of the best I have ever had.
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.
Gertrude’s is a favorite. They never disappointment. Ambiance, food and service were all excellent.
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.
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.
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.
Food and service was good, however rain water started dripping from the glass ceiling above where I was sitting.
It was a superb business meal.
Always tried and true - excellent good at city’s best museum!