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About Gertrude's - Baltimore

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.

10 Art Museum Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21218
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Seafood

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

Cross Street:
N. Charles St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 889-3399

Website:
http://www.gertrudesbaltimore.com/

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.

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).

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.

Executive Chef:
Doug Wetzel

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

Private Party Contact:
John Gilligan: (844) 334-8125

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Gertrude's - Baltimore Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (93)
Good for a Date (85)
Special Occasion (85)
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Great for Brunch (84)
Good for Birthdays (74)
Neighborhood Gem (74)
Sunday Lunch (68)
Local Ingredients (65)
Creative Cuisine (64)
Worth the Drive (63)
Fit for Foodies (62)
Good for Anniversaries (60)
Romantic (58)
Great for Outdoor Dining (50)
Good for Groups (49)
Cozy (48)
Seasonal (41)
Scenic View (40)
Fun (39)
Authentic (38)
Casual (38)
Good Vegetarian Options (37)
Business Meals (35)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Comfort Food (33)
Healthy (32)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Afternoon Tea (30)
Bar Seating (28)
Live Music (25)
Disabled Access (23)
Afternoon Coffee (20)
Vegan (20)
Notable Wine List (17)
People Watching (13)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Organic (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Late-night Find (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great Beer (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

Brunch with a best friend. Great experience for me as always!
She was less impressed with her meal but will give a second chance. To each her own.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

attentive service. Well received appetizers, entrees and desserts

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

There was a large table of patrons that were celebrating something so was very loud. But after they left better. The crab cake special was great and berry salad was okay but grilled shrimp was over cooked. We had to ask for bread that was delivered to others as a matter of course. . But all in all a very pleasant experience.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything about Gertrude's feels special - the helpful, discrete service; the variety of entree selections; the scrumptious food! We will be back soon!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Another delicious meal with impeccable service. Gertrude's is a favorite.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Lovely restaurant, delicious food in a great museum. Enjoy a special day out in the museum and a fabulous meal. This restaurant will not disappoint. We brought relatives from Florida and they were really impressed with the quality and variety. One of our guests is a Vegetarian and there was many options for her as well. We live in the suburbs it will become our place to take all our guests no need to go to DC!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

I love Gertrude’s! Bustling on a Tuesday night. Wonderful food - I had 3 course dinner deal - very nice. Only complaint was not hot coffee which the waiter took care of.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Love the great choice of crab cakes! John does a super job minding the place

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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·Dined 6 days ago

Classy, but not snooty, atmosphere. Excellent consistent food choices and prep. Pricey, but that's what one expects in a museum restaurant. Well-trained staff. Friendly, but not intrusive.
One of the nicer places in the city.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

In Baltimore for conference went to the BMA for coupe hours then dinner at Gertrude's. Wonderful selections. The I cant believe its not crab was very nice. spinach a little salty.
Steak great!
Really enjoyed the sorbet sampler, pear best, apple bourbon rasberry and butter squash were our group if 4s vote.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Best brunch in Baltimore! Gertrude’s is a favorite spot for lunch, dinner and brunch. The food is always fresh and prepared perfectly. Service is outstanding. Jazz at brunch was delightful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very disappointed with the Valentines Tea. Arrived 5 minutes early and was told our table was being prepared. 15 minutes later I inquired again and we were seated with many open tables. My tea curdled when I added cream- was there lemon in my cup. Server was not attentive- had to ask for a second tea bag on my 3rd pot- very small pots. Lastly, my favorite, the salmon salad was a tiny portion, though the table near us had a much larger sandwich. As Gertrudes is our special occasion restaurant, this was not up to your usual standards.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

It's worth the hour drive and every bite is fabulous!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were seated 15 minutes early, given great service by Jeff, the food was amazing and the ambiance was perfect. Thank you for a great night out!

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Gertrude's has become a true Baltimore staple known for great food, a warm and welcoming environment and over all excellent value.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 9, 2018

My companion and I enjoyed a light lunch of the soup de jour (delicious honey squash puree), spicy vegetarian chili, and classic Caesar salad. Despite the tables being full and the wait staff very busy, our waitpersons were attentive and John Shields himself came by to greet us. It was great.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Delicious food, excellent service, relatively quiet to allow for conversation, and good menu selection.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 6, 2018

My experience was most pleasing. Service is attentive, new cocktail was excellent, food was most rewarding. I had catfish and loved it; prepared different than the usual. Most enjoyable lunch. This restaurant is a BIG WINNER! SERVICE, FOOD & AMBIANCE.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, Live Music, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Organic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I enjoyed the brunch,every bit was bomb, the mimosa flight was different but inviting and the crab omelet was perfect

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food and service always good and generous portions and at a fair price. Got a little noisy for conversation. Would avoid the Caesar salad - not enough dressing to make it excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very disappointing and over priced ... roasted vegetable and cream of crab soups besides being small portions for the price were served lukewarm. The crab cakes were terrible and the steamed vegetables were tasteless. "Gertie's broiled all lump"crab cakes were no doubt pan fried despite the staff's insistence that they were broiled and not not a lump of crab meat in sight... full of filler and most likely claw meat... and also served lukewarm.Definitely not what this place was touted to be and we will never go back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Gertrude's uses the freshest ingredients from local sources such as the Waverly Farmers Market and other farms; the seafood is local as well. The seafood is perfectly prepared, and there are good options for vegetarians/vegans as well.

Tags: Healthy, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent service from our waiter and the food was excellent as well!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Organic, Casual, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

As always a competent experience. My only complaint was that our table had very poor lighting making it difficult to see the menu

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Love, love Gertrude's! We have been there for brunch and for lunch. The food is always delicious and the service is perfect. Be sure to try their blood orange mimosa for brunch!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Salmon was great but the plate temperature could have been warmer

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We had dinner at Gertrude's last Tuesday night when the BAM is closed and Gertrude's is only open for dinner and features a special Tuesday-onlu prix fix menu for $30.00 for three courses and coffee/tea and some wine list offerings for $20.00 a bottle. A meal at Gertrude's is well worthwhile with the regular menu, featuring some of the best food in Baltimore, but the special pricing on Tuesday evenings makes it something not to be missed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 21, 2018

the restaurant week specials that we ordered were bland, tasteless, and pedestrian.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Very good value for Restaurant Week dinner: started with grilled oysters with tasso ham. then rockfish stuffed with lump crabmeat-- delicious, and very tender brisket with a meaty gravy and mashed potatoes. Cocktails imaginative, service as usual was attentive without being overwhelming. The only disappointment was dessert: a tasteless tart with a too-soft pastry and vegan"cream" that tasted like cool whip and a mulled pear sorbet with no taste of pear

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Another excellent meal with superb crab cakes and excellent service. The house-made sodas are delicious!

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Healthy, Live Music
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was fine. There were a few pieces of old lemon rind in my water glass. Service was solicitous but I didn't appreciate being called "love" over & over again by the waiter.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Our visit was very rushed and we were disappointed the that entire regular menu wasn't offered during restaurant week.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Why we truly enjoyed the service and the food, we were disappointed that the hostess seated a younger couple next to us in a busy dining room who were focused on taking flash phone camera selfies and pictures of their food throughout dinner. This was a significant distraction and made it a challenge enjoying my wife’s and my date night. We would have appreciated it if the staff would have intervened and suggested that their activities were a distraction to their neighbors.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wait staff super friendly, efficient , excellent.
Food; I had the Crab Cake; very disappointing , too much mayo and bread crumb... Where’s the Crab? Husband had Filet Mingon; he said it was Dry and Cold.
Food Did Not match our previous experience at Gertrudes. Not sure we will ever return.
Staff was Fabulous; super friendly , very professional , music ( guitarist) was excellent ; created a relaxed and memorable atmosphere . We left happy but the food had nothing to do with it.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was hit or miss and service was nonexistent for the first 25 minutes.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I simply love this place; the food is always exceptional and the service is top notch as well.

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Went for brunch and had innovative cocktails and a great meal. Our daughter ate a vegan dish and was very happy. Waiter was also very friendly and attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Have been to Gertrude's many times and it is consistently outstanding. The food is always excellent and this visit was no exception. This is the first time, however, that we found the service to be lacking. Things started off rough with cocktails and appetizers, but did smooth out later in the meal. As well, one of the waiters showed a bit of attitude - also something we are not used to there. Hopefully it was just an off night as Gertrude's is always one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Gertrude is always a great place to find. We took my son's girlfriend there for her birthday. We had a great waiter, Richard. The food was excellent. She loved her crab cake. The restaurant made her birthday extra special when the dessert was provided. We love the atmosphere. There was also live music...exceptional touch.

Tags: Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Live Music, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Had a nice time and meal during restaurant week. Service was a bit slow at the beginning; took a while for our waitress to come to us and our seat was not great given that there were better seats available. Dinner was great; wine pairings were great; dessert was not so great.
Overall, always a nice place to come for a meal out.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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