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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:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:30am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 8:00pm

Brunch Menu served on Saturday and Sunday until 3pm
Light Fare Menu on Saturday and Sunday from 3pm - 5pm

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

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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We are open on Christmas Eve, offering our regular Brunch Menu! We will seat from 10 am until 3 pm. Please note the last seating is at 3 pm, and then we are closed for the remainder of the day (as well as all day on Christmas).

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Our New Year's Eve Supper Club returns in 2017! Seatings are at 6 pm and 9 pm, and a special prix fixe menu is offered at both times. Visit gertrudesbaltimore.com/menus/NYE2017.pdf for all of the details.

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Private Dining

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

Gertrude's - Baltimore Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.6

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4.6

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4.3

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98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (100)
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Good for a Date (87)
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Great for Brunch (85)
Great for Lunch (82)
Local Ingredients (82)
Neighborhood Gem (73)
Good for Birthdays (72)
Romantic (72)
Sunday Lunch (71)
Scenic View (70)
Fit for Foodies (66)
Good for Anniversaries (62)
Creative Cuisine (61)
Worth the Drive (53)
Casual (50)
Quiet Conversation (50)
Seasonal (48)
Good for Groups (44)
Business Meals (42)
Healthy (39)
Authentic (38)
Good Vegetarian Options (38)
Afternoon Tea (34)
Bar Seating (34)
Fun (34)
Comfort Food (28)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Disabled Access (26)
Cozy (24)
Live Music (23)
Notable Wine List (21)
Vegan (20)
Afternoon Coffee (18)
Gluten Free Options (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Happy Hour (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Organic (13)
People Watching (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Hot Spot (7)
Late-night Find (7)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 hours ago

Absolutely fantastic! Food and service was outstanding. The weekly Tuesday night specials are a great value.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

We love Gertrude's. It is has lovely ambiance,delicious food, and very good service. Our go to place for a special occasion.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

This visit wasn't Gertrude's best. We were seated promptly at a table we requested with a window view in the garden overlook area. Virgin Mary was on time and delightful. Ditto the food. But once we were served the young man who was our waiter simply disappeared. No checking on two elderly ladies, no offered desert menu --in fact no sight of young man except to see him once briefly with cell phone in hand behind the bar. To get our check I had to signal the maitre de---never before had this happened. Finally, the carpet in the tented area was filthy with chunks of bread showing up clearly on the dark carpet. The waiter could have spent his time with a carpet sweeper tidying up.

That carping over with, we were thrilled with the food.. crab cakes daily special and Gerties were to die for. I will always come back to Gertrudes. But this was clearly not their best day.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We drive from Harrisburg, PA, as often as we can for the weekend brunch. The only complaint I had yesterday was the watery taste of the Bloody Mary. In all the many times we've been there, this was my first and only disappointment.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a pleasant experience at Gertrudes! Have enjoyed dining here for brunch and for dinners. Very often they have musicians singing or playing the flute, as an example, done in a nonintrusive manner — just an additional background to this museum charm.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

I took out of town friends for crab cakes. The service was impeccable, the food delicious. I love Gertrude's because I know I will always get a great meal at a great price.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Impeccable decor, excellent views, timely service and romantic ambience make this restaurant a “must”!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We all enjoyed the brunch, and the special dessert for the birthday celebrant was a nice touch.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I come here often with colleagues, friends, and family - and always love it - for lunch or brunch especially. In nice weather - the outdoor seating under the tent can't be beat - with views onto the sculpture garden and fountain. no matter what time of year the food is great, and service too. It can get very noisy so bar seating, or window tables or under the tent outside are the best options.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Authentic, Organic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Gertrude's is always on our agenda when we visit Baltimore. Plan to also visit the adjacent Baltimore Museum of Art. A winning combination!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Brunch was perfect. I had the East Meets West eggs which were divine! They substituted fresh fruit for the home fries, which I appreciated. The fruit was interesting- apple and pear chunks tossed with a very minimal dressing with juice and bits of fresh cranberry- delicious! My friend had seafood hash which she loved. The serving was large enough to share (but we didn't!). Can't wait to return...

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Very nice place for dinner. Great service, great food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our waiter was most attentive: service and food were excellent.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Very disappointing. Have been here a number of times, always good. Today was terrible.

Bad service, we had to ask for everything, waiter barely checked on us. Food was disappointing. Duck spring roll overcooked and uninspired. Pumpkin dessert tasteless.

At $75 for lunch for two, I'll drive out to Harryman House instead.

Last time Gertrude gets my money.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Very good food and service. It is awonderful way to round out your special visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art which is exceptional.
I did feel that it was overpriced and a bit outdated decor. The hostess was needlessly arrogant.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Good portion too small

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great place to go for a low key date. The wait staff are all really helpful and friendly, and the cocktails are delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Gertrude's is wonderful - our brunch items were cooked to perfection, the mimosa flights were fun and tasted great! Can't wait to go back for dinner :>

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Located in the Baltimore Museum fo Art this is a super place for Sunday Brunch (as well as dinner during the week) as the surroundings are unique. The food is unique also--no run of the mill hamburgers, etc, A lot of unusual but tastes offerings. I had an omelet filled with Sauté years in ate wine, ham and ricotta cheese. Wife had a salad with small crab cakes. There was a nice jazz quartet playing for the brunch and the place was very crowded and hopping. Met the chef and had a wonderful time. Will be back.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had guests from out-of-town and wanted a good brunch. Gertrude’s met all of our needs for ambiance, food selection, competent staff and ease of parking. Without exception, all who were dining at our table were pleased with his/her selections.

We will return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We went here for brunch to celebrate my son's 17th. The menu gave affordable options and our waiter was amazing. Everyone cleaned their plates and left smiling. Plus you can't beat free Sunday parking and being so close to the BMA. And the lovely piano music that serenaded our celebration.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Saturday lunch for three. Recommend the eggs Benedict, especially the Tilghman version. Good, attentive service without being intrusive. Some sections can be pretty loud, just ask for a quieter spot, or one outdoors if the weather’s right.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Was a little overrated. reviews indicated one of the best for crab cakes, but crab cake was deep fried. Asked for extra anchovies on a Cesar salad - only three were on-top. service was only average. kind and courteous but too long with empty glasses.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Gertrude's did not disappoint. From the fresh bread brought to the table to the Maryland crab soup with big pieces of crabmeat to the candy bar dessert to the great service it was all amazing.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Have missed Gertrude’s fine Siuthern-inspired offerings since I left Baltimore. Really enjoyed my meal. Excellent service in friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner and are thinking about when next to return! Lots of choices with healthy well prepared food in a lovely atmosphere. Visit the BMA first and finish with dinner!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Jeffry, our waiter, had the cutest personality and was very attentive. He tried to fill our every desire. Ileft him a 20% tip.

I never enjoy sitting in a plastic covered area but it was much less noisy than the indoor diningroom.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I was greeted by name by a very friendly and good hostess and my friend and I got attentive, excellent service from Jeffrey, a new waiter/server who really was superb and could not have been better.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were seated at a table that could accommodate my dad's wheelchair, which was much appreciated. However, it took almost an hour for our main meals to come; two of us had a first course but they were quickly eaten and the rest of the group had nothing to eat for an hour. Our server, when pressed as to when we might be served, finally said that there were two large parties and they were the first priority. She was very casual about it all, and one of our tablemates told her that the management should have staffed up for the number of people who were expected. In about another 15 minutes, two other servers delivered the food. It was not as excellent as I had expected, after all that waiting! Also, we were seated between one very large birthday party (about 18 people) and then another party of about 8. That second party was extremely loud, so that between the two groups, we could hardly hear ourselves speak. It was not anywhere close to what we have come to enjoy about Gertrude's, the food, the service and the ability to speak with others over a delicious dinner. If we come again, I will make sure to request that we are not seated between two large parties!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Seasonal
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My department gave me a gift card to Gertrude's and it was burning a hole in my pocket. We had lunch on a Sunday and were seated outside by the fountain - shear heaven. Gertrude's did not disappoint with a brunch menu that featured a vegan tofu-scramble - yum. I am so pleased they offer several vegan options on their menu to encourage me to return again and again. Dining here is such a lovely experience to be enjoyed many times.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Just a good and solid place to always get very tasty food. Always high quality, always great service. I go as often as I can.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Another wonderful Sunday brunch at Gertrudes. Great food, not overpriced in a pleasant setting.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We've eaten at Gertrude's before so I knew our lunch would be good. I had half a turkey sandwich and a cup of root vetetable soup, followed by a sorbet sampler, all with iced tea. The food was very good. At first the server took a long time to ask for our beverage orders, but then the service improved. The noise level was medium-loud when we arrived but by the time we left Gertrude's was quiet and almost empty.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

First time patron and atmosphere was great. We had made a reservation but would have been great to know about the terrace tables when booking table on line since we could not get one. Had to pay $7 to park out front of restaurant -- which was another thing I was not expecting. Our waiter was great and the food was delicious - adult beverages were a little pricey. Would go back but look for parking on the street. Would be a great morning tour of museum with a lunch following.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This is a beautiful restaurant within the Baltimore Museum of Art. The ambience, service. and food combined to make a wonderful lunch and fun central meeting place for three friends coming from the suburbs. Parking was iffy but we all managed to get spaces in the lot. The wines were especially good and were available by the glass. it was a nice touch to serve menu items from the old Hutzlers Tea Room. If you grew up in Baltimore you will appreciate that. The menu is decidedly contemporary though with nice seafood and small plate items. We had a great time. I will return when I have time to visit the Museum too.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Went for lunch: party of four. Not enough wait staff: our waiter was pleasant but almost running around. Never returned with requested coffee. Seafood salad was very disappointing for $24.00. No dressing, skimpy seafood. The scallops were nicely done; scarcely any crabmeat, rubbery shrimp. The beautiful setting does not disappoint. Gertrude’s is indeed far better than Washington DC Museum eateries.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Crab cakes were delicious! Gerties and the lemon garlic crab cake!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good meal with friends. Excellent ,varied menus.
Nice wine list.Competent wait staff. Beautiful setting.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great place to eat local food. Excellent service. Excellent ambiance. Great for special occasions.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Organic, Live Music, Scenic View
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The lemon butter crabcake on special was to die for! And we loved our waiter Justin!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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