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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.
Baltimore, MD 21218
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
N. Charles St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (or tel. 410.889.3399 x105).
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.
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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