Gertrude's - Baltimore

4.6
5107 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(410) 889-3399
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Doug Wetzel
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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
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Private party contact
John Gilligan: (844) 334-8125
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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).
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Charles St.
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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.
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 5107 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great evening all round for food, atmosphere, service and music was an unexpected and great addition; birthday celebrations and celebrations of spirit! As always, kudos to Gertrude’s!

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M
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Gertrude's many times and it never disappoints. The food is great for an everyday business meeting, and holidays are magnificent. I would recommend it to native Baltimoreans and to travelers, as well. By the way, there is a terrific museum and nice gift shop, as well. The Eastern Shore crab cakes with the lemon/butter aeoli is to die for.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a simple BLT that was served with a pickle and chips...perfect!

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LF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was great but not the Bloody Mary. It had way too much horseradish in it. I should have asked to try the mix before I ordered it.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good brunch spot. Sculpture Garden views from the patio. Jazz brunch on Sunday.

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AA
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service, delicious food! A Charm City favorite!

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MW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambience, service! Enjoyed every facet of my visit.

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p
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Gertrudes is a nice, solid staple of the area. Food is generally great, and the dishes varied. Just enough new specials to add some variety. Wine list is fairly deep but tends towards overpriced. Service could use some work, and on occasion, the hostess stand cops an attitude.

Aside from the minor quirks, I'll continue to go to Gertrudes a couple of times a year. Definitely worth it.

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MR
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

After being seated, my fiancé and I were brought bread and waters, by a no-named server. We then waited 25 minutes before having to flag down a different server to ask if we were going to be waited on. She seemed reluctant, but told us she could take our orders. We never got her name either. I ordered a beer and my fiancé got a glass of wine (our server never asked if we wanted them refilled during the course of our dinner), and we went ahead and ordered our food too. The food was good, but not great. Our glasses and bread basket were never cleared from our table. We ordered dessert. My fiancé liked her pumpkin creme brûlée, but my bread pudding was cold. Even though we mentioned that the service wasn’t the best, we didn’t get an apology. The server DID however remove our desserts from the bill, which was nice, but we won’t be going back.

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SE
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Gertrude's is the perfect place to enjoy lunch while at the Baltimore Museum of Art. A cut above most museum dining options, it sets the tone for a fun, enjoyable day. Great crab cakes, attentive service, nice atmosphere.

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GD
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. The special occasion was a benefit for a nonprofit organization helping needy kids.

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K
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The past two times I was there they either had no bread—which they used to provide before dinner—or they brought a basket for two people with one roll. Their Tuesday specials dinner menu has been cut by nearly a third, and they do not allow substitutions on entree sides. This seems extreme, considering how few specials they now offer.

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HB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gertrudes has become a favorite. Tuesday night I went with a friend who tends to be uncomfortable with cold. We had planned to sit outside but couldn't because an event had been scheduled. The a/c was pretty cool and she was uncomfortable. The lovely hostess offered her shawl!! So, we both ate in comfort. I do prefer outside for the ambience and lower noise level. Wish it were less noisy inside but the dinner and the evening were great. thanks. HelenB

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently quality food that's slightly different.

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WS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve already recommended to my friends. Gertrude’s May be my favorite restaurant

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was excellent! Our server was more on a lax pace, but the food was worth it. Didn't understand how our drinks took 20+ minutes when the food came out after being placed only 10mins in. Quality food, better company and the ambiance made our Saturday brunch. Would definitely recommend if anyone is new to the area.

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VD
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The crab cake was delicious but thought for dinner and the price it was odd to be served with coleslaw and fries. I was hoping for a side salad. The service was not good. We had to flag someone down to get water. We only saw our waitress when we placed our order and to to give was the check. Beautiful location but I will not be returning.

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IG
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was well-prepared and excellent. Gertie's crab cake and the Brussels sprouts were tasty and delicious. This is a nice restaurant with a great ambiance. This is a perfect place to dine out with family and friends, and for especial occasions and business events.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice lunch menu. From the root vegetable soup to the Gertie's crab cake, all were excellent choices.

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EW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a film maker friend in town and needed a place to dine near the Charles Theater, so I choose Gertrude's and was not disappointed. We ate outside, as the weather was perfect. The food was good, the waiter was so accommodating to assure the our food came out quickly, as we were on a tight schedule. My friend really enjoyed the ambiance.

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YH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Baltimore - great food, service, ambiance. And 1/2 price wine Wednesday nights!

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L
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Love Gertrude's normally, but we had specifically requested an outdoor table because it was such a gorgeous night. They had a private event and seated us indoors. Someone should have contacted us to tell us that we could not eat outside the evening we were there.

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NC
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a casual weeknight dinner, we had a wonderful time with our friends. There is a Tuesday Nite special menu and pulls people in fairly early but it got quieter as our meal continued. All lovely with a sweet and attentive waiter.

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r
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This used to be one of our go-to favorites when we wanted a quiet dinner with very good food. This time the noise level was awful, our waiter was rushing around (it looked like a number of the wait staff were serving a party in the room next door, so our waiter had too many tables), and the food was just average. The restaurant was full, and there was a very large (10 people) table celebrating a birthday, which made the room even noisier. The fried oysters were overcooked. More stressful than pleasant.

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GO
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch was delicious. BUT the service was even better. We really like Gertrude’s

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ES
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightfull atmosphere, relaxed, good food and drinks

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outside had great views and service.

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LW
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After visiting the BMA, of which I'm a member, I had three guests along for an early dinner. The food was fine for our mixed age group and prepared to order. It was fresh, and the wait staff was attentive and professional. I've been visiting Gertrude's since it first opened 20 years ago.

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q
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to eat in all of Baltimore. Keep beat the location at the museum.

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently a great experience.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My theater group loves going here before the show. Service, food, location and ambiance are great!

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r
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

great fodd and waitress very accomodating to guests arriving at different times

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Naples
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I went to Gertrude's recently with my wife to celebrate our anniversary. When I made the reservation, I noted the anniversary celebration. We were provided seating as requested in a quiet corner of the restaurant. Our server was a delight. When we expressed some hesitancy about our wine choices, she offered to provide samples along with her recommendations and made sure that we selected something to our liking. The menu has many great choices with small plates and regional dishes among the options. On the night that we dined, wines were 1/2 price including wines by the glass which is unusual. There were a large choice of wines by the glass from low priced to more expensive wines. My wife had a salad topped by broiled salmon which was delicious with a generous portion of salmon. I had the featured broiled crab cake entree. While tasty and made from Maryland crab meat, the crab cake was greasier (butter) than I would have preferred and had the appearance of a fried crab cake. Our shared desert was served on a plate with Happy Anniversary inscribed on the plate ... a nice touch. Gertrude's remain among our favorite places. We will definitely return, however I would ask more questions next time before ordering the crab cake.

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CS
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a nice meal at Gertrude's. It was too rainy to sit outside and there was a party under the tent out there, so we were inside, which made it a bit noisy. Also, a few tables were quite close together, so I did get bumped a few times. However, we had nice food and good service.

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SR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Gertrude's to celebrate my birthday. It was the perfect restaurant. I wanted fish, and I got the salmon. It was delicious! Others got the crab cakes, the sole, and the vegetarian option. All found their food delicious. The waiter gave us extra attention because it was my birthday. It was a celebration worth remembering. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good service.

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B
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I took my friend to celebrate his birthday. He was impressed and really enjoyed the ambience and food. I wanted to take him for a walk in the garden, one of my favorite features, but the weather was inclement. Even so, it was a lovely time.

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F
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere!

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SC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There were so many birthday celebrations on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. People were dressed magnificently and the atmosphere was happy and fun. Our waiter Jeffrey was on point, and the Sangria was perfect. Oh, and by the way...the food was pretty good too.

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GR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing you can ding Gertrude’s on is the noise. But it’s not so loud that you can’t converse with the person you are there with. Everything else... PERFECT. And the best outdoor space in the city

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