Gertrude's - Baltimore

4.5
5313 reviews
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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.
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EM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful time at Tuesday's with Gertie!

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LB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Recommend, but not as highly as before this visit. To start, the lunch/light fare menu was disappointing—not very adventurous. I always remember the Cafe being known for that. The cream of crab soup came out lukewarm, with barely any crab—however it was tasty. Chicken and shrimp salads had way too much mayonnaise—kind of the old-fashioned way to prepare it.

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SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We drove to Gertrudes from DC on the recommendation of a friend for a Valentine's Weekend brunch. We had reservations, but still had to wait about 10 minutes for our table. The ambiance was really nice with a very elegant tent outside that showed beautifully from within, but that was quickly overshadowed by the dullness of the food. I ordered the corned beef benedict, and my husband ordered a seafood related omlette. When the food arrived it was less than impressive, just sitting on the plate garnished with slices of fruit. The food taste very bland! No seasoning, nothing of interest, just two bland poached eggs, a few slices of corned beef on two dry English muffins. It was served with roasted potatoes, and they were just as bland, and not as colorful as you would expect from roasted red skin potatoes. My husband didn't eat much of his omelette, saying that it was 'pointless' and dull. Our tab was $77.00, with drinks, which we thought was overpriced for the less an impressive and bland food. We left within the hour, saying that we were not likely to return.
And went someplace else to eat a tasty meal for brunch along the route home.

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

Great food and great service. Very accommodating

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B
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were very good. They serve very filling portions

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrudes is one of our favorite restaurants in Baltimore. We love to take people who are visiting to experience the ambiance of this place and of course the crab cakes. Once again it didn't disappoint!!

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food for an unbelievably affordable price in a cool setting

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SM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual Gertrude’s did not disappoint. Lovely food and superior service. I highly recommend the sweet potato cheesecake and the rosemary lemonade.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointed with the quality of the food. My jambalaya was bland. Mussels were clearly not fresh. Doubtful we will ever go back.

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c
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An office celebration. Everyone loved their meals.

Gertrude’s always does a great job!

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C
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was good, but the waiters didn't pay close attention to my order specifics, but they made up for it by giving me a free desert.

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SL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would absolutely recommend this restaurant. The food was great as well as the overall experience.

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D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service. Parking on the lot is a disaster, needs to have to something saying, lot full and enough areas to turn around with out trying to back out, especially when there are several vehicles behind you. Patients do not work in this situation.

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DC
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Our server, Joseph was a delight.

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TS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I received the wrong entree, but an honest mistake (ordered crab cakes and got monk), and after a few bites, I realized the error, but was so enjoying the monk, I decided not to make an issue out of it. First time that’s ever happened to me😊. My wife’s lamb chops were delicious. I do look forward to actually having crab cakes at Gertrude’s one day.

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FC
Baltimore
59 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Rockfish Imperial and crab portobello were wonderful, and the cocktails were much enjoyed. the seafood salad was also good with plentiful crabmeat and warm scallops. The shrimp were a bit withered from being cooked a bit too long ago. The brussl sprouts however were luke warm and as hard as nails; when I sent them back they returned only marginally better, and the server didn't seem to notice that I only ate a few. Gertrudes seems over anxious to cater to vegans, so my 'bisque' was thin and creamless, and the coconut 'ice cream' tasted like Cool whip-- ugh. If you like sweet cocktails, the Eat your Makeup is a blast: I had two, and my wife enjoyed their sangria with floating fruit ice chips. We'll be back

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a
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went for valentine's day. very romantic, romantic menu, great food and evening

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service - excellent food - excellent valentines dining experience!

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RF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first visit to Gertrude's even though my wife had been there for lunch on a number of occasions. We enjoyed a great lunch on Valentine's Day complete with specialty drinks. We will certainly have lunch or dinner there again soon.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good meals and pleasant setting. Service was great. Occasion was Valentines Day. Baltimore Museum of Art is a great place to visit.

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O
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place.

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

WE love Gertrudes and were there for dinner following the Galatines Day party on the patio.
The restaurant was hopping on this day before Valentine's Day and it was very noisy. Hard to hear each other across the table. The service was a little slower than normal, too, but we will certainly return because of the great food and lovely setting.

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DT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrude’s is a great restaurant to have a wonderful dinner in an atmosphere that’s warm & friendly. I’ve been going there for years & the quality has never changed. The best!

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LM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Gertrude’s. We are there frequently. It was my husband’s birthday. It’s his go -to place to celebrate his birthday. He knows he will get and enjoy good food. He enjoys the ambiance.

Our waiter was terrific.

All four of us had a wonderful evening. The evening was lovely all around.

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CS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I was a little disappointed, though it may seem nit-picky. For a meal that cost just shy of $200 for two, the service was lackluster. We had long waits and despite having made a request for a specific seating, we were relegated to a central table after being told our preferred seating was previously booked. That would have made sense had not the tables in question been empty for the entire duration of our two hour dinner. The food was good, but not great. I never felt particularly welcomed, nor valued, despite having spent the day with my terminally ill mother (whose birthday we were celebrating) at the museum and having communicated the delicacy of the occasion with my reservation.

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TD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Don't know what you can do but the acoustics are lousy. For a group more than four will have to go elsewhere

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PB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The water came infrequently, didn't check on how things were until dining was complete, and one of the four entrees came cold and took a while to be reheated. Desserts were yummy.

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SE
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

My husband took me out for my birthday. Unfortunately for us, there was a large party being served at the same time we had reservations, so we had to wait longer than was apparently usual. We had to ask for bread and then for soup spoons, then for Parmesan for our pasta. The food was fine; we had the seafood pasta and the shrimp and scallops were perfectly cooked. The soup was good, but not exceptional in our opinions. Overall, I was disappointed with our experience.

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ER
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jeffrey was delightful and perfectly accommodated our needs. The crab omelet with sherried mushrooms and Gruyere was also wonderful. And the mimosa flight was the absolute best!!

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TD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Great atmosphere! It can be a bit robust but that's what makes the place so lively.

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R
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was excellent. and the food selection is great. The cream of crab soup was watery and bland but I enjoyed my praline and cream waffles. I was suppose to get caramel sauce but it was missing.
Gertrude needs to try to seat less people. I was so uncomfortable in my seat, I could hardly enjoy my food. The cushion on which I sat was shared by the tables to my left and right. The cushion was in a u- shape and went around a wall. If you stretched out your arm, you would hit the person at the next table. The tables are too close together and my cousin walking with a cane had a very difficult time trying to get around the tables when we were leaving. If I return, it will be on a weekday and not for brunch.

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GB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, terrific service and delicious food.

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KB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great find! Found this place on Open Table when our favorite restaurant had no tables at all, and we were pleasantly surprised. Very upscale, but friendly and more affordable than you would expect for a really nice dinner. It’s very cool that it’s inside the art museum. Service was highly professional, food was interesting and solid.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect. Great food and great value.

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T
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeffrey was our waiter who knew the menu and available drinks. He recommended a perfect Chardonnay for my rockfish. His timing for delivery of the dishes was spot on. We never felt rushed and the meal was delicious. I wish Jeffery the best.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice experience. Food was delicious. I highly recommend to all.

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GO
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious lunch with bread pudding dessert, excellent service, comfortable seating and it felt like a day away!

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JP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Signature crab cakes and fried oysters plus a range of other food types. Interesting setting. Easy to include a museum walk through with your visit.

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y
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant ANYWHERE. Another unblemished, perfect blending of great food, good service, & just right ambiance. From “The Final Word” (best come cocktail ever), wilted spinach salad, bouillabaisse, to poached pear in flourless chocolate cake: WOW. Owner was at nearby table entertaining friends or family. It’s that kind of place! If I owned it I would eat there ever night.

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E
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Solid enjoyable lunch

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