Gertrude's - Baltimore

4.5
5187 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 5187 People Are Saying
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GR
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrude's is one of the best restaurants in eh city. Its definitely my go to for in town friends and out of town guests. The value is top nothch...I've never had a bad meal.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eggs Benedict and the smoked fish platter was delicious

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L
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch at your great place with delicious food and a positive staff is always good.

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CB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The cream of crab soup was outstanding. The Hutzler’s club was not. Turkey meat was processed and bread was terrible. Really, it was very difficult to eat even a small portion of it.

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C
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to mark a special occasion, and Gertrude’s was perfect, the food, the ambiance, the service.

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EH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters on the half shell were among the best in Baltimore. We enjoyed a Chesapeake crab cake that was absolutely delectable as were the single fried oyster entrée. The fresh bread included corn bread that hit the spot. The Tuesday special bottle of cabernet sauvignon at $20 was an incredible value. Service was perfect. It was a very rewarding, fun, and a value of an experience. Parking on the lot at $5 is another plus for in city value.

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B
Baltimore
138 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The best thing about Gertrude's is its location inside the Baltimore Museum of Art. Any time we go to the museum for a concert or exhibit we wind up dining there. The menu doesn't vary much, crab cakes and oysters and other Chesapeake fare. Decent wine list. The service can be quite slow, particularly after an event. Prices are fair. But if it were not for the location I doubt that we would come back.

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g
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Undercooked burger. Sent back. They were out of several items

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d
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, quiet.

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WM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have wanted to try this restaurant for awhile, but couldn’t get reservations. It was worth the wait. The Chesapeake Rockfish Imperial was amazing! Didn’t get dessert, but will next time.

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e
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Overall, I had a good experience. I was with a friend before a theater visit. A few things: It look a while to for someone to attend to us as there were several big party preps going on - no one said a thing until we were done looking at the menu for a while and waiting for someone. Then someone came to pour us some water, waiter came finally and gave us a special menu , which by then we had studied the whole original menu... the waiter seemed overwhelmed. It got better toward the end. We got there on Sat at 5:30 pm which wasn't that busy...food was great but the soups came out lukewarm...The service didn't seem like when I remembered.

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CD
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I chose this place to celebrate my 40th birthday. I reserved a table for 7 ppl. I was called a few days before my event to confirm and was told that they would have something special for me due to me celebrating my birthday. Although the waiter was very polite, he was not attentive and it took quite some time to get drinks. He never offered us bread, another waiter saw that we didn't have any and placed a basket on the table. I was excited due to the ambiance, but was disappointed. It was cold, dark and the music was very loud. By the way, nothing special was done in celebration of my birthday. Being as though they're located in an Art Museum, one would think that they would validate parking, but they don't. It wasn't too bad because parking averaged out to 5 bucks and we were there for a good three hours.

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EC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had to wait a little with reservations, but the person at the front explained why and was very friendly. The waiters are friendly and our main course came out faster than expected which was a plus. It was busy so it is understandable why everything else took a little bit longer. The restaurant was decorated for the holidays and the ambience was very nice. Worth the wait!

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ME
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable time, food was excellent and well presented. Wait staff was courteous and attentive.Noise level was fine for the better part of our meal towards the end the noise level was too much, as we could not hear each other speak. Therefore we opted out of dessert and coffee. Will return and ask for a quieter seating location.

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WD
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in a beautiful artistic setting.

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m
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrude's has been, ever since it opened, one of my favorite restaurants in Baltimore. The food so I always ask, if there are only two of us, to be seated at one of the small tables near the bar -- which are quieter and more conducive to conversation. (In good weather, eating outside is also a pleasure -- and again, quieter than the main dining room.)


I recommend Gertrude's without hesitation.

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SD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing. I had a jerk pork special and my brother had the salmon - both were fantastic. The salmon was actually the the best I have ever had. The martini special was delicious and the pear sorbet was perfect. Our waiter was really pleasant and paid just the right amount of attention. This was the best experience and best meal that I've had in a long time.

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N
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I thought the restaurant was very nice and the service from Ronnie was attentive without its being intrusive. It seemed a shame that the restaurant, operated by a contractor to the BMA, was so insensitive to its Jewish customers, as the decorations were virtually all for Christmas even though the Museum would close if its Jewish support disappeared. Gertrude's needs to address this situation.

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I
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We took advantage of our Tuesday wedding anniversary to try the 3 course meal for $30. Since I'm a non-meat eater, it was great that in this 'special' were choices other than pasta. Everything was very good although my spinach was too oily for my taste. Try it on a Tuesday and come here anytime you want a non-rushed dinner w/friends, a date or special occasion.

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R
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite; never disappoints! Have been many times; always our choice for close friends who have celebrated our birthdays together for many years. Love the vegan choices as a few of us are vegans.

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e
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to be there. Please open one in Bethesda, Maryland or D.C. We need you.

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DM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Eggs over easy with grits. That was my order. I got eggs cooked hard and potatoes. For thirteen dollars I think I can do better pretty much anywhere. Brunch is generally the worst thing you can go out for--and Gertrude's lived up to that truism 100%.

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A
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch! The crab eggs Benedict was outstanding!

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MS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We love Gertrude’s. Unfortunately they have changed the menu and eliminated many of my favorites. Hopefully they will broaden the selections. The crab cake was disappointing and I usually expect their seafood options to be top notch.

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

My husband and adult stepdaughter and I had an early dinner at Gertrude's on the Friday following Thanksgiving. The restaurant opens at 5 and we were seated shortly after opening. there were a handful of other tables seated at the same time.
The menu was very promising, however the food didn't live up to the anticipation.
The bread basket was served cold and the bread was dry.
My cream of crab soup was served barley above room temperature. Scary that a cream soup is sitting at room temp and that the server was so unaware as to even bring it to the table. I returned it to the server and it was brought back obviously microwaved. Not a great start.
My husband had oyster stew which was in an unusual thick pasty cream base. Not flavorful. Underwhelming.
My entree was the seafood salad. It consisted of a pile of packaged baby greens tossed in a bland dressing topped with three small cold shrimp, about an ounce of crabmeat and two seared scallops. That's it. For $24. The side spinach salad that my step daughter ordered was about the same size and with much more character. Somehow I expected an entree salad to be more substantial. Really mediocre.
My husband ordered the crab cake entree, a Gertrude's signature dish. Nothing special. Served with cold french fries and coleslaw on the side.
Ironically, all of us were really hungry so we did eat what we had ordered, but don't confuse clean plates as a sign of quality.
I have to say, the whole meal was a disappointment. This was our 'thanksgiving' celebration together, and I can think of any number of places we could have had a better meal.
We had enjoyed such world class art in the BMA before our meal that our appetites where whetted to be impressed! Gertrudes was a letdown.

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SB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Whatever you do, don't come in mid-afternoon. It's a skimpy menu of a couple of soups and five salads. Soup was good (but my companion thought it was too spicy) and salad was just fair. Whatever you do, if you order coffee, order extra half and half or hot water. It is that strong, smoky Starbucks-style roast. I like strong java, but not this strong. It was just too much.

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J
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This is about the food. It was so far below par, I am having second thoughts about returning. We go to Gertrude’s about 3-4times a year. Last time was for Lobsterama. Although that was fun the the side dishes, baked potato and slaw were atrocious.
This time I had a simple soup salad lunch, we all did. Mine was tuna salad and soup of the day,. The soup was average and the sandwich was below average, tuna salad in dry multigrain bread with a flat sad piece of lettuce. Now come on.. this is supposed to be high end dining. I don’t care what one eats , in a restaurant that is supposed to be of this caliber taste and presentation should meet dining expectations. As always service was excellent.

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food, the atmosphere and the service. All exceptional.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I especially enjoy the jazz musicians that play during Sunday brunch.

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t
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Best cream of crab in the world

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KD
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Gertrude's is the an ideal site for special occasions and special guests. Staff is always on point and the food outstanding and innovative.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was excellent. The food was ok. Great vegan and vegetarian options.

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CH
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our group dropped the butter container. She was embarrassed but our wonderful server put her at ease. We enjoy this place and it was especially inviting w/the twinkle lights and soft background music.

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P
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience at Gertrude’s. Food was wonderful as was the service. We all commented that the lighting was very attractive but we could still see the menu. We could hear the live music but also talk amongst ourselves so the acoustics are very good as well. Great night

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C
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our group of five was a bit early for our reservation (45 minutes) but the hostess graciously accommodated us. The food was presented beautifully and uniquely tasty with very fresh ingredients. We were comfortable and pleased with our first experience at Gertrude's after hearing so many great reviews.

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OT
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attractive atmosphere; interesting mix of patrons.

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FB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. Delicious food. Hidden gem.
If it’s. 2 of you, eat at the bar, it’s more quaint and A LOT quieter !!! Restaurant is noisy but the food is stellar!!

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T
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a new wait staff person. We had to request several things several times- bread drinks etc. It can be very noisy in the inside dining area.

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BG
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed that my party could not be seated early, even though there were clearly tables available (and we were not THAT early). My husband and I ended up enjoying our meal at the bar. The food and drinks were delicious and the bartender provided excellent service.

Next time, I won't bother to make a reservation.

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Naples
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

We regularly dine at Gertrude's, it is one of our favorites. Our dinner this evening, however, was spoiled by our being seated next to an outside door to the tented area outside. We were there on a cold evening and the door was being constantly opened with servers going back and forth to an event on the patio, resulting in a cold draft at our table. The hostess came over and acknowledged the issue, and said she would ask to have people use the other door to the patio (didn't happen insofar as the servers), however she didn't attempt to reseat us. We did initially request a table out of the heavily trafficked area as we had a friend with an injury who had to sit with his leg extended. There did appear to be an empty table that could have accommodated us, and it remained empty all evening.

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