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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

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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

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4.5

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4.5

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4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (98)
Special Occasion (88)
Good for a Date (85)
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Great for Brunch (85)
Neighborhood Gem (76)
Good for Birthdays (75)
Sunday Lunch (72)
Local Ingredients (70)
Creative Cuisine (68)
Fit for Foodies (64)
Good for Anniversaries (63)
Romantic (59)
Great for Outdoor Dining (58)
Worth the Drive (57)
Good for Groups (54)
Scenic View (51)
Seasonal (50)
Cozy (49)
Quiet Conversation (41)
Business Meals (40)
Casual (40)
Good Vegetarian Options (40)
Authentic (39)
Fun (38)
Comfort Food (36)
Healthy (35)
Afternoon Tea (34)
Pre/post Theatre (33)
Bar Seating (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Vegan (27)
Disabled Access (23)
Live Music (21)
Afternoon Coffee (20)
Notable Wine List (15)
People Watching (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Happy Hour (11)
Organic (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Late-night Find (7)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Waterfront (2)
Spicy (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

the restaurant week specials that we ordered were bland, tasteless, and pedestrian.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

Very good value for Restaurant Week dinner: started with grilled oysters with tasso ham. then rockfish stuffed with lump crabmeat-- delicious, and very tender brisket with a meaty gravy and mashed potatoes. Cocktails imaginative, service as usual was attentive without being overwhelming. The only disappointment was dessert: a tasteless tart with a too-soft pastry and vegan"cream" that tasted like cool whip and a mulled pear sorbet with no taste of pear

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

Another excellent meal with superb crab cakes and excellent service. The house-made sodas are delicious!

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Healthy, Live Music
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was fine. There were a few pieces of old lemon rind in my water glass. Service was solicitous but I didn't appreciate being called "love" over & over again by the waiter.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Our visit was very rushed and we were disappointed the that entire regular menu wasn't offered during restaurant week.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Why we truly enjoyed the service and the food, we were disappointed that the hostess seated a younger couple next to us in a busy dining room who were focused on taking flash phone camera selfies and pictures of their food throughout dinner. This was a significant distraction and made it a challenge enjoying my wife’s and my date night. We would have appreciated it if the staff would have intervened and suggested that their activities were a distraction to their neighbors.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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·Dined 3 days ago

Wait staff super friendly, efficient , excellent.
Food; I had the Crab Cake; very disappointing , too much mayo and bread crumb... Where’s the Crab? Husband had Filet Mingon; he said it was Dry and Cold.
Food Did Not match our previous experience at Gertrudes. Not sure we will ever return.
Staff was Fabulous; super friendly , very professional , music ( guitarist) was excellent ; created a relaxed and memorable atmosphere . We left happy but the food had nothing to do with it.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

I simply love this place; the food is always exceptional and the service is top notch as well.

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Went for brunch and had innovative cocktails and a great meal. Our daughter ate a vegan dish and was very happy. Waiter was also very friendly and attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Have been to Gertrude's many times and it is consistently outstanding. The food is always excellent and this visit was no exception. This is the first time, however, that we found the service to be lacking. Things started off rough with cocktails and appetizers, but did smooth out later in the meal. As well, one of the waiters showed a bit of attitude - also something we are not used to there. Hopefully it was just an off night as Gertrude's is always one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Gertrude is always a great place to find. We took my son's girlfriend there for her birthday. We had a great waiter, Richard. The food was excellent. She loved her crab cake. The restaurant made her birthday extra special when the dessert was provided. We love the atmosphere. There was also live music...exceptional touch.

Tags: Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Live Music, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a nice time and meal during restaurant week. Service was a bit slow at the beginning; took a while for our waitress to come to us and our seat was not great given that there were better seats available. Dinner was great; wine pairings were great; dessert was not so great.
Overall, always a nice place to come for a meal out.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Ok food. Good desserts. Went during restaurant week so the meal was a good deal, especially with some creative wine pairings, but honestly nothing about the meal was special or memorable in any way.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Lovely service made the evening

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

I was very disappointed in the food. The greens in my salad looked dated, and the chicken salad was average at best. I expected a much better experience.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Gertrude's is great for any meal, but my favorite is their brunch menu, especially the Maryland-centric variations on Eggs Benedict. Their Tuesday might specials are a great treat as a prelude to the Public Nights at the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful service and everything we ate was delicious.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

We were seated at the exact time of our reservation. I had asked for a table along the exterior of the area as the noise level is much lower than in the middle of the dining room & this was done. The crab cake entree and seafood gumbo were excellent. The accompanying California Chardonnay was perfect with the food. We were not rushed and the pace of lunch was perfect. We had time for coffee & lots of good exercise.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold winter afternoon than a morning in the museum & lunch at Gertrude’s afterwards.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Fast and pleasant service; waiter friendly and helpful. Food excellent, esp. the borscht and pulled pork sandwich. Oyster stew somewhat less successful: thick and not much flavor. Generally very good, however. Always ready to go back to Gertrude's.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Service and food were both excellent! The portion sizes were a little unbalanced with some diners receiving significantly more food with their entrees than others, but that’s not much to quibble about! The cozy atmosphere and strategically placed tables make this spot a great option for date night. Overall, my group of six all left very full and satisfied!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Chef came to our table. Great birthday party. Great valve .Lots of food and homemade goods.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Had an exceptionally pleasant meal and experience. Our server was great - efficient and personable. We ordered from the Retaurant Week menu and can't wait to come back to order from the regular menu. I am especially pleased to see such variety in vegan and vegetarian options.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 15, 2018

This was a great Restaurant Week experience. Unlike some of the trendier options, the portions are substantial so you don't leave hungry. The wine pairings were also a good deal -- three full glasses for $15. My only complaint was that there was a little too much time between courses; the restaurant seemed understaffed.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Have been here twice. Both times the food was very good but the service not so much. We were seated and a waiter arrived to take a drink order. Drinks arrived. 10-15 minutes later, a young lady, not our waiter, showed up and asked if we wanted to order any appetizers. So we ordered from her. 10 minutes later, our waiter reappeared and asked if we wanted to order appetizers! A third server delivered our appetizers. Took at least 15 minutes before our waiter appeared to take our dinner order and he didn't seem quite sure if our dinner order was already in. The 3rd server again delivered our food (he seemed very nice). Didn't see our waiter for awhile. Flagged down the young lady who had taken our app order to ask for ketchup and more iced tea. Our waiter did show back up to take the dessert order. But then no one delivered the check. 20 minutes after we finished dessert we flagged down a 4th person and asked for our check. I know restaurants do "team" serving instead of 1 wait staff to a table, but it doesn't always work.
So even though we enjoy the food at Gertrude's, considering that both times we visited, we had to flag down wait staff AND the wait staff seems confused or unorganized as to who is responsible for what, not sure we will return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food, with some interesting choices. Good service; lively atmosphere. Only issue was being seated near a door to the outside tented area, so that any time a waiter came/went to that area, there was a blast of cold air.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great neighborhood spot, or if you plan to visit the museum from across town or across the world! There’s something for everyone, with a Maryland flair!

Tags: Great for Brunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was my first time at Gertrude’s. I’ll need to return many more times to try so many of the other menu items. The crab cake and fried oysters were so fresh and flavorful. The biscuits reminded me of those made in Alabama. The cheesecake and the panna cotta were unique and so very good. Service was exceptional. The server was knowledgeable about menu items. If you’re in Baltimore, visit Gertrudes.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The service was especially good! I brought a guest for a milestone birthday celebration and we both really enjoyed our food and the service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I love going to the BMA and then to Gertrude’s-such a perfect treat! It was birthday and our server was attentive and friendly without being intrusive. The food was very good, plentiful (without being gluttonus) and interesting. The lavender pancetta was fabulous and I almost never get dessert. Also, my husband’s a vegetarian and they have plenty of real options. We had a great time and I was recommend Gertrude’s!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food and great service. Compliments to John Shields. One of the best brunches in Baltimore complete with music, great atmosphere and attention to detail.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

A larger selection from the menu would bring us back. Limited meats.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 6, 2018

What a great way to spend Saturday brunch on a cold winter day. Guests were obviously having a good time. Food was excellent and service was just right. Uplifting visit to the museum and restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Scenic View, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Enjoyed a proper Caesar salad and the best root vegetable soup you can imagine. Then, for dessert, a rich, warm, buttery bread pudding with housemade peanut brittle on the side and whipped cream. Coffee was excellent, moderately strong but mellow (Zeke’s), and the attentive waitperson topped it off. My companion had the crab soup, which she proclaimed excellent. Very, very satisfying experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The restaurant was just right for two friends getting together, from the warm greeting to the good food and great and attentive service. The crab cakes were very good, tasty and sufficient, and the vegetables were also good as was the little corn bread muffins.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food, crab cake, pan fried chicken and a hamburger, was basic but delicious.
The service was very attentive without being overbearing.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

we were there for new year's eve. had a great time, good food, live music, cute beaded necklaces, and great service. we always have a special time with fantastic food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Vegan
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great Sunday brunch at the art museum; ask for Tom to be your server.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Loved it-again!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The enclosed patio was well heated and a quiet respite from the noisy main dining room. Didn’t know what to explain and were very pleasantly surprised.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had a wonderful lunch at Gertrude’s last week! We had a 12:15 reservation and were seated within 5 minutes. Our waiter was friendly and efficient. There are many delicious offerings on the menu at lunchtime and it was hard to decide what to get! After ordering we noticed that tables around us had bread baskets. We asked for one and it helped tide us over until the food arrived. Our cheeseburger and turkey burgers were delicious. My husband ordered crab quiche and salad and he loved it. The atmosphere was pretty as it was decorated for the holidays. I can’t wait to return to Gertrude’s to try some of the other dishes.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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