Gertrude's - Baltimore

4.6
5017 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
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.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 5017 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food with seating outside under the awning

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I had the bean burger and fries with The Works - sautéed onion, mushrooms and two strips of their tasty Applewood (?) bacon - not disappointed and will try this again. My wife had the shrimp salad sandwich which was filled with very large and equally tasty shrimp!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

A Baltimore gem. The offerings are current without abandoning their traditional Chesapeake Bay roots. Local ingredients, elegant but comfortable setting. Not to be missed when in Baltimore.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Lovely alternative to the usual museum cafeteria. Has a large menu plus many specials, including many vegetarian otions.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great place and great food. I recommend the Indonesian Tuna Steak!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Gertrudes provides a lovely evening for wonderful food and atmoshpere.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Gertrude's has become one of my favorite restaurants in Baltimore. It is a great combination of healthy,local and delicious food along with a beautiful environment coupled with service that aims to please but is not intrusive. The Tuesday night $15 dinners are a great bargain!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Visiting Johns Hopkins so location had a part in our choosing Gertrude's. Very pleased overall. Cordial staff & excellent food. Crab cake was the best we've ever had. Evening dinner under the tent on the patio overlooking the sculpture garden. Overall, fairly expensive, but worth the experience by all criteria.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

I truly enjoyed my experience at Gertrude’s. I cannot wait to dine there again.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The brunch at Gertrude's is outstanding. Definitely choose the outdoor dining under the tents, it is beautiful.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The four of us had a wonderful meal. The music is nice, but it would be better if it was more quiet. Hard to hold a conversation. We were not seated close to the music. Everything else was great.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Very good. I had the smoked salmon omelet and loved it. Bloody Mary was just right spicy. Things were hopping so it took a long time to get our check. A bit noisy for catching up with friends, but overall, I love Gertrude's and I will be going back.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Had dinner with a close friend who happened to be in town for restaurant week. The staff was friendly and checked on us regularly. The food was amazing. I loved the outdoor seating, the garden view is relaxing.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Excilent food and our server was top notch ! We were a large party and they handled it wonderfully

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The food was good overall. We went for the restaurant week and found the offered menu had some good choices, but some dishes looked somewhat deconstructed and under seasoned. The service was very slow and the restaurant didn’t even look that busy as we went for an early dinner.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Went for Restaurant Week and had the wine pairing menu. Arrived early so we got a drink at the bar. The bartender seemed like she wanted to be literally anywhere else but she made a delicious drink so I can't complain too much much. I didn't come to hang out with the bartender.

The dinner and service was great. Dessert and the wine pairing was super underwhelming. I love Gertrudes and will keep coming back but not for Restaurant Week. It's not worth it.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Gertrude's was the highlight of restaurant week! The best meal I've had in a while. I was pleased with every part of the meal from the ambiance (even though it rained and we were on the patio) to the wine to the service. Everything was perfect!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Fantastic birthday dinner! Our waiter was very friendly and accommodating. He even fixed our wobbly table and had the pastry chef write a happy birthday message on dessert plate!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

I have visited Gertrude’s on many occasions. The food and atmosphere are wonderful.
I will definitely be going back and I love introducing my friends to a great restaurant that they are not familiar with.

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1.0Dined on August 2, 2018

The food was lousy...bland, boring, dry, unspiced, tasteless fried chicken; watery, oversalted stewed tomatoes; undercooked, flavorless squash; c- crabcake. The soup was ok, the coffee and dessert good, but they either cut a lot of corners because of restaurant week, or have gone terribly down hill. I won't be back.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

As always Gertrude’s was fantastic. Had the Baltimore “Catties”, Rainbow Trout with crab imperial and delicious candy bar dessert. I would recommend Gertrude’s for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Beautiful dining room in the Baltimore Museum of Art. Wonderful food and great service. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

We went for Baltimore restaurant week, the food was amazing!!! Every single dish we got was perfect! Our waitress was so sweet and attentive even though she was busy, she always made sure we had glasses full of water and checked on us numerous times! We can’t wait to return!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Beautiful local restaurant with fresh, local cuisine.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Gertrude's never disappoints but we hit a double bonanza: Tuesday's Night Specials + Restaurant Week. We opted for the Restaurant Week paired with wines. For starters we had the two Maryland Crab Soups, cream floating in a cup of red or tomato based; it was wonderful. We both had the trout with crab imperial, mashed garlic potatoes, and grilled asparagus. Each & every morsel was perfect. For dessert one of us opted for the grilled peaches, the other "the candy bar." Our waiter was top notch. He never hovered but always knew what to do & when to do it.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Excellent lunch. Loved the trout. Loved the setting. Service just a tad slow probably due to kitchen backup resulting from large crowd.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Good restaurant. Food is delicious. Only bad point was that restaurant was busy for many guests, so we were being forgotten for a while.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Excellent food, carefully and creatively prepared and unfailingly delicious. The setting is sophisticated (as you’d expect, given its location at the BMA) but the atmosphere is welcoming and unstuffy. We often take out-of-town guests to Gertrude’s so they can sample the best of Chesapeake cuisine.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

As always, great food, service and ambiance. Brunch selections were ample and appealed to many different tastes and diets.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Beautiful restaurant. Was not overly impressed with the food. My food was only room temperature and not as good as I had hoped. But I will go back and try other menu items. Not happy about having to pay $7 for parking. Should have a discount on parking when eating at the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

My wife and I took our daughter and our son in law here for restaurant week. We have great memories of other meals here. The crab soup was delicious but my wife’s salad was a bit dry. The rainbow trout and the crab cakes were excellent. The peach Melba was tasty but we would have preferred more grilled peaches and less ice cream. We all did the wine pairings and they were well chosen.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Went for restaurant week. The menu was wonderful and the wine pairing was a great deal. Great waiter.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We think Gertrude's is and has been the best restaurant in Baltimore. We had adult grandnieces visiting from out of state, one who had been there with us some years ago and had good memories of it. We all enjoyed our excellent food and wine but the highlight of the evening was our server who goes by a choice of names, either Jude or Esmeralda. We chose to use the latter as it is as memorable as she was. We all had a lovely dining experience. Thank you.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Disappointing brunch - party of 6

1) Complimentary biscuits? Didn’t see them on our table but were delivered to other tables
2) Those biscuits would have been appreciated as the wait for our food was easily 30 minutes (at off peak time)
3) Wife got seafood salad which was high on greens and lean on actual seafood

Really wanted to like Gertrude’s but food and service were subpar - would not recommend - we even noted a Birthday on our reservation and this was met with ignorance

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

It was Birthday
Everything was great

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

On a wet/rainy night, Gertrude's provided the perfect comfort food. Haven't experienced a bad meal since first going some years ago and don't expect too. Great Job!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We went to sample the Restaurant Week menu
My husband had never been to Gertrude’s (!!!) but I had , but not for years
The course selections were varied and the wine pairings were a good match
Our server Jeffrey was professional, well informed & welcoming. He explained the various courses as they were placed before us.
I ran into several people I knew who told me they also had an “ excellent meal”
The decor as well as atmosphere seemed perfect for an enjoyable night
My husband told me we need to go again in the near future so we will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

this was not my first time at Gertrude's it was great has alwys

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

I always love my experience is Gertrude's. It is great especially for business lunch

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

One of our favourite places. We like to take our grandson there after a viewing of an exhibit at the BMA. It is a "feel-good" place, with excellent food and a good variety thereof. We've never been disappointed.

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