Gertrude's - Baltimore
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.
Wonderful service, fun atmosphere and great food!
Gertrude’s is always the same - wonderful!
Food was too salty but otherwise everything was great
Amazing as always 💜
As always, the food was mouth watering, service great and atmosphere spectacular as we sat in the patio outside. We felt like we were in someone’s garden - birds chirping, colorful flowers and delightful breeze!
Gertrude’s is our favorite restaurant in Baltimore! The food is consistently delectable and the service is always superb.
It is our go to choice for a great dining experience at a reasonable cost. We love that owners are personally involved in the day to day management. We have never been disappointed and always look forward to our next visit!
What a great find !!! Located in the Baltimore Museum of Art, this little gem of a restaurant was a fantastic spot for lunch.
Our server, Jude, was amazing. She was very familiar with the menu and each of her suggestions/recommendations were spot on. The cream of Crab soup was fantastic. We each had the crab cakes, I had the Gertie's Crab Cake on the menu and my wife had a special crab cake that was made a little spicer. Both were out of this world. We shared a great peach shortcake for dessert. Highly recommended.
We have visited here many times and have always had outstanding food and service.
Gertrude's folks made sure that we had a memorable anniversary dinner. The table that we got was very nice, food was remarkable; for desert we went with the peach cake and our server also brought out an anniversary peach sherbet. My partner could only eat half of the seafood & roasted asparagus risotto, looking forward to the leftovers. I got the Tuesday Night Boardwalk Crabcake. The three course meal special was a good deal.
Perhaps they were short on staff. we were on the patio. Fal had our check totalled before we received our coffee and tea. Had to remind her. She took our leftovers to have wrapped and never came back. After our receipts came we just left. Otherwise marvelous evening
Food was tasty but both omelet and coffee were not hot. Good service and a beautiful day to sit outside
Always a wonderful dining experience with food that is beautifully presented and very tasty. Everything is made from scratch and simply delicious. We travel from Harrisburg to eat there.
great service and meal
Had two toddlers with us and staff was very accommodating.
food and service generally really wonderful...this must have been an off night...service was slow, did not bring full order (had to ask for accompanying sauces), water not refilled until end of the dinner.
Gertrude’s was a lovely environment. The food was good and the service was okay
My wife and I enjoyed our impromptu luncheon at Gertrudes yesterday, after a visit to a new exhibit at the BMA. We regularly include dining at Gertrudes with our periodic visit. Service, on the whole, was excellent - although, I would have enjoyed having my coffee refreshed mid lunch - our server was generously accommodating as were the additional busing staff....The cup of mushroom and tomato soup in a light broth was excellent.....I did find the white chocolate cake with strawberry and chocolate delicious but the cake itself was not moist.
Food and service are always great! Love it there.
Gertrude's is a gem in the collection of great restaurants in Baltimore. Locally sourced, and perfectly executed dishes, served in one of the most beautiful venues in the city. Our most recent meal was served on the patio overlooking the sculpture garden on a perfect late summer evening. The service, food and atmosphere keep us coming back year after year. For special occasions or just celebrating the middle of the week.
Gertrude’s combines a beautiful,elegant but unpretentious atmosphere with a varied menu to please fish, meat, vegetable eaters alike. Delicious main courses were lamb chops and the pasta with shrimp and scallops. There are also many soups, salads, and small plates to choose from. Light and moist peach cake was a perfect ending. Sit outside to capture a magical feel from the lights, sculpture, fountain, unrushed service, and joy. I was pleased to see they were major participants in sponsoring Moveable Feast as well!
friend visiting from out of state
Excellent service, nice atmosphere and mediocre food.
Fabulous service and delicious lunch. I love Gertrude’s!
We had not been to Gertrude's in several years but always had pleasant experiences in the past. We were disappointed Wednesday evening. I had 2 items that were specials that evening; theywere both average at best. My husband felt the same about his meal.
Local Maryland crabmeat served 3 different ways the night we were there -all delicious as was the pistachio encrusted lamb chops. Service was lovely - bonus that it was half price wine night and a real appreciation for local farmers with our Black Rock Orchard peach upside down cake to finish off a delightful evening.
Delicious food, wonderful staff, beautiful place! We had a delightful time, only sorry that we couldn't sit outside near the sculpture garden because it was so hot. It was such fun to see all the gorgeous art and then have a wonderful lunch!
Gertrude's Restaurant never disappoints. At each meal I am newly reminded of how good the food is every time. And the service is tops...friendly, attentive, helpful. I recommend this spot to all my friends.
The server, Jeffery was outstanding, professional, attentive and very much excellent at this trade.
The raw oysters were among the best anywhere in Baltimore. A cup of Miss Jean's red crab soup was delectable. The entrée of filet of striped bass and white mashed potatoes were perfectly done and delicious. All in all a very delightful dining experience.
Love it. Such a great menu. The decor is getting dated though. Maybe it’s time to get out of the 90:s look and update.
The patio on a breezy summer day is just delightful. The seafood salad was boring; the mediterranean omelet was good. The spicy bloody mary's were GREAT. We should have tried some of the specials - will be back!
We went for the fall Thursday night Lobster event, and it was wonderful. The lobsters were a good size and very tasty. The sides were plentiful. Despite the crowd, the service was excellent. The setting by the sculpture garden and the fountains is absolutely lovely. The one recommendation I would make is that they offer small forks for picking the lobster in addition to regular-sized dinner forks.
Came for annual Lobsterama. Our server was very attentive and thoughtful. Food was delicious. It never disappoints. Gertrude’s is my go to spot for all occasions, this just happened to be a birthday celebration.
Lobsterama was fabulous, as always, every Thursday in August.
Jude is a wonderful server, friendly and efficient.
Never fails! The food is great and the staff is always helpful and pleasant!
The last couple of times I ate at Gertrude’s the food and service were not up to their usual standards. The food was not as flavorful and the service was slow.
We love Gertrude's and often take advantage of the Tuesday evening specials. The chicken dinner is a special favorite. However, could some other vegetable (peas, corn, asparagus, string beans, etc.) than the enormous head of broccoli be served on occasion? Thank you.
We had 9 people in our party and Eric did a great job ensuring we were happy! The food was a delicious as always and the desserts were amazing!
We had an e cellent
Beautiful outdoor area, stellar service and excellent food. I can’t recommend enough!!
Everything was delicious and served perfectly....
I've been to Gertrudes many times. Normally very good food. However this time around nearly an hour went by between 1st course of salad/soup and entrees, and a much louder than usual noise level.. The Veg curry dish, which I cannot recall of name of, was described by the staff as not spicy, turned out to be inedible. My guest did not eat, or change to another dish and the entree was not charged. Staff reported that the kitchen had changed the ingredients to make it much more spicy than normal. Otherwise all was good and we will return another day.