Gertrude's - Baltimore

4.5
4919 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 4919 People Are Saying
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food
4.5
service
4.5
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

This is an old favorite - and it probably needs a bit of freshening up. The "tent" is really unattractive.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I absolutely love this restaurant as it is definitely one of my favorites when it comes to dining out in the city. I visited there Sunday, June 17 to celebrate Father's Day, and of course it is also my dad's favorite restaurant as well. We all loved our meals. I had the fried soft shell crab platter with the garlic spinach and apple slaw with a hearty house salad for my appetizer. My father had a steak with roasted potatoes. He started his meal off with a gazpacho. My mother also had a steak. We all had dessert. My father had the delicious bread pudding and my mother had vanilla icecream, which I believe is made at the restaurant. I had the chocolate trio, which was TO DIE FOR!!!!!

Go to Gertrude's and have a blast!!!!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I enjoyed having dinner here. I have spoken to all of my friends

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Thank you for a happy Father’s Day!! We enjoyed our meal, conversation with people sitting next to us and the care given us by our server

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

My husband and I had a fabulous Fathers Day brunch. We were able to sit outside and had a fabulous water fall view. The food was delicious and the service outstanding. Thank you Gertrudes......you never disappoint.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

We have eaten at Gertrude's multiple times, and have always had very positive experiences. The food is always very good to excellent, and the service very good. However, this week I took my husband there for Father's Day brunch (I made the 12:30 reservations last month), and was shocked at the poor service. Gertrude's food is wonderful, and we'll likely go back, but for the cost of eating there I expect good service, consistently.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Absolutely beautiful setting, excellent service and delicious food. Kate was wonderful to work with to make our daughter's wedding weekend memorable.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We live nearby and love this place. The only thing that bugs me is the white sheet of paper on the tables that cover the tablecloth. A piece of glass over the tablecloth would be much nicer. The paper looks cheap.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

The food was okay. I really wish the server would have paid a little more attention to us.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

This was my first visit to Gertrude's and it will not be my last when I return to the area. Gertrude is located inside a museum with a garden like atmosphere. We sat outside near the water fountain which provided a calming feeling along with the solo guitarist. I recommend the ahi tuna! WOW! Yummy. The restaurant is not far from the harbor area and other major hotels. Enjoy.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We love Gertrude's but this visit was fabulous. The waiter was outstanding and I am bragging to everyone about how good the linguine with clam sauce was!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

The most attentive server ....it added to the great fun and celebration.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Graduation

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Lovely ambiance. Great place to take my mother out for dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Sat outside. Lovely. Service was a bit slow but everything was delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Graduation luncheon for 9 people it was fabulous!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We had a wonderful experience in our anniversary night and great service

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Extremely Loud. Difficult to have a table conversation. Food was Bland and tasteless, rolls were dry, omelette had no flavor, and did not contain lump crab meat as advertised. Ambiance was more like a noisy sports bar rather than an upscale brunch.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food is always great at Gertrude's. It's at the BMA, so you can work off your dessert by walking around the exhibits.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Had a wonderful time
The food was excellent as it always is ,

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I love Gertrude’s and try to go whenever I return to Baltimore. The only quibble I had this time was excessive noise but then that seems to be a universal problem in restaurants today.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Lovely atmosphere, nice selection of entrees. I had the crab cake and my dad had the fried oysters. Both meals were wonderful! We also returned for Brunch 2 days later, which was equally enjoyable. Very pleasant staff. Beautiful location inside the Art Museum. If I find myself in the Baltimore area again, I will be sure to stop in.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We always like Gertrude's when we are in Baltimore. This trip we went because we had limited time and its location meant we did not have to do a lot of driving. It was a bit noisier than usual mostly due to a very large party in the middle of the room.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Good seafood options. We shared some desserts and all were tasty. Would have liked to sit outside but a private event was happening. Weather would have been perfect and it was quieter. Being near a fountain is always nice!

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Ambiance, service, and food presentation were lovely. The setting was quiet, and we were not rushed. I was disappointed in the food preparation, however. I ordered a salmon BLT ($17). The filet had been sliced through the middle and pan-fried until it was 2 pieces of thin, crispy, and tasteless (to me) sandwich filling, laid open-faced on two pieces of toasted white bread. Two pieces of perfectly cooked bacon topped the fish. I ate the bacon and most of the fries.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Always good, a treat when we visit the Baltimore Museum of Art

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We always have a great experience at Gertrudes! My wife loves the crab cake. The food, the ambience, the experience is fantastic! The service is fantastic!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We had a delicious dinner on the outside patio overlooking the beautiful sculpture garden. It was a perfect evening. Our service was outstanding, attentive but not hovering. With the soft sounds of moving water nearby it was a relaxing and peaceful evening.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Wonderful menu with plenty to chose from. We had a party of 8 and everyone enjoyed their meal

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Everything was wonderful and very fast! The seats were also very comfortable. The crab cake was fantastic!

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I've been to Gertrude's many times and have always been please but tonight's experience was inconsistent in service, food, and mistakes on the check. Maybe this was just an off night—but for a special birthday occasion it was a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We had fabulous service , very good food, and are totally satisfied.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Whenever we've been there we always enjoy ourselves. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is relaxing.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Excellent meal in beautiful surroundings.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

This was a great experience as always

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Had a great experience our server Peter was very attentive to our needs, giving ample time between starters and meal. We were also able to linger and just talk and not feel rushed.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Always good......however since I dine there often on Tuesdays I would like the menu to vary...... something different.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Gertrude's is a calm refuge. Especially in summer, the opportunity to eat in the Sculpture Garden adds to its appeal. Food is solid and predictable. A very pleasant place to enjoy friends' company and have a nice meal.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Gertrude's never disappoints. On this visit, the food was not quite up-to-par. Our seafood salads had crab meat which was anything but "lump" as described. The other seafood was fine (shrimp and scallops).
My wife's BLT, for which we paid extra for extra bacon was without extra bacon.
So, not quite what we had hoped for.
The staff was gracious and helpful, we did not complain to them, figuring "not their fault" (?)
We didn't want to spoil the occasion, a 90th birthday celebration for good friends.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great, wonderful food and ambiance.

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