Gertrude's - Baltimore

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5253 reviews
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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.
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J
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I came here to celebrate my partner’s birthday. I thought I would have a great experience based off attending the patio parties hosted at Gertrude’s this past summer. My food was not great and neither was the birthday girl’s. The sauce to my salmon was made with egg. I assume like a hollandaise sauce however, my egg cooked on the salmon and there was barely any sauce. My rice pilaf had no taste whatsoever. As for my partners food, her rockfish imperial was a little more flavorful than my entree but overall the food was extremely mediocre and disappointing in comparison to my experience with the small bites I had of the Chesapeake Bahn mi and oyster sliders at the patio party. I can’t say that I would return. Very disappointed especially with it being a special occasion.

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JK
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch with outstanding service.0

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D
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Thank you so much, everything was absolutely delightful!

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SE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Gertrude's still has some of the best ambiance in town. The waiters are very courteous and try to be accommodating. However, I was very disappointed with my restaurant week menu selection; the oyster stew was very bland, and the shrimp, mussel, and pasta dish was not much better. The apple crepe dish was very good. Overall, it was very disappointing for a birthday celebration.

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l
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very good time.
The server was very nice, and he treated us very well.
the food was delicious.

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JR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Gertrudes. Restaurant week afforded there opportunity to try a number of dishes . Both of us chose the top sirloin steak which provide a succulent portion cooked perfectly. The apple crepe dessert was light but flavorful. There only downside was the seating. The booth seating at the back of the restaurant was a bit cramped and made entry and exit difficult especially if another party was seated right next to you.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Restaurant week. Great food. Very accommodating hostess.

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K
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, the service was very good during Winter Restaurant Week 2019. However, I have three suggestions. The oyster stew was good, but had the potential to be outstanding. The oysters were plump; but the oysters and broth lacked flavor. The stew could have benefited from more salt and perhaps wine and oyster liquor. Secondly, a dessert trio should be considered as a menu item. Lastly, the sirloin was requested to be cooked medium rare, however it was prepared closer to medium. Therefore, closer attention to the internal temperature of the portion of steak is recommended.

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OT
Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrude's is one of our favorite restaurants, and restaurant week makes it additionally special. we enjoyed the rockfish, wrapped perfectly in bacon and drizzled with lemon beurre blanc. Now we're careful eaters and bacon is a special moment ; this was certainly special. The beet salad and slider appetizers were perfect (personally loved the sliders), and the apple dessert, the thinnest sliced apples I've ever seen, was superb. our server Liz was super helpful and excellent, very accommodating and quick. A perfect date night too! thanks, John and team!

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D
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The crab cake was small and dry and the sides ungenerous. The sandwich was mediocre. All in all a disappointment.

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TM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall....Fantastic!!!!
Will definitely be going Back!!

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter disappeared once or twice. Other than this it was great.

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It's always a great meal, but sometimes the service is not as attentive as it could be. From the host to the busboys, everyone is friendly but I found that my waiter was not always available. The food is lovely, and the ambiance is perfect for the museum. Everything is too expensive, but that's to be expected at a museum that is now free. It's a great spot to take a date. The manager of the restaurant is exceptional now. He's a real pro.

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J
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've never been disappointed at Gertrude's. The staff is so engaging and well trained, which makes a big impact on the dining experience. And, the Johns (managers/owners) are ever vigilant. Pricey, yes. Worth it, yes.

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FB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very expensive lunch menu. Food was OK, but not for the price

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MK
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love Gertrude's. The food is good and the atmosphere can't be beat. I love siting on a banquette with extra pillows Does it get any better than that? Yes! The Food. Brussel sprouts are all the rage in restaurants but I think Gertrudes (in mustard sauce) are the best. The scallops I had were perfectly cooked. My friends had the one fry oysters and the cod special which they very happy with. One of the best things on their menu is the candy bar dessert. Someone has to get it when we go there. It is that good. We also tried the homemade cobbler special that night and it did not disappoint. Gertrude's always keep me coming back for more.

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LE
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went on a Tuesday night with a friend for their Tuesday entree specials. I ordered the salmon special entree and found it to be delicious with its wild rice pilaf. The sweet potato cheesecake for dessert and blood orange sorbet were the best I have ever tasted. We also split a crabcake appetizer. I do not eat crabcakes anywhere else. The remoulade sauce and tartar sauce were perfect with them. The customers were pleasant to be around which helps with the atmosphere. The only thing I found a bit off putting was the maitre d ignored us when we walked up for our reservation, completely did not acknowledge us at all by eye contact or body language for at least 5 minutes. It was a bit embarrassing standing there while she chatted amicably on the phone with "someone" and we stood by ourselves that long. Even our waiter commented that we had finally been seated. I'm sure that the owner can take care of this and retrain the maitre d so that a guest does not feel ignored.

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You'll usually need reservations to get a table in the main restaurant. Even with a reservation, we had to sit in the tent area, but it was cozy and well heated. The brunch prices are reasonable ($28 for two people). I highly recommend the original Eggs Benedict. They were cooked to perfection. Nice atmosphere (even in the tent) and attentive service rounded out this great brunch experience.

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DJ
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you are visiting the Baltimore Museum of Art, why leave the building when you have a wonderful restaurant waiting for you. Even if you are not going to the museum, it is a worth the trip. When the weather is nice, there is outside seating and, to settle a few calories, walk through the sculpture garden. Warning, parking is tricky and limited.

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s
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with my book club after viewing the wonderful Cone Collection. Food was fabulous and atmosphere lovely. Highly recommend

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N
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic.

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JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

It was the second time eating there. Both times my food was over cooked. Server never refilled drinks. Was not even real busy. Poor food and service for an somewhat expensive lunch.

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SH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decorated for the holidays with Baltimore rowhouse models in different artistic styles (the pink fur Divine house and the Lego house were particularly cute), the restaurant was moderately loud, but in a convivial way. The servers were wonderful, the table coverings that diners could color upon, and the food was fantastic. Highly recommend the crème brulée French toast.

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JH
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crabmeat omelet is always so delicious! Such good food and a wonderful Baltimore spot.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Gertrude would be sad to have her legacy associated with this horrible food. We were very disappointed. The food use to be really good, not any more. Went for brunch 10 am on a Saturday. Place was empty except two other tables. Food came out cold, scrambled eggs were over cooked and covered with PAM spray, ham steak was burned, my companion ordered an omelet which was under-cooked and waffles in a caramel sauce. They scorched the caramel, everything was cold including the syrup. We won't be back. Very expensive for 'meh' food.

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RB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining with a menu with many Maryland favorites. Lunch here is a perfect complement to a visit to the BMA.

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ZL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating a very close friend’s birthday and it was her first time at Gertrude’s and SHE LOVED HER FOOD AND AMBIANCE!!

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EC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrude's provided a magical evening out with my husband! Our excellent server, Richard, paced each course perfectly and provided clear and accurate answers to our questions about the menu and the wine list. He was warm and welcoming but not intrusive. We began our dinner with single fry oysters that were perfectly cooked - sweet and juicy. The oysters on the half shell were plump, fresh and tasty. My husband loved the prime rib encrusted with garlic which was one of the specials on the menu. The Chesapeake Rockfish Imperial was exquisitely delicious and served with crunchy asparagus and yummy mashed potatoes! Thanks to the Chef, John Shields and Richard for a wonderful evening!

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OT
Baltimore
138 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to spend our new year! We had a lovely dinner and I wound up using leftover duck sausage and filet mignon in my breakfast omelet, and the leftover broccoflower in our New Year's Day salads.

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LI
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My New Year's Eve experience at Gertrude's was all I hoped for. Food, service, everything was great. I look forward to going back, even if it's not a holiday and I have nothing to celebrate.

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CW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite place for fine dining. The context, the solicitous waitstaff, and the triumphant food prepared with exquisite care has us returning again and again.

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BG
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to visit with the Baltimore boy John Shields. The menu is maryland at its best.

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L
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary with a wonderful dinner. Beautiful setting, great staff and service, excellent food, good wine list, wonderful dessert choices.

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CZ
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love that there is a great restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. It makes is so easy to see some art and dine, too. This time we had a late brunch. Really enjoyed the Tilghman Benedict with fried oysters.

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E
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Seating made for a poor experience - seated facing an outdoor heater next to a door. Patrons coming and going - door opening and closing. Consider removing that table.

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L
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fast and steady although the server warned us the kitchen was backed up. The food was great, and our server was amazing! I also love the ambiance!

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CK
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and the service was great. Thanks!

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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was AMAZING!!! Food was delicious. Very happy and will definitely come again

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gertrude Restaurant is one of my favorite spots to entertain friends and family. Never disappointed.

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a
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Staff def needs better training on menu and accommodating special diets. Downhill...no plans to return..:used to be fave.

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