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Gertrude's - Baltimore

4757 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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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American, Comfort Food, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Weekend Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
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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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,, for more info, or contact John Gilligan at (or tel. 410.889.3399 x105).
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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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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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Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4757 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Gertrude's never fails to disappoint! I often overlook this neighborhood gem at the Baltimore Museum of Art and then when I dine there, remind myself I should eat there more often. The seafood is John Shield's specialty and the kitchen is incredible about honoring special dietary requests.

5.0  Dined 4 days ago

I thought my brunch date at Gertrude's could NOT have possibly gone better. From the hostess to the server to the food and the reception my date and I received, it was a wonderful experience. The hostess complimented my date and I on what a beautiful couple we made. Our server was attentive yet unobtrusive. The food and beverages were delicious. I will be back. Thank you for such a delightful experience, from start to finish.

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Never fails to deliver, excellent service and menu. Good portions and fresh. Well worth the price. Even better that ingredients are locally sourced.

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food was amazing. Everything was lovely and the service was very quick. I definitely will be going back.

vipLibby (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

All our brunch meals were delicious. the desserts were very good too. Friendly waiter.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Brunch with a best friend. Great experience for me as always!
She was less impressed with her meal but will give a second chance. To each her own.

vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

attentive service. Well received appetizers, entrees and desserts

vipluv2eat (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

There was a large table of patrons that were celebrating something so was very loud. But after they left better. The crab cake special was great and berry salad was okay but grilled shrimp was over cooked. We had to ask for bread that was delivered to others as a matter of course. . But all in all a very pleasant experience.

LindenGreen (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Everything about Gertrude's feels special - the helpful, discrete service; the variety of entree selections; the scrumptious food! We will be back soon!

vipFoodlover21210 (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Another delicious meal with impeccable service. Gertrude's is a favorite.

vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Lovely restaurant, delicious food in a great museum. Enjoy a special day out in the museum and a fabulous meal. This restaurant will not disappoint. We brought relatives from Florida and they were really impressed with the quality and variety. One of our guests is a Vegetarian and there was many options for her as well. We live in the suburbs it will become our place to take all our guests no need to go to DC!

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

I love Gertrude’s! Bustling on a Tuesday night. Wonderful food - I had 3 course dinner deal - very nice. Only complaint was not hot coffee which the waiter took care of.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Love the great choice of crab cakes! John does a super job minding the place

DonaldS (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Classy, but not snooty, atmosphere. Excellent consistent food choices and prep. Pricey, but that's what one expects in a museum restaurant. Well-trained staff. Friendly, but not intrusive.
One of the nicer places in the city.

JerT (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

In Baltimore for conference went to the BMA for coupe hours then dinner at Gertrude's. Wonderful selections. The I cant believe its not crab was very nice. spinach a little salty.
Steak great!
Really enjoyed the sorbet sampler, pear best, apple bourbon rasberry and butter squash were our group if 4s vote.