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About Gertrude's - Baltimore
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.
Baltimore, MD 21218
American, Comfort Food, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:30am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 8:00pm
Brunch Menu served on Saturday and Sunday until 3pm
Light Fare Menu on Saturday and Sunday from 3pm - 5pm
N. Charles St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (or tel. 410.889.3399 x105).
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.
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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
Gertrude's - Baltimore Ratings and Reviews
Main complaint is lack of parking. The museum wasn't even open on a Tuesday, but there was no parking to be found in either of the minute parking lots or on the street. We had to go all the way up Wyman Park to the university garage.
Also, my flatbread came with a salad, but the dressing was omitted. Our server did bring some on the side, but by the time he got to us, I didn't really want it anymore.
The food wasn't quite up to the standard I've come to expect from Gertrude's.
The crab cake was good but could use less filler. Definitely not lump meat which is what i prefer. The server was excellent; he was very warm and attentive. Stay away from the cheddar pearl hominy; it’s super creamy and cheesy (in a bad way). I was expecting cheddar grits. Overall, the ambiance was nice but i could truly pass on the food. I won’t go back.
This restaurant is very lucky to have such a wonderful location. But the food, not cheap, is consistently weak. This despite Mr. Shields' excellent reputation -- seems to be resting on laurels. Why Gertrude's is still on the local "50 best" lists is a mystery.
Gertrudes has always been one of my favorite restaurants. This visit was marred by less than stellar service. Our server failed to being us the list of daily specials after saying she would do so. One of our drinks clearly ordered "on the rocks" was served "up." Our entrees were delivered in a timely manner, but our waitress never showed up to check on their preparation. I had a question about the preparation that was unanswered and after waitin 5 minutes, I decided to wait no longer and began eating. Our waitress never came by until it was time to clear for desert. We had a question about one of the daily deserts and our waitress said she would check. She returned about 5 minutes later asking if we had made up our mind about dessert, having never answered our question about the dessert special. Overall, very inattentive.
Overall ambience was disrupted by seats near kitchen entrance where wait staff called out "corner", every time the came into the service area.
First time I have ever been disappointed at Gertrudes.
I AM A REGULAR AT GERTRUDES AND HAVE EXPERIENCED DINNERS THAT ARE WONDERFUL, BUT I HAVE ALSO EATEN MEDIOCRE MEALS, AND FRIDAY'S LUNCH WAS JUST THAT. IT WAS A PENNE DISH WITH SUN DRIED TOMATOES AND I BELIEVE CRAB, BUT I HAD MAYBE THREE SUN DRIED TOMATOES IN MY DISH, AND I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE CRAB WAS. THE COST WAS $24 DOLLARS. I WAS DISAPPOINTED. GERTRUDE YOU CAN DO BETTER; YOU HAVE IN THE PAST.
We met family and friends to celebrate a visit. We had an excellent venue to catch-up on all topics. We were not rushed even though the dining room was almost completely filled. One couple shared all courses and was accommodated with separate dishes rather than eating from the same dinnerware. We all had different fish dishes and all agreed they were quite pleased with the freshness and preparation.
Gertrude's is always a wonderful dining experience, and this time I have to mention our server, Joe Brady. I asked his name before we left because I wanted to express our gratitude to him and to the restaurant for employing excellent people. Joe's skills in providing attentive, quiet, thoughtful service combined with friendliness and humor made the dinner a joy for us.
Thank you, Mr. Shields, Mr. Brady, and everyone at Gertrude's for giving us such pleasure.
Two of us decided on the spur of the moment to have dinner here, which as always, was wonderful. Excellent and professional service set and a beautiful space (decorated very tastefully for the holiday season) sets the tone. After we placed our order, a basket of sweet cornbread and yeast rolls with butter arrived. Wines were half price Wednesday, so we tried more expensive ones we would not usually try--including a lovely pinot noir from Maryland. The tomato bisque with fennel topped with spinach and parmessan was smooth and had an incredible depth of flavor. The fried oysters (appetizer size = 4 to 5) were lightly breaded and fried and accompanied by a nice dipping sauce. Pork sliders top notch. Throughout, our water glasses were kept full, plates cleared when finished, and attention as needed but not too much. We found the evening relaxing and enjoyable. We recommend Wednesdays for those who have hearing issues and want to hear their meal companions better since this day of the week is less busy.
Everything was great, except we could not get separate checks for each couple. The waiter would split the check across 3 credit cards, but refused to write up three separate checks. This is the only restaurant that I have ever had this problem. Very disconcerting!
This visit failed to come up to the standards we have come to expect from Gertrude's. Despite reservations, we were seated in the draftiest table in the enclosed "outdoor" area even though the area was nearly empty when we arrived. The cream of crab soup, usually my wife's favorite, was so watery as to question the word "cream." The potatoes accompanying my eggs Benedict were at best lukewarm, and the cut fruit accompanying my wife's sandwich seemed to not have been prepared that day. If this were our first visit to Gertrude's it would have been our last. I might still recommend Gertrude's to a friend, but warn that the food has become inconsistent.
The food and service are consistently very good. The ambiance of the Baltimore Museum of Art sculpture garden seen from the restaurant is an added plus. A wonderful place the take local and out of town guests. Surprised to learn that the crab soup was made using a pork stock as an ingredient.
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