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.
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 email@example.com (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.
Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.
Private Party Contact:
John Gilligan: 4108893399x105
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Gertrude's - Baltimore Ratings and Reviews
2 meals in 2 days with out-of-town colle ...
2 meals in 2 days with out-of-town colleagues - and everything was excellent: ability to get reservation, placement of table, service, meal. The colleagues very impressed and happy, and the locals ready for the next chance for a meal!
The holiday decorations made the glass r ...
The holiday decorations made the glass room more cozy and warm. The food was excellent but a little too much butter sause for me . Would ask them next time to put less over salmon. Disappointed with Irish coffee....bar was all out of Franjelica. Arrived without whipped cream or garnish. Would expect bar to be better stocked and was there someone behind bar who knew howto mix drinks ?
A great spot to have lunch or dinner eit ...
A great spot to have lunch or dinner either before or after a visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art since it is in the same building which is the reason we chose it for lunch after our visit to the museum to see a special exhibit. I am not sure it would be worth the drive out from downtown on a cold winter day stand alone without going to see the museum, but there is a nice outside portion of the restaurant (under cover but not with fully enclosed sides) in the sculpture garden that would make for a pleasant lunch atmosphere on a nice warm day. Very good service, breadth of food options and food. Not an A rated gourmet place for sure, but great in connection with a museum that is definitely worth the visit making Gertrude's a bonus that adds value to the day.
We had made a reservation for dinner at ...
We had made a reservation for dinner at Gertrude’s for Tuesday with Gertie. It was a cold and rainy night. It would have been easier to just stay home, but we did not. We were delighted and enthused when we stepped into the restaurant. It was elegantly decorated for the Christmas holiday. The entire dining room sparkled. What was truly enchanting were the townhouses constructed and individually decorated by the staff. They are having a contest to pick the best one. The townhouses really captured the spirit of Baltimore and beyond. Brie, our server, came over right away and took our drink order. We ordered a bottle of Tiamo Pinot Grigio ($20). She was a delight – very engaging and attentive. John Shields, the owner and chef, is a real hands-on person. We had the opportunity to have a nice chat with him. On Tuesdays with Gertie, they offer specially priced meals at $15.00. I know what you are thinking, they just the portion size down – they do not. My husband enjoyed the Seafood Gumbo – shrimp, fish, lump crab, mussels and andouille sausage served over rice. I was delighted to see Pan-Seared Skate Wing on the menu. I knew the fish would be fresh and perfectly prepared. It was that and more. They served me a very large Skate portion that was topped with fried caper Beurre blanc over roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetable mélange. It was all so good.
We were late for our reservation but the ...
We were late for our reservation but they were nice to seat us and the food was good, even though they were easing towards afternoon tea. Waiter and wait staff were attentive and pleasant and the place was decorated for the holidays!
I always go to Gertrude's when visiting ...
I always go to Gertrude's when visiting the BMA, it is a great place for birthdays too. This weekend was moderately busy, but the noise level was still good and the food selection and quality was excellent. We enjoyed our meal and the waiter was very good, attentive, but not intrusive. We especially enjoyed the sorbet tasting selection and hope to come back again for our favorite which was the pear almond.
Excellent ambiance, live jazz music was ...
Excellent ambiance, live jazz music was nice feature. Food was delicious except gingerbread featured dessert was a bit dry. One entree of stuffed rockfish was served with the wrong veggie substitute which had been requested and then a coffee was forgotten with dessert. Our waitress was no where to be found to request more dressing for salad. Would have expected more attention to the details from the wait staff. But we will return as the food is delicious and the ambiance so nice. Also on the way out overheard the same waitress discussing her tables which presumably were a challenge that evening with another wait staff in the bar area. Didn't think that was in very good taste.
Fabulous visit to Museum and to Gertrude ...
Fabulous visit to Museum and to Gertrude's. We had the prix fixe special lunch. All 3 courses were outstanding-upgrade to the crab cake!!!
Our waiter Joseph was most attentive and helpful. We will be back on our next Baltimore trip. Thanks so much.
Great food except for a slight issue wit ...
Great food except for a slight issue with eggshells which was taken off the bill. Service was generous and attentive. Loved theBlood orange Mimosa! If we had been there during the Jazz performance it might have been too load to talk, but because they were starting as we finished it was quite nice.
Gertrude's offers a wide range of choice ...
Gertrude's offers a wide range of choices, including a delicious set of prix fixe choices at lunchtime. We stayed at our table and ate and talked for a long time, and no one bothered us. The service was friendly and considerate. It overlooks the Baltimore Museum of Art's sculpture garden, which offers an added touch to the already pleasant ambiance.
We have dined at Gertrude's previously a ...
We have dined at Gertrude's previously and I must say, we have never been disappointed! The entrees are varied and delicious, the service is friendly and professional, and the desserts simply scrumptious. It's the perfect place for a meal after spending several hours enjoying the paintings and sculpture at the Baltimore Museum of Art. It's also the perfect setting for special occasions. We had dinner there with a friend of ours, who is a vegetarian and she found the menu to contain a nice variety of offerings for her dietary needs. My wife enjoyed a tasty flank steak while I opted for my personal favorite, Mama Lan's Five Spice Chicken. BTW, if you are as much of a chocaholic as I am, I highly recommend the beyond wonderful Chocolate Decadence Ice Cream Sandwich - you won't be disappointed!
Wonderful atmosphere upon entering with ...
Wonderful atmosphere upon entering with live music. However, our table was located close to music and hostess stand making conversation difficult. Waiter seemed indifferent. He took drink and food order at once and served soup with the meal. Disappointing
Brunch was wonderful however we had to a ...
Brunch was wonderful however we had to ask to be seated outside. The Jazz music was extremely loud for the small space. When I asked if the music could be lowered, the response was for us to be seated on the patio. The brunch could have been amazing but the fact we had to wait while they found a place for six adults and the loudness of the music, was a real let down. Unless the music changes, I can't imagine I would go back for brunch! It was THAT loud
After attending the Matisse/Diebenkorn ...
After attending the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit we headed to Gertrude's for dinner. We had a nice dinner and the food was exceptional. The only issue was the service which was slow to the point that one dinner was served cold and the wait for desert was over 30 minutes. One item for visitors to note is if you are seated by the door to the terrace it is opened constantly with cold air blowing in .
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