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
We arrived at 5:00 and found an outdoor ...
We arrived at 5:00 and found an outdoor table where we could have a good view of the beautiful garden. To our surprise, you could use the provided crayon to draw on the table. We loved the crab cake and oysters. However, the steak was not so good.
Lovely restaurant and atmosphere, with a ...
Lovely restaurant and atmosphere, with ambience. Top drawer, friendly, professional service. Perfect cocktails. Delicious, generous entrée portions, well prepared, served appropriately warm according to dish. I recommend Gertrude's to anyone seeking a satisfying, pleasant, comfortable, enjoyable experience!
My office crew took a co-worker out for ...
My office crew took a co-worker out for a wedding shower lunch and had a truly wonderful time. Without requesting it, we were seated in the outdoor sculpture garden by the fountain. What a beautiful spot! Nice menu with lots of options at a good price. Highly recommend!
Another amazing experience at Gertrude's ...
Another amazing experience at Gertrude's. We celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary and could think of no where else we would rather dine than Gertrude's. I had the Crab Imperial stuffed Rockfish (don't let the "market value" scare you. the price was very reasonable) and my wife can recommend the "Very Berry Salad" (it's her favorite). I don't have a bad thought about our time there. Quick seating, attentive server, delicious food and an elegant atmosphere, all the makings of a memorable evening.
This is probably my 3rd or 4th time visi ...
This is probably my 3rd or 4th time visiting this lovely restaurant in the last year or so to celebrate a special occasion or just because. I always start out with the restaurant's simple garden salad, and choose one of the big plates. This particular night, I had the fried oysters with the apple slaw and it was delicious. Others enjoyed the lamb, fried catfish, and other dishes that I cannot remember, but were a winner none the less.
Keep doing what you are doing, and I look forward to heading there for brunch one Sunday.
Wonderful food, terrific menu choices, l ...
Wonderful food, terrific menu choices, lovely setting, attentive staff and comfortable seating. Only critique would be that the noise level was very high when the restaurant was full and the band was also playing making it hard to hear one another. We were there for the Sunday brunch. Overall, we loved it and will return again.
Gertrude's is a must-do when you are in ...
Gertrude's is a must-do when you are in Baltimore. It's a taste of the region in a beautiful setting. The service is fantastic. Just be sure to make a reservation. They host many private parties so they are sometimes closed at unexpected times.
With the first mouthful of Gertrude's so ...
With the first mouthful of Gertrude's soup of the day, I instantaneously thought this restaurant is quickly rising to one of my top two all time favorites. Finishing our gourmet meal secured this ranking in our minds. We are looking forward to returning. The tastes, preparation and presentation were outstanding.
This is a fantastic restaurant with outs ...
This is a fantastic restaurant with outstanding l service. And the location - inside the Baltimore Museum of Art, adjacent to the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University - makes this great restaurant better.
My son attends the University next door ...
My son attends the University next door and Gertrude's is a convenient restaurant that we know to have good service and interesting selections, local flare. It is within the Baltimore Museum of Art, so is a great spot to go before or after visiting the museum. It seems the restaurant accommodates the families of students as well as a place for business or special events.
We had an outdoor table overlooking the ...
We had an outdoor table overlooking the sculpture garden and it was lovely! A perfect setting in nice weather. Crab cakes were delicious and very meaty. Service was attentive and courteous without being overbearing. A delightful way to end the day after spending time in the museum.
Had lunch with 2 friends. We were seated ...
Had lunch with 2 friends. We were seated outside on the terrace overlooking the Sculpture Garden on a beautiful sunny day. Service was prompt, courteous, attentive throughout our meal. I had the seafood salad which had fresh generous amount of crab, large shrimp, and scallops with a lemon vinaigrette that was delicious and finished with a Gertrude's candy bar, dark chocolate mousse with salted soft caramel and hazelnut crunch. It did not disappoint! I want to come back to try weekend brunch!
Exceptional food and drinks, excellent ...
Exceptional food and drinks, excellent service, and very pleasant ambiance. Would have loved to eat outside near the sculpture garden and fountain, but just a bit hot- will definitely return in more moderate weather to take advantage of the outdoor venue. And of course having the museum to browse in before and/or after eating is a big plus!
I came here with a party of 8 on a Frida ...
I came here with a party of 8 on a Friday evening, and the dinner was absolutely lovely. The Bertie's Crab Cake was delightful, and the entire party agreed we had a quality meal. Only complaint was that I was served the wrong dish: I was given the incorrect sides and it took quite a while for me to flag down a waiter. Otherwise, we had a great time! Wonderful ambience.
What a super welcoming to JHU area! We ...
What a super welcoming to JHU area! We celebrated son's arrival (dinner) and then our departure (brunch). With convenient parking, great location and ambiance, Gertrude's is a gem. First off is the CUISINE - diverse, fresh, creative and delicious! The only reason for not straight 5's is that our server was 'over seated' on the Fri night. Saturday night, our server was super! We look forward to making this 'our neighborhood' go-to when we visit for sure! Thank you for making our special moments that much more special !!! The Crab Cakes, Crab Egg Benedict and Crab Quiche were excellent. Compliments to the chef and his team !
I ATE AT GERTRUDE'S ON TWO CONSECQUETIVE ...
I ATE AT GERTRUDE'S ON TWO CONSECQUETIVE SATURDAYS BECAUSE OF JAZZ CONCERTS AT THE BMA. FOR THE FIRST DINNER I ORDERED THE FRIED CATFISH THAT WAS SERVED VERY HOT, HOWEVER THE SIDES ESPECIALLY THE GRITS WERE. MY DINING PARTNER COULD NOT EAT THE MASH POTATOES BECAUSE THEY WERE COLD.
BECAUSE OF THE CONVENIENCE WE ATE AT GERTRUDES AGAIN THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY AND I HAD THE SEAFOOD GUMBO, THE GUMBO BROTH WAS VERY THIN, SERVED ROOM TEMPARATURE WITH COLD RICE THAT HAD NOT BEEN COOKED LONG ENOUGH. THE FOOD WAS RETURNED TO THE KITCHEN BECAUSE OF THE TEMPATURE AND QUITE OBVIOUSLY IT WAS HEATED BY THE MICROWAVE. THE THING I ENJOYED MOST WAS THE ICE CREAM SELECTED FOR DESSERT (VANILLA W/FUDGE SYRYP). NOT A VERY GOOD OR SATISFYING DINING EXPERIENCE.
Donna's is ever reliable for a business ...
Donna's is ever reliable for a business lunch and lunch or dinner with friends. It has something delicious for everyone's taste, is attractive and easy to get to, and the parking is stress-free — a major consideration. The noise level is very manageable and, when the weather cooperates, the outdoor seating is delightful.
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