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 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.
Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.
Private Party Contact:
John Gilligan: 4108893399x105
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Gertrude's Ratings and Reviews
I've been here for brunch and recently f ...
I've been here for brunch and recently for dinner during Restaurant Week. Brunch was by far the best. I have the chicken breast and crabcake combo, as it was part of the Restaurant Week menu. The crabcake was actually a crab ball (think ping pong ball size), the chicken breast was small and dry. The highlights were the stewed tomatoes and the candy bar dessert. I really didn't finish my meal; sadly I felt like I wasted my money a bit. I may go back for brunch but probably not for dinner any time soon.
We really like this restaurant for the f ...
We really like this restaurant for the food , ambiance, cocktails. However we find the service very inconsistent. Always pleasent but spotty. They were out of our wine selection ; getting wine list and/ or second drink was difficult. Watermelon gazpacho was outstanding as was crab cake and chicken combo. It is still one of our favorite restaurants. We just wish they could get the service issue taken care of. B
It took a little while for our server to ...
It took a little while for our server to take our order since being called by other tables. However, once he took our order we were taken care of with excellent pace and detail. This is the 2nd time I have eaten here and is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Excellent food and superior service! Keep it going!
The food was excellent and the service w ...
The food was excellent and the service was very good. The table was decorated with the roses I ordered earlier through the Open Table website as a surprise for my wife's birthday. My wife has expressed to me several times since our dinner on how lovely was the entire experience.
Lunch at Gertrude's was tasty as usual, ...
Lunch at Gertrude's was tasty as usual, and always feels a little special with white tablecloths and the art museum ambiance. The peach and prosciutto omelette (a daily special) was an intriguing and satisfying flavor combination, though in my view it could have used a little stronger presence of the prosciutto.
Loved the Gertie's crabcake, as always. ...
Loved the Gertie's crabcake, as always. But the slaw that comes with it was disappointing (unfortunately, also as always). The texture is so coarse it is hard to eat, and it is dry and without taste. Too bad we weren't allowed to substitute.
Salmon and pulled pork delicious.
Having the $15 dinners and $20 wine offered on the same night is brilliant!
I always enjoy Gertrudes whether it is f ...
I always enjoy Gertrudes whether it is for dinner or brunch. Sitting in the sculpture garden on a hot summer day was relaxing and enjoyable. The service was a bit abrupt, and the server hesitated at a request my dining partner made, but the food and the ambiance was beautiful as always. Look forward to the next occasion that brings me back to Gertrudes
My most recent visit to Gertrudes's was ...
My most recent visit to Gertrudes's was for a business meeting. Several of the attendees came in late, the wait staff was very accommodating of quickly taking their orders and making sure our food all came out at the same time. The wait staff was very excellent. And overall, it was a pleasant dining experience.
I can honestly say i've never had a bad ...
I can honestly say i've never had a bad experience at Gertrudes. The food and service have always been impeccable. On occasion i've wanted to order a dish that was sold out but that is a testament to how great the food is...kudos to the chef!
I love Gertrude's and go there regularly ...
I love Gertrude's and go there regularly after jazz concerts at the BMA. The food is good; outdoor dining is lovely. Service is never the best, especially when there's a big crowd AND an event outside. The kitchen can't seem to keep up. But the staff is friendly, and the place is gorgeous, so I will go and go and recommend it highly.
Gertude's disappoints. We were 4 with v ...
Gertude's disappoints. We were 4 with very different food choices. ! person that said it was good, left most on her plate. One of us had the oysters, they vert dry and the greens were very vinegary and my hamburger, ordered rare, was fully brown and dry, no real flavor and the fries were soggy. Although the wait staff seemed to look in our direction, they never saw us and thus poor service. A bad food experience. We really did enjoy the conversation so it was a good evening poor food.
Perhaps my favorite Baltimore restaurant ...
Perhaps my favorite Baltimore restaurant; Best crab-cakes in town. Lovely atmospheres in great museum, with outdoor dining in Sculpture garden with water features. The staff friendly and attentive. The waiter helped my dining partner try some new tastes.
This was not a good experience. We had a ...
This was not a good experience. We had a small plate which had 2 shrimp on it and a salad. The waiter did not like the fact that we just got small plates he mixed up the order and did not bring the correct check. I think he should have told us how small the plate was.
Sunday brunch at Gertrude's is always a ...
Sunday brunch at Gertrude's is always a treat. They have an excellent regular menu and always have interesting specials like soft-shell crab eggs Benedict and very good Bloody Marys.
Sitting outdoors next to the fountain was delightful.
I have been to Gertrudes several times ...
I have been to Gertrudes several times and I have always been pleased with my meals there. This was different. The Waiter was incompetent. There was a list of "Spirits" which came with the wine list and I asked him if these were all the "whiskeys" they had. He said yes and I was surprised since none of the three Bourbons even came from Kentucky. Needless to say, after sending him back to the bar to confirm, turned out he was wrong. Next, it took FAR too long to bring the appetizers and when they did, the Spring Rolls were very overdone. The main courses were average at best. A Manager came over later, knew we weren't happy and comped deserts. Nice try and appreciated but just too little, too late.
We enjoyed out dining experience. The f ...
We enjoyed out dining experience. The food was quite good if a bit mild on the seasoning. We had gumbo and the vegetarian curry. The server was attentive without been to present. We dined outside. The weather was lovely. We were close to the fountain which did seem a bit loud from the water.
Delicious food, attentive service, beaut ...
Delicious food, attentive service, beautiful ambiance. The indoor seating was loud, and therefore chose to eat outdoors. Server was friendly, knowledgable, helpful, and attentive. The food (Rockfish Imperial) was excellent. Vegetables were roasted to perfection. I requested rice as substitute for potato; they gave me rice pilaf, which was very delicately flavored suggesting that this was freshly spiced (not an off-the-shelf spice mix). The menu states which options are gluten free. It was a delightful experience from start to finish!
I've eaten at Gertrude's many times befo ...
I've eaten at Gertrude's many times before and invited a colleague from DC to join me there this past week. The seafood salad which, in the past, has been excellent, tasted as if it had been made a day or two before. The shrimp was not good--tasteless, actually, even though it seemed to have Bay seasoning on it. The lettuces were limp. It didn't even look attractive. I was a bit embarrassed. Perhaps it was a bad day but I'm not planning to return so quickly.
Was at Johns Hopkins for the day and loo ...
Was at Johns Hopkins for the day and looked for a nice place not far away for a quick but elegant bite :) Stumbled onto Gertrude's and it was just perfect...I sat outside and food was just right, wine good and the service spot on.
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