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 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.
I enjoy eating here when I'm visiting th ...
I enjoy eating here when I'm visiting the beautiful Baltimore art museum. It's very busy during lunch so I make sure to make reservations. The menu selection is very large! The food was fresh and beautifully presented. I ordered from the small plate section of the menu plus a salad and it was the perfect portion for lunch; not too much food to finish. I really like how the menu is divided up: large plates, small plates, design your own plate, sandwiches, soups, salads, sides, appetizers, wow! So many selections! Staff was friendly and professional. I look forward to returning in the Fall.
I love Gertrude's but the staff was havi ...
I love Gertrude's but the staff was having a very hard time dealing with a very large birthday party that evening. I am not sure why we weren't prioritized ahead of such a large group. There were only 4 of us and we had to wait way too long at every step.
We had overall a great dinner! I would l ...
We had overall a great dinner! I would like to go back and try more items off the menu. I had a great dish of rockfish - one of my favourite fish - and it was grand. my wife had a steak that was a bit dry. Great service, and drinks were fantastic.
Honestly cannot say enough about this re ...
Honestly cannot say enough about this restaurant. The staff is AMAZING, the food is OUT OF THIS WORLD, the restaurant is GORGEOUS, and there is nothing that I would have changed about the dining experience. Love love love Gertrudes!
Museums aren't just for art anymore. I l ...
Museums aren't just for art anymore. I live in Texas and the restaurant attached to the Kimbal Museum in Fort Worth is as much a feast for the stomach as the artifacts in the museum are a feast for the eyes. The same could be said about the Baltimore Museum of Art and Gertrude's. Come one and all to feast artistically and gastronomically! You won't be disappointed.
I enjoyed my visit to Gertrude's. As al ...
I enjoyed my visit to Gertrude's. As always, the service was great and the food was good. My friend and I were seated immediately and so the on-line reservations worked wonderfully. Along with great fun and service, education followed as we visited many of the exhibits of the museum. Great afternoon!
As a BMA member we have dined here many ...
As a BMA member we have dined here many times over the years and usually the meals are very good. But on this night i was not impressed with my entree and neither was my husband. I ordered the crab imperial portobello which came with dry rice pilaf, asparagus and I've had better crab imperial. My husband had the barbecue pork entree and he said it was mediocre. I commented that it says something when the highlight of the meal was the bread. It may have been an off night. We got the last seating after Jazz in the Sculpture Garden.
Gertrude's was recommended by a friend w ...
Gertrude's was recommended by a friend whom we met for dinner. Unfortunately they were having a large concert event and it was very busy with people having dinner first and also getting boxed meals from the bar. The bar staff was overwhelmed. Despite this the barmaid made us some delicious cocktails. The hostess seated us too close to all the bustle (we should have spoken up) because tables weren't set. The food was good but nothing extraordinary. The cocktails made up for it!
Water was offered at our table. As we d ...
Water was offered at our table. As we drank we noticed that the water tasted sweet. We summarized that it must have been watered down soda. The server did not verify what she was serving. Luckily, we was not something that could have made us sick.
This dinner was for my husband's birthda ...
This dinner was for my husband's birthday. Afterwards, he said, the meal was fabulous! Best food he ever ate is always at Gertrude's! Best gift he could have was time with our adult children and their dates in a sophisticated atmosphere with great food. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. The selection is varied enough to suit most any taste, but the way the food is prepared and served is far above the quality of many area restaurants. The ambiance is the other part of the gift of eating at Gertrude's. There was a two piece combo playing softly in the background. You could see the sculpture garden and the gracious architecture along Charles Street's skyline on a beautiful evening. Six of us were treated like royalty by the wait staff. Beautiful celebration, wonderful food and atmosphere with the perfect level of attention given throughout the evening.
Gertrude's is fine but it is getting a l ...
Gertrude's is fine but it is getting a little tired in its offerings. It is the only "nicer" place near the Hopkins Homewood campus so if you have never been, it will be fine. But if you live or work nearby, there are only so many times you can return.
Staff are helpful. Space is okay. The menu could use some freshening up.
Great day - dined outside for lunch with ...
Great day - dined outside for lunch with two friends. We were all enticed by the Soft Shell Crab offering and were not disappointed. The Peach Iced Tea was just right - weather was perfect and the restaurant filled as we ate with just the right amount of service and then a leisurely tour of the BMA.
I like Gertrude's...the food is good, th ...
I like Gertrude's...the food is good, the service very good, and the location is perfect for a visit to the BMA. However, although the menu is extensive, I think it's too expensive for the kind of restaurant it is. The prices need to be more moderate especially for lunch.
Last night we went to Gertrude’s for Tue ...
Last night we went to Gertrude’s for Tuesdays with Gertie. We admire John Shields for honoring his grandmother in this way and treating all of us. Tuesday with Gertie offers a prix fix entrée for $15.00. Wine is offered at $20.00 a bottle. Set in the beautiful BMA Museum, the restaurant always has a lively vibe. Our server, Purna, was friendly and attentive – he really took excellent care of us. The rolls and corn bread were so hot and tasty. They make Maryland Pan-fried Chicken only on Tuesday, so I had to have it. The dish included a breast, thigh, leg and wing accompanied with mashed potatoes, gravy, 2 biscuits and broccoli ($15.00). It was so much, I have lunch for today. The other meals enjoyed were the Salmon alla Bella with asparagus and wild rice pilaf ($15.00), and 2 orders of the Grilled Jumbo Shrimp and Crab - Gulf shrimp & Clayton’s crabmeat wrapped in thinly sliced pancetta and served over local cheddar-Pepper Jack grits, with garlic spinach ($27.00 each) . Everyone raved about their dishes. We enjoyed a bottle of Vinho Verde (crisp, fresh white wine) and Fourteen Hands Merlot (full bodied red wine). Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.
The food was fantastic. We went during ...
The food was fantastic. We went during restaurant week & got quite a bargain as well as fantastic food. Love this restaurant. Our server was a bit inattentive and the restaurant was not busy at the early hour during which we dined, but usually, the service is very good at Gertrude's. The food is always good.
The quality of the food was very good. 2 ...
The quality of the food was very good. 2 of us had the crabcake with potatoes. The other couple had A shrimp platter and crab imperial. Their bar inventory is marginal. 2 of the requested drinks were not available. The server tried to take the food order before serving the ordered cocktails. The split Cesar salAd order was not split and brought out on one dish. No offer for ground pepper. No salt. No good bye walking out.
I went with a small group to celebrate m ...
I went with a small group to celebrate my recent engagement over dinner and our waiter was amazing and made the meal special for us. We hardly noticed him throughout the meal as our water and wine was refilled and dishes were brought and taken away. The meal was seamless and we are excited to go back for brunch!
Gertrude's is always fantastic. There co ...
Gertrude's is always fantastic. There commitment to the delicious cuisine of the Chesapeake Bay is unmatched. On this visit we especially enjoyed Coddies, an old Baltimore tradition of a little cake of cod and potato deep-fried and served atop a Ritz cracker. Located inside the Baltimore Museum of Art -- diners can enjoy an after-diner stroll though the museum's sculpture garden that is adjacent to Gertrude's outdoor seating.
As usual the food and service were impec ...
As usual the food and service were impeccable. It is the only reliable restaurant in this town as far as food quality, creativeness of cuisine, farm to table ingredients, service, ambiance and wine selections that one should spend their money on. The rest are imitators. Chef John Shields started the restaurant movement in this town and still rules it oh this many years later. KUDOS Gertrude's! You reign supreme!
Food not up to Gertrude's usual standard ...
Food not up to Gertrude's usual standard. Shrimp not as fresh as it should have been (smelled fishy), barbeque was swimming in grease and bread was brought to the table cold. Apple cole slaw was good. Can't go wrong with the ice cream sampler - South Mountain Dairy ice cream is lovely.
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.
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