About Gertrude's - Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Gertrude’s Restaurant, nestled inside the Desert Botanical Garden, offers a fresh new food experience focusing on ingredients directly from the farm and pasture to the plate.
Contemporary American, American, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Desert Botanical Garden
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Our guests may park anywhere in the Desert Botanical Garden public lot. We recommend you park near the entrance, the center parking lot sidewalk is a good landmark.
Private Party Facilities:
Chef's Table is right next to the kitchen line and seats up to 12 People
Private Party Contact:
Michelle Jacob, GM: (480) 719-8600
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Gertrude's - Phoenix Ratings and Reviews
It was a rainy Sunday morning, and we weren't sure just what we would find. We were pleasantly surprised that our reservation was accurate, and we were seated right away. The service was excellent (we are always delighted when our server is a mature woman who is both knowledgeable and professional), and the food was very good.
This restaurant was recommended by a friend. However, it did not live up to expectations. The venue is very noisy - not a place for conversation. There are no bathrooms in the building - how they get away with that is beyond me. The food sounded good, but did not live up to expectations. The small garden salad was the best part of the meal, but the agave vinegrette has a bitter flavor. The chicken salad is more like onion salad. It tasted nothing like chicken, just tasted heavily of chives and spices. The seasonings overpowered the chicken - it could have been any kind of meat....you cannot taste chicken. I asked for bread with my salad and they brought about 8 slices attractively served. However, it must have been sitting out, already sliced, because it was dried out on the ends. I wanted water with my meal, but I got a glass of ice with a splash of water. When the waiter came to fill my glass again he dumped in more ice cubes with what he added before I could ask him to just give me water. The menu items were overpriced. I'm not sure what they are aiming for, but they miss the mark. I would not return.
This is our second visit to Gertrude's in the Botanical Gardens in Scottsdale, as we try to visit AZ once a year from NY . We love the farm fresh cousine and spectacular garden setting in the Scottsdale Botanical Garden. The astmosphere is zen-like as you feast in the cactii garden either for lunch or dinner. This visit we ordered the stuffed paccheri with porcinni mushroom stuffing, roasted corn covered a variety of smoked spices, dover sole and flatiron steak. We shared the panna cotta with fresh berries and roasted honey bits for dessert. Our waitress Kristen was patient with our many inquiries and most accomodating.
Food was generally delicious, especially the clam appetizer. However when the server spills your wine bottle on you, and all you get is a feeble 'sorry', the service has failed. Fortunately there are many good alternatives in the area that express care for customers. Won't be returning and urge others not to as well.
This was our first visit to Gertude's and we will go back. The Sunday lunch offerings were varied and delicious. Two of us had the frittata, our third person at the Eggs Benedict. We also had Mimosas and the Donut Hole dessert. Service was quick and attentive. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and was able to answer any questions we had.
Eggs Benedict was cold, english muffin burnt. In lieu of potatoes, ordered side salad with dressing on the side; the salad came dressed. Friend ordered full arugula salad but the size served was definitely not a full order. This visit was very disappointing.
Seating ambiance on the outdoor patio is truly outstanding. We were there on a perfect Phoenix day, sunny and about 70 degrees. Gorgeous vegetation surrounded us as we watched quail walking through the flowerbeds just inches from our feet. Our server was extraordinarily pleasant, attentive but not overbearing, knowledgeable about the menu, and willingly accommodated special dietary requests. Manager went out of his way to thank us for coming as we were leaving. Food was extra fresh, focus on local ingredients (though a somewhat expensive) so I would call this more of a special occasion spot rather than a regular rotation.
Our server Mary was excellent. She described the dishes ingredients and prep with great flair. She was very knowledgeable of the ingredients as well as the surrounding gardens. She was very attentive and appreciative and makes you want to plan your next visit.
Sunday 1/29/31 1:30 rez
Mary, our server, was engaging without being intrusive. She readily offered us ideas without "steering" us towards any "house favorites". My wife and I ended up having a fabulous breakfast brunch including 2 cocktails (specials), eggs Benedict on Ahi, a wonderful frittata, a shared half order of French toast with raspberry sauce (amazing!!!) followed off with ricotta donuts with caramel, raspberry and chocolate sauces, and coffee (hey we had just finished climbing Camelback) nearby. Great morning!!!!!
Another fantastic meal at Gertrude's! The new spring brunch menu just came out and the selections were a mix of old favorites and some exciting new dishes. Tried the big eye tuna tartare, hummus and split the new breakfast burrito. Great service, great venue and a beautiful setting. we will definitely be back in a few weeks when the spring dinner menu comes out.
Great atmosphere in the Desert Botanical Garden! Cool vibe with a guitarist playing. Food was interesting, fresh and very tasty. The service was exceptional as they tried to meet my specific requests. Waitress was nice and personable. A little pricey but so worth it!
The setting within the Botanical Gardens is spectacular. It is near the entrance so easy to start with a meal or end with a meal. We both had the daily special--chicken salad fried wrap--slightly spicy and very tasty. We shared the apple quince cobbler with vanilla black pepper ice cream which was very, very good. The wait staff is very friendly, attentive and helpful. The indoor restaurant is somewhat noisy, but no more so than most restaurants. The outdoor patio area is lovely, very romantic and would be perfect for a special occasion.
I can't really give a review since they closed the garden with no notice. The park ranger wouldn't even let anyone across the bridge. The only notice they put up was a sandwich board at the entrance to the drive - I drove 45 minutes to meet up with friends from out of state and we ended up going to Old Town Scottsdale instead. Barrio Queen was great.
While the outdoor setting was amazing the meal was not pleasing due to our over-zealous waiter. We ordered appetizers and he continued to push us to order our entre. We finally ordered. We ordered soup and an entre. Unfortunately within minutes our order came out. Including the soup AND the entre when in fact we hadn't even finished our appetizers. Certainly soup and entre should never come out together. Finally while we were still finishing our meal he came out with the desert menu and held it in his hand while asking us if we were interested in desert. We felt what could have been a wonderful meal was less than wonderful due to the unprofessional service. Seems that additional training is in order.
I had requested outside dining but because the weather was very cool we opted to dine inside. Outside heaters were not yet in place.
Our luncheon choices were very good.
Inside noise level was most uncomfortable. We didn't linger over coffee and dessert because of the noise level.
This is a small indoor & large outdoor seating venue. It is inside the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. It was my 1st time there & my wife has been here 3x's now. All of the guests that visit us love touring the gardens & then going over to Gertrudes for some good eats & drinks. A good venue, with the cactus gardens to view surrounding the venue. You can relax, recharge & enjoy a great ending to your day.
Excellent lunch. The food was delicious, perfectly prepared. The service was fair at best.. The waitress was pleasant but not friendly or solicitous of our meal or needs. Perhaps indifferent is the best description.
And yes we would return; the food was that good.
Gertrude's never disappoints. We have eaten there several times and always find it to be delicious and adventurous with great servers. We love the inventive use of local ingredients like cactus fruit for sweetening and in jams. The food is excellent and the servers are knowledgeable and attentive.
So we're out-of-towners visiting the Phoenix botanical gardens, it's starting to get dark we're and running out of time to find a nice restaurant for dinner. Quickly snagged a table at Gertrudes without really checking it out. What a treat we were in for. The smoked (flavor) and fried (texture) tofu was very tasty, helped greatly by the EPIC tomato kasaundi sauce - flavor and richness for days. Hummus was a big hit for the whole table, with the cucumber making a convert out of one of us. The Sea Island red beans and quinoa was really filling: crunchy chickpea tempura (sprinkled on as little pieces) was the PERFECT texture to this delicious salad.
The gertie burger: originally ordered 1 to split (given our raid on appetizers), however, within 2 bites it was clear another would have to be ordered. Served with fingerling potatoes (which are so good and generous in portion size, we took the leftovers "home" to our hotel suite and enjoyed them cold). Our sassy and awesome server who didn't mind that we minnesotans wanted to sit outside,(whilst everyone else was indoors) helped make it the absolute perfect experience, and we can't wait to go back!
Gertrude's was a pleasant experience. The waitress was very knowledge about the menu and explained things very well. The food was very good, but on the spendy side. It was our anniversary so it was well worth it. The staff in the restaurant proper were very kind and had smiles on their faces.
The food and service was excellent! Indulging in Baked Alaska was on my "Bucket List"! What a pleasant surprise to see it on the special New Years Eve dinner menu. I was able to check one more off, making it a special evening with my family! My g grandson said the P& J. Sandwich was the best he ever ate!
Went there for Las Noches, it started pouring, so we ate early at Gertrude's (our reservation was for 7:30, they took us at 7:00). The blackened scallops were surprisingly good. It's small, I wouldn't make a special trip to eat there, it's convenient if you're visiting the Desert Botanical Garden.
Our party of 6 was seated on the patio. It was a chilly night and the staff quickly distributed heaters to our table. We ordered the Brussel Sprouts for appetizers and fingerling potatoes for appetizers. The potatoes were as expected, but the Brussel Sprouts were a disappointment. They were mostly raw and did not have much flavor. For entree's we all ordered the signature burger. The arrived cooked to order and were very tasty. While we were waiting for dessert, it started to rain. The staff seem well prepared and quickly distributed umbrellas over the table were diners we still eating. We have eaten here several time and the food is nothing special. Overall the restaurant is convenient if one is planning on meeting at the botanical garden. Otherwise I would not make the trip. There are many other restaurants in the valley with better food and prices.
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