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About Gertrude's - Phoenix
Gertrude’s Restaurant, nestled inside the Desert Botanical Garden, offers a fresh new food experience focusing on ingredients directly from growers in Arizona and the surrounding region.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Gertrude's - Phoenix Ratings and Reviews
Following some less than favorable experiences at Gertrude's perhaps two years ago, I decided to give the restaurant another chance, given the attractive location of the restaurant and the admittedly well-prepared, imaginative food that places an emphasis on local cuisine. I must say that I was thoroughly impressed with the turnaround the restaurant had undergone since my previous disappointing -- nay, downright infuriating -- experiences. The server was attentive and knowledgeable, the pacing of the courses infallible, and the dishes flavorful and representative of unique location in this corner of the world. Once again, I can recommend Getrude's without reservation (no pun intended!).
Geetrude's is a beautiful place. We came for a special anniversary dinner, and because one of us has celiac and they have a number of gluten free options. The manager informed us that the general manager's kid has celiac and the kitchen is trained to handle things carefully. The drinks were unique and tasty. The appetizer and salad, though slow to arrive were also very good (mussels and squid without the bread, and the hearts of palm with fried plantains on the side because they fried everything, including gluteny items, in same fryer), however the plantains were bland and could have used some seasoning, just a touch of salt would've done the trick. Our luck ran out there. The waiter forgot the wine we had told him we wanted with our entrees. And, the bison steak I ordered was cooked well when I ordered it medium rare, and the croquettes that came with it were icy in their centers. I have to say, we would go back for the duck enchiladas, and the huitlacoche sauce on the steak was inspired and delicious. I tried for a long time to get our waiter's attention, but he kept spinning away from our table. Eventually another waiter noticed that I kept looking toward the kitchen and came to ask if I needed anything. The manager was quite apologetic and offered a comped dessert, but we decided to finish the enchiladas and cut our losses. It was really more than enough food, though I would have liked to have a nice bison steak. We were offered a $50 gift certificate for our trouble and we'll use it, though we'll probably just eat the enchiladas, and maybe the risotto. I'm not sure I'd recommend, but it could have just been a bad night.
It was a pleasure to sit on their patio - lovely views all around and wonderful music. I may have chosen the wrong entrée - my frittata was thin and tasteless. I wish the chef would check out some actual frittata recipes. I ordered the fresh fruit salad as a side dish. Half the fruit was good, but basically the green melon was not ripe, so I left half of it. The server did not inquire as to why, which is a little surprising in a nice restaurant. My friend loved the Anasazi Bean & Quinoa Salad with Sumac dressing. So, I guess my review is mixed - all in all, I was disappointed in the quality of the food.
After hearing many great things about Gertrude's, we did a couples night there last weekend. There was the regular menu and a special Restaurant Week menu. The 6 of us ordered a variety of items off of both menus. The overall consensus was the food was very average. Particularly given the hefty price tag of the restaurant week option ($44), I felt like I overpaid. Our waiter was very nice, but had extreme difficulties separating the bill into 3 separate bills for the 3 couples present. I literally had to write on each bill what needed to be added or subtracted to get the correct totals. The best part of the dinner was the drinks. My margaritas were awesome. The ambiance is very lovely, particularly after a nice walk through the DBG. But I will not eat at Gertrude's again. For $125 for 2 people, there are WAY to many options in Phoenix that are much, much better. Disappointed.
Seriously, amazing food! I tried to find the name of the new chef and couldn't find anything on him, however, whoever the new chef is...he's doing a great job of mixing sweet and savory. I was really impressed. As a "foodie", I was especially impressed with the Lollipop Kale salad.
We were looking for a quick easy brunch place that was not a greasy spoon. Gertrude's exceeded all our expectations. It's at the entrance of the Botanical Gardens and you do not have to pay admissions to Gardens. Staff is friendly and efficient. The menu is gourmet locally delicious and visually tight-good targeted items for brunch and lunch- not a bunch of gooey typically sugary buttery items. Steak and eggs with fingerling potatoes as perfect- clean and delicious.
It was my birthday. Loved the dessert. The noise level was off the chart. We could not hear each other. One reason was the room itself; the other reason was that there was a table of at least 10 young women drinking and laughing and talking very loudly at a table not even that close to us. It really took away from the celebration.
we were looking for southwest flavor with a view and found a gem. This is located at the botanical garden so the patio is superbly tended. the food stood up to the best we had in New Orleans the week before - we even impressed my foodie San Francisco daughter with pics of our choices. Wonderful find!!
Gertrude's remains to be 'hit and miss'. Service was friendly, informative. Food took over 30 minutes to be presented. Burger was huge and good. Duck enchilada was ok. Plate needs to add greens. Too much starch and protein. Cost is high for product and service given.
The staff was very accommodating in describing the meals and sauces for someone with food allergies. For the foodies out there, the chef came to the table to make sure we understood the offerings and what the ingredients were. Very nice evening with friends .
I took my great-nephew here before the flashlight tour - our yearly "date" for special time together. He had the cheeseburger off the kids menu and said it was "the best hamburger ever!" I had the soup and salad - cold pea soup was the special that night - and both were very good. Always enjoy spending time at the garden and eating at Gertrude's.
This place is practically in my back yard. The garden is our weekly get away spot.
Having Gertrudes is the icing on the cake.
There menu has several constants but also seasonal additions to tantalize your taste buds.
It is one of the few restaurants in town that can truly make a great Gin Martini.
The outdoor patio is astonishing. This place is in the heart of the city but you would never know it. Food Fun Fabulous.
The view is wonderful. Be wary of sitting near the window though (more flies near the brighter light). The service...I think they would have preferred not to be bothered. There was a miscommunication during ordering on both my and the waiter's parts (what was the pastry of the day? Coffee cake, Jalapeño Scone, both? ), which caused the waiter to be rather distant from then on. The huevos rancheros was bland and the tortilla was too thick. The smoked salmon spread was passable, but also lacked flavor and texture. Unfortunately, we won't be back. Course, we got the impression we were not welcome anyway.
Horrible experience. Difficulty parking because of closures on their property. They called to see if we were still going to come at 7:02 for a 7 pm appt (we were walking from the lot.)
Front desk person was nice. Server (who appeared to also be the manager) was very brusque and even rude. We ordered an appetizer and he came back to say he 'couldn't sell' that 'tonight.'
After a long absence not taking our order, it became obvious he didn't wish to serve anyone else. We had ordered iced tea; hadn't drank it (seemed unfresh.) We offered to pay for it and go. He presented a bill for it. They were supposed to be open until 9:30; as we left we heard the woman in front tell someone walking in that they were closing
1) there should have been an apology!
2) they should not have charged us for the tea
3) this was our anniversary dinner!! NEVER again
We have been garden members since 2009 when we moved here. We won't be rejoining!!
Booked for a team dinner. Had a couple members that required special consideration, gluten and vegan. Everyone had a great meal and drinks, super enjoyable. Finished with a fantastic night time view of the moon and rock formations. Also, not far from town but feels tucked away.
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