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 - 8:00pm
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: 4807198600x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Gertrude's Ratings and Reviews
I have been to Gertrude's several times. ...
I have been to Gertrude's several times. I had a friend come from out of town and excited to take her there. It was horrible. The bread was burnt because the waiter forgot about it. I had to get my own knifes for the meal. Horrible service. Very sad because previous visits were wonderful. This ruined it.
Since it was the hottest day of the year ...
Since it was the hottest day of the year, we opted for salads with grilled salmon. We also tried the lavendar iced tea. Our food and drinks were very delicious and refreshing. Service was very good - everyone was in a cheery good mood. When I made reservations, I noted one person in our party was having a birthday. Our birthday girl was brought a birthday treat of cinnamon donut holes with 3 types of dip (carmel, prickly pear and chocolate). 'Happy Birthday' was spelled out on the dish in chocolate. It was a great treat and a nice surprise for our birthday girl. This was our first time at Gertrudes. We will definitely return and recommend it to friends.
We have dined at Gertrude's many times a ...
We have dined at Gertrude's many times and each time it is a great experience,. The food is always delicious and the menu items are interesting and when presented they are also appealing to look at. This has become a favorite for us when in Phoenix.
Food Not So Great
Came to Gertrude's because we were taking the grandchildren on the flashlight tour and thought it would be special. Sadly, It was too warm to sit outside and their patio is very nice. The cocktails were a little too sweet. Great children's menu. My husband and I both ordered the crab salad but it was very bland and I didn't finish it. Very disappointing. I requested bread but it is not complimentary and the loaf size was too large to justify ordering.
A great find in a beautiful setting
We were first timers there, but it certainly will not be the last. Each dish was beautifuly presented and tasty beyond expectations. Wait staff was friendly and helpful. After our experience we do not think you could find anything on their great menu that was not as well made as possible.
The Arizona Republic has it wrong!!
In my humble opinion, I've read often how wonderful Gertrude's is in the Arizona Republic, but I went there Saturday night and I was not really that impressed. The host was in control but the maitre'd was not. He seemed to be wandering around with no idea what he was doing. Yet they were not that busy. Maybe that should have told me something and this was one of the nights that Ballet Arizona was performing. So you would have thought they'd be packed. but they weren't. Now don't get me wrong, the food wasn't bad, but it just wasn't as great as I'd been led to believe it was or at least should be. Give me Beckett's any day over Gertrude's!!
Great night for dinner and ballet
What a fantastic our party had at Gertrude's. Our table placement was ideal. Our waiter was so attentive with such a wonderful sense of humor. Our drinks and dinners were so tasty and served promptly. Finally, we were given a complementary dessert that was just perfect! After this wonderful experience, we proceeded to the Arizona Ballet's performance of Round. What a perfect evening at the Desert Botanical Garden.
More than just for garden events.
I'm going to keep this short because I've raved about Gertudes's in previous review. It's excellent, period. Do not think of Gertrude's only when you are going to BDG for an event. The food ranks among some the the valleys best and most interesting. You can beat the patio with any other I the Valley. Just go.
Beautiful location. Service was good if ...
Beautiful location. Service was good if slow. Overall the food was good. Great presentation but some of the dishes leaned more to the side of bland, espy dessert. We would try it again, but maybe not until the next seasonal menu change.
Love the food and the ambience.
The service is attentive without being overbearing... friendly, food-educated and professional wait staff. The view can't be beat. Super-relaxing place to be. Love the hummus appetizer... that and a cactus cosmopolitan and then a BLT and I could sit with a friend for 3 hours. And have done just that. More than once.
Your only choice ...
Unfortunately this is the only choice if you want to eat at the botanical gardens. I was mainly there because i was watching a show and wanted to get a dinner.
Few things. Most of there selections are ok. I bought the fish with "musy peas" ... i have to say there is no universe where those peas were "mushy" they were 1. cut in half not mushed, 2 very crunchy
fish was ok, but too smothered in sauce
We didnt have dessert because the dessert selection was poor
Also i'd expect a place at the botanical gardens to actually have really good views, nope you get views of the entrance.
Dinner at Gertrude's
Lovely dinner on the patio. Excellent service. We got the crab meat salad and the humus appetizer. An good choice for a warm evening. Another table ordered the artisan bread, which looked delicious, however, it was tough and difficult to chew even though we have no dental problems. It was the only disappointment. It was very quiet on the patio, but quite noisy inside.
Loved siting outside, lovely spot for re ...
Loved siting outside, lovely spot for relaxing, eating and drinking. Our server was excellent ,attentive but not overly, very knowledgeable re the food and wine menu.. Relaxing, fun meal
Absolutely loved the setting, especially ...
Absolutely loved the setting, especially at night. Fantastic place. Had a group of 7 there on a business dinner. The drawback was the speed in service. Felt like a pace more suited to a casual afternoon wandering around vs. a business dinner where multiple courses would be more of the norm. Might go back on a Saturday afternoon; wouldn't return with a business group.
Blue Crab Salad
The Blue Crab Salad presentation was poorly designed as an entree. With no accompaniments, it was overpriced and left me eating off my friend's plate to feel as if I had complete a meal. Her entree was at least twice mine in size. Hers was well accompanied. After all, it was my birthday we were celebrating! My entree didn't do its job.
Service was very good but brunch food ju ...
Service was very good but brunch food just ok. The French toast was excellent, light and fluffy however, the eggs benedict, a brunch favorite was very disappointing. Very little flavor, barely could find let alone taste the Canadian bacon, eggs a bit overcooked. Very disappointed!
Restaurant was not busy early Sunday morning but the patio looked inviting - just a little too hot to sit outside. Friendly staff and competent service person
We have been to Gertrude's several times ...
We have been to Gertrude's several times and every time the food, service, and ambience were wonderful! We enjoy walking through the DBG and then sitting down to a lovely meal. The patio dining is usually very comfortable, but inside is fine too. I have a gluten sensitivity and the server was very helpful and asked the chef about a dish he was not sure contained any gluten. We will return! Thank you.
This was my second visit to Gertrudes, o ...
This was my second visit to Gertrudes, once for lunch and this time for dinner. Their mixed drink list is interesting, I combined one of the seltzer drinks with alcohol and it was very good. The wine selection is good, but not great.
Although the food has good presentation qualities, I would rate their quality to be only medium. I ordered the quinoa salad with salmon. The salmon was a charge up of $5. and was
a minimal piece of smoke fish presented with four small spinach leaves on top of the quinoa
definitely a small salad portion that would not suffice for dinner. My friend ordered the swordfish and it too was a very small portion, and too overcooked.
Sorry but won't be trying Gertrudes again.
Good, but a rough start.
We were there for lunch. I had the BLT, one of my favorite sandwiches, because the server said their's was one of the best interpretations of a BLT he's ever had. It was good but where was the bacon? It was like so many other restaurants that serve this staple of all sandwiches and leave off the bacon. I think I had one slice! When our server checked on us and asked how things were I said my sandwich could use more bacon he said "kinda of skimpy on the bacon huh?" But didn't offer to get me more. If you're going to serve a BLT then serve it with bacon, otherwise sell it as a tomato and lettuce sandwich. As a DBG member I'll go back but the jury is still out on whether this is a good value or not.
Pros and Cons
This was our second visit to Gertrude's; the first visit was fantastic. This visit, the food was still good but the service was terrible. We waited 45 minutes to get an appetizer and the entire meal was an hour and a half. For the price, it was not worth it.
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