This is a wonderful place to bring out of state visitors for lunch but lunch menus very limited. Ordered Salmon salad and it was boring.
Watermelon tea was flavorless
Service was wonderful.
Ambiance in lush desert garden setting. I was confused what some tables had artificial plants and our table had a pot with three succulents close to their death. I find that extremely disappointing!
I booked a patio table At Gertrude’s and it was phenomenal! The service was on point and every drink and dish were methodically designed to reflect the local landscape. The dishes were lovingly prepared and the presentation was exquisite. I loved the atmosphere and I will definitely include this as part of my garden experience when I return.
My guests live in New York and are used to excellent dining experiences. They were very impressed with both the food and service and of course lovely location. We all loved the food and service. I can't wait to go again!
All I can say is “Yay! Yay! And yum!”
An unpretentious establishment with exquisite, beautifully crafted plates, professional yet warm and friendly staff, approachable chefs (we sat at the kitchen- view bar and conversed with the chef as he prepared our fabulous dishes) and a thoughtful menu. The wine was splendid (1/2 price bottles on Wednesdays). We were passing through Flagstaff, so I’m not sure when we’ll return, but I hope we do someday.
Beautiful place in the Desert Botanical Garden
Gertrude's has been our go-to restaurant for out of town guests whenever we visit the Desert Botanical Gardens. We enjoy trying foods from their varied menu. Our guests always appreciate Gertrude's service and ambiance.
We started off with delicious, Arizona-made wine (Pillsbury Wild Child Red) and had a delicious appetizer, the fry bread, which was unique and tasty. We then split the Bison Tenderloin, which again, was a unique offering that was just fantastic. Everyone knows Gertrude's has incredible desert views, but the local flair permeates the food as well. Superb.
One of the best meals we had in our eight days in Arizona!!!! FABULOUS!!!!
Food was not tasty at brunch with little meat in the Borate and the Benedict on a fluffy tortilla was once hard bland disc!. Lemonade had av artificial lemon juice taste. Second visit very disappointing as first visit had delicious food!
Always eat at Gertrude's when visiting the botanical garden. I love the food, the regular and unique beverages, dessert, and the setting. The garden is beautiful and so is the patio at Gertrude's.
Best outdoor dining in Phoenix!
We've been members at the Botanical Garden for several years but have never eaten at Gertrude's, so we decided to try it for my husband's birthday.
We started with a glass of wine and a margarita...who ever heard of Rose's Lime Juice as a basis for a margarita, especially in AZ. Seriously, not a good start.
Our chili hummus was tasty though not spicy at all. My husband's wild boar was tender but nothing special. My shrimp and "grits" was rather unpleasant - overcooked shrimp, and a funky flavor. The donuts holes for dessert were great.
Great food! Outside dining was beautiful. The service was great too!
You have got to try the Cactus Cosmo.
I'm a tough reviewer - I suspect my four star would be most people's 5 - just saying.
I like this place - the food is interesting, the drinks are interesting, and the service is outstanding - John was exceptional.
Sometimes it gets busy - sometimes not - suggest making a reservation just to be on the safe side especially if you'd rather sit either in or out.
We would highly recommend the chili! Our mini family reunion was special at Gertrude’s. Great service.
This restaurant is always a favorite when visiting Tucson and the gardens. Love the outdoor dining area although the resident roadrunner didn’t make an appearance.
There aren't many dining spots nicer than the patio at Gertrude's on a pleasant evening. The Botanical Garden setting is stunning. Food selections are varied and interesting, and the wine/cocktail menu is extensive. A perfect place for out-of-town visitors or for catching up with local friends. Keep it on your short list!
we love coming to Desert Botanical Gardens and enjoying your restaurant!
It is one of our must do places when friends from out of state visit us!
One of our favorite restaurants in Phoenix. Party of six was seated early and received excellent service. The food was amazing (as always) and creative as well. Would love to be able to purchase their home-made pickled veggies as well as the "melt in your mouth" cheeses, especially the blue. My steak was perfect and the hot donut holes for dessert is always a crowd pleaser. another beautiful nite at Phoenix Botanical Gardens.
The location is charming, the wine was good. The burgers were very good. The salad meal was not good, the BLT was good. Service was good, but slow. The price for lunch was $130 for four, one drink each...Too expensive...
The food at Gertrude's is average. I have always ordered whatever was simple on the menu thinking that might be the safest action. The food always just misses a bit. Last had a blt-few tomatoes, bread way too thick with a sauce that took over the overall flavor.I think goal should be decent food, prepared well and well priced. Aiming for fancier food hasn't been too successful.
I had made a reservation and apparently chose to sit inside. When we arrived, it was a beautiful evening and there were lots of empty tables outside so we requested an outdoor table. The hostess made us feel like we had committed the worst possible restaurant faux pas. She consulted staff and finally agreed we could have a table outside. There were four of us and the table she identified as the only one available was a table for 8 just outside the dining room and right in the path of the servers. It was fine. We just preferred an outside table. Our server was fine. His assistant was great. We took our time eating and the other tables never filled up. The food was very good, but the attitude of the hostess kind of soured us.
Beautiful surroundings and weather!!!
Very expensive for small portions. Kids didnt like their food.
Asked for refund for kids lunch and they tried for free donuts instead. Very sly to bring up in front of the kids. Said “no, refund me” and they did.
We were visiting Arizona and invited a friend from Coltonwood to join us for lunch as we were visiting the gardens . We all ordered the burger, which came highly recommended and asked for it medium well. They all came under cooked. 2 people , ( out of 3) sent their's back, when they returned
One still had pink meat ( I was always told not to eat under cooked ground beef) however I did eat it.
My friend from cottonwood had to pick around hers as it was still undercooked.
(Our male waiter never returned to if everything was o.k.)
As we left the restaurant , she said
" that was awful, I'll never be back"
Stopped in while visiting DBG in April when my mom was visiting from out of town. I felt the drinks were a little pricey for brunch, but the food was good and servings were large. Mom and I both had French toast and sausage. We should have split our orders! The plate of French toast was enormous, both of us only ate half. It was possibly the best French toast I've ever had! Served with slivered almonds and just a bit of syrup - which was enough, the French toast was moist but not soggy. The side of sausage was four large sausage links (which again, neither of us finished). They boxed out French toast and sausage up for us to take home and we enjoyed breakfast again the next day. Hubby had steak and eggs - steak was cooked to his request and he said it was very tasty with only the tiniest piece of fat on it. We all had cocktails before brunch, the best one of the bunch was the Sangria. Service was a bit slow at first, but once we ordered, food was delivered quickly and they checked on us often.
Great food, excellent service, fantastic setting. Will be back again soon.
Beautiful weather - perfect time to eat outside on patio. Server was attentive, even with multiple parties to wait on. Slight issue with pricing. Seems each item $2-3 more than what could be expected. Otherwise, a good experience.
Lunch on the patio in a beautiful setting. Red Chile risotto was bland and needed more spice. Hamburger was large and delicious. Shrimp and grits are not done “southern style” but my husband said it was good. Favorite at our table was the chicken thighs.
We visited Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.
It was the perfect lunch. Interesting and good food.
Enjoyed the ambiance.
We had a lovely outdoor lunch for 8 people on the patio. The weather was divine and the food and service was excellent. We were pleasantly surprised by the choices on the menu. Many options for our vegetarian folks and meat eaters. The patio is just such a beautiful spot to dine and chat with amazing desert vegetation all around. Food was really tasty. We all would recommend it.
Always love going to Gertrude's in the garden. Great spot for lunch and quiet enough to enjoy the conversation.
Great place to relax and enjoy friends. Do make reservations and sit on patio.
Our experience at Gertrude's started out great. Our waiter was friendly and attentive at the beginning. We ordered a nice bottle of Cabernet and the Jicama and Shrimp salad as an appetizer, both were excellent. Our side salads were excellent also, along with our entrees. The problem was the delay between the salad and the entree - it was close to 30 minutes. I'm not sure if the waiter forgot to put the order in or if there was another problem, but no explanation or apology. We were thinking of ordering dessert, but based on the entree delay - we decided not to have dessert. This was so disappointing, as we enjoyed the food and the atmosphere - but the delay and lack of apology has caused us to cross this restaurant off of our list of favorites.
The menu seems a bit pretentious for what is delivered. Really not sure if it was in fact "Wild Boar" or yesterday's pork chops. One might expect freshly picked greens at the Botanical Gardens. What arrived was a think layer of interesting greens on top of iceberg lettuce. The scollops were good, but ounce for ounce they were charging as if it was Chilean Sea Bass. ($12 per Scallop...Yikes). That being said, it is a lovely venue and the service was warm and professional.
A very pleasant place to eat. The food is good to excellent as was the service. The one negative is that the food is a bit pricey.
service was slow and lousy.No drink refills without asking. Not up to par
Lovely food but too noisy inside for my businesses meeting. Should have reserved a table outside.
We were there for lunch and sat in the outdoor cafe right by the cactus of the botanical garden. As a special treat we were entertained by a roadrunner. The food was fresh, nicely presented. Because we were there for lunch we ate lightly. We started with the shrimp appetizer that was large enough to share. The shrimp were tender and fresh. My friend and I had a salad, my husband an enormous burger that he said was very good. Service was excellent.
We have eaten at Gertrude’s many times and have never been disappointed. Fresh ingredients that are incorporated in innovative and delicious entrees. I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant.