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
While the outdoor setting was amazing th ...
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 becau ...
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 s ...
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, ...
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.
So we're out-of-towners visiting the Pho ...
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. T ...
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! In ...
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 po ...
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.
Service was amazing! They were very acc ...
Service was amazing! They were very accommodating with our request not to be seated outside since it was raining. We sat at the Chefs Table and got to see the inner workings of their kitchen. Very memorable night!
Pre-Lumi dinner. Our party of 6 was seat ...
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.
We had reservations for 4:30 and the sun ...
We had reservations for 4:30 and the sun was streaming through breaks in the blinds....some tables had no annoyance from the sun , but quite a few did. We were seated where the sun actually hurt my eyes and I had to use my hand to block the sun....staff seemed unconcerned about the issue. We asked to be moved to another table , but that didn't happen because we were reassured that the sun would go down eventually( there were plenty of other tables available). The menu has changed since I ate there previously.....not changed for the better! The food was just ok and pricing a little on the high side. We will return to the Luminaries again next year , but we will definitely not be eating at Gertrude's.
My husband and I ate at Gertrude's on ou ...
My husband and I ate at Gertrude's on our anniversary with 3 of our adult children. As someone who wears bilateral hearing aids, I found the restaurant to be on the noisy side. The service was excellent. I also thought things were a bit pricey. I'm happy to pay more for a special occasion, but thought $7 for brussels sprouts on top of $30 for scallops was a bit much. The food is absolutely delicious. We felt like between the price of our 5 dinners and drinks plus the $150 worth of luminaria exhibit tickets that it was an unnecessarily expensive evening.
Even though we made reservations we had ...
Even though we made reservations we had to sit outside in the patio. Was not comfortable with the cold but was told no other options other than to bring over another heater.
Server was very curt and not engaging. Left bill just after 5 min serving meal. Disappointed one of us asked for a to go box. No closing remarks, thank you or inviting us back.
We sat outside and the staff made sure t ...
We sat outside and the staff made sure the heaters were working around us.
Our waiter was very pleasant and made sure that we were doing ok the entire meal.
Our meals were very tasteful and nice big servings.
The birthday desert was delish and beautifully presented!
We would recommend this to our friends and family, especially for special occasions.
We were here to see the holiday lights. ...
We were here to see the holiday lights. the restaurant was very loud.
The service slow but friendly.
The bean soup was warm not hot and tasted like it was out of a can.
The chicken wrap was warm rather than cold...probably sat out too long...no good for mayonnaise, and served on a hot plate.
Since it was the holiday lights there were other places to eat we did not know about...oh well, won't be back anyway...lighting not very good
Dined with our group of 10 while at the ...
Dined with our group of 10 while at the Botanical Garden Luminarias event. Everyone enjoyed their cocktails and dinner entrees. I recommend the blackened scallops and roasted vegetables but many different entrees across our group and no one was disappointed.
We took our out of town guests there dur ...
We took our out of town guests there during Las Noches de las Luminarias and we were, frankly, embarrassed and really wished we'd taken them somewhere else. After hearing great things about this restaurant, I made reservations for the four of us. I specifically requested inside seating but when we arrived, we were told that those tables were reserved and they would have to seat us outside. Well, it was freezing and the heaters did not help. What made it worse was walking by at least two empty tables on our way outside and the fact that the kitchen so poorly timed our food that our entrees came out before we had finished our soup which then got cold because it was so cold outside. They should have ensured we were finished with our soups before bringing our entrees in such cold weather. Lastly, the food was only average and, for the prices they charge, that was enough to never send us back. I would highly recommend going somewhere else.
Too expensive. ( $86.00/2 people/ no ent ...
Too expensive. ( $86.00/2 people/ no entree ) The grits were excellent, rice dish had too much vinager, the desserts were very good. Crowded, but could be the time of year. All employees were professional & cordial.
We went to Gertrude's the same evening w ...
We went to Gertrude's the same evening we attended Luminaria. We had out of town guests and wanted to make it a special occasion. The menu selection was poor and the food was barely adequate.We each tried something different and none of us enjoyed our food.
Our server was friendly and attentive, and the restaurant managed the time very well given that the Botanic Gardens were very busy that night. Having said that, it was not very busy at the restaurant, so perhaps others are already staying away. I would not go again.
What a huge disappointment. Granted it w ...
What a huge disappointment. Granted it was a very busy time with the Luminarias going on. We decided to change things up a bit by dining at Gertrude's instead of the DBG buffet which we had enjoyed for years. The prices are shameless given quality and presentation. We asked for bread and waiter drops it on the table with no bread plates. The Korean chicken was frozen in part. The Venison was lovely but the presentation was dark and not very appealing. Waiter never asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. His loss... Never again!
I always take visiting guests to the Bot ...
I always take visiting guests to the Botanical Gardens and usually always have lunch at Gertrude's or early dinner. It seem's the prices have gone up considerably and the choices have gone down. The food was good, but $14.00 for a BLT and chips? And $17.00 for a burger?
I will think twice before going again.
A friend and I chose to eat at Gertrude' ...
A friend and I chose to eat at Gertrude's following a tour of Las Noches de las Luminarias on December 22. Anticipating that it would be crowded, I made a reservation more than two weeks in advance. When we arrived and checked in, we were taken to a 2-top table where I would have had an unobstructed view of the kitchen. I calmly and respectfully asked to be re-seated to which the hostess reacted with a huff. She finally did in fact give us a new table that was acceptable. I noted, however, that the bad table she tried to give us remained unoccupied for the remainder of the evening. Was very disappointed in their attitude - which I have never before encountered there or in most any other restaurant.
The service was quite good. The atmosph ...
The service was quite good.
The atmosphere is absolute garbage! For such expensive prices and the way it bill itself and yet the restaurant has zero ambiance. The lights are on very bright, the bus people run around like a Waffle House with dishes, the door is open to the outside. Just doesn't make any sense.
As for the food, it is mostly ok/average. Nothing great. The venison is actually pretty good and the korean chicken is tasty. The sirloin is terrible...it is a slab of fat and gristle that is vritually impossible to eat! Then there are the sides...they make even less sense: absolutely disgusting tastewise and they are not even cooked right. The mac & cheese was burnt and hard, the macaroni inside hard and it had no cheese or taste. The spinach frittata was horrible to look at and tasted even worse.
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