About Gertrude's - Baltimore
Baltimore, MD 21218
Gertrude's Restaurant, located inside the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), is where John Shields celebrates Chesapeake cuisine using local foods, in a warm and stylish setting.
Chef & owner John Shields, a Baltimore native who is a cookbook author and television cooking show host, named the restaurant after his grandmother, Gertrude Cleary, who taught him to cook as a child. Gertrude's dishes up a sophisticated regional menu of Chesapeake foods and traditions for lunch, dinner, and brunch using local, organic ingredients whenever possible.
The restaurant's interior, inspired by life on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, is beautiful & elegant yet comfortable. The wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the museum’s Sculpture Garden floods the open & airy dining room with natural light. During the warmer months, additional seats are available on the terrace surrounding a fountain and reflecting pool.
American, Comfort Food, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:30am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 8:00pm
Brunch Menu served on Saturday and Sunday until 3pm
Light Fare Menu on Saturday and Sunday from 3pm - 5pm
N. Charles St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
On Friday nights listen to mellow jazz with Gary Thomas & Friends at Gertrude's from 6 to 8pm, while you enjoy dinner or cocktails in a beautiful and relaxing setting.
And the Dottie Tim Jazz Duo plays here on Sundays during our popular brunch, from 11:30 am till 2:30 pm.
In addition to birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and corporate affairs, Gertrude's hosts many wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and “day after” brunches throughout the year, for groups as small as 20 guests, and as large as 150. You may visit our web site, www.gertrudesbaltimore.com, for more info, or contact John Gilligan at email@example.com (or tel. 410.889.3399 x105).
There is a parking lot for over 40 cars, operated by the BMA; payment is required to use the BMA's lot. There is also plenty of on-street parking directly in front; parking meters are in effect during our operating hours.
Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.
Private Party Contact:
John Gilligan: (410) 889-3399 ext. 105
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Gertrude's - Baltimore Ratings and Reviews
The food was delicious and the service e ...
The food was delicious and the service excellent. But I had emailed my reservation to note that the occasion was both my significant other's birthday and our third anniversary celebration. But no one acknowledged these occasions so the restaurant did not provide anything special to help us celebrate. A bit disappointing to say the least.
This is an unusually good restaurant for ...
This is an unusually good restaurant for an art museum.
We were there on a crazy busy Sunday to see the Matisse/Diebenkorn after it was highlighted on the CBS Sunday Morning TV program, and the staff had their hands full. To their benefit, they handled it very professionally, and we got a table at our reservation time. The wait staff were cordial and efficient. The food was thoughtfully prepared and tasty and served in very nice "artsy" dishes. Overall, a very good experience. Kudos to all.
Our time was great while the restaurant ...
Our time was great while the restaurant was busy I never felt rushed by the staff . Which was really greatly appreciated we were having a busy meeting and really needed the time to talk about the up coming project.
My friend and I made reservations for lu ...
My friend and I made reservations for lunch before attending the special Matisse exhibit. Eating at the restaurant was a first for both of us, but we had heard about the chef John Shields and knew the restaurant focused on innovative, health-oriented foods from the Chesapeake region, so we were excited about trying it. We were greeted promptly, all menu questions answered easily and our food appeared fairly quickly after we ordered. It was delicious. Our reservation was at noon and our exhibit ticket was for 1 p.m., so we wondered if we'd tried to squeeze in a meal too quickly. But we were able to eat at a leisurely pace and still had plenty of time to freshen up afterward and still make it to the exhibit in plenty of time. Thank you for a good dining experience.
I've dined here often but the food and s ...
I've dined here often but the food and service were pretty bad this time. I had the rainbow trout with rice. The dish was not hot, the fish was smothered in an unappetizing butter sauce and the rice w cranberries was awful and cold. I would have sent it back to be reheated but could never get the waiter's attention. My colleague had the fried Catfish which was just okay. Very disappointing indeed.
Quiche did not seem fresh, it appeared a ...
Quiche did not seem fresh, it appeared as though it was leftover. However, the cream of crab soup was delicious, as was the wine. My biggest disappointment was after we finished eating when our waitress scraped my friend's plate onto mine right at the table in front of me.
Brunch on Sunday before Matissse/Diebenk ...
Brunch on Sunday before Matissse/Diebenkorn Exhibit @ BMA didn't disappoint. We were seated right away at a cozy table by the window. Great coffee, along with Mimosas to start.
We ordered Eggs Benedict and Tilghman Eggs Benedict (w/ fried oysters), served with
home fries. Delicious, and eggs were poached perfectly. A basket of biscuits (w/ butter and delicious apple butter) and small corn muffins came with the meal as well. Nice soft jazz duo added to the ambience on a very busy Sunday. Service from start to finish was excellent! We love Gertrude's!
Gertrude's is always a welcome treat. Fr ...
Gertrude's is always a welcome treat. From the waitstaff to the exquisite food, it is more than just a place to grab a bite after the museum... you should make a point to stop by.
Local, fresh ingredients, wonderfully put together to create interesting but familiar flavors and memorable experiences.
The staff and owners are wonderful. Caring, funny, consistent and always looking for ways to make you feel comfortable and happy. John Shields and John Gilligan are the best!
The space is beautiful and great for groups. In fact when I was there, there was a 40 person tea going on in the outdoor tent and it didn't impact our meal in the slightest.
Some of my favorites are: Crabmeat quiche, Mama Lan's 5 Spice Chicken, the crabcakes of course, caesar salad, the caramel sauce and I could go on but now I am just making myself hungry.
Do yourself a favor and go!
Nice restaurant attached to BMA. Conven ...
Nice restaurant attached to BMA. Convenient if you are visiting the museum. Food is good and lots of natural light, but service is pretty bad - our party of 6 waited an hour to be served our lunch. And if you like venues that attract a diverse crowd, this is not the place - pretty much all older, well heeled white folks.
When we asked for a quiet area, we were ...
When we asked for a quiet area, we were seated in the heated tent area which was perfect. We chose the special lunch menu with three courses. The avocado terrine and the potato lak soup were delicious. Omelet, crab cake and salmon entrees were very good. Sides of salad, potato salad and quinoa were healthy ones. We all chose chocolate mousse cake for dessert, one of which was taken home for a family member who did not attend the lunch due to illness.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit before lunch and lunch was a lovely ending to the experience.
Great atmosphere compliments the delicio ...
Great atmosphere compliments the delicious prix fixe meal. Mid-day crowd was boisterous but the hostess graciously sat us at a back corner booth table and we enjoyed watching the diners yet still able to talk quietly. Ronnie the waiter was delightful.
Convenient when visiting the Museum (BMA ...
Convenient when visiting the Museum (BMA) Food is fresh and locally sourced . Menu limited and seemingly never changing. Good ambience, but tends to be noisy. Food good but nothing special. Pricy when it come s to entrees. Service spotty but friendly.
Holiday decor an art exhibit itself.
My husband and I had brunch on NYE. He o ...
My husband and I had brunch on NYE. He ordered Eggs Benedict with fried oysters and I had pistachio and sour cherry pancakes with a side of turkey sausage. It was a lovely meal-- great food and service, and festive atmosphere.
Great location in the Baltimore Museum o ...
Great location in the Baltimore Museum of Art. Very expensive for the small portions (really, one small crabcake on the dinner portion), slow distracted service, view out the windows of...a party in the tent connected to the restaurant. We were seated next to a very loud party of six, making conversation impossible. WE made our special occasion special, no thanks to the establishment. This will be our LAST time dining here.
Food quality was appalling and sad, sinc ...
Food quality was appalling and sad, since we have always had a good experience here in the past. They gave away our reserved table for 6 to another party of 4 by mistake (switched reservations)then acted as if it was our fault. No apology whatsoever. Made us wait while they set up another table, which was next to a door to the tented area and was subject to a wind tunnel effect. The poor table next to us, nearer the door, was forced to wear their coats all through lunch. Bright spot was a lovely waiter. Will not be returning anytime soon.
Elegant, interesting and stimulating. T ...
Elegant, interesting and stimulating. The location (BMA) draws an intellectual crowd of all ages. The food is excellent and MD oriented with an emphasis on coastal southern dishes. I had a smoked salmon Gouda omelet that was frankly delicous and wholly satisfying. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive (rare). It was a wonderful way to end the day after viewing a fabulous exhibit.
Charming restaurant in the Baltimore Mus ...
Charming restaurant in the Baltimore Museum of Art. Had a delicious lunch while visiting the Art Museum. Our waiter Tom provided excellent service with great humor and friendliness. Would certainly go again every time we visit the Art Museum.
The Christmas decorations were creative ...
The Christmas decorations were creative and fun (and pretty). What a clever idea to have the staff decorate the little row houses and vie for first place in the customer voting. The food was very good, and the service was attentive. The cream of crab soup was excellent. It was a great place to celebrate the joys of the season.
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