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: 4108893399x105
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Gertrude's Ratings and Reviews
The food was amazing!!
The food was amazing!!
Our food was delicious, the ambiance was ...
Our food was delicious, the ambiance was just perfect for a small graduation party. Many vegetarian, vegan and local products on the menu. We would totally go again and eat outside.
The place has a nice ambiance but their ...
The place has a nice ambiance but their food is so bland. Not worth the price
John Shields brings the best of Maryland ...
John Shields brings the best of Maryland seafood with some creative variations (that don't totally offend my pure Maryland taste buds) to one of Baltimore's beautiful settings in the renovated Baltimore Museum of Art. The gift shop next door is fabulous too. Been a fan for a long time.
Superb, As Always
Went to Gertrude's to celebrate a family member finishing grad school at JHU. The crabcakes, the spinach salad, the wine, and the desert were all top notch, as was the service. If you want a special meal, Gertrude's always will make it so.
We have been to Gertrude's a few times. ...
We have been to Gertrude's a few times. The food and service have always been excellent. This last visit was for our 20th anniversary, I let them know this when I made the reservation and we were treated like royalty!
Service was slow. Seated quite awhile be ...
Service was slow. Seated quite awhile before we had water or order taken. Once we ordered food came out quickly and was delicious.
Excellent!! Love Gertrude's!!! First t ...
Excellent!! Love Gertrude's!!! First time to have a waiter that had an attitude!! He seemed very busy, too busy!!!
Outstanding crabcake with minimal filler ...
Outstanding crabcake with minimal filler and excellent lump crab. Fried and cheese grits were a nice complement and well prepared. Only negative was the service we received. Server never checked on us from time of order until meal was finished. Water and soft drink refills were needed and I had to get up and find the server to request them.
Attractive dining overlooking sculpture garden-delicious food, gracious service. Lovely place to lunch with friends and enjoy a wonderful museum
The food was average. Nothing was reall ...
The food was average. Nothing was really cooked right; for example fish of the day had no moisture. Noise level was terrible; a few huge parties with people who had been drinking way too much. Impossible to have a normal conversation. Too bad as the location is really great. $19 for a glass of Sancerre... which was just average. Service was attentive and it helped a lot. Overall an average experience.
We liked it
This was our first time at Gertrude's for dinner, and we liked it. My wife and I had crab cakes, and they were very good. The french fries were also good. Our waiter, Richard, was nice and efficient.
We live near Washington, generally dine ...
We live near Washington, generally dine out locally, and so had not been to Gertrude's in a number of years. For our 25th wedding anniversary, we decided to go to Gertrude's midday to avoid traffic. Based on past experience, we were hoping for a relaxing, intimate dining experience and fine cuisine. We were not disappointed. Gertrude's menu foregoes trendiness in favor of of a comprehensible selection of dishes and fresh seasonal ingredients. We began with a spring vegetable soup that was fresh, light and the perfect start to our meal. For entrees, we had the skate wing and Gertie's crab cake (broiled). The seafood was fresh and perfectly cooked, and the sauces were both light and beautifully matched to the entrees to enhance their taste and succulence. The vegetable and starch accompaniments were seasonal (e.g., ramps and asparagus), well paired with the entrees, and cooked just right. Even the bread basket was surprisingly pleasant, including a light foccacia bursting with fresh herbal flavor. For dessert, we shared a scrumptious and seasonal berry butter cake served at our request with a wonderful local pistacchio, rather than vanilla, ice cream. As we had requested beforehand, we were served flutes of a lovely cava when we arrived, with, it turns out, the complements of the house. This wine went well with everything, from soup to dessert, and was enough to last the meal. The local coffee was freshly brewed. Portion sizes were just right - we left full but not stuffed. The service was truly exceptional. Gertrude's is very affordable, particularly for the value offered. Thank you to everyone at Gertrude's for making our 25th anniversary celebration so delightful and memorable.
Gertrudes was great - eats, atmosphere, ...
Gertrudes was great - eats, atmosphere, service. I messed up the date on open table and Gertudes made it ok. i recomend it for special and everyday.
As Baltimoreans, we have high standards for all things crab, and Gertrude's delivered. We especially liked that in the cup of crab soup and two crab cakes that we enjoyed, there were no shells. While the restaurant was very busy because it was Mother's Day, our server was attentive.
Gertrude's is a wonderful
Gertrude's is wonderful ! I had the berry salad with Salmon. My mother had the crab cake, to quote her "it is always good!".
A perfect venue for 3 friends to meet and reminess about our grown children out of town. Appetizers set the standard for the delicious crab omelet, crab quich and eggs Benedict which followed. Nicely presented we enjoyed them tremendously. Desert was unanimous for the Berger cheesecake - absolutely scrumptious. Can't wait to visit Gertr
Worth a shot
We did make reservations and were seated promptly. The waiter was attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful. The tart raspberry jam and bread basket were a nice treat. Our soups and entrees were fresh, tasty, and plentiful. The only negatives were the one-percenters next to us that talked incessantly and loudly. We didn't need to hear their views on boarding schools. It was not a peaceful dining experience.
Very pricey and only marginal food.
Met a friend for lunch. The food was only so-so and the bill came to $93 before tip. Ouch! For that kind of money, it should have been a whole lot better. It was convenient, but I'd never go there again unless I was at the museum.
Really good but not great
Food was really good. Substitutions were made to side dishes on one of the specials without notice. Mashed potatoes are not cheese grits. Service was meh.
Always amazing Gertrudes! Thank you for making my special family occasion everything we hoped for!
A great place to have lunch with my two ...
A great place to have lunch with my two grandchildren Hopkins students
Perfect brunch spot!
My friends and I had a fabulous time at brunch the other day. One of my friends noted how beautiful the aesthetic was, how great the mimosas and waffles were, and how mad she was that she didn't know about this place sooner!
I've said it before and I'll say it agai ...
I've said it before and I'll say it again. This place is one the best kept secrets in Baltimore. The food and service are excellent. And it's located in about the last place you'd expect to fine a high quality restaurant. The brunch menu alone is worth the drive.
Great brunch place
I loved Gertrudes- came with my children ages 8, 13 and 15 for brunch. They loved everything; the portions were huge and my 8 yr old said he wished he could have brunch there every weekend. It was very busy but the service was very good. Because it was so loud with many large dining groups I want able to really appreciate the live music. We were able to
Awesome food, service, ambiance
We had a great time. It is a special place with an awesome staff. The food is fantastic and the munu is thoughtful and fun. The quality of food is superb. Number one spot in Baltimore - outside seating is beautiful.
JHU Admin Lunch for Three
This review is from the reservation made by Ilene McCoy for 4/27. Three admins from JHU were treated to lunch and served by Olga. Olga did not provide attentive service. We watched her serve diligently to the larger parties around us. When she finally came to our table to retrieve the check, Yvonne expressed her disappointment for the neglect and delayed timing for their return to work. Otherwise, the food was amazing.
This was a disappointment. I went for my Birthday Brunch. Apparently the waitress has difficulty making a cappucino or latte depending on the type of milk and brought me one with no coffee. The apple challah french toast is soaked in apple juice and the cream cheese filling was not great. The waitress finally brought a coffee and then made some very awkward remarks when we asked for a photo - she misunderstood and thought we wanted a photo of the food. I was overall disappointed but the food was edible, they fixed the coffee and did not charge for it I believe.
The homemade sodas were delicious and th ...
The homemade sodas were delicious and the bread on table was amazing. We were running a little late for our reservation and they were very understanding and our waiter was kind enough to split our check for us even though he mentioned they don't normally do it.
Never been disappointed
I have been going to Gertrude's for many, many years for different reasons; just for lunch or brunch, for several Wedding Anniversaries, birthday's for my family or just because I was in the area and got lucky to be seated without a reservation. I love John Shield's and his restaurant is the best in Baltimore in my opinion. I was there last Saturday for my 36th Wedding Anniversary and was greeted with Happy Anniversary from servers to table waiters. They topped off my dinner with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate on both my husband and my desert plates.
A very pleasant evening.
When my wife and I were looking for a place to meet and eat with out of town friends, we happily thought of Gertrudes. It was a great choice. Good food, good service, a good wine selection and we were set for a very pleasant evening. The fact that it is in the Baltimore Art Museum is a real plus.
Always a pleasure
Gertrude's never fails to please. We all really enjoyed our meals.
Great food and great ambiance! I had a wonderful time here. Brought my family here for my mother's birthday and the food was incredible. Our waiter was lovely and the weather was nice. Would absolutely come here again!
It is always a must when in Baltimore - always business - to do brunch or dinner at Gertrude's. Wonderful cocktails, delicious food, delightful and helpful staff. Please open up in the UK...
Fountains in the city.
My grandson who is now l4 has loved Gertrudes since he was six years old. This unique restaurant with the fountains and flowing water appeals to children as well as discerning adults. The food is superb and appeals to all ages. The service is kind and knowledgeable. Waiters treat children and the ladies who lunch with equal respect.
Treat Yourself to Gertrude's
Great salads, huge sandwiches, yummy crab cakes. Skip the overdone duck spring rolls.
Best crab cakes
3 in our party of 5 ordered Gerties crab cake...and all of us said best ever!! Wonderful food in a relaxed, gorgeous setting.
Like an old friend
Gertrudes has been one of our favorite places for the past 15 years. We have been there to celebrate Mother's Day, Anniversaries, lunch with 20 friends, and just plain old dinner! This last trip was not my favorite meal there. We ordered a special Wahoo dinner. We were told that it was a South American fish served on polenta. The polenta was the best part of the dish. I could have eaten a bwol of it! It was so tasty. However, the fish was so burned on the skin side that it fish itself was stuck to the skin. Neither one of us enjoyed the Wahoo. We did end with an amazing dessert, Gertrude's Candy Bar. It was decadent. We will go again because Gertrudes is like an old friend.
Great Restaurant at Baltimore Museum of Art!!!
Highly recommend this restaurant located on the first floor of the museum. Lunch menu is excellent with many choices. Crab cakes are superior at Gertrude's! Crab quiche also excellent! This restaurant is a gem!!
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