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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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
This was not a good experience. We had a ...
This was not a good experience. We had a small plate which had 2 shrimp on it and a salad. The waiter did not like the fact that we just got small plates he mixed up the order and did not bring the correct check. I think he should have told us how small the plate was.
a very pleasant dining experience for us ...
a very pleasant dining experience for us and our out-of-town friends who were looking for great local seafood and they got it.
Sunday brunch at Gertrude's is always a ...
Sunday brunch at Gertrude's is always a treat. They have an excellent regular menu and always have interesting specials like soft-shell crab eggs Benedict and very good Bloody Marys. Sitting outdoors next to the fountain was delightful.
I have been to Gertrudes several times ...
I have been to Gertrudes several times and I have always been pleased with my meals there. This was different. The Waiter was incompetent. There was a list of "Spirits" which came with the wine list and I asked him if these were all the "whiskeys" they had. He said yes and I was surprised since none of the three Bourbons even came from Kentucky. Needless to say, after sending him back to the bar to confirm, turned out he was wrong. Next, it took FAR too long to bring the appetizers and when they did, the Spring Rolls were very overdone. The main courses were average at best. A Manager came over later, knew we weren't happy and comped deserts. Nice try and appreciated but just too little, too late.
We enjoyed out dining experience. The f ...
We enjoyed out dining experience. The food was quite good if a bit mild on the seasoning. We had gumbo and the vegetarian curry. The server was attentive without been to present. We dined outside. The weather was lovely. We were close to the fountain which did seem a bit loud from the water.
Love this place!! High quality, wonderfu ...
Love this place!! High quality, wonderful setting and John Shields' Chesapeake cookbook - awesome.
Yummy, fresh delicious food.....great vi ...
Yummy, fresh delicious food.....great view great wait staff
Delicious food, attentive service, beaut ...
Delicious food, attentive service, beautiful ambiance. The indoor seating was loud, and therefore chose to eat outdoors. Server was friendly, knowledgable, helpful, and attentive. The food (Rockfish Imperial) was excellent. Vegetables were roasted to perfection. I requested rice as substitute for potato; they gave me rice pilaf, which was very delicately flavored suggesting that this was freshly spiced (not an off-the-shelf spice mix). The menu states which options are gluten free. It was a delightful experience from start to finish!
I've eaten at Gertrude's many times befo ...
I've eaten at Gertrude's many times before and invited a colleague from DC to join me there this past week. The seafood salad which, in the past, has been excellent, tasted as if it had been made a day or two before. The shrimp was not good--tasteless, actually, even though it seemed to have Bay seasoning on it. The lettuces were limp. It didn't even look attractive. I was a bit embarrassed. Perhaps it was a bad day but I'm not planning to return so quickly.
Took my daughter to celebrate her birthd ...
Took my daughter to celebrate her birthday..we both love Gertrudes..never disappoints
The food was amazing! They have wonderfu ...
The food was amazing! They have wonderful seafood options. I had the crab cake which was full of real crab. The vegetables were extremely flavorful. Delicious coffee and desserts.
A Caesar salad is not difficult to prepa ...
A Caesar salad is not difficult to prepare. But Gertrude's does not know how. Very disappointing.
Great for lunch with friends or when tak ...
Great for lunch with friends or when taking my Advanced Placement high school seniors to the museum.
Was at Johns Hopkins for the day and loo ...
Was at Johns Hopkins for the day and looked for a nice place not far away for a quick but elegant bite :) Stumbled onto Gertrude's and it was just perfect...I sat outside and food was just right, wine good and the service spot on.
Gertrude's was a treat! And a great valu ...
Gertrude's was a treat! And a great value for the quality of the food.
It's a treat to come here. The staff is ...
It's a treat to come here. The staff is very attentive and gives excellent service. Take in the muse5um and come here for a drink or appetizers The sculpture garden can be enjoyed from seats on the veranda
Went to Gertrude's for a birthday brunch ...
Went to Gertrude's for a birthday brunch and had a great experience. The service is good. Our server was attentive and experienced. The food is delicious and uniquely southern/eastern shore influenced. A great time had by all!
By far the most delicious crabcakes in B ...
By far the most delicious crabcakes in Baltimore. I'm a native of Baltimore and have gone to all the locales famous for crabcakes. Gertrude's exceeded all my expectations. AND....the Oysters were delicious too. The sweetest and most tender I've had all year!!!
My companion and I ordered the same dish ...
My companion and I ordered the same dish -- the special Cambridge crabcake -- with different sauces. While my crabcake with its was delicious, it was, to my taste, a bit underdone, almost as though the chef may have been pressed for time to get orders out. I should have spoken up but didn't, so I'm just mentioning it here. The side Caesar salad was wonderful, as always, and so was the Gewürztraminer wine. I always enjoy Gertrude's, usually for brunch or lunch, and when special out-of-town friends visit and want a taste of the best Maryland/Chesapeake Bay cuisine, dinner. Weather and space permitting, the sculpture garden is always a wonderful place to eat.
Soft shell crab and the portobello crab ...
Soft shell crab and the portobello crab imperial were delicious! Excellent service and nice evening overall.
GERTRUDE'S IS A REAL FAVORITE OF OURS. ...
GERTRUDE'S IS A REAL FAVORITE OF OURS. WE HAD A WONDERFUL WEDDING THERE, AND REMAIN LOYAL PATRONS!
great outdoor seating atmosphere. perfec ...
great outdoor seating atmosphere. perfect date night
Very crowded with parties
We had an adequate lunch, but tables were squeezed together. Waiter never refilled water. Waiter very nice but overwhelmed. Very noisy.
Enjoyable dinner outside next to the gardens!
Gertrude's is our go-to neighborhood gem for a delicious mid-week dinner. My husband and I both had crab; his stuffed in a portobello mushroom and mine pilled on top of a fillet of rock fish. Both entrees were delicious! It was a beautiful evening and we sat outside and admired the perfectly manicured gardens, filled with flowers overlooking the sculptures and water fountain. Gertrude's is a must if you are looking for Chesapeake Bay cuisine! Always consistently good...with wonderful food, service and atmosphere. Enjoy!
Very average from decor to menu, was loo ...
Very average from decor to menu, was looking forward to visiting the BM and Gertrude's for awhile. With the rise of museum restaurants, I expected more
Great service, elegant setting
This is a good restaurant for a friend get-together or business lunch. The service was very good. And while the menu wasn't anything special, the food was prepared well. I thoroughly enjoyed it and wondered why it's taken me so long to get back to Gertrudes?
The staff at Gertrude's made our graduat ...
The staff at Gertrude's made our graduation celebration so special from the delicious food, impeccable service, and the beautiful outside courtyard eating area. Will be coming back soon!
perfect way to enjoy the sculpture gardens
had a fine meal. My only criticism is that I would have liked to have known the market price of the fish I ordered.
Always a special treat
This was our third visit to Gertrude's so you know our first two were good. The décor is pleasing and comfortable and our waiter Joe gave just the right amount of attention. The food presentation and preparation show much thought went into both. I asked about the smoked salmon vodka bloody mary and Joe was happy to oblige. We took advantage of the $30 meal which included a salad, entrée and dessert. My spinach salad with the warm bacon dressing was so soothingly delicious and my 'first' bloody mary right on point. I opted for the pan fried trout over sundried tomato/goat cheese polenta. The polenta was creamy and savory. The fish was done perfectly. My husband opted for the seafood gumbo and after a shot of tabasco he was extremely pleased. My mistake was going for the second salmon/mary because my triple mini chocolate crème brulee and flourless chocolate cake were pushing it but they were oh so yummy I tried my best. Banana bread pudding made my husband's night. We love this place and look forward to more visits. Hopefully they will have the Key Lime pie again. My husband dreams about it from our last summer's visit.
Favorite Baltimore Restaurant
We live in Denver and come to Baltimore to visit our son. This is always on our list and actually is one of our favorites anywhere.
Beautiful location - great way to have a ...
Beautiful location - great way to have a nice meal between the museum and the sculpture garden!
The sculpture garden and fountain added ...
The sculpture garden and fountain added to the ambience along with the lighted outdoor tents. I enjoyed the pancetta and jumbo shrimp, and my husband enjoyed his crab imperial with portabella mushroom. They were seasoned well and not the imperial was not too wet. The grits were too cheesey for my taste but added butter and they were better.
I would rate gertrudes as one of the bes ...
I would rate gertrudes as one of the best finds in md.
Lunch with friends
Had a delightful lunch with good food and great service. Gertrude's is an upbeat restaurant!
Overpriced. Unnecessary hype.
The food is quite expensive for the quality and amount of it. The servers are really snobby and show different attitudes depending on the type of the customer - company CEO or secretary, for example.
Have already e-mailed: Delightful ambien ...
Have already e-mailed: Delightful ambience, good food, excellent service. What's not to like?
Dinner around 6pm on a Wednesday sitting ...
Dinner around 6pm on a Wednesday sitting next to the window. Could not ask for a better place to have a special dinner with my wife on our anniversary. Perfect resturaunt for having a conversation while you eat. Speaking of, we had the crab cake and the trout. Both dinners were some of the best food we have experienced. I highly recommend Gertrude's for a special dinner out experience. Oh, and I recommend the pink flamingo cocktail!
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