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About Gertrude's - Baltimore
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.
Baltimore, MD 21218
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.
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Celebrations at Gertrude's dazzle the senses. With our view of the Baltimore Museum of Art's sculpture garden, outdoor terrace, tenting capabilities and beautiful star-lit ceiling, Gertrude's will make your event truly memorable--be it a corporate function, garden party, storybook wedding, or other
Gertrude's - Baltimore Ratings and Reviews
I had been to Gertrude few times before and had always enjoyed it location in the museum, ambiance and livelihood, but was never so impressed with its food. This time I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent choice of food that included local ingredients and a variety of cuisines . My son who was visiting from NYC was with us and we all were happy with our foods. I ordered a vegetarian spicy dish that was very tasty and healthy. My son ordered a trout, which he enjoyed and my husband ordered another vegetarian dish that was also very good. The desert was an apple cobbler gently cooked in butter. In all we all were very happy with our food and desert and well as an excellent server, Peter. Five star.
This is one of my favorite restaurants. I had relatives visiting and we all enjoyed the food. I would caution about going to lunch. We had a 1PM reservation and restaurant very noisy and crowded. At about 1:30 noise leveled off. Next time I will do a 1:30 or 2PM reservation. Also the BMA is free and we enjoyed looking at a few exhibits.
We went to Gertrude's for dinner and to celebrate a friend's birthday. The ambiance was upscale & perfect for the occasion. Although there was outdoor seating, which was just as nice as the indoor, it was a bit rainy and too chilly on the evening we went. We opted to stay indoor. The hostess was friendly & gave us the option to sit at the bar or be seated at our table until the rest of our party arrived. The service was excellent at the bar and the table. The bartender was also friendly and very knowledgeable. We all had wonderful seafood dishes and even better desserts (sweet potato cheesecake w/bourbon ice cream and chocolate & caramel ice cream sundae). We all plan to come back.
One of my all time favorites but haven't been here in a while. So happy to see this place again. Service was great, Tuesday nights have the best value and the only night they serve the pan fried chicken platter which I dare anyone to finish!! This is just a happy place to dine. Thank u John Shields - it's just like you - happy😄😄
After we were seated, 15 minutes passed before I finally asked for our server to come to the table. He showed up and we immediately gave our took drink and food order. More time goes by and we repeatedly asked for our drinks. We finally got water as my salad was being served and the wine showed up just prior to my dinner. Nobody ever refilled my water glass, so I pulled out a large bottle of spring water from my purse and filled my own glass. I left the empty bottle on the table to give a subtle hint. The waiter wasn’t exactly attentive, so I don’t know why I thought he’d notice. If I could have left zero tip, I would have, but my husband wouldn’t let me. The food was just ok and not at all like the other reviewers. The bread was late and we only got 2 tiny rolls and had to ask 2 times for 2 more tiny rolls. We ordered steak which was clearly NOT sirloin as the menu stated, but some other cut of beef entirely. It came with garlic mashed potatoes, which were barely luke warm. Desert was the apple crumble and it was terrible. It was very thinly sliced apples with loads of sliced almonds. All you could taste were almonds. It was $9.00 and I took 2 bites and paid the bill and left. I would never return. My only night in Baltimore and we choose this place, ugh! Don’t bother going this place has no idea what they are doing!!
Gertrude’s is a good value and a great place to meet friends. The food is tasty also. Nice alternative to eating downtown and avoiding all the traffic. We often eat here before or after Center Stage. We love browsing in the gift shop next door before 5 on Sunday.
Wonderful menu and service. It was difficult to decide between all of the wonderful choices. Everyone enjoyed their meals and not much was left on the plates. Of course we saved room for dessert. You can come here just for dessert and it would be well worth the trip.
Thank you for a lovely Friday afternoon lunch. The outdoor seating was perfect on a warm October day. The food was outstanding, especially for a vegan and gluten-free table. We were in awe of the "zuchettes" and the vegan and gluten-free chocolate pumpkin pie with pumpkin "ice cream." Since Gertrude's is so accommodating of vegan and gluten-free patrons, it will become a regular on our restaurant rotation. Another spectacular aspect of our lunch was our server. She was the epitome of professionalism, knowledge, grace and warmth. She must have overheard that it was my friend's birthday and she surprised the table with a beautifully plated dessert with "Happy Birthday" written on it. It was a lovely touch. I can't wait to go back to Gertrude's.
I wanted to take my 89 year-old aunt out for a birthday lunch and chose Gertrude's because I was looking for a nice restaurant with a menu that could accommodate both of us. I'm vegan and she's an an omnivore.
It was a beautiful day, so we sat outside and were grateful to be in the shade. The majority of other diners were outside, too, but the noise level was fine.
Our server Jeffrey was attentive and accommodating and made us feel pampered from the start. My aunt ordered an alcoholic drink, but they were out of one of the ingredients. Jeffrey explained that the bartender would whip up something similar and my aunt never noticed the difference. Jeffrey suggested a glass of sauvignon blanc for me (a variety I usually don't order) and it was delightful.
When he served the bread, Jeffrey ensured I had bread I could eat and brought additional bread -- with butter -- for my aunt.
When it came to ordering the entree, my aunt, who has lived in Baltimore for about 60 years, was very critical of the crab cake options. Jeffrey suggested the special - the Eastern Shore Crab Cake -- which was just a simple crab cake with lemon and butter. My aunt was over the moon with how great it tasted. I had the Black Bean Burger with mushrooms and while I enjoyed it, the roll was a bit dry. I also had the soup of the day which was Roasted Acorn Squash and White Bean. It was delicious. I could have eaten an entire bowl.
When we first arrived, I explained to Jeffrey that it was my aunt's 89th birthday, so when it was time for dessert, he explained that she was entitled to complimentary ice cream. My aunt couldn't believe she didn't have to show him her driver's license! She ordered salted caramel ice cream which came on a plate with the message "Happy 89th Birthday!" written in chocolate and a lit candle in her ice cream. Again, my aunt was over the moon! I ordered the cranberry sorbet which was fine.
My aunt left the restaurant feeling happy and spoiled and I left relieved!
Sat outside next to waterfall/fountain. Excellent menu and best fried chicken I have had in years. We chose the restaurant for the vegetarian and vegan options requested by my daughter. Those options were fantastic and extended far beyond the usual salad and side vegetables offered by other restaurants. As an added surprise, there were multiple $15 dinner options because it was a Tuesday evening. Will definitely go back soon.
We had the pleasure of dining twice at Gertrude's during our first visit to Johns Hopkins.
We happened to have dinner on a Tuesday night and stumbled on the $15 for all entrees special.
It was very good and a bargain. The crab cakes were very meaty with chunks - delicious. Portobello crab really creative according to my wife. Seafood gumbo excellent. All a bargain.
We also had a brunch on Sunday for 6. Most in the party had eggs and omelettes . Eggs Gertrude was basically eggs Benedict with crab cakes in place of the ham ---terrific!
This is an upscale joint in an upscale location (Art Museum). Definitely not pub grub. Really special and reservations are always needed. Service was good ambiance was very good and food was excellent. Reasonable prices on weekdays and real bargains on Tuesdays and brunches.
Save time to visit the Baltimore Museum of Art - free and surprisingly good collections . Don't miss the Impressionists.
Rating--A+. A pleasure.
Everything was good but the service was very, very slow. We sat and waited until I called a busser to get a menue and water. Then we sat, waited and waited for the waiter to finally come to the table. We gave him an order----he seemed anxious to get our drink order right away, and we sat and waited, waited and waited for the drinks to arrive----very slow. When the food finally was served, it was good but over half an hour after we arrived. I wanted a refill of my coffee, but the waiter disappeared, so I never got to drink a refill. All in all, a good tasty meal ruined by inattentive and slow service where the lack of good service dominated the experience.
We had an anniversary dinner for 2. Food was fabulous. Room is very nice, our table was roomy enough and comfortable. The service was not as attentive as it should have been. My husband received his ice tea but waited 10 minutes until we could flag down a bus boy to get sweetener for his tea (we were there fairly early and it was not yet crowded). Waiter was ready to take our food order before he even asked for our drink order. Appetizers were great - very berry salad was loaded with fresh berries, zucchini cakes (mimic a crab cake) were fabulous. Finished wine glass and iced tea with appetizer and waited and waited for waiter to come by for refills. I had to ask for another glass of wine (not offered as it should be). Again had to flag down bus boy for water refills and tea refill. Food servings were large and they have a terrific dessert menu so we wanted to leave room. Had to ask waiter for to go containers for leftovers. He took our plates to package them. Worst to go containers I've seen in a nice restaurant. Flimsy clear plastic boxes, no dividers. He put the scallop, veggies and french fries in one box together where they slid around and became one glop. He brought both our to go boxes out and sat them on the table. No bag, just 2 flimsy containers.
Dessert was wonderful - peach cake and key lime panne cotta. Coffee was pretty good. Again, never asked if wanted more coffee.
We would definitely go again for the food. Maybe don't go if you are thirsty - takes awhile to get beverages!
I have been an on again, off again, patron (not off for anything unpleasant). I am back "in" again regularly and I have become more appreciative of the gem it is! The food is very good and consistent - many menu items are GREAT, the ambience speaks for itself, and the staff couldn't be more helpful, more kind, more engaging! A must!
Friendly service, excellent crab cakes and seafood salad, divine chocolate dessert. Lively atmosphere, yet it was still possible to conduct private conversations. The setting inside the museum is perfect and the museum offers a wonderful activity before or after the meal.
Out of town family visiting and celebrating their father's bday. The salmon and sirloin were excellent. And this is coming from a NY Strip expert as well as someone who prepares Alaskan Sockeye salmon regularly and normally doesn't find any other kind very flavorful. But all of us were very impressed with the delicious cuisine, friendly service and a special treat of live jazz music. There was an event happening outside so hoping next time to be able to show our guests the beautiful sculpture garden. Will definitely be returning soon.
We always enjoy Gertrude's. This visit was in support of Dining Out for Life and Moveable Feast. We dined at an outside table, and the cooler evening temperature was wonderful. Food was excellent as always. Server did fine, but was not as attentive as most.
We had to change our reservation from five to six to seven to finally eight of us, on a busy night (fundraiser for Moveable Feast). Gertrude's staff was more than accommodating! We are VERY impressed that Gertrude's donated 50% of the total tabs to this worth cause. Congratulations on being a wonderful neighbor and friend.
We enjoyed savory crab cakes du jour with lots of crab meat and lemon buerre blanc and comfort-food sides of garlic mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. And my friend's dessert—cheesecake with the Jazzman Blue ice cream—blew her away. Our server was super patient and attentive; she deserves 10 stars.
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