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
I had been looking forward to trying Gertrude's while visiting the BMA. Unfortunately, my brunch experience was very average. The food was OK, but nothing special and seemed a bit overpriced. The music and location, however, created a nice atmosphere and a convenient location for grabbing a meal and visiting the museum. Wish it had been a better experience. Likely will not be returning.
We did not have great service on our visit. I don't expect an over- excited server, but our server was grouchy and not pleasant. The wait was very long to be seated- the host and hostess seemed confused. The wait for food and drink was long too. And the food was just ok, nothing spectacular. I probably will not be going back.
The music at brunch was also way too loud.
We travel from Harrisburg, PA, to have brunch here several times throughout the year. It's always a fabulous treat. We have never been disappointed in the food, service or surroundings. I'm a tough critic and can't find a thing to complain about. When we leave we are fully satisfied and can't wait to return.
Came for a late Valentine's Day luncheon on a Friday. 12:30 arrival was perfect as the room filled quickly. My wife had the salmon sandwich/french fries and I the crab imperial topped portobello mushroom. The mushroom plate had a honey(?) Basalmic vinegar reduction that really complimented the crab; I was surprised. I paired my selection with a glass of Spanish Rueda - very sauvignon blanc like - which complimented my dish just right.
I couldn't sample my wife's salmon because it contained pesto; I am allergic to tree nuts but she was very pleased with it. I did assist with her fries - very good. Too full for dessert, we both left happy and full. Service, as always, was prompt and attentive. It's impossible to have a bad outing at Gertrude's!
This would be my 8th time or so coming to Gertrude's but my first Valentine's Dinner. Reservation was made easily by opentable and confirmed day of by a call from the restaurant. The 3 course menu was great, the lobster bisque and lamb shanks being my favorites of the night. The wine pairings were quite interesting, paired well, and tasted good. Service was quick and accurate. My date even got a free rose for the night which was a nice bonus. Overall I'd say that Gertrude's is a great place which I look forward to visiting again.
The Valentine Day 3 course pris fixe menu was creative and enticing. We dined early so it was less noisy than usual because at 5 the restaurant was not full. Bouquets of red roses and candles on every table and a red rose to take home. Good waitress, hot food, rare lamb chops, rich lobster bisque, crunchy avocado toast spread with tomatoe jam, super fresh rockfish heaped with crab imperial, heavenly triple chocolate mousse cake all left us glad we came. Gertrude's always shines as the most glamorous place that offers vegan gourmet concoctions.
What happened to Gertrude's? The menu looked good but the food was disappointedly ordinary. From the bread basket ( focaccia cold and soggy) to the incredibly stingy ( two baked oyster )appetizer to the yellow curry vegetable stir fry on top of almost three cups of ordinary rice flooded in an undistinguishable sauce to desserts (apple cobbler and vegan coconut "cream" pie) the meal was disappointing beyond words. The blueberry vodka and zucchini "crab cakes" were more up to par but the bland service zeroed those out. Won't be returning unless there are announcements of some new chefs... luckily being with my Valentine saved the evening.
The food was amazing and the Valentines prix fixe menu with wine pairing was a great choice. Lobster bisque was one of the best I have had and the Rockfish Imperial was absolutely scrumptious. The sides (asparagus and mashed potatoes) were unexceptional. Service is not on par with the food. Having also previously enjoyed brunch here I can definitely recommend Gertrude's as a great place to impress a date or enjoy a nice dinner with a loved one or friends.
we asked for a quiet table but we got a very noisy one. Noise has always been a problem in this restaurant which is otherwise very pleasant. It could be easily mitigated with some roof panels.
Food lately is not always as good as it used to be, but it's still good at times.
The location is great, and overall it's very nice.
My new favorite restaurant in Baltimore. The food is superb and very reasonable in price. On the recommendation of our server, I chose the chincoteague oysters, which are smaller but in my experience much the more tasty. They were fried expertly with only a hint of breading. Delicious! The wine list is extensive and satisfying. The service is outstanding and pleasant. And, on the Saturday evening when we dined, the jazz guitarist was simply divine.
Anyone who visits Baltimore must visit Gertrude's.
A great place for celebrating my mom's 86th birthday. Small family get together and the restaurant was lovely. Even though it was full of customers (including a baby shower) the noise level was not bad at all. Brunch food was delicious. The eggs benedict with crabmeat was perfect, my sister loved her crabmeat quiche was so good (the waitress recommended - nice!) I would definitely come again!
Place is nice, and service was good in spite of what looked like a scant crew on Sunday evening. Food was disappointing, poorly prepared except for crab cake and fried oysters: Quiche looked as if it had been reheated a few times, "rosemary potatoes" were boiled potatoes put under the broiler for a few minutes, apple coleslaw was limp and tasteless, etc. Wines by the glass were average.
My wife and I went to Gertrude's brunch for the first time. We had a reservation at 10:30 AM and good thing b/c the restaurant was packed by 11:15. Our food and cocktails we delicious, my eggs on the Brisket Benedict were perfectly poached. For the quality of the food, neighborhood location and the atmosphere, the prices were well worth it and affordable. We toured the BMA after brunch for a great ending to our Sunday date!
Lunch or supper at Gertrude's is a wonderful, civilized treat after seeing the Matisses and other treasures at the BMA, but it is also destination-worthy in its own right. For me, the crab dishes are always the highlight. (When in Maryland . . . ) I especially recommend the Gertie's crabcake with beurre blanc or three mustard sauce, paired with a glass of Muscadet, but really, it is hard to go wrong. The red crab soup is also excellent, as are the salads and sides. And leave room for dessert, which is often the most creative part of the menu.
We were attending the final weekend of an exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art and had a awesome lunch at Gertude's- Please make a reservation-(we did and the timing was great) because it is hard to manage the tickets for an exhibit and wait for a table to open! Our waiter was super- suggestions were very helpful and the whole experience was very positive-
Fried oyster appetizer was superb. My wife had the lamb chop special and she loved them. I had the jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab imperial and served over cheezy grits. Outstanding. Waiter was very good and helped a lot. Wonderful evening. Will be going back!
The menu had a nice selection and the food was well-prepared. I had the fish and it was moist and tender and the garlic spinach was not overcooked and had a very flavorful taste..
The service started as attentive the food was delivered timely: however, after that point the service deteriorated significantly. We concluded dinner and had to look for the waitress in fact asked another waiter to see if he could find her for dessert.I had requested a cup of coffee and when it arrived I asked for cream. You would've thought this was a tremendously difficult task by the expression on the waitresses face. After we finished desert we waited another 10 minutes for the check.
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