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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 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
Gertrude's is one of my favorite places in Baltimore. Having brunch between the art museum and sculpture garden with friendly staff and live, pleasant music in background is a great, relaxed Sunday. We always ask to be seated in Tom's section. We like to chat and he is incredibly knowledgable on every aspect of the menu, Baltimore social scene, local politics, art and even, as it turns out, marine biology. If you want a great brunch with friendly and smart staff, great ambiance and excellent food, Gertrude's is a wise choice. If you like a Bloody Mary with brunch, step it up a notch and have a Dirty Gertie, a bloody Mary spiced up with Maryland's favorite Old Bay spice and garnished with a plump shrimp!
Mixed reviews for Gertrude's which is usually right up there as excellent. Went for dinner with friends. Busy night, slow attention when we first got there, and then the service was sporadic. Felt a little rushed. The salmon was amazing. The pasta special Seafood Diablo - not so much - too much pasta in relation to the ingredients. The Greyhound cocktail was very nice.
Experience would have been better without the live music - we were seated up front very close to the person playing guitar. Would have been nice had he turned the amplifier down possibly, or do without all together. There were also a number of large parties going on at the same time (teenagers)(graduations?) which only added to the noise. We were there to celebrate my wife's birthday and could hardly hear each other speaking to each other. Wife's soft-shelled crabs had way too much salt on them; the spinach salad did not have much of a bacon flavor. Definitely would not advise to anyone for a special occasion or even a dinner date. Probably good for lunch or something along those lines. Not as elegant as we had expected.
The servant was very patient with my parents who weer both under the weather, and weren't certain what they wanted to order to eat. Our servant made multiple trips to get whatever my parents needed to make them more comfortable, as well as, to their liking. I really appreciated her attentiveness. We felt like valued customers We didn't feel rushed rushed to into ordering meals we really didn't want. This was my 3rd or 4th time eating at Gertrude's and I look forward to me next visit!
I have lost count of the times I have dined at Gertrude's. I have always enjoyed the setting, the service, and the food. This time disappointed me a bit. The server was very polite and generally attentive, however when he came to our table to take our drink order he had a distinct odor of cigarette smoke -- definitely a turn-off. In regard to our food the soups were good (lite crab and crab) but I was disappointed in my oyster appetizer. They were not chilled enough and were limp -- as if they had been opened for a while, they also lacked flavor. Instead of tasting of the sea they were more a flavor of shell. My mussels were ok and my wife's fried oysters the same. The point being for $28 for a dozen oysters and a total bill of well over $100 bucks I expected, and in the past have received, more. Perhaps the problem was that we were there on a Tuesday night.
My wife and I had brunch at Gertrude's to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. From the moment we walked in until we left, the staff, the food and the atmosphere was amazing.
At the end of our brunch, we were treated to a raspberry sorbet with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate on the plate. It was a beautiful and thoughtful touch. Our waiter Sam was amazing.
We plan on returning to Gertrude's very soon.
Hi. Not sure how to use your scale to rate the noise level. It was fine. I could hear my companion easily and he could hear me.... and the nice background music provided just enough sound that i didnt inadvertently hear the conversation at the tables around me.
Impeccable service by Ronnie. A dear friend and I were meeting for lunch and needed private time for long catch up conversation. Ronnie sensed this and was entirely discreet , giving us the time and space necessary. Yet he was always right there when we needed him. Amazing service and the meal was great too!
Gertrude's, in the Baltimore Museum of Art, is a real big-city environment. Chef John Shields's interpretation of Chesapeake Bay favorites is wonderful and sometimes surprising. It's true what the menu says - you won't believe his vegetarian crab cakes are not the real thing. Outdoor diners look over the museum's spectacular sculpture garden.
It was an off night, which was so disappointing since we were celebrating a special day for one of our guests. The char was cooked to perfection, but the risotto on that dish was really bad. The moroccan couscous vegan dish was flavorful but way too salty. We really missed not having corn bread with our meal, which has been a specialty for years. Focaccia that was substituted was quite good, but needed olive oil rather than butter. The pulled pork was the main highlight of the evening. The waitress was helpful, but was getting instructions from the manager that seemed illogical and the bill was totally messed up, wasting time for all. This was truly an unusually off night because we frequent Gertrudes and the staff uniformly does a great job from the front of the house to the kitchen.
We love Gertrude's! The food is delicious and varied. The service was great and when the waiter made an error that delayed the food of one of our party, he took responsibility for it.
We got there often and will continue to do so. Great for a special occasion or just regular good food.
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