Gertrude's - Baltimore

4.6
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5879 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.

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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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vipTiffanyJ
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a great experience, food is amazing!
Service ... Jeffrey makes everything 10x better.

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HelenB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

Terribly disappointing. My dinner was not inexpensive ($26 fried oyster platter) and it arrived lukewarm and tasteless. All breading, half cooked potatoes, weak slaw....Gertrudes used to be one of my favorite dining spots but this was a big disappointment. Given the current circumstance, the restaurant was nearly empty so there doesn't seem to be any reason why the food wasn't top notch. Bad experience!

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JimA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gertrude's is our "Goto" whenever we have a friend from out of town or any special occasion. The ambiance is lovely, the room is quiet enough for conversation, and the staff is very knowledgable and always attentive. The food is local, fresh and prepared with loving nuance. We needed a wheelchair accessible space this time, and everything was provided for with careful attention. In the past, we have also needed accommodations for life-threatening allergies, and they have given the same careful attention. I had my favorite, cream of crab soup with the poached pear salad and salmon on the side. It was exquisite. Other members ordered the fresh ravioli - which looked fabulous, and of course, the remainder of the party from out of town simply had to try Gertie's crab cakes. Every selection was wonderful and prepared artistically. Gertrude's is our favorite restaurant for almost every occasion, and we highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal!

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vipGeorgeS6901
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great experience, good food and very pleasant service on an unexpectedly busy evening

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NortheastBev
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great brunch spot! And walk after through sculptor garden was lovely. As is the BMA gift shop!

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vipHarry
Baltimore
95 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The brunch food choices were outstanding as was the food itself. The pulled BBQ chicken eggs Benedict were delicious as was the spinach salad with salmon. I particularly enjoyed their Bloody Mary called Dirty Gertie. All food offerings were reasonably priced with great surroundings.

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GeorgeB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall every thing was good......................

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KristinB
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend in from Michigan wanted a Chesapeake seafood experience, and Gertrude's delivered in spades. Delicious meal in a lovely space, with great service.

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TomH
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and delicious food! Open air setting so one must expect conversational noise.

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vipdrj1
Baltimore
287 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We had a great server in Jeffrey. He did a good job of explaining the cocktails and of making sure we enjoyed our meal. My friend had ordered the celery soup as a first course but it was very unappetizing looking and she did not like the flavor. She didn't say anything just pushed it aside. Jeffrey was on it and immediately offered her another choice in a manner that did not make her feel guilty at all. My friend had the crab cake Benedict and I had the fried oyster Benedict. They were both excellent. The dirty Gertie bloody Mary was a bit spicy for my taste but my friend loved it. On the other hand, I loved Gertrudes version of an Old Fashion with a dash of a cherry liquor and bitters. We had a very enjoyable brunch although the restaurant can be a bit noisy.

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vipSallyAnn
Baltimore
85 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for lunch/brunch after an event at the museum. Delicious as always. There was a large crowd that came all at once and they handled it well.

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vipToobusy
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service were great, and Jude, our server was always there with a re-fill for coffee and with suggestions. The restaurant was jammed, and parking was difficult, but we had our own island of tranquility and fine service.

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BrunchininBmore
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I’ve been to Getrude’s several times. This time like the others was a great experience. The food and drinks were good. We were seated promptly. I only took off one star for service because it seemed our waiter sometimes took a while to get back to us. In his defense it was brunch busy and it didn’t affect our experience too much. I will definitely keep coming back.

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NoPark
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything I experienced with the restaurant was good!! I think they will do be as a business if they move to a location where parking would not be an issue. I arrived at 9:15am and both parking lots were full but the restaurant wasn’t even opened. My reservation was for 10am and we didn’t get seated until 10:45 because of parking.Ridiculous!! My party had to drive around for 30 minutes looking for off street parking and had to walk almost 2 blocks to get to the restaurant. 1st and last time there. Find a better location and I will surely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great place to celebrate a birthday. The food and the service delivery the best to our expectations.

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MsRae
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

The fact that this was for a special occasion a birthday they didn’t say happy birthday or offer and free dessert nothing I’ve received more from restaurant rated less. The ambience was nice but the food was mediocre I’ve had better our server he was a straight weirdo he didn’t give eye contact spoke very low it was if he didn’t belong as if he was on the spectrum of auti