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Gertrude's Restaurant

Baltimore , MD

LOCATION

10 Art Museum Dr
Baltimore, MD US 21218 (map)

PHONE

410-889-3399

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

GERTRUDE'S STORY
Chef/owner John Shields is a Baltimore native, and he named the restaurant after his grandmother, Gertrude Cleary, who taught him to cook as a child. John is a... Read more
GERTRUDE'S STORY
Chef/owner John Shields is a Baltimore native, and he named the restaurant after his grandmother, Gertrude Cleary, who taught him to cook as a child. John is a cookbook author and television cooking show host as well: Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields, the book and TV show, were released in 1998. His latest project is Coastal Cooking with John Shields; the book is available for purchase in stores and online, and the TV show will be seen on public television in early 2005. For more information, visitwww.johnshields.com.

The Eastern Shore-Inspired dining room seats approximately 110 guests with additional seating at the bar. During the warmer months, almost 80 additional seats are available on the terrace surrounding a fountain and reflecting pool. This outdoor seating is prized by the locals, and earned a “Best of Baltimore” award from Baltimore Magazine. Gertrude's dishes up a menu of regional (i.e. Chesapeake) foods for lunch, dinner, and a very poplar brunch menu.

EVENTS AT GERTRUDE'S

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 special occasion celebrations.

Gertrude’s can accommodate up to 180 guests for a station/buffet menu event, and 100 guests for a seated & served dinner. Ceremonies with 120 attendees can be accommodated on Gertrude’s terrace overlooking the BMA Sculpture Garden. Bookings are subject to availability, facilities fee and minimum pricing on food and beverages, plus tax and gratuity. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1998
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Coastal, Garden / Romantic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
180
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
6000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
70
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Glenn
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
We are so excited to have our rehearsal dinner at Gertrude's! John has been super helpful and accommodating! My fiance, his parents, and I had dinner there and the food was delicious! The venue is very unique and fits perfectly with our "wedding theme"!
We are so excited to have our rehearsal dinner at Gertrude's! John has been super helpful and accommodating! My fiance, Read more...
We are so excited to have our rehearsal dinner at Gertrude's! John has been super helpful and accommodating! My fiance, his parents, and I had dinner there and the food was delicious! The venue is very unique and fits perfectly with our "wedding theme"! Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Gertrude's could not have been a more perfect place for our rehearsal dinner. It was an easy and stress-free experience with delicious food and great ambiance. The setting is beautiful outside in the garden with the fountain and the sculptures along with the flowers. John and his team did all of the work for us, including printing out beautiful menus for each of our guests and making honest recommendations on what we should serve. They took care of the setup of our slideshow, and the servers were on point with making sure everyone had something to eat or drink at all times.
Gertrude's could not have been a more perfect place for our rehearsal dinner. It was an easy and stress-free experience Read more...
Gertrude's could not have been a more perfect place for our rehearsal dinner. It was an easy and stress-free experience with delicious food and great ambiance. The setting is beautiful outside in the garden with the fountain and the sculptures along with the flowers. John and his team did all of the work for us, including printing out beautiful menus for each of our guests and making honest recommendations on what we should serve. They took care of the setup of our slideshow, and the servers were on point with making sure everyone had something to eat or drink at all times. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Simply amazing to work with during the pre-visit, planning stages, tasting dinner and the day of the wedding. They made special accommodations for my gluten free guests and everyone was shocked at that level of attention to their needs. The layout of the venue is ideal for a reception (or any party.) The Sculpture Garden and patio and tented area was ideal for the Cocktail portion of the event, and then we all moved inside to the restaurant for dinner, toasts, cake cutting. The meals were served efficiently and each guest was allowed to place their own order from our selected menu of five different meals. One of the BIG advantages of having the dinner here for us was the level of personalization we were able to do…the menu choices we could offer was literally more than 25 pages! This beats getting a beef/chicken/pork option where you have to know 6 weeks in advance what you want to choose on an RSVP card!! My one regret is that they served the tables in order of number…but we had three tables along the banquet that served as our "head table" to accommodate all of our family members, and one of the tables was served last instead of with the other two "head" tables. Unfortunately, it was also the only tables with children so in hindsight I would have had them served right away instead of last. Be sure to specify with Emily and Jean how you want the servings to go and they will happily pay attention to your needs.
The appetizers, drink/bar setup, dinner, and dessert station (ice cream bar) were all beautifully prepared and delicious. We have had so many compliments about the venue, the food, the atmosphere. We could not have been more pleased with our choice.

p.s. During the summer of 2014, the Baltimore Museum of Art is undergoing renovations that have the bathrooms inside the building closed. There is a portable bathroom trailer unit (think upscale, not a PortaPotty.) Don't let that deter you from booking the venue. Not ideal but a deal breaker for the most part.
Simply amazing to work with during the pre-visit, planning stages, tasting dinner and the day of the wedding. They made Read more...
Simply amazing to work with during the pre-visit, planning stages, tasting dinner and the day of the wedding. They made special accommodations for my gluten free guests and everyone was shocked at that level of attention to their needs. The layout of the venue is ideal for a reception (or any party.) The Sculpture Garden and patio and tented area was ideal for the Cocktail portion of the event, and then we all moved inside to the restaurant for dinner, toasts, cake cutting. The meals were served efficiently and each guest was allowed to place their own order from our selected menu of five different meals. One of the BIG advantages of having the dinner here for us was the level of personalization we were able to do…the menu choices we could offer was literally more than 25 pages! This beats getting a beef/chicken/pork option where you have to know 6 weeks in advance what you want to choose on an RSVP card!! My one regret is that they served the tables in order of number…but we had three tables along the banquet that served as our "head table" to accommodate all of our family members, and one of the tables was served last instead of with the other two "head" tables. Unfortunately, it was also the only tables with children so in hindsight I would have had them served right away instead of last. Be sure to specify with Emily and Jean how you want the servings to go and they will happily pay attention to your needs.
The appetizers, drink/bar setup, dinner, and dessert station (ice cream bar) were all beautifully prepared and delicious. We have had so many compliments about the venue, the food, the atmosphere. We could not have been more pleased with our choice.

p.s. During the summer of 2014, the Baltimore Museum of Art is undergoing renovations that have the bathrooms inside the building closed. There is a portable bathroom trailer unit (think upscale, not a PortaPotty.) Don't let that deter you from booking the venue. Not ideal but a deal breaker for the most part. Read less
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Kara
Wedding:
5/4/2013
4.9/5.0
Gertrude's is an exceptional venue for a wedding. Between the gardens, the fountain, and the beautiful decor of the restaurant our wedding looked like a fairytale. The food, service, and staff was extraordinary!
Gertrude's is an exceptional venue for a wedding. Between the gardens, the fountain, and the beautiful decor of the Read more...
Gertrude's is an exceptional venue for a wedding. Between the gardens, the fountain, and the beautiful decor of the restaurant our wedding looked like a fairytale. The food, service, and staff was extraordinary! Read less
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steven
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
The room was warm, inviting and beautiful.
The room was warm, inviting and beautiful.
The room was warm, inviting and beautiful. Read less
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Jenny
Wedding:
8/31/2011
4.3/5.0
Gertrude's in the Baltimore Museum of Art is an absolutely beautiful and unique setting for a small, intimate wedding reception. The indoor restaurant is already beautifully decorated so needs minimal additional decorations, and the best part is that you get the outside garden/fountains for your event as well. All of my guests felt the venue was very intimate, classy, and sophisticated, and they outdoor garden added a very romantic touch. Candles placed indoors and outdoors made the entire place have a warm, romantic glow. Another major advantage of having your reception in a restaurant known for its upscale seafood, is that yo know your food will be great. We had a lot of seafood and options for our guests, and the food's taste and portions were five star. Everyone complimented us on having our wedding in such a sophisticated setting with fabulous food. The only major flaws to this venue is that you aren't guaranteed a dedicated dressing room/bathroom for you to change in (after I had booked my event, I found out there was another event going on upstairs, so I had to share a changing room with them). Also, they were very strict and stuck with the contract I signed. Immediately at 10pm, they abruptly stopped my reception music, turned on the lights, and started cleaning up...even when there were still several guests present. It would've been nice if the staff discretely notified me that the event was drawing to a close rather than just stop everything abruptly. Other than that, I don't have any complaints about the actual venue/location...it's the perfect venue for a smaller, classy, romantic, and sophisticated reception.
Gertrude's in the Baltimore Museum of Art is an absolutely beautiful and unique setting for a small, intimate wedding Read more...
Gertrude's in the Baltimore Museum of Art is an absolutely beautiful and unique setting for a small, intimate wedding reception. The indoor restaurant is already beautifully decorated so needs minimal additional decorations, and the best part is that you get the outside garden/fountains for your event as well. All of my guests felt the venue was very intimate, classy, and sophisticated, and they outdoor garden added a very romantic touch. Candles placed indoors and outdoors made the entire place have a warm, romantic glow. Another major advantage of having your reception in a restaurant known for its upscale seafood, is that yo know your food will be great. We had a lot of seafood and options for our guests, and the food's taste and portions were five star. Everyone complimented us on having our wedding in such a sophisticated setting with fabulous food. The only major flaws to this venue is that you aren't guaranteed a dedicated dressing room/bathroom for you to change in (after I had booked my event, I found out there was another event going on upstairs, so I had to share a changing room with them). Also, they were very strict and stuck with the contract I signed. Immediately at 10pm, they abruptly stopped my reception music, turned on the lights, and started cleaning up...even when there were still several guests present. It would've been nice if the staff discretely notified me that the event was drawing to a close rather than just stop everything abruptly. Other than that, I don't have any complaints about the actual venue/location...it's the perfect venue for a smaller, classy, romantic, and sophisticated reception. Read less
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lgruzs
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
Very Beautiful, VERY helpful !
Thank you !
Very Beautiful, VERY helpful !
Thank you !
Very Beautiful, VERY helpful !
Thank you ! Read less
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jesscant
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
Gertrude's was the ideal venue for our wedding. They were easy to work with, always quick to respond to emails or phone calls, flexible with our ideas, and very professional. We had a great time sampling food for the reception and Chef John Shields was receptive to our menu choices. The day of the wedding Camille was on top of everything so we could relax and actually enjoy the day. The waitstaff was so professional you didn't even know they were there. Things went so smoothly and we had so many compliments on the food and the beauty of the location. Highly recommend!
Gertrude's was the ideal venue for our wedding. They were easy to work with, always quick to respond to emails or phone Read more...
Gertrude's was the ideal venue for our wedding. They were easy to work with, always quick to respond to emails or phone calls, flexible with our ideas, and very professional. We had a great time sampling food for the reception and Chef John Shields was receptive to our menu choices. The day of the wedding Camille was on top of everything so we could relax and actually enjoy the day. The waitstaff was so professional you didn't even know they were there. Things went so smoothly and we had so many compliments on the food and the beauty of the location. Highly recommend! Read less
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