Gertrude’s Restaurant is a fine Chesapeake restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland. This restaurant has a stunning view of Baltimore Museum of Art’s sculpture garden as well as an award-winning outdoor terrace. Loved by locals, the outdoor seating area won a “Best of Baltimore” award from Baltimore Magazine. You’ll be in good hands with owner/creator John Shields, also known as the “Culinary Ambassador of the Chesapeake Bay,” who has written cookbooks and starred as a cooking show host. The location of this restaurant makes it a venue that you and your guests will remember.
Facilities And Capacity
This restaurant venue can accommodate 180 guests with a station or buffet style event. For a seated and served dinner, the venue can host 120 guests. Ceremonies of 150 people can be accommodated on the outside terrace. Enjoy your ceremony outside on the terrace, surrounded by a small pool of water and some stepping stones. From there, make your way inside for the dinner style of your choice.
Many event items are provided at this venue. That includes chairs, tables, linens, flatware, China, centerpieces, and tents. All set up and clean up of the catering services is handled by Gertrude’s Restaurant staff. Bar services include bartenders, a limited or an open bar, house beer, house wine, house liquor, specialty beer, specialty wine, specialty liquor, and a signature drink of your choice. Pricing is based on the bar being open for four hours.
Gertrude’s Restaurant specializes in fine Chesapeake cuisine. All menus are custom-designed to your wants and needs. Maybe you’re interested in the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Crab” vegan crab cakes or Gertie’s Seafood Gumbo. One thing’s for sure, you will enjoy local dishes made famous by the Chesapeake Bay.
Gertrude’s Restaurant offers other facilities. Those include:
Recommended by 99% of couples
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June · Married on 09/15/2018
I am so happy we chose Gertrude’s for our reception. Emily, the venue coordinator, made the planning process so easy. She was always prompt and detailed with the information she provided, and graciously tolerated my 1-million questions. Since Gertrude’s is a restaurant you don’t have to worry about table linens, place settings, votive candles, chairs, etc… They have crisp white linens for all of the dining & cocktail tables - you’re only responsible for the the banquet & specialty tables - a fun way to bring a pop of color into the decor. They also have cafe lights strung in the tented terrace and strands of twinkle lights draping from the large picture window separating the restaurant & tented terrace that give the space an elegant feel. There is also a fountain in the upper garden terrace, and you can rent hurricane candles, too. As the bride & groom, an attendant is assigned to you for the evening, which was incredible - we didn't have to think. They always made sure we had a fresh cocktail; brought us plates of hors d’oeuvres during pics; and had our plates of dinner already on our table by the time we got to it. That brings me to the food! Oh my gosh, the food! If you’ve never eaten at Gertrude’s you’re missing out on a Baltimore gem! The food was absolutely outstanding! We got compliment after compliment! This is also where Emily and her expertise come in. As a couple, you go through the catering menu and pick your ideal menu and send it to Emily. She gives you the per/guest cost and any recommendations needed to bring it within your budget, and you tweak from there. The open bar option is also a great deal and reasonably priced. (Our ceremony was on the BMA portion of the upper sculpture garden, but you can have your ceremony at Gertrude’s as well. The rain plan is to have the ceremony in the tented terrace). If you want a beautiful unique setting and don’t want to juggle a bunch of vendors, Gertrude’s is your one-stop shop!
Patrick Fleming · Married on 11/24/2018
Amazing experience all around
We cannot recommend Gertrude's, and the BMA enough, for hosting a wedding. From beginning to end the staff was helpful and amazing. The day of the wedding every guest commented on the food and location. We held our ceremony in the front entrance of the BMA b/c we were married in Nov., when it was dark and cold so the sculpture garden wasn't an option. Gertrude's provided a person just for the couple to grab us drinks, grab us food, and generally do what ever we needed through out the night, it was amazing.
I will note that this was a gay wedding, with mostly gay vendors (dj, photographer, etc). I cannot recommend this location enough for anyone, but particularly for LGBT+ couples looking for an location that is not only accommodating, but encouraging.
Suleika Booth · Married on 10/27/2018
It all worked out so beautifully. Everyone loved the venue!
We wanted something intimate and romantic and at Gertrude’s we got to have that and more. So happy we found this place and the food was amazing!!
This venue offers the below options which may impact pricing:
Gertrude's Chesapeake Kitchen Price Rates
Book a remaining available date in 2019 and receive $1,000.00 off your Facility Fee!