Restaurant of the Week: Gertrude’s

Gertrude’s restaurant, a hidden oasis, is tucked away in the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.


The namesake, Mrs. Gertrude Divine Webster, an environmentalist ahead of her time, founded the Desert Botanical Gardens in 1939. Gertrude’s dining experience is a local experience of cuisine, wine and garden ambience.

All menu items are made with fresh ingredients from the farm and pasture straight to the plate, showcasing local artisans and farmers around Arizona and the southwest.

We enjoyed the House-made Pretzels with hop knot queso and fresh berry lemonade, also offered in several other flavors.

Entrée items we sampled were the Niman Ranch Prime Beef Brisket, which is smoked for 15 hours and served with braised chickpeas, and bbq sauce. We also tried Gertrude’s Burger served with AZ cheddar, roasted tomato, deviled egg mayonnaise on an AZ brioche bun.


The quaint desert setting completely removed from the city life of Phoenix is a nice retreat for a romantic evening enjoying the natural plants and wildlife at the garden.

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