History and Cuisine
Our seasonally-driven menus are crafted from our dedication to the familiar and the unique. Rooted in classic European cuisine and transformed through inspirations and ingredients from the Pacific Northwest, our dishes seek to appease and celebrate every diverse taste bud.
Our locally inspired concept is based off of the fallen bridge crossing the Tacoma Narrows, Galloping Gertie. The bridge that fell, November 7th 1940, is now home to one of the world's largest octopus, legend has it. Galloping Gertie and its inhabitant, inspired French Diver Jacques Cousteau to visit the watery remains, meeting the famous Giant Octopus.
Gertie and the Giant Octopus brings a classical approach to European cuisine and wine presented in a nostalgic way. Our restaurant celebrates Gig Harbor’s history and seeks to offer a fine dining experience in a cozy and comfortable setting.
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Chef Kieran McMeekin
“I want Gerties to be a neighborhood gathering place for people to experience abroad haute cuisine with family and friends in our home, Gig Harbor.”