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Blue Parrot Bistro

35 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, PA 17325-1102
717-337-3739
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Ranked #40 of 109 restaurants in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Bistro, Organic
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located on the site of one of the earliest houses in Gettysburg, The Blue Parrot Bistro continues a tradition of hospitality, which began in 1850 with the Mrs. Schwartz's Oyster Parlor. The Oyster Parlor operated for eight years and then was converted to a private residence. During the Battle of Gettysburg, the residence was said to have housed "A good many surgeons," so it may have been used as a field hospital at the time. Mr. E. H. Minnigh opened a confectionary store here in 1868 and served those delicacies until his death in 1903.In 1920, the then-remodeled candy shop opened as the Blue Parrot Tea Room. Situated on the famous transcontinental Lincoln Highway (US Route 30), The Blue Parrot Tea Room quickly developed a national reputation. The Blue Parrot Tea Room continued to operate as the Adam's House Tavern.In 1988, Holly Giles, Gary Yount, and Chef Allison Giles purchased the historic building. With an appreciation for the tradition of fine dining and their interest in the preservation of old town Gettysburg, they opened The Blue Parrot Bistro.And now, what is a Bistro? Is it casual, homey, and relaxed or is it a sophisticated eatery? At the Blue Parrot we think that both apply. Eclectic furnishings are complimented by and ever-changing exhibition of artwork by local artists. Diners in black tie or blue jeans are greeted with the same friendly, unpretentious service. So, whether you are here for a cheeseburger, a beer, and a game of pool, or you are out for an evening of fine dining, you have come to the right place.
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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed eating here.The atmosphere was vibrant, the service was very attentive and the food was great.

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Doylestown PA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

From the street, the Blue Parrot looks uber casual and cold. However, it was close to our hotel so my husband and I decided to try it anyway. What a wonderful surprise awaited us! The street view is of the bar and casual dining area with billiard table. But the DINING ROOM is in the back and is white tablecloth,... More

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Hellertown, Pennsylvania, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Hello- My husband and I were at the Blue Parrot this past weekend. We stopped in for some appetizers and a quick drink. The drinks were not very good, but that seemed to be the trend among most places in Gettysburg I visited over the weekend. For my appetizer, I ordered a seafood dish, it was fishy and the sauce... More

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I came to Gettysburg to celebrate our anniversary. We had made reservations and the staff had our table reserved for us in a quiet corner of the restaurant. The waitress was pleasant, professional and attentive. Their salads were fresh in appearance and the house made dressings were outstanding. The fresh cornbread and bread with whipped butter were... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Blue Parrot was pretty busy the Saturday evening we were there. None the less, the service was prompt, pleasant, and efficient. We sat in a booth and though the room was crowded with large groups at large tables, the noise level was just fine. The food was hot, plenty full, but seemed dry - not moist. Not sure why.... More

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Melbourne, Florida, Usa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

We visited the Blue Parrot on Saturday night of Valentines Weekend so it was quite busy. Our reservation was early so we did get seated quickly and served in a reasonable amount of time. We had the sausage puff pastry appetizer which was delicious. My salad dressings...I tried their balsamic and another vinaigrette....were displeasing so I chose to eat my... More

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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We stopped here for drinks on a Saturday night and had good service and the prices are fair. This place was always full of people during the two days we stayed in Gettysburg. Although we did not eat here, it was recommended by the owners of The James Gettys Hotel and the owner of Cashtown Inn. We will try this... More

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New York City, New York
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72 reviews 72 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Another great meal over Remembrance Weekend---interesting menu, but portions are very small but perhaps that is why you have room for their INCREDIBLE desserts---apple crisp is a MUST--wish I could have brought some back to NYC! Prices very reasonable and staff very nice.

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Blue Parrot B, Owner at Blue Parrot Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dining with us! We are pleased you had such a nice experience! We appreciate your business and hope you will visit us again in the future! More

Long Island
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

A group of friends stopped in at the Blue Parrot Bistro for lunch and we were pleased to be able to be seated right away with a table big enough for the 7 of us. The menu was varied and the prices reasonable. We each enjoyed the choices we made from the quiche of the day, the soup of the... More

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Blue Parrot B, Owner at Blue Parrot Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dining with us! We are pleased we were able to accommodate you and your guests! We appreciate your business and hope you will dine with us in the future! More

Matawan, New Jersey
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83 reviews 83 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We ended up here because we didn't want to wait 45 min. at another place. A local we met on the street sent us there. We really enjoyed the food and the bar made some good drinks. I really enjoyed everything we tried and am glad we went. Our server was very nice.

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Blue Parrot B, Owner at Blue Parrot Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dining with us! We are pleased we were able to accommodate you and your guest! We appreciate your business and look forward to your visit in the future! More

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