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Blue Parrot Bistro

35 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, PA 17325-1102
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Ranked #39 of 115 Restaurants in Gettysburg
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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72% Recommend
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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Nice setting, attentive service, quiet for a non-tablecloth restaurant. The food is good but the crab cakes were not as good as at 1863 in Gettysburg. Good value

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Wheeling, West Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

My wife and I ate at the Blue Parrot Bistro on a Sat eve. Had a great table at the front window. Physically the bar/restaurant nice and overall the place had a cool vibe. Waitress was excellent and cocktails were spot on (Makers 46 Manhattan & Hendricks martini). Unfortunately food just not that good. Had ceviche, salad, and linguine with... More

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Merritt Island, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The atmosphere was enjoyable. The staff extremely hospitable. The food was excellant. try the portebello stuffed ravioli, yum. Very enjoyable experience.

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Based on location and reviews We had planned on eating at the blue parrot on our one night in gettysburg. We were not disappointed. Once you go through the bar they have a lovely dining area with a good variety of menu items as well as nightly specials. The French onion soup was full of flavour, salad greens very fresh... More

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Eureka, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

...and this is what we got--along with good food and good wait staff. The atmosphere is good, with pub eating in front and more formal dining in back. We opted for the less formal pub and were not sorry. Very good choice all the way around!

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Moorestown, NJ
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I liked the previous review--don't be fooled by the pool table and bar. The food and service were outstanding; the special risotto was amazing. I wish we lived closer because it would be a regular stop.

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North Hills, Pennsylvania, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

OMG, every time I eat there I love it more...there is nothing there that isn't to die for.... it's the one stop I make sure I make when I get to Gettysburg...very time :)

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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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