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Blue Parrot Bistro

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35 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, PA 17325-1102
+1 717-337-3739
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic
Description: Located on the site of one of the earliest houses in Gettysburg, The Blue...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great cuisine!!

5 of us from the Gettysburg High School Class of 1970 meet regularly at the Blue Parrot for lunch to not only reminisce but eat truly outstanding food. I appreciate freshly cooked ingredients, daily specials, and always finish my plate. Wait staff is attentive and the ambiance very comfortable. A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
John P
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East Berlin, Pennsylvania
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East Berlin, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

5 of us from the Gettysburg High School Class of 1970 meet regularly at the Blue Parrot for lunch to not only reminisce but eat truly outstanding food. I appreciate freshly cooked ingredients, daily specials, and always finish my plate. Wait staff is attentive and the ambiance very comfortable. A great choice for anyone to enjoy!

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Thank John P
Gettysburg, PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Blue Parrot is a bit more upscale and pricey than I expected. It was clean and a nice ambiance. We went in a big group for a birthday celebration planned well in advance. We were all getting separate checks. It took forever for them to take our order and even longer to get served. To add insult to injury,... More 

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Thank Bennysgoats
New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place the food is always so good. Love the Crab soup. Friendly Staff. Fast service and reasonable prices.

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Thank James k
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friends and I have been going to the Parrot since it opened! Always great dinners- we usually get their Filet with Brie, a bottle of red wine and chocolate mousse for dessert. A classic!

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Thank Judy P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

I ordered crab cakes. They were not worth it for the price. Quality was poor. My wife ordered short ribs. They were way over priced for this type of meal. I would not recommend this restaurant. Prices are ridiculous. Food quality did not match the prices.

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1 Thank David Y
Northeast
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We returned to enjoy another delicious dinner. My husband had the seafood stew and he remarked as to how excellent the broth tasted. I had rack of lamb with a cranberry wine sauce. It was so different and so good. Service was excellent. Hope we get to go back soon.

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Thank Checkedluggage
Patchogue, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

Great location right off Lincoln Square with good TripAdvisor reviews so we gave it a shot.! Coming in the front door, I saw a bar that was a bit dark and then stepped down to a space with a pool table. I was wondering if I was in the wrong place, but then was directed through into the restaurant seating... More 

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1 Thank Christopher C
cortland, ohio
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

It was a special night. Bunch of family and friends (my 89 year old parents included!) going to the Majestic to see Arlo Guthrie. When we got to the restaurant just before 6 p.m. the dining room was pretty much empty save a table or two. When we left at 7:20 we hadn't eaten, not because we didn't want to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

This place is like no other. The food- flavorful, delicious, and always exciting. The dining room is well, cool and romantic. The walls are all covered in beautiful artwork and it totally sets the mood. I love dining here in the evening at the table by the window. The service here is awesome. Kisha took care of me last time,... More 

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Thank Billy C
Lexington, Virginia
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21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

A warm, friendly neighborhood place in the heart of downtown Gettysburg. Ordered a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout and it was served cold and quick. The server offered me a glass of water to go with the beer, a nice, unexpected touch. Would definitely go back to Blue Parrot!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, PA 17325-1102
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Gettysburg
  • Phone Number: +1 717-337-3739

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35
  • Cuisine: American, French, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic

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.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?