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Blue Parrot Bistro

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American, Organic, Seafood, Bistro
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35 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, PA 17325-1102
717-337-3739
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Thu 9:30 pm - 11:30 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Outdoor seating
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 68
    Excellent
  • 79
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lunchtime Favorite

I've been here several times, always during the week for lunch. Our service is always quite good, even with a large group. Highly recommend the veggie quesadilla. A friend loves the Meghan O'Brien. The last time we visited was for my birthday. And even though the restaurant didn't serve Dr... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
MommeeTerp
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East Berlin, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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200 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
East Berlin, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I've been here several times, always during the week for lunch. Our service is always quite good, even with a large group. Highly recommend the veggie quesadilla. A friend loves the Meghan O'Brien. The last time we visited was for my birthday. And even though the restaurant didn't serve Dr. Pepper, our amazing waitress walked to the 7-11 and bought... More 

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Littlestown, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I've gone to the Blue Parrot many times over the years and had both good and not-so-great meals there, but last night will probably be my last visit. We had reserved a booth for four. Although there was a large booth open near the door, we had to wait while they cleared and set another booth for us. The one... More 

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We stopped in for a quick lunch and really enjoyed this place. We ate in the bar area. The menu is good with options for everyone. I had a smoked salmon sandwich and my wife had a portobello burger, both get our recommendations. The prices were good too.

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Gettysburg, PA, USA
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Good place to eat and meet friends for a drink. The crab dip is to die for! The service is good and if you sit in the front by the windows you can watch all the tourists going up and down the street!

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Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We stopped in here for lunch and had a great quick meal. Very friendly and great food! We'll be sure to stop in again when we're in town.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We enjoyed delicious soup and salad at the Blue Parrot Bistro. We had a spot in the corner with excellent service. Our food was reasonably priced and delicious.

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West Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Good place to eat for a tourist area. Located in a historical building, it is on the small size so I would recommend making reservations. The food took sometime to get to us, although they had a nice cheese and crackers plate set out, so that held us over. It was just me and my hubby, so we didn't mind... More 

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Temperance, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Dinner salads were good and prime rib was wonderful. Toni, the waitress was miserable during ordering the meal then argued was us when she handed us a dirty plate. L

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Baltimore, Maryland
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We have been here before and enjoyed it so we requested to sit in the bar area when we made our reservations. We arrived on time and were promptly seated. My wife ordered a cider on draft and did not particularly care for it, the bartender noticed her expression, came over and replaced her drink with his recommendation. I was... More 

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Clane, Ireland
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Good food places were hard to find in the over-commercialised town of Gettysburg, so The Blue Parrott was a relief. Not top end food or even that cheap, but was decent, well done food. A much needed square meal. Salmon for my wife, chicken breast for me (I know, not very exciting, but neither is the menu)- both with a... More 

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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: 717-337-3739

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, Organic, Seafood, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients

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
Monday
9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Tuesday
9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Wednesday
9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Thursday
9:30 pm - 11:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?