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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
+1 717-337-3739
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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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: 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
  • 70
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 33
    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
Artful Experience Noon or Dinner!

Whether for lunch or dinner, this place is good. From the bar in front to the back dining room, the food never disappoints. We have gone here for years. The locals love the place (with good reason). The crab dip is really good! The salads are crisp! The cranberry bread is....more! Reasonably... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
J M
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Blue Ash, Ohio
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Whether you are there for lunch or dinner, the food is always consistently great. The choices are varied and the atmosphere is terrific.

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Blue Ash, Ohio
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Whether for lunch or dinner, this place is good. From the bar in front to the back dining room, the food never disappoints. We have gone here for years. The locals love the place (with good reason). The crab dip is really good! The salads are crisp! The cranberry bread is....more! Reasonably priced. Go earlier and avoid the evening rush!

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We had reservations and were seated fairly quickly, Service was a touch slow but they were having some sort of artists affair and were trying to serve dinners and handle a cocktail party simultaneously. Okay, let's discuss the food. I ordered a seafood stew which i enjoyed -- very tasty. The main entree for the other meal was bland while... More 

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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99 reviews 99 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

What a nice surprise, we stumbled in to what appeared to be a busy bar at 5 pm, the restaurant is in the back. Seems like a favorite for locals, with good reason. A very thoughtful menu, so much home made, even the salad dressings and insanely good cranberry corn bread. That attention to detail and care is always welcome.... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Fantastic dinner. Cozy atmosphere. Great homemade bread. Service was a bit slow, but, in fairness, they were busy.

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Littlestown, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Over the years, we have had many, many excellent meals at the Blue Parrot. The menu is varied and includes interesting specials, and the food is always exquisitely prepared. The atmosphere is cozy and artsy, and the service is friendly and efficient. In summer, the have charming outdoor seating. Save room for dessert!

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East Berlin, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
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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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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 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
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?