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Blue Parrot Bistro

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French, American, Organic, Seafood, 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, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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 place to enjoy food in a friendly atmosphere.

Great atmosphere. Really friendly folks. Loved it! Outside dining area was a delight! Food choices were numerous and food quality was high.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
Marianne R
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New Mexico
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere. Really friendly folks. Loved it! Outside dining area was a delight! Food choices were numerous and food quality was high.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

One of our B&B owners suggested this place when we asked about somewhere for lunch where we could catch up with a friend I hadn't seen in years and wouldn't be rushed to finish. The Blue Parrot was an excellent choice! The three of us got different salads - all very good, and not your run-of-the-mill, standard choices. We sat... More 

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Warsaw, Indiana
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

When we ate here my husband ordered the Bistro burger and I ordered the chicken burrito. My food was good but when I took a bite of his burger it was the best I ever tasted. You could really taste the quality of the beef.

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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Great food and a very interesting menu. I had no idea you could put some of those things on a burger! Service was very good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We loved the looks of this charming spot... And it proved to be a wonderful choice! We sat outside and loved the ambience. Ordered several items from their daily specials and all were delicious: pan-fried catfish, antipasti salad, and a tasty burger. Nice wine choices. Great friendly service and several really nice, friendly local patrons. Will be back!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My wife and I are here on a recent Saturday night when in town for a short vacation. We both ordered the seafood stew which was very good, but a little salty for us. The broth was more like a soup than a stew gravy. It was filled with plenty of clams, oysters, shrimp, little scallops, etc...If you like seafood,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Great Food!!! Friendly atmosphere!!! Beautiful patio for outside seating! Everything made to order! We will be coming back!! Thanks, Blue Parrot

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Such a nice little restaurant with first class service and amazing food. I would recommend it highly! The roasted red pepper and corn soup was delicious and I think the blueberry cheesecake I brought back to the room is going to be very good as well. 💕

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Shavertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

How can you beat walking out of the James Gettys Hotel into a patio setting on a beautiful warm summer evening. The service was fast, the food was very good and the atmosphere was charming. All in the middle of an historic site.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Enjoyed eating here last night. Came here after a full day of lacrosse for my two young boys(10 and 11 yo) They ordered the short ribs and the lamb loin shanks which he laughingly pronounced as 'lion'. The server politely just smiled at him. They both loved their meals. My wife ordered a Souvlaki salad - she like the greens... More 

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Additional Information about Blue Parrot Bistro

Address: 35 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, PA 17325-1102
Phone Number: +1 717-337-3739
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Gettysburg
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
Average Prices: USD $35
Cuisine: French, American, Organic, Seafood, Bistro

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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: French, American, Organic, Seafood, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Bar scene, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?