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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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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, Late Night, 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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  • 36
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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
Nice place - recommended

The service was friendly and quick. The food was fresh and well-prepared. The atmosphere was peaceful and very pleasant. There are televisions if you want to watch a game. I had the Salade Nicoise, and it was delicious and just what I wanted at the time. The iced tea was good. My husband had a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The service was friendly and quick. The food was fresh and well-prepared. The atmosphere was peaceful and very pleasant. There are televisions if you want to watch a game. I had the Salade Nicoise, and it was delicious and just what I wanted at the time. The iced tea was good. My husband had a wonderful portabella sandwich and also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Went to this restaurant after an impromptu trip to Gettysburg. It was surprisingly excellent! A bit of a walk from our hotel, but well worth it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The Blue Parrot Bistro has a bar with a pool table and as you progress in there is an absolutely beautiful dining room. However, the outdoor bistro seating tucked in between a gallery and the restuarant itself is a scene stealer. With white linen table cloths and Charleston like garden gates, you would never know you were steps away from... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We ate inside in a quite, comfy room. The menu was varied and everything we ate was good with a bread basket worth noting Service was attentive and pleasant..

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Fast, friendly service, food is very good, crab cakes are something to write home about, quaint cozy atmosphere, highly recommend

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Ate here twice for dinner on a long business trip a group of five. Both times excellent food and service. We always ordered appetizers, drinks and main courses. We tried seafood, beef, chicken and pork entrees all were delicious. This is our second year with a long business trip in Gettysburg and this restaurant is still very good. Highly recommend

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Chesterton, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

My husband and I decided to try Blue Parrot Bistro our first night in town. Our waitress, Ruth, was very friendly and prompt. We ate inside because the outside was booked, but that was fine with us. I really liked the atmosphere inside with candlelight on the tables and an all-around warm glow. We both ordered the filet mignon with... More 

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New Mexico
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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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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, Romantic, Bar scene

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?