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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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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 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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Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 84
    Very good
  • 34
    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
drinks

A nice bar next to my hotel. Good atmosphere, nice bar staff and large enough space with plenty of seats. Went with friends. In the day difficult to see from outside what it looks like inside which put me off going in has no lights on. At night the place is lit up and was surprised how large it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Maureen S
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Greater London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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English first
Marietta, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

My husband and I both ordered the Open Faced Omelette that was delicious! They have a complete menu, not just breakfast type foods. Our waitress was a lot of fun and could tell she was really enjoying her job. We ate inside this time but on our next trip plan to eat outside in their plant filled, brick lined patio.

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Gettysburg, PA, USA
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is a great place for dinner and drinks. The food is excellent - I highly recommend the hot crab dip appetizer. They have an excellent bartender who makes a mean margarita!

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Vermont, USA
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Charming, welcoming bistro with comfortable seating a friendly service. The noise level allows for conversation, which I consider a significant plus. I had the crabcakes which were delicious.

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Coppersburg
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Ate here for a second time during graduation weekend, expecting it to be overly crowded with just ok food....was I wrong...we had a party of 6, everyone ordered something different and it was all AMAZING....even the pickiest eater loved it! Food is a bit expensive but it is worth it. Staff was friendly and attentive. Will eat here again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

Steve had the rib special ... Dry rub with sauce on the side ... OUTSTANDING!! I had filet mignon with Brie and mushroom glaze on the side ... Cooked to perfection! Our server, Kelsey (K2) is perfect blend of humor, spunk, knowledge, and grace! Excellent evening!!

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A nice bar next to my hotel. Good atmosphere, nice bar staff and large enough space with plenty of seats. Went with friends. In the day difficult to see from outside what it looks like inside which put me off going in has no lights on. At night the place is lit up and was surprised how large it was... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Had lunch on a busy Saturday. the food was very good and the prices affordable. Nice atmosphere and attentive staff.

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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I must say, this was one of the best meal's I have had in ages. I literally have nothing bad to say about the food. I have paid more for worse food at fancier restaurants. If you come to Gettysburg, you have to eat here. If it's on the weekend, I would highly recommend reservations. When we come back to... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The best way to describe Blue Parrot is 5 star food in a casual atmosphere. My husband and I are foodies, we had not one bad thing to say about this place from the appetizers (onion soup & baked artichoke crostini a) thru the entrees (chicken with mushrooms & short ribs with mac'n cheese) and finishing with dessert (salted caramel... More 

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Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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100 reviews 100 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We liked this restaurant, though it was rather loud. The service, however was good, and the food was likewise. But, it didn't knock our socks off. Nonetheless, we will return

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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, Organic, Seafood, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, 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?