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Blue Parrot Bistro

35 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, PA 17325-1102
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Ranked #38 of 114 restaurants in Gettysburg
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Bistro, Organic
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Merritt Island, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere was enjoyable. The staff extremely hospitable. The food was excellant. try the portebello stuffed ravioli, yum. Very enjoyable experience.

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Based on location and reviews We had planned on eating at the blue parrot on our one night in gettysburg. We were not disappointed. Once you go through the bar they have a lovely dining area with a good variety of menu items as well as nightly specials. The French onion soup was full of flavour, salad greens very fresh... More

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Eureka, California
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130 reviews 130 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

...and this is what we got--along with good food and good wait staff. The atmosphere is good, with pub eating in front and more formal dining in back. We opted for the less formal pub and were not sorry. Very good choice all the way around!

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Moorestown, NJ
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I liked the previous review--don't be fooled by the pool table and bar. The food and service were outstanding; the special risotto was amazing. I wish we lived closer because it would be a regular stop.

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North Hills, Pennsylvania, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

OMG, every time I eat there I love it more...there is nothing there that isn't to die for.... it's the one stop I make sure I make when I get to Gettysburg...very time :)

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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Really enjoyed eating here.The atmosphere was vibrant, the service was very attentive and the food was great.

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Doylestown PA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

From the street, the Blue Parrot looks uber casual and cold. However, it was close to our hotel so my husband and I decided to try it anyway. What a wonderful surprise awaited us! The street view is of the bar and casual dining area with billiard table. But the DINING ROOM is in the back and is white tablecloth,... More

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Hellertown, Pennsylvania, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Hello- My husband and I were at the Blue Parrot this past weekend. We stopped in for some appetizers and a quick drink. The drinks were not very good, but that seemed to be the trend among most places in Gettysburg I visited over the weekend. For my appetizer, I ordered a seafood dish, it was fishy and the sauce... More

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I came to Gettysburg to celebrate our anniversary. We had made reservations and the staff had our table reserved for us in a quiet corner of the restaurant. The waitress was pleasant, professional and attentive. Their salads were fresh in appearance and the house made dressings were outstanding. The fresh cornbread and bread with whipped butter were... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Blue Parrot was pretty busy the Saturday evening we were there. None the less, the service was prompt, pleasant, and efficient. We sat in a booth and though the room was crowded with large groups at large tables, the noise level was just fine. The food was hot, plenty full, but seemed dry - not moist. Not sure why.... More

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