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Blue Parrot Bistro

35 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, PA 17325-1102
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Ranked #31 of 114 Restaurants in Gettysburg
Price range: $0 - $35
Mon - Wed 9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Thu 9:30 pm - 11:30 am
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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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We stopped in here for lunch and had a great quick meal. Very friendly and great food! We'll be sure to stop in again when we're in town.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We enjoyed delicious soup and salad at the Blue Parrot Bistro. We had a spot in the corner with excellent service. Our food was reasonably priced and delicious.

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West Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Good place to eat for a tourist area. Located in a historical building, it is on the small size so I would recommend making reservations. The food took sometime to get to us, although they had a nice cheese and crackers plate set out, so that held us over. It was just me and my hubby, so we didn't mind... More 

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Temperance, Michigan
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Dinner salads were good and prime rib was wonderful. Toni, the waitress was miserable during ordering the meal then argued was us when she handed us a dirty plate. L

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Baltimore, Maryland
20 reviews 20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We have been here before and enjoyed it so we requested to sit in the bar area when we made our reservations. We arrived on time and were promptly seated. My wife ordered a cider on draft and did not particularly care for it, the bartender noticed her expression, came over and replaced her drink with his recommendation. I was... More 

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Clane, Ireland
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116 reviews 116 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Good food places were hard to find in the over-commercialised town of Gettysburg, so The Blue Parrott was a relief. Not top end food or even that cheap, but was decent, well done food. A much needed square meal. Salmon for my wife, chicken breast for me (I know, not very exciting, but neither is the menu)- both with a... More 

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McLean, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The selection & quality of the food was great. We had a reservation & they took us right on time. No dislikes! The restaurant was mobbed the whole night! What does that tell you. We made our reservation 6 weeks in advance to get in.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

Stopped by for lunch and had the tasty soup of the day which was Chorizo and bean. This was followed by the Caesar Salad with blackened chicken, which was well spiced. Service was a little slow considering it was almost empty when we arrived, but otherwise no grumbles.

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Blue Parrot B, Manager at Blue Parrot Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are pleased you had a lovely lunch in the Bistro! We do however apologize for the service not being up to par! We thank you for your patronage and look forward to your future business! More 

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Additional Information about Blue Parrot Bistro

Address: 35 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, PA 17325-1102
Phone Number: 717-337-3739
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Gettysburg
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Tuesday 9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Wednesday 9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Thursday 9:30 pm - 11:30 am
Average Prices: USD 0 - 35
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Bistro, Organic

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