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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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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, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Gettysburg Favorite

This has a typical bistro atmosphere with a varied menu. The menu items are a bit more sophisticated than you would find in the typical bistro. This is a local favorite that always seems to be busy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
David C
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Green Valley, Arizona
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Green Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This has a typical bistro atmosphere with a varied menu. The menu items are a bit more sophisticated than you would find in the typical bistro. This is a local favorite that always seems to be busy.

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

After a long day spent touring the Gettysburg battlefields, my husband and I were ready for a nice meal in a quiet restaurant with pleasant atmosphere, and that's exactly what we found at the Blue Parrot Bistro. It's a small restaurant, and not particularly fancy, but we wanted quiet, and that's what got. When we entered the restaurant, the pool... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Priced too high for the food and atmosphere. We did not have to wait and our server was very nice. I expected more from this restaurant due to the higher prices that they were charging. There are better places in town to eat!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Sandwiches to veal a, seafood and steak. Great French onion soup and salads. Fun place. Have eaten there several times

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Concordville,Pa
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Food was great and the service was good. It is small so you may have to wait a bit but the atmosphere at the bar while waiting is friendly and fun. The people who work there are helpful and friendly

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This was recommended by our B&B. It way went beyond our expectations. They seem to be able to manage several large groups at a time and yet make a couple feel like they are the only people in the dining room. Great outside dining by the looks of it. Treat u like family. Good place for small plates, great martinis... More 

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Marietta, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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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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: 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: American, Organic, Seafood, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Entertaining clients

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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