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“Delicious breakfast” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Saint-Amand

Cafe Saint-Amand
48 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2305
717-334-2700
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Ranked #15 of 113 Restaurants in Gettysburg
Price range: $5 - $11
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Dessert
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Dessert
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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124 reviews 124 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Delicious breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We ate here both mornings of our trip since the food far exceeded our expectations. Coffee was amazing and would come here just for that. The Apple crepe is by far the best item on the menu and is very filling. Prices are amazing for quality and amount and so that is why we returned (and it was walking distance from hotel). Ventured to the savory crepes the next day ... My onion was good but husband felt egg and sausage needed some zip. Service is a little off.. best way to describe -- it was like the restaurant was packed... but that was not the case.. However still very friendly service, great ambience, and was nice to be able able to just sit and enjoy our coffee and not feel rushed. This restaurant gave us everything that our hotel lacked.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manlius, New York
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18 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We made a dinner reservation prior to arriving in Gettysburg after searching the web for local restaurant reviews. We were celebrating a family birthday while on the road with our adult children.

The ambiance was not exceptional. It did not have the feel of a French bistro, but it was clean, warm and welcoming. We were greeted promptly and seated right away. Our server did not add anything French to the experience, but she was friendly, efficient and helpful. This is a BYOB restaurant, which seems to be well advertised, but be warned - there is no bar. This was not an issue for out party. Our server was quick with the drinks and our appetizer order. With our dinner order, the server was thorough with the specials and helpful with suggestions. She was also accommodating with a celiac in our party whom required gluten-free options.

We shared three apps with our party of five and started off the meal on a high point. We enjoyed the brie, the ahi tuna and gaufrette chips. The brie and tuna received rave reviews around the table and the chips were good but enjoyed more for the aioli dipping sauce. Dinner followed with a rack of lamb special, swordfish special, pork normandy, seafood pasta and trout almandine. All were delicious. The lamb and trout got the highest praises while the pork normandy was a bit over sold, though still very good.

While usually not a big dessert crowd we splurged for turtle cheesecake, flour-less chocolate cake, pecan pie and chocolate mousse. We finished with espresso and coffee. All were good and a fine finish to a wonderful meal. Complete with tax and tip about $200.

I would definitely eat here again and recommend it to friends and family.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, DC
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We had breakfast on a Friday morning and were very happy with the results. Nice dining area, great breakfast food and selection. Friendly and efficient service. Recommended (at least for breakfast).

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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“Good Food, Horrible Management”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Dinner was excellent although the wait stuff is obviously untrained. Booked a Christmas Eve reservation. Was told later when I called to confirm that "we are never open on Tuesday evenings" Jamie the.manager apologized but this really left me wondering how unprofessional this was. What a bunch of nitwits!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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“If you don't expect too much...you might be pleasantly surprised!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

A family dinner (4 adults, one small child) was both good and disappointing.
Cafe Saint- Amand is more a "gourmet diner" than a French bistro but it tries hard. It's
is still one of the best spots to eat in Gettysburg, a town with more pub-grub than fine cuisine.

Just don't think you are in Paris or Provence. It is rural America with a French accent.
And Cafe Saint-Amand is on the right track.

We were greeted and immediately seated at a large, nice table by the front door. However every time the front door was opened, we were hit by a blast of freezing November air. A solid, antique-looking screen could reduce this problem and give the front tables a little privacy too. Two of our party put on their winter coats.

The atmosphere is lovely, with soft lighting, large, b/w photos of Parisian landmarks and French music playing and the staff smartly and appropriately dressed in black. Service was friendly but inconsistent in its attention to the table. We felt somewhat ignored at times and had to motion to the waitress to get her attention. Maybe getting and training wait staff is difficult?

The kitchen was slow. The restaurant was about 3/4 full.

Waitress never offered to open our wine or to pour it. Wine glasses provided were
small.

We were brought a small loaf of excellent Rosemary bread, fresh, warm, with a tiny ball of herbal butter, strange with an herbal bread. A good amount of plain butter would have been appreciated. That mini-loaf went fast...devoured in six small slices. We asked for more and it came in about 10 minutes. A bistro should serve warm baguettes, a variety bread and butter.

Appetizers ordered included a duck confit (good...perhaps D'Artagnan's packaged one reheated?), a homemade fish soup (very "good"), Blue Mussels (about 12, just excellent and served with a potent garlic sauce) and a "Warm Goat Cheese and Apple Salad" which was awful. The salad consisted of a bag-mix but the greens were not picked over and maybe not re-washed. So the salad came full of spoiled lettuce. It was generously covered in grocery-store goat-cheese crumbles. The dressing, described as "honey-mustard vinaigrette" turned out to be a blob of plain Dijon mustard, served separately. We tasted it and everyone agreed that in no way was it the promised honey-dijon vinaigrette. The salad was not what the menu said it would be and a disappointment We should have sent it back.

Surprised there is no pate on the menu. Also, a "small assortment" of "3 artisan cheeses" for $10.95 is pricey. And why no "pommes frites", the bistro classic? Steak/fites??? "Warm pretzel croissants" (?) with a cheese/mustard sauce for $8.95 sound pricey and more PA Dutch than French.

Entrees included the rack of lamb (just "excellent"), a succulent, rare filet mignon au poivre (topped with with a tiny squiggle of creme faiche...strange for a dish which should have a brandy-cream sauce), a NY Strip au poivre (good, big), and "Pork Normandy" (dry, maybe reheated...not good).

A side order of garlic spinach ($4.95 for 5 tiny bites!) was strong enough to knock you off your chair. Presentations were nice. Entrees all came with rather dry mashed potatoes that could have been improved with butter or cream. Again that butter! The children's menu was good.

We think the kitchen may have to rely on warming up pre-packaged foods for dinners, not surprising for a place busy serving "cooked-to-order" breakfasts and lunches that may not have time or staff to prepare "from scratch" sauces, veggies, etc.

Value for the money? Perhaps a little overpriced for some items which is how we feel whenever a menu's promises more than it delivers.

Still, we will return. Saint-Amand is among the best restaurants in Gettysburg.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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