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“We wanted a nice relaxing dinner...” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blue Parrot Bistro

Blue Parrot Bistro
Ranked #32 of 128 Restaurants in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Eureka, California
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225 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“We wanted a nice relaxing dinner...”
4 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited May 2014
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Blue Parrot B, Manager at Blue Parrot Bistro, responded to this review, October 31, 2014
Thank you for your review! We are pleased you enjoyed your evening dining with us! We appreciate your patronage and look forward to your future visits!
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Moorestown, NJ
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Gourmet? You bet!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Christine H
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Blue Parrot B, Manager at Blue Parrot Bistro, responded to this review, October 31, 2014
Thank you so much for your review! We are very pleased you enjoyed your time while dining with us! We look forward to your future visit!
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North Hills, Pennsylvania, United States
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97 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“quintessential bistro-the way they should be”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 :)

Visited May 2014
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Thank LisaVidMal
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Blue Parrot B, Manager at Blue Parrot Bistro, responded to this review, October 31, 2014
Thank you for your review! We are so pleased you make us your 'one stop' when visiting Gettysburg! We look forward to your future visits!
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London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, service and cuisine - Steve M”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014

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

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Steve M
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Blue Parrot B, Manager at Blue Parrot Bistro, responded to this review, October 31, 2014
Thank you so much for your review! We are very pleased you enjoyed everything we had to offer! We look forward to your future visits!
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Doylestown PA
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70 reviews
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“Don't be fooled by the street view”
4 of 5 bubbles 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, with professional wait staff and terrific menu. We had a lovely fine dining experience at a very reasonable price. Our only regret is that we wore jeans and both my husband and I wished we'd gotten a little more dressed! The staff and other patrons, however, didn't seem to mind a bit as people were dressed in a variety of 'up and down'. A must try if you are in Gettysburg.

Visited March 2014
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Blue Parrot B, Manager at Blue Parrot Bistro, responded to this review, October 31, 2014
Thank you for your review and stopping by, despite the view from the street! We are very pleased the both of you had such a lovely evening! We look forward to your future visits!
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