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“Overrated”

Dobbin House Tavern
Ranked #9 of 135 Restaurants in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed October 27, 2009

Having heavily researched our first trip to Gettysburg, my husband, mother and I made a point of visiting the Dobbin House. We found the house itself to be charming and very interesting - definitely a must-see. However, we found it odd that none of the staff greeted or acknowledged us as we wandered through.

Eventually we made our way downstairs to the Springhouse Tavern. We had made arrangements for dinner later in the week and thought it might be fun to get a glimpse of what the food and service would be like. We're glad we did. It probably saved us more than a little money.

The tavern is situated in the springhouse below the house itself. As to be expected, it was dimly lit and made of stone. This caused virtually all sounds to be amplified which created a need for us to raise our voices for conversation. The benches were high-backed and allowed for two to be seated on each side. A good use of space, but very uncomfortable since the floor is cobbled and anyone's movements move everyone else as the bench shifts.

While the servers' period clothing was charming, the servers were not. In fact, ours had little interest in us and made the barest attempts to get us our food and drink and disappear. A quick look around revealed there were several waitresses and the place seemed well staffed for the number of guests.

My husband's steak was tough, flavorless and overcooked. He would have sent it back had he been given the opportunity. My mother and I had sandwiches which were made with dry bread and little dressing to salvage the situation. They were also entirely overpriced. We also tried the cider which was flavorful, but no better than what you buy at the local grocer. The onion soup was actually very good, but the bits of steak found toward the bottom were rubbery.

When our waitress finally returned to gather our long-abandoned plates she asked us how it was. We told her it was so-so. (Quite frankly we were ready to just get out of there). Her reaction was almost hostile when she snapped, "Did I do something to offend??". Sorry, but making it person was the wrong route to take.

We paid, went upstairs, canceled our dinner reservations (no one seemed interested as to why) and left.

I cannot say I would recommend it, but we visited several restaurants in the area with superior food and excellent service. Many others seem to enjoy the place. This one is up to the visitor and how lucky they feel.

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Reviewed October 27, 2009

We stopped in without reservations on a Monday evening at about 6. The wait was 45 mninutes so we went downstairs to the Springhouse Tavern portion of the restaurant. We started with cold draft beer and a french onion soup that was excellent, made with loads of cheese and pieces of tender beef. I opted for a steak sandwhich which was a tender strip steak, grilled to perfection served open face, which came with a side, for $12.99, an excellent choice. My wife had a grilled sandwhich which was also excellent. The servers were dressed in period costumes, the pub looked very historic and it fit the mood of the day after vivsiting the historic park. The ginger bread desert was also a great choice.

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1  Thank Krusj
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Reviewed October 18, 2009

Located in the basement of an old Civil War era building. Cozy, nice ambiance. Staff is dressed in period attire, and was properly attentive. Food was very good, definitely recommend the crabcake sandwich.

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Thank Mikey53
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Reviewed October 16, 2009

Dining at the Dobbin House in Gettysburg was a delight to the senses. The waitstaff was in period costume and in a festive mood. We had reservations for 6:30, and when we arrived we were taken right to our table. The restaurant was full, but we were pleasantly surprised how efficiently our order was taken and drinks delivered right away. Our meals were perfect, though the portions were much too generous. The dining room was lit by candlelight, which made the reading of the menu a bit tricky, but the food was better than expected. We will definitely return to the Dobbin House on our next trip to Gettysburg.

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Thank lacePittsburgh_PA
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Reviewed October 14, 2009

We ate in the tavern downstairs and had a wonderful meal with excellent service. I believe the menu is more extensive upstairs in the main restaurant, but we felt the selection available to us was more than sufficient.

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Thank sgw57
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