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“Noted, historic, yes, but that does not equal great dining”

Inn at Herr Ridge Restaurant
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Ranked #24 of 133 Restaurants in Gettysburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $36
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Herr's Ridge Rd.
Description: Fine dining in a cozy, business casual atmosphere. ~ Wine Spectator Award of Excellence ~ Susquehanna Style Magazine Silver Spoon Award Winner Business Meetings, Bus Groups, Rehearsal Dinners and other Private Events from 10-150.
Reviewed September 23, 2011

This inn is noted in the area for its out of the way location, the glass porch, history and wonderful dining. However, it falls short of a nice dining experience--even to the point of resting on its laurels.

The location is still on a major truck route, US 30; the famed glass porch is too noisy and stuffy to really be a nice place for experiencing a meal and conversation. We moved to the bar/dining room which is better and quieter, but right by the inn's lodging check-in desk.

The inn seems to be confused at what it is doing --is it lodging, is it a restaurant, or wait, maybe a good ol' location that everyone knows for organization lunches and weddings.
We were just a "walk-in" lunch and yet were asked our names and phone number-why?

The staff needs coordination--the staffers kept asking basic questions of each other--such as who has that table, is that item really available and what about the group luncheon, how are we going to handle them, now that they are arriving?
Our views into the kitchen revealed similar wasted energy and seemingly On-the-Job Training style workflow.
We overheard a staffer bemoaning us walk-ins as being a bother.

The lunch (just one turkey sandwich and a tuna melt) arrived in an hour, after our queries, and was a straight Average for food quality, presentation and tastiness. We tracked down our bill, paid and loved walking back into open air and sunshine.

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Reviewed September 7, 2011

An out of the way Inn that is worth the effort to find! The food was excellent, the wait staff friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. After dining in another local restaurant the next night we wished that we had returned to the Inn at Herr Ridge instead. Who needs to say more?

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Thank DianeB361
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

I dined here with my family while visiting Gettysburg....restaurant is outside of town so you need to drive there. The backdooor entrance from the car park via a musty smelling unused conference/ballroom area was not good.Decor old fashioned and a little' tired'. Menu looks better than it delivers. I suspect a little ambitious for the chef's capabilities...though there are at least two chefs there, so might be different on a different night.(this was a Tuesday evening and restaurant not busy)The 'chilled heirloom tomato soup with scallop ceviche' tasted like cold Campbells tomato soup... the corn and crab chowder, with cheese and bacon two of the party had was great, but maybe best in smaller portions...extremely rich and neither could finish it.My son's caprese salad though was very enjoyable.
The main courses again promised more than they delivered..my son again fared best with a simple Chicken Nicoise while the Tuna with crab and avocado was tasteless...the pork fillet dry...and the scallop and prawn dish unmemorable.The wine I chose though good, and reasonably priced, was problematic...the waitress could not open it, broke the cork and hurried to the kitchen for help...there was now so much sediment it needed decanting ...a request we had to make having seen the first glasses poured. Desserts again looked better on the menu than they were, a very average creme brullee, and the 'special' Apple dumpling..memorable by it's hardness...pastry though was OK. Service overall was very pleasant, though not skilled. In summary ideas good..... execution has a way to go...

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Reviewed August 24, 2011

The Inn at Herr Tavern Inn (eat in the main restaurant) on the Chambersburg Road is the BEST place to start your Gettysburg visit. This inn/tavern is authentic, and is sits on the road that General Lee and the Confederates used as they approached and retreated from Gettysburg. The hills surrounding the inn, are just west of the site where the battle started on the first day.

Sitting in the cool quiet of the restaurant (and ignoring the cars rushing by outside your window), allows you to envision the battle on those quiet bucolic fields.

The food was outstanding, as was the wine. The chef even came out to visit with us during the meal. We followed his suggestions in choosing our entrees (a duck and pork dish) and wine, and weren't disappointed.

The Inn at Herr Ridge Restaurant isn't cheap, but you get good value for your money, and the ambiance is so much better than the other high price/crowded tourist-oriented restaurant located on the south end of town.

For the record, we did try to eat at the "other" restaurant as we heard the food was good, but it was so crowded that we would have had to wait at least a half hour before getting a table. (Rather than fight the crowds, we opted for a fast dinner from a pub a block down the street.) This experience really reinforced the wonderful evening / dinner we had the night before at Herr Ridge.

Bottom line, when looking for fine dining in Gettysburg, avoid the crowds and enjoy a delightful meal at the Inn at Herr Ridge!

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Thank PhoenixRising88
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

My husband and I dined here our first night in Gettysburg (Aug 5-7). I made reservations but it was not busy when we arrived that night. I asked to be seated in the glass porch so that we would have a view. There was a hummingbird that kept watching us through the glass and we enjoyed watching the traffic come up and down the road along with the sun setting on Gettysburg. The food was wonderful. My husband had the prime rib while I ordered the duck. I have never had roasted beets before and they were to die for. We stayed after dinner for dessert and the berry cobbler was the best I have ever had. A little pricey but I felt it was worth it for the food.

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Thank CorgiGirl39
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