5 Best Historic Restaurants in Gettysburg PA (From A Local)

If you’re looking for the best historic restaurants in Gettysburg PA, I have you covered.

As a lifelong resident of Gettysburg, I’ve dined at all of these restaurants and recommend them for their delicious food and fascinating backstories. If you enjoy stepping back in time and immersing yourself in a historical setting, you’ll love these historic restaurants in Gettysburg.

(And oh, by the way, some of these places are on my most haunted places in Gettysburg list as well).

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Taste The History

I’m not sure there are many places in the country where you can dine in a building that was once used as a Civil War hospital. In Gettysburg, that is not that unusual since most of the buildings were used for that purpose after the Battle of Gettysburg.

Here is my list of some of the most historic restaurants in Gettysburg in no particular order. Some of them are located in town, and some are a short drive. The Mansion House 1757 is in Fairfield, about eight miles away.

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1. The Dobbin House Tavern

Location: 89 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg PA

Summary: The Dobbin House offers a truly historic dining experience in a building dating back to 1776, with period décor and candlelit tables. It’s well known for its hearty colonial fare, with popular menu items like the French Onion Soup served in an iron kettle.

Fine dining in the Dobbin House Tavern shows one of the private bed tables with colorful carpet and tables.
You can choose from fine dining upstairs or a casual tavern downstairs at the Dobbin House.

The Dobbin House Tavern is a true gem of Gettysburg’s culinary heritage. This historic tavern is a gathering place for locals and visitors alike, and was built the same year the country was born).

With its cozy atmosphere, exposed stone walls, and crackling fireplaces, it transports guests back in time. Find out more about The Dobbin House Tavern.

Local Tip: There is a more casual tavern downstairs. Make sure you ask how to get to the Underground Railroad Museum.

Pro Tip: Not only is this a very historic restaurant in Gettysburg, it is one of the most popular dining establishments in town. It’s best to have reservations during the busy summer season.

2. The Farnsworth House Inn

Location: 401 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg PA

One of the historic restaurants in Gettysburg is the Farnsworth House, a two-story brick building with brown shutters.

Summary: Steeped in Civil War history, The Farnsworth House Inn features a dining experience surrounded by bullet-riddled walls and historic artifacts. The restaurant is renowned for its traditional dishes such as the Game Pie, a savory blend of meats and vegetables.

Step into the Farnsworth House Inn, and you’ll be greeted by the warm embrace of 19th-century charm. This beautifully restored inn, dating back to 1810, offers a dining experience like no other.

The candlelit dining rooms exude elegance, and the menu showcases seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. You can eat in the restaurant, the pub, or outside in the shade.

Local Tip: When you leave, make sure you look at the chips in the brick walls from bullets during the Battle of Gettysburg. Also, the Farnsworth House Inn has ghost tours is on my haunted hotel list.

Farnsworth House Menu

3. The Cashtown Inn

Location: 1325 Old Route 30, Orrtanna

Cashtown Inn is a two-story brick building with a blue porch and red, white and blue banners on the railing.

Summary: The Cashtown Inn, established in 1797, offers a quaint and historic ambiance with its original 18th-century charm. Diners enjoy the elegant meals made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

This historic inn exudes rustic charm with its stone walls, exposed beams, and cozy dining rooms. The Cashtown Inn is open for Sunday breakfast 9 a.m. to noon; Casual Hometown Dining on Wednesdays; and Fine Dining Thursday to Saturday.

Cashtown Inn Menus

4. The Mansion House 1757 (Fairfield Inn)

15 West Main Street, Fairfield

The Fairfield Inn is a stone building with a three level porch with white railing.

Summary: Located in a historic mansion dating back to 1757, the Mansion House provides an elegant dining experience with antique furnishings. Their menu is celebrated for the Slow Roasted Prime Rib, a flavorful and tender choice.

Enjoy the crackling fireplace and antique furnishings, which set the stage for a memorable culinary experience.

Insider’s Tip: Consider going here for Sunday Brunch!

Mansion House Menu

5. The Inn At Herr Ridge

900 Chambersburg Road, Gettysburg PA

A sign that says Inn at Herr Ridge with the Inn in the background under cloudy skies.
The Inn at Herr Ridge has fine dining, a pub and also offers lodging.

Established in 1815, the property functioned as a local tavern until 1828 when it was purchased by Frederick Herr. Herr also ran the property as a tavern and lodging for travelers.

Herr Tavern was also a major stop in the Underground Railroad. The property played a pivotal role in helping slaves to escape.

NOTE: Fine dining is closed, but overnight accommodations are available. Casual dining is available at The Livery next door.

The Livery Menu

Herr Tavern Menu, Ratings and Map

An Extra Serving Of Gettysburg Historic Restaurants

👉 The Garryowen Irish Pub

Location: 126 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg

Located in an unassuming historic building, Garryowen Irish Pub combines authentic Irish ambiance with Gettysburg’s historic vibe, and features traditional Irish music and décor.

The Fish and Chips are a standout, offering a taste of Ireland with perfectly fried fish and hand-cut fries. Expect to have a good time!

👉 Battlefield Brew Works

248 Hunterstown Road, Gettysburg PA

A blue barn with a sign out front that says Battlefield Brew Works.
Light fare is served in this historic barn just outside Gettysburg.

Housed in a historic barn from 1848 that served as a Civil War field hospital, Battlefield Brew Works offers a unique blend of history and craft beer.

Patrons of Battlefield Brew Works enjoy the rustic ambiance while savoring their popular house-made brews like the Pickett’s Charge Porter, accompanied by a diverse menu featuring dishes such as the Brew Works Burger, known for its flavorful, locally sourced beef.

Insider’s Tip: This is another one of the “haunted spots.”

Conclusion Of Gettysburg Historic Restaurants

From cozy taverns that offer a romantic getaway, to casual pubs with light fare, Gettysburg’s historic restaurants provide visitors and foodies a blend of history, ambiance, and delicious cuisine.

Whether you’re a first-time or veteran visitor, these iconic establishments provide a unique opportunity to savor the flavors of the past while creating new memories.

When you’re done exploring the numerous museums in Gettysburg or discovering historic sites, enjoy a relaxing meal at one of these historic restaurants in Gettysburg.

(And don’t forget to book a Gettysburg ghost tour).

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