Springhouse Tavern - Lite cuisine for Casual Dining serving daily 11:30am - 9:00 pm A most unique eating and drinking alehouse amidst three natural ... More
Dobbin House Tavern
Springhouse Tavern - Lite cuisine for Casual Dining serving daily 11:30am - 9:00 pm A most unique eating and drinking alehouse amidst three natural springs and two glowing fireplaces. This cozy and romantic Tavern features homemade food and refreshing spirits. Alexander Dobbin Dining Rooms - Fine dining in the Colonial Manner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Enjoy an outstanding menu of traditional delicacies: Colonial and Continental Cuisine, prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients. Enjoy homemade breads and desserts from our own bakery. Children's menu. Visit our website to see full menus for both restaurants!
Such a great place! Always good food, great staff, and a terrific atmosphere. Very accommodating. Great little shop too! Historic and have eaten in the basement tavern by candlelight (very cool), upstairs, and on the patio. Only comment is that they need to spend a little money and upgrade the patio tables - they are getting pretty rickety which made for some excitement with drinks and kids :) Always have a good time there!
We really enjoyed the atmosphere of the downstairs tavern including the 18th Century attire of the servers. Service was good. This restaurant is known for its French Onion soup and we weren't disappointed. We also enjoyed the artichoke and cheese appetizer--prices are a little high but not too bad. For visitors wanting a terrific dinner is a historic restaurant, Dobbins House Tavern makes a great choice.
We were unable to eat in the dining room because we didn't have a reservation however we were able to eat in the tavern (it's first come first serve seating) and we were extremely happy with our meal. The food was delicious. The atmosphere was as though we were sitting in tavern of the time and the waitress were in period attire. We dined by dim candle light. It was truly a great experience and I would recommend it to others.
The atmosphere alone makes dinner at Dobbin House well worth your time and money. It's Gettysburg's oldest home, and your visit islike stepping into a time machine. Servers in period garb serve excellent cuisine by candlelight. We had the Adams County Roast Duck and the Filet Mignon, which were wonderful, with an order of the crab cakes. (Not to be missed)
It's a bit pricey, and you may have a long wait to get in, but take the time to visit if you are in Gettysburg.
It's worth lingering in the gift shop. It's stuffed full of curios (so be careful moving around in there!), and a nice change from much of the kitsch that's sold in other shops along Steinwehr Ave. I got a gorgeous Bradley bag.
Our regiment has our annual Christmas party at Dobbin House, and we look forward to it as much as the battles during the year.
Not to be missed on any trip to Gettysburg.
I went to Gettysburg for the first time with my boyfriend, who is a Civil War buff, and he surprised me with reservations here! The staff, dressed in traditional period clothing, are very attentive and efficient, the atmosphere really takes you back, and the food is AWESOME! Not only do you get a very well-filled bread basket (with mini muffins and fruit bread to boot!), but the portions are very generous. I had to take over half my food home because I couldn't finish it. The apple pie and lemon berry mascarpone cake are worth coming here for in themselves, and they are made right there. The apple pie melts in your mouth, and is even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Altogether, our meal, including salad, drinks, and dessert, was just over $65, not bad for a nice romantic dinner! We are going back in December, and can't wait to see the place decorated for Christmas. Also, there are fireplaces in all of the rooms as well. If you go, I personally recommend the seafood Isabella, which is a seafood medley in a wine sauce over fettucine and has more seafood than pasta, and the hunter's chicken, which is a chicken breast served with a white wine and mushroom sauce with tomatoes. I guarantee you will be STUFFED when you leave there, and want to top it off with a tour of the gift shop and a walk around historic Gettysburg or perhaps a ghost tour. This is a very good place to take family, friends you want to impress, or if you want a good, romantic, yet reasonably priced dinner date. You will not be disappointed! I do recommend making reservations, as the place does fill up quickly, especially around the holidays.
An absolutely awesome experience. I have been traveling to Gettysburg for almost 30 years...and this is the one place that we make sure we eat in at least once, maybe twice, when we are there.
The Springhouse Tavern, downstairs is a fantastic place to eat. The dark, candlelit, colonial tavern sets the standard for other restaurants looking for the same ambience...right down to the menu. In addition to the atmosphere, they also have great food...spit roasted chicken, open-faced steak sandwiches, huge deli sandwiches, onion soup, etc. (I personally feel that they have the best potato salad that I have tasted...which is a side choice for meals.)
The tavern does fill up quickly at lunch and dinner time. To me, it adds to the experience...the crowded colonial tavern. (I know that a few reviewers have complained about this, but I was able to maneuver around, several times, on crutches even during the most crowded times.)
I can't tell you how many times that I have eaten there and we have never had bad service. When it's crowded, sometimes the food takes a little longer...but that's to be expected. I have no problem sitting back with a drink and just enjoying the time. Seriously, part of the deal with eating there is taking in where you are...who wants to be rushed out?
The Dobbin House restaurant upstairs is much more formal and spacious, if that's what you're looking for. This has the same colonial atmosphere, but the menu is more of a dinner variety. I have also eaten here several times and the steaks and seafood are excellent.
This is a must stop for anyone that is in Gettysburg.
Couldn't get much worse!
Last Friday, October 10, 2008, myself and two other guests found ourselves in Gettysburg. Unfortunately, Most Haunted was filming a show that night. Absolutely horrible how the town sold completely. They had shut down my favorite place to eat - the Farnsworth House, so we went in search of another eating establishment.
Large parts of Dobbin House were also shut down for the filming, but still for the SpringHouse portion we were told 1-1.5 hours. We opted to wait. While waiting, we witnessed a very drunk man accost a child in the gift shop. The parents had no help in the matter from the staff.
We waited two hours rather than the quoted time. To add insult to injury, we noticed parties that had arrived after us being sat, in seating that was larger than 3, so it wasn't an issue of a smaller party being sat first.
Our waitress was inattentive to our table, and we all seemed more an inconvenience to her than paying customers. There was a party she knew that she was very good with. In fact, they had their food eaten and were gone before we even had our check!
You might be ok with such an experience if the food had been worth it, but the chicken breasts were uninspired, had no wine-herb flavoring as they were supposed to. The whole thing seemed microwaved.
After our dinner process had taken an hour - 3 hours total in the restaurant, we called the manager over. He was most unhelpful and seemed to not believe a word we said.
Can't wait to go back and eat at the Farnsworth House. I won't be back to Dobbin House and will never recommend it.
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