We were looking for a place to have a nice (but not too expensive) dinner and this hit the spot! We made reservations about an hour in advance with no difficulty. Our table was in a beautiful and cozy room, and the service was excellent. We ordered wine, an appetizer, soup (meal came w/ salad and bread) & all was delicious. Steak was cooked to perfection & fish special was rich & very tasty. Had no room for dessert, but the choices made it tempting.
We were a party of 8 and had made reservations well in advance. We arrived and they said our reservation was for 7 people (this was our family so we know how many we are). The tables for us were so cramped that we asked to be moved.... they could not accommodate us so we moved the tables a bit and rearranged the seating.
The waitress was great and very attentive but something is not right in the kitchen. The service was extremely slow. We were there (only one person ordered a drink and one person an appetizer) for forty-five minutes before any food arrived except the bread basket! By the time we had our entrees it had been almost 90 minutes.
The steaks were very tender but the lobster on top was dry and tough; the duck was flavorful but the shrimp and mussels were so overcooked that the mussels had to be sent back and interestingly, the waitress did not offer to replace them. I now remember having trouble with overcooked seafood before although, one member of our group said that the scallops were fine.
In the end, the waitress took the mussels off of the bill... I had eaten one. She told me that she had to have the chef try them. (well, obviously he agreed with me)
Ambiance is great and when I have eaten in the pub, the food was very good.
Be aware that the menu on the internet is not necessarily what you will find. They trim back their menu in the winter.
Every time we go to Gettysburg, we have to eat at the Dobbin House. The atmosphere is lovely and it looks like you've stepped back in time to the Cival War period. You're welcomed with a wonderful basket of freshly baked breads and muffins followed by a fabulous dinner...their Gettytown shrimp is delicious! There warmed pecan pie is also a great finish to your meal. I took my children with me and they absolutely loved the food too! They have a great selection for kids. Its not a bunch of junk food. I highly recommend stopping at The Dobbin House!
Everytime we visit Gettysburg we dine at least once at the Dobbin House Tavern. The dinners are excellent and the menu is pretty extensive and varied. It feels like you step back in time when you enter the dining rooms or the tavern.
We should have eaten in the tavern. The kids chicken was so spicy. They could not eat it and got plain pasta instead. My son opted for a burger and that too was horrendous. The same nasty herbs they put on the chicken they put on my pork tenderloin. The atmosphere is fabulous. I went to college in Gettysburg and was so excited to take my kids to the famous Dobbin House. It was expensive and not worth our time.
We had set up reservations 2 months in advance. When we called to see if any earlier times happened to be available, the hostess was inexcusably rude. We ended up cancelling our reservation, and never even made it there.
Our 3rd trip from Rochester NY.
A previous review said that " . . . $50.00 for two people . . ." was "outrageously priced." Where can you eat anywhere in a fine dining establishment for much less and this place is great.
(Hint - filet mignon @ $21.00, filet and lobster tail @ $31.00 on 11/10/06.)
One of the best I've had anywhere and we'll be back.
Colonial style food is nicely prepared in the tavern. (Never eaten in the dining room upstairs.) Good food for the price. Served on pewter type dishes. We have eaten there several times. Wear a sweater or take a jacket as the downstairs tavern has a natural spring and the original stone adds great atmosphere, so it's chilly sometimes. Seems like you have stepped back in time. Note - No reservations in the tavern downstairs.
The Dobbin House has the most character and charm of any other place in Gettysburg. The food is always fantastic and the wait staff manages to make you feel at home, no matter how busy the restaurant is. The Spring House Tavern is always the first stop for my husband and I when we are in town.
The atmosphere was excellent, however, the food was outrageously priced and not worth it at all. If I had it to do over I would eat at the tavern and not request the full dining experience. Our meal was $50.00 for two people and we left very dissatisfied. Do not be fooled that it is the "number one rated place", if you value good food and appreciate a value, this is not the place for you!
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