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“Dinner surrounded by history”

Farnsworth House Tavern
Ranked #16 of 129 Restaurants in Gettysburg
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Brunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Denville, New Jersey
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397 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Dinner surrounded by history”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

We wanted a typical "GETTYSBURG" type dinner when we arrived in Gettysburg and saw that this restaurant got pretty good reviews. It is in a historic building that was pockmarked with bullet holes gotten during the battle for Gettysburg. Going into the tavern, the wait staff is dressed in 1860's costumes and the menu has many period dishes such as game pie, chicken pot pie, pickled watermelon, spoon bread to name a few. The cast of the movie "GETTYSBURG" spent time here and they donated many of the props and costumes used in filming the movie. The food was good and hearty. Large portions that were very filling. Connie, our waitress, was very helpful and she gave us terrific suggestions for touring the battlefield sites. All in all, a very enjoyable evening.

  • Visited May 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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97 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Would not return”
Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

Ate here bc we have a toddler and it was air conditioned on a ninety plus degree day. Service was okay, but the food wasn't good at all. We were looking for a cool Gettysburg food experience and this wasn't it.

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New Hampshire
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98 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“1860's dining”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Located in Gettysburg, and just outside of the battlefield area. This Inn served as a snipers post during the battle. The exterior is pocked marked with bullet holes and some tables have a view of bullet holes. It is said to be the most haunted building in Gettysburg.
BUT that didn't stop us from dining there. The fare is mostly traditional that would have been found during the 1860's. Their specialty is a Game Bird Pie which is excellent. A combination of game birds, vegetables, and rice all under a pasty topping. Meals come with spoon bread, fresh baked bread, apple butter, and unique vegetable choices.
The dining room is not large so make a reservation. There is also an outside dining/bar area for fair weather dining.

Visited June 2014
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Pennsylvania
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109 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good sandwiches; cold beer. Any questions?”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

After a long day in Gettysburg, we were feeling parched and were looking for some simple food and cold drink, and this place hit the spot. The chicken flatbread sandwiches with coleslaw were very good, and the beer was cold; had a second one just to be sure. The homemade potato chips were good and salty. They're down an alley next to the Farnsworth House, and they've got souvenirs from the Gettysburg movie in a case on their wall. We weren't looking for elegant; we were looking for good sandwiches and cold beer. Wussies should go elsewhere.

  • Visited June 2014
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Pennsylvania
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294 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“AWFUL LOUD AT THE BAR....”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Stopped in for a drink on a Saturday evening and the service was great. Only problem was the people across the bar from us. They were that loud, we drank one and left. Don't get me wrong, I realize that after a certain time it might be noisy, but this was early evening. This is a small place with no backward noise, why yell to the person next to you???? We should have sat outside...

  • Visited June 2014
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