Dobbin House Tavern
Dobbin House Tavern
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  • Saladtray
    Old Lyme, Connecticut3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must for Any Gettysburg Enthusiast!
    Delicious food in an historic restaurant - candlelit tables, ghost stories galore, and you can even take a peek inside the house's old crawl space that was part of the Underground Railroad! As great as the ambiance is, the food is also quite delicious. Don't miss this spot!!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Bonnie G
    Altoona, Pennsylvania49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must stop!
    After hearing about Dobbin House for years, we finally made it a point to stop and I’m so glad we did! We opted for the tavern which is downstairs as we didn’t need reservations. First let me say that the ambiance cannot be beat! Once you get past the historic value of the venue, the candle-lit tables add just the right touch. The tables are tight together, but strategically placed so that it doesn’t feel like you’re eating with strangers. My daughter chose the open-faced Reuben and she claims it comes only second to mine (which she has to say because I’m her mom ;) My girl is a Reuben connoisseur and has ordered them at multiple restaurants so her praise speaks volumes. I ordered the French onion soup despite the fact it was so hot outside and I’m so happy I did. Truly the best I’ve ever had and I’m tempted to drive back to Gettysburg just to have another bowl. I did glance around at what other people had ordered and already have a list of other things I would like to try because it all looked amazing! I honestly believe you can’t go wrong with anything you order here!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 August 2023
  • karynv7
    16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expensive but good.
    Very expensive to eat in the upstairs dining room, but the food was good and so was the service. Make sure to make reservations if you want to eat there. The atmosphere was great as well. I would not go again but am glad I did it once. The onion soup was great…not a lot of onion, but lots of beef. I had this as my entree since I am unable to eat a large meal and I was stuffed! Everyone else has pork, beef and a vegetarian pasta. They enjoyed their dinner as well. The tavern down stairs looked great but the wait is so long, I made reservations ahead of time, for upstairs, since I was warned about this. I think if you go to Gettysburg, and you can, this is something I would recommend for a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Amie G
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My new favorite restaurant
    Fantastic food and atmosphere! You have to try the french onion soup. We walked down the stairs into the dark basement. You felt like it was the late 1700's. Stone walls, candles, servers in period attire. And the food was delicious.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 October 2023
  • Kalon B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great spot to experience the past!
    This was fun experience for our family trip! Our kids (12 & 14) enjoyed the candlit tables and servers dressed in period clothing, and we all were moved to see an actual hiding spot of the Underground Railroad. We enjoy history and this place didn't disappoint. (It's little expensive, but if you factor in the unique experience that helps!)
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2023
  • Beth B
    Bel Air, Maryland121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    3 meals in 2 days and could not be happier!
    The Alexander dining room (upper level) of the Dobbin house was the perfect blend of old world charm and top notch food. Our knowledgeable server Rachel, gave expert advise- tailored to our tastes, based on her 10+ years at Dobbin house. We started with a mixed basket of home made breads and rolls, followed by a fresh Caesar salad. I had the Gettystown shrimp- ( basically shrimp stuffed with crab imperial) but it was far from basic. I had to close my eyes and just appreciate each bite to its fullest! My daughter had the William Penn's pork tenderloin that was indeed tender and the raspberry sauce was a great compliment. Her side was the Brussel sprouts, the outer edges had some crisp but the inside remained soft and flavorful. We requested "to-go" containers for part of our main courses just so we would have enough room for dessert! Smart decision! The pecan pie was delicious with a scoup of ice cream on the side. We also ordered a slice of "vanilla caramel crunch cake" that was on special. We ate EVERY crumb of dessert and then had leftovers for a light lunch the next day. I have to add.... that we also had 2 meals from the Dobbin House the day before this fine dining dinner. We stopped in to the tavern on the lower floor the day before (see that review) and when we learned of the eminent snow storm we ordered dinner to go before heading to our B&B. For that dinner we ordered an open faced Ruben, a grilled salmon salad and entire loaf of the date nut bread!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 January 2024
  • Ryan
    68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hoped for more.
    Awesome building. Amazing history. Cool atmosphere. Tremendous service. Rum Belly drink was delish. French onion soup was phenomenal. $37 prime rib left me disappointed—overcooked, ok flavor, barely warm by the time our party of 14 was served. Another guy in our party raved about it, so maybe it was just me. I expected better. Caesar salad was a $4 upgrade. Cool experience overall, just wish I would have felt better about my $60 meal.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 19 April 2024
  • Lesha A
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique place to eat
    The Tavern at the Dobbin house is one of my must eat places when I visit Gettysburg. Going down in the cool candlelit tavern is so unique. The staff is dressed in period clothing and is very attentive. This was my first time eating at the bar and it was nice to sit and chat with the bartender. The food is always good and I make sure I leave room for desert.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 May 2024
  • Bryan B
    237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Transported to another time
    Three of us couples were visiting the Gettysburg area and it was recommended that we stop by this historic tavern for a great dining experience. Though we had to wait 30 minutes for a table, it was worth the wait! We eventually were seated in the downstairs dining room where you feel transported to the colonial era of the late 18th century. It was a darkened room with low lighting & candles and servers were dressed in colonial outfits. The menu provided a variety of choices and the pricing was reasonable. A few of us got the roasted chicken which was very tender and delicious. My wife ordered the blue cheese burger. Following our meal, we made our way to the museum portion of the Inn where you can ascend a steep set of wood stairs to see a hiding place used for former slaves that made their way north as well as a collection of period artifacts.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 June 2024
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Bryan B
North Palm Beach237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Three of us couples were visiting the Gettysburg area and it was recommended that we stop by this historic tavern for a great dining experience. Though we had to wait 30 minutes for a table, it was worth the wait! We eventually were seated in the downstairs dining room where you feel transported to the colonial era of the late 18th century. It was a darkened room with low lighting & candles and servers were dressed in colonial outfits.

The menu provided a variety of choices and the pricing was reasonable. A few of us got the roasted chicken which was very tender and delicious. My wife ordered the blue cheese burger.

Following our meal, we made our way to the museum portion of the Inn where you can ascend a steep set of wood stairs to see a hiding place used for former slaves that made their way north as well as a collection of period artifacts.
Written 16 June 2024
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Lesha A
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Tavern at the Dobbin house is one of my must eat places when I visit Gettysburg. Going down in the cool candlelit tavern is so unique.
The staff is dressed in period clothing and is very attentive.
This was my first time eating at the bar and it was nice to sit and chat with the bartender.
The food is always good and I make sure I leave room for desert.
Written 20 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ryan
68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
Awesome building. Amazing history. Cool atmosphere. Tremendous service. Rum Belly drink was delish. French onion soup was phenomenal. $37 prime rib left me disappointed—overcooked, ok flavor, barely warm by the time our party of 14 was served. Another guy in our party raved about it, so maybe it was just me. I expected better. Caesar salad was a $4 upgrade. Cool experience overall, just wish I would have felt better about my $60 meal.
Written 19 April 2024
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Paul B
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Was REALLY looking forward to eating here and our entrees and French onion soup was great but we had an EXTREMELY LOUD PARTY OF 8 beside us ( all caps for emphasis). It made the evening miserable for our party of two couples as it made conversation impossible. We left without ordering dessert to escape the cacophony. The manager needed to address this but didn’t. This was very disappointing as this was a first trip to Gettysburg and was looking forward to eating here. Doubt we’ll ever go back here as it was such a letdown of an experience. Of course, a lot of blame goes to the party of 8 with absolutely zero sense of the appropriate or common courtesy.
Written 20 March 2024
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Beth B
Bel Air, MD121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The Alexander dining room (upper level) of the Dobbin house was the perfect blend of old world charm and top notch food. Our knowledgeable server Rachel, gave expert advise- tailored to our tastes, based on her 10+ years at Dobbin house.
We started with a mixed basket of home made breads and rolls, followed by a fresh Caesar salad. I had the Gettystown shrimp- ( basically shrimp stuffed with crab imperial) but it was far from basic. I had to close my eyes and just appreciate each bite to its fullest! My daughter had the William Penn's pork tenderloin that was indeed tender and the raspberry sauce was a great compliment. Her side was the Brussel sprouts, the outer edges had some crisp but the inside remained soft and flavorful.
We requested "to-go" containers for part of our main courses just so we would have enough room for dessert! Smart decision! The pecan pie was delicious with a scoup of ice cream on the side. We also ordered a slice of "vanilla caramel crunch cake" that was on special. We ate EVERY crumb of dessert and then had leftovers for a light lunch the next day.

I have to add.... that we also had 2 meals from the Dobbin House the day before this fine dining dinner. We stopped in to the tavern on the lower floor the day before (see that review) and when we learned of the eminent snow storm we ordered dinner to go before heading to our B&B. For that dinner we ordered an open faced Ruben, a grilled salmon salad and entire loaf of the date nut bread!
Written 18 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kalon B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This was fun experience for our family trip! Our kids (12 & 14) enjoyed the candlit tables and servers dressed in period clothing, and we all were moved to see an actual hiding spot of the Underground Railroad. We enjoy history and this place didn't disappoint. (It's little expensive, but if you factor in the unique experience that helps!)
Written 18 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Stan J
Huntsville, AL12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I enjoyed the Dobbins Tavern, good food/drink selection and friendly staff, a unique historical atmosphere. I had French onion soup, apple pie with ice cream, all were delicious.
Written 5 November 2023
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Amie G
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Fantastic food and atmosphere! You have to try the french onion soup. We walked down the stairs into the dark basement. You felt like it was the late 1700's. Stone walls, candles, servers in period attire. And the food was delicious.
Written 27 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tricia B
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We would definitely recommend taking time to experience the tour! My 22 yr old son and I both agreed that Jackie was extremely informative and seemed genuinely devoted to promoting the history of the Dobbin House as well as the Gettysburg battle.
Written 9 October 2023
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karynv7
Tucson16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Very expensive to eat in the upstairs dining room, but the food was good and so was the service. Make sure to make reservations if you want to eat there. The atmosphere was great as well. I would not go again but am glad I did it once. The onion soup was great…not a lot of onion, but lots of beef. I had this as my entree since I am unable to eat a large meal and I was stuffed! Everyone else has pork, beef and a vegetarian pasta. They enjoyed their dinner as well. The tavern down stairs looked great but the wait is so long, I made reservations ahead of time, for upstairs, since I was warned about this. I think if you go to Gettysburg, and you can, this is something I would recommend for a visit.
Written 8 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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