Best Gettysburg Lunch Spots Serve Mid-day Meals Fit For A General

Lunch in Gettysburg is a welcomed affair. After a long morning of Battlefield tours, exploration and museums, you'll surely work up an appetite. Now the hard part begins. Where to go for lunch?

If you want to change the pace completely and relax into some fine dining, the Herr Tavern offers a mouth watering lunch menu from Wednesday to Saturday. Can you say Lobster BLT? With limited hours, you'll want to be sure to make reservations. That being said, if you're in town during a celebration, commemoration, or other special event, you'll always want to call wherever you go and inquire about reservations, especially on the weekends.

Bus tours love establishments like General Pickett's Buffet Restaurant. Their prices are low and their meals are hearty. In fact, there are few restaurants on our list that don't serve a hearty meal. Dunlap's Restaurant may have you slapping the table and writing home to your mama. Their country-style American fare gives you something to write about. Seafood is a big seller here but fresh cut turkey, chicken pot pie soup, and homemade apple dumplings are well worth giving a try. You're in Pennsylvania - you have to!

If you want to stay a little closer to center, One Lincoln or the Pub and Restaurant are your best choices. They're right in the center of town at Lincoln Square. Both serve nice size salads, burgers, and sandwiches, and have outdoor seating, perfect for people watching or listening to the constant roar of trucks passing through.


General Pickett's Buffet serves a daily lunch buffet as well as a dinner buffet. This lunch spot is popular amongst older clientele and buses but it is also family-friendly. Prices are reasonable and affordable for guests of all ages. Don't be surprised if you see a few familiar military faces slicing roast beef at a table nearby. Re-enactors often visit and they do a great job of staying in character through their meal. The buffet features a soup and salad bar with fresh baked breads and other classic country offerings like Amish macaroni salad, homemade meatloaf, Dutch potato salad baked chicken and casseroles.

Recommended for Lunch because: One of the few buffet options in town and it also has a Battle Theater onsite to depict the 3 day battle.

Tawanna's expert tip: Buses love heading to General Pickett's Buffet but usually need to make a reservation. Call ahead to see if the restaurant is expecting a group before you stop by.

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The Pike Restaurant and Lounge is located just 1/4 mile from Gettysburg's new Visitor Center. The restaurant offers a large menu selection, perfect for buses and groups. There's outdoor dining, a sports bar, and weekend entertainment, making this a fun place to dine. If you happen to check back in for a second round during dinner, on Friday and Saturday evenings, you'll find yourself knee deep in a prime rib and seafood buffet. Oh, if only the seafood buffet were available for lunch. Attractions might suffer with business because guests may not leave until closing. The jumbo buffalo chicken wings are a Pike specialty and worth abandoning the battlefield for.

Recommended for Lunch because: The Pike is the only restaurant in town with a mechanical bull.

Tawanna's expert tip: The Pike's bestsellers are labeled on the menu as "Pike Favorites."

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Gettysburg Eddie is a unique restaurant in its own right. Different from most of the other restaurants in town, Gettysburg Eddie is a historical tribute to a different kind of hero, Gettysburg's Baseball Hall of Famer, Eddie Plank. Take a break from your busy day of touring to enjoy lunch or dinner at this stylishly casual restaurant and bar. It's definitely a change of pace from the Civil War. If you're at the National Cemetery for part of your day, this is a perfect stop after you pay your respects. It's just across the street. Gettysburg Eddie's specializes in homestyle dishes, NY-style deli sandwiches, Maryland crab cakes, and burgers.

Recommended for Lunch because: Gettysburg Eddie has a fun environment and takes a refreshing detour from all things Civil War.

Tawanna's expert tip: Gettysburg Eddie's entire menu is carryout, perfect for avoiding the weekend evening crowd.

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Named for Civil War hero Colonel Patrick O'Rorke, this popular restaurant offers an extensive menu of American and Irish cuisine that includes salads, burgers, cold and hot sandwiches, seafood baskets, and entrees. Meatloaf shares the stage with Guinness beef stew, Black Diamond New York Strip, stuffed salmon, Shepherds Pie, and corned beef and cabbage. Prices are affordable, ranging from $10-$30, not including your drink or beer. As Irish pubs often do, O'Rorke's even features the occasional performance to go along with your grub. And while the weather is nice, you can enjoy your meal on the outside patio and watch people go by.

Recommended for Lunch because: O'Rorke is one of few Irish pubs in Gettysburg but still makes tasty treats like chicken parmigiano wraps and peach sangria.

Tawanna's expert tip: If you can't find parking in front of the restaurant, park at the school on Lefever and Baltimore street.

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Dunlap's Restaurant and Bakery
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For a healthy portion of comfort food at a reasonable price, drive just outside downtown Gettysburg for a meal at Dunlap's Restaurant. Open since 1999, this family owned restaurant serves good old fashioned homemade American dishes that will leave you feeling welcomed and satisfied. Everything is made in house and fresh. Turkey dishes are made with fresh carved turkey. The chicken pot pie soup is like a pot pie in a bowl. Shredded chicken shares the space with a rich and creamy sauce and tasty dumplings. Dunlap is a family friendly restaurant and attracts an older crowd where the diners are friends with the owners. The extensive menu features daily specials.

Recommended for Lunch because: Dunlap's if family friendly and doesn't get overcrowded like some of the other restaurants in the historic district.

Tawanna's expert tip: The top seller at Dunlap's is the broiled seafood platter and crab imperial.

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Whether you're staying at one of the hotels in the Gettysburg Gateway Center or in downtown Gettysburg, the 1863 Restaurant makes for a great family friendly dining option. The restaurant is conveniently located in the Wyndham Gettysburg, just a ten minute drive from downtown. 1863 Restaurant offers casual dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Daily lunch specials as well as favorites like the citrus and herb roasted chicken, garden fresh salads, juicy burgers, steaks and lamb cooked to perfection. Executive Chef Claude Rodier brings his classical French training to the 1863 Restaurant, adding extra twists to American favorites. 1863 Restaurant uses ingredients grown, raised, caught and crafted by some of our areas local purveyors

Recommended for Lunch because: 1863 Restaurant is a great choice for a mid-day date, where you can grab a movie nearby right after lunch.

Tawanna's expert tip: Sunday breakfast is a buffet and can get pretty crowded with guests grabbing a bite before check out - make a reservation.

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You can enjoy mid-day fine dining in this early 19th century federalist style building. Lunch here is a treat, only served four days a week (Wednesday - Saturday) from 11am - 3pm. The menu consists of fine American cuisine like venison bratwurst, prime steak, roast beef, and pastrami reuben sandwiches. Whatever your choice, you can find sandwiches, seafood, and light entrees, on the lunch menu. For something unique, try the Nutty Chicken in a pineapple - it's the house chicken salad with pecans served in a pineapple boat, or if you think seafood and bacon are a good marriage, opt for the Lobster BLT. Lobster and applewood smoked bacon share the stage on toasted sourdough. Because Herr Tavern has limited hours, recommendations are highly recommended.

Recommended for Lunch because: Herr Tavern offers a beautiful setting for fine dining during lunch hours.

Tawanna's expert tip: If you want to let your hair down a little after lunch with a beer, check out Sharpshooters selection of over 90 craft and micro brews.

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The Pub and Restaurant
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Make sure you go into the Pub and Restaurant hungry. Entrees whether they be salad or fish, are large enough to feed a King. Same goes for their homemade desserts. This federalist-style eatery is located in an historic building on Lincoln Square. The menu features homemade soups, warm pumpernickel bread bowls filled with salads or chili, delicious sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas. Entrees include chicken, seafood, and steak specialties, along with such Mexican favorites as burritos, quesadillas, and nachos. Highlights on the dessert menu include Chocolate Lovin' Spoonful Cake, Bourbon Street Pecan Pie, and a brownie sundae served hot with vanilla ice cream.

Recommended for Lunch because: The Pub and Restaurant serve large hearty salads to get you through the day and sits conveniently next door to a wine cellar.

Tawanna's expert tip: Thinking about wine for dinner? Enjoy a wine tasting right next door for half the cost of a glass at the restaurant.

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One Lincoln
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One Lincoln food and spirits opened in 2013 as part of a full scale renovation of Historic Gettysburg Hotel. The restaurant sits just adjacent to the hotel with a front row seat of all the action of Lincoln Square, the town's center. Offering both outdoor and indoor seating, One Lincoln is perfect for people watching while enjoying a delicious meal of upscale comfort food. Chef Holmes puts a contemporary spin on traditional favorites like chicken and biscuits, crab macaroni and cheese, pork barbecue and scallops. The restaurant is a great choice for couples and families, offering a range of menu items from the more refined entrees to the more simpler options of burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and salads. One Lincoln serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Recommended for Lunch because: One Lincoln has one of the best menus and best spots for a mid-day meal.

Tawanna's expert tip: Have your meal outdoors to open up your nostrils and allow the flavors to fully permeate your taste buds.

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