About Purple Parrot Seafood and Steaks
Regional favorite since 1987, Purple Parrot Seafood & Steaks features contemporary seasonal cuisine. Highlights include fresh Gulf seafood including several varieties of fresh fish along with shrimp, crab and oysters, Certified Angus Beef, and locally grown artisanal foods. Wine Spectator award winning wine list features over 700 labels and 30 wines by-the-glass. Cocktail bar is a local hotspot featuring hand-crafted cocktails from fresh ingredients.
Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Robert St. John
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Purple Parrot Seafood & Steaks hosts a yearly Wine Festival each spring.
Purple Parrot Seafood and Steaks Ratings and Reviews
First time to see the new menu. We enjo ...
First time to see the new menu. We enjoyed the food, and once we were seated, the service was fine. Our only complaint was that we had to wait for several minutes before someone even asked if we had a reservation. However, I must admit that we have eaten at the Purple Parrot many times and this was the only time that we have felt let down. Maybe it was just a fluke.
My wife (the date) have eaten at the Par ...
My wife (the date) have eaten at the Parrot on other visits, but the first since the changeover
to the new menu. It has been my favorite, for many years (probably 18-20), when we visit Hattiesburg. My wife had the filet, about which she raved! I had the Rack of Lamb, that was
great. Since I always enjoy lamb, I asked the waiter (Jonathan) for mint jelly on the side, and he said that they didn't have any. During the appetizer, this very nice gentleman came by the table
and inquired how everything was going so far. I told him how good the appetizers were, but was disappointed that there was no mint jelly for the lamb, to which he promptly said "Don't worry
I'll send someone to the store, and we'll get you some". Our visitor was, of course, was the owner, Robert St. John (my wife has been buying his cookbooks for years). All in all, it was
a great dining experience and the encounter with Robert, made it even more special.
After a chance experience at The Purple ...
After a chance experience at The Purple Parrot a fews months back while passing through Hattiesburg on a business trip I was determined to return-- and made a 165 mile trip specifically for cocktails and dinner. Everything was spot-on and even better the second time-- which doesn't happen often. The cocktails and food are perfectly woven together-- it's a great multi-sensory experience.
I can't believe this place isn't adverti ...
I can't believe this place isn't advertised!! It is a gem in the midst of average restaurants! We have been to Hattiesburg several times and just now discovered this place! Fabulous food, service and decor. Loved everything about it!
Requested a quiet table in the corner th ...
Requested a quiet table in the corner that was conducive to visiting. We arrived at 11:20 AM for an 11:30 AM reservation and our table was waiting for our party of 3 upon arrival. Service was prompt and caring without being intrusive. Food was great. Our waiter let us linger for awhile once the bill was paid (there were other open tables).
The Purple Parrot always has good food a ...
The Purple Parrot always has good food and a wonderful wait staff. It's usually pretty quiet and we can hear each other and that's why we take clients there, its just this time there was a very loud baby a table away, but PP can't help that. We would have heard that baby scream from the next building over. ;)
Fried green tomatoes were great! Egg Be ...
Fried green tomatoes were great! Egg Benedict terrible - other food so so. Very disappointed as I had been there 8 or 10 times and was very pleased. But, they have lost the perfection they have enjoyed over the years.
Service was attentive without hovering. ...
Service was attentive without hovering. The menu has enough variety to make choosing a first and second course difficult. Both the meat and fish items were very well prepared. The wine list could use a bit more variety.
Purple Parrot Birthday
The Purple Parrot is one of a very few restaurants in Hattiesburg with a menu that changes (somewhat) seasonally. As such, it can become the default choice for special occasions in the area. Thankfully, about a year ago (probably longer) they streamlined and revamped the menu as well as performed some much-needed interior updating.
To start, we had a tomato gazpacho, which was very good, along with the lobster gnocchi with a brown butter sauce. This pasta was delicious, though the sauce could have used some acid, perhaps lemon or white wine.
Next, we had scallops with ravioli in a cream sauce and a tenderloin with a mushroom bordelaise. These were both very good, but again, the seafood sauce needed some acid for balance.
To finish, we had the "Chocolate Decadence," described as a mousse. It was actually a dense, fudgy piece of almost flourless cake. It was very good, but much richer than expected. It would be nice if there were lighter dessert options.
All in all, this restaurant is worth a look, but I'd encourage folks to think about pairing their courses in terms of heavy/richness. Like most of the owner's restaurants, the dishes here tend to be heavy.
No need to dwell on the details. You will find no more compelling synthesis of foodstuffs, conception, execution, service, wine, ambiance and value anywhere in the United States of America than here. From this it necessarily follows that the Parrot must be #1, n'est-ce pas?
The blackened pompano was overcooked to the point the the edges and bottom were hard/burned. Had to use a knife to cut. Also had little taste. Perhaps you shouldn't offer it blackened.
We were very disappointed, as we have eaten at Purple Parrot before and loved it.
Service was great!
Unexpected brunch pleasure
We stopped here on a road trip and waited until the restaurant opened for Sunday Brunch. (They let us in a few minutes early.) On viewing the menu, the four of us agreed that absolutely everything looked wonderful, but we just weren't hungry enough to order it all! Starting with the char-grilled oysters was a must--YUM! The seafood gumbo did not disappoint! We always lean towards "specials" and the eggs benedict d'jour (no English muffin, but potato hash; no Canadian bacon, instead there were 2 petite filet mignon), the soft-shell crab, the crustless quiche, the Greek chicken, oh! and the warm ciabatta bread! And dessert! The service was top notch, friendly, timing perfect, water glasses were kept full. I would definitely recommend and wish it were closer to home. We have lots of great restaurants in Nashville, but this one would be an appreciated addition. Loved it!
Good food, probably the best in the area. Outstanding wine list of wines one would not expect to see like Penfold's Grange. Server Jessica is highly knowledgeable on the prep of each dish.
Maybe could use a little more variety on entree's but no real criticism. Good place.
Great Restaurant is Most All Respects
It is really nice to have such a fine dining restaurant in Hattiesburg. The food was excellent with our threesome having mahi mahi, duck, and filet mignon. Our appetizers were delicious and were composed of a charcuterie plate and chargrilled oysters that made you think you were eating in New Orleans.
Service was very good too. Jessica worked extra hard in making up for a problem we had with picking a bottle of wine. Unfortunately, the three bottles of wine we tried to order were out (priced in the $85 to $90 range). She let us taste a couple of wines and we eventually found a suitable substitute. The wine list is the only criticism I have of this fine restaurant. They have a huge selection of wine but most are well over $100 to several hundred dollars. There are lots of good wines below $100 so I think the Purple Parrot needs to carry a lot more of them. People will likely buy wine more often and would be more likely to buy a second bottle.
We ended our dining experience with three different desserts that we shared among us, and all were top-notch.
We have been long-time patrons of this establishment. The menu was disappointing to the point where we almost left to go elsewhere. First time visitors would not know to ask about old standbys that we know to be delicious but they have been removed from the menu. The handwritten portion of the menu is not visually impressive, however, the fish was delicious.
A real find. Who in Hattesburg MS is going to have multiple bottles of Penfold's Grange? Very nice and prescriptive list. grilled scallop over red quinoa aside red grapefruit supremes well done. Overall excellent meal with equally skilled server Jessica.
Finally: ever heard of fried peas? Crowders and snow peas steamed breaded and dropped in a hot fryer. I thought I'd had everything fried one could have til then. While maybe more appropriate with a PBR its a fun and tasty side.
The price is high for our budget, but worth it!
My wife is very picky about food being from a bigger city with many choices. The Purple Parrot is expensive, but worth the price we paid to enjoy the fine dining experience in Hattiesburg. This is our place of choice for our anniversary or for other special occasions. We drive all the way down from Laurel.
First times a charm
Dinner for my wife's birthday was fantastic! The waiter was very informative on the whole menu. The wife ordered filet and lobster and I ordered pork chops. Both were fantastic. To top it off they gave her a vanilla bean bread pudding for her birthday! This was our first time but it won't be our last! Thanks for the great experience!
If you enjoy fine dining then you can’t miss the Purple Parrott. I dined there several years ago and remembered how good it was. I was in the area this week and thought I would try it again… It did not disappoint. I drove 30 minutes out of my way just so we could go. It was worth it! The food and service is top shelf! I’ve eaten in many great restaurants all over and this is one of my favorites!
Great food with equally good service. M ...
Great food with equally good service. Menu limited in the formal section but choices were sufficient. Was seated in shorts but business casual would be more appropriate. Staff very pleasant and engaging. Left a nice tip for a most enjoyable evening
My husband I dined at Purple Parrot for our anniversary. I am a certified chef, but my husband is an officer in the Army so I have not worked since we moved to MS a short time ago. I was very pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere could use a little revamping (particularly the ceiling), but the food was incredible. Both our dishes were well balanced french with southern flair. They were also paired well with suitable wine. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and very attentive. We enjoyed our visit and will return when we get the chance.
48$ New York strip was terrible. Duck was extremely fat. Brought wrong desserts. Corn and crab bisque was not like before. Shiitake mushroom soup was tasty but about 1/4 cup not sufficient for price. Overall I was sorely disappointed. I have dined at purple parrot many times in the past, but the new purple parrot is a real disappointment.
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