About Purple Parrot Seafood and Steaks
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
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
On Feb. 14, my husband and I celebrated ...
On Feb. 14, my husband and I celebrated our 68th Valentine anniversary (63rd wedding anniversary will be in March) and this was the perfect lunch: good Margarita, rum & coke; house salads with really good blue cheese dressing; very well-seasoned special and catch of the day; and delicious creme brulee for dessert. The waiter was quick to offer suggestions about the food and changes that could be made to better suit us. We could not have chosen a better place to celebrate - definitely worth the drive from Picayune. Thanks
All Food was well prepared. Quantities ...
All Food was well prepared. Quantities were good for the price of the plates. Service was excellent. Being able to share the king cake bread pudding, which was available at the Crescent City Grill, completed the night. The pictures by my friend Wyatt Waters added greatly to the environment.
It was very difficult to get an online r ...
It was very difficult to get an online reservation. We were greeted and seated right away with smiles. The music has got to go. Weird and loud. Our waiter was a very nice and respectful young man. He gets an A+ for personality although inexperienced in fine dining. I ordered a wine pairing it took about 30 min or more for the wine to come out but once he got with the manager to pair it the Tally Chardonnay half bottle was light and crisp with a zing finish. It may have cost as much as the meal but worth it in my opinion as I enjoy wine tasting and pairing. This place could be so much more with the right music and vibe. We ordered fish that was lightly fried. We will try blackened next time. We are not a fan of grease. Very good food, great service and we will be back no doubt. Thank you for the wonderful meal and service. It was a lovely course.
The food was good. But, much was lost ...
The food was good. But, much was lost with the recent makeover. The subdued, white linen tablecloth setting with a unique selection of entrees was what made this the perfect special occasion restaurant. The old atmosphere and menu really screamed, "Special Occasion!" Now, it seems like just another boring steak and seafood place. The food was definitely great, and we will definitely be back. But, neither the menu nor the atmosphere has that unique character it had when we first visited a couple of years ago.
Truffle fries are always a favorite. Th ...
Truffle fries are always a favorite. The crab boil potatoes were great as well. Purple Parrot's take on the seafood platter was a welcomed change to the usual mound of fried food that most seafood restaurants offer as a seafood platter. The white chocolate bread pudding was great, as usual. Next, I'll try the chilled seafood platter that caught my eye while browsing the menu.
We were celebrating a birthday and are s ...
We were celebrating a birthday and are so glad we choose Purple Parrot! The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine. They even a sent complimentary appetizer and dessert to the table. We will definitely be back !
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.
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