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Penrose Diner

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2016 Penrose Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145-5744
+1 215-465-1097
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06:00 - 00:00
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philadelphia
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128 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Recently went to this diner and had a wonderful experience. John, our waiter, was by far the best- he was quick, timely with coffee, bill and our order. Portions were large- pancakes, eggs and potatoes as well as corned beef hash were delicious. You cant go wrong with this diner. The diner was full and i suspect all the other... More 

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New Jersey
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was dropping of a couple of friends at the airport and we wanted to get something to eat prior to their trip. By chance we found the diner. It looks like just another diner from the outside. The inside was nice and clean. We were very pleased with the quality of the food, the price and the excellent service.... More 

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

When you find yourself in south Philly @ 6am and your really HUNGRY. You STOP at the PENROSE DINER...and you are met by sue (your server) you sit down in a booth with the daily paper and a cup of joe (slang for coffee) and unwind. You cannot beat the service or the quality of the food and I assure... More 

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2 Thank Michael S
Bill D, General Manager at Penrose Diner, responded to this review

Hi Michael, Thanks for the great words! Customers like you make it all worth it. See you @ 6am! Kind Regards, Bill Dovas General Manager More 

Stokesdale, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The food and the service was fantastic. The crab soup was especially good. The quality of the food and the cheerfulness of the staff was top notch.

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1 Thank afgel524
Bill D, General Manager at Penrose Diner, responded to this review

Hello, Glad you enjoyed the crab soup! Our friendly staff can't wait to see you again! Kind Regards, Bill Dovas General Manager More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Dropped in for a quick breakfast and the place was busy. We were quickly seated and then greeted by a very nice waitress who was super polite. All the food was great and tasted farm fresh. Service was outstanding. My only critique would be better coffee. It's was hot and fresh but not the best.

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1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Bill D, General Manager at Penrose Diner, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice review. We really appreciate you taking the time to do so, and hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, Bill Dovas General Manager More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped in there after our return flight to PHL. Service was good, food was very good, actually they give you too much. Will make it a regular stop when flying from Philadelphia.

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1 Thank Matt N
Bill D, General Manager at Penrose Diner, responded to this review

Hi Matt, Glad you enjoyed yourself! Hope to see you next time you're flying in! Kind Regards, Bill Dovas General Manager More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Needed to get some grub before a Flyers hockey game. My buddy suggested Penrose Diner. I hadn't been there in over 20 years so thought it a good idea. The place is nice, clean and with big windows it seems airy and not dank. Service was prompt and professional even though the waiter told us it was his first day... More 

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Bill D, General Manager at Penrose Diner, responded to this review

Hi Dave, Thanks so much for the great review! We really appreciate it! Kind Regards, Bill Dovas General Manager More 

Chadds Ford, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

This is one of the best diners I've ever ate at. The food was delicious. I ordered a dinner special that included 2 huge portabello mushrooms topped with crab cakes, freshly baked bread, soup, 2 veggies, and a glass of wine for $16.99! It was more than enough food for 2 people and was sooooo yummy. The Penrose Diner is... More 

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Thank Alicia H
Bill D, General Manager at Penrose Diner, responded to this review

Hi Alicia, Thanks so much for this great review! We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Bill Dovas General Manager More 

Turnersville, New Jersey
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

We go to Penrose occoasinally, and we rally can't resist how good it really is, rather you're stopping by for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even just dessert! The prices are also reasonably affordable. Kinda big for a South Philly restaurant even as it is a diner, but a very nice place to eat on weekends and holidays, birthdays, and basically... More 

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Bill D, General Manager at Penrose Diner, responded to this review

Hello, So glad you enjoyed your visit! We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Bill Dovas General Manager More 

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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Great place. Huge portions at reasonable price. Came for lunch on Saturday and, although it was packed, we were seated quickly. Server was terrific. Had the open-faced Reuben which was delicious but I could not finish it! We will definitely be back when next in Philadelphia.

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Thank Andrew T
Bill D, General Manager at Penrose Diner, responded to this review

Hello Andrew, Thanks for taking the time to join us at Penrose. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We try to make sure everyone leaves full which you noticed with our portion sizes. I hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, Bill Dovas General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30
Cuisine
American, Diner, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 00:00
Monday
06:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 00:00
Thursday
06:00 - 00:00
Friday
00:00 - 23:59
Saturday
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2016 Penrose Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145-5744
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > South Philadelphia
  • Neighbourhood: South Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-465-1097

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?