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Penrose Diner

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South Philadelphia
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2016 Penrose Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145-5744
+1 215-465-1097
06:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 06:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 00:00 - 23:59
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297 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

After a long car journey, we did not want to go to far for dinner. Booked into the pen rose hotel and opposite is the Penrose Diner. So we walked across the road and went in for dinner. The food portions are ginormous, so if you have a small appetite choose with care. I went for Caesar salad and added... More 

Thank Sparkie154
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255 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great family breakfast place. Very crowded on a Sunday morning, but plenty of parking & staff seats quickly. They also had baked goods for sale - huge muffins & sticky buns. Friendly waitresses. Delicious food & generous portions.

Thank PaBirddog
Chadds Ford, PA
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107 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Following the Phillies 5k run, we stopped by the Penrose for a hearty breakfast. Despite a line to be seated, the hostess efficiently seated everyone. Our booth was cosey and overlooked the parking lot and the 76 expressway. However we were not there forte views, we were there to eat! I had the meat omelette (ham, bacon and sausage) with... More 

Thank TempleBob
Springfield, Missouri
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221 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My first time at Penrose Diner. I ordered the boneless pork chops with salsa and rice. Surprisingly tasty and the three pork chops were filling. I also had the side salad in lieu of the soup and it was nicely portioned. Our server was polite and attentive. She checked on us regularly and took great care of us. If you... More 

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127 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At Penrose Diner, I had the steak sandwich for dinner take out and it was very good. The place has good parking.

Thank Tsion A
Essex, Vermont
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing food. So many options, it was difficult to decide. Everything was as a true diner should be, right down to the very affordable prices, large portions, and incredibly tempting dessert case as you leave the restaurant. The staff were all incredibly pleasant and attentive. Food came to us quickly, water was refilled often. It is on a major road... More 

Thank amorgan0315
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128 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank bigsteven1
New Jersey
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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 

Thank sparks2555
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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59 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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 

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
Reviewed 14 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.

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner, Gluten Free Options
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
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 23:59
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?