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$10 - $30
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American, Bar, Seafood, Healthy
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed February 27, 2021 via mobile

Staying close by with a toddler so decided to order online. Easy to navigate website and surprisingly fast turn around time. Andy’s & Jen’a both incredible, the fried cheese is salty, but tasty and the Bloody Mary is to die for. Arrived early for my...order and went in- staff member offered to being it out to my car for me. I’m amazed at how friendly everyone has been so far.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed October 25, 2020

Excellent Breakfast ! as well as excellent service, on the bethany boardwalk, nestled in between stores - sort of like a strip mall, pleasant of seating clean and bright inside and out - seated right away and given waters and menus and order taken shortly...after - started with Nina's Nutella - French toast with nutella and bananas topped with powdered sugar served hot and fresh - 4 squares so we were all able to have one, 2 Breakfast Burritos - huge and delicious - one classic - very good and one omelet special - great as well, coffee and iced tea refills and we were also given refills on the iced tea to go ! Great stop if you are in the areaMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 22, 2020 via mobile

We had a great experience at the Penguin, drinks were so good & my lobster grilled cheese with Bacon was huge & delicious! The service was great! We will be going back to the Penguin.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 23, 2020 via mobile

The penguin has good quality food but is way overpriced. Seven dollars for a small orange juice. $1.75 for one slice of toast. $14-$20 for an omelette. No matter how good it tastes it is a complete rip off

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 11, 2020 via mobile

My only comment on the restaurant is the menu seems smaller than I had remember. We got takeout for lunch. The salad was good and the breakfast sandwich was good. The online ordering was simple. Very convenient.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed June 27, 2020

Oh we had some delicious breakfast here! pancakes, french toast, egg scrambles! Something for everyone!

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed March 7, 2020 via mobile

Love this place! Great for breakfast, best mimosas around. Prices are a little high but it’s a good field-to-fork diner. Friendly service. Will definitely be back.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 23, 2020 via mobile

I have eaten in this place several times and honestly it’s hit or miss! Some days are better than others... one thing that’s totally annoying is a fact they are not cheap and service is just average... when you order breakfast of any kind they...serve one slice of toast and should you order a second slice they charge $1.50 for a slice of bread 🍞 in my opinion that is outrageous... they serve a western omelette as standard fare always available however depending on who is cooking the ingredients are sometimes plentiful other times not so much... same thing with home fries.... in addition they assume it’s ok to suggest a minimum tip of 18% and higher... overall food is acceptable and orange juice is fresh but expensive also...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020

Everything on the menu is good - plus - they have Breakfast drinks! Bloody Mary and Mimosa. Pay to park on the main drag of Bethany Beach, DE.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed January 31, 2020

"My wife and I went out looking for dinner and ended up at the Penguin. Glad we did. Excellent, quick service; friendly staff, comfortable decor and best of all - top quality crab cakes at competitive prices. Highly recommend this diner on the basis of...our lone experience. And it has an even better reputation for breakfast. We'll have to come back for breakfast." The review above I left in June of 2016. On an impromptu weekender to Rehoboth Beach my wife and I finally got back to the Penguin for breakfast and it was as good as expected. 3 1/2 years after our first visit all the attributes mentioned above remain the same. This is a good "diner". And our breakfasts - crab omelet for me and a turkey omelet for my wife - were worth the trip back. Highly recommend the Penguin - whether for dinner or breakfast - when you are in the Bethany Beach area.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 15, 2020

The fFoods great, except the Shakshauka. Our server was attentive. We sat on the high stools facing the windows,watching the people go by and eating. The sun shined into the restaurant making the scene that more pleasant. I had the fish, it came with fresh...made potatoe chips. My daughter had the Artichoke and Spinach Dip, and the chicken. The eggs on the Shakshauka were fresh. I enjoyed them but left the sauce. Because I eat the authentic traditional dish I know what is should taste like and how it is made. The eggs are not just sitting atop the sauce the way it is made here. And, the sauce was too thick. In spite of this we enjoyed our meals. We will definitely go back.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 11, 2020 via mobile

A diner in walking distance near the beach...priceless! The food was acceptable. The waiter was slow, inexperienced, too quiet, but still personable to reccomend selections. I enjoyed my Greek omelet. My son enjoyed the lobster melt. My wife liked the double burger. The hash browns...were good. The potato chips were housemade and very good. The bathrooms were clean.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed October 8, 2019

Food and cocktails are great. I would visit this business more often, but their hours of operation are weird. You never know when they will be open.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed September 26, 2019

Would most likely have passed this place by, a nondescript, quiet little restaurant sandwiched in between businesses in the town area of Bethany Beach. But my husband and I were having dinner at an up scale local restaurant where the waiter mentioned he was also...working at The Penguin, and that the food there was very well prepared and ingredients were high quality. The next morning when my husband and I set out to have breakfast we remembered the young man's words and decided to give it a try, and were very happy we did. A lovely cozy atmosphere with gracious and professional staff and really out of this world good food. We agreed that it had been awhile since we enjoyed breakfast as much. The eggs were very good and the pancakes, delicious! Good coffee, good service. We will probably vacation at Bethany again and I know already where we would have breakfast.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 21, 2019

Stopped in at lunch and didn't wait for a table. The food came out quickly and was really excellent!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Response from richard k | Reviewed this property |
There is a great bakery BEACH BREAK BAKRIE &CAFE in Bethany. Not sure about gluten-free.
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Yes, The Penguin offers takeout services.

The Penguin is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5