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Le Penguin
Le Penguin

Le Penguin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lepenguinbistro.com
  • Phone: (203) 717-1200
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:30am -2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday:5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am- 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Greenwich Avenue
  • Public Transit: Greenwich Railroad Station off MetroNorth
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street and parking lot
A word from Le Penguin
Show what you love! A fun & frolic filled French Bistro in Greenwich, CT. Music, ambiance, fantastic bistro fare!!!!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Week night at one of two sidewalk tables. No traffic, either foot or car. Exceptionally pleasant on a warm weekday evening. Food superb. Wine great (but need to add some big, bold California's in addition to the great French offerings....wines like BV Georges La Tour, BV Tapestry, Provenance Cab, Hewitt, and Rosenblum Reserve Zinfandels). The Town of Greenwich is hopeless in permitting restaurants to use their sidewalks (and rooftops). When the Town becomes more progressive then maybe Greenwich will take on a bit more of the look (and taste) of Paris and not be quite as stuffy (is that possible?)."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Wonderful bistro. Some new menu items would be welcome."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Went there to celebrate a friends birthday and had a great time! We were there on a Wednesday night and the place was hopping! Very good food and service. The salads were great and the chicken delicious. Definitely recommend Le Penguin for an enjoyable night out!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed our food, however the place was crammed on a Tuesday evening and the noise level was ear deafening by 7 pm."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Between a family of 5 we chose carpaccio of tuna to start, steak tartar, salad steak and truffle frites which were outstanding. We all agreed we would go back for the truffle frites alone! Also chocolate mouse and taste tatin were delicious. Great ambience with a mixture of age groups. We would all love to go back again."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We loved everything about Le Penguin. The service was very attentive and the food was authentic French bistro. The mussels were the best we've every had and the pommes frites were perfectly thin and crunchy. We will definitely go back again and again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The crispy red snapper lived up to its name. The fish was slightly overcooked and dry. My wife had the "special-of-the-day" which was skate wing. The fish was over-salted. Overall I expected a better experience given that the price per person for 5 people was $72.00."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This restaurant offers very good brasserie type food with creative enhancements. Waiters were efficient and plesant but should be trained to offer more professional service."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This restaurant met more than all of my expectations a fantastic menu that was not overwhelming A friendly and accommodating staff that was more than helpful. My new favorite find.cant wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Both food and ambiance were wonderful. We had the lamb and the duck, as well as a special chocolate torte for dessert. Very well executed, and what we especially appreciate is not being rushed. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We love this place. We keep returning. I had the beef carpaccio this last visit. Scrumptious!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Service was spectacular despite the conflict with the US World cup match. Every bite of food was excellent."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Every course was outstanding. Service was sincere and excellent. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great food - a good feel for being in a French Bistro with lots of activity."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Highly recommend this place. Delicious appetizers and entrees. Fun with a group."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The ambiance, location and buzz was great. The wait staff and the owners are attentive and friendly. It is not a place for a quiet dinner. The bar and the open kitchen window can get pretty loud when it is busy. Lovely place to celebrate a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I have been to Le Penguin many times now and it has been a great experience every time. Service is good but not pushy, food is delicious and one or both of the owners has been there every time."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "It's clearly a hot spot, but I don't know why. The food was OK, but nothing to write home about. Far too much salt in the salad dressing, and the Codfish Nobu Style has no resemblance with anything they serve at Nobu's. So why do they pretend? It's supposed to be a French bistro, so let's stick to that. The place was well frequented for a Monday night which speaks for them. However, it was fairly noisy, and the noise level was even more elevated by frequent interludes of Stevie Wonder blasting his "Happy Birthday" from the sound system. So if you are looking for a nice quiet dinner with undisturbed conversations, this is not the place to go."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I was encouraged to try this charming little eatery by my mom, a fellow foodie who needs to REALLY be impressed to gush about french fries and steak frites - she was right! The staff are incredibly polite, and prompt. The food is IMPECCABLE. Especially if you're looking for a little French spot...a little pricey for an everyday occurrence perhaps, but for the special occasion, or a really great spot for a nice brunch, it's fabulous. And while the food is "fancy," the decor and ambiance are cool and casual. You can go in jeans, and not feel like you're doing something wrong - a rarity in Greenwich! We will definitely be back - looking forward to the next round of local, delicious eats!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "If you like incredible, local, farm fresh, natural food cooked with spectacular imagination, served with the perfect wine, and by impeccable French waiters who are fun, then eat at Le Penguine. If you don't, go to Taco Bell. This place is wonderful. On our left were two ladies past a certain age who were having a ball. In front of us were several tables of young adults who were laughing and eating well. Past them were some grumpy rich people from back country Greenwich, and even they were happy. Come, enjoy, have fun, and laugh whilst sipping extraordinary wines which accompany incredible food. The wild mushroom ravioli with sweet pea tendrils will cause a rebirth of your tongue. The floating island is a spiritual experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What a fantastic date night! We received a warm welcome from the owner. He thoughtfully sat my husband and I are a booth for 4 so we could sit next to each other. The wine list is great and there are several tasty glasses by the glass. The escargot and scallops were spectacular. We love the energetic vibe at the restaurant. Every table was packed with customers having an amazing night."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food and ambience are overrated. Our food was lackluster: salade nicoise, omelette aux fines herbes, soupe aux tomates, le burger avec frites et une salade tricolore. Best option was the burger. Server was attentive and accommodating. Coffee was good, and I got the steamed milk I requested."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My husband and I love this place. The food is delicious and the service is unbeatable."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "A lovely meal -- Top notch food and service! We are looking forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was excellent. But the noise level was horrific. The tables are set too close and it is very cramped. We had to shout to be heard at a table for 4. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Not sure that it is totally fair to rate a restaurant in Greenwich based on a Saturday night. That said the space is nominally charming but very tightly packed, this may be an effort to create a real Paris Bistro like atmosphere but it's not Paris, it's Greenwich; this is by far the most crammed in town. Service was efficient without personality as it is hard enough to hear yourself think much less what the service staff may be saying. Our food experience was less than extensive as my wife had steak tartar which she designated mediocre and I had mussels that were significantly past their prime so after having to spit out a few I gave up. They swept the remains away and we left. I hope others have had more pleasant experiences there."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "In town for the car show, found out this place online. Small, intimate space, it was quiet when we got there but once it filled up, it got a bit noisy. Tables very close together. Our waiter was very friendly (as was the whole staff), and the service was exceptional. Lot's of good things on the menu, I had some oysters and the Diver scallops and my wife had the hanger steak frites. The scallops were perfectly cooked, about as tasty as they could be. My wife's steak was a perfect rare. We were there early, so we didn't have to wait long for our meals. I highly recommend this place, especially for couples/small parties (leave the kiddies at home). "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Delightful, delicious. Ambiance is everniceexceptwhen it iscompletelyfull and the noise level becomes too loud."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food is amazing. I love the little white paper bag filled with freshly sliced baguette. The Niçoise salad was delicious as well as the duck confit salad. Don't forget to order the Ile flotante. This is a very light dessert of square shaped meringue floating in creme anglaise."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Excellent French selections. Would love to see some high-end California wines like BV tapestry, Sterling Three Palms Merlot, Hewitt, Provenance, and the Rosenblum Zinfandel Reserves. These would nicely round out the wine list and make it more apprioachable to those who want to venture from the French vineyards."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "A wonderful surprise... didn't know what to expect. Loved the energy, the menu and the food. Friendly host and hostess. Will return!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "excellent French food, especially Poulet Couscous and Raviolis aux champignons, classy crowd and packed, a bit noisy"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was stellar, the service was great, and the ambience was lovely (including the great music). I will definitely be back! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Le Penguin has a buzz I have not seen in a long time. We all enjoyed our appetizers and our entrees.. the tart tartine was yummy. Looking forward to trying lunch!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "we came at the end of the seating so by the time we left, the place was emptying out and the atmosphere was better. Very lively place...nice place for a birthday....music especially for the occasion. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Compact dining room, dim lighting, with lively music. The hosts work the room hard with good cheer and a focus on regulars. The music gets turned up loud after 9 pm. The food is a solid rendition of bistro fare. It does not have the refinement of the old Jean Louis. Not recommended for kids. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Le P is a terrific addition to the Greenwich restaurant scene. So authentic, really feels like you're on vacation for a hour or two. Excellent food, service, great looking! I eat out every night as will return often for lunch and dinner."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We have had a half dozens dinner at Le Penguin and all have been excellent. It it's a favorite of my wife and daughter and all we have recommended Le Penguin to have had a great experience. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "I'm almost reluctant to give the place such a positive review as I don't want it to get too busy, but they deserve it, so here goes. Went late on Saturday and the place was still packed. It's small & noisy, but in a vibrant way, not to the extent you have to shout across your table at each other. It has none of the pretentions that you come across in some of the places in town - it has a welcoming local atmosphere, with very friendly owners who appear to be ever present. The food is fantastic - I've now seen a good cross section of the menu and everything has been of an extremely high standard - try the steak tartar. Definitely my default choice for now, but it has the character and quality to be a long runner in first position."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Eating at Le Penguin transports you to a lovely bistro in Paris. Very charming, the food is delicious and the service is efficient and friendly."
    Dined on 5/3/2014