Le Penguin
Le Penguin

Le Penguin

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lepenguinbistro.com/
  • Phone: 2037171200x
  • 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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Le Penguin reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)neighborhood gem (63)special occasion (37)hot spot (35)romantic (28)great for lunch (20)good for groups (18)notable wine list (16)great for brunch (15)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Excellent food and personnel. The menue is well rounded for the focus of the place. Excellent execution. Great and knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rbmom
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Le Penguin is always a favorite of ours and this past weekend was no exception. Although a the restaurant is a bit tight, it did not bother us in the slightest as there is always such an energetic fun vibe and everyone seems to be happy to be there. The service was as usual, outstanding, and the food delicious. Recommend Steak Frites (what's not to like?) along with Red Snapper. The dessert menu could be tweaked as I couldn't find anything that looked good, but with such great appetizer and dinner options, I am happy to pass on dessert. Great spot for birthdays.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pesky server
    ctfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    1st time dining at this fairly new addition to the Greenwich luncheon scene. Restaurant was about 2/3rds full. A couple of daily specials in addition to petite luncheon offering. Typical French sandwiches and a few salad dishes. Food was very good, bread spectacular, but service staff was pushy and rude. I can understand wanting to turn tables in a busy, full restaurant, but that was not the case here. Will not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Bistro in Greenwich
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    It was our first visit to Le Penguin and we were impressed. The food is solid bistro basics; this is not the place to find new dishes or ideas, but the food was excellently prepared and delicious, and the service was attentive without being intrusive. I liked the wine list, which was extensive for a small restaurant, and which had a good selection of bottles in the not-stratospheric range. Although it was clear that this restaurant has a strong base of regulars, we were warmly greeted by the owner when we arrived and thanked again on the way out. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • never disappoints
    Parker0508
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    food is always consistent and prepared perfectly would dine more often but menu and specials does not vary that much
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, attentive service
    Woodsidepasta
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Overall the meals were very good but not suberb. The mushroom ravioli with pea shoots was excellent as was the escargo. The branzino special was a little too buttery for me. The braised duck was just he right amount of crispy. Good wine list which was not widly overpriced & excellent service. The room got a bit noisy after 9:00pm but not overwhelmingly so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular Birthday Dinner
    Nicholas
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Myself and a good friend of mine came for the second time to Le Penguin, our first time being with our chef instructor, Jean-Louis Gerin, late owner of Restaurant Jean-Louis in the same location. I came this time for my twenty-second birthday, and noted as such in my reservation, as well as my tree-nut allergy, which was graciously accommodated, the server being aware of it upon my arrival. The Pate, our first course,was well seasoned, a generous portion, and not too heavy. I had the blackened Maine Diver scallops as an entree, my friend the Red Snapper, both were perfect in our opinion. For dessert we enjoyed the cheese selection along with a complimentary glass of sparkling Rose. The birthday celebration was subtle, yet charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le yum !
    PamPVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Delicious upscale French bistro fare. Bustling crowd with tables packed so closely together you quickly made new friends. The only thing that cheapened the ambience was about every 20 minutes they dimmed the lights, blasted the music and came out "bennigans-style" singing happy birthday to fete another celebrant. Other than that cheese , meal was fantastic. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • xyz123VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was 1 of the strangest dinners ever . We were seated at a corner table, with 2 people on 1 side & 1 person next to them on the other (L-shaped). However, the table for 4 next to us had a baby in a car seat between the 2 on my side of the table, so 1 woman was basically in my lap for most of the dinner. why did they allow them to sit this way?& why then seat us there? the restaurant was very loud, & therefore the piped in music was totally unnecessary.food was good but service erratic-didn't refill our water glasses until we received the check, & experienced about 1 hr wait bw apps and main courses. they are trying-owner/maitre'd walked around trying to make sure everything was ok.not sure waiter was totally knowledgeable about menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    Phps
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food with excellent service. The experience is always great here and I love the wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Really enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere, excellent food, good wine, and great service ......the place was popping and lots of fun! Can't wait until they en the fat poodle up in Old Greenwich
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place to celebrate
    tymelyronVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A festive atmosphere with lots of birthday and anniversary celebrations. Food was excellent, including soft shell crabs, hangar steak and a fantastic veal chop. Service was professional and friendly. Only issue is the noise level, but it was offset by the fun of being there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    they need to have some one ready to seat people. We stood at door while all sorts of staff moved around. Our waitiress had to applogoze 2x as to why she hadnt even taken our order.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot spot but not worth it
    M5ssVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Good crowd, fun. Food is hit or miss. Go for the lamb chops. Steak frites is awful, the miso Cod a la Nobu is all ginger. Mussels are good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • dineveryoften
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Really not impressed after hearing great reviews! Was not pleased with the whole scene as we were in a corner with a family table of 8 to our left and this was a special Birthday dinner celebration!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    cccjjjVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is the second time that we dined at Le Penguin and I can't wait to go back again! I just hope in the fall and winter that we can get a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Le Penguin has charm, reduced by a strange mix of recorded music and inconsistent service. Starter salads were good if a little pricey, mains variable: my hanger steak was alternately tough and tender, but served with excellent frites and a decent if salty bearnaise. Probably worth a return visit, due to several attractive menu choices, though my wife and I would have to think about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and birthday celebration
    MarciaVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The birthday celebration was so special when all of the Wait staff came out singing happy birthday to piped in music-everyone in the restaurant was singing and clapping-awesome way to bring out the candled dessert! Food was also sooo great. the frites were best I have had anywhere. The fish carpaccio and tomato tarte appetizers were fantastic as was the lamb, cod and filet mignon. Desserts were dreamy and staff attentive. And you can bring your own wine too! Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Le Penguin
    jlexVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner here. The only complaint is that the seating is tight. It is a small restaurant and the tables are very close to each other. Otherwise, the food was great and the service was excellent. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Very good food. Service was excellent. Great mixed Drinks. Only problem it was very niosy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EXCESSIVELY UNNECESSARILY LOUD!!!!!
    CustomerVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Just too loud!!!! Just unnecssary. So many steps can be taken to soften sound without disrupting an energetic environment. Ceiling baffles. Under table baffles. Carpeting. Draperies. And a number of other things that are not costly, do not detract from the environment of energy and excitement, but enhance the ability to communicate with your table-mate without screaming. It is just exhausting and completely unnecssary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average food at high price.
    Redtail
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Salmon was served medium rare when ordered medium and the steak was well cooked versus medium. The waiter after repeating the drink order, brought the wrong drinks. The busboy removed the dessert plate before my guest was finished with her dessert - after being warned once.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Surprise
    GumbyOG
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    First visit to Le Penguin, but we are already making plans to return with some friends. The food was excellent and not too complicated. Just very well prepared. The service was great and the whole feel of the place was relaxed and welcoming. Small dining are so no bad table, really. Very happy to see that the prices are quite reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chuck E Fromage
    OfthesaintsVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    4 birthdays in one night, each one accompanied by extremely loud music. Average food. Good wine list and service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outside Dining on A Quiet Night
    CustomerVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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?).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chester
    ChesterVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Wonderful bistro. Some new menu items would be welcome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AandBdiningVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid food...but
    Ines
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We enjoyed our food, however the place was crammed on a Tuesday evening and the noise level was ear deafening by 7 pm.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner celebration
    Foodie5
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    CiciVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overcooked
    ktelVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Le Penguin A Top Greenwich Choice
    StrategiesVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    SheikhnessVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Ines
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Favorite Neighborhood Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We love this place. We keep returning. I had the beef carpaccio this last visit. Scrumptious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service and food
    DJKar
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Service was spectacular despite the conflict with the US World cup match. Every bite of food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thoroughly delicious
    Pags
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Every course was outstanding. Service was sincere and excellent. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winechampionVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great food - a good feel for being in a French Bistro with lots of activity.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Highly recommend this place. Delicious appetizers and entrees. Fun with a group.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Brasserie experience
    niteowl
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.