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Penn Yan Diner

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American, Diner
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131 E Elm St, Penn Yan, NY 14527-1641
+1 315-536-6004
07:00 - 14:00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1,257 reviews
693 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 377 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Penn Yan Diner was a little hole in the wall, and I do mean little... We waited in line to be seated, and were lucky to snag a seat at the counter relatively quickly. The food took a while to be prepared, but it was worth the wait. The French toast I had was good and my husband enjoyed his... More 

Thank MeraKi25
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 November 2016

We love the Penn Yan Diner! The food was very good, reasonably priced and the cook is a great guy! We only ate breakfast, but really enjoyed the simple, comfort food menu. Also, the hashbrowns are particularly good.

Thank Holly O
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

out of town for one night to see my daughter play college soccer. Looked up restaurant on google. Place is small, turned many customers away on a sunday morning because it was busy and there is limited seating. The food is cooked with LOVE! Would pick this place again and again if i'm ever in the area. Beats a chain... More 

Thank R M
Carrie A, Owner at Penn Yan Diner, responded to this review

RM, thanks for the review. I had to chuckle when you commented on our staff being efficient. Recently a friend from out of town visited the diner for the first time and he said we look like we are in a beehive. With such limited working space we all know when to stop and go and that a hot pot... More 

Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 October 2016

At 10;30am the place was crowded with Locals, Visitors, I don't know!! My Daughter and I sat at the counter and had an outstanding Breakfast. "The Big Steve" was made for Me, Thick and Meaty Sausage Gravy over home fries. Home made taste, Outstanding flavor.

Thank earnhardtatdaytona
Carrie A, Owner at Penn Yan Diner, responded to this review

Earnhardtatdaytona, thanks for taking the time to give us a review. Keuka College students have been eating at the diner to decades. Within the last year we are starting to have students drive down from Hobart William Smith as well. It is the tradition of home cooking that is the draw far more than the charm to reminisce of years... More 

Geneva, New York
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45 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

I love diners and this one is no exception. The waitress was very friendly and efficient (so much more so than Wagner's across the street). I had the mushroom Swiss Burger special. It was delicious and served on a homemade "diner bun". My only complaint is that the burger tended more toward rare than medium (which is what I ordered)... More 

Thank Sam G
Carrie A, Owner at Penn Yan Diner, responded to this review

Sam, I apologize for the burger. We would have made it over for you. Thank you for the review. I so love it when folks come in pie. We once had a customer in his 80s that would have pie first then order a sandwich if he was still hungry. More 

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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Great service, great food. Penn Yan Diner is one of the highlights of our Keuka Lake Holiday. Pick anything you will love it!

Thank Jon N
Carrie A, Owner at Penn Yan Diner, responded to this review

Awe, gee, thanks! We appreciate the review and are so pleased that you enjoyed our fare. We love it when folks choose to make us their place. Even if it is an annual trip because they don't love here year round. As my grandma would always say: Come again! More 

Denver, Pennsylvania
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174 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Small, very cozy,friendly locals, good food with friendly staff and good prices. Old time diner feel.

Thank enjoyingretirement65
Carrie A, Owner at Penn Yan Diner, responded to this review

65, it is so awesome to have you share your retirement with us! We are so blessed to have great folks traveling to our spot. May the road treat you well and the folks be as friendly along the way. Thank you for the review. More 

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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We hit this diner on our way home from Red Tail Ridge Winery and it was adorable! Original diner with stainless steel/chrome exterior! We love when the food is prepared in front of you! How could we go wrong? Great place for breakfast!

Thank Susan V
Carrie A, Owner at Penn Yan Diner, responded to this review

Susan, I am so pleased that you enjoyed your dining experience. Just to clarify we are in Penn Yan NY, south of Red Tail Ridge winery in the village on Keuka Lake. Our building falls into the classification of a Post World War I wooden trolley car diner. The diner was built in Silver Creek NY, delivered over the rail... More 

Milford, Ohio
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Best Bisquits/Gravy around. Enjoyed our visit. Just moving into the area from Ohio. Ambience is very retro.

Thank David P
Carrie A, Owner at Penn Yan Diner, responded to this review

Mr. Ahearn and I are so pleased you find our spot inviting. Congratulations on relocating to the best territory in this here continental United States. We believe in small batch cooking from scratch and the quality seems to suit most visitors. Thank you for a great review. More 

Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

The place is quite small, and my chair was a little jammed against the one at the table behind us. That was all forgotten though when we got our food. Delicious! I got eggs, home fries and a biscuit. Apparently the biscuits are internet famous, and they were good, but those home fries. Oh my. They were by far the... More 

Thank Sheila C
Carrie A, Owner at Penn Yan Diner, responded to this review

Sheila, thank you for the review. You are so right on two things - I don't like potatoes for breakfast but our homefries are hard to pass off; and we are small in size. I can be quoted for saying, you don't get 1925 charm and 21 century personal space at the same time. For larger groups willing to take... 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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131 E Elm St, Penn Yan, NY 14527-1641
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Penn Yan
  • Phone Number: +1 315-536-6004
Simply Retrolicious - From OMG omelets to burgers on Dinemade rolls, everything old is new again at this quaint, nostalgic Penn Yan icon. Breakfast and a smile served all day.

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