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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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16 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

I was so excited they serve real corned beef hash which is becoming harder and harder to find. It was fantastic! The service was friendly and quick, the coffee was good and I'd visit again

Thank Amy T B
Waterloo, New York
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

I heard a lot about this place so I decided to stop for lunch. Got a seat right away. I ordered a hot turkey and gravy sandwich and got a chicken salad. Didn't say anything because the waitress was too interested in talking to one of the customers. So I just ate the sandwich, paid and left. The sandwich was... More 

Thank Charlene B
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

The breakfast at Penn Yan Diner is not to be missed! Omelets so fluffy they would float away if not for the generous fillings. Top it off with a bottomless cup of fresh brewed coffee and you're good to go!

Thank 1996KC
Penn Yan, New York
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Nice family setting with the opportunity to talk to other patrons and the restaurant owners and other staff.

Thank KeukaLake1013
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Fantastic old-school diner like you are back in time great service small but really good food would always come back there again when I'm in the area

Thank Michael C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1,298 reviews
721 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 380 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 8 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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81 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 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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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 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 19 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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