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Penguin Drive-In - CLOSED

1921 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205-5019
+1 704-375-1925
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good24%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible10%
21 Aug 2016
“1st taste of NC”
30 Sep 2014
“temporarily closed”
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Diner
1921 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205-5019
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

Visited the area for vacation and heard this place attracted an alternative crowd. Wasn't disappointed when we got a friendly, tattooed, blue haired waitress. Food portions where way bigger than expected. I tried the chicken tenders, fries, & fried pickles. All where very delicious.

Thank Hawilli
Reviewed 30 September 2014

the traditional penguin restaurant had management problems. the restaurant had a sign explaining temporarily closed. the restaurant had a good neighborhood following. it has been a disappointment for the locals.

1  Thank james l
Reviewed 21 August 2014 via mobile

The penguin needs to be taken off your list. The new owners screwed things up, got evicted and were denied chapter 11. It has been closed for a while now. Go to the Diamond instead.

1  Thank Keystonbe28
Reviewed 20 August 2014

I will be the first to say that I loved thd Penguin when I first moved to Charlotte. But in the last year or so, it has totally changed. They were famous for the fried pickles and a favorite sweet potato fries. Then they took...More

1  Thank Deby C
Reviewed 29 July 2014

I love the Penguin. It is so retro and cute and their frickles are the best as well as the blackened bird Blu Cheese burger and the servers are always so engaging and personable that I end up rather over tipping them because they feel...More

Thank Bethany T
Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

My husband loves hamburgers and since he moved to Charlotte I had been promising to take him to one of Charlotte's most famous burger joints. We got there around 1 pm on a Saturday and there were only a few other diners there. We ordered...More

1  Thank Cassie S
Reviewed 1 July 2014

After checking out the menu for this place online, I was really disappointed to find a completely different menu when going to eat here. Service was EXTREMELY slow. Food was decent, but nothing incredible. My group ordered cheeseburgers, fried pickles, onion rings, and fresh cut...More

1  Thank ThoughtsFromJennifer
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Burgers were really quite tasty. Onion rings were worth the calories. Service was slow. All in all though a fun experience at a Triple D location and worth a stop when in Charlotte!

Thank Cbr1414
Reviewed 24 June 2014

the pengiun has been a staple in plaza midwood for many years. changes in top level folks have caused issues in the quality of food in my opinion. It is still a good place to get a good burger and a beer

Thank wranglerspace
Reviewed 30 March 2014

Our son did a lot of research for different types of Restaurants and we decided to try this location. The fried pickles are a real treat. Sandwiches with pimento cheese was very good as well as the hot dogs tried by others in our party....More

Thank grannypuc
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Restaurant Details

American, Diner
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
07:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1921 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205-5019
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Charlotte
  • Phone Number: +1 704-375-1925
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