The Penguin Diner

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 27 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Dedicated Fryer + 8 more
91% of 23 votes say it's Celiac friendly

105 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19930 Directions

(302) 541-8017
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    4 rating
    1 month ago

    The waitress was not very knowledgeable on gluten free, but the chef did come out to clarify if we were gluten free or had Celiac. We are here based on all the good reviews, the burger was OK, not great.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    The fryer is only used for GF items and thenchicken tenders are great! Several GF options and the gf toast was good. Staff asked if our daughter was celiac and stated they note to change gloves.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    Staff is very knowledgeable. when i order a GF roll on my beef burger they asked if i was celiac. no cross contamination. cooked in separate area. will be going back.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    The waiter was very knowledgeable & asked if my daughter has celiac. She had the chicken fingers and omelet with potatoes and toast. The toast even came wrapped in paper. All was delicious!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    The regular menu had a handful of items marked “GF”, and decent ones at that - chicken tenders the most notable. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a restaurant offer GF chicken tenders! GF buns and bread were also available for the burgers and sandwiches on the menu. And I know it’s a little thing, but it was nice to be able to look at the regular menu, instead of having to ask for and to look at a separate GF menu. My kids and I are gluten sensitive, and not celiac, so we can be more loose about these things, so I did not ask detailed questions - e.g. is there a dedicated fryer, dedicated counter space etc. - so definitely call ahead to confirm that what previous reviewers have said about this is still true. And from a foodie perspective, their burgers were great! I got the GF chopped salad, and my kids each had a GF burger - of which I of course took a bite. ;)

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    fantastic service and meal!! our server Michael fresh squeezed the Orange for my crush. He was very knowledgeable of GF and answered all my questions. The frier is dedicated GF. The servings were huge and delicious!! I am really glad I found this restaurant!! I had the GF fish tacos with the grilled salmon and sweet potato fries. My husband had the chicken fingers with home made potato chips. We will be back!!!

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Staff seemed knowledgeable and I trusted the other reviews but the French fries were NOT gluten free! My daughter got sick from eating them! Just a reminder you really can't trust anyone!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    only a few options but still very good. the staff was knowledge as well.

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    4 rating
    1 year ago

    Food was good portions a little small. Good selection for GF. The kids and I didn't have a reaction which is always important. I would recommend this restaurant for a gluten free experience.

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    2 years ago

    Calamari too salty BUT the chicken fingers were AMAZING!

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    Celiac
    3 rating
    2 years ago

    Lunch menu is MUCH BETTER for GF options. Dinner menu was mainly cheeseburger w/ gf bun, grilled cheese on GF bread, or toast. **we had NO cross contamination issues**

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    Not celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    solid place for gluten and dairy free options! will definitely go back; the waitress was great with answering any of our questions.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Great service! The waitress was knowledgeable about Celiac Disease and cross contact. Fryer dedicated gluten free. Gluten free bread/buns. My kids ate grilled cheese, cheeseburger, and fries. A nice little place to eat gf!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Great place for people with Celiac Disease. The fryer only fries gluten free food. My son was able to have fried calamari, fries and chicken sandwich.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    best lunch ever. had chips from fryer and fish tacos.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Ate here with our celiac son and they were amazing! They knew exactly what celiac was and assured us precautions are taken very seriously. We all enjoyed our meal in a friendly, clean environment and the food was yummy!

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Very very sick after eating here. The worst since being diagnosed. More than just cross contamination. I called to let them know. We had the crab dip, & southern fried chicken with French fries. I was assured that all their batter and fryers are gluten free but you can't lie to a Celiacs stomach :(

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Enjoyed my meal. Good service. Understood celiac and concerns.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    tried this place on vacation, the fried green tomatos were good, shared the eggplant lasagna and the fish tacos with my mom, both were excellent

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    Celiac
    3 rating
    2 years ago

    Gluten free chicken tenders were a hit. Said fries were GF also, but my kid ended up getting sick. I am not confident the fries were GF. I would double check that!

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    Celiac
    3 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Superb gluten free, not so great customer service. They have gluten-free fried calamari that is to die for! Also many great gluten free options that are all LABELED on the menu! In that case, it was gluten free heaven. Sadly, the service was subpar. The restaurant is nice and clean but the staff could use some work. The service was very slow and forgetful. For me, I'd return because the food was amazing!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    Fantastic!!!!!!!!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Love this place. Fourth time here.GF itemsLOVE " Jen's salmon craving omelet"!!Good GF bread.Clean,Pleasant, friendly environment.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Delicious food, fantastic, educated staff, clean dining area and very nicely decorated. I will 100% be returning.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Bread/Buns
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Chicken Fingers/Nuggets
  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Fries
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Sandwiches

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Diner
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
Monday
8 am - 3 pm
Tuesday
8 am - 3 pm
Wednesday
8 am - 3 pm
Thursday
8 am - 3 pm
Friday
8 am - 9 pm
Saturday
8 am - 9 pm
Sunday
8 am - 9 pm

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