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735 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0211542.333909 -71.105374
Monday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Top / Back of Hill - Delle av, Jamaica Plain
Never actually got to try the food, because this was the experience I had with them. I called in an order for delivery at 4:30PM. I was quoted 45min-1hr. Called back at 5:30, the man on the phone told me my order just left and would arrive in 20 minutes. Called back at 6:00, the man told me it should be here by now.. but to call back in 30 minutes if it had not arrived. Called back at 6:30.. now asking to speak to a manager and if someone could call the delivery man. The man on the phone then became frazzled, put the phone down for 5 minutes, came back and told me, "We're having issues with our computers and are not currently taking any orders or doing delivery. Your order never went through."
Completely unbelievable. At this point I ask for the man's name.. He stutters and then mutters, "Joe". Then I ask to speak to a manager, who he says is not available. I ask for the manager's name.. another stutter, and then "Oh, his name is Joe, too." Then he hangs up on me. I have been trying to call them back and now they are picking up the phone and hanging up.
Is this a legit business? I finally got through to ask for the manager's name, again, and this time the same man, "Joe" told me, "Why don't you just order from somewhere else?? I have orders to take!" before hanging up.
Never again. x_x
Cheap and classy pizza and beer – I've worked in Brigham Circle for a few years now, but only recently discovered Penguin Pizza!
The pizza is fresh and crisp. I highly recommend The Seasonal, a 4 cheese "white" pizza with a butternut squash sauce. The slices are seriously bigger than your head and are totally affordable ($3.25 including tax).
The beer list is amazingly long for any place, and impressively long for such a small restaurant! Seriously, it's about two pages long with an 8 point font. The waitstaff is great at recommending new beers.
Penguin Pizza can get crowded on a Friday night, but head over during the week or for lunch and you're good to go. I'm not in love with the decor and wish they had outdoor space, but that won't stop me from going over for a lunchtime slice (and to sneak a mid-day beer).
FRESH FRESH DELICIOUS FOOD! OH and an AMAZING BEER EDUCATION – Ahh, The Penguin. I would have to say hands down, Penguin takes the cake. First off - the beer. I love beer. Who doesn't? Now I'm a professional. Why? Because of this place. Woah, drinking beer doesn't make you a professional. Well when you drink beer here it does. The passport! The pass port has hundred + beers all from around the world. Different tastes, TEXTURES, and food pairings. Now... when I started there was only 106 beers to drink before I got my lovely mug with my name engraved on. These days there is an upward of 200!!! So get started and get drinking. But now I know so much about beer and different kinds that my family regularly calls me at restuarants mind you to read me off the selections and decide what will go best with their meal.
Nex the pizza, it's in the name right? Ok I am a pizza snob. I'm from NY, I know a good pie, and Penguin does it well! The slices are HUGE. Not like normal huge, but like seriously order one and then wait and see. My favorite is teh Seasonal. It is roasted butternut squash, leeks, sage, goat cheese, and more deliciousness. Believe me nothing tastes better than a slice and a pumpkin head beer.
Now a days they have added more to items to the menu. The pastas are always great. Some of the best fries and don't forget to get the curry sauce. Also Mondays are now 15 cent wing night. Yes you heard right. And they are some of the best wings I've had in a long long time! The food is fresh. The shrimp is amazing, the meatballs are homemade, and the calamari kicks ass(ask for extra sauce). Also I don't know how or really care for that matter BUT BEST FRIES ON THE PLANET. I think it's because they are from the Ireland. LOVE LOVE with side of curry sauce.
Now on to the service. Service is gereat. It gets PACKED in this place. The lovely ladies do the best they can, but honestly it's a small place so you really can't fit more staff. But anyway the ladies (Pam, Yana, Eliza) are always fantastic and adorable. This place would never have been as popular without them.
So.... what are you waiting for? Go already!
Beer Shangri-La – The beer list at this place rivals that of any other in the city; last I counted they boasted one that included 300 or so different varieties. Where else could you pull up a bar stool and take a trip around the world? I know! a place that provides a passport to its "travelers" and encourages you to attempt at least some of the world's finer hopps.
While some of the food leaves something to be desired it is not all that bad, and the pasta dishes are better than average.
Overall, a good bang for the buck!
The reason why you will never be back to this bar is
because of your stupidity you got yourself barred for life..MIKE O CONNELL, so its not like you have a choice weather you come back or not!!!
Delicious pizza and beer – All of the pizzas I have tried here have been delicious and the beer selection is one of the best in Boston. The pizza is so good I had an eating contest with a friend and ate seven slices. I definitely recommend Penguin, but you should use public transportation so you can avoid having to park.
check out on a sat. night; great service, solid beer selection – i have eaten a lot of pizza and drank a lot of beer in my day, and after stopping by the penguin on saturday night, i can't imagine finding a better spot to do either, especially in mission hill. service was great; the bartender was quick to check if i needed anything at all the right times. friendly but not intrusive, which is an important distinction in a place like this. pizza was great, huge slices, great tap selection. i'll definitely be back next saturday!
Great food but look out for bartender on Tuesday night. – This is not my first review. I eat out quite regulary. I love eating out.
First the food: The raviolli with sausage was excellent...Spicy/hot but very tasteful. My friend ordered pizza slices which I tried. They are HUGE. I found them to be tasteful also. Overall I enjoyed the food and "our server".
The atmosphere from what I could gather was nice but there may be something I'm not aware of...please read below. It was very strange.
After we ordered our appetizer and had our drinks "the bartender" and not our server came and stood over me and wouldn't leave until I ordered my main meal. I found this strange. He wouldn't leave our table. I mean, he wasn't even our server than he practically forces me to order my food.....LOL....I was so taken aback I just chose anything...I have never been treated that way before and I go out a lot. We were at our table for only 10 minutes also...We had barely sat down....Also it was 6:00pm so they weren't closing. Question: Why did the bartender feel that he had to come over and make sure that I put my order in immediately...LOL...Talk about weird...I will go back there again for the food but if that happens again he is going to see my other side also if I see him I'm going to bring it up. Very strange.
Best Pizza in Boston, Hands Down – I?m a veg and eat a LOT of pizza ? bhop, uhop, upper crust, crazy dough?s, south end, pizzeria regina, etc etc etc., but Penguin takes the cake. Super thin, crispy crust, and homemade sauce with lots of rosemary and spices (yum!). In addition, they boast about 150 selections of bottled beer from around the world - try every one (they give you a checklist), and you get a beer stein with your name engraved on it. COOL!
The atmosphere is cool and quiet with lots of bright colors, hardwood, and brick. I love Penguin Pizza.
My Favorite Hang out, to Destress! – As a nurse at Childrens Hospital, I get to the Penguin about twice a week, and it is my favorite place to go to any time of the day, in the beginning it was my lunch hang out, but now I tend to go more in the evening, it has a great vibe to the place. The pizza is great, and you have hundreds of different beers to get drunk on, but for me its the ralaxation of the place, I will have a slice or pasta, a glass of wine and for the most part destress, and read a book and listen to the Juke box and leave several hours later. It reminds me a lot of Amsterdam, or London. I spent a year in Holland and there is something about this place, that has that flavor to it. The staff are very nice, the crowd is a mix of hospital staff, students and locals. Not a bad place to watch a ball game, I found the place when I was with a co-worker who was looking for a place that was showing the soccer world cup, this place had it and the accents from the staff, gave it an atmosphere!
I can not say enough about the penguin, I hope this is helpful and that you enjoy it!!!
Service and quality have really gone really downhill – I loved this place until recently. A few examples:
*They had the best smoothies around but they stopped serving them.
*Their pizza has gone way down in quality. They have almost no topping on them and the crust is paper thin.
*We had a very ditzy, and somewhat rude, waitress who forgot that we were there. She disappeared and we were stuck there for two hours before we ever got a bill. Then, she had the nerve to add a gratuity (even though we were just in a group of four!). When we didn't give her the full amount of added gratuity (20%) to our bill, she stopped us on our way out.
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