I have been going to this restaurant for years now and I love it just the same as when I first stumbled upon it! It has definitely changed dramatically over these years though. The Penguin was once known as the highschool/college kids hangout. Everyone used to go there for the all day, extremely cheap breakfast and endless cups of coffee. Now the place has become a hot spot for people of all kinds! They serve beautifully presented entrees that make your mouth water. Some dishes include Lamb Chops, Steak, Rosemary Chicken, Curries and many others. The customer service is wonderful there. They treat everyone like they have just stepped into their own palace. The owner sometimes even comes out to greet those who wish to meet him. Although every time I go there he comes out to see me :) Above The Penguin they have a banquet hall which is available to rent for that special occasion or meeting. The art on the walls is done mostly by local artists and some is available to buy. The owner is a big supporter of the arts and many local artists have had their work displayed at The Penguin throughout the years. I always recommend this place to visitors of Belleville because it is beautiful and deserves the recognition because it has came a very long way since it opened.
*Note* "The Penguin" and "The Bohemian Social Club" used to be known as just one place called "The Bohemian Penguin" and has now been split into two places, one being the dining lounge and banquet hall which is "The Penguin" (at the same old location) and the other called "The Bohemian Social Club" and Deli located on the same street a couple blocks away. Look for my other review!