Best Restaurants In Penang

Which Penang restaurant should you try for lunch or dinner? It is not easy to pick one, let alone, the best restaurant in Penang!

Especially when you tire of Penang street food, take a detour to one of the best restaurants in Georgetown Penang!

There are famous restaurants for Nyonya, Chinese, Malay, Western and even vegan food! Listed here for your convenience!

Table Of Contents:

  1. Tek Sen Restaurant
  2. Lagenda House & Café
  3. Two Frenchies Cafe Bistro
  4. Jawi House Cafe Gallery
  5. What The Duck Restaurant
  6. Il Bacaro
  7. The Book Sandwich Café
  8. Tofu Village
  9. Blue Vegan Restaurant
  10. Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery
  11. Restaurant Ferringhi Garden
  12. Andrew’s Kampung
  13. Hard Rock Café

13 Best Restaurants In Penang

1. Tek Sen Restaurant

Prepare to be early at this restaurant in a typical shop house setting!

They used to have just a simple stall back in 1965 to serve Cantonese, Hakka, Teochew and Nyonya dishes.

Dinner Queues For Tek Sen Restaurant
Dinner Queues For Tek Sen Restaurant – photo credits to maychan_30 (Instagram)

Along with their extensive ala carte menu, is a pleasing selection of beverages like beer, coffee, local drinks (e.g. water chestnut, sugarcane juice, soya milk etc) and tea!

It’s best to bring a group with you to sample many dishes!

Assorted Dishes At Tek Sen Restaurant
Assorted Dishes At Tek Sen Restaurant – photo credits to maychan_30 (Instagram)
Note: Lunch time sees fewer crowds! Payment is only in cash!

Dishes to try:

  • Double roasted pork (with or without chili padi)
  • Fish curry (assam tumis)
  • Claypot tofu
  • Kangkung with sambal and prawns

Cuisine: Chinese

Location: 18, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 12 to 2:30pm; 6 to 8:30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Contact: +6012-981 5117

2. Lagenda House & Café

What’s not to love at this colorful restaurant with delicious food in large portions!

By the way, the legend they are referring to is a Malaysian music and film icon, Tan Sri P Ramlee!

Cafe Lagenda In Penang
Cafe Lagenda In Penang – photo credits to noraink (Instagram)

Food presentation is top notch as you will see if you order any of their large appetizer platters filled with Malay delicacies!

Gado Gado Indonesian Salad Served At Cafe Lagenda In Penang
Gado Gado Indonesian Salad Served At Cafe Lagenda In Penang – photo credits to i.am.frenchie.in.thailand (Instagram)

Even if there is no alcohol, there’s still a wide range of beverages to order! Like nutmeg juice and pandan sarabat!

Cuisine: Asian fusion

Location: 43, Lebuh Campbell, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 11pm

Contact: +604-261 2293

3. Two Frenchies Cafe Bistro

Benches and tables along the wall of this Penang cafe and restaurant provide ample seating for groups!

Light bites like Croque Madame and Quiche feature on the menu. As do salads, French mains, soup-of -the-day, pasta and mouthwatering desserts!

Roasted Butterfly Chicken At Two Frenchies Cafe Bistro
Roasted Butterfly Chicken At Two Frenchies Cafe Bistro – photo credits to twofrenchiesrestaurant (Instagram)

Pair their hearty platter for 2 with some wine!

Recommended dishes:

  • Signature burger (beef)
  • Boeuf Bourguignon
  • Cassoulet Toulousain
  • Duck Confit

Cuisine: Western & French

Location: 36, Lebuh Bishop, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours:

  • Tuesday to Friday 11:30am to 10:30pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 10am to 10:30pm
  • Closed on Mondays

Contact: +604-261 2000

4. Jawi House Cafe Gallery

Don’t miss out on the chance to try authentic Jawi Peranakan food (some with just a hint of Western influence) when you’re busy hunting Penang street art at Armenian Street!

Malay Cuisine At Jawi House Cafe Gallery
Malay Cuisine At Jawi House Cafe Gallery – photo credits to mr_trong_r (Instagram)

And if you’re not hungry, you can try one of their homemade ginger beer or nutmeg juice! Tiny but charming, this restaurant uses a lot of lovely wooden antique furniture!

Note: They have cookbooks for sale at the back!

Dishes you cannot go wrong with include:

  • Herbal lemuni rice
  • Braised brisket sandwich
  • Beef rending with lentil rice
  • Lamb biryani

Cuisine: Malay

Location: 85, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 9:30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Contact: +604-261 3680

5. What The Duck Restaurant

As you can probably guess from the name, duck meat is present in most of the menu!

Duck Confit At What the Duck Restaurant Nagore Square, Penang
Duck Confit At What the Duck Restaurant Nagore Square, Penang – photo credits to musotiv (Instagram)

This contemporary restaurant at Nagore Square is not afraid to take creative liberties with their dishes:

  • Smoked Duck Apple Walnut Salad
  • Drunken Duck Clear Soup with Wolf Berries
  • Duck Confit Spaghetti
  • Balinese crispy duck (bek-bek)
  • Quack Chowder
  • WTD Spicy Dirty Duck Rice

Sitting is limited as there are only 3 tables inside the small establishment!

Note:  There will be at least one vegetarian-friendly dish in the menu!

Cuisine: Western/ Asian fusion

Location: 40, Jalan Nagor, 10050 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 12 to 2:30pm 6 to 10:30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Contact: +604-227 8840

6. Il Bacaro

Did you know that you could have authentic Italian food right in Georgetown, Penang?

You’ll find this elegant Venice-inspired restaurant at the ground floor of Cambell House! Everything from the bread, pasta and sauces are made from scratch!

Medium Rare Ribeye Steak By Il Bacaro Restaurant
Medium Rare Ribeye Steak By Il Bacaro Restaurant – photo credits to tashaleow (Instagram)

The menu changes occasionally with Italian staples you don’t usually see in Malaysia:

  • Focaccia (i.e. flat bread)
  • Cicchetti (appetizer)
  • Stracci (similar to lasagna)
  • Risotto
  • Wood-fire pizza!
  • Zabaglione (Italian dessert)

Cuisine: Italian

Location: Campbell House, 106, Lebuh Campbell, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Sunday to Friday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 8am to 11pm

Contact: +604-261 8290

7. The Book Sandwich Café

Yes, they specialize in sandwiches (like their lobster sandwich) but the menu doesn’t stop there!

Soft Shell Crab Burger By The Book Sandwich Cafe
Soft Shell Crab Burger By The Book Sandwich Cafe – photo credits to kennethtehtks (Instagram)

With intriguing items like:

  • Soft shell crab meat burger
  • Salted egg spaghetti
  • Salmon fillet
  • Hokkaido scallop risotto
  • Lamb shank

As for the ambiance, it’s very romantic with light music in the background and dim lighting!

Note: Quite pricey. Almost akin to fine dining.

Cuisine: Western

Location: 217, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 12 to 11pm

Contact: +604-261 3445

8. Tofu Village – Best Of Hakka Tradition

Tofu Village does Hakka cuisine in 2 styles – local and Taiwanese! In a trendy space with black and white fittings.

Hakka Dishes By Tofu Village In Penang
Hakka Dishes By Tofu Village In Penang – photo credits to leeqin (Instagram)

They boil their own loh han guo drink which you should definitely take advantage of! Taiwanese shaved ice desserts are available too!

Hakka dishes to taste here:

  • Yong tau fu
  • Braised pork trotters
  • Hakka mee
  • Nan ru chicken
  • Rice wine chicken
  • Yam abacus
  • Claypot stew

Cuisine: Chinese

Location: 88, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours:

  • Daily from 11:30am to 9:30pm
  • Thursday 11am to 9:30pm
  • Closed on Mondays

Contact: +604-251 9512

9. Blue Vegan Restaurant

Blue Vegan Restaurant pushes the standards up for vegan food in Penang!

It’s very welcoming inside with white-washed walls, potted plants and tasteful touches of wood and blue!

Western Vegetarian Meals At Blue Vegan Restaurant
Western Vegetarian Meals At Blue Vegan Restaurant – photo credits to lavender199 (Instagram)

Try their vegan cheesecakes and cakes too!

Note: Portions run small

Popular dishes:

  • Curry ramen
  • Popcorn mushroom
  • Cashew Basil Pesto Spaghetti
  • Black Magic Energy Mushroom Burger
  • Spaghetti Bolognese

Cuisine: Vegan (Western, Asian, Fusion)

Location: 15, Lebuh Tye Sin, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm and again from 6pm to 10pm (Closed on Thursdays)

Contact: +604-251 9932

10. Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery

You can bet that anything coming out of the kitchen will knock your socks off if Auntie Gaik herself is manning the helm!

Nyonya Cuisine At Auntie Gaik Lean's Old School Eatery, Penang
Nyonya Cuisine At Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery, Penang – photo credits to kbrly (Instagram)

The environment is comfortable too with spacious seating to cater for families!

Note: Spicy food will have a good kick to it!

Order these:

  • Beef rendang
  • Chicken kapitan
  • Eggplant with sambal
  • Ikan tumis
  • Jiu hu char (Dish with shredded radish, carrot with strips of squid)
  • Sambal petai (Warning: petai has a pungent aftertaste that’s not for everyone!)

Cuisine: Nyonya

Location: 1, Bishop Street Georgetown, 10200 George Town

Opening Hours:

  • Daily from 12pm to 2:30pm and again from 6pm to 9:30pm
  • Tuesday from 6pm to 9:30pm
  • Closed on Mondays

Contact: +6017-434 4398

11. Restaurant Ferringhi Garden

All the way in Batu Ferringhi:

Restaurant Ferringhi Garden never fails to delight its customers with its stunning outdoor dining area! Which is just as nice in the morning as it is in the evening!

Outdoor Seating At Ferringhi Garden Restaurant
Outdoor Seating At Ferringhi Garden Restaurant – photo is from their official Facebook page

It can get real fancy (and pricey) with excellent starters like crab cakes and freshly baked bread, wine and their opulent seafood platters and Wagyu steaks!

Ferringhi Garden Restaurant
Ferringhi Garden Restaurant – photo credits to msdorax (Instagram)

A full course dinner with starters and dessert will set you back a few hundred ringgit!

But not to worry, as there are plenty of other places to find seafood in Penang!

Note: Not vegan or vegetarian-friendly

Cuisine: Asian, Western, Mediterranean

Location: 34, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Kampung Batu Feringgi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 12am

Contact: +604-881 1193

Read more: 11 Best Char Kuey Teow In Penang

12. Andrew’s Kampung

Tourists at Batu Ferringhi like to head to Andrew’s Kampung restaurant and for good reason!

Besides being affordable, the food is divine as is the service! And you can sit a few stories above the street too!

Local Lunch At Andrew Kampung Restaurant In Batu Ferringhi, Penang
Local Lunch At Andrew Kampung Restaurant In Batu Ferringhi, Penang – photo credits to theicymind (Instagram)

It’s so busy that you might have to make a booking first!

What to order:

  • Crispy duck
  • Sizzling hotplate (beef)
  • Black vinegar chicken
  • Pineapple fried rice (with turmeric)
  • Chicken curry
Note: The restaurant is upstairs in an old building (3 flights of stairs)

Cuisine: Malaysian

Location: Eden Parade, Jalan Sungai Emas, Kawasan Perumahan Sungai Emas, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 10pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Contact: +604-881 1688

13. Hard Rock Café

Returning customers will realize that the walls are now blue and the floors are lighter!

American Cuisine At Hard Rock Cafe Penang
American Cuisine At Hard Rock Cafe Penang – photo credits to maychan_30 (Instagram)

And there are numerous new items on the menu:

  • 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger
  • Fruity cocktail blends
  • Buffalo wings
  • Milkshakes with flavors like strawberry cheesecake!
  • And more!

Generous portions, happy hour and a daily live performance from the house band (10:30pm to 2am) help to justify the prices!

Ambiance At Hard Rock Cafe Penang
Ambiance At Hard Rock Cafe Penang – photo credits to nina_hassan (Instagram)

Browse the shop to pick up some Hard Rock Penang souvenirs!

Cuisine: American

Location: Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Batu Ferringhi Beach 11100, Penang Island

Opening Hours:

  • Daily from 11:30am to 2am
  • Fri, Sat & Eve of public holidays: 11:30am to 2:30am

Contact: +604-886 8050

Read more: 17 Best Cafe In Penang With Great Coffee

Getting Around Penang

Embark on a tour around Penang with RayTheTour! We can pick you up straight from the airport or your hotel!

And even drop you off for dinner at any of the restaurants in this list after your tour!

Penang Tour - RayTheTour & Travelswithsun

Other reasons to book our private tour service:

  • English or Chinese-speaking local guides
  • No fixed itinerary – go where you want to! Or let our guides advise you!
  • Comfortable transport (MPV or van)
  • You can combine your tour with our Ipoh and Cameron Highlands tours too!

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Conclusion

Penang restaurants will satisfy your craving for more local food! And let you refresh your palate with a different cuisine altogether!

You can find genuine Nyonya, American, Italian, Chinese and French food all in Penang!

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