Best Seafood In Penang

Penang seafood is a thriving scene in Penang. In fact, a great deal of the seafood restaurants in Penang have been around for generations!

And despite being next to the sea on all sides, seafood in Penang isn’t always affordable. With visitors from other states and the rest of the world driving up the prices (unintentionally, of course).

Keep an eye out for these restaurants that in our list of where to find the best seafood in Penang! A handful offer very competitive prices!

Table Of Contents:

  1. Da Shu Xia Seafood House
  2. Dehappy Seafood Restaurant
  3. Kristal Seafood
  4. Jiashi Restaurant
  5. Teoh’s Chinese Seafood
  6. Hai Wei Seafood Restaurant
  7. Ah Chui Seafood
  8. Foo Hiang Seafood @ Chia Yean Café
  9. Tai Tong Seafood Restaurant
  10. Hai Boey Seafood
  11. Medan Ikan Bakar Teluk Tempoyak

11 Best Seafood In Penang

1. Da Shu Xia Seafood House

Locals all know about Da Shu Xia Seafood House and its Chinese-style seafood dishes.

They have many ways of cooking their fresh seafood – steaming, baking, deep frying or in a spicy curry!

Coconut Tomyam Prawns At Da Shu Xia Seafood House
Coconut Tomyam Prawns At Da Shu Xia Seafood House – photo credits to blowsvivian (Instagram)

The straw hanging from the roof and open-air concept makes it appear more like a beach shack!

And there’s a boat at the back with a dining table inside for the kids to get excited about!

Boat At Da Shu Xia Seafood House
Boat At Da Shu Xia Seafood House – photo credits to openhearttotheworld (Instagram)

Customers can choose the seafood they want directly from ice trays or tanks! Service is brisk and you will not have to wait long after you make your order!

What to order:

  • Steamed clams with chili
  • Soft shell crab with salted egg yolk
  • Prawns in coconut curry
  • Deep fried squid
Note: Make a reservation on the weekend or public holidays!

Location: 177C, Lebuh Victoria, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 10pm (Closed On Wednesdays)

Contact: +6012-474 5566!

2. Dehappy Seafood Restaurant

Popular with tourists for its location and friendly staff who speak English, Dehappy Seafood Restaurant serves Chinese-style cooking too!

Plus, you can order beer and other alcoholic drinks!

Chili Crab At Dehappy Seafood Restaurant
Chili Crab At Dehappy Seafood Restaurant – photo credits to adrisudomo (Instagram)

The restaurant is spacious and clean with a choice of covered seating and outdoor seating. You can see what’s available from the many aquariums lined up along the wall!

And as a bonus, you don’t have to fret about parking as parking is free for customers!

Location: 58, Jalan Macalister, 10400 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 5 to 11pm

Contact: +6012-485 2388

3. Kristal Seafood

Don’t like crowded spaces? Then you can try the traditional home-cooked Chinese food at this simple no-frills restaurant.

Steamed Fish At Kristal Seafood, Penang
Steamed Fish At Kristal Seafood – photo credits to merykezia1234 (Instagram)

Prices are reasonable and they can make a tasty fish head curry and Marmite chicken/ pork! And you can try their prawns fried with a coating of Nestum too!

Marmite Pork At Kedai Kopi Kristal Seafood
Marmite Pork At Kedai Kopi Kristal Seafood – photo credits to easteryeoh (Instagram)

It helps to know some Chinese when it comes to ordering!

Note: There is air conditioning inside.

Location: 224-B, Jalan Burma, 10350 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 5:30pm to 1am

Contact: +604-227 2218

4. Jiashi Restaurant

Formally Song River Café at Gurney Drive, the new location is just a bit further:

Brave the heat for steamed fish! Which is the specialty at Song River Seafood, a typical open-air hawker centre under a metal roof at Gurney Drive.

You can order a few types of fish for the Steamed Fish Bee Hun dish and the price will vary accordingly.

Signature Steamed Fish Bee Hoon At Song River Gurney Drive Penang
Signature Steamed Fish Bee Hoon At Song River Gurney Drive Penang – photo credits to sharonyoon25 (Instagram)

The plain dressing of soy sauce, scallion and garlic brings out the sweetness of the fresh fish!

Note: It’s equally delicious in soup form too!

Other seafood dishes to try are the fried jim cho (crab), prawn assam curry, and heh cho (prawn)! They are also known for their bestselling dishes such as egg and bitter gourd and hor fun!

Home Style Chili Crab At Jiashi Restaurant
Home Style Chili Crab At Jiashi Restaurant – Photo credits to jiashirestaurant (Instagram)

Note: The food is a little pricey.

Location: 72-I, 72H, Gurney Dr, Gurney, 10250 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: 7.30am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Contact: +6012-492 7275

5. Teoh’s Chinese Seafood

A good place for a simple, quick and inexpensive meal!

Seafood Otak-Otak At Teoh's Chinese Seafood
Seafood Otak-Otak At Teoh’s Chinese Seafood – Photo credits to alic3.h_87 (Instagram)

The menu is quite extensive and also cheaper than other big restaurants. The usual seafood options are available, but they also have seasonal items such as crocodile’s tail.

Their steamed clams with sour and spicy sauce or the seafood otak-otak are highly recommended.

Steamed Clams With Sour And Spicy Sauce At Teoh's Chinese Seafood
Steamed Clams With Sour And Spicy Sauce At Teoh’s Chinese Seafood – Photo credits to alic3.h_87 (Instagram)

Location: 150, Jalan P. Ramlee, Taman Kampar, 10460 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm and again from 5pm to 8pm (Closed on Monday)

Contact: +6012-465 2870

6. Hai Wei Seafood Restaurant

Old name, new place! Hai Wei Seafood Restaurant has the usual Chinese-style ala carte menu with some uncommon delicacies like sea cucumber.

Note: They serve sharks fin here.

However, what stands out is their claypot rice with baked mud crabs and a dash of salted egg yolk!

Claypot Rice With Baked Mud Crabs At Hai Wei Seafood Restaurant
Claypot Rice With Baked Mud Crabs At Hai Wei Seafood Restaurant – photo credits to steftkh.loves (Instagram)

And if you like Cincalok (pungent smelling fermented chili paste made from shrimp), order their cincalok squid!

Location: Ground Floor, 7M, Jalan Gottlieb, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 2:30pm & 5:30 to 9:30pm

Contact: +6012 4781813

7. Ah Chui Seafood

Ah Chui Seafood At Penang
Ah Chui Seafood – Photo credits to preggyjenkins (Instagram)

You can only find seafood at this restaurant which means they are pork-free.

Dishes come in generous portions and the taste is very much worth the price!

You can choose the seafood you want and see them cook in front of you in their open-concept kitchen.

Steamed Clams At Ah Chui Seafood
Steamed Clams At Ah Chui Seafood – Photo credits to foodilicious_b (Instagram)

Recommended dishes include:

  • Grilled fish
  • Deep fried baby prawns
  • Garlic clams
Grilled Fish At Ah Chui Seafood
Grilled Fish At Ah Chui Seafood – Photo credits to foodilicious_b (Instagram)

Location: 1238 T, Jln Paya Terubung, Taman Nyaman Indah, 11060 Ayer Itam, Penang Island

Opening Hours: 2:30pm to 10pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Contact: +6012 4103303

8. Foo Hiang Seafood @ Chia Yean Café

Across from Sungai Nibong Bus Station, this unassuming stall is a regular chu char for affordable home-cooked Chinese meals!

Steamed Fish At Foo Hiang Seafood, Penang
Steamed Fish At Foo Hiang Seafood – photo credits to adrian_chuah (Instagram)

Star dishes include:

  • Fish curry
  • Kangkung fried with sambal
  • Fried squid
  • Pork belly with ham

It’s usually full of people during dinner time! You need to go as early as 5pm or 5:30pm to beat the crowds!

Location: 2A, Jalan Pantai Jerjak 11, Taman Pantai Jerjak, 11700 Gelugor, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 4:30 to 10:30pm (Closed On Mondays)

Contact: +6019 5643092

9. Tai Tong Seafood Restaurant

While it looks like every other seafood restaurant, Tai Tong Seafood Restaurant has the benefit of having a fishing village for a neighbor! And it’s halal!

Seafood Spread At Tai Tong Seafood Restaurant In Penang
Seafood Spread At Tai Tong Seafood Restaurant In Penang – photo credits to iseeiwant.food (Instagram)

Recommended dishes:

  • Sweet chili crab
  • Fried squid
  • Curry prawns
  • Steamed grouper fish
  • Claypot tofu

You may want to make a booking ahead if you have a large group!

Note: Sharks fin is present the menu.

Location: 4, Jalan Hassan Abas, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Tanjung Bungah, Penang Island

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

Contact: +604-885 1693

10. Hai Boey Seafood (海尾海鲜)

You’ll get to dine on fresh seafood by the beach at Hai Boey Seafood! They even have a small playground in the sand!

Romantic Sea View From Hai Boey Seafood
Romantic Sea View From Hai Boey Seafood – photo credits to jengshi (Instagram)

It’s about 30-45 minutes’ drive from town so you won’t see many tourists. Every Saturday evening sees a full house in this alfresco-dining venue with the sea breeze blowing in!

Blanched Baby Octopus At Hai Boey Seafood Restaurant In Penang
Blanched Baby Octopus At Hai Boey Seafood Restaurant In Penang – photo credits to kennysim7 (Instagram)

Dishes you can try:

  • Blanched baby octopus
  • Thai-style clams (lala)
  • Steamed fish
Clams (Lala) At Hai Boey Seafood Restaurant In Penang
Clams (Lala) At Hai Boey Seafood Restaurant In Penang – photo credits to kennysim7 (Instagram)

Location: MK 9, 29, Jalan Pasir Belanda, Teluk Kumbar, 11920 Bayan Lepas, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 2:30pm & 6 to 10:30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Contact: +6013 4881114

11. Medan Ikan Bakar Teluk Tempoyak

For Malay-style grilled fish, head on over to Medan Ikan Bakar Teluk Tempoyak hawker centre. Look for the ikan bakar stall run by Adnan bin Hassan!

Ikan Bakar At Medan Ikan Bakar Teluk Tempoyak
Ikan Bakar At Medan Ikan Bakar Teluk Tempoyak – photo credits to kathy_shah (Instagram)

Try the fried squid or sotong goreng tepung too!

There is no air-conditioning or fine ambiance here but you can see the sea and the second Penang bridge!

View Of The Second Penang Bridge From Medan Ikan Bakar Teluk Tempoyak
View Of The Second Penang Bridge From Medan Ikan Bakar Teluk Tempoyak – photo credits to azhar_ul_amin (Instagram)
Note: Come early for dinner or you’ll have trouble finding parking!

Location: Jalan Teluk Tempoyak, Kampung Teluk Tempoyak Besar, 11960 Bayan Lepas, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 5:30 to 11pm (Closed On Mondays)

Read more: 13 Best Restaurants In Penang

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Conclusion

Penang seafood restaurants are dime a dozen. Be it hawker centres, or family-run stalls and restaurants.

The majority showcase Chinese-cuisine. Although some places have unique types of seafood. Including imported seafood!

To break up the monotony, we have a few places in this list of best seafood restaurants in Penang that do branch away from the status quo!

And if these doesn’t interest you, check out our article on Penang steamboat restaurants, which might be more up your alley! Or Japanese restaurants in Penang if you don’t mind raw seafood!

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