Penang Island Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Penang Island

December 30, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Penang Island, the most populous island city in Malaysia, is situated in the State of Penang. With a population of 738,500, it also forms Malaysia's second largest city by population, while Greater Penang, with 2.5 million inhabitants, is the nation's second most populous metropolis. Its capital, George Town, has also been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.
Things to do in Penang Island

1. Edelweiss Cafe

38 Armeniam Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Swiss, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$24 - HK$243 +60 4-261 8935
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 237 reviews

Edelweiss Cafe

Cafe/Restaurant/Bar providing Swiss/German/Local Dishes. Special cocktails German/beers and a good selection of scotch/single malt whisky are available. We are operating in the medium price segment. We also supply tourist information for anybody who needs them.

Reviewed By rubberTravel

Nice cafe in George Town. Good food and an excellent host. The clocks on display are truly vintage and you eat your food as they chug along. Food is above average and the ambiance is excellent.

2. Shangri-La Rasa Sayang

Jalan Batu Ferringi, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Validated Parking Asian, Malaysian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch (60 4) 888 8888
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 303 reviews

Shangri-La Rasa Sayang

Reviewed By Tinawestwood - London, United Kingdom

We had 6 nights here as part of our honeymoon, beautiful hotel with lovely staff. Location is excellent with private beach access and no more than a 3 minute walk to the night market where there was food of every kind. We only did bed and breakfast and I am glad as the restaurant whilst perfect was not as relaxed as the pool/beach café where the food was excellent, especially the BBQ night, too much food! Highly recommend this hotel.

3. Tek Sen Restaurant

18 Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, Penang Island 10100, Malaysia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +60 12-981 5117
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Tek Sen Restaurant

Reviewed By t0ngdee - Singapore, Singapore

Food was delicious and reasonably priced! highly recommended to visit and please make a booking as it can get very crowded. Do try the stir fried pork belly! Enjoyed my meal here

43 C Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Asian, Malaysian, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$110 +60 17-477 2148
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Living Room Cafe Bar & Gallery

Reviewed By Joy-holiday

We had Penang laksa, fried Kwetiau and curry fish. Curry fish is rich and tasty but too much flower coated the fish. Kwetiau is very oily and way too soft. Portion is small. However, it was only RM7.5. Laksa was not bad but overprice at RM20.

5. Feringgi Grill

Jalan Batu Ferringi | Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner 606048888888
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 386 reviews

Feringgi Grill

Situated on the mezzanine floor of the resort, Feringgi Grill offers diners a warm, cosy ambience with a bird's eye view of lush tropical greenery. Savour exquisitely prepared modern grill cuisine, indulge in vintage wines or unwind with our selection of world-class cigars.

Reviewed By James G - Maybole, United Kingdom

This is a stunning restaurant located in the upper level of the Rasa Sayang hotel in Penang the atmosphere is very nice and the menu upmarket but despite the excellent service and ambiance the food is let down by cold plates warm food and totally stone cold potatoes this restaurant was far better a number of years ago and now not worth paying the money.

6. Healy Mac's Irish Bar & Restaurant

3A-G9 & G10, Straits Quay | Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, Penang Island, Malaysia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +60 4-890 3475
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 596 reviews

Healy Mac's Irish Bar & Restaurant

Reviewed By Sheamus0104 - Boise, Idaho

I was greated by the manager, Kamal at the bar. He introduced me to his General Manager, Benji. Benji warmly geeted me and once he found out my Grandparents were all from Ireland we chatted a bit about his home contract....so this is a Real Irish bar!!! The Guinness was well poured, the Irish stew was sold out...and it took 15 minutes for them to tell me. I will give them a pass due to it being St Patrick's Day. My 2nd food choice was very good and I recommend the Pub. It is in a nice location with a view of the What.

7. Kebaya

2-16 Lorong Stewart, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Asian, Malaysian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$275 +60 4-264 2333
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Kebaya

Kebaya is the diningroom of the Seven Terraces and is open to hotel guests and the public.Open daily, 7pm till 10pm.Christopher Ong has worked with the hotel’s chefs to create a menu of classic Indo and Straits Chinese Nyonya dishes. They have refined these using French cooking techniques and innovative produce to deliver surprising new twists on this already fascinating cuisine.The effect is simple, delicious full of flavour and dazzling.A four course degustation menu of entrée, main course, vegetables and dessert is served in Chinese style to allow guests to share the dishes. The Baba Bar is open daily from 2pm onwards, with live piano music in a very intimate setting.

Reviewed By Ellachilingtsang

nice decoration and food in George Town Penang. I have been Penang twice. This Culture restaurant i never forgot. Food and service are good.Although the price a little bit expensive if compare the local life, but this restaurant i suggest traveller have to go there once.

8. Andrew's Kampung

Eden Parade 2nd Floor, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +60 12-408 4091
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 936 reviews

Andrew's Kampung

Andrew's Kampung close on every Tuesday. Many thanks.

Reviewed By Mynameisrick - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We when there because of the good review...The food was good..Especially the Indonesian Fish...The dessert also good..Ice cream.goreng...for.the price a bit pricey for me..But i understand its a tourist and popular area...
Make.sure you use elevator near KFC..because we didnt know bout that..we have to climb up 3rd story stair case :)

9. Bistro Tang

82-A Penang Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations Cafe, Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +60 4-250 8383
Excellent
63%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 189 reviews

Bistro Tang

Reviewed By puneet_mishra - Hyderabad, India

It was rated pretty highly and we walked in , quite disappointing , I guess that we asked in at 3 pm was also partly responsible for this. The decor is quite nicely restored and you have various options for Seating. I am sure there are things that please a lot of patrons but the Nyonya curry was pretty sad and did not feel that it was fresh, the wraps were quite oily and full of eggplant
All in all a bit disappointing late lunch

10. Sushi Kitchen - George Town Branch

No 12 Gat Lebuh Acheh, George Town, Penang Island 10300, Malaysia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +60 16-411 7570
Excellent
80%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 148 reviews

Sushi Kitchen - George Town Branch

Reviewed By Mynameisrick - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A Restaurant You Should go if You In penang...A Vegetarian Restaurant with Japanese cuisine..We tried the vegan Udon and The sushi ..it was tasty for me..I never thought that Vegetarian sushi would be taste so delicious..It stated there they make their own.mayonaise...The negative part Their operation hour show 6pm- 10pm..BUT we have to.wait 15 to 20minutes to wait because the staff still not there..We only see One White lady (mat salleh)and we taught shes the customer..Apparently shes the one who serve us :) ..It would be better if Staff who came late apologize to the waiting customer..Instead looking at us with no Smiley face....We have to.wait because you are LATE...And its not 5 minutes late...And Some more 10%service included..What a service charge i did pay with Sour Face Dude .Luckyly The White lady handle the situation well..I would gave 5 star but Sour face 4 star :)

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