Where to Eat in George Town: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 11, 2017 Trinity Boughner

The beauty and rich history of George Town keeps tourists flocking all year round. George Town offers views of the famous Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Kapitan Keling Mosque and many of the capital's golden crowned Buddhist temples.  With museums showcasing the country's rich-historical treasures, restaurants that offer classic Malaysian cuisine and dozens of shopping malls, there's guaranteed to be something for everyone to see.
Things to do in George Town

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. 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

3. Mews Cafe

77 Lebuh Muntri, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$16 - HK$63 +60 4-263 6125
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 952 reviews

Mews Cafe

MEWS CAFÉ serves Malay food prepared with fresh local ingredients. Diners can choose to dine in a cozy air-conditioned setting or alfresco. The cafe delectable spread is all prepared with homemade sauces and spices, without the usage of MSG.

Reviewed By theharunaddnan - George Town, Malaysia

Great little restaurant in heart of George Town!
We had our early dinner there .
The food was very good ,we enjoyed chicken wing and Chicken with turmeric rice .
Not to forget banana fritters and french toast with coconut ice cream !
Everything was delicious !
Although they didn’t serve our favourite kerabu beehon & aglio olio anymore,I’ll definitely come back !
Cosy atmosphere and friendly staff .thanks to Nazmi AJ June Sheila and Ryan

4. Ivy's Nyonya Cuisine

58 Jln Chow Thye | Off Burmah Road, George Town, Penang Island 10250, Malaysia Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Chinese, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$94 +60 13-433 7878
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 402 reviews

Ivy's Nyonya Cuisine

Closed for a short break from the 19th March till 27thMarch 2018. Business resume on Wed. 28th March 2018

Reviewed By rebeccamx - China

First time brought there by friends and really liked there food. Only eight tables in all. Felt special when dining there. Curry chicken has a special flavour, really liked it. An assorted appetizer combines a great varied of food, chicken roll, shrimp paste, egg and dish, etc.

5. 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.

85 Armeniam Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Cafe, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$16 - HK$55 +60 4-261 3680
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 501 reviews

Jawi House Cafe & Gallery

Jawi House Cafe and Gallery aims to promote Jawi Peranakan Heritage and Cuisine to the world. Authentic Nasi Lemuni and Bamieh is available here. Take in the ambience and feel apart of history in our humble cafe, which was built in the 1880s; along side any one of our desserts made in-house and freshly brewed coffee. We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed By Lilibud88 - Singapore, Singapore

Excellent service, food, ambience! Love the almond, pineapple tart, the lemongrass tea! Service very good too! Please make bookings ahead as the restaurant is small!Dear Lilibud88 Thank you for your recent patronage to Jawi House! Reservation is highly encouraged as our restaurant can only fit a maximum of 35 people. We look forward to your return visit!

7. 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

8. 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 :)

9. My Own Cafe

2 Lebuh Cannon | Opposite Khoo Kongsi, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, Asian, Malaysian Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +60 16-485 1050
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 259 reviews

My Own Cafe

Reviewed By 888travel - Bristol, England

Ok, so everyone goes here for the laksa - which was very nice, but apart from that, there were only 3 other dishes on offer (char kway teow, and something with rice). So don’t make a special trip if you’re after more to eat than just a bowl of laksa!
It was nice but this place probably doesn’t deserve a top 10 rating on the basis of one dish alone.

10. Pit Stop no.12

12 Lorong Chulia, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +60 4-261 1306
Excellent
61%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 169 reviews

Pit Stop no.12

Reviewed By I_wander_asia - Greater London, United Kingdom

We came back two consecutive days in a row, the food and the service is excellent!!!
Very well priced food and you can add add-on's like coffee or extra items for cheap.
Staff are wonderful and so friendly. Service was very fast. Highly recommend a breakfast here.

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