In many international magazines and websites, Penang is hailed as one of the places you absolutely must visit before you die, especially if you want to escape the hectic city life Kuala Lumpur.
It is famously known for having the best food in Malaysia, and anyone who says otherwise clearly hasn’t been around much.
Aside from the glorious street food, this historically and culturally rich city also boasts of spectacular restaurants perfect for a romantic evening.
Whether you wish to celebrate a special occasion with your partner, or simply have a fancy night out, here’s a list of restaurants that you can visit in Penang:
1. Macalister Mansion
This is a popular spot amongst Penangnites for afternoon indulgences, which boasts lavish European architecture and accents.
The cheery and quirky design of Macalister Mansion, along with the unique presentation of the afternoon menu set draws a consistent crowd – especially on the weekends.
What’s more, you can also order a huge bear flower arrangement with 1200 stalks of fresh roses for your bae. Now that’s gonna make you boyfriend of the year for sure!
Opening Hours: 8AM – 10PM
Contact: 04-228 3888
Location: 228, Jalan Macalister, 11400 George Town, Pulau Pinang
2. David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terrace
This is a nice place for a romantic dinner! The food can be a little pricy, but worth every penny as you will dine under the stars.
We love the open garden concept, which is decorated with water lilies and dragonflies, giving it a overall lovely view while you overlook the beautiful city from Penang’s idyllic hilltop.
Opening Hours: 11AM – 10PM
Contact: 04-828 8337
Location: Strawberry Hill, Penang Hill, Bukit Bendera, 11300 Air Itam, Penang
3. Beach Blanket Babylon
Get a little taste of Bali without leaving Malaysia when you dine at this beach-side restaurant in George Town.
It’s a good place to visit for a special dinner where you’ll get a big food portion, exceptional staff service and amazing ocean view. Make sure you try the Lamb Shank which is so tender that it falls off the bone!
Opening Hours: 12PM – 12AM
Contact: 03-2143 2428
Location: 32, Jln Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang
4. Orinea by Farquhar Mansion
The view from the 18th floor and 270 degree seaview will truly impress you, and if you go at night, the whole compound will be lit with starry lights, making it look like a dreamy place to have date nights (possibly even proposals!).
Prices are of fine-dining range but it is worth to splurge for the premium food ingredients quality. We were very pleased with the 5-course menu options which were priced from RM 168++ to RM 198++.
Opening Hours: 2PM – 1AM
Contact: 019-528 8933
Location: 68-18-1, Sunrise Gurney, Gurney Dr, 10250 George Town, Penang
5. Ferringhi Garden Restaurant
This is an amazing venue located on the main road, but once you enter the front gate, you will be immersed in a stunning garden.
The service is second to none and equal to a luxury hotel — pretty much a 5-star service from arrival till departure. The choices of food is plenty, with reasonable prices against other venues of the same standard.
Opening Hours: 5PM – 12AM
Contact: 04-881 1193
Location: 34, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Kampung Batu Feringgi, 11100 Pulau Pinang
6. Kebaya Dining Restaurant
Opening Hours: 6PM – 10PM
Contact: 04-264 2333
Location: Stewart Ln, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang
7. Sigi’s Bar and Grill on the Beach
If you love live performances, then this is the place for you. On top of that, Sigi’s Bar and Grill on the Beach has a fantastic buffet which comprises of grilled lobsters, prawns , satays, fish and many more.
Definitely worth the trip, as you will enjoy delicious food beside the beach with calming ocean breeze.
Opening Hours: 11AM – 12AM
Contact: 04-886 1852
Location: Batu Feringgi Beach, 11100 Penang, Pulau Pinang
32Mansion has a very romantic and nice environment. While you enjoy dinner, you will be accompanied by a pianist playing love songs too. We hear the Raspberry Sorbet, Coconut Gula Melaka Ice cream and Lamb Rack are really delicious.
What’s more, birthday guests will also receive a lovely table decoration and helium balloons, topped with a mini cake to celebrate your special occasion!
Opening Hours: 12–3PM, 7–11PM
Contact: 04-262 2232
Location: 32, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, George Town, 10050 Pulau Pinang
9. Indigo Restaurant @ The Blue Mansion
Food at Indigo is interestingly delicious, which is made better because it’s served in a spectacular ambiance.
The cuisine clearly has classical French influence, but integrates Oriental and Japanese notes into each dishes, making it a quite convincing concert.
Opening Hours: 12–3PM, 6–11PM
Contact: 04-262 0006
Location: 14, Lebuh Leith, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
10. Suffolk House
A fancy tea time experience that stays classy from start to finish. We love the ompressive decor and ambience, however, do note that parking is quite far from the main building, making it not particularly friendly those in high heels.
Both the house and the ground exude an ultimately English setting, perfect for an English afternoon tea to impress your date. The scones, cream and homemade jam were all very yummy!
Opening Hours: 12–3PM, 6–10PM
Contact: 03-2143 2428
Location: 250, Jalan Air Hitam, Georgetown, 10460 George Town, Penang