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Penang Malaysian Cuisine

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4933 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5203
301-657-2878
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11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 5
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  • 4
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  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Malasian food - and a selection from across Asia

Good, sturdy variety of South Asian foods. I've been twice recently and had noodle dishes both times, one typical Thai and the other a Malaysian variant. It is a large restaurant and has never been too busy when I was there, although both my food and that of my friends was quite excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Washington, DC
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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Good, sturdy variety of South Asian foods. I've been twice recently and had noodle dishes both times, one typical Thai and the other a Malaysian variant. It is a large restaurant and has never been too busy when I was there, although both my food and that of my friends was quite excellent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Penang is a delightful surprise in Bethesda, Md. I am Malaysian and wanted to introduce my two friends to my cuisine. I was not disappointed. The satay sauce was exceptionally tasty, I would like the meat to be leaner. The curries and char kway teo noodles tasted exactly like my mother's. I wished I lived closer to Penang. I would... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The first thing that strikes you upon entering is how high the ceiling is, how large & airy (but mercifully quiet) the dining area is, and how subdued but pleasant the lighting. The menu - at least as much Thai as Malaysian if not more - is quite long & diverse. Our six or so dishes were all over the... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I used to come here regularly when I lived in the area in 2004 to 2009 and recently on a trip back ordered enough food to last me for the week visit. I was born in Malaysia and miss/crave authentic Malaysian. This place is excellent and almost completely authentic. I have not tried their Thai food so cannot comment on... More 

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Alameda
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I grew up in Penang, so I was sort of expecting a different cooking style. Good, though, for someone homesick in the ice and snow!

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

2 people in our family thought the other one was making dinner, resulting in the need for take out. My son had recently been to Penang and really enjoyed it. He said the atmosphere was nice and the food was better when you eat it in the restaurant. Not that the food was bad. It was perfectly fine, but missing... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Got takeout while visiting friends in Bethesda. Everything was very yummy. We got a flat noodle dish hokkien, similar to drunken noodles - (excellent, everyone loved this!) a curry, Tom yum lemongrass soup (excellent but warning ... Spicy!), roti (good but not much to the order). I would like to go back to eat there as it looked very clean... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We ordered Hokkien Noodle and beef stew curry noodle. While the taste was pretty tasty, both dishes didn't have the authentic flair. DH loved his teh tarik though! Plenty of seats. Wait staffs were courteous and prompt. Will come back for another visit when we're in town.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Brought here by a Malaysian colleague who rates this an 8 on a 10 point scale for Malaysian cuisine (I want to find that 10!). The spices are delightful. The shrimp wrapped in bacon unbelievably decadent (and probably not wise). The noodles, vegetables, and curries spectacular. Local neighborhood restaurant easily reached by foot from the Bethesda Metro stop. Came all... More 

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Chantilly, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I lived in Malaysia for many years and so I am happy to trek across DC to get Malaysian food. The food is not quite authentic but it's not bad. My husband thought the rendang was excellent. The Udang me (prawn noodles) was good. My favorite is the teh Tarik. Check out how they make in on YouTube, awesome. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4933 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5203
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: 301-657-2878

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Malaysian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?