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Penang Malaysian Cuisine

Asian, Malaysian
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4933 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5203
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11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Wonderful food

We love Malaysian food and were happy to find Penang while visiting Washington DC. My husband and i had dinner with another couple, so we decided to share our appetizers and entrees. We had the roti canai (a very thin bread served with a spicy chicken curry dip). Very different bread and very good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Dee J
Shreveport, Louisiana
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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73 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

We love Malaysian food and were happy to find Penang while visiting Washington DC. My husband and i had dinner with another couple, so we decided to share our appetizers and entrees. We had the roti canai (a very thin bread served with a spicy chicken curry dip). Very different bread and very good, although a bit expensive at $6.95(I... More 

Thank Dee J
Washington, DC
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88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

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.

Thank Little_Lew
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 

Thank Isno
Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 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 

Thank dlosea
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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 

Thank Cambridge2014
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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!

Thank Ann B
Providence, Rhode Island
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191 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
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 

Thank panama2000
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 

Thank akjane71
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.

Thank 12Coffee
Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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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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
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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