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Penang Malaysian Cuisine

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4933 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5203
301-657-2878
Today
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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: Reservations
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Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 9
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 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
Most recent review
Tasty, But Pricey Take-Away

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
panama2000
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Providence, Rhode Island
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46 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Providence, Rhode Island
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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199 reviews 199 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
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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49 reviews 49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Chantilly, Virginia
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110 reviews 110 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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Cleveland, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Was a hike getting there from our hotel in DC (train, bus and walking) but it was worth the trip. Highly recommended. The dishes must be cooked by a true Penangite!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I try go to Penang every time i'm in maryland for my annual vacation. its located in one of the nicest areas. Bathesda is beautiful with lovely cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. Penang is like a hidden jewel towards the end of the street. Its a huge restaurant but whenever i have been here (usually for dinner) the place is... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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66 reviews 66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Great for a taste of Malaysia in Bethesda. Food was very good and we tried the roti canai, rendangs, noodles and more.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We have been going to this restaurant for at least 7 years. My wife is Singaporean and my friend's wife is Malaysian, and they really used to enjoy the food. All their favorites were on the menu. And they still are. But the quality of the food has fallen drastically. During our last visit last week, the chicken (in the... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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163 reviews 163 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

It's just a little different from Thai or Chinese, although one can detect the Chinese influence, as with most Asian cuisine. I had the Char Kway Teow, which is apparently more Malay than other items on the menu. It was tasty. Other items on the menu were from other countries in the region. Why not just go to a Thai... 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
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?