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No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 76
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lovely food

First time here for meals went 2 years ago but only for drinks too late to order food. This time we booked in advance and it was worth it lovely food we all had great meals really nice will go again

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
Jean S
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Brisbane, Australia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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122 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Brisbane, Australia
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

First time here for meals went 2 years ago but only for drinks too late to order food. This time we booked in advance and it was worth it lovely food we all had great meals really nice will go again

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Food and service impeccable -very well priced the only place that gave me 'dry noodles ' no sauce just past the Ferringhi Gardens

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Always eat and drink here. Tried a number of other restaurants and never had a bad meal at any of them but Hok, Lay Pheng, May and the rest of the staff at the Boatman make this a home from home. Excellent food and hospitality.

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Maybole, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Located at the far end of Batu-Ferringi this is a reasonable priced restaurant serving both Chinese and Western food it is licensed and on the time we went you could bring in your own wine, you can eat outside or in and the restaurant is licensed the fish is always worth asking for if it is full you can try... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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552 reviews 552 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
292 helpful votes 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

You can always rely on Boatman Restaurant to offer tasty dishes in a casual environment by hospitable staff. The environment is a bit messy due to the building activities concerning the access road to to brand new "By the Sea" complex, but the restaurant is still the same. You can choose to sit outside, or inside the restaurant structure. I... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

No frills but decent food and service. Juice drinks with ice acceptable quality (not always the case in Batu Ferrringhi). Started with prawn cocktails (a blast from the 60's) a bit unconventional served with chopped apple and a bit of salad with some passable seafood sauce on side. Had a whole steamed fish coked to our requested spicy spec. and... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The boatman is situated between the Mosque and the new block of flats being built between the Park Royal and the Hard Rock Hotel. A longish walk from the Golden Dands but worth it. The menu is mainly Chinese but with Western options. The food is excellent. The staff not only remember you but even what you had before. The... More 

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Melbourne
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

Really friendly service & great food. A good selection of local cuisine, especially the Rendang & Penang curries. Prices are less than half than at the hotels and taste infinitely better. There's something for everyone's taste, beef, chicken, seafood, rices, noodles, soups etc. And unlike the hotels, the beer is cold.

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Penang, Malaysia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Inexpensive and very tasty food...staff very accommodating Does Malay and Chinese food. Unfortunately right next to the mosque so not so quite at prayer time

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

My wife and I were excited to try this place after rave reviews from her parents (who lived in Penang for several years). What a great experience. The food and service was outstanding. We had our 16 month old son with us and the lovely ladies working on the night played with him and kept him entertained to allow my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Penang  >  Penang Island

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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