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No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 0
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  • 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
A Must Visit -Great food and service

Returning visitors to Penang and the Boatman does not disappoint. Located near Mosque it has tablesd outside or under cover. Menu is varied and excellent Service always great with friendly staff Drinks cold and there is a choice of beers or wine Prices are very reasonable and the food cannot be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
ollymac_9_10
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Kent UK
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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126 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Kent UK
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Returning visitors to Penang and the Boatman does not disappoint. Located near Mosque it has tablesd outside or under cover. Menu is varied and excellent Service always great with friendly staff Drinks cold and there is a choice of beers or wine Prices are very reasonable and the food cannot be faulted. They even spiced up a noodle dish for... More 

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Excellent food, what a find in Penang, way down towards the Hard Rock Hotel, just after the mosque, you nearly miss it. The staff are very friendly and the food especially the beef rending is the best we had. Very popular with the ex pats and English visitors who return year after year, and they were all so friendly. Good... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 via mobile

Just spent 8 weeks in Penang we ate at the Boatman most nights. We were never disappointed great food every night. Have dined there for years and never had a bad meal,hopefully we will eat again there next year. Thanks to all the staff.

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Suedlohn, Germany
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We went there for lunch almost every day. The food (mainly malay) is very good, staff is very friendly. You can have a look into the kitchen and see that even the spring rolls are freshly prepared

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Brisbane, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
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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
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151 reviews 151 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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571 reviews 571 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
325 helpful votes 325 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups

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