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Penang Malaysian Cuisine

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4933 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5203
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this place with my Singaporean girlfriend who said that the flavors were authentic and is probably the closest thing out here to food in Penang. She was impressed to note that they made their own chendol (pandan-flavored bits) for the dessert.

Thank Tu H
Derwood, Maryland
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family chose to dine at Penang over many other restaurants because we had good experiences there earlier. But our Sunday night dinner was a complete let down, right from the seating. There was no one around and we were left standing for several minutes, wondering if we should disregard the "Please wait to be seated" notice. As we advanced... More 

Thank ra2040j
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic and as close as the real thing as I've come across. Roti canai is great, Kari mee much like a Kuching laksa. Well worth a visit.

Thank Graeme S
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Awesome food with worth of money Pineapple fried rice Coconut rice Fried banana chocolate topping icecream are my favorites

Thank Pavan V
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

Great food and a HUDGE variety. We never tried Malaysian food, and we really liked it. Good place for vegetarians. The Thai iced coffee, Thai iced tea, and pineapple fried rice were outstanding. Also, the service was VERY quick, and there are a lot of spicy options available.

Bethesda, Maryland
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Rather large restaurant, recently redecorated serving Malaysian food; good variety of meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes. Pleasant but not "professional" service. A pleasant place to sit and talk, eat and share a drink with a companion. Often see families; sometimes kids a bit noisy but not a real problem. rather large bar area but I've never seen it crowded.... More 

Thank PRexx
Columbia, Maryland
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Went for a fare-well lunch with colleagues. Large space with good Malaysian food. Good place to have that kind of lunch or dinner and discussion.

Thank satyajitray101
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

I enjoyed trying some dishes that were new to me. Large portions and cooked to order. Six women met for a book discussion and lunch. The restaurant had booths and was quiet enough to have a good discussion. Will return with my husband.

Thank Rosanne
Santiago, Chile
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127 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

The restaurant is nice and hit has a few parking spots in-front. The waiter was not very friendly but the service was good. The food is not out of this world, but I liked that many of the plates had the option to make it vegetarian. For appetizer our party started with the Roti Telur, is curry with vegetables and... More 

Thank fuxito
Houston, Texas
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016 via mobile

Food wasn't so bad but we had higher expectations (having had lived in that part of the world). Maybe it was just the wrong choice of food. However if you've never had authentic Malaysian food then this is just fine. A little walk from the Bethesda station (we came on the train from Dupont Circle) along some nice shops. Do... More 

Thank cherrymama123

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian, Malaysian
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4933 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5203
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: 301-657-2878

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?