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Penang

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685 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111-1611
+1 617-451-6373
Today
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Framingham, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went in on a Friday evening, about 5:30pm. Parking was tough to find on the street so we had to park in a lot and walk about 7 minutes. Parking cost $15 for about 2hours. We started with the roti canai. I would say it was very tasty but not as good as before. It was missing some richness to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were two couples that came for dinner on Christmas eve. Since we arrived early enough (6'ish), we were seated quickly and in a nice section (away from the doors where recurring cold drafts are the norm). We ordered a few dishes to share (eg, taro, some curries, beef rendang, noodles and rice). Overall though, the quality was average. The... More 

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Thank C J
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106 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have lived and worked in Boston for many years, Penang remains one of my favorite "go-to" restaurants. I love its extensive menu and super fast service. Really decent Malaysian and Chinese food.

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Thank artzero
Boston, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at a busy time but only had to wait 5 minutes for a good table. Atmosphere and decor was somewhat eclectic but fine. We started with Roti Canai, one of my favourites, and the bread was OK, but the accompanying curry was not the best. Not enough sauce and a lump of what I think was supposed to... More 

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Largo, Florida
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place used to serve authentic Malaysian food (I know because I'm from there and make many of the dishes on the menu). I used to love this place and came all the time. The food is terrible the last time I visited, and I won't return. Our favorites like the roti canai, Hainan Chicken, Nasi Lemak, etc all tasted... More 

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Thank mvmaithai
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I used to enjoy eating at this restaurant but the last few times have left a few things lacking. And this visit tonight was the final nail in the coffin. My son ordered the curry yong tow foo mee and that was the only thing that was good. The chicken satay was mediocre. The Penang dried chicken curry and the... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just arriving in Boston on x-mas day chinatown seemed to be the only option since most rstaurants were closed. We wanted to go to The Q....but there was a 90 mins queue!!! Ended up at Penang. Service was fine, fast and simple. Food was pretty good. We had the fried dumplings, chicken curry, malaysian noodles and fried pork chops. Flavorfull,... More 

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san diego,CA
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Every time I'm in Boston I visit this restaurant. Portions are family style so sharing is highly recommended

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Milan, Italy
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227 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

I was here with friend for dinner, and I must say that EVERYTHING was really good. We tried different dishes and they were all well prepared. The only thing I didn't like (but I tried it cause it is quite particular) is the ABC shaved-ice dessert... that's a bit distant from my European taste! Final result? Suggested place for good... More 

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Thank Pece_77
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

We wanted to try out a Chinatown restaurant as part of our trip to Boston and were not disappointed with our choice of Penang. The food was delicious. We had the steamed pork dumpling and the chicken satay to start and then a rice noodle dish with pork and a sizzling beef. Everything was really tasty. Service was quick and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30
Cuisine
Asian, Malaysian, Chinese, Seafood, Thai
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 685 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111-1611
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-451-6373

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
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