We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Boatman Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

165 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 160: English reviews
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great find! Pity we did not find it earlier,the food was not just good but the best tasted that week. I had chicken rendang, not too spicy but full of flavours that lingered after each mouthful , the beer super cold and the service delightful,we had a view of the kitchen,and saw all food being prepared fresh and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Peter L
Level Contributor
25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First went to this restaurant in 2002, it has changed a lot since then but what hasn't. Trying to get round to has many restaurants we can, now we have settled here to live so went back to the boatman last night. Early evening, not busy ,good greeting ,good menu good prices for touristy Batu.Had an excellent chicken curry kapitan... More 

Helpful?
Thank billios4466
Rhyl, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Went here after a friend's recommendation and was very pleased. It's a small simple restaurant but they are very pleasant and welcoming. The food was good and inexpensive. Good value all round. Worth visiting.

Helpful?
Thank Zoenga
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Highly recommended place. Staff super friendly. Food not too expensive and delicious. We went there yesterday for dinner, was bit quiet but we went early. Just next to night market. Good place if you want eat good food :)

Helpful?
Thank iza_w23
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

Just up from ferringhi gardens we had breakfast here three times and it was delightful,staff wonderful price cheap and english breakfast superb (real bacon)

Helpful?
Thank colinwhitt
Montpellier, France
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

Most of time when we try restaurants around, we may find one plate good, and one not. Especially when you come to western food, it is most of time very random. This small restaurant is surprisingly serving awesome food, both of the western and the local type. I have tried many Beef Rendang, even more expansive, and theirs is the... More 

Helpful?
Thank sro1234
Level Contributor
44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

We attended the Boatman Restaurant as a family with my husband, myself and parents. May our server for the night had excellent English and we had many great conversations with her. We all ordered an entrée. Spring Rolls 6 ringgit, a prawn cocktail 6 ringgit, chicken soup 6 ringgit and my father had a seafood cocktail 12 ringgit which was... More 

Helpful?
Thank rpracy87
Kelkheim (Taunus), Germany
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to eat if you're looking for a good combination of local as well as international dishes, e.g. for kids with their particular, i.e. typically rather conservative tastes in food. Very friendly and forthcoming staff and moderate prices -- not as cheap as the entirely local places, but well below those of the surrounding hotels and... More 

Helpful?
Thank tmebay
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

We ate here for Breakfast & Dinner on a daily basis on our recent holiday end of July 2016. The food is second to none (not looking forward to going home to cook) and the staff May & Kevin welcome you as If they have known you for years. Guys cant wait till we return in October 2016 for your... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jennifer M
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

We ate at this restaurant 4 times in two weeks and got to know the owner (May) very well during this time. She explained the delicious menu to us if needed, the service was great, quick or if you wished to spend time over your meal it was no poroblem. The food was fresh looked very appetising and we enjoyed... More 

Helpful?
Thank Glenys P

Travelers who viewed Boatman Restaurant also viewed

Penang Island, Penang
Penang Island, Penang
 
George Town, Penang Island
George Town, Penang Island
 

Been to Boatman Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian, Malaysian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Penang  >  Penang Island

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Boatman Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?