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10 Best Restaurants In Penang To Celebrate Christmas And New Year’s Eve

We’re back to December for another festive year end, with Christmas and New Year’s Eve just around the corner! As our daily lives return to normal this year, we can finally look forward to gatherings and celebrations in restaurants for the upcoming festivities. Therefore, we’ve come up with a list of the 10 best restaurants in Penang to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve!

10 Best Restaurants In Penang To Celebrate Christmas And New Year’s Eve

1. Firewood Restaurant Penang

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

Firewood Restaurant is one of the new makan spots in Penang! The restaurant is unique in the sense that they have an open-flame dining concept – customers are able to see through the whole kitchen. Hence, the chef will be cooking your food right in front of you! This not only adds flavour to the delicacies, but also an experience to savour!

Don’t miss out on the cocktail bar here serving innovative alcoholic beverages and apéritifs! One of their signatures is the Exoticism Vodka, made of pandan, lime and wasabi. The spacious restaurant also comes with a private dining room. Undoubtedly, this is a place worth visiting for any occasion!

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

Address: 15, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, , George Town, Malaysia

Operating Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm ; 5.30pm – 10pm (Closed on Mon)

Status: Pork-Free Menu (Serves Wine)

Link(s): Facebook

2. White Smoke Contemporary Restaurant

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

White Smoke Contemporary Restaurant is a semi-casual, contemporary dining grill in Penang. They utilise local fresh produce to create a food experience with charcoal and wood grills. This old but gold technique infuses the food with a smoky flavour, adding soul and character into their dishes!

In addition, the restaurant moved to a new location this year! Their new interior is a combination of subtle, minimalistic and calming colours. There is even a miniature garden here as well, making it the perfect place for an aesthetic gathering with friends and family this holiday season.

restaurants in Penang

Address: 179, Lebuh Victoria, Georgetown, Penang

Operating Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

3. Bottega Penang

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

Next, we have Bottega – an established Italian Café, Pizzeria & Grocer in Kuala Lumpur that just expanded to Penang this year! It is a good spot for those looking for casual Italian dining, as they have a wide menu selection ie. handmade pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and desserts.

Cheese lovers, don’t forget to try their best-selling Charcuterie Board – cheese board that includes 7 diverse varieties along with bread, pickles & dips! It is especially suitable as a sharing meal during gatherings and celebrations. If you enjoyed what you had, you can pick up your favourite cheeses and high-quality imported groceries here straightaway!

Address: 76, Jalan Muntri, George Town, Malaysia

Operating Hours: 11am – 11pm (Closed on Mon)

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

4. Il Bacaro

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

Located in Campbell House, Il Bacaro is an Italian oasis inspired by the back streets of Venice. They offer a taste of La Dolce Vita, mainly focusing on traditional Italian favourites, e.g. homemade Gnocchi, pizzas and Tiramisu.

Their signature is the Venetian Cicchetti, which includes small plates of food, typically nibbled over with glasses of wine and among friends. The interior is classy and sophisticated, with warm colour tones and lighting. If you’re visiting at night, we recommend the outdoor sitting for a romantic dinner setting instead!

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

Address: 106 Campbell Street, George Town, Malaysia

Operating Hours: 12pm – 10.30pm (Opens Daily)

Status: Pork-Free Menu (Serves Wine)

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

5. Nero Nero – Penang

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

On the note of Italian delicacies, Nero Nero is one of the most hyped Italian restaurants in Penang! Featuring a contemporary and serene aesthetic, the restaurant focuses on vibrant South Italian cuisines paired with exclusive wines. For those looking for a more intimate dining experience, their mezzanine floor is slightly away from the crowd, making it a suitable location to celebrate the holiday season in a quieter and calmer setting.

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

Address: No 4, Lebuh King, George Town, Malaysia

Operating Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm (Closed on Mon)

Status: Pork-Free Menu (Serves Wine)

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

6. The Book Sandwich Cafe

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

When you mention restaurants in Penang, you can’t miss this OG – The Book Sandwich Cafe! Although they’re known for a wide selection of savoury sandwiches, the restaurant actually has more to offer including pasta, burger, steak, grills. A few of our all-time favs are their Lobster Sandwich and Soft Shell Crab Burger, yum!

Additionally, they have always been attentive with their interior decor, putting up extensive decorations fitted for each occasion. This makes the environment even more cosy and merry during festive seasons!

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

Address: 217 Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 Penang, Malaysia

Operating Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Closed on Mon)

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

7. Emily’s Steakhouse Penang

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

Emily’s Steakhouse is a well-established restaurant originating from Derby, United Kingdom, which is bringing classic and hearty British flavours to Malaysian tables! The steakhouse’s menu focuses on English classics, such as English breakfast, fish & chips, and chargrilled steaks.

A unique fact about this place is the interior, which features a casual steakhouse setting that is the identical to the main branch in Derby. This is not a drill guys, you don’t have to fly miles away in order to have a UK dining experience!

Address: 89, Muntri Street, 10200, Georgetown, Penang.

Operating Hours: 11am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Opens Daily)

Status: Pork-Free Menu (Serves Wine)

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

8. Ferment

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Wines have always been an all-time favourite to savour the festive moments. If you and your guests fancy sipping on some specially curated selection of wines, Ferment is the place for you! This wine restaurant in Penang highly emphasise on the quality of natural fermented produce.

The interior is classy and romantic, while their menu mainly consist of Western delicacies. Hence, it’s a good choice for wine enthusiasts or a sophisticated date night during the celebrations!

restaurants in Penang

Address: 107 & 109, Lebuh Victoria, 10300, Georgetown, Penang

Operating Hours: 3pm – 11pm (Closed on Tue)

Status: Pork-Free Menu (Serves Wine)

Link(s): WebsiteFacebook | Instagram

9. Ferringhi Garden Restaurant

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

When we mention about restaurants in Penang, Ferringhi Garden Restaurant is definitely one we can’t miss out on! They serve a variety of Western grill steaks and seafood, and the restaurant is located in a lush garden atmosphere. This place is especially suitable for nature lovers who would enjoy having a meal amidst lush greenery and flowers. Moreover, you can unwind to the soft and calming sounds of flowing water from their Japanese Koi pond, talk about a zen dining experience!

restaurants in Penang

Address: 34-A/B/C, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang.

Operating Hours: Opens Daily 4pm – 10.30pm

Status: Pork-Free Menu (Serves Wine)

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

10. Lumière Restaurant Penang

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

Not sure if Western or Italian delicacies will suit everyone’s taste palette? We recommend fusion cuisines instead! Lumière Restaurant is a family friendly neighbourhood fusion restaurant that just opened their stores in Penang this June. They feature local and Western menus, like the iconic nasi lemak, basil pesto and aglio olio to name a few. With their extensive menu selection specially suited for local tastes, there ought to be something for everyone during your celebrations here!

restaurants in Penang

restaurants in Penang

Address: 15 Lebuh Keng Kwee, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 5.30pm – 9.30pm (Closed on Thurs)

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Looking Forward To Celebrate Our Year End With These Restaurants

We are so excited to celebrate the end of 2022 with delicious food and amazing people at these local favourite restaurants in Penang! Where will you be celebrating your Christmas and New Year’s Eve? Feel free to us know in the comments below!

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