Penang
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Penang

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.penangusa.com/
  • Phone: 2028228773
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Thurdsay 11.30 am -11.00 pm. Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Penang
A long modern bar awaits you as you enter this location. The total concept and design of this location is innovative and yet comfortable. Soft glowing light illuminates a large "copper pipe" wall light installation near the reception area. The lounge area, located in front of the bar, is furnished with plush comfortable sofas and seats. Rich warm colors and intimate soft lighting adds an elegant feel to the main dining room - making it the perfect dining experience!
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Penang reviews from OpenTable diners
  • The menu is extensive and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/2/2010
    The menu is extensive and the food is absolutely fantastic. It's one of my favorites but sadly the service has really deteriorated in the last few months. I recommend not selecting one of their last reservations of the night as they've started closing earlier and will rush you.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • I don't recommend their food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/19/2010
    I don't recommend their food at all. We ordered pork with mix vegetable, which our server recommended; however, it was so greasey, too much sauce, too salty, and meat was hard. We should at least have ordered sauce on the side. In addition, our server forgot one of the entree. By the time we figured out that, we recognized the food quality of the restaurant, so we didn't even mention about it. We just made sure we didn't get charged for that forgotten entree, and left the restaurant, saying to each other we will never come back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant could use from
    Abhi
    Dined on 11/13/2010
    The restaurant could use from a bit of organization. We were in the smaller room off to the left of the entrance. While on server took orders from all 5 tables, the busboys bringing in the food weren't told which table to put the food at and kept getting confused. The food itself was fantastic. We had the Roti Canai which we knew would be great. Then we decided to experiment with the "Lamb Chops All Seasons" which was excellent considering most places don't do a good job with lamb chops.We also got a pork dish with pineapple which actually came in a half-pineapple shell which was also amazing. Go for the food, but be patient with service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I didn't know what to expect
    SarahC
    Dined on 11/12/2010
    I didn't know what to expect as this was my first visit to Penang but it seemed almost like we were a nuisance instead of welcomed patrons. My co-worker and I were dressed business casual. There were no introductions of servers, no salutations, in fact after we'd been looking at the menu for a few minutes someone came up and said, do you know what you want? The service would probably keep me away. In fact when we were leaving, a different server, walked right in front of us and didn't say excuse me sa I tried to get out of her way. Big disappointment. The food was good, pleasing to the palate and the presentation was interesting. Would consider ordering 'to go' from there.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my second time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/10/2010
    This was my second time at Penang and I would definitely go back. Service is prompt and the food is great! I also like the ambiance--it's a nicely decorated place with a nice bar/lounge area when you walk in. I definitely recommend the popular curry chicken sauce with rota appetizer.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had an 8pm reservation but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2010
    I had an 8pm reservation but was not seated until 8:30pm. I was seated at a table intended for 2 but we were 3. The waitress struggled with her communication skills. The food was good but wished the staff was better able to communicate from the host to server & busboy. Rice does not come with meals but instead is a la carte.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Much better experience this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/4/2010
    Much better experience this time. Good food, fast service and variety. The variety was overwhelming. A new menu with all the appetizers on wage would be better, because the menu was a little confusing. Otherwise, I had Mee Goreng noodles, which is my favorite dish - not the best I have ever had, but pretty good. No complaints, except that I hate when asian restaurants charge for rice on the side. It is impossible to eat a curry dish without rice. They should either raise the price and include the rice, or make the rice free. $2 for a cup of rice is just silly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was over priced and
    SadSaxVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2010
    The food was over priced and not that great I will not be returning to this restaurant again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The lunch specials are plentiful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2010
    The lunch specials are plentiful. It was served so quickly, I had time to linger over the meal and still get back to work within an hour. The food is high quality.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was sooo good. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/31/2010
    The food was sooo good. I loved the tofu mango. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The roti cani appetizer is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/27/2010
    The roti cani appetizer is really good. There is a chicken stew dipping sauce and a nani like crispy pancake you dip into it. Very tasty. The Pineapple Rice was also very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bar/restaurant appears trendy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/23/2010
    bar/restaurant appears trendy and stylish but food reviews were mixed in our party of three. i stuck to the specialties and was very happy but the other two ordered their personal faves and were not overly impressed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice place with a very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/23/2010
    A nice place with a very nice selection of ethnic foods, the price is a little high for the type of food they sell, but I am a repeat customer nonetheless. This last visit, it was a little chilly inside the building. The service is good but a little slow. Be prepared to enjoy the atmosphere just a little longer than you might usually.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh, I won't be going back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/20/2010
    Meh, I won't be going back. It was busy and service was inattentive. Food was underwhelming.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food again. made a reservatio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/16/2010
    great food again. made a reservation via open table but still had to wait 30 minutes!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we never reached the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/16/2010
    we never reached the restaurant because it came up on a search of restaurants in the neighborhood of Georgetown but it was not in Georgetown so got lost looking for it and had to go somewhere else. oh well.....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall, good experience given
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/16/2010
    Overall, good experience given the overwhelming crowd (probably a result of the previous groupon deal). We waited a bit for our table, even though we had a reservation, but the staff was more than apologetic and accommodating to us - we also weren't in a rush so had no problem enjoying a drink before dinner. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was fun but not too loud. Highly recommend - perhaps once the groupon craziness dies down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2010
    The food was excellent, but the service was terrible. We had an 8 o'clock reservation but were not seated until 8:30. No one took our order for 15 minutes after we were seated. Food took 40 minutes to arrive. Overall, a disorganized place with lots of potential.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The first time visit since
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2010
    The first time visit since the reopening of Penang - liked the new decor and same great food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good but service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2010
    Food was good but service was awful. We never got our spring rolls and the waiter messed up our order on two different things (one was a drink order and the other was the spring rolls) and he didn't seem to care or try to comp us or fix the problem. We also waited a long time for the bill and when it came, it had 3 items on it that were in correct so it took then another long wait to get it corrected. In the end, we couldn't even pay using our credit card because we just couldn't wait any longer. Food was OK but not worth a revisit given the poor service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice servers and staff.
    Dave
    Dined on 9/18/2010
    Very nice servers and staff. We've always enjoyed our visits there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Food was delicious but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2010
    The Food was delicious but the service was extremely slow. We were sat before several other couples and were still served last. Had to wait about 20 mins before someone came to take our order. Other than that, the food certainly made up for it
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We sat outside for dinner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2010
    We sat outside for dinner, which was great. My friend was late in arriving, so I discovered that Penang also has a terrific happy hour: seriously cheap food and drink options, even for a vegetarian, and it continues until 8:00 every evening. I'll be back. The host was very attentive and held our table even though it was the last available outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had been to Penang before
    DCDebVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2010
    We had been to Penang before but it was a long time ago. The decor used to be dark and now it's very light, airy and urban feeling. There was an accent wall done in lime green and silver which was attractive. We were a group of five and sat at a round table in the middle of the restaurant. I noticed that the banquette sets are very low and chose a chair. We had a very good server who was attentive to our drink orders which is always nice. The restaurant got very busy as we were preparing to leave. that's always the sign of a good eatery. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad if you're looking
    foodietravlrVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2010
    Not bad if you're looking for thai or malaysian cuisine close to dupont circle. staff was attentive (but we came very early for dinner, around 4:30pm and they were still setting up for dinner crowd). really flavorful dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My experience here was just
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/10/2010
    My experience here was just ok. The food came out much too fast for them to have made it to order. My dish was rather bland.
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  • The food and drinks were good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/9/2010
    The food and drinks were good, although getting spice / heat from the kitchen was a bit difficult. Visited for dinner and ended up in the lounge portion of the bar with appetizers and dinner entrees - quite comfortable and relaxed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was pretty dead..... the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/8/2010
    It was pretty dead..... the food was a little highly priced... and very little portions. We were not offered dessert.....and instead were just brought our check.
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  • The food was pretty good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/4/2010
    The food was pretty good, but service was lacking. It seemed they didn't have enough servers for the number of guests. Although our waitress was nice, it seemed like we didn't get much attention. We ordered two appetizers and only received one, our drink order was forgotten, and they seemed to be in a rush to have us sign the bill and get us out. Don't think we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went to Penang with a large
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/4/2010
    We went to Penang with a large group at early lunch time on a weekend. We had been there before, but not in many years. Our food was amazing and authentic - we were very impressed. We had our kids with us and although it's not a typical kids restaurant, the wait staff were very friendly to them, even when they ran around the restaurant (fortunately, there were not many other patrons there at the time). Portion sizes were very large. My only reason to not rate this restaurant higher is their prices. We had a groupon for $35, but still the meal was around $150 for four adults and three kids, though we did order a lot and had leftovers. It would be nice if they could get a lunch menu and drop their prices a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/3/2010
    The service was excellent. The staff was extremely attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For better Malaysian food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/22/2010
    For better Malaysian food, try Malaysia Kopitiam or, even better, the unaffiliated Penang Malaysian Cuisine located in Bethesda. The food here wasn't bad, but it lacked authenticity and that "wow" factor we enjoy in the Bethesda restaurant by the same name. Nice ambiance here, though.
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  • Penang is kind of like a rookie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2010
    Penang is kind of like a rookie quarterback drafted in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft. Both show a lot of potential, and sometimes reveal glimpses of greatness, but in the end both are very inconsistent. The location is great (just south of Dupont). The decor and ambience is great; it's clean, hip, and relaxed. Their service is OK, but not great. At certain points during dinner they are on rhythm and re-filling your drinks, taking your order, bringing out the apps etc...and then suddenly there is a drop off in service and the waitstaff disappears. The entrees and appetizers are hit or miss. The Murtabak is to die for and the Tappan is phenomenal, but some of the other dishes are mediocre..and sometimes bad. If Penan
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    good for groups
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  • Excellent meal, very pleasant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/31/2010
    Excellent meal, very pleasant environment. We said we were in a bit of a hurry to make theatre afterwards and they were very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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  • The food Was EXCELLENT and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2010
    The food Was EXCELLENT and the staff was very accomidating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Falls into the category of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2010
    Falls into the category of fine, but not exceptional, Asian food. Left me thinking that I should have spent $30 on takeout and $10 on a bottle of wine rather than $100 for two entrees and a glass of wine apiece.
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  • Fabulous dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/9/2010
    Fabulous dining experience. The flavors of the food were thoughtfully put together and made my taste buds sing! The service is outstanding. The bar scene is pretty vibrant, so be prepared for a lot of noise to drift over, if you're seated near the bar area. The noise didn't bother our party, as we were contributing to it with our animated conversation and outbursts of laughter, but it may bother some. A MUST for foodies. Will definitely make a point of revisiting this great find whenever I am in the D.C. area again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good, and reasonably
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2010
    The food was good, and reasonably priced for the location. Interestingly, there was a large number of wait staff, especially compared with the small number of patrons, yet the service was very spotty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was disappointed with my
    MorrisVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2010
    I was disappointed with my experience at Penangs in DC compared to Penangs in NYC. The ambience is border-line diner style. The band sets up too early to turn the restaurant into a nightclub. We asked for spicy and it came out mild at best. The curry puffs were definitely not worth getting - it looks like they were either frozen and reheated. The duck was gamey and chewy. The mango/chicken presentation was great, but the taste could have been from the local chinese takeout. All in all pretty disappointed in the restaurant and will definitely not go back.
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  • Server was good and knowledgeable.
    cooltigerVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2010
    Server was good and knowledgeable. Food is good, but not quite as authentic as other Penang restaurants we've been to.
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