Top 8 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Penang 2022

The concept of fine dining came about when César Ritz, a Swiss developer, partnered with Auguste Escoffier, a prominent French chef to provide luxury accommodations and gourmet dining under one roof at the Grand Hotel of Monte Carlo in the 1780s. Another interesting theory of how fine dining came about is that at the end of the 18th century, after the French Revolution, displaced chefs from aristocratic households made a living by cooking private dinners, which eventually led to the beginning of the art of fine dining. 

Fine dining is admittedly a lot more expensive than a regular meal. However, it is a rare chance for you to experience a luxurious meal prepared at the height of culinary perfection with the freshest ingredients possible. It’s a meal you will not be able to experience within a normal restaurant and it definitely will be a meal you will not forget. 

What are the characteristics of fine dining?

Fine dining restaurants have a specialized menu carefully curated by the restaurant’s chef. The ingredients of these dishes within the Chef’s Menu are usually made from the freshest, most expensive, high-quality, or even rare local ingredients. Therefore, the menu usually changes seasonally depending on the availability of fresh local ingredients and produce. 

These fine dining restaurants have strict rules on formal dress codes and provide dedicated full services for their guests. Each dish served is thoughtfully prepared and the ingredients within the dish are combined to achieve an explosion of heavenly delight. Thus, giving each guest an unforgettable fine dining experience.

8 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Penang 2022

1. Orinea by Farquhar Mansion

Orinea by Farquhar Mansion
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Orinea by Farquhar Mansion
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The dining room of the Orinea by Farquhar Mansion offers a luxurious, elegant, sophisticated yet comfortable space that is illuminated by a warm glow. The Orinea is designed with a modern fine dining experience in mind. Its 8-course menu is carefully crafted by Orinea’s chef and is designed to take you on the greatest gastronomic adventure of your life. The chef changes the menu seasonally and uses only the most premium and fresh ingredients to prepare the meal to ensure that every dish is cooked to perfection. 

Operating Hours

  • 6pm to 11.30pm (Monday – Tuesday, Thursday)
  • 2.30pm to 5pm, 6pm to 11.30pm (Friday – Sunday) 
  • Closed on Wednesday

Address: 68-18-1, Sunrise Gurney, Gurney Dr, 10250 George Town, Penang

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Google Reviews: Here

Website: https://www.orineagroup.com

2. Monsieur Bar & Restaurant

Monsieur Bar Restaurant
Image credit: The Table by Monsieur
Monsieur Bar Restaurant
Image credit: The Table by Monsieur
Monsieur Bar Restaurant
Image credit: The Table by Monsieur

Monsieur Bar & Restaurant is a quaint fine dining restaurant that is strategically located on Beach Street, right at the heart of Georgetown. The interior is elegant, warm, and welcoming and its design is inspired by a rustic theme. There is a private dining room above the main restaurant and a cozy and unique bar that is complete with a skilled bartender that makes the best cocktails and mocktails, and also a live singer every Friday. For your meal, you can choose from a set dinner with a few main course options such as the Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, the New Zealand Lamb Saddle, or the Corn Fed Chicken. What makes this restaurant amazing is the extra length it takes to cater to guests with food allergies. This additional service ensures that all guests can dine comfortably and safely at the restaurant. 

Operating Hours: 6pm to 12am  (Wednesday – Monday) Closed on Tuesday

Address:  316, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

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Website: https://www.facebook.com/Monsieur85recipe

3. Restaurant au Jardin

Restaurant au Jardin
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Restaurant au Jardin
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Restaurant au Jardin serves a uniquely designed menu by Chef Kim Hock. All dishes are made from fresh and seasonal local produce and are inspired by the chef’s culinary adventures throughout the years. The dishes are a mix of local cuisine and the chef’s creativity, and each dish is born from the chef’s passion for creating the best food with the best ingredients available. The restaurant can serve up to 18 guests at a time and it offers warm hospitality in an elegant and cozy setting within the compound of the famous Hin Bus Depot in George Town, Penang. 

Operating Hours

  • 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5pm – 10pm (Thursday – Sunday) 
  • Closed from Monday to Wednesday

Address: 125, Jalan Timah, 10150 George Town, Pulau Pinang

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Website: https://www.restaurant-aujardin.com

4. Le Venue

Le Venue
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Le Venue
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Le Venue serves an ala-carte menu created by Chef Petr and the Le Venue team. There are creative main courses, appetizers, and soup. The menu is always interesting and colourful and will no doubt excite your tastebuds. The meal choices amongst others, are the Langoustine, Cold Truffle Capellini, Seared Scallop, and Spiny Lobster Medallions. Another choice would be Fresh Burrata Cheese, Tomato in Breadcrumbs, and Spicy ‘Nduja Sauce. If you are feeling adventurous, you can try the rich and tender 40-day dry-aged Galician Tomahawk which melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more. 

Operating Hours: 11.30am to 11.30pm daily

Address: 80, Lebuh Tye Sin, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

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Website: https://www.facebook.com/levenuepg

5. Restaurant Blanc Penang

Restaurant Blanc Penang
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Restaurant Blanc Penang
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Restaurant Blanc Penang
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The Restaurant Blanc Penang can seat an impressive number of 42 guests at a time. The elegant restaurant is located within the historic Macalister Mansion, a restored colonial boutique hotel in the heart of Georgetown, Penang. Blanc offers a fine dining experience like no other, where the finest seasonal and freshest locally sourced ingredients are creatively combined to deliver the height of gastronomic pleasure. These dishes are paired with aged wine to elevate your dining experience and your meals are served within a classy and sophisticated dining atmosphere. 

Operating Hours: 7am to 11pm (Tuesday – Sunday) Closed on Monday

Address: 228, Jalan Macalister, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang

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Google Reviews: Here

Website: https://restaurantblanc.com.my

6. Java Tree

Java Tree
Image credit: @javatree.penang
Java Tree
Image credit: @javatree.penang

The Java Tree restaurant is named after the iconic java tree that has stood on the E&O Hotel’s seafront garden lawn before the property was built. The Java Tree is located in the E&O Hotel lobby and the restaurant serves classic European cuisines, complemented by an extensive list of fine wines and beverages. The E&O Hotel itself has an old, colonial charm to it. The ambiance at the Java Tree is cosy and the food never fails to disappoint. Not to mention that its service is always top-notch. 

Operating Hours

  • 6.30am to 11pm (Wednesday – Saturday) 
  • Closed from Sunday to Tuesday

Address: 10, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang

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Google Reviews: Here

Website: https://www.eohotels.com/dining/java-tree

7. Platform 9 3/4 Fine Dining & Cellar

platform Fine Dining Cellar
Image credit: @platform934finedining
platform Fine Dining Cellar
Image credit: @platform934finedining

Harry Potter fans are in for a treat as the Platform 9 3/4 Fine Dining & Cellar aims to bring magic to fine dining through personalized meal courses and quirky yet elegant decor. The dining space is filled with chairs draped in velvet and spacious dining tables. The design of the restaurant follows a Harry Potter theme which sees a multitude of flying book ornaments located high up above the dining area and wizard-themed items left out to entertain diners.  The Platform 9 3/4 Fine Dining & Cellar offers a Chef’s Menu and multiple ala-carte dishes that include the Mushroom Espuma, the Duck Confit, the Sous Vide Quail Egg, the Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio, and many more exquisite dishes. 

Operating Hours: 3pm to 10pm (Wednesday – Monday) Closed on Tuesday

Address: 61, Jalan Magazine, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

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Website: https://platform-9-34-fine-dining-cellar.business.site

8. Suffolk House Restaurant

Suffolk House Restaurant
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Suffolk House Restaurant
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The Suffolk House Restaurant’s menu is carefully curated by Chef Mathijs Nanne from the Netherlands who combines European cooking techniques with local cuisine by using locally sourced produce from Penang. The delicious meals are paired with offerings of red or white wine together with mouthwatering desserts of bittersweet flourless Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse or Raspberry Sorbet. The Suffolk House was deservedly named one of Tatler’s best restaurants and caters to classy social gatherings and a sophisticated dining experience. 

Operating Hours: 11am to 11pm daily

Address: 250, Jalan Air Hitam, Georgetown, 10460 George Town, Penang

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Google Reviews: Here

Website: https://www.suffolkhouse.com.my

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