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El Faro Tapas Bar And Wine

$$ - $$$
Spanish, Wine Bar
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231 Burmah Road 10050, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
+60 4-227 2310
15:00 - 23:30
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52 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I especially like the Boquerones here, which consists of anchovies, watermelon and mint, a very special taste. The crispy chicken is good too! Enjoyed a relaxing Sunday afternoon over a glass of white wine and tapas!

Thank KhaiPg
Rome, Italy
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44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

The tapas here were all delicious, in particular the black risotto, angel hair bottarga and salt prawns. Good ambience, welcoming host. If anything the house wine by the glass was disappointing (Argentinian Malbec), but beer ice cold and the cuisine a welcome break from Asian. This chef can cook.

Thank joanna5463
The Netherlands
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Staffers pompous and pretentious in behavior while suggesting menu items to us as we were new and said we didn't order enough etc. Food was overpriced and taste - let's just say we've had better back in Spain.... We won't go back for any of it.

Thank nomadicj80
Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Some nice wines but very overpriced. Also poor service and dont forget the menu doesnt include taxes ! On the positive....great atmosphere

Thank travellr1
Jakarta, Indonesia
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We discovered this restaurant whilst walking along Burmah Road in Penang & much to our surprise it was really very good. The staff were knowledgeable & attentive. One in particular was rather entertaining which made our night even more pleasing. The food, 'tapas' were excellent...larger than normal 'tapas' you would normally get & they had a good variety which included... More 

Thank gmnorthcott75
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Penang is known to be a destination for excellent street food.Much is written about the great and inexpensive variety of food there. Yet this relatively little known tapas place can creditably take its place as a great Penang food-place to visit. A fairly compact menu with a few daily specials and a small but adequate wine and beer list is... More 

Thank LiangTS
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35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

I am so thrilled when I was invited to this place by my good friend, if u are a Tapas lover...No Regrets!, I truly love this place for its ambiance and food, service is good. As the evening falls into Penang and you are in for a night of good food and great company with friends, This s the place... More 

Thank Eva P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Second time visit to this restaurant, new menu with great food recommend by the staff. Will re-visit again for sure.

Thank Lee C
Penang Island, Malaysia
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16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

Heard good stuff about this resto and finally got to try it with a group of foodie friends but I went without high expectations. Was blown away by the hearty, robust flavours and balanced hand. Flavours were complex but heartwarming. Am absolutely proud it's helmed by a local chef, Jack Yeap, who has obviously trained overseas. It's quite Spanish but... More 

Thank Valuefoodie
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61 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

When you return for second visit after a truly enjoyable first, there is some trepidation as to whether the first time was a fluke and that your return visit may not be as enjoyable or as memorable. We had these feelings as we returned to El Faro this time. It has been 18 months since we last came and parking... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Spanish, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
15:00 - 23:30
15:00 - 23:30
15:00 - 23:30
15:00 - 23:30
15:00 - 23:30
15:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Burmah Road 10050, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Penang  >  Penang Island  >  George Town
  • Phone Number: +60 4-227 2310
Operation Hours3 pm - 11.30 pm / daily (Last order at 11pm) Closed on Wednesday

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