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US$2 - US$27
Pizza, Italian, Grill
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 02/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 02/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed yesterday

We most strongly recommend everyone to look at the daily specials; these dishes are special because the particular ingredients are in season or immediately available (like burrata), or because the chef takes a fancy to a flavor combination worth sharing. You will not be disappointed...to move above and beyond the common expectation of Italian food. The two of us shared an appetizer of small, stewed calamari with peas, followec by burrata with tempura vegetables, and pumpkin risotto with bacon, duck and - gorgonzola. These flavor combinations satisfy taste and will leave you quite full. Il Bacaro has a great wine selection (in company of four persons or more do begin with their proseccos), and their house wines by the glass are first rate. The last year and more has worn down everyone and with a return to normal life so do we return to Il Bacaro as weekly regulars to leave plates empty, bellies full.More

Date of visit: May 2022
CampbellHouse, Owner at Il Bacaro, responded to this reviewResponded today

Dear ScottLoar Thank you for returning to IL Bacaro and writing this wonderful review and recommendation. As you know we always try and keep our menus interesting with a few changes recently, and you are totally right about our Chef Specials board, whatever we can...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This little gem , il Bácaro Restaurant, in the multicultural George Town in Penang, has all the magic for a memorable Italian gastronomic experience!😊 ..Roberto is the impeccable host/owner and his food is just to die for!😍 some amongst many, Scrambled Eggs & Smoked Salmon,...Spaghetti Vongole ( boy oh boy😋😋😋) !!! ..and their RibEye Tagliata for non vegan, melts like butter!🥳More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent meal last night in Il Bacaro. Delicious, authentic food and service above and beyond. The restaurant manager even booked us a grab using his personal account. Highly recommended

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is very nice, very good service and interesting menu. Wine list very good. Food is ok, not so authentic but tastyMore

Date of visit: May 2022
CampbellHouse, Owner at Il Bacaro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear J6383JGmarcop Thank you for your review, and kind feedback, we are glad you enjoyed the dining experience at IL Bacaro. Our Italian Chef and Italian owner always try and keep the menu and dishes interesting and authentic with modern twists on old favourites. Hopefully...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a fantastic evening at Il Bacaro! Service from “J” was exceptional and the food was fabulous! The decor reflected the era of the wonderful building it is housed in and the ambiance of this restaurant was buzzing and superbly nestled in the Campbell...House Building with French windows opening into the street (still with airconditioning and ceiling fans) which kept the restaurant cool and airy. It was a busy night when we arrived, and in some restaurants you worry that the service will be slow, but everything flowed smoothly and attentively throughout the evening for our table of 4. We had one of the sharing platters for starter with a salad and it was delicious! The garlic clams were to die for as were the breaded Mantis prawns.. The Spinach salad was refreshing with cubes of chilled watermelon intermixed with it giving it a really special twist! For mains, 2 of us had the Whole baked Seabass which was fresh and delicious however perhaps a tad too much sauce for my liking but they had a grilled option which I should have ordered. Nevertheless the two of us who had it thought it was amazing. My friends wife had the Prawn Risotto which was well presented but slightly on the bland side and my wife had the Spaghetti Vongole which was delicious and the portion size was perfect! On the dessert side we mentioned to “J” that it was my friends wife’s Birthday and they surprised us with a lovely gesture of a Tiramisu served with birthday greetings and 4 teaspoons to share..Thanks so much! There was quite an extensive and well thought out wine list with their house wine listed at RM160. Knowing the high taxes and duties on alcohol in Malaysia, the prices were still very reasonable however we opted to bring our own at RM50 corkage per bottle. Despite bringing our own wine, they still served our wines to us Royally… some places, when you bring your own wine, they leave you to it and just provide the glasses and ice bucket.. Kudos to Il Bacaro! Overall a great restaurant with very attentive, friendly and detailed service and excellent food at a very reasonable price! We will definitely make this one of our regular “Go To” Restaurants in Penang when we have had enough of the wonderful local fare available here! Well done IL Bacaro and thank you “J” for your excellent service and for focusing on the details which make it a great Restaurant!More

Date of visit: May 2022
CampbellHouse, Owner at Il Bacaro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear JMBA888 Thank you very much for your detailed feedback and kind review, we are so happy to read you enjoyed the service and food at IL Bacaro, We have been open for 11 years here in Penang, so its great you finally found us,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice food, amazing Italian food i Ll Bacaro, service exelent good and helpfull, the really take care.

Date of visit: April 2022
CampbellHouse, Owner at Il Bacaro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear KettyL7 Thank you very much for the lovely review, we are glad you enjoyed the service and food and managed to get home safely! Take Care Nardya, Roberto & IL Bacaro Team

Reviewed 23 December 2021

I stayed at Campbell House and had breakfast almost every day at Il Bacaro. They always prepare a fruit platter for you first thing with watermelon, papaya, pineapple and mango, which I loved. You can then order an ala carte dish each from the menu...alongside other things like yoghurt and granola - we tried the scrambled eggs with salmon, big breakfast, french toast and more - all generously portioned and tasty. For one of the nights, we had dinner and ordered the prawn saffron risotto, which was wonderfully creamy and flavourful, and the pizza as well, which was crispy and warm. Tiramisu was a good sweet ending! Service was brisk, attentive and friendly, and the team made birthdays very special for many people the night we were there. It seems to be popular among diners so booking early is recommended. There is public parking behind the hotel, or if you're lucky, streetside.More

Date of visit: December 2021
CampbellHouse, Owner at Il Bacaro, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2022

Dear karinc4426, Thank you for staying at Campbell House and for dining with us at IL Bacaro. We really appreciate the review and happy to read you enjoyed the experience and food. Take care IL Bacaro Team

Reviewed 13 December 2021

📍Il Bacaro Visiting this restaurant with the best of COVID colleagues; we were caring for COVID patients in Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang exactly a year ago. Many Penangnites swear that this is the best Italian cuisine restaurant in all of Penang. I just had to give...this spot a try. I'll start with the pizza. It was delicious, perfectly baked; the cheese was generous in portion, and the condiments were rich. This was certainly a highlight. The pastas were prepared Al-Dente; the texture was ideal, not overcooked and too soft. I had the Penne Lamb Ragu; the spices overwhelmed my senses. The lamb complemented the penne perfectly. The Orriectte Pasta with salmon and pesto was delicious. I don't know how to describe the pastas better, besides it being impeccably prepared. I ended my meal with a mocktail. Gingery and gassy, it was clearly the work of a mixologist; it was most soothing to the tongue. The perfect way to end a perfect meal. I'm glad to have moments like these with my COVID colleagues. Our time in the COVID wards have forged us friendships that will last a lifetime.More

Date of visit: December 2021
CampbellHouse, Owner at Il Bacaro, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2021

Dear Lisechew, It was really lovely to read your review and we are so glad you and your colleagues were able to come and enjoy a relaxing piece of Italy in Georgetown after all the hard work and sacrifices you have all been through. We...More

Reviewed 21 October 2021

Often restaurants get fish dishes so wrong - overcooked and over seasoned. Not this. My grilled seabass with roasted potatoes was done very well. Not perfect by any means but its very good indeed. My Caprese salad (the entree) was a little underwhelming. Difficult to...get good tomatoes in these parts. Understandable. Desert was a Molten Chocolate Cake (fondant au chocolat en francais). It was divine. The ambience was really nice. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2021
CampbellHouse, Owner at Il Bacaro, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2021

Dear QuincyGavin Thank you for your kind review, it's great to know that you enjoyed your meal. We thank you for the support and hope to welcome you again Kind Regards IL BACARO Team

Reviewed 31 August 2021 via mobile

This time we tried grill fish, crab meat and vegetables salad, rigatoni with pulled beef sauce and gluten free lemony cake. Great lunch, fresh fish with herb was so good, fresh salad and delicious cake. Very recommended! Will be back for more.

Date of visit: August 2021
CampbellHouse, Owner at Il Bacaro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2021

Dear henrysusanti, Thank you so much for this kind review, we really appreciate the support during this difficult time and we hope to welcome you back for dine in and more great Italian food very soon..... Stay Safe! IL Bacaro Team

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17 July 2019|
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Response from NardyaW1 | Property representative |
Dear PikWeiChng Thanks for the question we are a pork free restaurant and our meat is halal, but as you have stated we do serve alcohol. Foods are all prepared without any alcohol unless stated. Please call us or email us... More
6 January 2019|
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Response from CAMPBELLHSE | Property representative |
Dear SabarinaS, Our restaurant is not halal certified as we serve alcohol on the premises. Most of our suppliers are halal certified and we are pork free. Thanks IL Bacaro Team
9 June 2018|
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Il Bacaro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4