The very idea of “romance” or “The Most Romantic Restaurants In Singapore” is a contentious one.
Some would say a home-cooked meal is the sweetest, while others don’t mind Deliveroo as long as the both are together.
Every one’s idea of romance is quite different. The criteria here are based on the generalised view of romantic dinner – quiet European style dinner, elegant ambience, quality food, and personable service.
Here’s a tip: If you think the person you are dating is THE ONE, and this is your first Valentine’s Day dinner, that restaurant you choose, is very, very important. Only because you are likely to return again for anniversaries.
Here are some 16 of the most romantic restaurants in Singapore (Note: Prices tend to differ during special occasions such as V-Day.)
1 St. Andrew’s Road #01-04 National Gallery Museum Singapore, Singapore 178957 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6385 0498
Reservation Hours: 12:00pm – 1:45pm Lunch, 6:00pm – 9:45pm Dinner, Mon Dinner Only and Closed Sun
Dine In The National Gallery
Odette is a fine dining restaurant at the National Gallery with its menu and concept inspired by Chef Julien Royer’s (previously from JAAN) grandmother. No prizes for guessing what her name is. This is also a collaboration with The Lo & Behold Group.
Some of the signature favourites from JAAN have resurfaced at Odette, such as the 55’ Smoked Organic Egg, though not without modifications.
Chef Julien Royer’s style has become more distinctive in Odette, with an interplay of textures, balanced subtlety, with use top quality ingredients to create pieces of culinary art. Service was top-notch, nothing was overly gimmicky.
Note: Getting a reservation here may need weeks of waiting. Odette (National Gallery Singapore)
After the date: Down to the Padang, walk to the Marina or near the Singapore River.
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, EJH Corner House, Singapore 259569
(Drive in from Nassim Gate, Park at Carpark A or B)
Opening Hours: 12-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm (Tue-Sat), 11:30am-3pm, 6:30-10:30pm (Sun & PH), Closed Mon
Dine Within A Garden
The Gastro-Botanica cuisine created by Chef Jason Tan would a shoo-in for one of the best fine dining meals I had in Singapore.
Chef Jason’s cuisine could be described as French with some twists inspired from food from his growing up years and travels.
There was also inclusion of strong botanical elements – sustainably-sourced seasonal produce and vegetables, due to its unique location.
The degustation menu was an 8-course “Discovery Experience” (S$248++), while the 4-course set (S$98++) and 6-course set (S$148++) seemed value for its quality. Beautiful food, beautiful setting, in a beautiful garden. (Read: Corner House)
After date: Star gazing in the Botanic Gardens.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant
Level 1 Resorts World Sentosa, Hotel Michael (Resorts World Sentosa), 8 Sentosa Gateway Singapore 098269 (HarbourFront Station)
Tel: +65 6577 6688
Tel: +65 6577 7888
Opening Hours: Dinner 6pm – 10:30pm (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun-Mon, except Public Holidays
Dine In Singapore’s 3 Star Michelin Restaurant
Joël Robuchon Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa RWS is Singapore’s 1st and ONLY 3 Star Michelin restaurant in the Singapore Michelin Guide 2016.
The Dinner Menu is priced at $$248, $298, $348 for the “Menu Appetit”, and $498 for a full tasting menu. A Vegetarian tasting menu is also available at $308.
Some of the stand-out dishes included Le King Crabe – Seasoned king crab meat, avocado and crunchy vegetables on tomato coulis; Le Caviar Imperial – wild salmon tartare with Imperial caviar and saffron crisps; Le Black Cod – caramelised black cod with bok choy and Malabar black pepper sauce.
The dining room is classy, luxurious and elegant, designed like a family dining room in an art deco-style hotel. Joël Robuchon Restaurant (Resorts World Sentosa)
After the date: A stroll around Resorts World Sentosa under the starry night.
2 Stamford Road, Level 70, Equinox complex, Swissotel the Stamford, Singapore 178882 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 9199 9008
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm (Lunch Mon-Sat), 7pm – 10pm (Dinner Daily except PH)
Dine ‘In The Clouds’
There are many restaurants found at high stories with scenic views in Singapore, but how many can claim that they are one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Located on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford, Jaan will give you breath-taking view of the Singapore skyline facing the Marina Bay district, and you would somehow spend some time gazing across with a fall-in-love feeling.
The cuisine by Chef de Cuisine Kirk Westaway is imaginative and exceptional. 5 course degustation dinner menu with 48 hours confit Tajima Beef Short Ribs is recommended (198++, $298 with wine pairing). (Read: Jaan at Swissotel the Stamford)
After date: Dance at Equinox next door, or walk to the Merlion or Esplanade area for more photo-taking.
CHIJMES 30 Victoria Street #01-26/27 Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 6837 0402
Opening Hours: 6pm – 9:30pm last order (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon
Whitegrass is a new fine dining restaurant at Chijmes, helmed by Chef Sam Aisbett who will present Modern Australian cuisine with a touch of Asian.
I love the interior to bits. It has an appeal that combines both a feminine touch with shades of pink and turquoise green, added witha feeling of home. The patterned sofas, vibrant coloured rugs, fresh flowers and hand-painted drawings on the wall provide a sense of ease and comfort.
The standout dish for me is the Slow-cooked Mangalica Pork, which incorporates some elements of Japanese with a dashi stock cooked with pork and seaweed poured from a teapot, and usage of spongy hasu-imo—the inner stalks of the Japanese lotus yam. Whitegrass (CHIJMES)
After the date: CHIJMES and its surrounding area are quite charming to walk around.
1 Scotts Road, #02-16 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208 (Opposite HSBC Bank, Tanglin Branch)
Tel: +65 67332225
Opening Hours: Lunch 12.00pm (Last seating at 2.00pm), Dinner 7.00pm (Last seating at 9.30pm), Opened Daily
Dine in an upscale French restaurant
Les Amis filled the void of fine-dining French restaurants in Singapore during the 1990s, and quickly became one of the most recognisable names in the industry.
Chef de Cuisine Sebastien Lepinoy, who is protégé of Joël Robuchon, joined the restaurant in 2013.
The Dinner Degustation Menu ($295) includes Oscietra Caviar from Kaviari with Cold Angel Hair and Sherry Vinegar, and Pan Seared Foie Gras and French River Eel accompanied by Cherry Fruits. A more affordable Lunch Express ($65) which can be served within 45 min is available. Les Amis (Shaw Centre)
After the date: Orchard Road is just a walk down.
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
S.E.A Aquarium, Marine Life Park,22 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269
Tel: +65 6577 6869
Operating Hours: 11.00am – 10.30pm (Mon-Sun)
Dine By The Waters
Ocean Restaurant by celebrity Iron Chef Cat Cora is likely to be one of the most beautiful and magical in Singapore, located right inside the S.E.A Aquarium at Sentosa.
You dine with thousands of marine life right beside you, with the Ocean Gallery – the world’s largest aquarium viewing panel. Some of the food was so so, but price still reasonable ($55++ for 3 course set lunch).
Note: If you do not drive, finding the entrance which is within the carpark, can be a problem. (Read: Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora)
After date: Propose by the fishes, or go for round 2 at the Universal Studios. Getting out of the carpark can be a challenge for the unfocused though.
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens (enter from Tyersall Avenue off Holland Road), Tel: +65 8444 1148
Opening Hours: Lunch – Mondays to Fridays, 12 noon to 5pm (set-lunch only till 2pm); Dinner – Daily, 630pm to 11pm
Dine In The Gardens
This is literally a restaurant in the garden – and within Singapore’s most iconic Botanic Gardens. “Halia” drew its name from the Ginger Garden nearby, and is indeed a scenic get-away place for that relaxing brunch or romantic dinner in earthy greenery.
Some of Halia’s signatures include are the Roasted Rack of Lamb in Javanese spice, Paperbag baked Chilean Seabass, and Sauteed Risotto Soja.
If you come on the second and last Sunday on the month, it will be the perfect date with live jazz performances serenading during your dinner. (Read: Halia at Botanic Gardens)
After date: A slow stroll by the Botanic Garden, take a seat and watch the stars (if any).
Dine Under The Ground
For those who prefer something more nostalgic, Pete’s Place has been around since 1973. That is 41 years! You may have never discovered its existence even if you been to Hyatt Hotel, because it is located on the basement with only a staircase leading to the Italian restaurant.
Pete’s Place specialises in authentic Italian cuisine from homemade pastas to wood-fired oven pizzas, just like how it started four decades ago.
You would get a similar sense of homeliness from the old-school décor, lively atmosphere, and impeccable friendly service from some of the older staff who has been working here since its beginning. (Read: Pete’s Place Hyatt Hotel)
After date: A movie date at Shaw Lido right opposite, unless she (or he) wants to shop at Tangs.
NOX Dine In The Dark
269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546
Tel: +65 6298 0708
Opening Hours: 6pm till late Daily
Dine In The Dark
Yes, you dine in pitch black. That means Bye Bye to your mobile phones (no facebooking or instagramming “Hey, here’s my food. Opps, it’s dark here.”). You do not need to bother much about colour coordinating your entire getup, just make sure you SMELL good and talk sense.
NOX-Dine in the Dark is housed in a shophouse at Beach Road, and you will be guided by specially trained blind and visually impaired servers.
Part of the fun of dining in the dark is not knowing what you are eating and challenging your palate by trying to guess the ingredients in the dishes. This is the dinner that would make you talk to each other.
After date: Continue talking about the food and experience, or get your senses bombarded with a walk to Arab Street.
Brasserie Les Saveurs
The St. Regis Singapore Lobby Level, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911
Tel: +65 6506 6860
Openig Hours: Lunch 12pm – 3pm (Mon-Sat), Dinner 7pm -10pm (Sun-Fri), Dinner Dance: 7:30pm – 10:30pm (Saturday
Dine In French Elegance
One of the top on my list for French cuisine. Dininag at St Regis Singapore’s signature restaurant Brasserie Les Saveurs makes you feel like you are in Europe – chandeliers on high ceilings, grand-looking furniture, luxurious decors and a musical fountain just outside the windows.
The St. Regis Connoisseur Dinner offers contemporary French food at $73++ (Sun-Fri) and $83++ (Sat dinner with dance, which comes with a choice of main course and semi buffet experience.
Put on your dancing shoes to melodic tunes from the classical piano every Saturday evening.
After date: A stroll down to Orchard Road, or a late-night movie at IMAX Lido.
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Level One, Garden Wing. 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm Lunch, 6pm – 10:30pm Dinner (Mon-Sun)
Dine next to a waterfall
One of Singapore’s top hotel, tropical greenery, poolside view, dim yellow lighting, colonial interior, comfy furniture, lovely chocolates and desserts.
The Waterfall is where you can enjoyable Southern Italian Classics at Shangi-La Hotel.
Expect a lively Mediterranean slant, more fresh seafood dishes and frequent use of fresh greens and tomatoes in the dishes.
The homemade pasta, produced in-house with “the Ferrari of fresh pasta machines”, had a soft chewy firmness, easy on the bite, and thin enough so that you do not feel it is too heavy on the palate. Waterfall Ristorante Italiano (Shangri-La Hotel)
After date: This, I really don’t know. Any suggestions?
21 Lewin Terrace Singapore, Singapore 179290
Tel: +65 63339905
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm (Last order at 2pm), 6.30pm – 11pm (Last order at 9.30pm) Mon-Sun
Dine In A Black and White Bungalow
Lewin Terrace is quiet, elegant and serves light understated food which reminds me of a fine-dining experience I had in Japan.
The set dinner which features Japanese-French fusion cuisine is $88++. Some of the gorgeous desserts from Lewin Terrace – Chocolate mousse Cacao cake with pistachio ice cream drizzled with sauce and white sesame blanc mange.
Plus, it’s near Fort Canning and Registry of Marriage, which gives this extra essence of romance. I hear many people propose and book the space to get married here.
After date: Fort Canning, or is it ROM next?!
Spuds and Aprons
109 Mount Faber Road Faber Peak, Level 2 Singapore 099203
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm – 11pm Last Order 10pm (Mon – Fri)
Dinner 11am – 11pm Last Order 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Reserve Online Now – Spuds and Aprons
Dine At Singapore’s Hilltop Destination
I can almost imagine couple dates and wedding proposals happening here, complete with a rainbow-coloured stairway named “Happy Steps”, a garden with “Bells Of Happiness”, and a spectacular view of Sentosa and the Southern Islands.
Just look at this Bell of Happiness, said to be a century-old Polish bell – a symbol of everlasting happiness.
Perhaps like Paris’ Pont des Arts or Seoul’s Namsam Tower, you can buy a pair of wishing bells, pen down our wish (Like “I love you forever and ever, dear”) and seal it by hanging them at the garden.
Signature dishes include Barbecued Baby Back Ribs ($26), Crispy Pork Belly ($27), Over Roasted Mustard Marinated Chicken ($19), and Grilled King Prawns ($32) with squid ink pasta in tom yam broth. Note: Food is not the fine-dining sort, but more on the casual slant. Spuds and Aprons (Faber Peak)
After the date: A cable car ride? ”I can show you the world”
30 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039803
Dine In A Singapore Flyer
I thought I should include somewhere different, though not traditionally thought of as a ‘dining restaurant’. Yes, the Singapore Flyer, Asia’s largest Giant Observation Wheel, for a unique (and romantic) Sky Dining experience.
Let’s see… a 4-course menu, a personal in-flight host, in the comfort of a rotating capsule, bringing you the most amazing sights of Singapore including Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay skyline and The Central Business District.
A Sky Dining for Two Package dinner typically comes with an appetizer, soup, your choice of main course, and dessert, all served within the capsule. There will be 2 rotations which will last about an hour, with express boarding, in-flight host, and free access to the Flyer Lounge and Journey of Dreams. The Singapore Flyer Premium Sky Dining
After the date: Continue to Pak-Tor around the Marina area
The Summerhouse Dining Room
3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
Tel: +65 6262 1063
Opening Hours: 6pm – 10pm (Wed – Sat), 11am – 7pm (Sun All Day Brunch)
Dine at ulu Seletar
Romance up at Seletar? Sometimes, it is beneficial to take a break from the buzz of city life.
The Summerhouse is located in a historic bungalow and compound in the precincts of Seletar Airport.
Chef de Cuisine Florian Ridder (previously from 1-Michelin-star Piment and 3-Michelin-star La Belle Epoque in Germany, and the 1-Michelin-star Alma by Juan Amador in Singapore) serves up a nature-inspired, farms-to-table cuisine that draws its products from farms and a kelong in the region.
The Collective Farming menu presents a 6-course ($90) and a 10-course ($128) set, with highlight such as Kelong Rojak, Taco, and Uni Pasta.
After the date: Explore Seletar Aerospace Park.
Other Related Entries
10 Best Restaurants In Singapore 2016
12 Garden Themed Cafes & Restaurants In Singapore
7 Must-Visit Restaurants At Hipster Keong Saik, Bukit Pasoh and Ann Siang
7 Restaurants To Bring Your Foreign Kakis For Modern Local Fare
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016