Why not dine outdoors in Singapore? These cool restaurants are romantic, boast great views, and whip up some of the best food in Singapore
After being cooped up indoors for hours on end, heading out for some fresh air, sun and breeze – all while having a delish meal and a cold tipple or two in hand – sounds like the perfect remedy for cabin fever. We’ve scoured the island for the best places for alfresco dining in Singapore, and unearthed these open-air gems amongst the forestry, by the sea, and way up high.
Dine amidst lush greenery
Luxuriate in old-world charm – think high ceilings, candle-lit wall lamps and exquisite antiques galore – at this chic Thai resto perched atop Labrador Nature Reserve. Housed in a stand-alone restored colonial bungalow amidst lush greenery and quiet waters, Tamarind Hill serves up a mix of traditional and contemporary tantalising Thai dishes.
Tamarind Hill, 30 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119189, p. 6278 6364.
Au Petit Salut
Set the mood for romance with pre-meal cocktails in Au Petit Salut’s courtyard, before venturing to the outdoor patio for the main event – we guarantee the lush green backdrop and cascading water feature sets will score you major points with your date. Food-wise, nothing says romance more than French cuisine – Au Petit Salut only serves the finest selection of freshly imported seafood, as well as premium poultry and meat.
Au Petit Salut, 40C Harding Road, Singapore 249548, p. 6475 1976.
HOUSE at Dempsey
This massive brunch haunt ranks high on our go-to places in Dempsey. Lush woodland surrounds instantly sets diners at ease, while artworks dotting the property offer visual treats while diners eat. While we love dining indoors within the colonial British barracks, the backyard-esque outdoor area is perfect for kicking back on lazy Sunday afternoons or casual dinners with your partner.
HOUSE at Dempsey, 8D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249672, p. 6475 7787.
Halia at Botanic Gardens
Hidden in the Ginger garden of Singapore Botanic Gardens, Halia’s proximity to the city and tranquil setting make it the perfect escape from the city. Through full-height glass windows, guests can wine and dine over brunch while enjoying the warmth of the sunlight in total air-conditioned comfort. Post-sunset, head to the terrace, where majestic palm trees surround the facade of the restaurant.
The Halia, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Garden, Singapore 259569, p. 8444 1148.
For some undeniably good nosh, stop by Bishan Park for GRUB, the king of comfort food sans the guilt (all of its fare are created with responsible ingredients). The entire restaurant is surrounded by glass, leaving the interior bright and cheery. But the alfresco dining are is where all the action’s at – order up a coffee and a breakfast plate, and feel yourself unwind within the soothing surrounds of the park.
GRUB, 510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569983, p. 6459 5743.
Open Farm Community
Sitting on 35,000 square feet of lush greenery is Open Farm Community, a sprawling horticultural hub. At its centre is a farm-to-table restaurant, and a small retail store that’s also a coffee, juice and cocktail bar. Surrounding these two rustic spaces is a garden brimming with herb and vegetable produce, that will be used to create stunning European-fusion dishes. Grab a seat on the timber-decked patio in the back of the restaurant, or park yourself on the colourful terrace for lush garden views. As for post-meal entertainment? Wander the grounds, and you’ll find two lawn bowling lanes, a ping-pong table and a sand playground for kids.
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819, p. 6471 0306.
UNA at One Rochester
Nestled in the quiet Rochester enclave is a lush haven for city-dwellers. UNA offers a robust menu with plenty of tapas, paella and parilla (grill) mains for sharing and two dining concepts. We recommend dining in the romantic alfresco garden, great for keeping the night going over cocktails.
UNA at One Rochester, 1 Rochester Park, Singapore 139212, p. 6773 0070.
Hop into the Alice in Wonderland-eque Rabbit Hole, set within the lush greens of Dempsey. Whether it’s a birthday party you’re planning, an intimate dinner date, a spot of tea, or a boozy sesh armed with its specially curated craft gins and house-made tonics, nothing beats unwinding at this whimsical garden of a wonderland just outside its sister restaurant, The White Rabbit.
Rabbit Hole, 29C Harding Road, Singapore 249541, p. 6473 9965. Open Tue-Fri 6pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 6pm-12am. Closed on Mon.
Tucked within the historic grounds of Gillman Barracks is the Italian-inspired Masons. Surrounded by ample greenery, this resto is a great venue to kick back, relax and enjoy signature dishes like the pasta semplice and signature pizzas by Verve. Great for gatherings, Masons accommodates up to 24 people at its verandah lounge and 54 at its alfresco area.
Masons, 8 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108936, p. 6694 2216. Open Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm.
The Green Door
Kick back and laze your weekends away at The Green Door’s outdoor garden patio. The grub here is unabashedly hearty – tuck into pizzas, burgers and grilled meat skewers, and guzzle it all down with drinks like the super-sweet Gummy Bear Margarita, and the delightful Floral Mimosa. Bonus: your furry friends are allowed here too.
The Green Door, 13A Dempsey Road, Singapore 247694, p. 6479 5945.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Riders Cafe (which is, in our opinion, the best thing you can get if you’re thinking of a short ‘country-style’ escape). Hidden in Bukit Timah Saddle Club (yes, there are adorable horsies all around), this peaceful spot is great for any meal of the day. Try the Blackstone Benedict or the pork sausage with sweet potato hash and kale if you’re here for brunch, or the pan-fried snapper with miso-creamed kale if you’re here for dinner.
Riders Cafe, 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965, p. 6466 9819. Open Sun-Thu 8am-9pm, Fri & Sat 8am-10pm; Closed on Mon.
Dine by the seaside
Shoes are mostly optional at beach gastrobar, Coastes, ideal for catching a sunset at Siloso Beach with live music in the background. Their chicken wings and extensive cocktail menu are proven crowd-pleasers, so be sure to order those first. Vibrant and charming with its white and blue decor, here’s where you can dine only a mere distance away from the sea.
Coastes, 50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000, p. 6274 9668.
Sabio by the Sea
This powerhouse of Spanish food offers everything we love about Spanish food: salty jamón ibérico, flavour-packed chorizos, and lemon-spiked calamari…oh hell yes. The swanky Sentosa Cove outlet promises relaxing afternoons over lavish spreads, ice-cold jugs of sangria and endless plates of hot and cold tapas.
Sabio by the Sea, 31 Ocean Way, #01-02 Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098373, p. 6690 7568.
The all-new Sentosa branch of award-winning FOC is now open on Sentosa’s Palawan Beach. The new space boasts an airy beachfront space with bright interiors, panoramic views and a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces, including a pool deck and beachside sunbeds. The menu is no runner-up either, with satiating, contemporary Mediterranean dishes as the main star.
FOC Sentosa, 110 Tanjong Beach Walk, Singapore 098943, p. 6100 1102.
Casual Italian eatery, Trapizza, is one of our fave laid-back spots for kicking back with a couple of beers after a (thoroughly exhausting) day of sun-soaking. Located on Siloso Beach, the seaside restaurant serves up wood-fired thin crust pizzas, pastas, snacks and desserts.
Trapizza, 10 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 098970, p. 6376 2662.
Modern French Privé Grill specialises in perfectly charcoal-grilled meats, hearty mains and decadent desserts. We suggest swinging by on Sundays – that’s when the waterfront resto plays host to Acoustic Sunday Sessions where guests can enjoy café favourites with a side of live music from The Dirty Martinis.
Privé Grill, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382, p. 6776 0777.
CÉ LA VI
Take your dinner up high at CÉ LA VI for modern Asian treats and breathtaking sights of the Marina Bay 200 metres aboveground. Pop by the SkyPark for a more panoramic excursion afterwards, or go straight to the Club Lounge to shimmy to some pulsating beats.
CÉ LA VI, 1 Bayfront Ave, SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, Marina Bay Sands, 018971, p. 6688 7688.
Located on Esplanade’s roof terrace overlooking the bay, Orgo ups the game on rooftop wining and dining. Order up a couple of cocktails, and go nuts on small plates like smoked fish carpaccio and hummus carasau, and mains like Sicilian pasta with orange pesto, Paella de Marisco, and cod fish with green curry. Perfect for a chill-out sesh after catching a gig or theatre performance!
Orgo, Roof Terrace, #04-01 Esplanade, 8 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039802, p. 6336 9366
Okay, so this isn’t technically located on a rooftop, but we promise it’s got just as vertigo-inducing a view as other skyscraping restaurants out there. The difference? The height on which Faber Bistro resides on is au naturel. Perched atop Mount Faber lies this family-friendly spot that’s known for its Sunday brunch. Buttermilk pancakes, rosti with snail sausages, and big breakfast on top of what’s considered to be SG’s closest thing to a mountain? Sign us up!
Faber Bistro, 101 Mt Faber Road, Singapore 099201, p. 6377 9688.
When it comes to grandeur, it’s hard to top the iconic The Fullerton. Likewise, its rooftop restaurant effortlessly trumps the competition. While it doesn’t offer the highest view in town, its swanky ambience guarantees you’ll feel on top of the world. The cuisine here is conceptualised from “Cucina Costiera” – Southern Italian cuisine that’s authentic, homely, and bursting with the freshest ingredients.
The Lighthouse Restaurant, The Fullerton Hotel, Level 8, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178, p. 6877 8140.
This popular neighbourhood gem is always worth checking out – especially if you’ve a weakness for killer guac made fresh on the spot (who doesn’t?). Pair that with a steady supply of tortilla chips, hearty burritos, washed down with potent frozen margaritas, and you’ve got your night made. Remember to pick the outdoor seats – they’re the perfect base to people-watch the swarms of creatively dressed crowds.
Piedra Negra, 241 Beach Road, Singapore 189753, p. 6291 1297.
Artistry is a multi-concept space (mostly for creative works), but they do serve great grub that’s not to be missed. With items like a peanut butter and jelly French toast and Belgian waffles on the menu, can you really resist? As with all cafes and restos in the Kampong Glam vicinity, seats outside (particularly after dusk) are hotspots to soak up the hood’s buzzy vibes.
Artistry, 17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149, p. 6298 2420.
With its pastel-coloured garden bar and buzzy vibes, this Mexican taqueria is our go-to place for a tequila party. You can’t leave without ordering yourself a couple of tacos and elotes, a Mexican street-style grilled corn rubbed with mayo, chili, and cotija cheese.
Lucha Loco, 15 Duxton Hill, 089598, p. 6226 3938.
Latteria Mozarella Bar
The guys behind famed Italian restaurant, Il Lido, has a soft spot for cheese — particularly of the mozzarella variety — and this bar is proof. It boasts about 11 cuts of fresh mozzarella cheese in varying shapes and sizes, all flown in directly from Italy’s artisanal producers. But cheese isn’t the only star here; the outdoor area, with the fairylights and tranquil setting, beckons romantic dates and intimate gatherings.
Latteria Mozzarella Bar, 40 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089618, p. 6866 1988.
We’ll admit: we’ve always been a little smitten with the restaurants in CHIJMES – how could we not? The architecture of this historic complex is positively stunning. Dark and chic with plush furnishings, the indoor area is equally rivalled by its stunning alfresco space, which is sheltered by large ivory canopies. Here, the fare’s all about succulent Brazilian churrasco meats like beef rumps, spicy sausages and honey hams.
Carnivore, 30 Victoria Street, #01-30, CHIJMES, Singapore 187996, p. 6334 9332.
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club
Our infatuation with the Kilo brand is no big secret. But the Kilo folks have come up with yet another concept that’s knocked our socks off and made our mouths water – introducing Camp Kilo Charcoal Club, a hip BBQ restaurant located right below Kilo Kallang at Ture Building. The décor is simplistic yet inviting – wood-topped tables and chairs laid across a concrete floor, adjacent to booths of rusting metal that we hear might be used for impromptu DJ sets during BBQ backyard parties. But it’s the food that’s the real MVP: check out our full feature.