Planning a big get-together? Here are our favourite communal dining spots in Singapore to enjoy feasts fit for kings and queens.
By now, you’ve heard the latest Covid-19 updates: there’ll no longer be a limit for group sizes for social gatherings and dining out. Hurrah! While that’s exciting, it can be tough for big groups to find a restaurant in Singapore with communal dining and huge tables. With our handy list of dining establishments, there’s no need to rack your brains or make a dozen phone calls to check if a restaurant can accommodate all of you. Take it easy and pick a place to eat that you and your entourage are in the mood for.
Best restaurants in Singapore for communal dining and big groups
1. Il Cielo
Enjoy fresh, bold flavours of fine Italian comfort food at the newly refreshed Il Cielo. The award-winning rooftop Italian restaurant is back with a mouthwatering array of dishes that you can enjoy over stunning views of the city. Have an intimate brunch or dinner in its private dining room that fits up to 10 people. Oh, and you’ve got to order the burrata e tartufo pizza (it tastes heavenly and is great for sharing)!
Il Cielo, Level 24, Voco Orchard Singapore, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883
2. The Dragon Chamber
Stowed behind an unsuspecting fridge door within a humble kopitiam is this hidden restaurant. The dark den is reminiscent of old school Chinatown gambling corners and secret society hangouts, with plenty of tables for group dining. And its enigmatic ambience is backed by a menu of unusual nose-to-tail Chinese dishes. So if you want a unique experience, this is it. Menu signatures include wagyu truffle beef hor fun, crab and conpoy soup, firecracker chicken with maple fritters, and dragon claw (aka crocodile foot).
The Dragon Chamber, 2 Circular Road, Singapore 049358
3. The Butcher’s Wife
Looking for gluten-free options? The Butcher’s Wife is a natural wine bar and kitchen nestled within the quaint neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru. Its hearty dishes are completely gluten-free and celiac-friendly, making it the perfect dinner spot of choice if you or anyone in your group have any diet sensitivities. Make sure you order the wagyu picanha – it’s the stuff of dreams.
The Butcher’s Wife, 19 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168650
4. Firangi Superstar
Modern Indian plates take centre stage at Firangi Superstar – a top communal dining spot in Singapore to wow your friends. Its architecture takes inspiration from cities like Kashmir, Chennai, Bombay and Rajasthan. The restaurant is brought to life with interiors that evoke a certain cinematic quality. Go straight for the Prata Waffle???, which offers Madras-style fried chicken sitting atop a waffle-pressed prata, served with butter chicken sauce and jaggery syrup. Don’t miss out on the cocktail programme for stellar tipples, too.
Firangi Superstar, #01-03, 20 Craig Road, Singapore 089692
5. Foc Sentosa
Planning a day at the beach with your group of friends? Ditch the picnic mats and partake in mouthwatering coastal recipes at Foc Sentosa. It serves daily limited edition specials featuring fresh seafood and dry-aged cuts of meat that come in perfect sharing portions. We love the ultra-smoky octopus leg served with chimichurri, creamy potatoes and olives, as well as the tender pan-seared whole Atlantic turbot with ‘refrito’ sauce. Wash it all down with a refreshing Fiesta daiquiri – a heady mix of rum, sweet Thai mango and ripe strawberries.
Foc Sentosa, 110 Tanjong Beach Walk, Singapore 098943
6. Botanico at The Garage
Escape from the urban gridlock at this multi-concept dining establishment in the Botanic Gardens. On the menu are dishes like wagyu beef cheek, 12-hours sous vide Kurobuta pork belly, and Hokkaido scallop ceviche. Best part? Botanico’s spacious dining room and its air-cooled outdoor dining area are more than spacious enough to accommodate a party of 10. A perfect communal dining spot for big groups, if you ask us!
Botanico at The Garage, 50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488
7. Neon Pigeon
This modern izakaya with artsy, gritty interiors makes a cool hang for your communal dining plans. Reserve a table for 10 on its website and kick off the evening with tipples served in bird-shaped glassware. Plus, small plates from the raw bar that features seasonal catches. Its menu also puts a modern spin on Japanese dishes, with intriguing creations such as the Tokyo hummus. It’s a creamy blend of edamame and curry chips that’s fast become a crowd favourite.
Neon Pigeon, #01-01, 36 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059915
Grab nine of your pals and dig into chef-owner Bjorn Shen’s take on Middle Eastern fare with his signature twist. The restaurant has ample tables to hold big groups of 10, including a private dining space for a massive get-together. Think dishes like prawn falafel, fish kofta tagine and sujuk spiced lamb served in sharing portions.
Artichoke, 161 Middle Road, Sculpture Square, Singapore 188978
9. Pu3 Restaurant
Pu3 specialises in nasi ambeng that’s perfect for communal dining. You can opt for the basic set but if you’re extra like us, go for the royal set that’s loaded with prawns, sambal ikan bilis (fried anchovies) and dried fish. We know it states that it feeds a group of four but it can easily satisfy six ravenous diners.
Pu3 Restaurant, #02-20 TripleOne Somerset, 111 Somerset Road, Singapore 238164
Pizzas are ideal communal food and this riverside restaurant dishes them out wood-fired style. We’re still not over the tartufata, diavola and prosciutto pizzas. And that pizza crust? Superbly divine. If you’re a carnivore at heart, feast on the bistecca ribeye or beef short rib that’s slow-cooked for 18 hours. Expect fork-tender goodness in every bite.
Publico, Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909
11. The Halia
This restaurant nestled in the lush Botanic Gardens focuses on fine Asian-inspired European fare. Its Communal Feast menu (good for five to ten people) is a seasonal selection of items from the restaurant’s a la carte menu. You’ll be enjoying dishes like goats cheese mousse and the signature Halia chilli crab spaghettini.
The Halia, 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
12. The Malayan Council
If you’re hitting up a cafe more for food than coffee, The Malayan Council offers some truly eclectic menu items featuring local twists in a spacious setting. Tuck into hearty mains like stir-fried linguine tossed with sambal goreng sauce, and the all-time favourite smoked duck lemak chilli padi. For dessert, choose from the cafe’s wide selection of cakes that include ondeh ondeh and putu piring cake. If you’re still hungry, you can go home with an extra slice or two!
The Malayan Council, multiple locations including Bussorah Street and Winstedt Road
This 40-seater restaurant in Singapore has a basement space that’s great for social gatherings and communal dining. It’s all about amazing food and fab produce here. Restaurant highlights include the tuna belly “chutoro” carpaccio, glazed lamb shoulder and hand-torn pasta with brown crab. Oh, and the donuts with lemon curd are pleasantly surprising and a must-order to finish off a great meal.
Lolla, 22 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069702
14. The Refinery
Here, you get three fab concepts rolled into one. The brainchild of the same folks who brought you The General Company (makers of artisanal handcrafted products), The Refinery is home to a yakitori restaurant (first floor), a bespoke cocktail bar (second floor) and a craft workshop (third floor) – perfect for a multi-activity day with friends.
The Refinery, 115 King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208561
15. New Ubin Seafood
Seafood is synonymous with group-friendly dining in Singapore. If you can inhale a trove of oceanic dishes by yourself, more power to you! This institution is known not only for its chilli crab and XXL tiger prawns, but the cubed ribeye is truly a cut above the rest. Up the ante and dine like a true blue Singaporean at the Tampines branch for a hawker-style approach.
New Ubin Seafood, available at multiple locations including Chijmes and [email protected]
16. Potato Head Folk
If you and your posse are hankering for gut-busting burgers, sate those mighty appetites in the whimsical confines of Potato Head Folk. Call in early to book a table if you’re in a large group. Or, if you’ve got bigger plans, the restaurant offers its space for private events. Make a pitstop at burger mavens Three Buns – you’ll certainly want to get your hands messy with specialities like the classic baby Huey cheeseburger.
Potato Head Folk, 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143
How serious are the Meatsmith fellas about smoking meats? Serious enough to yank down large smokers all the way from the US. They’ve got ’em set up in a cosy diner in the heart of Telok Ayer Street. The result? Tender, flavourful meat that will neither give your jaw a tough time while chewing nor a desire to drown it in sauce. It’s that good on its own! Tip: the Mother of All Platter is practically made for big groups. It features pastrami burnt ends, sausage, fried buffalo wings, brisket spring rolls, beef brisket, dry-aged steak and spiced pork ribs.
MeatSmith, available at multiple locations including Little India and Telok Ayer
Communal dining is back in Singapore, and we’re excited to get out and share a meal with friends and family! Be right back, gonna make that reservation.