Reserve a table for two at these stellar restaurants for an intimate dinner and drinks with your honey.
It might be an anniversary celebration or a first date situation – heck, maybe it’s the night (you hope?) someone’s gonna pop the big question! Either way, we know you’re probably racking your brains trying to think about where to take that special someone for a nice evening out. But fret not; it doesn’t have to be a stressful process! Whether you’re after top-notch eateries, restaurants with a view or dining in the great outdoors, we’ve got a great mix of romantic restaurants right here.
Dinner in a dome? It’s the coolest, cosiest way to dine right now. The Summerhouse’s Garden Domes dial up the romance and they’re all about keeping cool while enjoying a languid lunch in a sunny garden or, even better, dinner under the stars. Amongst the wild strawberries, swaying lemongrass and twinkling lights are those three igloos nestling up to eight guests. You can chill at the igloo by the Wildseed Garden Bar, or settle in amongst the greenery for something more intimate.
The Summerhouse, Level 2, Seletar Aerospace Park, 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
The Alkaff Mansion
A grand historic building tucked away in the greenery of Telok Blangah Hill, this multi-concept dining concept houses casual haunt Wildseed Cafe, the Basque-centric Txa Pintxo Bar and classy resto Una. They’re all great for family hangouts and group gatherings, but Una is our fave pick for modern Spanish cuisine with a focus on the Basque region. The space is beautiful and refined, setting the scene nicely to welcome your table for two. Start with small plates of grilled octopus or foie gras and figs, before moving on to paella dishes, grilled meats and sweets such as caramel flan or Spanish rice pudding.
The Alkaff Mansion, 10 Telok Blangah Green, Singapore 109178
Dine in the minimalist chic living room of your dreams at this Duxton joint, where visitors are welcomed to tuck into flavourful Latin American and Asian-inspired cuisine while you watch the action go down in the open kitchen. It’s ideal for hosting communal dinners, but it’s also got pockets of spaces for intimate dates where you and your significant other can share plates of grilled seafood, pastas and desserts.
Kilo Kitchen, 97 Duxton Road, Singapore 089541
A vibrant Spanish spot hidden in Shaw Centre, La Taperia will have you in good spirits with its sensational signatures and lively atmosphere. It’s cosy and chic, with to-die-for tapas plates, paella pans and all sorts of meats and seafood to stuff you silly. But make sure you leave space for dessert, so you don’t miss out on stars like churros with chocolate sauce and chocolate marquise with baked almond praline.
La Taperia, #02-10/11, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
Salt Grill & Sky Bar
Perched atop Ion Orchard, with splendid views of the shopping stretch and beyond, this elegant restaurant is led by Aussie head chef Jake Kowalewski. The best time to visit is after dark, so you can enjoy the sparkling night vistas while you’re sipping on the best vino and dining your way through grilled meats, caviar, oysters and seafood specialities.
Salt Grill & Sky Bar, #55-01, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
The Seagrill at Changi Beach
A cosy seafood bistro bar at Changi Beach, Seagrill is an alfresco spot for a laid-back date night. Enjoy fresh seafood picks (at affordable prices too!) like clams with white wine and garlic, fish and chips, calamari, seafood fettuccine pasta and more while you admire the view of the waters and refreshing sea breeze. Dining with a whole crew? Order up a seafood platter for the table, it’s sure to be a hit!
The Seagrill at Changi Beach, Changi Beach Park, 260 Nicoll Drive, Singapore 498991
Once a fine dining restaurant, this sea-facing Italian spot is now dressed casually. The classy alfresco space whips up a solid Italian degustation menu that teams well with a sunset-hued Aperol spritz. So if you’re in the mood for house-made pizzas and pastas or decadent desserts, head here for an idyllic experience.
The Cliff, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Road, Singapore 099891
Take a trip through the flavours of Italy at this sleek spot high in the sky and enjoy the cityscape views from your snug seat. The resto features a circular bar in the middle of the dining room, as well as a wine lounge and a terrace hangout for you to clink glasses in the name of love. You’ll find house-made pizzas and pastas on the menu, alongside grilled meats and veggies for the protein-inclined. If you’re celebrating something extra special, pop open an exquisite bottle of wine to pair with your meal.
Zafferano, Level 43, Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315
Nestled in a corner of Jiak Chuan Road, Esquina is a sensual Spanish resto offering small tables and small plates with big flavours. The industrial-chic joint serves up dishes like Spanish pork jowl, sea urchin paella and suckling pig belly, and you’ll want to save room for drinks and desserts. There’s nothing quite like that warm feeling in your belly after an unforgivably luscious warm chocolate fondant, finished off with a glass of tart (verging on spicy) red wine.
Esquina, 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267
This Michelin-starred restaurant is set amongst the lush greenery of the Botanic Gardens and offers couples a sophisticated dining experience away from the bustle of the city. Serving up mostly French-inspired dishes by local chef Jason Tan, the menu features innovative creations plated intricately and beautifully.
Corner House, EJH Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Nassim Gate, Singapore 259569
Botanico at The Garage
We’re pining over Botanico’s cosy space with fairy lights, plus its chill deck area filled with potted plants and botany lab-like decor. Homegirl chef Sujatha Asokan’s bistro-style dishes evidently hint to her mixed heritage roots. Our favourites include a delicious Assam laksa (with shrimp paste ice cream), smoked char siew and a respectfully treated tender steak uplifted by hot green sriracha. Don’t miss Botanico’s progressive cocktails either – they’re cool liquid desserts spiked with alcohol and plated for Instagram likes.
Botanico at The Garage, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore 257488
Got a thing for dazzling views? This sunset spot will take your breath away with its perch overlooking lush greenery and glittering waters. Take the trip to Mount Faber over the weekend to gaze out over Sentosa and be serenaded by live band performances as you toast to your date over happy hour drinks.
Dusk Restaurant, Level 2, Faber Peak Singapore, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203
The White Rabbit
Step inside this beautifully restored old chapel and you’ll be blown away by the grandness of the place. Paper-white walls, dark furniture and high ceilings – everything about The White Rabbit is just so pristine. On the menu, modern European plates take centre stage; and when you’re done with dinner, you can always pop on over next door to The Rabbit Hole for alfresco drinks.
The White Rabbit, 39C Harding Road, Singapore 249541
Forget the hustle and bustle of the city and step into the forested Labrador Nature Reserve for some peace and quiet. Tamarind Hill is located right smack in the middle of this green site and here, the kitchen puts out a good mix of traditional and contemporary Siamese cuisine. Essentially, it’s the flavours of Thai food elevated to fancy date night-worthy standards.
Tamarind Hill, 30 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119189
Swish rooftop bar and tapas restaurant, Lantern, is the place to be if you want killer views of the Marina Bay waterfront. It’s situated next to The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s pool, with sweet sights of the surroundings, groovy DJ beats, gourmet snacks and bottles of bubbly.
Lantern, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
Mykonos on the Bay
We’ve no lack of Greek restaurants in Singapore, but this blue and white delight at Quayside Isle is one of our faves when we’re dreaming of Mediterranean feasts by the sea. Order a couple of dips to share before you dig into charcoal-grilled meats or mains from “grandma’s recipe book”. Pro tip: It’s best experienced in the evening when cool breezes abound and the night sky sparkles with stars. Plus, it’s casual enough to put anyone on a first date at ease, and you can always walk off the meal with a stroll down the boardwalk afterwards.
Mykonos on the Bay, #01-10, Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove, 31 Ocean Way, Singapore 098375
Love yourself a good waterfront restaurant? Monti makes for a memorable couple’s night out, thanks to its stylish dome-shaped pavilion space situated right by Marina Bay. Cosy up to your partner in between bites of Italian-Tuscan cuisine, then head up to the open-air rooftop terrace for alfresco views after you’re done with dinner. If you’re more of a weekend brunch person, plan a daytime date to savour all-you-can-eat plates of house-made pasta, steak and tiramisu.
Monti, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327
This gorgeous establishment is situated in Gardens by the Bay, so if the both of you have an affinity for flowers and plants, Pollen is perfect. Enjoy fine French plates with a Mediterranean twist as you take in the stunning views and amble around the Flower Dome hand-in-hand after your meal.
Pollen, #01-09, Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Nox – Dine in the Dark
This is a fun one – go on a culinary journey through taste, smell, touch and sound with your date. The catch? You’ll be doing this in total darkness. Choose the three-course prix fixe dinner to sample 12 special dishes and take in this unique multi-sensory dining experience with your other half (then have a laugh at what a klutz you were after).
Nox – Dine in the Dark, 269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546
Bedrock Bar & Grill
Meat-obsessed lovebirds, make a beeline for Bedrock Bar & Grill. This stylish steakhouse is one of our favourite places to hit up for fine cuts like the Bedrock pepper steak and Australian grass-fed ribeye. It also has a great selection of whiskey labels, so take your pick.
Bedrock Bar & Grill, #01-05, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, 96 Somerset Road, Singapore 238163
Hidden in the Ginger Garden of the Botanic Gardens, The Halia’s proximity to the city and tranquil setting makes it the perfect date night escape from the city. Facing full-height glass windows, lovers 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 Gardens, Singapore 259569
The Black Swan
Set in a historic Art Deco building, The Black Swan oozes sophistication with its 1920s-centric, brass-heavy, Great Gatsby-inspired decor. Enjoy modern European dishes in the main dining hall before heading up to the ever-swanky Powder Room on the mezzanine floor for aged whiskies and classic cocktails.
The Black Swan, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704
Heads up: Batman’s superyacht from the movie The Dark Knight is docked at Resorts World Sentosa. And it makes for the ultimate date night spot. We really can’t think of anything more romantic (and glam) than sailing into the sunset on Singapore’s only four-mast, 22-sail tall ship. Perfect for special occasions, this two-and-a-half-hour experience is complete with live music, delicious food and tipples. Embark on a sunset cruise or a dinner amongst city lights, with panoramic views and plenty of photo-worthy opportunities. All aboard, say aye!
Royal Albatross, Opposite S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269