Ahoy, seafoodies! Taste the finest fresh seafood in Singapore, from crab and lobster to oysters and mussels.
Dry land has brought us many a culinary delight, from foie gras to steak, and more truffle dishes than you can shake a stick at. But if you’re tired of terrestrial offerings or fancy yourself an aficionado of aquatic bounties, dive right into our mega list of spectacular seafood restaurants (and hawker stalls) in Singapore.
Best seafood restaurants in Singapore
To taste the freshest oysters in the city, head down to this Seattle-style restaurant. Enjoy different molluscs of the day, including the likes of Coromandel oysters from New Zealand and Blue Pool oysters from Washington, USA. Psst: the happy hour oyster deals offer some of the best prices on the island just at $3+ each!
Humpback, 18-20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089834
2. Sabio by The Sea
Spanish seafood is best enjoyed with a cool sea breeze drifting through an alfresco dining area, so if you want to try this Mediterranean delight, make your way to Sabio by The Sea at Sentosa. This Spanish tapas bar does mighty good pans of seafood paella chock-full of squid, sea bass, mussels, clams and shrimp.
Sabio by the Sea, #01-02, Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, Singapore 098373
3. Hua Yu Wee
Standing tall for decades, this award-winning restaurant brings you down nostalgia lane with its comfort food and cosy ambience. The black pepper crab, chilli crab and olive fried rice are the ultimate highlights. It’s known for its good old Singaporean seafood signatures, so don’t expect any fancy stuff here.
Hua Yu Wee, 462 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 466508
4. New Ubin Seafood
This seafood restaurant has humble beginnings in Pulau Ubin (hence the name) and is one of our favourite zi char eateries in Singapore. The ambience is usually casual and family-friendly, and the kitchen whips up dishes so good you know you’ll be back for more. Go ahead and get your fix of chilli crab, tiger prawns, sambal mackerel, deep-fried baby squid and fish head curry to go with a heaping portion of fried rice.
New Ubin Seafood, multiple locations including Chijmes and Zhongshan Park
5. The Boiler
Always trust a seasoned backyard cook to take care of ravenous, food-longing masses. Dive into pepper-buttered platters of Dungeness crabs, mussels and clams – all cooked and served together in a scrumptious, messy medley that will definitely get your hands dirty.
The Boiler, multiple locations including Howard Road and Esplanade
6. Mellben Seafood
Awarded the Michelin Plate by Singapore Michelin Guide, Mellben Seafood is our go-to when our crab craving demands to be satisfied. When you’re done liberating flesh from the shell, make sure you’ve got a plate of fried buns (or man tou) to soak up all that spicy-sweet gravy.
Mellben Seafood, #01-1222, 232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 Street 22, Singapore 560232
7. Ocean Curry Fish Head
We love delving into the heartlands to suss out great eats, and one of our best finds is Ocean Curry Fish Head. Well-known for its fish head curry, this food stall is where we (and nearly everyone else – ‘cos the queue is never-ending!) go when we’re craving a lunchtime curry fix.
Ocean Curry Fish Head, multiple locations including Bedok and Telok Ayer
8. Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House
Founded by Boston’s culinary genius, Travis Masiero, this New York-style restaurant offers top-notch seafood and meat. Oysters are sourced directly from Travis’s personal contacts along the Eastern seaboard of America, which means you’ll be slurping the very best of the lot.
Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House, 22 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069257
9. Chomp Chomp BBQ
Stingray meat hasn’t really caught on in the West, but hey, more for us, right? It’s a simple dish, so the devil really is in the details. Chomp Chomp BBQ serves up a stellar example of this dish that’s marinated in sambal much longer than most other stalls, so the strands of meat are soaked in spicy goodness. Another stand-out seafood dish at this unassuming stall is the spicy la la (asari clams) cooked in a rich, spicy-sweet sauce.
Chomp Chomp BBQ, #01-44, Fengshan Market & Food, 85 Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460085
10. MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining
As the name would imply, this restaurant prides itself on being true maguro (blue-fin tuna) mavens. It freshly imports maguro directly from Japan. So grab a buddy and spring for the maguro sashimi platter that will treat you to several prime cuts of maguro – including the buttery, fatty bits!
MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining, multiple locations including Takashimaya and Suntec City
The elegant Colony at The Ritz-Carlton is a top pick of ours when it comes to buffets, and the highlight is its massive Ice Bar spread. While it features a smorgasbord of seafood, we typically go straight for the meaty, fresh Alaskan king crab legs served with lemon and clarified butter.
Colony, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799
12. Lai Huat Signatures
It all began with this specific dish for Lai Huat Signatures, previously called Lai Huat Sambal Fish Restaurant. If you once named your restaurant after a dish, you’d best nail it down to a fine art. Fortunately, this family business does just that, offering whole fried pomfrets – crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside – covered in thick, spicy sambal belachan that elevates this seafood staple.
Lai Huat Signatures, multiple locations including East Coast and Sembawang
13. Alati Divine Greek Kitchen
For a taste of simple, rustic Mediterranean seafood, head over to this Greek dining establishment. Its fresh fish selection is flown in from the Aegean Sea and grilled or salt baked to perfection. The grilled octopus dish is also a must-try: it’s paired with fava puree, confit tomatoes and homemade squid ink rice crackers.
Alati, 73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892
14. Aloha Poke
While Hawaiian sun, sand and surf might be oceans away, fresh Hawaiian raw fish salad makes its way to Singapore at Aloha Poke. This casual, colourful eatery lets you design your own tasty bowl by picking your base and choice of house-marinated poke with a topping of scallions and pineapples. Amp up your bowl with the superfood selection, which includes avocado and almonds.
Aloha Poke, multiple locations including Jewel @ Changi Airport and Westgate
15. Han Kee Fish Soup
If you’ve got your full lunch hour, waiting 10 to 15 minutes for a steaming bowl of fresh, thick fish slices swimming in a clear, nourishing broth is absolutely worth it. The auntie taking orders here is highly efficient at her job, so it helps to rehearse your order while you’re in the queue!
Han Kee, #02-129, Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069111
16. Ah Yat Abalone
Want a taste of the chewy, delicately flavoured Asian delicacy that is Mexican abalone whelk? Have it the classic way at this age-old abalone institution, served with fresh greens and simmered in a rich, creamy XO sauce.
Ah Yat Abalone, multiple locations including Sims Way and Turf City
Get your seafood fix at these stellar restaurants in Singapore!