Are you all about the water view? Consider this guide to waterside restaurants, cafes and beachside dining your new bucket list...
Whether it’s for a meal with the fambam, or perhaps a date night out with the one, we’re always on the lookout for restaurants that tick the boxes of being both aesthetically pleasing and delicious. Being in Singapore means we get to easily check one more box: dining with a water view. To help you get your next outing sorted, we’ve rounded up a list of waterfront dining that will keep you trotting from end to end of the island…
Feasting at The Pelican is a joyous affair – you can get everything from grilled seafood platters to quality steaks and even your fancy Sunday Champagne brunch. With a breathtaking view of the MBS, you’re getting more bang for your buck so call all your friends and dine alfresco at this charming establishment. Sharing dishes like the Signature Grilled Seafood platter will kick off your meal nicely and by night, watch the bar come alive as you and your friends enjoy unique house cocktails including the Pelican, a mixture of Ketel One Vodka, Grand Marnier, sparkling Chandon wine, Giffard Apricot, pink grapefruit and raspberry.
The Pelican, #01-01, One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213, p. 6438 0400
Now this is the place to chill. We’re into the nautical vibes at Bayswater Kitchen, which sits pretty at the Marina, Keppel Bay and is impeccably styled. It’s all coastal chic here, but we’re particularly fond of the ping pong table and retro string art. Relaxing by the water makes us want to feast on fresh seafood, natch. Freshly shucked Irish oysters and whipped cod’s roe are a good start, and we think we’ve found the best fish and chips in town here. But the star is the Fisherman’s Feast: handmade linguine, lobster, prawns and seasonal fish in the most comforting seafood stock. Want to make the moment last? Take the lobster shell home to make your own amazing broth. Heads up: Bayswater Kitchen is now serving Sunday brunch – Pimm’s, sunshine and jazz over a seafood spread? We’re so there.
Bayswater Kitchen, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, 098382, Singapore p. 67760777
Prive at ACM
Ahhh, check out that sparkling view. But heads up: Prive isn’t just a date night spot. If you’re looking to take the kids out for a treat, Prive at ACM hits the sweet spot thanks to its toddler-friendly toys, family friendly menu and all those cakes on display. It’s located within the Asian Civilisations Museum, so make time to tour of the exhibits before settling here for a mid-day refuel. Mains are affordable and there’s plenty of variety too. Best of all, you get to relax and enjoy a view of the Singapore River.
Prive at ACM, #01-02, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555. Open 8.30am to 10.30pm (Monday to Thursday), 8.30am to 12am (Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holidays), 9am to 10.30pm (Sunday and Public Holidays).
It’s all about the beach vibes and endless summers here. Summerlong is the latest baby of the group behind Neon Pigeon and Fat Prince, and the menu here is modern Mediterranean: and we’re partial to breakfast spread and the Persian Fried Chicken. For a good view of the Singapore River, get there early to grab your seats at the popular outdoor seating area. Want to know more? Check out our full review of Summerlong.
Summerlong, The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, #01-04 Singapore 238252. Open 5pm to midnight (Monday to Friday), 11.30am to 3pm and 6pm to midnight (Saturday and Sunday). p.6235 1225
Go Mexican at this contemporary restaurant and bar located at Customs House. Yes, this means a stunning view of the bay area: pop in at night when you get to appreciate the lights from MBS as well. If you’re already a fan of sister restaurants Superloco at Robertson Quay and Lucha Loco in Duxton Hill, you’ll appreciate the fun vibes, familar tacos, quesadillas and those churros, but the larger style dishes are mainly for sharing so holler for all your buddies to join. At a place like this, it’s definitely the more the merrier.
Superloco Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-04 Customs House, Singapore 049323. Open 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 12am (Monday to Thursday), 12pm to 12am (Friday), 5pm to 12am (Saturday). p.6532 2090
Pizza, gourmet wraps and Mediterranean grill? That’s how we like to do relaxed family lunches at Sentosa Cove. Miska also does all-day breakfast from 8.30am to 5pm daily so the late-risers won’t lose out on their haloumi and eggs. Looking for happy hour? From 3pm to 5pm Miska offers five bottles for $25, for every $25 worth of food purchase. Worth the jaunt to Sentosa Cove for the view of the waterfront and the beautiful yachts.
Miska Cafe, 31 Ocean Way, #01-07 Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098375. Open 8.30am to 10pm daily.
Kinki Restaurant + Bar
This contemporary Japanese restaurant in Customs House isn’t exactly by the water, but with its full-length glass windows, the view of MBS and the bay is unparalleled. Plus, you get to dine in air-conditioned comfort – absolutely nothing to complain about. The menu is a good mix of traditional and unique Japanese offerings, but we’re definitely fans of their to-die-for Wagyu Foie Gras Donburi (it literally melts in your mouth). And if you’re looking to extend your night out, head upstairs to the rooftop bar for more drinks and good fun.
Kinki Restaurant + Bar, 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323. Kinki Restaurant: Lunch from 12pm and Dinner from 6pm (Monday to Saturday), Dinner from 6pm (Public Holidays). Closed on Sunday. Kinki Rooftop Bar: 5pm till 12am (Monday to Thursday), 5pm till 2am (Friday, Saturday and Public Holiday). p.6533 3471
Meyer House Restaurant & Bar
Easties alert – here’s a waterfront restaurant with loads of charm. Having bagged a Gold award in the Design Excellence Awards 2016, Meyer House is one fine venue that breathes colonial grandeur. Overlooking Changi Beach, it’s also a great place for gatherings and private events at the outdoor section. There’s a decent selection of mains and sharing plates, and a wide range of cocktails and spirits to end your magical night with.
Meyer House Restaurant & Bar, No.2 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508503. Open 11.30am to 11pm (Monday to Thursday, Sunday & Public Holiday), 11.30am to 1am (Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday)
Long Beach at East Coast
Fans of seafood will find themselves in heaven at East Coast Seafood Centre. Cooling breezes and a waterfront view set the scene for a major feast at this stretch of restaurants. Long Beach, in particular, does a mouth-watering rendition of the iconic chilli crab and we love the idea of feasting on seafood by the sea. This place continues to get livelier at night: grab a table outside for a great view of the sunset.
Long Beach, #01-04 East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 449881. Open 11am to midnight daily, 11am to 1am (Saturday and eve of Public Holiday). p.6448 3636
Tanjong Beach Club
As one of Singapore’s most iconic beach clubs, you can be sure to enjoy good food and great times here. Did you know you can even get brunch items on weekends and public holidays? The club is largely known for its lively parties but that doesn’t mean you can’t grab a book and just chill. For those feeling lazy, be sure to head for the daybeds that offer an unobstructed view of the sea – fastest legs first.
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 098942. Open 12pm to 10am (Monday), 11am to 10pm (Tuesday to Friday), 10am to 10pm (Saturday), 10am to 11pm (Sunday). p.6270 1355
Ola Beach Club
Dreaming of a sun-filled Hawaiian getaway? Well, Hawaii may be halfway across the globe but if you pop by Ola Beach Club at Siloso Beach Walk, it’s about as authentic as it can get here in Singapore. The menu includes staples such as Loco Moco, Ahi Poke and Hawaiian Shave Ice, but the best of the lot are probably the Ola Tiki cocktails. Decorated like pieces of flamboyant art, these colourful concoctions are as unique as their names – who wants an Ola Huli Pau! And if you’re not the kind to chill by the beach after a meal, you can get your thrills with the water sport activities Ola offers. There’s even a jet pack. Seriously.
Ola Beach Club, 46 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099005. Open 10am to 10pm (Monday to Friday, Sunday), 10am to midnight (Saturday). p.6250 6978
If tapas and paellas are your thing, get over to FOC Sentosa, stat. Tapas dishes are both fiery and chilled; the paella is on point, and there’s a whole lot of BBQ items and sizzling bites to choose from. Top it off with drinks by the pool deck and soak in the view of the sea – alfresco has never been done better.
FOC Sentosa, 110 Tanjong Beach Walk, 098943 Sentosa Singapore. Open 11.30am to 11pm (Tuesday to Sunday, eve of Public Holiday and Public Holiday). p.6100 1102.
This family-friendly place kicks affordable casual dining up a notch by placing itself on the sandy shores of Siloso Beach: just plonk your kiddos on the sand and enjoy that long lunch. Spaghetti Vongole and Spicy Wings by the sea? Yes please. Classic cocktails and beers are also available if you’re looking for a laid-back place to grab some drinks with your pals. We love how it’s a place for everyone.
Coastes, 50 Siloso Beach Walk #01-05 Sentosa. Open 9am to 11pm (Monday to Thursday, Sunday and Public Holiday), 9am to 1am (Friday, Saturday, eve of Public Holiday). p.6631 8938
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