The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

For date nights, anniversaries, big romantic gestures, and everything in between
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By Natasha Hong, Nicole-Marie Ng and Delfina Utomo |
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There's a time to dine with big groups and there's a time to go el cheapo but when the mood for love hits, it's best to take it up a notch with a proper sit-down full-blown romantic meal. Whether you're planning for your first date, an anniversary or a regular date night out about town, here are our picks of the best value-for-money, romantically lit restaurants to wine and dine in Singapore.

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Restaurants, European

The White Rabbit

icon-location-pin Tanglin

An abandoned church restored to a dining hall and surrounded by lush greenery, what could be more romantic than that. This fairytale setting is a perfect spot for special dinners and romantic gestures. Diners also return for their delightful desserts so if you or your date has a sweet tooth, you're in for a treat.

Afterwards Don't have to go far, the chic outdoor bar amid the lush greenery of Dempsey awaits you, complete with animal-themed topiary

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The Summerhouse

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When it comes to romantic meals, it's always important to pick a place with good lighting, good food of course, and somewhere you can have a good conversation. The Summerhouse excels in all of these. The Summerhouse menu sources ingredients from local, Malaysian and Australian farms and growers and celebrates farm-to-table dining. Dine in a botanical-themed spacious dining hall in the colonial bungalow or book one of three air-conditioned domes strategically placed in the garden. They fit up to six guests – there's a minimum spend of $300 – and are themed in different styles. We can't think of a more romantic place to pop the question.

Afterwards Stick around for house pours and wine or head to the nearby Wheeler's Estate for ice cold beer and some live music.

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The Halia (Singapore Botanic Gardens)
Photo: Bernard Teo
Restaurants, Fusion

Halia at Botanic Gardens

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Located in the lush Singapore Botanic Gardens, aesthetically this place ticks all the boxes when it comes to romantic dinners with its lush surroundings, full-height windows and the option of tranquil terrace dining. Share signature dishes like paperbag oven-baked halibut ($33) and the Halia's Singapore-style chilli crab spaghettini ($26).

Afterwards Get herby and botanical with their drinks for the Herbarium collection or walk through the park to Bee's Knees at The Garage nearby.  

Restaurants, Chinese

Birds of a Feather

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Got a date who appreciates things with a little bit of heat? The perfect botanical and lush greenery of Birds of a Feather might shout romance and chill but wait till you feast on the Western dishes with a Sichuan twist on the menu. Inspired by the laid-back teahouses of Chengdu, the place is the perfect spot for a quiet lunch or dinner and getting to know each other more. And there's plenty to talk about from the delicious chewy yam noodles in Good Slime Shine ($23) and Sweating Mussels ($29) to the delighful starters like Bird's Not Sticky Tofu ($16) and Baked Eggplant ($14). 

Afterwards You're in the Amoy precinct! Try to locate Operation Dagger with your date or down some drinks with a side of palm reading at Employees Only.

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Restaurants, Thai

Tamarind Hill

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Resting atop a hill in Labrador Park and immersed in nature, history geeks and hopeless romantics can also marvel at the 19th century fixtures and enjoy a dinner at a restored colonial house. Like the restaurant, its cuisine is a fusion of old and new as its chef, Thiti Thammanatr, embodies Thai culture, albeit with a Canadian twist. Try the Wagyu sirloin and foie gras topped with green curry reduction ($45), plus the deepfried river lobster served with tamarind sauce ($17).

Afterwards You're pretty much far away from the other places so might as well get involved with a tom yum martini ($12).

                                                                                                                                                               

Restaurants, Spanish

The Great Mischief

icon-location-pin Rochor

If your date is the quirky, pop culture geek then a trip to this Wes Anderson-inspired place will satisfy them. Located in lobby of the very picturesque boutique hotel, The Great Madras, the cosy restaurant offers its own rendition of Catalan dishes, tapas-style. If caring is sharing then keep ordering sharing plates all night loneg. Stand outs include Spanish favourites like croquetas ($9), patatas bravas ($9), and grilled padron peppers ($8). For mains, there's squid ink paella noodles ($22) and yellowfin tuna with a herbed breadcrumb crust ($24). 

Afterwards Stick around and drink your way around the non-alcoholic cocktails menu where each drink is named after a place in Spain or to keep it chill, crack some cold 'uns down at the Prince of Wales pub round the corner. 

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Restaurants, Italian

Caffe Fernet

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

When it comes to dates, first impressions count. Caffe Fernet would impresses easily with its gorgeous decor. The shiny long bar beckons with warm tones of brown, brick red and gold, and the restaurant portion offers views of glistening Marina Bay – so don't be surprised if you see people popping the question. They might be drunk on love or Caffe Fernet's happy hour promotions: frosés at $12, spritzes for $13 and specialty cocktails going at $15. It's all served alongside hearty modern Italian fare like cacio e pepe and veal meatballs.

Afterwards Take your date to locate The Secret Mermaid and try out one of Kelly D'Cruz's concoctions or head to Kinki for a Japanese-influenced cocktail at the rooftop bar. 

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The Ottomani

icon-location-pin Tanjong Pagar

Show off how much you know by taking your date to The Ottomani, an opulent, Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant hidden behind The Fat Prince. Luxuriate on a plush couch and enjoy a meal fit for royalty. kick things off with a plate of thinly sliced Hokkaido scallops ($24) served with fennel, mojama (salt-cured tuna) and pomelo amba, a tangy that gives a dish some acidity. The cabbage sprouts ($28) cooked over charcoal is another winner.

Afterwards Go back into the light by having drinks at the bar at The Fat Prince. It specialises in cocktails made with Raki, an anise-flavoured spirit popular in the Middle East. Take a stroll around the corner to Jigger and Pony for their signature cocktails. 

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Restaurants, Italian

Monti

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

Seal the deal by bringing your date to Monti, at Fullerton Pavilion with a breathtaking view of Marina Bay. Tugboats sail right past your table as you tuck into traditional Italian fare like risotto cacio e pepe ($39), finished tableside in a wheel of Parmesan and topped with freshly shaved black truffle. 

Afterwards With resident DJs spinning ’til late, you’ll find it easy to stay at Monti all night long. Alternatively, make your way to Kinki’s rooftop for a selection of Japanese sake and bar snacks.

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The Garage

icon-location-pin Tanglin

Nestled in the heart of the Botanic Gardens is The Garage, a new two-storey F&B concept with a café named Bee’s Knees on the ground floor and restaurant/bar Botanico on the second. Bee’s Knees is more of a first date joint, where you can have coffee and sandwiches in a casual setting, but if you’re looking to take things to the next level (quite literally), Botanico has a menu driven by the seasons, featuring dishes like lamb tartare, cured and grilled Spanish mackerel, and braised pork belly with sherry sour sauce.

Afterwards Also on the second floor of The Garage is a garden bar that’s simultaneously airconditioned and outdoors so you can enjoy fresh air, sans the tropical heat. Alternatively, take a romantic jaunt through Botanic Gardens and unwind over a coupla bottles of beer at Bar Bar Black Sheep at Cluny Court.

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Restaurants, Australian

Salt grill & Sky bar

icon-location-pin Orchard

After spending the day sweating on the streets of Orchard, head to the 56th floor of ION Orchard for unparalleled views – and food. Celebrity chef Luke Mangan showcases his signature items, including the ‘glass’ Sydney crab omelette ($33), along with a range of Australian meats cooked on the grill. 

Afterwards Orchard Road is in no short supply of bars for your nightcap. For a private, hidden-away experience pop by The Other Room, a speakeasy located in the Singapore Marriott. Alternatively, there’s always the tried and true Alley Bar for laid-back drinks and bar bites. 

Pollen
Photo: Rory Daniel
Restaurants, European

Pollen

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Housed in Gardens by the Bay’s climate-controlled Flower Dome, Pollen can get a little chilly – giving you the perfect excuse to cosy up with your date. Be treated to chef Steve Allen’s multi-course menu, which includes creations like poached and roasted French duck, his take on the classic duck à l’orange. Alternatively, head to the second floor for a light bite or afternoon tea.

Afterwards Enjoy complimentary access to the Flower Dome and cross the bridge over to Marina Bay Sands for drinks. Party it up on the roof at CÉ LA VI or unwind over a bottle of wine at Adrift by David Myers.

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Restaurants

Cheek by Jowl

icon-location-pin Tanjong Pagar

If you want to be cheek by jowl with your date by the end of the night, this is the restaurant to check out. Helmed by husband-and-wife team, Rishi Naleendra and Manuela Toniolo, lunch is priced at $58 for one ‘snack’ and five courses, while dinner is a more extravagant affair with five ‘snacks’ and five courses. 

Afterwards Take a stroll along Amoy Street and stop when you reach a neon pink sign that reads ‘Psychic’. It’s not a Tarot reader but Employees Only, one of the best cocktail bars in the city. Another secret spot is The Spiffy Dapper, a bar located on the second floor of 73 Amoy Street.

Restaurants

Le Binchotan

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Named after the white charcoal used to grill its French-Japanese tapas, Le Binchotan serves both skewered meats and more refined dishes like uni with corn mousse ($25). Items like the edible "charcoal" ($23) make great conversation starters. This restaurant only seats 38, guaranteeing an intimate experience on the corner of Gemmill Lane. 

Afterwards Saunter over to Ann Siang Road and have dessert at PS.Cafe or have a drink at the swanky New York-style speakeasy, Catchfly.

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Maggie Joan's

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The dark back alley entrance of this refined Modern European restaurant gives off a secret dining club vibe, and watch her heart melt when you explain that Maggie and Joan are co-owner Daniel Ballis' grandmothers. The food is hardly homespun, though – the well-balanced plates of meat, fish and veg are prettily assembled, and the darkened, cavernous space only adds to the sense of adventure built up from tracking down the restaurant.  

Afterwards Drink at Club Street Social or people-watch with glasses of wine at Beaujolais. Skip the rowdy Club Street stretch in favour of another secret location: the Operation Dagger bar on Ann Siang Road. 

Restaurants, Mexican

Lucha Loco

icon-location-pin Tanjong Pagar

Go for the seats inside, where the low lights and worn pastel walls transport you to a gritty Mexico City saloon, or those on the outdoor terrace, which is lit by sunset and candlelight later at night. Lucha Loco's always a great bet for its upbeat vibe and disarmingly messy Mexican street fare that's bright and spry on the palate. Finish off dinner with some mezcal cocktails and good conversation.

Afterwards If your date's a cocktail geek, go make more conversation over the drinks at Tippling Club. Share a bottle of wine at Merchant's Wine Cellar on Duxton, or hit up JJ Atlante Pub closer to 11pm and jive to the live blues band on duty. 

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Restaurants, French

Café and Bar Gavroche

icon-location-pin Tanjong Pagar

This is as close as you'll get to a romantic Parisian bistro. Chef Frederic Colin's kitted out his long shophouse unit with Art Nouveau posters, rattan chairs, cobblestone floors and a vintage cooker his grandmother nurtured the family with. To carry the experience through, elegantly cut your way through Croque Monsieurs and Madames or a tartine in between sips of one of the many house wines, eaux de vie and pastis. 

Afterwards Reminisce about your childhoods over locally inspired cocktails at Jekyll and Hyde, or run across the street to Tippling Club for cutting-edge drinks.

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Osteria Art

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

The CBD is home to a surprising number of romantic digs and Osteria Art is one of them. Serving Italian classics updated with modern techniques, the food will have you rolling your eyes back in ecstasy. The best part? A meal here won’t break the bank, allowing you to pay for your date without feeling too much of a pinch.

Afterwards Take a high-speed lift up to 1-Altitude if you’re in the mood to dance the night away. For a more private experience, have tasting flights at The Secret Mermaid or get one of Kelly DCruz’s signature creations.

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Restaurants, Burgers

Potato Head Folk

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Looking for a someone who's more fun than high-maintenance? Watch them eat a burger. Three Buns offers an extensive selection of burger-and-the-works options, and plenty of quirky art to talk about between mouthfuls. When you're done, bring the conversation upstairs to the rooftop garden for potent tiki drinks among lights and shophouse rooftops. 

Afterwards Keep it hip, fun and grungy at Neon Pigeon round the corner with cocktails classy or have fun with the bourbons at The Flagship on Bukit Pasoh Road. 

Restaurants, Thai

Sabai Fine Thai on the Bay

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

Impress your date with Thai fine dining that’s not too stuffy while taking in glistening views of Marina Bay. The amber lit restaurant lets you bask in a warm glow as you savour traditional dishes like Yam Mamuang, a spicy green mango salad with prawns, chicken, roasted coconut, grounded peanuts and sweet sauce ($18.70) and tom yam gung ($26.50) that have been elevated a notch.

Afterwards If you can’t get enough of marina views, walk along Fullerton Bay to Overeasy for a pint or two.

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Restaurants, French

Jaan

icon-location-pin City Hall

Save this one for a special occasion. Or not. With breathtaking views of the Singapore skyline, Jaan is an intimate 40-seat restaurant that takes you on a culinary journey to chef Kirk Westaway's hometown in Devon. The small seaside town on the south-western coast of England continues to be a source of inspiration in Jaan's menu, which focuses on fresh seasonal produce. The most extravagant menu is reserved for dinner, where you can enjoy an eight-course menu ($268) with the option of a wine pairing for each course ($220).

Afterwards Head down to Anti:dote at the Fairmont for a nightcap or walk a little further to Loof, where the party goes on late into the night.

Terra
Photo: Terra by Seita
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Terra

icon-location-pin Tanjong Pagar

This is a great restaurant to keep returning to for date night as no two meals at Terra are exactly the same – even though you can request for your favourite dishes in advance. Chef-owner Seita Nakahara regularly travels to Japan to source for new ingredients. As such, the omakase sets of Tokyo-Italian cuisine are changed seasonally depending on what arrives in the kitchen that day. Don’t confuse what you’ll be eating with fusion food: 'Tokyo-Italian' simply refers to authentic Italian dishes that are made from the best Japanese produce available. The sea urchin spaghetti and oven-baked Hokkaido scallop are mainstays, but if you and your date enjoy an element of surprise, just leave it to Nakahara to decide. 

Afterwards Hop over to Jekyll & Hyde for bespoke cocktails that will help you get to know your date better. Alternatively, hit up BAM! for a glass of sake or wine.

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Restaurants, Japanese

Bincho

icon-location-pin Tiong Bahru

If you're not sure about your date's dining preferences yet, you probably won't go wrong with chicken. Cheery chef Asai Masahi is a whiz with grilling and assembling nose-to-tail plates of Malaysian-bred chickens, and those seats by the bar in front of the open kitchen will fill awkward silences with the stick-flipping kitchen action. 

Afterwards Take a quiet walk through the Tiong Bahru estate, then go for craft beer at Lee Tai Fu or a cheeky pint at Coq and Balls, both on Kim Tian Road. 

Restaurants, Spanish

La Taperia

icon-location-pin Orchard

The service at this Les Amis Group restaurant is as charming as the warm tones and upbeat mood of its Spanish-inspired decor. Share a spread of former Au Jardin chef Ng Wei Han's vivid tapas and small plates like the Galician-style octopus, charcoal-grilled Iberian presa and a pan of paella, and then take dessert and a digestif on its terrace after. 

Afterwards Walk towards Tanglin and disappear into Forum's basement for bespoke cocktails at The Horse's Mouth, or walk further down the road and steal into one of the side lounges of Manhattan Bar at the Regent Singapore for more drinks. 

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Ristorante Da Valentino

icon-location-pin Bukit Timah

This family-run Italian restaurant has charm oozing out of its bricked walls and the candlestick-topped Chianti bottles that rack them. 'Homely' is the operative word here, and the food aims neither to shock nor titillate but satisfy. Deeply. There's nothing like authentic Italian food to break the ice with your date. Comforting but still keeping it classy, dig in to the Fettucine al Granchio (squid ink pasta with crabmeat and a creamy tomato sauce) and you’ll understand why.

Afterwards You're stuck out in Turf City but we'd recommend trekking out to The Straits Wine Company off Sixth Avenue for some alfresco tipple.

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Bars and pubs

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Can you ever sip your way into someone's heart? We can't say for sure, but these boozy spots around town might just do their bit to frame you in a totally-would-date vibe. (And the alcohol won't hurt, either.)

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