Now that limits on gatherings are completely lifted, everyone’s starting to plan big dinner gatherings. The search is on for unique restaurants in Singapore, affordable restaurants with a view and even restaurants with sea views!
As a food haven, Singapore doesn’t disappoint. So we’ve rounded up 10 unique restaurants that are insta-worthy and serve up some yummy food. These are sure to be crowd-pleasers that will impress your friends.
Restaurant with sea view: Stella Seaside Lounge
Stella Seaside Lounge is a restaurant with a scenic view in Singapore, offering glorious laidback views of the sea. Best of all, it’s relatively affordable! There’s a daily running promotion, and the place has an outdoor terrace, outdoor alfresco area, seaside deck, indoor poolside cafe and picnic tables that’s a pet-friendly zone. Ahh, we’re already picturing ourselves sipping on a Sunset Daiquiri as we finally catch up with our friends and their furkids.
Address: 11 Changi Coast Walk
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 4pm to 10.30pm; Sat, Sun & PH, 12pm to 10.30pm
Restaurant with hidden entrance: The Dragon Chamber
The Dragon Chamber is a solid entrant for the category of unique restaurants in Singapore. Even the entrance is dramatic: You’ve got to enter through a concealed door that’s disguised as the fridge door of a local cafe. And after you enter The Dragon Chamber, it’s like heading into one of those triad gang hangouts…and that’s just the beginning. The food is also impressive, with the most standout dish being a soup containing the nether regions of a crocodile. Horrifying you say? Well, it leaves a lasting impression at least!
Address: 2 Circular Road
Opening hours: Tue to Sun, 11am to 3pm (lunch) and 5pm to 10.30pm (dinner)
Parisian cuisine in Singapore: db Bistro & Oyster Bar
Okay, okay. Maybe your friends aren’t the kind to be impressed by far away places or those with “gimmicky” entrances and dishes. They want to meet somewhere central, with reliable and “normal” food, and they want something to impress their palates with a brand name to boot. Enter db Bistro & Oyster Bar, by Chef Daniel Boulud. You know it immediately impresses because it’s located in Marina Bay Sands, and the oysters that you’ll slurp on will be absolutely pristine. There’s even a private dining room and a customisable seasonal menu for those with bigger budgets.
Address: B1-48, Galleria Level (it’s across from the theatres), The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue
Opening hours: Dinner: Sun to Thu, 5.30pm to 9pm; Fri & Sat, 5.30pm to 9.30pm; Lunch: Mon to Fri, 12pm to 4pm; Brunch: Sat & Sun, 12pm to 4pm
Moving restaurant, theatrical dining experience: Andsoforth
Anyone who is into theatre, dining, and a multi-sensory experience will adore the immersive culinary events served at Andsoforth. There’s no fixed address, as you’ll only know the whereabouts of the secret location 24 hours prior to your reservation. And that’s the whole fun of what you’ll be doing; it’s shrouded in mystery, and you’ll soon be actively swept into a story with courses of delicious meals seamlessly weaved into the storyline. The current programme is Around the World in 80 Days, where diners will partake in scenes from the classic, while trying to survive in a jungle and craft their own cocktail. This is truly one of the unique restaurants in Singapore.
No fixed address! Secret location will be revealed 24 hours before the day.
Rooftop restaurant in Singapore: Artemis Grill & Sky Bar
Artemis Grill & Sky Bar is another impressive restaurant for you and your buddies that’s in a central location. Sit down to vibrant Mediterranean cuisine, known for its fresh and healthy flavours. Expect your conversations to flow easily, lubricated well with olive oils and sky-high drinks. It’s not just any Mediterranean restaurant in Singapore though — but probably the highest one here, which means the view of the city skyline is awesome.
Address: CapitaGreen Rooftop (Level 40), 138 Market Street
Opening hours: Tue to Fri: 11.30am to 2.30pm (lunch); 5.30pm to 10pm (dinner); Sat: 5.30pm to 10pm
Restaurant with 360-degree panoramic views: Mr. Stork
Artemis may have literally raised the bar, but here’s somewhere that’s almost as high, for impressive views of Singapore. You’ll literally be in a eagle’s –– um, stork’s nest, at Mr. Stork, which is on the 39th level of Andaz Singapore. And it’s alfresco, so you can enjoy your dinner and drinks with 360-degree views of the heritage Bugis and Bras Basah area. Choose to chill in relaxed seating amid a garden setting, or perch in a special “teepee hut” where private convos will be out of earshot from other guests. Reservations are a must.
Address: Level 39, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street
Opening hours: Mon to Thu, 5pm to 12am; Fri & Eve of PH, 5pm to 1am; Sat, 3pm to 1am; Sun, 3pm to 12am
Restaurant by the bay: Kinki Restaurant + Bar
This restaurant is cheeky from the get-go, asking diners if they wanna “Get Kinki” and to #StayKinki. That’s because Kinki Restaurant + Bar prides itself on being a game changer in the dining scene by having what it takes to defy tradition and to avoid being normcore at all costs. As such, definitely expect dishes and drinks with a fusion of east and west, all built on the base of Japanese cuisine. It’s all done very stylishly though, with fun dish names but none-too-exotic ingredients; so those with less adventurous palates should still be safely entertained. Do note and observe the dress code of no singlets and flip flops!
Address: #02-02 Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay
Restauran opening hours Mon to Sat, 12pm to 3pm (lunch); 6pm to 10.30pm (dinner) / Sun: 12pm to 3pm
Rooftop Bar opening hours: Mon to Sat, 5pm to 11.59pm
Italian fine-dining in Singapore: Art
This is Italian fine-dining with a view, as the rooftop one-Michelin-starred restaurant (2021) is part of The ilLido Group, helmed by world-famous Italian restaurateur Beppe De Vito, and boasts a glorious view of Marina Bay. Open for lunch and dinner, you and your dining party can choose from a 6- or 8-course tasting menu, a lunch degustation, a 4- or 5-course executive lunch set or a la carte dishes from the alfresco bar. Whatever it is, everyone will be charmed by the stories woven into each dish, along with the selection of seasonal ingredients and sheer skill of Executive Chef Daniele Sperindio.
Address: #06-02 National Gallery, 1 St Andrews Road
Opening hours: Tue to Sun, 12pm to 2pm (lunch); 6pm to 10pm (dinner)
Dine in the dark: Nox – Dine in the Dark
In May 2021, many were worried about the future of Nox, as the landlord demanded it vacate the premises. Fast forward to June 2022 and we’re glad to see that this unique restaurant in Singapore is still in operation! This means more people can experience the unique concept of Nox, which is to enter a world without sight, as diners embark on their culinary quest in pitch darkness. You’ll be led through this unique journey by blind and visually impaired attendants, which makes the existence of this restaurant even more meaningful. In addition, without sight, other senses are said to be heightened, such as your hearing, smell, taste and even touch (mouthfeel).
Address: 83 Club Street
Opening hours: Tue to Sun, 6pm to 10.30pm
Dine in the sky Singapore: Cable Car Sky Dining
Can you and your dining compatriots imagine having a meal in a glass cabin, suspended on a rope as you dangle over Singapore? That sounds kinda scary, until you realise that it’s in Cable Car Sky Dining, which makes it feel unique and even romantic. How’s this for a unique restaurant with a view? Choose from a destination-themed cabin where you’ll enjoy 4-course Japanese, a Singapore flavours cabin with a bento meal, or even a champagne cabin. Unfortunately, the dining party size is limited to 4 pax due to the size of the cabin, but feel free to hang out again at Sentosa to recount this amazing experience when you regroup later!
Opening hours: From 5.30pm; last boarding at 6.30pm. Bookings required.
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