Since Singapore is an island, it’s only natural that the restaurants with the best views double as waterfront establishments where one can while away the hours and enjoy the sunset. Although dining by the water can make for a romantic night out, these are also great restaurants for a relaxing day out with friends, with a chilled out vibe one usually doesn’t get in our city.
If you’re looking for a new place to chill out at on the weekends, we’ve rounded up Singapore’s 10 best restaurants that serve up delicious food along with a spectacular view, perfect for a little out-of-city inspiration.
Located along idyllic Keppel Bay, is waterfront dining establishment Privé Grill. The Grill is known for its inimitable service and Modern French fare, specialising in charcoal-grilled meats. The restaurant has a peaceful interior where guests can enjoy an intimate dinner should they choose not to dine al fresco.
Privé Grill, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382, +65 6776 0777, www.theprivegroup.com.sg
Tanjong Beach Club Restaurant
Once listed by Condé Nast Traveller as one of the World’s Best Beach Clubs, Tanjong Beach Club is well known among the stylish set as a haven from the bustling city. The club’s restaurant features beachside favourites like their signature Cider Battered Fish & Chips served with a side of saffron pickled cucumber.
Despite being in the middle of Sentosa, the restaurant is unexpectedly serene. Located directly on the beach, diners have the option of eating in The Dining Room or lounging around the cabana area.
Coachman Inn Restaurant
Time moves slower at this laid-back restaurant located at Changi Sailing Club. Local, western and seafood dishes are served with a ravishing view of the water at Coachman Inn Restaurant.
The eatery offers al fresco dining accompanied with a salty sea breeze, making it the perfect place to unwind with friends or to have a romantic candlelit dinner. Visit at sunset to catch a glimpse of the receding sun and its rays dancing along the water’s reflection.
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Mykonos on the Bay
The use of only the freshest and finest ingredients are at the heart of Mykonos on the Bay’s philosophy. With a Greek Head Chef fearlessly leading the kitchen, guests are given an authentic taste of Greek food.
Situated next to the water, diners will be transported to the seaside of Greece, while eating at Mykonos. Try the watermelon salad with feta for a refreshing appetiser before moving on to Greek classics like Spanakopita.
Mykonos on the Bay, 31 Ocean Way, #01-10 Quayside Isle, Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098375, +65 6334 3818, www.mykonosonthebay.com
Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House
Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House looks out onto the idyllic marina as boats pass by in the distance. Inside, vibrant lanterns hang from the ceiling, giving the restaurant a festive vibe.
The menu consists of modern Chinese offerings like Lemongrass Prawn Sticks with citrus and updated local favourites like Jumbo King Prawn XO Mee Pok; all are beautifully presented on pristine dishes.
La Cantina in Venezia
Don’t let Cantina in Venezia’s location deter you from paying this restaurant a visit; situated on the outskirts of Singapore, this Changi restaurant doles out simple Italian fare that’s brilliantly executed but unpretentious, in keeping with its laid-back setting.
For a romantic night on the glistening water, book an evening slot and request for a window table in time to catch the sunset. The view coupled with La Cantina’s crabmeat with squid ink tagliatelle pasta is something you won’t regret.
Smith Marine Floating Kelong Restaurant
Don’t dine by the water, dine on it at this uniquely located restaurant situated between Pulau Ubin and Changi Point. Smith Marine, a modern kelong, has transformed itself into a restaurant that offers freshly caught seafood.
Floating in the middle of the sea while inhaling the salty sea breeze makes for the ultimate relaxing ambience at this rustic restaurant. Getting there is a 10 minute journey by boat, but the literal 360 degree view of the water is well worth the excursion.
Smith Marine, Pulau Ubin Coastal Area, Singapore FC97E, +65 9792 7609, www.smithmarine.com.sg
The Lighthouse Restaurant
Situated on top of The Fullerton Hotel is The Lighthouse Restaurant, an establishment serving Southern Italian fare with a rooftop bar. Once an actual lighthouse that guided seafarers safely to shore, the now fine-dining restaurant is helmed by Chef Carlo Marengoni who orders only the best produce from Italy to feature in his dishes.
The rooftop bar offers a mesmerising view of the Marina Bay Light Show and the restaurant itself gives guests access to panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline and the waterfront below.
The space at Pollen is incomparable in ambience; a lush Mediterranean garden teeming with flowers creates an ethereal atmosphere. Futuristic views of the Marina Bay skyline and waterfront outside juxtapose the dream-like interior. Dining at Pollen isn’t simply an exquisite meal with a nice view, it is an experience meant to engage all of the senses.
Guests have access to a personal buggy service that shuttles diners from Gardens by the Bay to the restaurant, and afterwards, you can even enjoy complimentary access to the Flower Dome.
Satay by the Bay
In terms of atmosphere, Satay by the Bay is the most high-end hawker centre we’ve ever come across. The establishment has been highly lauded for the seamless integration to its encompassing environment.
Surrounded by lush greenery and perched on an eco-pond, this hawker has a modern meets old-school feel to it. As illuminated buildings in the distance grow brighter and the night gets darker, hawkers light up as locals and visitors alike congregate to eat local delights.