It's time to ditch the kids for a date night with The Other Half! We’ve got picks for all palates in our handy round-up of the best restaurants in Singapore for a romantic meal for two…
Romance. Remember that? You know, before the kids stole your figure, your sleep and half the time, your mind? Well, it’s time to take ALL that back and insist from here on in that at least once a month, you’ll start drafting in a babysitter (or leaving the littles in the capable hands of your fabulous helper) to head out for date night in Singapore. Yep, a whole meal where you don’t have to worry if there are chicken nuggets on the menu. You might even get to speak to your other half about something other than whose turn it is to attend to the wailing three-year-old who should be sleeping through the night by now. We give you our guide to a selection of wonderful, kid-free, grown-up date night restaurants in Singapore that serve up a side order of romance. You’re welcome.
The best date night restaurants in Singapore for a romantic dinner for two
If you’re looking for a date night that says class, look no further than opulent Art Deco stalwart Atlas (pictured top). And let’s face it – date night isn’t date night unless there’s some kind of alcohol involved. At Atlas, you can get your craft cocktail on AND get a taste of its dining menu that’s oozing with flavour. If you’re celebrating an anniversary or birthday, we suggest checking out its extensive collection of Champagnes, gins and other liquor in its collections menu. Worth every penny, we think.
Atlas, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778
Dinner under the stars in a dome? Yes, please! The Summerhouse takes romance up a notch with its sweet garden domes thoughtfully situated amongst the wild strawberries and lemongrass. Each geodesic dome is not only air-conditioned but can sit up to eight guests (pre-Covid; also, not that you’d want any around on date night!). Needless to say, reservations are highly recommended before going down!
The Summerhouse, 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798387
Handcrafted pizza (that you won’t have to share with the kids), pasta, cocktails and all other manner of Italian delights are what you’ll find on your plate at Publico. It’s one of our favourite romantic picks for its chilled vibe, great music, friendly staff and lovely view of the river (for when we’re not busy gazing into each other’s eyes).
Publico, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909
If affordable fine dining floats your date night boat, then Flutes is THE place to have on your ‘dinner for two in Singapore’ radar. The food, the staff, the ambience and the location all make for a top-notch treat that won’t bust a gaping hole in your wallet. In fact, it’s long been our go-to when it comes to the perfect meal sans kids. There’s also a huge wine menu to go along with the extensive and delicious cuisine.
Flutes, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, #01-02, Singapore 178897
5. Lime House
Tired of your usual restaurant haunts and looking for flavours that offer something a little bit different? How does Tribajam curry goat, jerk chicken and Caribbean nachos (using plantain chips) grab you? Head over to Lime House and chow down on seriously good Caribbean feasts aplenty (including vegan options) at this fun and vibrant date night spot. Make sure you leave some space for the spiced banana cake, but don’t let the evening end there: pop upstairs to the Bago Rum Bar to continue the party for two.
Lime House, 2 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089260
There’s good reason why Candlenut is the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant – it’s absolutely delish! They’ve taken traditional Peranakan dishes and heightened them, adding new flavours and nuances that never cease to amaze. You’ll find classics like rendang and interesting takes on traditional dishes like the Buah Keluak tart or ice cream. And, if you’ve stuffed yourself full, Dempsey‘s a great place to take a stroll around to burn off all the calories after your meal. And yes, it’s an easy-peasy way to get extra hand-holding action while the kiddos aren’t around.
Candlenut, 17A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676
7. CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Celeb chef? Contemporary steakhouse menu? Michelin star? Check, check and check! For a steak that really is a cut above the rest, CUT by Wolfgang Puck is one of THE best places to go in Singapore. Offering the finest range of beef selections grilled over hardwood and charcoal, CUT caters to the true steak connoisseur, all while being surrounded by swish decor and a wonderful ‘grown-up’ ambience. Once you’re done with the delish food, prolong the date by heading up to Spago Dining Room by Wolfgang Puck for a post-dinner cocktail with stunning views over ‘that’ infinity pool and beyond.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Galleria Level, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-71, Singapore 018972
8. Summer Hill
Slip on the strappy summer dresses and bermudas; Summer Hill is Singapore’s secret date night spot you’ll want to keep to yourself. Chef Anthony Yeoh serves up French comfort food in a quaint outdoor bistro concept. We’re talking lanterns, rustic wooden tables and dinner by lamplight. And yes, the food is TDF. FYI: Summer Hill has recently shuttered its Sunset Way outlet and is operating from a cloud kitchen in Orchard Towers. Watch this space once it opens at a new location!
Summer Hill, previously at Sunset Way
Here’s another top pick for steak lovers: over at Zafferano on Sunday nights, there’s an epic feast to be had. Pick from either the 200 days grain-fed Black Angus beef tomahawk or porterhouse, while enjoying the truly scrumptious side dishes and sauces to accompany it. We can honestly say we haven’t tasted a better steak in Singapore, and ALL of the accompaniments were so good that we’re still dreaming of them now. The clincher? You can bring along your fave bottle of plonk with zero corkage charge on Sunday evenings. The views over Marina Bay and the city make this even more of a night to remember. Highly recommended.
Zafferano, Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Level 43, Singapore 049315
10. Nox Dine in the Dark
You know the drill: you have a dinner date in a half hour and the kids have just flung spag bol at your one non-mumsy dress. You didn’t get near a hairbrush and your make-up seems to have been purloined by your five-year-old for a ‘fashion show’ with her dolls. Time crunched mum, much? We hear you, and we think we have just the place… Nox Dine in the Dark. The menu is a closely guarded secret (the whole point is to taste your food with your senses, not your mind). And as far as date nights go, the mystery and intrigue of this one definitely make for a dinner winner. Also, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing or that you have no mascara on. Woohoo!
Nox Dine in the Dark, 83 Club Street, Singapore 069451
11. Xiao Ya Tou
“Modern Asian flavours, served with a touch of naughtiness” is how Xiao Ya Tou (XYT) likes to be known, and we absolutely concur. Local dishes are reinvented with slick style and must-tries include drunken flower clams, Xinjiang-style lamb spare ribs, XYT Hokkien mee and crispy otak otak rolls. One of our date night favourites.
Xiao Ya Tou, 6 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089592
12. Black Tap
The competition is stiff when it comes to deciding which burger joint has the best burgs in town. But for date night, if you’re looking for casual dining, excellent burgers and craft beers, there’s plenty of buzz around Black Tap. We’ve been there with our own kids, but would definitely head there for an easy, breezy date night, if for no other reason than not having to share those CrazyShakes with the small humans. Check out our review before heading on over.
Black Tap, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Bay Level, 10 Bayfront Avenue, #01-80, Singapore 018956
Not only is the view over the coastline of Sentosa a romantic dinner factor at Panamericana, but the delicious cocktails and excellent menu really seal the deal for a fab date night. Kickstart your evening with a Panamericana Sour and savour the smoky delights from the open oven, including Colombian chicken, Mexican pork jowl mole and short ribs. South American food, how we love thee. Our advice? Ditch the kids for the night, and make a Sentosa staycation of it!
Panamericana, Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Road, 099892
14. Sabai Fine Thai by the Bay
We don’t know about you, but despite our close proximity to Thailand, we struggle to find really authentic Thai food. Step forward, Sabai Fine Thai by the Bay, which not only has scrumptious Peek Gai Sod Sai, Yam Sam Oo and Gang Daeng Neua (stuffed chicken wings, pomelo salad and beef Thai red curry if you prefer) but also has a fine-dining setting right across the bay from Marina Bay Sands.
Sabai Fine Thai by the Bay, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-02, Singapore 049323
15. Greenwood Fish Market at Quayside Isle
Seafood lovers, this one’s for you! We’ve been long-time fans of Greenwood Fish Market at Quayside Isle. Think freshly shucked oysters, Scottish Diver scallops, Boston lobsters et al. and the awesome sunset views to boot. This is not a meal to rush (courses can take a little while to arrive), but it’s perfect for a whole evening of unhindered, leisurely dining sans kids.
Greenwood Fish Market, Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, #01-04, Singapore 098375
After more dining options with views? Look no further than date favourite, Monti. Located in the Fullerton Pavillion, this place has some seriously special views over Marina Bay. It’s not just that MBS backdrop, though. Monti comes up trumps with its Italian inspired menu of irresistible classics, as well as some contemporary treats. We can vouch for the risotto served tableside with seasonal truffle and generous servings of Parmigiano Reggiano – yums! Once you’re suitably stuffed, head upstairs for a nightcap to take in more of those views from the rooftop bar. The stuff of date dreams!
Monti, Fullerton Pavillion, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327
17. Original Sin
One for the herbivores, Original Sin serves some of the best Mediterranean veggie plates in the city — meat, what? Don’t leave without trying its cheesy baked portobello mushroom with pesto and tomato basil sauce (AKA the Magic Mushroom), and the Principessa salad with roasted pumpkin, avocado, asparagus, mushroom, tomato, bocconcini and mesclun, with balsamic dressing. Even if you’re a prolific carnivore, this one will have you fooled. We *may* have tricked one of our own husbands with this pick, and he was won over before he’d even finished the starter.
Original Sin, Chip Bee Gardens, Blk 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-62, Singapore 278115
18. Artemis Grill
If you’ve got a head for heights, then impress the other half with a booking at Artemis. Located on the 40th floor of CapitaGreen Rooftop, you can have your pick of indoor or outside seating. We say opt for the terrace for that extra wow factor with stunning views over towards Marina Bay Sands. Rain shouldn’t ruin the fun either: the terrace is covered with umbrellas, so it’s perfect come rain or shine. It’s mainly drinks here, but there are some moreish nibbles to accompany them with everything from casual (but delicious) popcorn chicken all the way through to oysters! After more of a meal? Book a table indoors for a menu filled with Mediterranean delights.
Artemis Grill, CapitaGreen Rooftop, 138 Market Street, Level 40, Singapore 048946
19. Potato Head
It’s official: we love Potato Head. Located in an iconic heritage building in Chinatown, it’s got three floors of goodies to explore, with something for every date night occasion. After a decadent drinking den to have a romantic cocktail or two? Studio 1939 on the third floor is your bag. They serve up some incredible cocktails (particularly if you’re a rum fan); it’s super cosy, too, perfect date night material in our book. Or, if you want outdoors, head straight on up to the beautiful Rooftop Bar for tropical cocktails and city views. Last, but by no means least, for some of the best burgers in town – it’s all about Three Buns. Think burgers with delicious Asian twists. Psst, we also highly rate the latter for the kids on a non-date night occasion!
Potato Head, 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143
20. TXA Gastrobar
Another hidden gem located amongst the Southern Ridges, the beautiful Alkaff Mansion houses one of our fave fam-friendly (and early opening!) cafes in the day. But come nighttime, it’s transformed into a Spanish oasis, perfect for a romantic date night in Singapore. We can’t get enough of the alfresco setting and fairy lights at TXA Gastrobar – it’s soooo pretty! But don’t worry, there’s plenty of indoor seating if the weather isn’t on brief for your big date. Tapas and divine cocktails are the order of the day here, and both are fabulous! You might have to book a second date night in quite soon after, because upstairs fine-dining joint, UNA, is also a must-have for date nights serving up even more delicious Spanish-inspired cuisine.
TXA Gastrobar, The Alkaff Mansion, 10 Telok Blangah Green, Singapore 109178
21. PS.Cafe Ann Siang Hill
This eatery has plenty of outlets in Singapore, but our vote for the most romantic has to be the one at Ann Siang Hill. Sure, it’s not as secluded as the Dempsey Hill branch or as cool as the one at East Coast Park, but we like that it’s situated within two heritage shophouses. If you can, get a table on the rooftop. The view gets more stunning as the sun goes down, and you’ll be dining under the stars once it’s dark out. The menu is lean, but with your plus one as dinner company, nothing else should matter.
PS.Cafe Ann Siang Hill, 45 Ann Siang Road, #02-02, Singapore 069719
22. Tamarind Hill
Who says you can’t find romantic dinner spots within nature? (Picnics aside, obvi.) Step out of the hustle and bustle and escape into Tamarind Hill, located smack in the middle of Labrador Nature Reserve. This rustic restaurant serves out a good mix of Thai and Burmese cuisine that is prepared from the freshest ingredients. Pick from a selection of house-infused gins, signature cocktails, and fine wines to go with your meal. Food, location, company – they’re all good over here.
Tamarind Hill, 30 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119189
23. Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro
Take date night to the next level – literally – with this restaurant that’s 100 metres above sea level. Surrounded by the lush greenery of Mount Faber Peak, you’ll get to enjoy fresh air and awesome views while here. It’s all casual dining here, where you get to savour both western classics and Asian delights together with refreshing drink concoctions. If you prefer more ‘movement’ to go with your meals, make your reservation for Cable Car Sky Dining.
Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro, Faber Peak Singapore, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203
24. La Brasserie
This stunning restaurant ticks all the boxes for us: floor to ceiling windows, an al-fresco terrace, and amazing views of the Marina Bay waterfront. There are two spacious salons for you to dine in, or if you prefer something more intimate, go for the private room. Indulge in local and international cuisine as well as the finest cakes and pastries. Definitely one place for the date night books. Psst, why not extend your stay there by booking a night over at Fullerton Bay Hotel?
La Brasserie, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
25. The Salon
We love spending the day at Fort Canning Park. But come nighttime, we love retreating to The Salon, a luxurious restaurant tucked away within Hotel Fort Canning. It’s perfect for a date night in Singapore – not too near, but also not too far from the city. You also get a little bit of everything on the menu, such as grilled Australian Angus striploin, wood-fired pizzas, and even lobster Nasi Lemak. Fancy. Be sure to dine al-fresco when you decide to go here. It’s just magic to be dining amongst the greenery under the starry night.
The Salon, 11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881
26. Restaurant Gaig
Try something different for date night, like say, a six-course Catalan dinner at Restaurant Gaig. You’ll be amazed by the many culinary showstoppers being served at your table, such as the foie gras and smoked eel macaron. A must-order is the cannelloni (above), a star dish that’s influenced by the chef’s mother and great-grandmother. Now that’s definitely an ode to love.
Restaurant Gaig, 16 Stanley Street, Singapore 068735
You must be famished after your museum date at the Asian Civilisations Museum. So, make a beeline for Braci, a casual-luxe modern open kitchen restaurant. This one Michelin star boasts creative approaches to Italian cuisine, using wood as the main cooking method. The seven-course degustation dinner will definitely be a treat for you and your date. Once done, head upstairs to the rooftop bar for panoramic views of the city skyline and aperitifs – if your stomach can handle anymore, that is…
Braci, 52 Boat Quay, Level 5/6, Singapore 049841
Here’s an elegant restaurant that’s perfect for a fancy date night in Singapore. Chef Heman Tan, AKA HoneyKids-certified cool dad, started Moonbow during the circuit breaker period (remember that dark time?) as both a celebration of hope and a culmination of his life-long dreams. The food here is the perfect pairing of Asian ingredients and Western techniques; plenty of dishes are inspired by his family. You can tell there’s a lot of love that’s gone into the food when you take your first bite. That, coupled with the ambience, makes this place a top-notch date night restaurant.
MOONBOW, 10 Dempsey Road, #01-21, Singapore 247700
Gardens by the Bay is perennially a hit with us at HoneyKids HQ, and all the more so because of this gorgeous establishment. Marguerite takes root amidst the lush garden surrounds of the Flower Dome; you get to enjoy food and nature comfortably here. The seven-course tasting menu proudly celebrates the provenance and produce through contemporary cuisine. Pair them with wine or non-alcoholic beverages for a truly gastronomical experience. Have a lovely, quiet stroll around the dome once you’re done. That’s how date night should be done.
Marguerite, Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09, Singapore 018953
30. La Dame de Pic
So you’ve been binge-watching Emily in Paris and wish that you could be in the love capital right about now. Sure, you can travel via the VTL, but why would you when there’s La Dame de Pic? Located within the main building of Raffles Singapore, the elegant interiors of this dining space sets the romantic mood for your date night. You’ll surely feel like you’ve just been transported to Paris once you step in here! Tuck into an exquisitely lavish meal of French cuisine with Asian sensibilities. You must try the Berlingots, a much-raved iconic pasta dish. C’est délicieux!
La Dame de Pic, Raffles Hotel Singapore, Grand Lobby, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
31. 5 on 25
Is it possible to satisfy your Cantonese cuisine cravings while keeping the ambience romantic and intimate? Oh definitely, if you’re dining at this restaurant. Occupying the 25th floor of Andaz Singapore, this fancy new restaurant heavily features elements of velvet, lacquer, and timber in sexy shades of ruby and dark chocolate. The bespoke furniture gives the space a glamourous touch. Of course, we can’t forget the menu: a harmonious blend of five flavours that embody key Chinese cultural beliefs and traditions. Dim sum on a date night? It’s diabolically delectable.
5 On 25, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Level 25, Singapore 189354
Where’s your favourite restaurant to go to for date night in Singapore? Let us know!