What is romance? The Oxford English Dictionary definition of romance is “a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life“. So we guess that a romantic restaurant must be one which is something a bit different from your usual eating places and one with a certain element of charm. While the food is important, the best romantic restaurants must also provide great service and details such as interior decorations, tableware, lighting and noise levels, or in short ambience, are crucial for that romantic experience. Of course, all experience is subjective. Some people find rollercoaster rides romantic. So here is the totally subjective list of The Ordinary Patrons’ favourite romantic restaurants – TOP Romantic Restaurants in Singapore.
The Fine Dining Collection
These are the best places we would go to if we really have to make an impression and if budgetary consideration is not relevant.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant
Joel Robuchon needs no introduction. This charming multi-Michelin-starred chef’s restaurant in Sentosa is tastefully furnished without being ostentatious. There is nothing we do not like about the restaurant, except maybe the prices. Read about Lunch at Joël Robuchon Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant
8 Sentosa Gateway
Hotel Michael Level 1
Resorts World Sentosa
Les Amis, the fine dining restaurant with modern and simple decor, is the place to go if we really need to impress or if there is serious making up to do. This is definitely one of the top romantic restaurants in Singapore, with good quality food, great service and excellent atmosphere. Read about our recent visit to Les Amis here.
#01-16 Shaw Centre
1 Scotts Road
The Romance in the Air Collection
Having a meal high up in the sky with a spectacular view is a great way to set the mood for a romantic evening. There are many nice romantic restaurants in Singapore perched on top of our skyscrapers.
JAAN is a modern French restaurant in Singapore that is a top French restaurant in so many ways. Perched on Level 70 of the hotel tower at Raffles City, it has the best view among the restaurants in our list of the best French restaurants in Singapore. Its position as one of the top restaurants in Singapore is reinforced by the 1 Star awarded by Singapore Michelin Guide, its inclusion in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 and its appointment as Krug’s First Restaurant Ambassade in Singapore. Read JAAN Restaurant – a Top Restaurant in so many ways.
Level 70, Equinox Complex
Swissôtel The Stamford
2 Stamford Road
Tel: +65 6837 3322
Spago is chef Wolfgang Puck’s second restaurant in Marina Bay Sands (MBS). It is located at the Skypark, the giant surfboard-like structure that is perched right at the top of MBS. There are two sections at Spago – a casual bar & lounge at one end and a fine dining restaurant at the other. Read about our lunch at the Spago restaurant here.
Sands SkyPark, Tower 2 Level 57
10 Bayfront Avenue
Expect top grade Japanese food in a modern setting in this restaurant at the top level of the Shangri-la Hotel. For one who loves Japanese food, this may be one of the most romantic restaurants in Singapore. Read about our visit here.
Level 24, Shangri-La Hotel,
22 Orange Grove Road
Salt Grill & Sky Bar
Salt Grill & Sky Bar by Luke Mangan at ION, Orchard is one of the best restaurants with a great view of Singapore. The West-facing windows make the restaurant a romantic place to admire a beautiful sunset in the evening. Read about our visit here.
Salt Grill & Sky Bar
2 Orchard Turn
#55-01 ION Orchard
The Garden Collection
A stroll in the park and a meal in a garden setting should fashion a romantic experience which lingers in the memory. There are a number of good romantic restaurants in botanical havens of Singapore.
The beautiful black-and-white bungalow in the Singapore Botanic Gardens houses one of the most romantic fine dining restaurants in Singapore. Dining at the Michelin-starred Corner House, where delicious food is beautifully presented, is sheer indulgence and very romantic. See our post Dinner at Corner House.
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens,
E J H Corner House, Nassim Gate
The La Ventana restaurant takes up a single storey building and its surrounding garden. Entering the premises at 16A Dempsey Road felt like visiting someone in a bungalow with sprawling grounds. The lush foliage surrounding the building is as impressive as the restaurant itself. Read about our visit here.
16A Dempsey Road, #01-01
The Heritage Collection
Restaurants in historical buildings have a certain charm especially for those who grew up reading traditional romance novels. There are a number of nice and romantic restaurants in Singapore heritage buildings.
Located in the National Museum, Flutes Restaurant is a restaurant in a heritage building which we like for its good food, high service levels and its good taste. Read our review here.
Flutes Restaurant and Bar
93 Stamford Road, #01-02
National Museum of Singapore
FOO’D by Davide Oldani
FOO’D by Davide Oldani at the historic Victoria Concert Hall offers a menu conceptualised by celebrity Chef Davide Oldani, chef-owner of the one Michelin-starred D’O in Cornaredo. Read about our dinner here.
FOO’D by Davide Oldani at Victoria Concert Hall
11 Empress Place, #01-01
Aura and Aura Sky Lounge are located at top floors i.e. levels 5 and 6 respectively of the National Gallery, Singapore’s new South East Asian art museum. A modern Italian restaurant with a nice outdoor terrace and a view of the City Hall vicinity. Read Aura, new restaurant at National Gallery Singapore.
AURA Italian Restaurant
1 St Andrews Road
05-03 and 06-02 National Gallery Singapore
The Romance by the Sea Collection
There is always romance associated with the sea. Our island city has many good romantic restaurants by the waters for those fascinated by the sea.
Bayswater Kitchen Singapore is a restaurant by the Prive Group on Keppel Island offering a seafront dining experience. If the weather is good, ask for an alfresco table with a view of the marina. Read about our lunch here.
Bayswater Kitchen Singapore
2 Keppel Bay Vista
Marina at Keppel Bay
Monti at the Fullerton Pavillion is beautiful and the view of the Marina Bay is superb. Monti serves Italian fare. Its unique waterfront location makes it a popular romantic restaurant in the heart of the business district. Read Monti at The Fullerton Pavillion – new Italian restaurant.
Monti at the Fullerton Pavillion
82 Collyer Quay, Fullerton Pavilion
The Unusual Collection
There are restaurants in unusual locations or settings which will evoke romance simply because the place is interesting and charming.
Located in the leafy romantic Dempsey Hill and housed in an old but lovingly restored chapel, The White Rabbit is the perfect place to celebrate memories of your wedding with your spouse; and if you are not yet married, the place to hint of a wedding. The food is great too. See our post on The White Rabbit.
The White Rabbit
39C Harding Road
Whitegrass restaurant is located in an attractive building next to the Gothic styled chapel that now houses the CHIJMES Hall, a popular wedding venue. Anyone going for a lunch or dinner date at Whitegrass here would be put in a romantic mood just by the pleasant stroll through the courtyard to get to the restaurant. Read about our visit here.
30 Victoria Street #01-26/27 CHIJMES
Alma by Juan Amador
Alma by Juan Amador is a contemporary European restaurant in the old Tudor Style Goodwood Hotel. At this chic restaurant with stylish decor, the service is excellent and the staff are friendly. Their dishes, prepared with quality ingredients, are interesting. Read about our lunch here.
Alma by Juan Amador
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
The Cosy Collection
Sometimes the most romantic place is just somewhere cosy. These are the smaller restaurants that may just be the perfect spot for an intimate dinner.
Mad About Sucre
This may be the best romantic restaurant in Singapore for those who love desserts. Mad About Sucre is a French patisserie and western gourmet restaurant which serves beautiful and delectable desserts that will melt most hearts. The French provincial cuisine is good too. Read about our lunch at Mad About Sucre here.
Mad About Sucre
27 Teo Hong Road
Alati Singapore has a beautiful decor. Like the buildings in Santorini, the restaurant has blindingly white walls, ceilings, floors and furniture, punctuated by bright blue cushions. The colour scheme and cave-like arched doorways create a pleasing ambience. If you have a choice, request for one of the two sets of booth seats at the entrance. Read our post – Alati : Divide Greek Cuisine.
73 Amoy Street
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