What to eat in Singapore today – our shortlist of 20 restaurants for various budgets and tastes

What to eat in Singapore? Which restaurant must we try in Singapore? These are questions we are asked every week. It is impossible to have a complete list as food preferences are subjective but we have tried anyway. Here is our list of restaurant suggestions for where and what to eat in Singapore. Restaurants serving different cuisines and at different budgets for foreign visitors and locals alike. Links have been provided to our reviews with more information and pictures of the restaurants and food. Links to the CHOPE online booking system have been provided where available.

Zui Yu Xuan

Our Food Dictionary will help readers visualise the different types of food that we encounter in Singapore.

Estimated prices for an average meal without drinks.
$ – Less than $20 per person
$$ – About $40 per person
$$$ – About $60 per person
$$$$ – About $80 per person
$$$$$ – About $100 or more per person


Spago at MBS

Spago by Wolfgang Puck

For a special occasion, a meal at Spago, Wolfgang Puck’s second restaurant in Marina Bay Sands, will not disappoint. Pick a day when the sky is clear so that you can enjoy the views from the top of MBS, Skypark on level 57. $$$$$

Spago Singapore
Sands SkyPark, Tower 2 Level 57
Access from MBS Hotel Lobby Tower 2

Opening Hours:
Main Dining Room
Sunday – Thursday 6PM – 10PM Friday & Saturday 6PM – 11PM

Breakfast: 7AM – 10:30AM, daily Lunch: 12PM – 2:30PM, daily Cocktails +

Small Plates: 2:30PM – Late night, daily

Tel: +65 6688 9955

Nearby MRT Station: Bayfront


Corner House at Botanic Gardens

What to Eat in Singapore - Corner House
Corner House

For a scenic setting within the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Singapore, we suggest the Corner House. The beautiful location in the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Michelin star food are an awesome combination.  $$$$$.

Corner House
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens,
E J H Corner House, Nassim Gate
Singapore 259569

Tel: +65 6469 1000

Chope Reservations

Opening Hours
Tue – Sat: 12: noon – 3:00 pm; 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Les Amis

What to Eat in Singapore - Les Amis
Les Amis

French restaurant with a two-star Michelin award,  Les Amis will also be a good choice for a formal dinner or lunch. $$$$$

Chope Reservations

1 Scotts Road,
#01-16 Shaw Centre,
Singapore 228208
(Opposite HSBC Bank, Tanglin Branch)

Tel: +65 67332225

Nearby MRT Station: Orchard


Coastal Settlement

Romantic Spot for Valentine's day
Coastal Settlement

Where to eat in Singapore if you want a change from the usual? Escape from the city and go to Coastal Settlement, a remote restaurant at the Eastern end of Singapore. It is a restaurant like no other in Singapore. $$

200, Netheravon Road
Singapore 508 529

​Tel: +65 6475 0200

Oprning Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 10.30am till 11pm Friday & Eve of PH: 10.30am till 12 Midnight
Saturday: 8.30am till 12 Midnight
Sunday & PH: 8.30am till 11pm
C​losed on Monday except when it falls on a Public Holiday or its eve



Summer Pavilion

TOP Food Places
Summer Pavilion

Summer Pavilion in the Ritz Carlton is one of our favourite restaurants in Singapore. This one Michelin star Chinese restaurant scores highly for quality of food and great service. $$$

Chope Reservations

Ritz Carlton Hotel Level 3
7 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039799

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm

Nearby MRT Station: Esplanade, Promenade


SHAO - 烧

We like this neighbourhood Teochew restaurant that opened in 2018. SHAO 烧 is a casual Teochew restaurant at Frankel Avenue. Located in the hip suburban enclave where there are a number of popular cafes and restaurants, SHAO 烧 serves contemporary Chinese dishes centered on roast and barbecued meats. Read more. $$

Chope Reservations

117 Frankel Avenue
Singapore 458232

Opening Hours: 
Mon-Sun: 11am-3pm, 5-11pm


Singapore Food Blog

Empress, is a modern Chinese restaurant opened by the Prive Group. Its location next to the Asian Civilisation Museum and the Singapore River provides wonderful views of old and new Singapore. $$$

Chope Reservations

1 Empress Place
#01-03 Asian Civilisations Museum
Singapore 179555

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11:30am-3pm (Last Order: 2:30pm), 6-11pm (Last Order: 10:30pm)
Sat-Sun: 11am-4pm (Last Order: 3:30pm, Dim Sum Last seating: 2pm)), 6-11pm (Last Order: 10:30pm).

Zui Yu Xuan

Zui Yu Xuan Teochew Cuisine

For traditional Teochew cuisine we suggest Zui Yu Xuan Teochew Cuisine. This new restaurant is housed within a two-storey heritage building located in Far East Square in the CBD.  $$$

Chope Reservations

130 Amoy Street
#01-01 Far East Square
Singapore 049959

Nearby MRT Station: Telok Ayer

For more Chinese restaurants in Singapore. Please read our list of TOP Chinese Restaurants in Singapore.


Jumbo Seafood

Jumbo Seafood Restaurant
Jumbo Dempsey

Seafood restaurants are popular eating places where one can find the famous Singapore chilli crab and other local dishes such as mee goreng. One such restaurant that we like because of its convenient location and good service is Jumbo Seafood at Dempsey Hill. $$$

Chope Reservations

Block 11 Dempsey Road
Singapore 249673

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12-3pm (Last Order: 2:15pm), 5:30-11:30pm (Last Order: 10:30pm)

Jumbo has several outlets in different locations such as ION Orchard, Jewel Changi Airport and East Coast Seafood Centre.

Azmi Chapati

Azmi Chapati

Try eating chapati with your hands at Azmi Chapati in Singapore’s Little India. Your wallet will also thank us for this suggestion. $

Azmi Restaurant Chapati

Location: Junction of Norris Road and Serangoon Road
168 Serangoon Road
Google Map

Nearby MRT Stations: Little India, Farrer Park

The Peranakan

The Peranakan

There are many good Peranakan restaurants in Singapore. One of them is The Peranakan, which stands out from the rest by its wonderful Peranakan decor. $$

Chope Reservations

442 Orchard Road
#02-17 Claymore Connect
Singapore (238879)

Hours: Mon-Sun: 11am-10pm

Keng Eng Kee Seafood  瓊榮記海鲜

Keng Eng Kee Seafood 瓊榮記海鲜

Keng Eng Kee Seafood 瓊榮記海鲜 is one of the names that crop up when discussing good places for zhi char in Singapore. It is located at Bukit Merah Lane 1. There are two dining areas at Keng Eng Kee Seafood – a small air-conditioned restaurant area and an adjacent large coffee shop area. Read more. $$

Keng Eng Kee Seafood
Blk 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1 
#01-136, Singapore 150124
12:00pm to 2:30pm
5:00pm to 10:00pm


Kok Sen Restaurant

Kok Sen Michelin Star Keong Saik
Kok Sen Restaurant

Kok Sen Restaurant is a Singapore zi char outfit that was recognised as a Singapore Bib Gourmand restaurant in the Singapore Michelin Guide. Located in the Keong Saik dining enclave, the humble Kok Sen restaurant ticks all the boxes of what makes a good local restaurant in Singapore – traditional coffee shop atmosphere, good food, friendly service and fairly priced. Being air-conditioned is a bonus. $$

30-32 Keong Saik Road
Tel: +65 6223 2005

Opening hours:
Lunch 12:00-14:30
Dinner 17:00-23:00

Nearby MRT Station: Outram

Michelin Guide Website


Curious Palette

Weekend Brunch Places
Curious Palette

Cafes are convenient places to meet up and have a meal. These days, appearances and the “hip factor” is also an important. Curious Palette and Cafe Academics are two hipster cafes that have good food, just-as-good coffee and a comfortable cafe atmosphere. $$

64 Prinsep Street
Singapore 188667

Opening hours:
Wed to Mon 9am-10pm
Closed on Tuesdays

Nearby MRT Station: Bras Basah

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The Coffee Academics

The Coffee Academics

The Coffee Academics in Scotts Square was the first Singapore outlet to be opened by the the highly rated coffee specialty store from Hong Kong. The wide range of coffee available makes this a favourite among coffee afficionados. $$

Chope Reservations

Scott Square #02-01/02
Singapore 228209

Tel: +65 65381940

Opening Hours: 9 am to 9 pm

Nearby MRT Station: Orchard

The Coffee Academics has another outlet in Raffles City.


Tomi Sushi

Tomi Sushi

A section of Millenia Walk mall, called Millenia Walk Nihon Food Street,   has been earmarked for Japanese restaurants.   We were impressed by the sushi and cooked food at Tomi Sushi. $$$

9 Raffles Boulevard
#02-12/13 Millenia Walk, 
Singapore 039596

Tel: +65 6238-1123

Opening Hours: 
11:45 am -2:30 pm
5:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Shinji by Kanesaka

Shinji by Kanesaka (Carlton Hotel)

Shinji by Kanesaka is perhaps the best sushi restaurant in Singapore. It is also very expensive. We get to go when someone else is paying. There are two branches – at St Regis Hotel and Carlton Hotel $$$$$

Carlton Hotel
76 Bras Basah Road, Lobby Floor
Singapore 189558

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 12pm to 3pm (last order at 2pm)
Dinner: 6pm to 10.30pm (last order at 9pm)
Closed on Sundays

Tel +65 6338 6131

Nearby MRT Stations: Bras Basah, City Hall



What to eat in Singapore list of restaurants

Tenshin is our favourite tempura restaurant in Singapore. Like Shinji, they are expensive but the lunch sets are affordable. $$$ (lunch) $$$$$ (dinner).

1 Cuscaden Road, Regent Singapore, #03-01 
Singapore 249715

Opening Hours:
12:00pm~2:30pm(2.00pm L.O. Lunch)
Dinner 6:00pm~10:30pm (10.00pm L.O. Dinner)


Joie Restaurant by DOZO

Joie Vegetarian restaurant in Singapore
Joie Restaurant by DOZO

What to eat in Singapore when your special someone frowns on the eating of helpless animals? Fear not, we have the place for you. Joie Restaurant by Dozo is an elegant restaurant at the penthouse level of Orchard Central that serves meatless cuisine. $$$$

181 Orchard Road
#12-01 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896

Tel. No: 6838 6966

Opening Hours:
Lunch : 12:00 am to 3:30 pm
Dinner : 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Nearby MRT Station: Somerset

Real Food Orchard Central

What to Eat in Singapore - Real Food
Real Food Orchard

For a vegetarian meal at more down to earth prices, we suggest Real Food at Orchard Central. It is set up by the people of the organic grocery shop Real Food Grocer. The vegetarian cafe serves food with “No processed ingredients, No Artificial Preservatives and No Trans-fat”.  $$

181 Orchard Road
#02-16 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896

Tel: +65 6737 9516

Nearby MRT Station: Somerset


Real Food also has an outlet at South Beach.

What to eat in Singapore? We hope you found our list of restaurants useful. Cheers!

What to Eat in Singapore

Estimated prices for an average meal without drinks.
$ – Less than $20 per person
$$ – About $40 per person
$$$ – About $60 per person
$$$$ – About $80 per person
$$$$$ – About $120 or more per person

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