There comes a time when we all need a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, but unfortunately, our tiny city-state does not have the beautiful countryside to escape to.
However, being little also has its perks. And in this case, it means we are never too far from a riverside restaurant for a magnificent view of the sea as we indulge in some yummy food.
Ahead, AVENUE ONE has rounded up some waterfront gems you can make a trip to for a fin-tastic dining experience that will soothe some of the pent-up city stress you’ve been holding in.
Just make sure you and your dining partner (or group) are all fully vaccinated before making a reservation or walking in for a meal!
1. Bali On The Cove
Newly opened along the Sentosa Quayside Isle, Bali On The Cove is a restaurant that will magically whisk you away to the Indonesian islands you’ve been dying to visit.
Combining a cafe, retail boutique, and co-working area all into one, this pet-friendly hybrid space is a great getaway to work on your laptop or chill out with your friends (and pets) at the alfresco dining area and soak in the Sentosa Marina view. Its interior is gorgeously adorned in earthy colours and decorated with furnishings made of raw materials like rattan and wood that give us Bali beach vibes.
And of course, no Bali-inspired restaurant would be complete without a selection of brunch and hearty lunch foods that differ on the weekday and weekend. We’re definitely eyeing their Croissant (S$6) and Pain au Chocolat (S$6) sourced from The Starter Lab as well as the Bali Bowls (S$21 – S$26) which you can fill with pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked salmon, and more! Plus, they also serve up a good cup of joe using coffee beans from the famed Common Man Coffee Roasters.
- Address: 31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle, #01-16, Singapore 098375
- Opening hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon to Sun)
2. Greenwood Fish Market
Also located along the Sentosa Quayside Isle, this next-door neighbour is a seafood haven that offers the freshest aquatic bounties.
Dive right into Greenwood Fish Market‘s medley of Western, Japanese, and Asian cuisines, that boasts over 25 varietals of live oysters as well as whole fishes like Pink Snapper, Meagre, or Loop de Mer Seabass which you can have done any way you like — pan-seared, battered, char-grilled, you name it!
Other than its variety of seafood groceries that can be bought online, Greenwood also bakes fresh loaves daily that are available at the restaurant’s retail store. From fluffy brioches to crusty baguettes, there’s a loaf for everyone.
Make your reservations here.
- Address: 31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle, #01-04, Singapore 098375
- Opening hours: 5pm – 10pm (Mon) | 12pm – 10pm (Tue to Fri) | 11.30am – 10pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
3. Sabio by the Sea
The last one on our list along Sentosa Quayside Isle, Sabio by the Sea serves a tempting selection of Spanish sharing tapas for a fantastic feast with your family and friends.
As you overlook the gorgeous Sentosa Marina, indulge in Spanish favourites such as their charcoal flamed Josper Grill (a renowned charcoal oven) meat and seafood as well as their signature tapas like Patatas Bravas, Paella, Chorizo, Jamón, Queso, and more! And pairing perfectly with these dishes are Sabio’s fabulous cocktails and homemade Sangria that are oh-so-refreshing!
- Address: 31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle, #01-02, Singapore 098375
- Opening hours: 5pm – 10.30pm (Mon to Thu) | 12pm – 11pm (Fri) | 11.30am – 11pm (Sat & Sun)
Perched right in Sentosa Golf Club, Panamericana is the ultimate casual grill that will bring your tastes buds on a gastronomic journey through the Pan-American Highway that stretches from the North to the South Americas.
With over 7,000 square feet of indoor and alfresco dining space, the restaurant boasts a fully stocked bar as well as a breezy, long verandah to give diners a mesmerising view of the sea and the lush golf course. With cultures and cuisines from 14 pan-American countries, expect the best flavours from the region including succulent grilled, roasted, and charred whole meats and vegetables.
They recommend that you kick off your meal with a couple of smalls such as the Uncle Charles Southern-Style Chicken Sliders (S$18) or the Peruvian Ceviche (S$28). After which, follow up with their signature grilled offerings like the Charred Octopus Tentacle (S$42) or the Pluma Iberico Pork (S$48).
- Address: 27 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore 099892
- Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
5. Bayswater Kitchen
Make a nautical getaway to Marina at Keppel Bay’s Bayswater Kitchen. With a seafood-centric menu that focuses on seasonality and freshness, this waterfront eatery is truly a seafood lover’s dream come true.
Staying true to the nautical theme, the restaurant is decked out in white and blue decor, as well as wooden furniture, for the Mediterranean feel. Whet your appetite with their signature Seafood Tagliatelle made from the assorted daily catch (S$32), Fisherman’s Feasts that is perfect for two (S$76), or freshly shucked oysters (S$6 each) and many more, including vegetarian and vegan options!
And on top of the breezy alfresco seating, your fur babies are welcomed to enjoy the splendid waterfront view with you. Do, however, ensure that your pets are on their best behaviour so that everyone can have a wonderful dining experience.
- Address: 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore 098382
- Opening hours:
- Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm | Dinner: 6pm – 10pm (Tue to Thu)
- Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm | Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm (Fri)
- Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm (Sat)
- Brunch: 11am – 3.30pm | Dinner: 6pm – 10pm (Sun & PH)
- Closed on Mondays
Located just opposite Keppel Bay, Seascent is a casual dining restaurant on the fringes of Keppel Club for a fuss-free yet delectable meal.
As you look out to the relaxing view of Berlayer Creek, indulge in affordable mains like the 15-hour Signature Oxtail Bourguignon (S$23.90) and the Pan Seared Norwegian Salmon (S$18.90) or if it’s a BBQ evening, go for on the grill specials like the Korobuta Pork Collar (S$26.90) or Australian MB8 Wagyu Striploin (S$44.90).
On top of the extensive ala-carte menu, Seascent also offers Weekday Lunch Special, Daily Hi-Tea Set, Daily Happy Hour, as well as a weekly BBQ Movie Weekend — all your hunger pangs will surely be satisfied!
For enquiries or reservations, call 6273 0221.
- Address: 10 Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club, Singapore 109918
- Opening hours: 11.30am – 8.30pm (Mon – Sun)
7. P.S Cafe at East Coast Park
As the name suggests, this famed all-day brunch spot is located just steps away from the coastline at East Coast Park.
To complement the refreshing seascape, P.S Cafe is beautifully decorated with white-washed walls and ocean blue upholstery on top of its signature green accents. And although P.S. Cafe is known for its hearty takes on cafe classics, truffle shoestring fries, and indulgent cakes, you’d want to get a taste of new seafood dishes that are exclusive to this outlet.
Dig into the P.S Crab & Prawn Laksa (S$27) or Chorizo & Calamari Stew (S$30) as you soak up in the serenity of the sea view.
Make your reservations here to avoid any walk-in disappointment.
- Address: 1110 East Coast Parkway, #01-05/06/07, Cyclist Park, Singapore 449880
- Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
8. Stella Restaurant
Also located in the East, Stella Restaurant offers an alfresco dining experience that is perfect for a romantic night out.
On top of the impressive sea view of the Singapore Strait, your date will be utterly wowed with Stella’s enticing array of Western and local favourites such as the Norwegian Salmon Fillet (S$25.50) or the Crispy Egg Seafood Noodle (S$15). To pair perfectly with your meal, the restaurant also has a delicious spread of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages to choose from.
- Address: 11 Changi Coast Walk, Singapore 499740
- Opening hours: 4pm – 12am (Mon to Fri) | 12pm – 12am (Sat, Sun & PH)
9. Ku-Kai Izakaya
Looking for a change from the usual Western seaside cafe food? Look no further as Ku-Kai Izakaya offers authentic Japanese delicacies that you can feast on as you revel in the gorgeous sea view.
Located in the SAF Yacht Club, this quaint restaurant has a cosy indoor space as well as an alfresco dining/bar setting at the boardwalk that is so tactfully designed, you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked off to Japan. Look forward to tantalising Japanese dishes such as the Chicken Katsu Curry, Omakase Skewer Set, or Kani Tama Gratin.
- Address: 43 Admiralty Road West, Singapore 759962
- Opening hours:
- Lunch: 11.30am – 2pm | Dinner: 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Tue to Fri)
- All day: 11.30am – 10.30pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
10. Smith Marine Kelong Restaurant
Where better to have a waterfront view than from the middle of the sea itself? Ending off the list with a bang, we have the Smith Marine Kelong Restaurant, Singapore’s first and only floating restaurant that serves the freshest seafood you can imagine.
To make it to this unconventional dining experience, you have to place a reservation and take a 15-minute boat ride to the platform. There, you’ll get to feast on a wide variety of seafood including sambal mussel ($28), chilli crab (from $68), steamed prawn (from $35), calamari ($28), and many more!
We recommend that you opt for the set menu (S$280 for 2-3 pax; S$380 for 3-4 pax; S$480 for 5 pax; from S$580 for 6-8 pax) that not only includes these mouth-watering aquatic bounties but also dessert, a two-way ferry, and an opportunity to catch your own fish — it doesn’t get any fresher than that!
View the full menu here and place your mandatory reservation at least three days in advance by messaging 9792 7609 with the name and number of pax, date and time of ferry, and your mobile number.
- Address: Pulau Ubin Coastal Area (GPS: 01’23’52″N 103’57’42″E)
- Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)