18 best fine dining restaurants in Singapore for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events

Sure, dinner dates are common. In fact, every time you meet up with your significant other, chances are you’re going for dinner together. But there are occasions that call for something special – like celebrating an important event or surprising your partner with a date to remember. This is when you’ll probably want to find a great fine dining spot that offers a romantic ambience, incredible food, and a memorable experience.

Here is a list of some of the best fine dining restaurants in Singapore that are raved about by their customers. There’s everything from European cuisine to Korean cuisine to choose from, so we’re sure you can find one that can pander to your palate.

European

1. Alma by Juan Amador

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Showcasing European dishes infused with a touch of Asian flavours, Alma offers a range of lunch and dinner courses that are both pleasing to the eye and to the soul (that’s what Alma means in Spanish!).

Influenced heavily by the flavours of Thai cuisine, this one-star Michelin awardee offers signature dishes such as Iberico Pork Cheek (BBQed Thai-style), Crispy Egg Tofu with wild mushrooms and foie gras emulsion, and Boston Lobster (with Thai Sauce) that will give you a fantastic gastronomical experience.

Make an online reservation here or call +65 6735 9937.

Location: 22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221

Opening Hours: 12.00pm to 2.30pm (Tuesday to Saturday), 6.00pm to 10.00pm (Monday to Saturday), Closed on Sunday

2. The Kitchen at Bacchanalia

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If you are looking for a restaurant that offers classic French cuisine, The Kitchen at Bacchanalia is your best bet. Its menu is carefully crafted using seasonal ingredients and the restaurant has earned a Michelin star consecutively in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Featuring an open-kitchen concept where diners can interact with the chefs and watch their meals prepared in front of them, The Kitchen at Bacchanalia makes for a cosy yet classy dining experience. Customers described their dishes as mind-blowingly good and this restaurant is so popular that you are advised to make a reservation at least two weeks in advance.

Make an online reservation here or call +65 6909 6360.

Location: 39 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059678

Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 2:00pm (Wednesday to Saturday), 6:30pm to 10:00pm (Tuesday to Saturday)

3. Limoncello Pizza & Grill

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If you are looking for an affordable and authentic Italian fine dining restaurant, Limoncello Pizza & Grill should be at the top of your list. With a range of Antipasti (meat and cheese platter), pasta and pizza to choose from, Limoncello delivers something for everybody.

The best part: the price ranges from SGD20 to SGD30 so you are definitely getting more than what you paid for. When you do go there, try their Cotoletta Alla Milanese (veal cutlet Milanese) and Profiteroles and you won’t be disappointed.

Make an online reservation here or call  +65 6634 5117.

Location: 95 Robertson Quay, #01-19/20, Rivergate Condominium, Singapore 238256

Opening Hours: 12.00pm to 2.30pm (Wednesday to Sunday), 5.30pm to 10.30pm (daily)

Local

4. Candlenut

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Amidst the European fine dining restaurants that can be found all over our island, it is often comforting to find cuisines closer to our roots. Candlenut boasts of being the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant where you can find modern spins on our traditional local flavours including Buah Keluak Wagyu Beef, Gula Melaka King Prawns, and Buah Keluak Ice Cream! Get ready to enter a new world – flavour-wise – as you indulge in fusion dishes you never thought was possible.

Make an online reservation here or call 1800 304 2288.

Location: 17A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676

Opening Hours: 12.00pm to 3.00pm (Monday to Sunday), 6.00pm to 10.00pm (Sunday to Thursday), 6.00pm to 11.00pm (Friday, Saturday, and eve of public holidays)

5. Labyrinth

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What does it mean to bring hawker delights to the fine dining table? This is a feat that Chef Han of Labyrinth manged to accomplish in the most extraordinary way. The restaurant features unique items like the Chilli Crab (with a chilli crab ice cream) and Kaya Ice Cream, and these reinvented iconic Singaporean dishes will surely tease your taste buds. Don’t be surprised to discover that 80% of the ingredients are locally sourced, making this fine dining restaurant just that much more Singaporean.

Make an online reservation here or call +65 6223 4098.

Location: 8 Raffles Avenue, #02-23, Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802

Opening Hours: 12.00pm to 2:30pm (Tuesday to Friday), 6:30pm to 11.00pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

Chinese

6. Hua Ting Restaurant

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With a 26-year history, Hua Ting Restaurant is one of the longest running Chinese fine dining restaurants in Singapore and one taste of its sumptuous dim sum will explain why. The restaurant has perfected every single one of their menu items in those long years, offering traditional items such as Peking Duck to their more recent inventions such as the eye-catching Baked Empress Chicken Drumstick, Abalone, Fungus Chinese Herbs in a pie crust carved into a chicken.

Make a reservation at +65 6739 6666.

Location: 442 Orchard Rd, Level 2, Orchard Hotel, Singapore 238879

Opening Hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm (Monday to Friday), 11am to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm (Saturday & Sunday)

7. Lokkee

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Introducing “a witty and cheeky play on favourite Chinese recipes”, Lokkee brings you an American interpretation of Chinese food. They live up to their funky image as eye-popping dishes are served in front of you – Ultraviolet Oolong Tea that turns from blue to violet and a Flaming Pineapple Beef that, well, goes up in flames. Get your camera ready as you indulge in this feast!

Make an online reservation here or call +65 6884 4566.

Location: 68 Orchard Road, #03-01, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839

Opening Hours: 11.00am – 3.00pm, 5.30pm – 10.00pm (daily)

8. Restaurant Ibid

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What caught our attention at first is its name – Ibid – which is typically a word you’d see in a journal article denoting the source. It turns out that the restaurant is named as such because of Chef Woo Wai Leong’s project to uncover his roots and heritage, creating dishes that pay tribute to his Nanyang ancestry. As the first MasterChef Asia winner, his dishes definitely do not disappoint as he adds modern touches to traditional dishes, producing Shao Bing Burger, White Radish Porridge, and Fermented Bean Escargot.

Make an online reservation here or call +65 9151 8698.

Location: 18 North Canal Road, Singapore 048830

Opening Hours: 12:00pm to  3:00pm (Wednesday to Friday), 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Monday to Saturday)

Korean

9. Hyang To Gol Korean Restaurant

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After the Korean wave hit Singapore, so many Korean restaurants have emerged that you can’t go two streets without seeing at least one such restaurant. Amidst the stiff competition, Hyang Go Tol claims to be among the best and most authentic ones in Singapore, serving up an extensive selection of meat – the most extensive one we’ve ever seen so far. You can choose from different cuts of pork and beef including a Seasoned Raw Beef. This restaurant somehow manages to give the ambiance of a traditional Korean eatery without compromising on the quality of a fine dining experience

Make on online reservation here or call +65 6220 7160.

Location: 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Level 2, Amara Hotel, Singapore 088539

Opening Hours: 11:30am to 3:00pm and 6:00pm to 11:00pm daily

10. 8 Korean BBQ

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As the name speaks for itself, 8 Korean BBQ is most famous for its 8 Colours Set, comprising 8 flavours of pork – wine, original, ginseng, garlic, herb, curry, miso paste and red pepper paste. Not only do you get a wide flavour profile with this dish, you also reap its health benefits as well! Besides the Pork Palate, you can also choose from a variety of premium beef (Argentinian Grass Fed, USDA Prime and Japanese Wagyu) for a richer Korean meat experience.

Make on online reservation here or call +65 8692 1188 (The Central) and +65 9018 9212 (Shaw Centre)

Location: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-79/90, The Central, Singapore 059817 and 1 Scotts Rd, #04-20/21, Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30pm to 2:30pm (Monday to Friday), 5.30pm to 10.30pm (Monday to Friday), 11:30pm to 10.30pm (Saturday & Sunday)

Japanese

11. Keyaki Japanese Restaurant

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Nestled between a Japanese garden and koi pond in Pan Pacific Hotel, award-winning Keyaki Japanese Restaurant offers an extensive menu ranging from sashimi to teppanyaki to sukiyaki. While you can definitely choose your favourite dishes, the restaurant boasts of its Seasonal Kaiseki Omakase Presentation, meaning the chef makes the decisions for you. This way, you don’t have to fear missing out on the best items!

Make an online reservation here or call +65 6826 8240.

Location: 7 Raffles Blvd, Level 4, Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore 039595

Opening Hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily

12. Kyuu by Shunshui

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Despite opening just a little over a year ago, Kyuu by Sunshui has since risen to become one of the finest Japanese restaurants for premium seafood, beef, and over 50 labels of sake to choose from! Using the freshest ingredients sourced from Japan, the restaurant provides an unforgettable seafood experience with the highlights being their King Crab with Vinegar and Sudachi Lime and Hokkaido Rice Nanatsuboshi covered with Salmon Roe (which you only call out ‘Stop!’ when your bowl is overflowing with salmon roe). Even though seafood is the main highlight of this restaurant, you definitely cannot miss out on their A4 Kagoshima Wagyu Beef Aitchbone with Red Miso Fond De Veau that is grilled to a perfect medium rare and bursting with juiciness and fattiness.

Make an online reservation here or call +65 6221 7098.

Location: 29 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089136

Opening Hours: 5.00pm to 11:00pm (Tuesday to Sunday), Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays

13. Esora

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Set in a heritage shophouse under the skylight, Esora is a kappo-style restaurant inspired by nature. Chef Shigeru Koizumi’s eye for detail manifests in his creation, where the dish is not just artfully designed but the flavours blend together in perfect harmony – just like in nature. Ingredients are also selected following their micro-seasonality for the freshest flavours so you can look forward to new menu items almost every week. For tea-lovers, you’d be delighted to know that Esora offers a first-ever tea-pairing programme where tea leaves are hand-blended and paired uniquely to its complementary food item.

Make an online reservation here or call +65 6365 1266.

Location: 15 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238964

Opening Hours: 7.00pm to 9.00pm (Tuesday to Saturday)

Indian

14. Yantra by Hemant Oberoi

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Taking a modern twist on traditional North Indian cuisine, unique dishes such as Chicken Tikka Fondue and Seafood Rassa are conjured within the kitchen of Yantra. The restaurant uses herbs and spices that are carefully hand-picked and flown in from India to create that rich flavour we love, ensuring an authentic dining experience amidst experimental dishes. However, if you are just looking for simple classics, the Tandoori Chicken and Chicken Ghee Roast are great choices to look out for.

Make an online reservation here or call +65 6836 3088.

Location: 163 Tanglin Rd, #01-28/33, Singapore 247933

Opening Hours: 12.00pm to 3.00pm (daily), 6.30pm to 10pm (Monday to Friday), 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Saturday & Sunday)

15. Rang Mahal

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Fast approaching its golden jubilee, Rang Mahal remains one of the most beloved fine dining restaurants that has revolutionised the Indian cuisine. Upon first glance, the French plating technique may make their dishes look nothing like the Indian food, but dig in and you’ll find the rich aroma of spices bursting in your mouth, reminding you that this is fine Indian cuisine. To get the best deals, opt for their Tandoori Fondue to enjoy a wide range of kebabs, or the Subz Moilee for an assortment of exotic vegetables. Rang Mahal also has a lunch buffet for those who just can’t get enough of it.

Make an online reservation here or call +65 6333 1788.

Location: 7 Raffles Boulevard, Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore, Singapore 039595

Opening Hours: 12.00pm to 2.30pm (Sunday to Friday), 6.30pm to 10.30pm (daily)

Middle East

16. Shabestan Finest Persian Cuisine

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Nestled in the heart of Robertson Quay sits Shabestan Finest Persian Cuisine, a restaurant that feeds the soul as well as the body. The chefs have dedicated themselves to preparing a more wholesome meal for diners with a good balance of vegetables, herbs and meat, so that you will still feel good even after indulging in their charcoal-grilled Lamb Kubeideh. In fact, Shabestan offers no separate menu for children and elderly, claiming that their dishes are fresh and healthy enough for both – and that’s saying something about the quality. If you don’t eat meat, don’t worry because the restaurant also provides vegetarian and vegan options. Borani Esfanaj (spinach with yoghurt and saffron) and Mirza Ghasemi (grilled eggplant) are the ones to go for!.

Make an online reservation here or call +65 6836 1270.

Location: 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-13, The Pier @ Robertson, Singapore 239013

Opening Hours: 12.00pm to 12.00am daily

Australian

17. Cheek by Jowl

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If you haven’t had your fill of gastronomic fine dining experiences, Cheek by Jowl is another restaurant you should check out. Helmed by Sri Lankan chef and owner Rishi Naleendra, the restaurant received a one-Michelin star status just one year after its opening – proof that its experimental take on Australian dishes are hitting the right spots for its diners. Some of the popular dishes include Oyster with Smoked Tomato Granita, Roasted Quail and Coconut with Laksa Leaf, Pomelo and Green Chilli.

Make an online reservation here or call +65 6221 1911.

Location: 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620

Opening Hours: 12.00pm to 2.00pm (Monday to Friday), 6.00pm to 10.00pm (Monday to Saturday), Closed on Sunday

Chef’s Cuisine

18. Preludio

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To conclude this list, we have Preludio which, under the direction of Executive Chef Fernando Arévalo, breaks free from traditional geographically-bound cuisine and enters a new territory he terms ‘Chef’s cuisine’. Here, the chefs’ artistic expression is limitless and they have the freedom to mix flavors, colors, textures and styles that never fails to surprise the diners. Following a different ‘chapter’ (theme) every 12 to 18 months, Preludio marks their creation in history.

Make an online reservation here or call +65 6904 5686.

Location: 182 Cecil Street, Frasers Tower #03-01/02, Singapore 069547

Opening Hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm (Monday to Friday), 6.00pm to 10.30pm (Monday to Saturday), Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays.