Now that the borders between Singapore and Malaysia have finally opened, we’re pretty sure that many of you would be very eager to plan a trip to Kuala Lumpur (KL). Other than being known for its cheap shopping and affordable beauty services, KL is also home to many great fine dining restaurants with delectable food, exceptional service, and even picturesque views that are different from what you see in Singapore.
Best part? With the exchange rate in our favour, we’ll be able to enjoy these restaurants at a greater value than what we can get in Singapore!
If you’re looking for a nice restaurant to check out the next time you’re in KL or plan a special dinner with a loved one there, here are 26 of the best fine dining restaurants in KL that you can check out.
Just remember to make a reservation before heading over!
1. Marble 8 on 56
One of the best fine dining restaurants in KL, Marble 8 on 56 specialises in carefully selected cuts – known as Marble 8 Cuts. They are dry-aged in house, in Marble 8’s very own modern, bespoke walk-in dry-age cellar.
It also has a private area, a Privé, that is stocked with the finest cigar and whiskey offerings.
So after you indulge in a gastronomical dry-aged beef experience, go ahead and experience the Privé, for a finishing touch of opulence and decadence. This is definitely a fine dining restaurant for meat-lovers who are ready to splurge a little.
Address: Level 56, Petronas, Menara 3, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12pm to 3pm (Fri – Sun) | Dinner: 6pm to 12am (Mon – Sun)
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2. THIRTY8 KL
Located on the 38th floor of Grand Hyatt, this 4.5-star fine dining restaurant gives diners a panoramic view of the city from the dining areas, bar, and lounge. For a little excitement, check out the live show kitchens. Expect international cuisines, with a highlight on Western, Chinese and Japanese flavours.
The elegant interiors, picturesque views and luxurious space make the perfect setting for your fine-dining experience with your loved ones – or even business associates. It’s certainly no wonder that this is one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL!
3. Fuego at Troika Sky Dining
For South American food, head to Fuego, where an alfresco fine-dining experience awaits you. This is one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL for those who prefer amazing food and a fun ambience.
Have a great time with family and friends, sharing the tapas, tantalising cocktails, and great service that give Fuego its 4.5-star rating! It might be a little pricey, but is it worth a visit? Definitely, without a doubt.
From nachos to rib-eye steak and guacamole, there’ll be something for every adventurous taste bud.
P.S. They accept bookings and walk-ins according to sessions – the first seating is at 6pm to 8pm, and the second from 8.30pm onwards. Since the restaurant-and-bar is rather popular, it’s best to make a reservation before heading over.
4. Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining
Just like Fuego, Cantaloupe is located at The Troika, and it’s another one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL that offers you a classier, more sophisticated evening with your special someone. Cantaloupe overlooks KLCC park and the Twin Towers, and the dining rooms offer you a panoramic view of the iconic KL skyline.
The exquisite interiors welcome you to your fine-dining experience. As you take your seat, you’ll realise that there isn’t a traditional menu of starters and main courses. Instead, you’re given the freedom to create your own tasting menu from a list of 24 dishes. Alternatively, there are curated menus for anyone – even vegetarians and kids!
Prepare yourself for a presentation of the finest foods, of the highest innovation and inventions as Chef Christian Bauer presents his gorgeous dishes.
5. Nobu KL
This Michelin-starred restaurant began its story in 1994, New York. In the last two decades, it has received praise from critics, was co-owned by Robert De Niro, and has 29 franchises opened all over the world.
The Japanese dishes hit a sweet, familiar spot, yet have a creative twist to them – meticulously thought out by renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
Nobu Kuala Lumpur is the first branch in Southeast Asia with panoramic views of the KL city skyline. Led by head chef Philip Leong, who has worked with Nobu since 2005, the restaurant will elevate your senses as you nibble away on your favourite Japanese dishes – sushi, tempura, sashimi, and more.
Without a doubt, this is one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL – and really, around the region.
Address: L4A-05, Shoppes at Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur No, 145, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Lunch: 11.45am to 2pm (Mon – Fri) and 1pm to 4pm (Sat & Sun) | Dinner: 6pm to 10.30pm (Mon – Sun)
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6. Marini’s on 57
With a 4.5-star rating on Google (where harsh critics are), it is no doubt that Marini’s on 57 is one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL. This sophisticated Italian fine dining restaurant is well-loved for the gorgeous sunsets you can enjoy, thanks to the 360-degree skyline views it offers.
Ambience at this restaurant is great, thanks to the interior design by Italian artist Rosalba Mangione. The restaurant has three main areas – the restaurant itself, a rooftop bar, and a whiskey lounge.
Kick off the night by indulging in the finest Italian cuisine – artisanal pasta, imported beef cuts, fresh seafood air-flown from Italy, just to name a few. For the non-fussy eaters, request a personal tasting menu from the chef and he’ll whip up the restaurant’s signature dishes. It’s a guaranteed whirlwind romance for your taste buds!
Whilst you dine, explore its extensive wine list with Marini’s in-house Sommelier. When you’re done with your meal, head over to the bar or lounge area. What awaits you are the greatest spaces for you to let loose as you enjoy a bubbly or smoke a cigar.
Address: Level 57, Menara 3, Petronas Persiaran, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 5pm to 12am (Mon – Sun)
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7. Sushi Oribe
Helmed by Master Chef Naoya Kawasaki, Sushi Oribe first opened back in 2014. It’s been a hit ever since with its classy atmosphere and cosy, warm interiors that offer a calming escape from the bustling city.
As one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL, Sushi Oribe offers mainly sushi and sashimi, as well as some of your classic favourites such as tempura, chawanmushi, and miso soup. For the OG Japanese food lovers – the Special Omakase serves you the best seasonal plates from RM700. Don’t forget to enjoy a delectable selection of premium sake as you indulge!
Address: Vipod Residences, Ground Floor Block C-1, No 6, Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12pm to 3pm (Tue – Sun) | Dinner: 6pm to 10pm (Sun, Tue – Thu) and 6pm to 11pm (Fri & Sat)
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Vegetarians rejoice! This Western vegetarian restaurant with a 4.5-star rating serves up gluten-free pastas, tapas, and has vegan options available too!
Barat is more of a casual fine dining restaurant, with prices that don’t hurt your wallet so much – as well as a casual dress code! But its casual setting is contrasted with tasty dishes that can only be found in a fine dining restaurant, which is why it is still in our list of the best fine dining restaurants in KL.
The menu consists of dishes made from fair-trade produce from the local farmers. This means you get to enjoy the freshest produce every day, and you’ll get to reconnect with nature – an objective set out by its Head Chef. Try out its Degustation menu for a truly tantalising vegetarian experience.
Expect classic dishes with a twist that warm the heart in a single bite. Whether you’re a meat-lover or green-eater, let the delightful concoction of western fusion vegetarian dishes whisk you away!
9. Lai Po Heen
Tucked away in Mandarin Oriental is Lai Po Heen, a restaurant inspired by the great ancestral homes of 19th century Chinese tycoons, serving up classic Cantonese delicacies and dim sum specialities.
The award-winning Lai Po Heen – which has a 4.5-star rating with close to 500 reviews on TripAdvisor – has an open kitchen that gives guests a front-row seat as chefs flaunt their skills and prepare signature dishes. Classic favourites include black pepper beef tenderloin and handmade dim sum.
If you’re coming with your family or a few friends, you’ll be glad to know that the restaurant also has beautifully furnished private dining rooms for an intimate gathering. We would consider this one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL for hosting a small gathering.
P.S. Be sure to try Lai Po Heen’s Durian Pancakes, which are a crowd-favourite!
Address: Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 12pm – 2.30pm & 7pm – 10.30pm. Sat – Sun, 10.30am – 2.30pm & 7pm – 10.30pm
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10. Tamarind Springs
This is a little bit on the outskirts of KL, but is it worth the trip? Most certainly, especially if you’re with your special someone.
The romantic settings of Tamarind Springs are inspired by traditional Malaysian houses or kampungs, adorned with stone-carved statues and traditional paintings that instantly make you feel like you’re not quite in the city anymore.
Led by a pioneer of Tamarind Restaurants, Executive Chef Somkuhan Wandee, Tamarind Springs continues to gather acclaimed and prestigious awards. The chef is inspired by her maternal roots – her grandmother who once served the King of Siam.
This is certainly one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL to look out for if you want to enjoy a night of traditional Indochinese dishes crafted from the freshest ingredients and never-wavering top-notch quality.
Address: Darul Ehsan Golf Club, Jalan 1, Taman Tun Abdul Razak, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12pm to 3pm (Tue – Fri) and 11.30am to 3.30pm (Sat & Sun) | Dinner: 6pm to 11pm (Tue – Sun)
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11. Tamarind Hill
If you’d like to experience Tamarind without having to head to the outskirts of KL, then head to its Bukit Bintang outlet. Also another one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL, Tamarind Hill offers authentic Thai and Shan cuisine from its kitchens, helmed by Chef Phiyun Thongyun.
Just like Tamarind Springs, Tamarind Hill’s interiors draw inspiration from nature and the local culture to present an ambience and décor that’s earthy yet lavish. In fact, it is most known for that rustic luxe dining experience that offers locals and tourists an indulgent, epicurean getaway – right in the heart of KL.
Tamarind Hill is also known as one of the finest Thai and Burmese restaurants in KL, and has garnered a myriad of awards throughout its 20 years of establishment.
At Tamarind Hill, Chef Yun blends her special brand of flavours into the menu, marrying traditional Thai flavours with ingredients from other cuisines. Expect signatures such as Duck and Lychee Salad, Cod with Dry Red Curry, and River Lobster in Tamarind Hill Spicy Sauce.
Address: 19, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12pm to 3pm (Mon – Fri) | Dinner: 6pm to 10pm (Mon – Thu) and 6pm to 11pm (Fri & Sat)
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12. Bijan Bar & Restaurant
With over 1,000 reviews, Bijan Bar & Restaurant has a four-star rating on TripAdvisor and a myriad of awards – like 2004’s Best Malay Restaurant – on its shoulders. What’s great about this restaurant is its versatility – it offers food options for all eaters, from vegetarians to vegans, those with gluten allergies, and even Halal diets.
Within its spacious setting (that somehow still gives cosy and intimate vibes), Bijan lets you experience traditional Malay cuisine in an innovative presentation that’s modern yet packed with wholesome flavours. Just how we love it!
The dishes are a mix of generations-old secret family recipes, forgotten-favourites and new innovations.
For a match made in heaven, waiters will serve accompanying wines that enhance and balance out the flavours of the food that remains, deliciously and unmistakably Malay. It is certainly no wonder that this is considered to be one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL!
13. Taka by Sushi Saito
Within the walls of six-star hotel St. Regis Kuala Lumpur is three-Michelin starred Chef Takashi Saito’s maiden sushi restaurant outside of Tokyo!
This intimate fine dining restaurant is set within a bespoke lacquer panel door entrance, in a room surrounded by Baton Aji-ro-ita weave board panelling.
You will be seated at a 16-seater counter made with 300-year-old Hinoki wood, before being served sushi made with the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients flown in from Japan.
The chef of Taka, Chef Masashi Kubota, was personally chosen and trained by the maestro, Chef Saito himself. Behind the counter, he will flaunt his sushi craftsmanship as he prepares the one of the finest sushi your taste buds will ever taste.
As one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL, it will offer a truly momentous meal you probably won’t experience anywhere else.
Address: Level 3A, No. 6, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, St. Regis Kuala Lumpur, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12pm to 2.30pm (Mon – Sun) | Dinner: 6.30pm to 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)
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14. Babe by Jeff Ramsey (Permanently Closed)
Chef Jeff Ramsey, a Tokyo Michelin-starred chef, headed the original concept dining experience at Babe, which offered diners an evocative, multi-sensory approach to modern cuisine. It was one of the reasons why Babe was deemed to be one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL.
Chef Jeff has a myriad of accomplishments that make him and his restaurants popular. He was trained by Masayoshi Kazato, the official Sushi Ambassador of Japan; studied under chef José Andrés; became the Executive Chef of Tapas Molecular Bar at the 6-star Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel; and was featured at food pop-up restaurants all around the world.
Unfortunately, Babe by Jeff Ramsey closed due to the pandemic, but you can still enjoy the creations of Jeff Ramsey at Japas by Jeff Ramsey instead.
15. Café Café
The Parisian dining experience doesn’t have to be more than 10 hours of flight time away. The award-winning Café Café is founded by two gentlemen who were so moved by the ambience of the city of love that they decided to bring the experience to KL.
The setting is something you’d expect to see out of a movie, with exquisite décor that’s modern and chic, set against grand French designs..
Café Café presents a soupçon (bite-size) of classic, authentic French gastronomic pleasure. It serves up only the finest dishes, whilst delivering equally fine service as well.
If you’re coming with a loved one and celebrating a special occasion – or popping a special question – book ahead and try out the customised menu. The chefs will create aphrodisiacs to set the mood; it’s why this is one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL!
Prime is a fine dining restaurant located in five-star hotel Le Méridien, and prides itself in serving only the finest Halal-certified imported beef alongside a finely curated selection of wines.
Prime has received several awards, including TimeOut’s 2017 Best Fine Dining Restaurant – a category voted by readers.
The restaurant is led by a team of chefs under the eye of Executive Chef Antoine Rodriguez, who is armed with over three decades of culinary experience. It is definitely one of the factors that makes Prime one of the top steak diners and best fine dining restaurants in KL.
17. Dewakan Restaurant
When it opened its doors in 2018, there was chatter about Dewakan being one of the most exciting restaurants to keep an eye on.
And within just a year, Dewakan made it as the first Malaysian restaurant to earn its spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2019 and 2022. That’s enough to sway anyone en route to the restaurant. After all, who wouldn’t want to try out one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL and the region?
This fine dining restaurant is helmed by the former molecular gastronomy lecturer, Chef Darren Teoh. As a restaurant, Dewakan honours and values the natural beauty of the ingredients it uses.
With that in mind, it bridges the ingredients from its source to your plate – in the most interesting way possible.
Dewakan has a tasting menu that gets updated seasonally, and you can expect aesthetically presented dishes made with the freshest local produce.
18. Dining in The Dark KL
Now if you truly want a romantic dinner date like no other, then head to Dining in The Dark, where you’ll literally be dining in the dark. The fine dining restaurant has 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor, with nearly 2,000 reviews and a placement of #7 out of 4,520 other restaurants in KL!
The first of its kind, Dining in The Dark is a sensory experience that aims to bring awareness to those with impaired eyesight. But how does it enhance your dining experience in particular?
When your eyes are blacked out, every sound, movement, taste, and texture is a new adventure. The menu is kept a surprise – and changes often – so your palate is kept in the dark (mind the pun).
You can, however, expect to have the usual sequence for fine-dining: a starter, soup, main, and dessert. The flavours vary from each dish, so your mind is really twisted into figuring out what you’re having!
The only thing you do know about Dining in The Dark’s dishes is that it serves continental cuisine with a mix of oriental and Asian dishes.
Note: You will be guided by real visual-impaired staff so that you can properly immerse yourself in the experience. This is also one of the many reasons why it is one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL!
19. Lafite (Temporarily closed)
Located in Shangri-La Hotel, Lafite is a fine dining restaurant that offers French cuisine with a twist. Through the years, the French restaurant has won many awards, showing how great the food and service are.
Before heading to Lafite, be sure to pop into the Red Room for pre-dinner drinks!
As one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL, you can be assured that Lafite uses only the best seasonal produce from Europe and pairs them with flavours that express the dishes in the best way possible.
Together with tasty offerings, you can request to have wines chosen for you – so they’re paired with your dishes and complements the flavours!
While Lafite is temporarily closed at the moment, you can check its website for updates on when it will reopen!
Address: 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Shangri-La Hotel, Lobby Level, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12pm to 2.30pm (Mon – Fri) | Dinner: 7pm to 10.30pm (Mon – Sat)
20. Ciao Ristorante
Craving for some Italian cuisine? Head to Ciao Ristorante, one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL that serves up authentic Italian fare. Expect to see classics such as gnocchi and chicken confit – but elevated with modern techniques.
It is the oldest Italian restaurant in KL and has multiple awards under its belt – you can be sure that you’re only enjoying the best experience at Ciao Ristorante.
21. PRIVATE @ The Chow Kit
PRIVATE @ The Chow Kit is definitely a must-visit when you’re in KL. If you think that the best fine dining restaurants in KL are already exceptional, wait till you see what PRIVATE @ The Chow Kit has to offer.
Instead of dining in the main dining hall like every other fine dining restaurant, PRIVATE @ The Chow Kit offers a unique private dining experience where you and your special someone can dine in the comfort and privacy of your own intimate guest rooms complete with a view. This is also perfect for families dining with children without worrying that they’ll run off too far away from you.
As the restaurant is set within a hotel, diners can choose to extend beyond their set three-hour dining period at a 50% discount to prevailing overnight rates.
22. Envi Skydining
While most of us only expect good ambience, service, and food when it comes to fine dining, it certainly wouldn’t hurt if great views are included in the mix too. Check out Envi Skydining if that’s exactly what you’re looking for.
Located on the rooftop of Menara TA One, Envi Skydining offers amazing views of the Petronas Twin Towers as you indulge in Western dishes or local fare. You can choose to dine indoors away from the heat, or dine al fresco out on the terrace under the stars for a more romantic vibe. Knowing that this is a hot spot for couples to celebrate milestones in life, the restaurant has even included a heart-shaped installation at the exact spot with the best view of the Petronas Twin Towers so that you and your partner can take many photos for memories. This is one of the reasons why it is one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL.
23. Sabayon at EQ
Another one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL is Sabayon at EQ. Situated on the highest floor of EQ hotel, Sabayon serves up contemporary European cuisine made with premium imported ingredients and local Malaysian products in the form of three, four, and five-course meals.
Once you step foot inside the restaurant, you’ll be amazed by the high ceilings and the floor-to-ceiling glass windows that grant you a bird’s eye view of KL. With a series of accolades under its belt for its design and food, you can be assured that you will have one of the best times of your life when you dine here.
Key highlights of the menus offered include Butter Poached Blue Lobster, Blue Fin Tuna, Black Angus Tenderloin, and Hokkaido Scallop.
24. Cielo KL
Crowned to be one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL when it comes to romantic dates, celebrating special occasions, and popping the question, Cielo KL is a place you should bring your partner to when you travel to KL. This is especially so if the both of you are seafood lovers, as Cielo KL’s gourmet menu primarily offers seafood dishes such as Akami Tuna Tartare, Grilled Octopus, Pan-seared Scallops, Lobster, Marinated King Salmon, and Patagonian Toothfish.
Enjoy a romantic meal with your partner as you look out at the skyline of KL, and sip on tipples such as The Birdie, Martini, Nusa Cana’s Daiquiri, and Danzka Cosmopolitan.
Don’t forget to take lots of photos as well; it’s not often that you get such a stunning backdrop of KL’s skyline!
25. Blackbyrd KL
We all know the struggles of paying a fortune for a fine dining experience, only to leave the restaurant still feeling hungry. Thankfully, no such thing will happen when you dine at Blackbyrd KL. This restaurant serves a wide range of international cuisines and cocktails made with ingredients of the highest quality. However, to spice things up a little, Blackbyrd adds a playful twist to the dishes, bringing you interesting offerings such as Wagyu Satay and Escargot Cavatelli Porcini. These innovations are what make Blackbyrd KL one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL.
Look forward to enjoying a one-of-a-kind culinary experience when you book a table at Blackbyrd KL!
26. Skillet at 163
Opened just a few years ago in 2015, Skillet at 163 has quickly worked its way up to be one of the best fine dining restaurants in KL. It prides itself on offering a no-frills fine dining experience that anyone can enjoy at pocket-friendly prices. That’s right, you don’t have to feel on edge when you dine here; it is meant to be a more casual and comfortable fine dining experience.
Here, you can indulge in modern European cuisine cooked with French fine dining techniques in a contemporary urban setting that spans two floors. We’d recommend opting for a seat on the second floor if you’re looking to have a more intimate dining session with your partner.
If you’re not too sure what you’d like to have, opt for the Discovery Menu, a five-course menu that allows you to try a bit of everything. Some of the items served here include Hamachi, Foie Gras and Duck, Caviar and Crab, Aged Duck, Pain Perdu, and Petit Fours.
Address: Cormar Suites Kuala Lumpur, Unit 1, Lot 163, No. 10, Jalan Perak, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12pm to 3pm (Tue – Sun) | Dinner: 6pm to 10pm (Tue – Sun)
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