20 best fine dining restaurants in KL for a tantalising treat for your palate

Kuala Lumpur is home to many great fine dining restaurants. It’s a great place for a short getaway as it is accessible by flight in less than two hours. Or, if you’re up for an adventurous road trip with your family and friends, a five-hour land trip.

Many Singaporeans visit fine dining restaurants in KL because they offer 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 20 fine dining restaurants in KL that you can check out.

Just remember to make a reservation before heading over!

1. Marble 8 on 56

The fine-dining restaurant 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: Mon – Sun, 12pm – 2.30pm & 7pm – 11pm
Contact: Website or +60 32 386 6030

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 will make the perfect setting for your fine-dining experience with your loved ones – or even business associates!

Address: Level 38, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12 Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 6am – 10.30am & 12pm – 1am. Sat – Sun, 6am – 11am & 12pm – 1am
Contact: Website or +60 32 182 1234

3. Fuego @ Troika Sky Dining

For South American food, head to Fuego, where an alfresco fine-dining experience awaits you. This restaurant is great 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 gives 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 6.30pm to 8.30pm, 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.

Address: Level 23A, Tower B The Troika, 19, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs, 6pm – 12am. Fri – Sat, 6pm – 1am
Contact: Website or +60 32 162 0886

4. Cantaloupe @ Troika Sky Dining

Just like Fuego, Cantaloupe is located at The Troika, and it’s another fine dining option that offers you a more classy, 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.

Address: Level 23A Tower B, The Troika, 19, Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 12pm – 2pm & 6pm – 10.30pm. Sat – Sun, 6pm – 10.30pm
Contact: Website or +60 32 162 0886

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: Level 56, Petronas, Menara 3, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm. Sat – Sun, 1pm – 4pm & 6pm – 10.30pm
Contact: Website or +60 32 164 5084

6. Marini’s on 57

With a 4.5-star rating on Google (where harsh critics are), 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: 57 Menara 3 Petronas Persiaran, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Sun – Weds, 5pm – 1am. Thurs – Sat, 5pm – 3am
Contact: Website or +6 032 386 6030

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.

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The fine dining Japanese restaurant features 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: Mon – Sat, 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm. Closed on Sundays.
Contact: Website or +60 32 181 4099

8. Barat

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 – and a casual dress code too! But its casual setting is contrasted with tasty dishes that can only be found in a fine dining restaurant.

 

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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!

Address: 19, Lorong Kurau, Taman Bukit Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 11am – 11.30pm
Contact: Website or +60 10 288 2654

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 from over 400 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.

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, 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
Contact: Website or +6 032 179 8885

10. Tamarind Springs

This is a little bit on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, 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 the fine dining restaurant 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: Jalan 1, Taman Tun Abdul Razak, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon, 6pm – 12am. Tues – Sat, 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm. Sun, 11.30am – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm
Contact: Website or +6 034 256 9300

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. 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 Kuala Lumpur.

Tamarind Hill is also known as one of the finest Thai and Burmese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, 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: Mon – Fri, 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 12am. Sat – Sun, 6pm – 12am

Contact: Website or +6 032 148 3200

 

12. Bijan Bar & Restaurant

With over 1,000 reviews, Bijan Bar & Restaurant earns a four-star rating on TripAdvisor and has 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, or 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.

Address: 3-5, Seri Bukit Ceylon, 8 Lorong Ceylon Off, 3, Jalan Ceylon, Bukit Ceylon, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 4.30pm – 11pm.
Contact: Website or +60 32 031 3575

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: Tues – Sun, 12pm – 2.30pm & 6.30pm – 10.30pm (2nd seating begins at 8.30pm). Closed on Mondays
Contact: Website or +6 012 330 3600 or +6 032 727 6688

14. Babe by Jeff Ramsey (Permanently Closed)

Chef Jeff Ramsey, a Tokyo Michelin-starred chef, heads the original concept dining experience at Babe, which offers diners an evocative, multi-sensory approach to modern cuisine.

Chef Jeff has a myriad of accomplishments that make him and his restaurant 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.

He’s even a highly-requested culinary educator in the US. If these aren’t enough to give you a push to try Babe, what would?

The restaurant approaches its food in a simple way that respects the integrity of fresh product, and seasonal harvests. It is presented so beautifully, you’ll definitely remember each dish you savour for a long time.

The menu changes every now and then, depending on the temperate season of Japan and paying tribute to Babe’s source of ingredients and main inspiration.

Address: Level 11, [email protected], Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Tues – Sun, 6pm – 11.30pm. Closed on Mondays.
Contact: Website, +6 013 209 1330

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.

Address: 175, Jalan Maharajalela, Kampung Attap, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 6pm – 12am.
Contact: Website or +60 32 145 8141

16. Prime

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 in Kuala Lumpur.

Address: 2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 12pm – 2.30pm & 6.30 – 10.30pm. Sat – Sun, 6.30 – 10.30pm
Contact: Website or +6 032 263 7434

17. Dewakan Restaurant

 

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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. That’s enough to sway anyone en route to the restaurant.

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.

 

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Dewakan has a tasting menu that gets updated seasonally, and you can expect aesthetically presented dishes made with the freshest local produce.

Address: Level 48, Naza Tower, Persiaran KLCC, 50088, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 12 – 2.30pm & 7 – 11pm
Contact: Website or +60 35 565 0767

18. Dining in The Dark

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Challenge yourself for an unforgettable dining experience in the dark. #Repost @pretty_and_addicted ・・・ •DINING IN THE DARK• . . . Expérience inoubliable ! Ça faisait des années que je voulais le faire (depuis que je l’avais lu dans un livre). C’est drôle, il fallait que je vienne à KL pour vivre cette expérience ! C’est une chose à faire au moins une fois dans sa vie. C’est pas juste manger dans le noir absolu, mais c’est aussi se faire servir par une personne aveugle et se mettre à leur place le temps d’un dîner. Je vous conseille de tenter l’expérience à 1000% . . وَإِنْ تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَةَ اللهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا إِنَّ اللهَ لَغَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ صدق الله العظيم

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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.

In case you’re wondering how dark it actually is…

Note: You will be guided by real visual-impaired staff so that you can properly immerse yourself in the experience.

Address: 50A, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 6pm – 9.30pm
Contact: Website or +6 032 110 0431

19. Lafite

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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!

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The restaurant uses the best seasonal produce from Europe, coupled 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!

Address: 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Shangri-La Hotel, Lobby Level, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 12pm – 2.30pm & 7pm – 10.30pm. Sat, 7pm – 10.30pm. Closed on Sundays
Contact: Website or +6 032 074 3900

20. Ciao Ristorante (Temporarily Closed)

Although Ciao Ristorante is closed at the moment, it will reopen in early 2020. It’s definitely worth waiting for – just check out its 4.2-star reviews on Google!

Ciao serves up authentic Italian fare such as gnocchi and chicken confit – but elevated with modern techniques. It is the oldest Italian restaurant in Kuala Lumpur and has multiple awards under its belt – you can be sure that you’re only enjoying the best experience at Ciao Ristorante.

Address: 20A, Jalan Kampung Pandan, Kelab Golf di Raja Selangor, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 1030pm. Sat – Sun, 6pm – 1030pm
Contact: Website or +60 39 285 4827

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