Everyone pampers their significant other once in a while. We bring them to romantic restaurants to enjoy delicious food and soak in the nice ambience.
With the rising costs in Singapore, I’m certain that you’ll be scratching your head looking for places that will not burst your budget. Where will you be able to find great food, coupled with great views, or even a picturesque setting to set your romantic date in the mood, you may ask?
After scouting high and low, I proudly present to you my list of 21 wallet-friendly romantic restaurants to dine-in with your other half.
1. Eden Restaurant
Have you and your partner been to the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay, and were exclaiming at how gorgeous it looks? Well, Eden Restaurant at Pullman Singapore Orchard happens to be inside a glasshouse that’s filled with greenery as well.
Let the gorgeous sunlight from the outdoors permeate the space through its glass windows as both of you sit down for a nice lunch. Eden Restaurant offers 2-course set lunches at S$35 which come with a beverage as well.
Select from their choices of delicious mains like Curried Cauliflower Steak with Asian Chimichurri or Crusted Grilled Pork which are served with garlic fried rice. Pair them with a nice dessert like the Lemongrass & Ginger Jelly or from their selection of speciality cakes, and you’re pretty much covered for the night.
You can also head there for a romantic evening and start things off with the Tuna Ceviche with Ikura (S$26). Try interesting fusion dishes such as the Satay Lamb Rack (S$40) which features grilled satay-style lamb chop served with charred broccolini and homemade peanut sauce.
2. Olivia Restaurant & Lounge
Olivia Restaurant & Lounge at Keong Saik Road has rustic tiling and light wooden features, which give off Mediterranean vibes that make you feel like you’ve travelled to Barcelona.
Chef and co-founder, Alain Devahive heads the kitchen and has garnered multiple awards. Oh, fun fact… the restaurant is named after his daughter (how cute).
While having your first drink of Jovial Martini (vodka, passionfruit, vanilla, sparkling wine, egg white, angostura and lime) (S$25) together, share a couple of their starters such as the vegetarian Mushroom & Truffle Croquettes (S$16 for 2 pieces), Olives (S$9) and Bikini ‘Barcelona’ (Iberico ham, mozzarella cheese and truffle sandwich) (S$16).
When you’re done with the savouries, enjoy some sweet treats from the dessert menu. Get Olivia’s Chocolate Cheesecake (S$18) or the Apple Fine Tarte with Ice Cream (S$15)… you’ll regret it if you don’t.
3. La D’Oro
Tucked away in the centre of Singapore’s shopping belt lies La D’Oro which is located inside the Mandarin Gallery. What if you could meld the best of Italian and Japanese cuisine together into a single place? With Chef-Owner, Yohei Sasaki’s fusion dishes at this cosy and romantic spot, now you can.
The menu renders comfort food of Italian classics done right, with some inspiration from Japan. Whet your appetite with their series of small plates. Order the Raspadura Cheese (S$13) to start. Served with delicate homemade bread, these ultra-thin shavings of Raspadura cheese are milky and virtually melt on the tongue.
Another dish worth trying is the Ossobuco Alla Milanese (S$22 for 3 pieces). Tender, slow-braised Hokkaido snow beef A5 shank coupled with saffron risotto chips, what’s there not to like about it? Yummy!
When you’re all fired up for the mains, order a Pizza Bismarck (S$32) to share amongst the 2 of you. The soft crust has slices of Mortadella ham, sliced button mushrooms, a Japanese poached egg, and decadent mozzarella cheese.
4. Fat Prince Kafé
Fat Prince Kafé is a contemporary restaurant that serves up creative Middle Eastern food at Peck Seah Street. The atmosphere boasts warm lights, and wooden undertones that give off a luxurious vibe.
For just S$29, the set lunch is a steal! You’ll get a choice of dips (Artichoke and Herb Hummus or Roasted Cashew Hummus), a choice between 4 mezzes (includes Broccolli Salad and Chopped Kale), 2 selections of kebabs (Truffle Falafel, Spicy Seabass, Charcoal Chicken, Pit Smoked Pork Rib or Pit Roasted Lamb Leg), and a dessert.
You can also head over there after the sun sets for a romantic night out. Munch on some yummy appetisers such as the Crispy Brussels Sprouts (S$15), Cured Kingfish (S$28) and Whole Grilled Tiger Prawns (S$36).
Be sure to save some stomach space for their desserts. Enjoy the Mascarpone Knafeh (S$15) with coconut, pandan and gula melaka or tuck into some Flourless Chocolate Cake (S$15) served with chocolate mint ice cream.
Located at Palais Renaissance at Orchard Road (Singapore’s hottest shopping area), Estuary is a paradise for pescatarians who are passionate about seafood. It exudes a laid-back and funky Californian-ish vibe with its minimalist decor, catchy tunes and green fauna.
With their recently updated menu, go there with an empty stomach to eat as much as you can. Be delighted with their raw seafood dishes like the Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio (S$25) which is served with zesty passionfruit, cucumber, green chilli, and spiced oil. Or savour the spicy Big Eye Tuna Tartare (S$25) which is a fiery combination of Calabrian chilli, sesame and chaat puri.
If you arrive during their happy hour (4.30pm to 7pm), you have to get their fresh oysters like the Usual (S$3 per piece) and Premium (S$4 per piece).
Estuary specialises in aged fish. Aging is said to make the meat more flavourful and tender due to the breaking down of the enzymes. It also gives a crispy crackling effect on the skin. Try the Japanese Hamachi 200gm (S$47) which comes with baba ghanoush or the Red Grouper Papilotte 200gm (S$37) which is flavoured with clams, tomato and preserved lemon.
6. Pasta Brava
With freshly handcrafted pasta and ravioli, Pasta Brava is an amazing Italian restaurant which is also known to be one of the oldest in Singapore. They’ve moved from their old premises at Craig Road to Scarlett Hotel in Erskine Road in 2021.
They’ve combined with Sofi Cafe Keto and is probably the only Italian restaurant that offers amazing keto lasagna, pizza, tiramisu and more all under one roof.
The restaurant has 2 areas with different feels. The Santorini design with its vibrant bar vibes (popular with the younger crowd), and the Tuscany design which features an elegant and warm atmosphere for romantic or business settings.
Some of the crowd favourites include Spaghetti Squid Ink (S$30.80), Stracci (S$31) (handmade fresh pasta with scallops, prawns, green peppercorn with saffron cream sauce), Deep Fried Pumpkin Ravioli (S$34.00) and Pork Tortellini (S$30.50) (tortellini with Iberico pork sauteed with Parma ham, broccoli, peas in mint olive oil).
If either of you are watching your waistline, you could also order from their keto selections such as the beef Keto Cheesy Lasagna (S$33) and the Keto Burrata Pizza (S$34).
When you’re here, don’t forget to order their must-have desserts like the Tiramisu (S$16) and Sticky Dates Pudding (S$15.80).
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If you think that romantic restaurants are usually indoors and look posh, you’re not wrong. But it can take place outdoors as well. A perfect example would be Trapizza, which is a casual Italian pizzeria located on Siloso Beach in Sentosa— perfect for beach-loving couples!
During the day, the open air layout lets you enjoy the cool sea breeze while getting a healthy dose of vitamin D at the same time. Taking a nice stroll on the beach after dinner can be super nice as well.
Be spoiled for choice with their 17 types of wood-fired pizzas that have something for everyone. The Pizza Salmone (S$27) is topped with Norwegian smoked salmon slices, red onions, capers, sour cream, tomato sauce, oregano, garlic oil, and mozzarella cheese.
The Pizza Inferno (S$25) is a luxurious mix of smoked chicken, roasted capsicums, button mushrooms, artichokes, and chilli flakes.
Besides various types of pasta, Trapizza also has Risotto Di Mare (S$29) (seafood risotto) and Gnocchi Alla Sorentina (S$25) (traditional Sorento gratinated homemade gnocchi served with tomato ragout, basil, buffalo mozzarella cheese, parmesan and pecorino cheese).
Do you and your partner enjoy nature walks around neighbourhood parks? If the answer is yes, why not dine within nature itself? If you’ve never checked out ToriYard at Bishan Park, it’s time you did.
Renowned for their exquisite Japanese fare and yakitori, you can now feast on delights from the land of the rising sun while admiring the park’s lush greenery. Head over on weekdays from 11.30am to 3pm for their Teishoku menu.
Relish in a plethora of delicious dishes such as the Buta Shogayaki Teishoku (stir-fried ginger pork) (S$27), Tempura Moriawase Teishoku (deep-fried assorted tempura) (S$27), and Saba Shioyaki Teishoku (salt-grilled mackerel) (S$21).
All the above-mentioned dishes are served with salad, onsen egg, kobachi yasai, rice or buckwheat noodle soup, and dessert.
The restaurant also opens till midnight, so both of you can take a nice and leisurely romantic stroll after your nice dinner to burn it off.
9. Pietro Ristorante Italiano
With Pietro Ristorante Italiano located at Jalan Kelulut, you no longer have to travel to town to get high quality and scrumptious Italian cuisine. This comfortable mid-sized restaurant has an indoor sitting capacity of 56 and an outdoor al fresco area which can accommodate 32 people.
You’ll be able to find all the classic favourites on the menu like wood-fired handmade pizzas, plates of freshly-made pasta and creamy risotto.
Indulge in heartwarming soups like the Blue Swimmer Crab Bisque (S$12.90) and Zuppa Di Funghi (S$9.90) (mushroom soup). You can even pair it with the Focaccia Al Tartufo (S$15.90) which has truffle cream, mozzarella cheese and rosemary stuffed into the bread.
Carb-lovers will be blown away by the Ravioli Al Frutti Di Mare (S$28.90) which features homemade stuffed pasta with seafood and served with crayfish, chilli padi, pink sauce and grated Reggiano cheese.
For something more rich and decadent, go for the Gnocchi Al Quattro Formaggi (S$28.90) which is cooked in a cheese sauce using 4 kinds of cheese: mozzarella, parmesan, gorgonzola and feta.
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You can be rest assured that you’re in good hands when you dine at Gary’s located at Rochester Drive. The modern Italian restaurant was founded by Chef Gary Wu, who has over 30 years of experience, and has even cooked for the Royal Family Of Brunei. Impressive!
Be prepared for a divine dining experience with his use of premium ingredients. Head over here with your other half on weekdays for their 4-Course Set Lunch (S$48), which includes coffee or tea.
It consists of a starter (Smoked Duck Breast or Caprese Salad), a soup of the day, and a choice of main course: Arrabbiata (linguine in spicy tomato sauce), Slow Cooked Wagyu Beef Cheek Ragu or Salmon served with citrus salsa and watercress in warm butter sauce. Complete your meal with the dessert of the day or you can top up S$8 for a Tiramisu.
You can also explore their à la carte menu dishes such as the Lasagna (S$28), Gnocchi (S$24), and Lamb Rack (S$48).
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11. Casa MANINI
Nestled within the bustling eating paradise of Serangoon Gardens lies Casa MANINI which is located at the end of a quaint shophouse stretch. This cosy 48-seater trattoria is a family-run Italian restaurant which has a whimsical mix of plants, posters and quirky art pieces, proofing that not everything has to be neat and organised to be beautiful.
Satisfy your hunger with light bites such as the Foccacia (S$5) that’s served with extra virgin olive oil & aged balsamico. You can also enjoy a platter of Salumi (S$29) which features a selection of Italian pork-only cold cuts.
If you’re a pasta fan like myself, have a taste of the Ravioli Ai Crostacei (S$27) which is stuffed with lobster and crab, and served with pink sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. The Rigatoni Al Brasato Di Manzo (S$26) combines rigatoni pasta with 4-hour long braised Wagyu beef sauce. Yummy!
The menu also has 7 kinds of pizza which will satisfy people of all ages for sure. They include Carnivore (S$25), Burrata (S$28) and Quattro Formaggi (S$22).
12. Zorba The Greek Taverna
Zorba The Greek Taverna sits by the waterfront of Singapore River in Clarke Quay. If you’re looking for some quiet time away from the city, then head over here for some delicious Greek food while watching the sunset and enjoying some river breeze.
The ambience of the place is inspired by the charming white and blue architecture of the Santorini Island.
Pamper your taste buds with their range of appetisers which include Grilled Halloumi Cheese (S$16) which is served with balsamic cream and lemon wedges, Beef Moussaka (S$26) and Spanakopita (S$16) (spinach and cheese filled pastry).
Get seduced by the aromatic smells coming from the Hirines Brizoles (S$28), which is essentially a 220g Duroc Pork Cutlet that’s marinated and grilled, and served with chips, baby salad and tzatziki.
Pescatarians can also enjoy Pan-Seared Seabass (S$28) and Garides Saganaki (S$26) (pan-fried prawns with tomato sauce, feta cheese, baby salad and rice).
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13. Good Bites
When you’re searching for a romantic venue, a sports centre will probably be the last thing on your mind. Not when it comes to Bishan Sports Centre, though. It houses Good Bites, which is a Halal-certified Western fusion cafe.
Good Bites has a comfortable indoor dining area. But at the same time, there’s also a romantic outdoor patio decorated with fairy lights that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Look out for the Bundle for 2-Pax (S$49) on the menu which is an absolutely good deal not to be missed.
It entitles you to 2 mains, 2 drinks and 2 desserts. Choose from their yummy pasta dishes such as the Seafood Creamy Pasta or Carbonara. The drinks are not your typical soft drinks or iced teas. You can get mini loaded milkshakes that look so good on camera. The options include Salted Caramel, Cookie Top and Chocolove.
End things with their cute desserts like Marshmallow Croffle or Speculoos Croffle. The à la carte menu does not disappoint either. How does a Fried Chicken & Waffle (S$16.90) or Thai Fish Burger (S$17.50) sound? My stomach is already grumbling, asking to be fed!
Amò is a cool and romantic Italian restaurant on Hong Kong Street. The kitchen produces authentic traditional dishes from all parts of Italy with a modern twist.
Be impressed with their assortment of antipasti which has options like Crispy Calamari with Sumac and Sundried Tomato Aioli (S$22), Sourdough Bruschetta, Pizzutelli Tomatoes, Wild Garlic Pesto (S$24) and Artisanal Burrata Cheese with Datterini Tomatoes, Apple Balsamic and Calabrian Oregano (S$29).
The pizzas here are touted as one of the best in Singapore. So be sure to order at least 1 to share amongst the both of you.
Choose from their range of signature pizzas such as the Pancetta with Spicy Broccolini, Pumpkin and Smoked Mozzarella (S$30) and the vegetarian Roasted Delica Squash with Wild Garlic Pesto, Rucola, Beluga, Capers and Balsamico (S$25).
If you’re in the mood for seafood, give the Spanish Octopus with Romesco Sauce (S$38) and Hamachi Collar with Garlic & Lemon Butter Sauce (S$36) a try.
15. Botanico At The Garage
Botanico At The Garage is a garden-themed restaurant and bar located at Botanic Gardens. It dishes out contemporary European fare with Asian influences. The restaurant has a grand indoor dining hall and a jungle-like outdoor terrace and bar. It’s also an extremely popular destination for wedding and social events.
Enjoy a romantic evening and indulge in the 5-Course Dinner Set (S$88++ per pax) with a minimum order for 2. This set is only available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Get the ball rolling with some Bread Of The Day served with condiments and butter that’s smoked in-house. Then you’ll get the Chef’s starter, Salted Baked Beetroot and Wild Mushroom Soup. For your main meal, you’ll get to choose between 3 dishes: Wagyu Beef Cheek, 12 Hours Sous Vide Kurobuta Pork Belly or Red Snapper.
To end things on a sweet note, the Ondeh Ondeh or Varlhona Chocolate Merlot Cake will do the trick.
16. Canopy HortPark
There’s just something so comforting about being with nature. The calming sounds of birds and the surrounding greenery filled with fauna and colourful flowers is always invigorating. Canopy HortPark allows you to dine in a romantic and relaxing atmosphere, with an al fresco section and a cosy indoor dining area if the weather gets too hot.
The menu has brunch items, burgers, pasta, pizza and so much more. If you’re dining there before 2pm, why not try their delicious brunch items?
The Classic Eggs Benedict (S$20) is a deluxe plate consisting of sourdough toast, poached eggs, mushrooms, mesclun salad, hollandaise sauce, and a choice of one add-on: honey baked ham, smoked salmon, Parma ham or sauteed baby spinach.
If you’re feeling peckish for some finger food, you can order the Truffle Fries (S$15), Calamari Fritter (S$16), Sausage Platter (S$23) or Chicken Hot Wings (S$15). To wash it all down, sip on their creamy and decadent shakes such as the Chocolate Banana Shake (S$14).
17. Cinder Steakhouse
Even before you step into the romantic ambience of Cinder Steakhouse, you’ll be mesmerised by the architecture of the 1950s colonial longhouse where the restaurant dwells. This hot steak spot is for couples who take their meat seriously.
Enjoy the 200g Fillet Mignon MS3 (S$58) which is a 150-day barley-fed steak which comes from Lime Stone Coast, Victoria. Pair it with their choices of sauces like red wine sauce, bearnaise or black pepper sauce. You can also add on sides like Creamed Spinach (S$18) or Mashed Potatoes (S$14).
There are also pricier cuts like the 300g Ribeye Black Angus MS4 (S$79) and 300g Rump Cap MS7 (S$85).
Besides steak, the versatile menu also has other options. For a taste of the ocean, try their succulent oysters like Coffin Bay (S$36 for 6 pieces) and Sakoshi Bay (S$48 for 6 pieces). Head down from Tuesdays to Thursdays between 6pm to 7.30pm to get 50% off the Coffin Bay.
You can also go for their other selections of main courses such as the Ora King Salmon (S$51) or Lobster Tagliatelle (S$48).
18. Caffe Fernet
Caffe Fernet is housed at the iconic Customs House which offers spectacular views of the bay with Marina Bay Sands as the backdrop. The hip spot offers a fresh perspective on traditional Italian cuisine by combining local produce with the most unexpected ingredients.
If you’re a seafood afficionado, you must get the Fremantle Octopus (S$36) or Soft Shell Crab (S$30). Share a plate of Prawn Cappellini (S$36) with your partner. It comes with tiger prawns, burnt brussels sprouts and garlic confit or the Rigatoni Spicy vodka (S$32) which consists of pork sausage sugo and San Marzano tomatoes— absolutely mouth-watering!
A must for meat lovers, the Chicken Milanese (S$38) has marinated beetroot, wild arugula and porcini aioli.
No visit to Caffe Fernet is complete without admiring the great view and sipping on a nice cocktail. Try the Hazelnut Manhattan (S$25) which is a divine concoction of Maker’s Mark 46 bourbon whisky, hazelnut liqueur and 80% dark chocolate.
Another interesting option is the Breakfast Martini (S$22) which is a combination of Haku vodka, lemon juice, orange marmalade, English breakfast tea and clarified milk.
19. Allo French Restaurant
French cuisine is usually on the pricier side of dining options. Allo French Restaurant wants to challenge that norm and offer high quality yet affordable French dishes to the masses.
Fire up your appetite by indulging in their wide variety of starters such as the luxurious Bone Marrow with Chicken Ham & Basil Sauce (S$16) and Warm Oven Truffled Camembert with Figs Compote (S$22).
If you guys are steak lovers, fantastic! The Beef Tenderloin with Dauphinoise & Seasonal Vegetable (S$35) will knock your socks off. You can even treat yourself by adding on 50g Foie Gras (+S$10). There’s also the Wagyu Beef Sirloin with Pomme Puree & Seasonal Vegetable (S$35).
The French restaurant also has 2 reasonably-priced set lunches. The La Pasta (S$15.90++) consists of a starter (tomato soup, prawn salad or smoked duck breast salad), a pasta dish (mushroom aglio olio or primavera pasta), and yoghurt gelato for dessert.
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20. Bar Cicheti
Bar Cicheti is situated in a corner of Singapore’s charming Keong Saik enclave. The intimate dining space has a brown-accented chic interior with a sparkling high arch of hanging lights, which serves as the centrepiece of the place.
Pastas and wines hold equal weight, complementing each other while functioning as the guts and heart of the restaurant. Fresh, handmade pastas come in big and bold flavours while the eclectic international wine list will surely impress your partner.
Start off with some antipasti dishes such as the Carpacchio (S$22) of A5 Miyazaki Wagyu, truffle vinaigrette, wasabi oil, 30-month-old parmigiano reggiano and baby greens.
You’ll have a choice of deciding between a tasting portion and the full portion for their pastas. The Agnolotti (S$24/S$36) is served with beef cheek marmalade, red wine & marsala wine, butter, parsley oil and 15-year-old aged balsamic.
The Spaghettini (S$23/S$35) has fresh Argentinian red prawns, confit garlic, fried zucchini & parmigiana.
21. NOKA by Tippling Club
I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with rooftops which allow me to have unobstructed views of the surroundings. NOKA by Tippling Club happens to be sitting on one, the 7th floor rooftop of Funan to be exact.
It’s a trendy Japanese restaurant serving up vivacious small plates brimming with flavour and omakase with an irresistible lineup of Japanese whisky highballs and artisanal sake. The place is headed by the renowned Chef Ryan Clift of Tippling Club, an establishment known for its modern cuisine and cocktails.
If both of you took leave and are planning to head there for a weekday lunch, you got to order the Lunch Omakase (S$80++). You’ll start off with some Scallop Tacos flavoured with bincho oil and sudachi, followed by Hirame (olive flounder) served with the trustworthy wasabi–shoyu combo.
Then taste the Amaebi coupled with Japanese ginger, Black Cod Gindara and Unagi Rice Cracker. Finally, end off your afternoon with some refreshing Japanese Seasonal Fruit.
If omakase isn’t for you, you can browse through their à la carte food menu. Have a go at their snacks like the Sweet Potato Skins (S$16) with black truffle sour cream and tobiko.
A worthy mention is also the Braised Wagyu Short Rib (S$50) which comes with miso turnip, mizuna (Japanese mustard greens) and Hokkaido sweet potato chips.
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