Last Updated: September 18, 2020
There are plenty of restaurant guides out there that offer you exquisitely romantic restaurants; if you are willing to spend an arm and a leg.
If, like me, you regularly need a more affordable dining option that’s still cosy enough for a romantic date, this guide is for you. Especially for a first date, you definitely don’t want to break the bank, but still want to impress with your knowledge and selection of intimate dining spots.
For Valentine’s day couples who don’t want to go all crazy on caviar, champagne and lavish dinners as well, these restaurants are just for you. The 20 affordable romantic restaurants listed here will set you back in the range of S$40 – S$70 per person if you plan properly and don’t order the Dom Perignon.
Love spending a romantic evening watching the sunset along the waters thereafter chill to lounge tracks blasting in the background? Then 1-V:U is a must-visit!
Located on the rooftop of Outpost Hotel in Sentosa, 1-V:U is definitely a place where you can let loose and savour good food at the same time. Start off your night with a serving of their Oyster Sling (S$6 per piece, minimum two pieces) and slowly eat your way up to delectable mains such as the V:U Wagyu Patty Melt (S$25) and East Java Beef Pasta (S$23).
As the night goes on, snack on the popular favorite—VU’s Loaded Chips With Kombu Truffle Oil, Sherry Vinegar, Grated Parmesan (S$12)—as you drink and dance to your heart’s content.
Situated along the riverbank of Clarke Quay, Zorba, The Greek Taverna is the perfect spot to dine into humble Greek bites for those looking for an exotic dining experience on date night.
For a classic Greek food adventure, try the Dips Platter (S$28), a traditional appetiser featuring a generous pile of warm and fluffy pita bread served with six different homemade dips. Thereafter, feast on the Mixed Grill Platter (S$88) for a true authentic communal Greek food experience. The humongous platter encompasses a heap full of different meats that will surely wake up the carnivore in you!
Mark a sweet ending to your meal with the Greek Baklava (S$12). Savour the crisp layers of filo pastry as the melt in your mouth, exuding a nectarous sweetness and nutty fragrance from the generous amount of mixed nuts used.
Since we are in the topic of romantic restaurants, we definitely cannot leave out the tranquil neighbourhood of Dempsey. And for that botanic ambience with every part of the restaurant picture-perfect for the ‘gram, Como Cuisine is the place you should be heading to.
Leading the kitchen team is Chef Tshering, a Bhutanese who spent almost a decade working in the kitchens of COMO Hotels and Resorts. At Como Cuisine, you can relish in Bhutan-inspired dishes such as the Green Bamboo Rice Bowl (S$24) and the Tandoor Cauliflower (S$22).
Don’t forget to end off your meal with the eatery’s signature Pandan Crepe (S$12). Wrapped in a delicate layer of pandan skin, these pillow-soft parcels are filled with whipped cream and fresh mangoes that will make for a satisfying end to your meal!
Occupying the first floor of Maison Ikkoku, SLING not only serves up an impressive calibre of cocktails but also a menu of mouth-watering Singaporean favourites with a delightful Peranakan slant.
Begin your meal by getting your hands dirty with the D.I.Y Popiah (S$36/Vegetarian, S$39/Sweet Pork, S$49/Crispy Prawn). Presented in a traditional tingkat, each layer opens to reveal the various accoutrements that you can use to customise your very own roll.
Paying tribute to Chef Ethan’s grandmother’s recipes, SLING also offers a taste of home with the Babi Hitam (S$39) and Nenek Chicken (S$28). Pair your dishes alongside their Nasi Biru (S$3)—a beautiful blue-coloured bowl of fragrant blue pea rice that is the best companion to all the dishes served!
In search of great views to impress your Valentine’s date? Look no further, with stunning views right at Arbora.
With its getaway location right at the peak of Mount Faber, you will definitely be in awe with the views of Singapore’s lush landscape, as well as the captivating view of the cable cars that travel between Faber Peak and Sentosa.
The restaurant boasts both indoor and outdoor seating, which plays on the theme of an urban jungle.
Looking to capture memories of you and your date? Well, Arbora has plenty of feature walls as well as corners for an ideal #OOTD or #foodporn shot! Head over to the restaurant during evenings, where the sunset would serve as a great backdrop to your photos.
Try some of their dishes like the Fisherman’s Stew (S$42), a perfect dish to share with your special one. With a dish full of ingredients—lobster, abalone, scallops, and squid in a tomato pronto sauce with garlic bread—you will be assured that both you and your date will be satisfied.
Go for other bites like their Tomahawk Pork Ribs (S$60), as well as their Rack Of Lamb (S$36), which will definitely score points with your partner.
End your meal with their Chempedak Bread & Butter (S$13), to end the night on a good note.
Looking to impress your Valentine’s date with a gastronomic food journey? Here at Voyage Patisserie, you will be on a voyage that represents Chef Jonathan’s journey and the experience that the team behind Voyage Patisserie wants to bring you on, through the various dishes served.
Chef Jonathan—owner and head chef of Voyage Patisserie—worked in France for two years before returning to Singapore. With quality imported ingredients, Chef Jonathan hopes to introduce casual fine dining to the heartlands.
With the extension of the use of nautical colours, ‘Voyage’ is embossed on white flushed walls. The cemented flooring against furnishings with wooden accents is chic and humble, perfect for your Valentine’s date without trying too hard.
For those looking for a vegetarian option, there’s the Wild Mushroom Macaroni (S$15)—which is the restaurant’s take on the good ol’ English favourite, mac and cheese.
The mornay sauce (a béchamel sauce with shredded or grated cheese, usually gruyere) covered every single piece of macaroni evenly without being too rich. The aftertaste of the dish was divine, with the unique fragrance of mushrooms that lingers.
Get the Voyage Patisserie’s signature cake, Cynthia (S$9), to express your love to that special someone. The beautifully rose-shaped cake that consists of rose chantilly cream, lychee bits, raspberry gelée and genoise sponge is delicate in texture and flavour.
Voyage Patisserie: 249 Outram Road, Singapore 169048 | Tel: +65 6223 2490 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun to Thu), 11am – 12pm (Fri & Sat) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
For a heartwarming time with your date, consider The Botanic. With it’s refreshed nature-inspired interior dining, this place is perfect for couples who seek places with good vibes.
Give the Smoked Sambal Short Rib (S$39) a go, with its tender and sufficiently fatty texture. It pairs well with the spice and acidity of the horseradish and roasted padron peppers.
End your meal on a sweet note with the Ginger Flower Pannacotta (S$12). Topped with charred orange, lemongrass and edible flowers, this is a dessert for fruit lovers out there, with an excellent pairing of creamy panna cotta and charred orange which gave an acidic zestiness to the dish.
The Botanic: 252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Shopping Centre, #01-22A, Singapore 179103 | Tel: +65 6837 0995 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11pm (Sun to Wed), 11.30am – 11.30pm (Thu to Sat) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Bringing Spanish cuisine right at Keong Saik Road, Olivia Restaurant & Lounge serves a taste of Barcelonian-inspired flavours to the table, with rustic tiling and light wooden features that will definitely get you and your Valentine’s date in the mood.
Have a taste of the said-to-be best beef in the world, the Dry-Aged Galician Beef (marinated for 45 days) (S$32). With its sensational meat flavour, as well as the fatty edges that were satisfyingly gelatinous that made biting every slice gratifying, this dish will surely bring delight to your Valentine’s date.
For the heartwarming moments with your extraordinary one, get the “Ibiza” Style Fish & Seafood Stew (S$38). With a handful of potatoes, squid and prawns, along with the fish of the day, this will surely warm hearts.
Olivia Restaurant & Lounge: 55 Keong Saik Road, #01-03, Singapore 089158 | Tel: +65 6221 0522 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm & 6pm – 10pm (Tue to Thu), 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm till late (Fri & Sat), Closed on Sun & Mon | Facebook | Instagram| Website
For a pasta-centric Valentine’s meal, head over to Bar Cicheti. The brown accented chic interior is played well with the high arch of lights that is the centrepiece of the pasta place, making the dining space much more intimate.
Have a spicy time with pasta like their Paccheri (S$20/S$34). It’s a tubular-shaped pasta that’s coupled with slow-braised polpo (Spanish octopus) and flavours to complete the experience—fresh tomatoes simmered long and slow, folded with fiery flavours of chilli, anchovies and capers. Seal the deal with starters like the Salvia Fritta (S$8), as well as the Lingua di Manzo Tannato (S$18).
Bar Cicheti: 10 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089264 | Tel: +65 6789 9801 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Places for intimate date nights are hard to come by. If you are looking for a dimly lit booth seat for just you and your partner with mellow lo-fi music playing at the background, LUMO is the place to be.
Situated at South Bridge Road, the bar and restaurant is a hotbed where unique cocktails are served and food is given creative spin.
Saddle up to the bar for a pre-dinner drink—the Devil’s Breeze (S$20), a refreshing start to your delectable dinner. To complement your cocktails, the watering hole serves up a range of light bites such as the Aged Chicken Wings, Aigre Doux (S$18). Brined and aged to perfection, every bite has a deep intense flavour that is best enjoyed with your fingers.
Steak or seafood, feel free to take your pick between their Westholme Wagyu Intercoastal, Pickled Kohlrabi, Shallot Confit, Veal Jus (S$32) and the Hokkaido Scallops, Burnt Leek, Spinach Velouté (S$30). Both plates boost their distinct characteristic flavours which you will be tempted not to share!
With fresh, hand-made pasta, Pasta Brava is an amazing Italian restaurant with very classic Italian interiors. They also provide crayons to doodle on the white table mat while waiting for your food! More fun for your dinner date; you can play Pictionary if you run out of things to say.
Definitely try the different kinds of pasta here. The Linguine Regina Del Mare ($23) is recommended if you like tomato-based seafood pasta.
The risottos are also really well executed and not too gruel-like. Try the Risotto Nero Alla Sinfonia Dei Nostri Mari ($23), which is a seafood and squid ink risotto.
Pasta Brava: 11 Craig Road, Singapore 089671 | Tel: +65 6227 7550 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 6.16pm – 10.30pm (Mon to Fri), 12pm – 2.30pm & 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Sat), 6pm – 9.30pm (Sun) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
L’Entrecote at Customs House is an outlet that overlooks the Marina Bay waterfront, so you’ll definitely get panoramic views of the sweeping promenade while dining on its famed entrecôte steak, be it from its 42-seater indoor space or its 60-seater alfresco area. On the inside, L’Entrecôte The Steak & Fries Bistro is decked out with vibrant red accents and floor-to-ceiling windows to allow natural light in.
Aside from its signature menu, try dishes like the Wagyu Beef Cubes (S$22). It comes with a small pot of its golden L’Entrecôte sauce to pair with the glorious meet. The sauce is made with a secret recipe with 53 ingredients, allowing you to flex this fact and impress your date.
L’Entrecote (Customs House): 70 Collyer Quay, Customs House, #01-01, Singapore 049323 | Tel: +65 6690 7565 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm (Mon to Thu), 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm (Fri), 6pm – 11pm (Sat), 5pm – 10pm (Sun) | Facebook | Instagram| Website
A casual, pizzeria overlooking the sea, this is for the beach-loving couples. The open-air layout lets you enjoy the cool sea breeze while dining on a selection of wood-fired thin crust pizza and pasta dishes. You can take a stroll on the beach after dinner like in the movies too!
The signature 12-inch Pizza Siciliana ($23.90) comes with sausages, olives and capsicum, while the Seafood linguine ($22.90) is also something to savour while enjoying the amazing view. The alcohol tends to be on the high side though, and travelling all the way to Sentosa might not be the best idea for a first date, but definitely as a second or third date option.
Trapizza: 101 Siloso Road, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore 098970 | Tel: +65 6376 2662 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon to Thu), 11am – 10pm (Fri to Sun) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Les Bouchons, a humble and quaint diner spot, will transport you to Paris through its doors. The 300g Grilled Ribeye With Vigneron Butter (S$36.80) is juicy and comes with a nice charred top, which is already more than enough to eat along with free-flow fries. Note: Parisian-style steak is always one degree rawer than usual, so if you want a medium-rare steak, ask for medium doneness and so on.
Add an appetiser, such as the Burgundy Escargot with Garlic Butter ($18) if you want more variety. An affordable yet really good steak restaurant date. There are two outlets, one at Ann Siang and the other at Robertson Quay.
Les Bouchons: 7 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069689 | Tel: +65 6423 0737 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm & 6.30pm – 10pm (Mon to Thu), 12pm – 2.30pm & 7pm – 10.30pm (Fri), 7pm – 10.30pm (Sat), Closed on Sun | Facebook | Instagram | Website
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Already having five branches, PS.Cafe continues to create chic, classy cafe settings that are just dreamy to visit. The interior is also intimately lit and guaranteed to stir the romance in the air. I chose this branch to feature because it is conveniently located in town.
PS Cafe is well-known for its Truffle Shoestring Fries ($15), which is very generous in portion and truffle oil. The Crab Tart ($32), served with prawn bisque cream, lemon-dressed greens and harissa is also a hot favourite that sells out frequently. Top off dinner with the Sticky Date ($14.90), which has butterscotch as well as vanilla ice cream to pair with the warm pudding.
Opened by Chef Peter Neo, the highlights are definitely the Italian food that Pietro Ristorante serves. Its uniqueness lies in the fresh quality ingredients and original homemade sauces used in each dish. The pizzas are certainly a must-try, cooked straight from the red wood-fired oven, which is lovely to watch as the chef bakes them before your eyes. The tasty Pizza Pietro ($26) has 1-for-1 promotions, so it’s really an amazing deal to snag.
Besides offering a wide affordable range of pizzas, Pietro’s menu also consists of tantalizing appetizers, soups, risotto, and a sumptuous variety of pasta, and not forgetting classy desserts and wine. The Linguine al Cartoccio ($26) is a spicy crayfish pasta which also has a 1-for-1 deal, and a recommended try.
Pietro Ristorante Italiano: 12 Jalan Kelulut, Singapore 809030 | Tel: +65 6484 5528 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Mon to Fri), 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5pm – 10.30pm (Sat & Sun) | Facebook | Instagram| Website
Serving contemporary comfort food right next to the Bukit Timah Saddle Club, Riders Cafe is a popular spot for brunch while admiring the majestic horses. A secluded find that has a certain charm amongst all the serene greenery. It gets really packed over the weekend nonetheless, where brunch ends at 3pm, so make reservations.
Try the Pacific Benedict ($16) with swimmer crab, poached eggs and Spinach and Shrimp Hollandaise for a more oceanic flavour rather than the usual eggs benedict. It’s pretty casual here but quite a nice spot for a date away from the buzz of the city.
Platypus Kitchen believes that gourmet dining should be affordable and accessible to everyone. Hence, the restaurant at Bugis Junction is highly accessible and can cater to a mass number of patrons. Impress your date with good food, and be able to comfortably take the bill like a boss.
The cuisine is inspired by the Mediterranean Sea and contains no added preservatives or additives. Supposedly having the widest selection of kinds of pasta and risottos in Asia, try the Truffle Carbonara Tagliatelle ($16.50), which has double-smoked bacon in a creamy truffle egg-yolk sauce. The Pressed Pork Belly ($19.90) is also wonderfully tender served with braised apple and a clove apple glaze.
Platypus Kitchen: 200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction, #03-29, Singapore 188021 | Tel: +65 6333 4434 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm (Sun to Thu), 11.30am – 11.30pm (Fri & Sat) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Date night is a big thing for any couple given our busy schedules in Singapore and all the more something to look forward to. One Bistro Wine Bar is a hidden gem in the East that you can bring your loved one to for a little escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The Prawn Aglio Olio ($18) is one of the signature dishes, and it’s immediately obvious why; plump and juicy prawns are tossed in linguine and a spicy and garlicky homemade pesto that I wish I could bottle and take home with me.
One Bistro Wine Bar: 14 Jalan Pari Burong, Singapore 488680 | Tel: +65 6243 6266 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 12pm (Mon to Fri), 6pm – 12am (Sat), Closed on Sun | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Longtail Asian Brasserie & Bar is complete with a bay view to impress your date. Situated at Customs House, the restaurant offers a unique take on Asian cuisine. Expect Asian touches to spaghetti, pork knuckle and many more.
Are you one of them tired souls that are sick of all the modern European or Italian cuisine and all you really want is a good plate of Asian persuasion? The Grandma Chicken Rice ($20) with lean chicken breast is stewed for three hours in a secret chicken broth, topped with fried egg & Chinese pork sausage.
Longtail Asian Brasserie & Bar: 70 Collyer Quay, Customs House, #01-03, Singapore 049323 | Tel:+65 6532 1319 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11pm (Mon to Fri), Closed on Sat & Sun | Facebook | Instagram | Website