We’re living on an island after all.
*COVID Update: Remember to check ahead if they’re taking reservations!
1. Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro
At this fish market/restaurant’s Quayside Isle location, you can enjoy the freshest seafood while overlooking the sea. Choose from Atlantic Halibut, New Zealand Fresh Swordfish and other catches of the day (from $29.95), and have it done your way: pan-seared, battered, char-grilled – you name it! Tip: Its seasonal fresh oysters go from $4 each.
Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro, Quayside Isle, #01-04/05, 31 Ocean Way, 098375
2. Mykonos On The Bay
Be transported to the shores of Greece with this Santorini-inspired restaurant decked out in a clean blue-and-white theme. Whet your appetite with the cheesy Bougiourdi ($16) from their Mezedes dips and appetiser section before moving on to authentic fares like charcoal-grilled meats and dishes from “Grandma’s Recipe Book” – such as Moussaka, eggplant and beef casserole with creamy bechamel sauce ($27).
Mykonos On The Bay, Quayside Isle, #01-10, 31 Ocean Way, 098375
3. Ola Beach Club
What better place to dine on Hawaiian cuisine than by the beach? Eat your fill with menu items like Wagyu Beef Kua’ Aina Burgers (from $28), fresh Poke Bowls ($20 and up) and – in campy beach-bar style – cocktails served in tiki mugs (from $18). Tip: You can also try jet-skiing at this beach club.
Ola Beach Club, Sentosa, 46 Siloso Beach Walk, 099005
4. Smith Marine
Okay, so this isn’t exactly a waterfront restaurant, but that’s because it’s literally surrounded by water, like, on a floating platform. This reservation-required resto is reachable only by boat. Tip: You can go fishing for your own seafood right before your meal, and have whatever you catch cooked any way you like.
Smith Marine, Pulau Ubin Coastal Area, GPS: 01’23’52″N 103’57’42″E (call 9792 7609 to charter a bumboat)
5. BAO by CÉ LA VI
This new concept eatery at the CÉ LA VI SkyBar atop Marina Bay Sands allows you to sink your teeth into signature bao burgers made with fluffy steamed buns, such as the Black Angus BBQ Beef ($16) or Truffle Wagyu Beef Sukiyaki ($22) baos. Wash down your meal with a tasty cocktail or two, as you enjoy the breath-taking panorama of Singapore’s coastline and skyline.
BAO by CÉ LA VI, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Level 57, Tower 3, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, 018971
6. Bayswater Kitchen
Love seafood? So do the folks behind this place by Keppel Bay! Light starters like the Seared Tuna Nicoise ($18) whet your appetite for hearty mains such as the Fisherman’s Feast ($76), a deep skillet of linguine coated in briny seafood sauce and topped with squids, clams, prawns, mussels and seasonal fish.
Bayswater Kitchen, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, 098382
7. Tanjong Beach Club
Tanjong Beach Club is the perfect “getaway” within Singapore. Located right on Siloso Beach in Sentosa, it’s a great place to let the sun kiss your skin while wiggling your toes in the warm, white sand – all with a beer in hand. The Wagyu Tanjong Burger ($30) is a must-try, along with gluten-free Crispy Skin Barramundi ($34). Complement that with a wide selection of fun cocktails (from $20). Tip: It’s also a great place for brunch!
Tanjong Beach Club, Sentosa, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, 098942
8. The Clifford Pier
Here’s the tea if you love high tea: This posh restaurant by the Singapore River is a must-visit. While sampling its selection of delights with local flavours (think Heritage Dim Sum Brunch, $59, or Signature Kurobuta Pork & Crab Meat Ngoh Hiang, $18), you can admire the view of Marina Bay.
The Clifford Pier, 80 Collyer Quay, 049326
9. Bayside Drinks & Eats
This resto is the perfect place to kick back and sip an Aperol Spritz, while soaking in the panoramic view of the Singapore River and MBS across the way. Its solid bar food menu includes a crave-worthy Lobster Roll ($24) and Truffle Fries ($12). And during Sunset Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, you can enjoy two-for-one house drinks, beers and wines ($20+ for two).
Bayside Drinks & Eats, 1 Fullerton Rd., #01-12 One Fullerton, 049213
By Pinky Chng + Additional reporting by Cheryl Lim / Updated by Muneerah Bee, February 2020 and by Willaine G. Tan, December 2020. Images are courtesy of the respective restaurants/cafes or taken from their social media pages.
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