Top Fine Dining Restaurants in Singapore

top fine dining restaurants in singapore

For many who aren’t used to the concept, fine dining may seem rather intimidating at first. It is often associated with class and perceived by many to be a luxurious dining experience exclusively for those in the upper class.

While it certainly costs more than your usual dinner takeout or casual dining at other restaurants, many chefs in fine dining restaurants want to allow others to experience this gastronomical affair and break the stigma that this is only for their wealthy clientele. 

What is fine dining? 

Many describe fine dining as a restaurant experience that is typically more sophisticated and expensive than casual restaurants. 

Some of the typical characteristics that make a fine dining restaurant are how there are multiple courses ranging from three to four courses, starting with an appetiser, followed by the main course and finishing off with dessert; they also have elegant a la carte and prix fixe menu options, and evidently more expensive food, as mentioned earlier. 

While each restaurant has its distinct differences whether that is in terms of cuisine and vision, they all have the same underlying purpose, which is to elevate the average dining experience and add a little taste to it in their own way. 

Difference between fine dining and casual dining

Price points 

One common difference that fine and casual dining restaurants have are their price points. With casual dining, the prices are much more affordable. The food may have been pre-prepared or mass-produced, which is why they are able to charge for a cheaper price. 

Fine dining, on the other hand, is more costly due to several reasons. Usually, they only seek out rare high-quality ingredients in order for their dishes to stand out and be unique, which generally has a higher food cost. More often than not, the kitchen equipment used in these restaurants are of a certain quality or may even be new cooking technology in the market. 

Quality of service 

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With casual dining and fast food, servers can come in and apply with or without experience. They will then be trained by their supervisors on the ins and outs of how to keep the service running. Sometimes, it could also be self-service where you place your order at the counter before it is served to you. But the quality of service in fine dining varies by a great amount. 

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Regardless of the concept of the restaurant, expect the service to be top-notch. Servers and waiters usually already have prior experience and you usually will not find beginners here. They also have extensive knowledge of the entire menu of the restaurant and will recommend a few options for you based on your preferences. While good service is something that should be the norm for both casual and fine dining, you definitely get what you pay for when you dine fine. 

Reservations 

Unless it’s peak hour or the weekend, one can typically walk into a casual dining restaurant and get a table with ease. When it comes to fine dining, reservations are highly recommended due to the volume of customers they may get on a daily basis or to adequately space parties to make sure that kitchen and floor staff aren’t too overwhelmed. 

Atmosphere and ambience 

Nowadays, there are actually more and more casual dining restaurants that have invested in the interiors of their space to make it look more attractive and appealing. But the degree of intricacy and detail that upscale dining holds when it comes to their decor is still on another level. 

Fine dining restaurants will usually design their space in line with a specific theme or their specialised cuisine. Their attention to detail is astounding, ensuring that everything from the lighting, artwork on the walls, and even the music is in line with the restaurant’s vision. 

Dress code

With fast food and casual restaurants, there are obviously no rules when it comes to what you can or cannot wear. But when dining in these upscale restaurants, there is a stringent dress code that you have to follow. 

Depending on the restaurant rules, the dress codes may vary. Traditionally, most fine dining restaurants only allow guests in formal attire to enter the premises. However, with fine dining evolving through the years, many restaurant owners have allowed more casual dress codes. But just because it’s casual, does not mean you no longer have to look polished. Business casual and casual elegant are also different dress codes that are common in fine dining restaurants. 

Menu Options

At fine dining restaurants, the menu is usually more elaborate and you’ll definitely have a wide selection of luxurious food depending on the theme of the restaurant or their speciality cuisine. 

Some of the ingredients used may be premium ones that can only be sourced from a specific country or exclusive distributors. Sometimes, the price points are also higher due to the name and reputation that comes with a restaurant. Who knows, a celebrity chef may be preparing your food themselves! 

Overall experience

At a casual restaurant, it’s seen as more of a transactional experience, where you come in and have a meal, or perhaps even a takeout, enjoy the food and go about the rest of your day. With fine dining, you’re paying for so much more than your food. It’s about the entire experience — from the moment you step foot in the restaurant, when your waiter pulls out your chair for you, the ambience and environment, the exceptional wine selection, the silverware that is replaced after every course, and so on and so forth. 

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Fine Dining Restaurant

 Labyrinth 

Speciality

Labyrinth by Chef LG Han, is a new expression of Singapore cuisine. hef LG Han unveils a contemporary dining experience that pays tribute to Singapore and his late grandmother, evoking a multitude of memories and emotions.  It is an exploration of age-old recipes, and an expression of local flavours and food memories

Website

https://labyrinth.com.sg/
AddressEsplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue #02-23

Telephone

6223 4098

Operating Hours

Lunch | Saturdays & Sundays
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
[Last Order 1:30 pm]

Dinner | Tuesdays to Sundays – 6:30pm to 10:00pm 
[Last Order 8:00 pm]

(Closed on Mondays)


Fine Dining Restaurant

Akira Back

Speciality

If you are looking for a modern twist on Japanese cuisine within a plush ambience, head over to Akira Back. 

The restaurant by celebrity Chef Akira Back features innovative dishes centred around modern Japanese cuisine with Korean accents. Dishes you absolutely must try include their AB Pizza as well as their Porterhouse.

There is an interesting menu which will appeal to diners looking for an exquisite Japanese dining experience. Cold and hot dishes are offered, including fresh sushi and sashimi.

Website

www.akiraback.com

Address

JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, Level B1M

Telephone

6818 1914
Operating Hours

Sun – Thurs: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm –10pm;

Fri – Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm


Fine Dining Restaurant 

Cut by Wolfgang Puck

Speciality

Wolfgang Puck’s outpost at Marina Bay Sands is the definition of a true, modern steakhouse. The menu presents a contemporary twist on the classic steak restaurant, featuring the world’s finest meats, poultry, and seafood, all complemented by house-made sauces and delectable sides.

An extensive international wine list offers more than 500 outstanding selections. CUT is proud to have received a One Star rating in Singapore’s first edition of the Michelin Guide, in 2016.

Website

https://wolfgangpuck.com/dining/cut-singapore/

Address

#B1-71 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue

Telephone 

6688 8517

Operating Hours

Sun to Thu: 5.30pm – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 5.30pm – 11pm


Fine Dining Restaurant

Odette

Speciality

At Odette, they serve Modern French Cuisine that is guided by Chef Julien’s lifelong respect for seasonality, terroir and artisanal produce. Beyond creating signature dishes, it Chef Julien’s passion to source for the very best produce to underscore their cuisine.

Website

https://www.odetterestaurant.com/
Address

1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01-04, National Gallery

Telephone

6385 0498

Operating Hours

Mon: 7pm – 9pm
Tue to Sat: 12pm – 1.30pm, 7pm – 9pm
Closed on Sundays 


Fine Dining Restaurant

Tamarind Hill

Speciality

Indulge in over 100 Thai and Burmese creations prepared from the freshest ingredients by a team of Thai chefs, who have each contributed heirloom recipes to create an extensive repertoire of traditional and modern dishes.

Pick from a selection of house-infused Gins, signature cocktails, and fine wines from over 11 countries.

Website

https://www.tamarindrestaurants.com/tamarind-hill-singapore
Address

30 Labrador Villa Road

Telephone

6278 6364

Operating Hours

Lunch 
Monday to Saturday: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. (last order 2:30 p.m.)

Afternoon Tea
Daily:  3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (last seating at 5 p.m.)

Happy Hour 
Monday to Friday: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Dinner
Sunday to Thursday: 6.30pm – 10.30pm (last order 9:45 p.m.)
Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holidays: 6.30pm – 12am (last order 10.30pm)

Sunday Brunch 
Sunday: 11.30am – 3.30pm (last order 3 pm)


Fine Dining Restaurant

 Cheek by Jowl 

Speciality

This one-Michelin-starred restaurant  — helmed by husband-and-wife team, Rishi Naleendra and Manuela Toniolo — serves really intriguing, mod-Australian fare, and is known for artful presentations.

 

Website

https://www.facebook.com/cheekbyjowlsg/

Address

21 Boon Tat Street

Telephone

6221 1911

Operating Hours

Monday to Saturday: 12:30pm to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm 

Closed on Sundays 


Fine Dining Restaurant

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon Restaurant

Speciality

L’Atelier is a 2 Michelin Star restaurant where chefs can experiment and create, working on new ideas and fusing different concepts reflective of the locale. This presentation immerses guests in a dining experience where guests are part of the action, separated merely by a counter between the kitchen and main dining area where diners can witness the chefs create, prepare and cook innovative dishes right before them. 

Website

https://www.joel-robuchon.com/_dev/en/restaurants-singapour-atelier.php
Address

Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway 

Telephone

6577 8888

Operating Hours

Thu to Mon: 6pm – 10.30pm

Fine Dining Restaurant

The Halia Restaurant

Speciality

Halia – Malay for ginger – is located in the one-hectare Ginger Garden of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. They offer some of the best International cuisines in Singapore, serving a tantalising collection of dishes that are suitable for family gatherings and large groups. From Seafood to Steaks its extensive menu is reflective of the restaurant’s efforts to cater to every palate.

Website

https://thehalia.com/haliadelivery/

Address

Ginger Garden inside Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road

Telephone

8444 1148

Operating Hours

Monday to Friday: 9am to 9pm 

Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 9pm 


Fine Dining Restaurant 

National Kitchen by Violet Oon

Speciality

Celebrate Singapore’s fine flavours at the National Kitchen by Violet Oon Singapore in the iconic historical City Hall building now home to the National Gallery. Treat yourself to a luxurious meal in our grand hall or breezy bite on our scenic veranda. We promise a dining experience to remember.

Website

https://violetoon.com/national-kitchen-by-violet-oon-national-gallery-singapore/
Address

1 St. Andrew’s Road, #02–01, National Gallery Singapore (City Hall Wing)

Telephone

9834 9935

Operating Hours

Lunch

12PM – 3PM
(last order 2:30PM)

Dinner

6PM – 10.30PM
(last order 9:30PM)


Fine Dining Restaurant

EMPRESS

Speciality

Located in the iconic Asian Civilisations Museum, EMPRESS is a fine-dining Chinese restaurant for guests who are looking to have an uplifting and lively dining experience.

EMPRESS features dishes that are a mainstay of Cantonese cuisine but does so in a way that blends good ole’ Cantonese flavours with more modern touches. 

Website

http://empress.com.sg/

Reservations

[email protected]

Address

1 Empress Place, #01-03
Asian Civilisations Museum

Telephone

(65) 6776 0777

Operating Hours

Mondays to Fridays
Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm 
(last order 2.30pm)
Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm 
(last order 10.00pm)

Saturdays & Sundays
Lunch: 11am – 4pm
(last order 2.30pm)
(Dim Sum Brunch last order 3.30pm)
Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm 
(last order 10.00pm)

Review 1

“One of the prettiest terraces in a beautiful location. Food is great and good value for money. Happy hours are a great deal as well”

Review 2

“Food was pretty good and we especially love the service given by the restaurant manager. Lovely touch for the free birthday surprise. Will be back again”


Fine Dining Restaurant

Osia Steak & Seafood Grill

Speciality

The opening of celebrity-chef-and-restaurateur Scott Webster’s Osia Bar and Restaurant in 2010 at Resorts World Sentosa introduces contemporary Australian cuisine to epicureans in Singapore.

Composed of healthy, light seasonal dishes featuring the freshest ingredients from Australia as well as the Pacific Rim and Asia Pacific regions, the Osia experience is artfully complemented by sought after New World wines and attentive, delightful service in an elegant yet convivial atmosphere.

Website

https://www.osiarestaurant.com/
Address

26 Sentosa Gateway, Festive Walk, Resorts World Sentosa

Telephone

6577 6688 / 6577 6560

Operating Hours

Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm
Sunday Brunch: 12pm – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10pm


Fine Dining Restaurant

Fat Cow

Speciality

The luxurious Japanese restaurant serves a handpicked selection of the finest Wagyu from reputable farms around the world, through customized beef experiences; where guests can enjoy their choice of beef over a variety of Japanese preparation methods – Shabu-Shabu, Sukiyaki, Hobayaki or the ever-popular Sumibiyaki (Charcoal-grill).

Website

https://www.fatcow.com.sg/menu
Address

1 Orchard Blvd #01-01/02, Camden Medical Centre

Telephone

6735 0308 / 9452 7814

Operating Hours

Mondays to Sundays: The luxurious Japanese restaurant serves a handpicked selection of the finest Wagyu from reputable farms around the world

Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm (Last order at 2.30pm)

Dinner: 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Last order at 10pm)


Fine Dining Restaurant

Salt Grill & Sky Bar

Speciality

Australian born and bred Head Chef Jake Kowalewski let the ingredients speak for themselves and is focused on serving only the best Australian produce in a clean and simple manner.

The menu showcases Asian classics and premium Australian beef, a 500+ varietal wine selection and hand-crafted cocktails served with a side of stunning views from the heart of Singapore, at level 55 of ION Orchard. 

Website

https://www.saltgrill.com/
Address2 Orchard Turn, #55-01 ION Orchard

Telephone

6592 5118

Operating Hours

LUNCH (Mon-Fri)
11.30am-1.45pm

Brunch (Sat, Sun & PH)
11am-2.30pm

Dinner (Mon-Sun)
6pm-9.45pm

Sky bar
Drinks 11.30am-10.45pm
Bar 11.30am-9.45pm


Fine Dining Restaurant

KIN

Speciality

Kin is a restaurant in the lobby of Straits Clan that serves heritage cuisine by Chef Damian D’Silva.

The menu is a retrospective look at the origins of our cuisine, showcasing traditional cooking methods, recipes and ingredients that have been left behind. Paired with an inspired beverage offering and genuine hospitality to complement the simple joys of sitting around the dining table with loved ones.

Website

https://www.restaurant-kin.com/
AddressStraits Clan Lobby, 31 Bukit Pasoh Rd,

Telephone

6320 9180

Operating Hours

Lunch
Mon–Sat | 11.30am–2.30pm

Dinner
Mon–Sat | 6pm–9.30pm

Closed on Sundays


Fine Dining Restaurant 

Adrift by David Myers

Speciality

Inspired by a passion for food prepared with care and creativity, explore unique dishes meticulously crafted and thoughtfully presented by Chef David Myers and his team.

Exciting signature dishes inspired by flavours around the world include the 700g Striploin with Bone Marrow Mash, Alaskan King Crab with Avocado, Bali fish with Samphire, Lala Clams with Chilli and Barramundi with Morning Glory.

Website

https://www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants/adrift.html
AddressMarina Bay Sands, Lobby, Hotel Tower 2

Telephone

6688 5657

Operating Hours

Lunch: 11:30am – 3pm (Mon-Fri)
Dinner: 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Daily)
Weekend Brunch: 11:30am – 3pm (Sat-Sun)

Fine Dining Restaurant

JAAN by Kirk Westaway

Speciality

Awarded 1 Michelin Star, JAAN is an internationally celebrated restaurant in Singapore that has established itself as a gastronomic platform with a reputation for handpicking and grooming exceptional culinary talents.

Chef de Cuisine Kirk Westaway channels his deeply rooted passion for natural flavours that are reminiscent of his childhood in England. Applying the philosophy ’Reinventing British’, his perpetually evolving menu embodies a seasonal philosophy to showcase British dining in a modern, refreshing light.

Website

https://www.jaan.com.sg/
Address

Level 70, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road

Telephone

6874 1488

Operating Hours

Closed temporarily due to COVID-19, reopening soon 

Fine Dining Restaurant

SKAI Restaurant 

Speciality

SKAI is a refined yet lively contemporary grill restaurant, situated on the 70th floor of Singapore’s acclaimed Swissôtel The Stamford.

The iconic city views, seamless service and bespoke beverages make for the perfect ambience to savour the new menu curated by Executive Chef, Paul Hallett, who has blended cutting edge culinary skills with a cooking philosophy honed through years of experience to create a truly personal and progressive fine grill offering.⁣

Website

https://skai.sg/
Address2 Stamford Road, Swissotel Singapore 

Telephone

6431 6156

Operating Hours

Temporarily closed due to COVID-19, reopening soon 

Fine Dining Restaurant

Sushi Jiro 

Speciality

Home to one of the finest dining experiences in Singapore, Sushi Jiro serves up authentic Japanese cuisine specialising in fresh handpicked produce air-flown up to 4 times a week from Japan.

 Renowned for exquisite Sushi and Omakase courses, Sushi Jiro’s Japanese culinary team serves up top quality Japanese seafood in authentic Japanese style. 

Website

https://www.sushijiro.sg/
Address6 Raffles Blvd, #04-600 Parkroyal Collection

Telephone

6445 3055

Operating Hours

Daily: 

11:30 am to 2:30pm, 6:00pm to 10:30pm 


Fine Dining Restaurant

Les Amis

Speciality

The 3 Michelin Star Les Amis made her maiden debut back in 1994 as Singapore’s first independent fine dining restaurant.
 
The team does not purely strive to give guests a “taste of France”. Instead, with a team of in-house Masters, they hope to paint an entire picture of France by relating personal stories about the intricacies of key ingredients. 

Website

https://www.lesamis.com.sg/
Address1 Scotts Road, #01-16 Shaw Centre,

Telephone

6733 2225

Operating Hours

Lunch 12.00pm
Monday to Sunday
 
Last seating at 1.30pm
Last order at 1.45pm
 
 
Dinner 7.00pm
Monday to Sunday
 
Last seating at 8.30pm
Last order at 8.45pm

Are only rich people allowed to enter or dine at fine dining restaurants? 

The reason why people are still under the impression that fine dining is made exclusively for the rich and not for the common man is only due to its high cost. Since they generally cost more, these restaurants are readily available as a dining option for most people who are more affluent in life. 

But fine dining restaurants do not discriminate based on one’s wealth and status. Anyone and everyone are welcome to try a culinary experience such as this! 


Editor’s Note:

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July 28, 2020

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