The best restaurants in Sentosa Island are usually more associated with the beaches and theme parks. Sentosa now boasts a whole list of restaurants with Michelin star chefs plying their trade in their kitchens, many taking full advantage of fresh seafood products as well as some specially imported ingredients from around the world.
The emergence of several world-class, five-star hotels on Sentosa Island has, of course, boosted this emerging dining scene, with many resorts such as the Shangri-La and Singapore Resort and Spa both boasting a list of excellent eateries. We’ve also found a few great spots at the massive Resorts World Sentosa – not forgetting a couple of picturesque beachside restaurants.
Trapizza is where to head to if you’re after some feel-good Italian food with an exotic beach view in Sentosa. Located right on the Silosa beachfront at the sumptuous Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Hotel, this casual diner serves up some excellent thin-crust pizzas which are all cooked in the wood fire oven onsite.
Trapizza also does a range of pasta, salads, snacks and desserts. The range of cocktails and beers is solid and there are some nice fruit juice combos for those skipping the alcohol. Set amidst the palm trees of Siloso Beach and overlooking the South China Sea, Trapizza is a great bet if you’re at the western end of Siloso Beach and looking for a spot to watch the sun go down.
Location: Shangri-La Rasa Resort & Spa, 10 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 098995, Singapore
Open: Monday–Friday from 11am to 10pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9am to 10pm
Phone: +65 6376 2662
Malaysian Food Street
For a little slice of Kampong Glam (Singapore’s predominantly Malaysian neighbourhood) right on Sentosa Island, look no further than Malaysian Food Street at the Bull Ring, inside Resorts World Sentosa. This tiny imitation street has pulled out at the stop to recreate that old-town charm so synonymous with the Kampong Glam neighbourhood, complete with hawker stalls, brightly painted shop houses and wooden tables and chairs to perch on awkwardly whilst tucking into your food.
As for what to eat, you’ll find everything Malay, from basic chicken and rice dishes to more exotic tastes such as satay sticks, noodle soups like laksa and fried omelettes with oysters. Prices are cheap for Sentosa, but not as cheap as the real deal across the water on the main Singapore Island.
Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, The Bull Ring, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
Open: Monday–Thursday from 10am to 9pm, Friday–Sunday from 9am to 10pm
Phone: +65 8140 7228
Another fine dining restaurant within a hotel on Sentosa Island is The Cliff, which boasts some stunning views across the South China Sea alongside some equally impressive food. The restaurant welcomes ‘guest chefs’ into its kitchen who all usually have a Michelin Star or two to their name, as well as a long history of working in top restaurants globally.
With that in mind, expect the degustation menu to change constantly, and to encompass a range of flavours from around the world. A 6-course dinner at The Cliff with Champagne will set you back close to S$200 per person but expect a whole host of exotic and luxurious ingredients creating one unforgettable dining experience. You can find The Cliff restaurant located in the much-loved Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort.
Location: 2 Bukit Manis Rd, Sentosa, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort, Singapore
Open: Daily from midday to 10.30pm
Phone: +65 6371 1425
SKIRT at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
This posh steak house can be found at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove Hotel towards the east of the island. Those with a craving for some meat will love their sharing menu, which takes advantage of a range of fine cuts, including Blackmore Japanese Wagyu and Australian Tajima Wagyu beef – two particularly rare and expensive varieties. Almost more striking than the food, however, is the design of SKIRT.
Huge floor to ceiling windows allow light to flood in during the daytime, while the artsy hanging light features create a rather romantic setting at night. Seating arrangements are flexible, but those coming in groups should opt for one of the booths which are nice and cosy and great for that sharing menu. If you’re on a limited budget, SKIRT at W Singapore is probably not the place for you; their set menu starts at S$168 per person (minimum of 6 people).
Location: 21 Ocean Way, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, Sentosa, Singapore
Open: Sunday–Thursday from 6pm to 11.30pm, Friday from 6pm to 11.59pm, Friday–Saturday from 6pm to 11.59pm
Phone: +65 6808 7278
Blue Lotus @Sentosa Cove
Blue Lotus @Sentosa Cove is a fine dining establishment at the modern Sentosa Cove. Also dubbed the Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House, this is actually a sister restaurant of the flagship Saint Pierre restaurant of the same company just a few minutes’ walk away. Rather than French, the flavours here are of course all Chinese, although Blue Lotus has certainly given traditional dishes more of a modern touch.
Examples of this include their borderline-fusion crispy Sichuan-style fish and chips, their Wagyu beef and foie gras fried rice and their range of other changing dishes take full advantage of fresh seafood like lobster and crab. Traditional red paper lanterns attempt at making the decor fit with the food, although the surroundings don’t wow us too much, leaving room for their inventive and delicious dishes to do all the talking.
Location: #01-13 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, Singapore
Open: Monday–Friday from 6pm to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am to 3pm and from 6pm to 10pm
Phone: +65 6339 0880
Tanjong Beach Club
Tanjong Beach Club is the place to come for a chilled out beach party vibe as the sun sets over the lush Sentosa Beach. Don’t forget, however, that this (relatively) long-running Sentosa spot does some excellent beach grub too! They have an inside dining area if you want to escape the heat, though most diners prefer their alfresco seating space which boasts some great sea views and people watching opportunities.
The food is surprisingly fancy considering Tanjong Beach Club is more known for its parties, with dishes such as their lobster pie, roasted chicken and various pasta creations all going down well. Most mains are about S$25 but expect to pay much more if you go for the lobster or other items from the menu featuring expensive ingredients. Wash it all down with one of the signature mojitos or a glass of wine and you have yourself a hard-to-beat beach dining experience.
Location: 20 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore
Open: Tuesday–Friday from 11am to 11pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10am to midnight (closed on Mondays)
Phone: +65 6270 1355
Faber Peak, part of the scenic cable car riding experiences in Sentosa, offers a romantic dining experience for people who think they’ve seen it all. Instead of dining in a restaurant, head over to Faber Peak, board the cable car over to Sentosa Island and sit down for a private four-course meal served over the course of a 90-minute journey.
The menu can be tailored to suit specific dietary requirements, although the recommended menu starts with a king prawn appetiser served with salmon roe and a tart raspberry dressing, before moving onto chargrilled sirloin steak and almond-encrusted seabass with edamame puree.
Location: 109 Mount Faber Rd, Singapore 099203, Singapore
Open: Daily from 6pm until 8.30pm
Phone: +65 6377 9688
Privé Keppel’s laidback atmosphere and simple yet wholesome café fare have cemented its position as one of the best places in Singapore to enjoy a casual meal or to grab brunch by the water’s edge.
Popular dishes at the café include their award-winning Eggs Benedict, fluffy pancakes, wraps, wagyu burgers and sticky date pudding.
Location: 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382, Singapore
Open: Monday–Friday from 9am to midnight, Saturday–Sunday from 8am to midnight
Phone: +65 6776 0777
Privé Grill at The University Club
Privé Grill at The University Club specializes in cooking meats to perfection using the acclaimed Spanish imported Josper grill. With an extensive menu offering carefully selected cuts, chosen for their ability to enhance the unique smokiness imparted by the Josper, diners can enjoy top quality steaks at their most flavorful. Privé Grill also features tantalizing appetizers, mouth-watering mains and decadent desserts.
The interior of Privé Grill is itself a haven of quiet sophistication which exudes warmth and intimacy. Accented by Grand Blotch Damask Wallpaper and Flos lamps, it is the ideal place to enjoy a gourmet meal while taking in sweeping views of the beautiful marina and the surrounding lush greenery.
Location: Shaw Foundation Alumni House, #04-02, 11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244, Singapore
Open: Mondays–Fridays from 11.30am to 2.30pm and from 6.30pm to 10.30pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
Phone: +65 6776 0777