Making the distinction between the best restaurants in Clarke Quay and the area’s best nightlife venues is no easy task, purely because many of the restaurants here double up as great bars and pubs too. This vibrant riverside location draws thousands every day; a mix of office workers, young professionals, tourists and families are all enticed by the huge range of wining and dining options in what is one of Singapore’s prettiest spots.
Our carefully chosen list of the 10 Best Restaurants in Clarke Quay (and Riverside) pretty much sums up the whole of Singapore: food from all corners of the world, venues boasting chic and modern interiors, and price tags to match the impressive quality. Read on to find out which ones have made the cut!
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There are many reasons why we love Little Saigon restaurant. Firstly, they serve up some of the best Vietnamese food around (be sure not to miss their lemongrass marinated beef tenderloin or melt in the mouth grilled duck breast.) The interior also wins marks in our book too, with plenty of hanging lanterns and sumptuous mood lighting. Other than that, their bartenders mix a fabulous range of Vietnamese inspired cocktails including their signature ‘Hanoi Martini’ (gin, orange curacao, lemongrass syrup, lime) and the house band plays a lively set of sing-along classics without going overboard on the volume levels. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 15:00 - 01:00, Fri 15:00 - 03:00, Sat 12:00 - 03:00 and Sun 12:00 - 01:00
- Address: BLK E, Clarke Quay #01-02
- Tel: +65 6337 5585
Coriander Leaf Bistro
Coriander Leaf Bistro markets itself as Singapore’s ‘new Asian food hub’, and with a menu that spans the entire length and breadth of Asia, it’s no wonder why. From Thailand’s tom yam soup or crab cakes to Vietnam’s signature spring rolls and Japan’s chicken gyoza, this restaurant really is a melting pot of Asian flavours. The Middle East is not forgotten either, with hummus, falafel and various curries all joining the long list of exotic delights. Unlike some of our other entries, Coriander Leaf Bistro is more of a formal dining experience, with the emphasis firmly on the food.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:00 and 18:30 - 22:00, Sat 18:30 - 22:30
- Address: 3A River Valley Road, #02-03
- Tel: +65 6732 3354
Red House Seafood Restaurant
This picturesque riverside spot is located at Robertson Quay, just a short stroll up river from the main Clarke Quay area. Seafood fans are in for a real treat with this one, as Red House does some of the best about, including crab, lobster, shellfish and a variety of fish dishes. Their flexible dining options cater for all, with guests able to select individual dishes from the al la carte menu, or opt for a set lunch or dinner menu for two or more people. The huge dining room-like space with its big round tables is great for larger parties too, and Red House’s impressive set menus for groups of ten or more start at around S$50 per head.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00 Daily
- Address: #01-14 The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay
- Tel: +65 6735 7666
This noodle chain heralds all the way from the shores of Hokkaido, and is one of Singapore’s favourite ramen joints. With a vast portfolio of stores worldwide, Santouka has become synonymous with serving up delicious bowels of those thick yellow noodles in an equally delicious accompanying broth, all at a more than reasonable price. The Clarke Quay venue is the only one in Singapore, and can be conveniently be accessed in Central Mall, meaning there is direct access from Clarke Quay MRT.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00
- Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-76 The Central
- Tel: +65 6224 0668
Flying the flag for Thai cuisine in the Clarke Quay area is Sukhothai restaurant, which delivers an authentic as well as inexpensive Thai dining experience. Among the list of Siamese favourites served up here are pad Thai, som tam (spicy papaya salad), satay chicken and tom yam soup; all cooked just as they would be on the streets of Bangkok (although you can ask them to tone down the spiciness if you can’t stomach the chilli). Sukhothai restaurant, which is named after an ancient northern Thai city, can be found just a short walk down from Clarke Quay station on the gorgeous Boat Quay water’s edge. A great dining experience if you’re into your bold flavours and like a view with your food!
- Opening Hours: 12:00 - 15:00 and 18:30 - 22:00
- Address: 47 Boat Quay
- Tel: +65 6538 2422
Wings Bar takes its name from both the food it serves and the 1940’s aviation theme which is evident throughout. To find this popular American eatery, head to Clarke Quay and look for the replica plane hanging above its entrance (which is actually the largest P-51 Mustang model in Asia), and then follow the replica runway down into the main restaurant area. As for the food, you’d can’t come to a place with a name like this and not try their speciality; their tantalising variety of sticky chicken wings (as well as ribs) are certainly not to be missed. Wash all that feel-good American food down with a beer and you’ve got yourself an all-round fun, tasty, (and a little gimmicky) dining experience.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 02:00 Daily
- Address: Block 3d River Valley Rd, #01-02
- Tel: +65 6333 4460
RedDot BrewHouse at Boat Quay
Despite its name, RedDot BrewHouse is no one trick pony. With a delightful setting right next to the water at Boat Quay, together with an impressive American/European inspired menu (we recommend signature RedDot burger or one of their premium steaks), this is much more than just a microbrewery. That said, their array of tasty homemade ales and beers can’t be ignored; if you like your beer rich in flavour, unfiltered, and full of those pungent hoppy and yeasty aromas that usually come with homemade ales – then this is one of the best places to come in the whole of town.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:30 and 18:00 onwards
- Address: 33/34 Boat Quay
- Tel: +65 6535 4500
Princess Terrace Cafe
For decades, the Princess Terrace Café at the Copthorne King's Hotel has been serving up one of the best loved Penang buffets in Singapore. Of course, as with any comprehensive spread of Penang’s finest, you’ll find plenty of enang laksa, satay chicken, duck mee sua and Penang curries, whilst Nyonya kueh and soya bean curd is served up for afters. The buffet lunch starts at around S$40 and dinner will cost you about S$10 extra: not bad at all, especially when you consider that you’re dining in a posh hotel at one of the country’s most adored Malaysian feasts.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-14:30 and 18:30 - late
- Address: 403 Havelock Road
- Tel: +65 6733 0011
To taste China’s finest in Singapore, you’d have thought a trip to Chinatown would be your best bet. However, Peony Jade at Clarke Quay certainly gives its Chinatown neighbours a run for their money, with their vast selection of fresh Cantonese treats served up in their equally vast, hall-like setting. Peony Jade have gone for a “food meets art” concept, with works such as their deep-fried prawns in creamy yolk, slow-cooked, Cantonese pork soups, and Imperial Swiftlet’s nest all impressing our eyes as much as our taste buds. You can find Peony Jade right at the centre of the main Clarke Quay roofed section of bars and restaurants, just a few minutes’ walk from the main MRT.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 14:00 and 18:00 - 22:30 Daily
Boomarang Bistro & Bar
This all day Aussie-style pub and restaurant can be found at the pretty Robertson Quay, just a short walk from Clarke Quay and Chinatown, and specialises in traditional Australian grub and beers. With that in mind, the menu’s emphasis is inevitably heavily on the meat, and highlights include the Wagyu beef burger, peppered Kangaroo loin and lamb rump steak. Boomarang Bistro & Bar proves popular with both tourists and locals at all hours of the day; they open really early (07:00) for breakfast, serving lunch throughout the day and will always have the big game (be it Aussie rules, football, cricket or rugby) playing on one of their flat screen TVs.
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - late
- Address: 60 Robertson Quay #01-15, The Quayside
- Tel: +65 6738 1077