There’s no shortage of seafood restaurants in Singapore, not when the country is surrounded by the ocean. In a way, seafood itself is one of the main pillars of Singaporean gastronomy, as seen from the astounding selection of critically acclaimed seafood restaurants to choose from.
Whether you’re craving a generous plate of chilli crab or scrumptious lobsters, or simply in the mood for pigging out at a seafood buffet, check out our curated list of the best seafood restaurants here on the island.
1. Jumbo Restaurant
Of course, we have to start with the mighty chilli crab – it’s the dish that’s gotten international attention and acclaim from the likes of Gordon Ramsay (who once successfully made his own) and the late Anthony Bourdain.
Granted, there are many restaurants in Singapore offering the popular dish, but few can do it as well as Jumbo Restaurant. It started as a humble restaurant in 1987 at the heart of East Coast Seafood Centre and has since spawned numerous outlets around the island.
Its other signature dishes include Scallops wrapped in Yam Ring (S$23.80) — a grand twist to a zi char (dishes that are cooked to order in Chinese cooking style) favourite — and the Boston Lobster Braised with Superior Broth (S$69.50) — its rich broth prepared for at least six hours using premium pork, Yunnan ham, and pig skin.
The rest of the extensive menu, which you can view here, shows you the kinds of crab dishes you can choose from – chilli crab, salted egg crab, kum hiong crab (a stir-fried method that employs curry leaves, chilli padi, dried shrimp and more), black pepper crab and steamed crab doused with Chinese wine and egg white.
It might seem overwhelming, but Jumbo is well experienced with serving new and returning patrons. For those dining with larger groups, they offer various sets to spare you the trouble of choosing.
Jewel Changi Airport
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport #03-202/203/204, Singapore 819666
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 10:00pm
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #04-09/10, ION Orchard, 238801
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 10:30pm
Address: 30 Merchant Rd, #01-01/02 Riverside Point, Singapore 058282
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Address: 11 Dempsey Rd, #01-16, Singapore 249673
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm
East Coast Seafood Centre
Address: 1206 ECP, #01-07/08 East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 449883
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday — 4:30pm to 11:00pm, Saturday to Sunday — 11:00am to 11:00pm
2. New Ubin Seafood
Don’t worry, while it was originally located on the island of Pulau Ubin, no boat trip is needed to experience the delights of New Ubin Seafood now.
Since its inauguration, it has since become a staple in Singaporean seafood over the decades. Its zi char-styled menu with many seafood options has won hearts with its dedication to authenticity.
And to keep it uniquely local, the restaurant has recently introduced the Mega “Shiok!” Seafood Boil, which offers a neat selection of mud crab, Boston lobster, squid, white Manila clams, black mussels and more. The best part? It’s only S$177++ and big enough to feed a party of six. It’s also got other zi char staples like Kung Pao Chicken (S$15), Fried Prawn Paste Chicken aka Har Cheong Kai (S$12 for six pieces), and Grilled King Tiger Prawns (S$42/300g).
There are three New Ubin outlets in the city to choose from, but you can also opt to eat at home (they allow pick-up orders and offer islandwide delivery!) View its menu and delivery options here.
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Address: 30 Victoria Street, #02-01B/C, Singapore 187996
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday — 11:00am to 3:00pm, 5.30:pm to 10:00pm, Monday — 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Address: 60 Stevens Road Singapore 257854
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Address: 16 Ah Hood Road Singapore 329982
Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 6:00pm to 10:00pm
3. Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant
Listen, we can talk about chilli crab all day. It’s that good. To honour the dish without naming its birthplace would do it a disservice. On the list of must-trys for chilli crab is Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant, an establishment that has garnered accolades and awards over the years for delectable seafood.
For starters, its location at the historic One Fullerton makes it the perfect spot for an intimate date. Never mind the fact that a saucy messy affair isn’t the typical date idea, but for this view and feast, image comes second. We don’t judge!
The menu dates back to the 1970s, with signatures you won’t find anywhere else. Alongside the usual crab picks, there’s also Double Baked Crab a la Singapura — a local twist on a San Francisco tradition — and the Coco-Lobo, a rich lobster soup with vermicelli for added texture.
The restaurant brand may be turning 66 this year, but its menu of timeless delights and new creations shows that there’s nothing like the classics!
Fair warning though, a good night will cost S$100+ per pax, so save this for a special occasion!
Address: Fullerton Road, #01-09, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm
4. Rise Restaurant
If you’re looking to celebrate and splurge a little, The Rise Restaurant will be well worth your time and money. Located on the ground floor of the iconic Marina Bay Sands, the restaurant is lovingly ornate in its design and sprawling in its layout. In other words, it’s one of the most lavish-looking buffet restaurants around town.
The restaurant specialises in Asian cuisine so you can expect delicious delicacies such as Thai Spicy Mixed Seafood and Singapore’s beloved Chilli Crab. It also offers an astounding array of fresh sashimi flown from Japan: from octopus to yellowfin tuna, along with other delights like Grilled Soft Shell Crab Maki.
Lunch buffet starts at a tempting deal at only $56++ on weekdays and S$78++ on weekends. Meanwhile, its dinner buffet’s at S$105++ from Sunday to Thursday, and S$115++ on Fridays and Saturdays. Oh, and kids dine at half-price! Here’s your sign to indulge in a big family dinner.
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay Sands Hotel Lobby, Hotel Tower 1, Singapore 018956 Singapore
Opening Hours: (Breakfast) 6:30am to 10:30am, (Lunch) 12:00pm to 2:00pm, 2:15pm to 3:45pm, (Dinner) 5:30pm to 10:30pm
5. Mellben Seafood
How many zi char restaurants can boast they’ve got a Michelin star? A touchstone of heartland feasts since the 1990s, Mellben remains a primary attraction for locals and tourists in Ang Mo Kio.
To know how seriously the chefs at Mellben take their craft, the folks at Melben write on their website: “There is no shortcut. You cannot easily recreate it at home even if you had our recipe.” It’s the heart and soul the chefs pour into their dishes that constantly have customers coming back for more.
It is best known for its Claypot Crab Bee Hoon Soup. This particular dish takes a lil longer to prepare, but there’s plenty of other goodness on the menu to busy yourself with while waiting. We’d highly recommend its value set (S$88++) which comes with Cereal Prawns, Sambal Kangkong, Honey Pork Ribs, Chaipo (preserved radish) Beancurd, Salted Vegetable Soup, drinks and desserts. It doesn’t get any more worth it than this.
Due to its popularity, it is best to call ahead to make a reservation here. Otherwise, if you’re feeling a little lazy, you could also have your dishes sent to your doorstep with its island-wide delivery service too.
Address: Block 232, #01-1222, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, 560232, Singapore
Opening Hours: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
6. Scaled by Ah Hua Kelong
As Singapore’s first restaurant that’s owned by a fish farmer, you’re guaranteed nothing but the freshest seafood goodies. For that (fish) farm-to-table concept, most of the seafood served at your table comes straight from its little offshore kelong. Anything fresher, well, you’d have to fish for the seafood yourself.
Its menu changes depending on the season, but on the bright side, that means there’s always something new to look forward to at every visit. As of the time of writing, it’s got new items like the Nam Jim Grouper (S$27) — served in a Thai savoury broth, with homemade mee hoon kueh, topped with black fungus, kangkong and coriander — and the Ojing-eo Gangjeong (S$14) — a deep-fried squid dish served in a Korean-style sweet and spicy sauce. Of course, who can forget its standout signature dish, the KFC (Kelong Fried Collar) that’s basically fish cheeks marinated in its secret spice blend and deep fried for an utterly sinful affair.
We’d highly recommend visiting the restaurant itself for the best experience but fret not if you can’t. It offers island-wide delivery, though it’s worth noting that some of its dishes aren’t available for delivery. For reservations and to make your delivery orders, you can contact them here.
Address: 8 Hamilton Road (209179)
Opening hours: (Lunch) Thursday to Sunday — 12:00pm to 2:30pm, (Dinner) Tuesday to Sunday — 5.30pm to 10:30pm
7. Naked Finn
True to ts name, Naked Finn serves seafood pretty simply — using just sea salt, olive oil and occasionally butter. There’s no heavy chilli crab sauce here, and salted egg cream sauces are nowhere to be found. Here at Naked Finn, it wants you to taste the true flavour of the ocean. It might sound somewhat sketchy, but anyone who cooks would know the simpler the dish, the harder the execution.
its main menu stays roughly the same throughout the year and features crowd favourites like Wild-caught ‘Baby’ Indian Squid (S$16) grilled a la plancha (on a flat top) and Yesso Scallop (S$32) that’s pan seared and served with hollandaise. There’s a separate seasonal menu, and depending on the time of year, you might get treats like the Kinki Fish, Japanese Abalone or Little Neck Clams.
Despite its relatively far-off location (it’s hidden inside Gillman Barracks), Naked Finn has a constant throng of excited diners. With only two seatings each operating day, it’s best to make a reservation early to avoid disappointment. The restaurant advises checking out its most updated menu on its website before booking too.
Address: Block 39, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109442
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday — 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 6:00pm to 10:30pm
Of course, there are still plenty more options out there in our tiny island – for instance, Chomp Chomp Food Centre, where you can pick and choose from several tantalising seafood menus under one roof. Happy feasting and don’t forget your bib if you are planning to dig into your seafood feast with your hands, or wearing a light-coloured top!
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