The inner city neighbourhood of Robertson Quay is heavily frequented for good reason. There’s just something enticing about the riverside: the cool cafes, the chilled out vibes, and plus, our favourite sake shop is there. So without further ado, here are the best restaurants and cafes along the quayside that offer everything from steakhouses to Japanese restaurants to sake and whisky bars.
Japanese Restaurants in Robertson Quay
Taking over the space that was once Foodbar Dada at Robertson Court, Mikoto reminds us of the ‘Yakitori Alley’ in Ueno, Tokyo. A narrow bar setup and a simple row of about 10 seats for punters translate into an authentic izakaya experience (read as plenty of involuntary physical contact). Good news is Mikoto upholds the excellent food aspect, known for its $10 assorted sashimi, champon ramen noodles ($18), and yummy yuzu liqueurs.
Mikoto is located at 60 Robertson Qy, Singapore 238252, p. +65 6235 5277. Open Tue-Sun 5pm – 11.30pm.
Ginza Kuroson lies along the main riverside section at Robertson Quay. A surprisingly large Japanese restaurant with counter seating as well as traditional table seats, expect a predominately Japanese crowd here. Their bara chirashi don lunch set is a winner for us, which doubles as excellent value at $18.
Ginza Kuroson is located at 30 Robertson Qy, #01-10/11 Riverside View, Singapore 238251, p. +65 6737 5547. Open daily 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm.
The brand new Ishi is traditional Japanese kaiseki at its finest. This spot is relatively small with just 28 seats, and for that, you get to immerse in a calm zen-like ambience as you feast on the freshest seasonal ingredients imported from Japan. It’s also worth noting that Ishi is the sister restaurant to modern Izakaya IZY Dining & Bar.
Ishi is located at 1 Nanson Rd, #02-06 InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909, p. +65 9829 8239. Open Tue-Sat 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm. Closed Mon.
Famous sake shop by day and chilled out bar by night, sit at the bar or at the makeshift tables at the back and enjoy the vast selection of excellent sakes and bar grub, including some fabulous piping hot bowls of sweet oden – think Japanese-style yong tau foo – and yakitori skewers. They can get really crowded so reservations are recommended, especially on weekends.
Orihara is located at 11 Unity St, #01-02 Robertson Walk, Singapore 237995, p. +65 6836 5710. Open Mon-Wed 7pm – 12am, Thu-Sat 7pm – 1.30am. Closed Sun, every third Mon of the month.
A veritable heaven for meat lovers, Yakiniku Yazawa’s convivial atmosphere provides a fantastic backdrop to enjoy excellent wagyu flown in directly from Japan. While you won’t find much seafood or vegetable options here, the beef here is amazing, of course, as well as the Mangalica pork ($22) and tori momoniku ($16, juicy chicken thigh marinated in tare).
Yakiniku Yazawa is located at 11 Unity St, #01-01 Robertson Walk, Singapore 237995, p. +65 6235 2941. Open daily 6pm – 11.30pm.
Hidden just off the riverside is a plethora of unassuming smaller eateries – one of which is Sushi Kaishin and its very simple sushi omakase concept. Dinner ranges from $100 to 200; pricey but worth it in our opinion for a bona fide pure sushi restaurant that carries its own around bigger and flashier sushi spots in Singapore.
Sushi Kaishin is located at 30 Robertson Qy, #01-04 Riverside View, Singapore 238251, p. +65 6733 3720. Open daily 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm.
European Restaurants in Robertson Quay
Love steak, Italian food, and great wine? Get your butt here. Bistecca is hearty Italian food at its best, made even better by its suave new look and menu since November. The perfectly marbled Australian Wagyu and impeccable preparation will make the sharing steaks the centrepiece of your meal. Read our review here.
Bistecca is located at 25 Mohamed Sultan Rd, Singapore 238969, p. +65 6735 6739. Open Tue-Sun 12pm – 2pm, Mon-Sun 6pm – 10pm.
Table at 7
Unquestionably on the fancier end of the dining spectrum, you can expect a fine dining meal at Table at 7. The chefs here are whizzes at assembling a variety of authentic Indonesian combined with contemporary European cuisine, whether it’s house-smoked Ocean Trout ($20), a tartin of Roasted Roma Tomatoes ($22), or even Chilled Pigs Head Terrine ($18). Read our review here.
Table at 7 is located at 7 Mohamed Sultan Rd, Singapore 238957, p. +65 6836 6362. Open Mon-Sat 6.30pm – 11pm. Lunch by reservation only, minimum 10 pax.
Verre Modern Bistro & Wine Bar
Verre’s snazzy interior does its gastronomic offerings justice. With an emphasis on pairing fine French cuisine with an extensive (and not-too-expensive) list of contemporary and traditional wines, the culinary highlight by Chef Masashi of Shelter in the Woods includes the Tarte Flambée Forest ($22) and the Lamb Chop with Moroccan Couscous & Mint Sauce ($42).
Verre Modern Bistro & Wine Bar is located at 8 Rodyk St, #01-05/06, Singapore 238216, p. +65 6509 1917. Open Mon-Thu 4pm – 12am, Fri-Sat 4pm – 1am, Sun 4pm – 11pm.
Hearty steak frites, creamy escargots, and jumbo prawns simply grilled with olive oil are just some of the French yums to can get from Les Bouchons. Decked out in traditional Parisian bistro decor, with an alfresco area overlooking the river, you’ll want to head down on Fridays and Saturdays for the special Couscous Royal laden with grilled lamb, chicken, and spicy merguez.
Les Bouchons is located at 7 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069689, p. +65 6423 0737. Open Mon-Fri 12pm – 2pm, 7pm – 10.30pm, Sat 7pm – 10.30pm.
Quirky and bold, ALT Pizza is a cutting-edge pizzeria serving some of the best pizzas in Singapore. Headed by Executive Chef Matthew White, this pizza place specialises in churning out pizzas departing from tradition with the most unconventional ingredients you can think of. In a creative mood? Try building your own pizza using a combination of ingredients with their ‘Design it Yourself’ option!
ALT Pizza is located at 60 Robertson Qy, #01-05, Singapore 038983, p. +65 6733 0490. Open Tue-Thu 5pm – 10pm, Fri 5pm – 11pm, Sat 11am – 11pm, Sun 11am – 10pm.
American Restaurants in Robertson Quay
Want a good ol’ American steak? Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is a New York institution known for its fabulous sub-primal cuts of USDA Prime Black Angus meat, specially dry-aged in a custom ageing room for 28 days. A full Porterhouse goes from $185 for two persons, or opt for some tender filet mignon ($118) and lean sirloin ($99). See our full review here.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is located at 1 Nanson Road, #02-01 InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909, p. +65 6887 5885. Open daily 11.30am – 11.30pm.
Decker Barbecue is Singapore’s only all-wood smoked barbecue with fresh meats daily – smoked low and slow overnight every night like they do in Texas. The casual setting with picnic tables and paper sheets makes it easy to forget your inhibitions, so just sit back and indulge in goodies like the Tender Pulled Pork ($9/100g), Beef Brisket ($16/100g), and Mac & Cheese ($9).
Decker Barbecue is located at 60 Robertson Qy, #01-17 The Quayside, Singapore 238252, p. +65 6635 8565. Open Tue-Sat 6pm – 11pm, Sun 12pm – 11pm.
Cafes in Robertson Quay, Singapore
One of the most popular coffee joints in town among the Australian community – they do know their coffee. Toby’s Estate imports their own beans and roast them in-house, giving the place a heady scent of coffee which definitely adds to the atmosphere. Their food items, like Scrambled Eggs and Brioche ($8.50) also hold their own. Good spot for brunch or a strong and refreshing iced latte ($6). Read our review here.
Toby’s Estate Coffee is located at 8 Rodyk St, #01-03/04, Singapore 238216, p. +65 6636 7629. Open Sun-Thu 7.30am – 6pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am – 8pm.
Kith Café’s Robertson Quay outlet is another hot favourite and usually packed during the weekends, but if you can get a seat, great! As one might expect, their coffee offerings are faultless, along with overall decent if not standard café food such as toasts, scrambled eggs, and the like.
Kith Café is located at 7 Rodyk St, #01-28 Watermark Condominium, Singapore 238215, p. +65 6341 9407. Open Mon-Fri 7am – 4pm, Sat-Sun 7am – 6pm.
Common Man Coffee Roasters
Is this the best coffee roaster in Singapore? Perhaps. Common Man is about much more than quality coffee – it’s also one of our favourite lunch and brunch spots in Singapore, seeing creations like Ricotta Eggs in pita bread, signature Fluffy Pancakes, and hearty Big Breakfasts laden with eggs, bacon, beans, and sausages. Come here for your coffee bean needs, too.
Common Man Coffee Roasters is located at 22 Martin Rd, Singapore 239058, p. +65 6836 4695. Open daily 7.30am – 6pm.
Started by the same people behind Lucha Loco, you can expect the same great Mexican tacos and refreshing cocktails at Super Loco, albeit in a more ‘restaurant-style’ atmosphere – don’t worry, as the fun, festive vibes are still around. Make sure to order some tacos, be it the Taco de Pescado ($11, grilled snapper) or classic Taco de Carne Asada ($12, grilled skirt steak). Read our review here.
Super Loco is located at 60 Robertson Qy, #01-13 The Quayside, Singapore 238252, p. +65 6235 8900. Open Mon-Fri 5pm – 12am, Sat-Sun 10am – 3.30pm, 5pm – 12am.
Persian food is something of a rarity in Singapore, and Shabestan offers relatively authentic cuisine allowing you to partake in the Persian experience. Charcoal grilled mains like the Lamb Kubideh (ground lamb and tomato skewers) and Pasand Kebab (beef fillet marinated in golden saffron and olive oil) start from $35.
Shabestan is located at 80 Mohamed Sultan Rd, #01-13 The Pier @ Robertson, Singapore 239013, p. +65 6836 1270. Open Sun-Thu 12pm – 11pm, Fri-Sun and Eve of PHs 12pm – 11.30pm.
Ju Shin Jung
Self-touted as the first Korean charcoal BBQ chain to hit Singapore, the Robertson branch is Ju Shin Jung’s most recent addition. If you’re looking for some mighty Korean grilled meats, particularly late at night on a weekend, then this is your spot. Plates of marinated Beef Bulgolgi start from $25, while a wide variety of soups and sides like chive pancakes and spicy wings are also available.
Ju Shin Jung is located at 11 Unity St, #01-30/31 Robertson Walk, Singapore 237995, p. +65 6235 6787. Open Mon-Sun 12pm – 2.30pm, Sun-Thu 5pm – 1am, Fri-Sat 5pm – 4am.
Beast & Butterflies
Located at Robertson Quay’s hot new hotel M Social Singapore, Beast & Butterflies is a visual drama of a restaurant with its chandeliers, lava lamps, and 40 tablets screening contemporary artworks. The menu has a distinct East-meets-West theme with dishes like Lobster Porridge ($28) and Great Rack of Lamb ($36), an Oriental-spiced lamb rack served with steamed glutinous rice and Sichuan peppercorn jus.
Beast & Butterflies is located at 90 Robertson Qy, M Social Singapore, Singapore 238259, p. +65 6206 1888. Open Mon-Sun 7am – 10am, 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10.30pm. Bar open daily till 1am.
From the guys behind Neon Pigeon and Fat Prince, you can think of Summerlong as a city-beach cafe that brings the Eastern Mediterranean seaside lifestyle to Robertson Quay. This is where Smoked Pork Ribs, Persian Fried Chicken, Sesame Black Cods, and big baskets of Spiced Fries reign. Pro tip: try their soft serve ice cream. Read our review here.
Summerlong is located at 60 Robertson Qy #01-04, Singapore 238252, p. +65 6235 1225. Open Tue-Fri 5pm – 12am. Sat 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 12am.
At SPRMRKT, you will find down-to-earth homely fare that’ve been elevated with premium ingredients, courtesy of Executive Chef Joseph Yeo. Think innovative takes on the Smoked Lobster Tail ($42), Brussels Sprouts ($15), Pasta Primavera ($24, a glorified spaghetti bolognese, if you must), and Tiramisu ($15), all as you look out onto the river from your second-floor seat. Read our review here.
SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar is located at 41 Robertson Qy, #02-01, Singapore 238236, +65 9736 4170. Open Tue-Fri 11.30am – 3pm, Tue-Thu 6pm – 10pm, Fri-Sat 6pm – 12am.
This is where Chef Willin Low of Wild Rocket fame brings nostalgic comfort food to the floor, from housemade Popiah ($28) that’s been stewed for hours and perfectly-caramelised Kurobuta Char Siew ($19) to Carabinero Prawns Konbu Mee ($32) and interestingly, Ice Cream Popiah ($15). Read our review here.
Po is located at The Warehouse Hotel, 320 Havelock Road, Singapore 169628, p. +65 6828 0007. Open daily 7am-10.30am, 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm.
Dabbawalla is a fresh new take on the old street fare of Mumbai, serving up some of its greatest food in a modern, creative style – all based on the roots of the city’s iconic ‘dabbawalla’ lunchbox delivery system. Highlights include Punjabi Samosa stuffed with chicken or lamb, Zaffrani Broccoli barbecued with saffron, and vibrant mixed meat platters chock full of lamb, chicken, fish, and prawns.
Dabbawalla is located at 60 Robertson Qy, Singapore 238252, p. +65 6235 6134. Open Mon-Thu 5pm – 10.30pm, Fri-Sun 12pm – 2.30pm, 5pm – 11.30pm.
La Maison Du Whisky
Now, you can’t leave Robertson Quay without a visit to La Maison du Whisky, one of the best purveyors of fine whiskies and spirits in Singapore. Featuring over 700 labels of the golden liquid, grappas, spirits, wines, and other specialist alcohol from around the world, they have a fantastic service team that’ll find you something you never knew you’d love, whether it’s a Caol Ila 18, ultra-rare Highland Park 1970, or one of their specially crafted cocktails. Do not that the bar only opens from 6pm onwards each day.
La Maison Du Whisky is located at The Pier @ Robertson Quay, 80 Mohamed Sultan Rd #01-10, Singapore 239013, p. +65 6733 0059. Open Mon-Thu 12pm – 1am, Fri-Sat 12pm – 2am, Sun 12pm – 12am.