Home to beaches and attractions, Sentosa makes a great summer holiday destination for both locals and tourists. Located off the south of Singapore, the resort island was formerly a British military base. It was later renamed and repurposed as a tourist destination.
The island’s many attractions offer a myriad of activities for a full day of fun. But if you’re a foodie, you’ll be pleased to know that Sentosa offers a wide range of food options that should satisfy your taste buds and budget – from takeaway snacks and local dishes under one roof to show-stopping dishes in fine-dining restaurants, complete with picturesque views.
Can’t decide where to eat? Check out our picks of the best eateries and restaurants on the island.
Affordable food courts & markets (<$30)
1. Good Old Days Food Court (next to Siloso Beach Sentosa)
60 Siloso Beach Walk
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm daily
Located conveniently near Siloso Beach and iconic attractions like Wings of Time and Skyline Luge Sentosa, this is the go-to eatery for a fuss-free meal after a fun-tastic day in the sun.
Good Old Days resembles the local kopitiam (coffee shop) that can be found in many of Singapore’s residential areas. And the best part? It offers a diverse range of dishes that are halal.
On the first floor, get your fill of local delights at the Good Old Days Asian Buffet. Enjoy unlimited servings of Singaporean favourites such as Laksa with Fish Cake and Egg, Seafood Fried Rice, Braised Seafood Tofu and Honey Roasted Chicken. The buffet costs $25 nett per person.
For a quick and easy meal, order à la carte Asian dishes on the second floor. Go for house specialities like Hokkien Mee, Chicken Briyani and the Singaporean classic Hainanese Chicken Rice Set, served with a side of veggies and a bowl of soup.
2. Malaysian Food Street
Resorts World Sentosa, Level 1
Opening hours: 8.30am to 8.30pm daily
The Malaysian Food Street at Resorts World Sentosa offers affordable and tasty meals for bigger groups that want variety.
Step back in time to old colonial Malaysia at this food street which serves favourites dishes from Malaysia’s colonial past.
Tuck into nostalgic Kuala Lumpur classics like Kampung Nasi Lemak and Pudu Claypot Chicken Rice, and Penang crowd favourites like Penang Laksa and Penang Lim Brothers’ Char Kway Teow. Wash it all down with a refreshing drink like Pandan Lemongrass Drink with Aloe Vera.
3. International Food Street
Central Beach Bazaar, next to Beach Station
Opening hours: 10.15am to 10pm daily
This eye-catching row of food stalls operating from Kombi vans (like Fillmore, the hippie Volkswagen character from the movie Cars), food trucks and containers offer eight international street food concepts.
Inspired by cuisines of cities like London and Tokyo, this is a perfect pit-stop to grab some light bites and snacks while you’re on the move from one attraction to another.
Head down to the containers (located close to Wings of Time’s Premium Gate 3) housing Chipper Roll for Fish and Chips ($7.80) and Slurps & Scoops for a cup of ice cream ($5.80).
Found side by side in cute Kombi vans are the Masala Wala and Mama Shop stalls where you can get vegetarian and halal Indian snacks and some nostalgic Singaporean snacks. Three pieces of Punjabi Samosas or a Paneer Kathi Roll are both $7.80 if you need a quick pick-me-up.
The food trucks are also home to Bentori, Thai Dee and Taco Pau, serving Japanese, Thai and Mexican cuisines, respectively. At Taco Pau, try wraps such as Tandoori Chicken ($7.80) or Lamb Rogan and Potato Kofta with Cashew Gravy ($9.80).
As there are no specified seating areas at the food street, we recommend setting up a picnic mat at one of the nearby beaches. Alternatively, spend a minimum of $5 to get entry into the Wings of Time seating area, where you’ll also have the best views of the Sentosa SkyJet and the Sentosa Musical Fountain.
A modern-day edition of the famous Sentosa Musical Fountain, one of Sentosa’s most iconic shows in the early 1980s, the musical fountain showcases two 5-minute performances daily – the first at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm and the second at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm.
Be sure to check out Sentosa SkyJet, Southeast Asia’s tallest fountain which stands at 80m tall. The impressive fountain is exceptionally breathtaking when illuminated with LED lights at night. It opens daily from 10am to 3pm, and 3.30pm to 10pm.
Mid-range bars and restaurants (>$30)
4. the kitchen table
W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
Opening hours: 6.30am to 10pm daily
Located at the luxurious W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, the kitchen table serves up a selection of international dishes with a local twist.
It offers a buffet spread for every meal as well as a la carte options for those with smaller appetites.
Must-try local dishes include Curry Laksa ($36) and Singapore Chilli Lobster ($68), both of which have received high praise for their delectable flavours.
A signature item for vegetarians is the Fresh Golden Lion’s Mane Mushrooms ($32) where mushrooms are cooked with avocado, burnt sweet chilli and citrus.
The restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows allows you to soak up magnificent views of Sentosa Cove’s waterfront while you dine. Coupled with live entertainment and quality service, a luxurious dining experience is guaranteed here.
Sentosa Golf Club
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday – Noon to 3pm, 5pm to 10.30pm; Friday and Saturday – Noon to 4pm, 5pm to Midnight; Sunday – Noon to 4pm, 5pm to 10.30pm
Panamericana is located at the end of Bukit Manis Road, nestled in the exclusive Sentosa Golf Club. The good news is you don’t need to be a member to patronise the restaurant.
Overlooking the picturesque Straits of Singapore, the clifftop restaurant boasts scenic views all times of the day, but its best view is undoubtedly at sunset.
Sit in the quaint indoor dining area, fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, dine al fresco on the verandah or unwind with the wind on your face at a lounge area at The Lawn. Outdoor seats are highly coveted, so ensure that you make reservations way in advance to avoid disappointment.
The Argentinian and Latin American bar and grill offers a culinary experience through the 50,000km Pan-American Highway – it’s best known for its selection of barbecued meat dishes, all cooked over a traditional Asador grill.
Start with the Argentinian Empanadas ($16), filled with savoury pulled pork shoulder and ham hock, mozzarella, roasted pineapples and black olive crema.
A popular main is the Colombian Chicken ($64 whole/$32 half), grilled and smoked to tender perfection, topped with a chilli glaze and salsa roja picante.
Round off your meal with the highly recommended Churros ($15), served with arequipe, a sweet dipping sauce made with sugar and milk.
The Bullring, Level 1, Resorts World Sentosa
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday – 11.30am to 11pm; Friday, Saturday & eve of public holiday – 11.30am to Midnight
Known for its chill vibes and good music, Harry’s is the place to go for good conversations accompanied by beers and comfort foods.
This branch at Resorts World Sentosa is special as it offers signature local dishes that cannot be found at other outlets, namely Dry Laksa Pasta ($24), Seafood Fried Rice ($25) and Chilli Crab Pasta ($24).
A must-try is Harry’s classic Beer-battered Fish & Chips ($27), made with a tender and firm white fish fillet that’s flavoured with a tint of beer. Enjoy the fish with sides of mushy peas, coleslaw and spiced fries.
A meal at Harry’s isn’t complete without ordering a beer. Try Harry’s very own house brew, Harry’s Premium Lager ($14 for half pint/$18 for full pint). Beer lovers will be pleased to know that Harry’s has a Happy Hour deal before 8pm daily. The Happy Hour deal gets you two pints of Tiger for $23, two pints of Heineken for $25 and two pints of Guinness for $25.
High-end restaurants (>$100)
#01-104 & 105 Hotel Michael, Resorts World Sentosa
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday – 6pm to 11pm; Saturday & Sunday – Noon to 2pm (closed on Monday & Tuesday)
A one-star Michelin restaurant, table65 is helmed by celebrity chefs Richard van Oostenbrugge and Thomas Groot. Named after Singapore’s country code (+65), the restaurant offers modern European cuisine, presented in a way that expresses the chefs’ creativity and innovation. Each dish resembles an art piece in a museum more than a plate of food.
You are invited to sit at a communal table in an open kitchen where you can observe the chefs skilfully whip up the dishes in a three-course lunch ($118++), four-course lunch ($148++), five-course lunch ($178++) or a six-course dinner ($288++), in an informal, pressure-free setting.
One of the restaurant’s most photographed and Instagrammed desserts is Apple ($28), consisting of a green apple sorbet, carefully sculpted into the shape of an apple core with chocolate chips as its seeds. It is enveloped in a glass-looking bubble made of sugar, with puff pastry at its base, with a touch of salted caramel and walnut.
Beyond the gastronomical experience, dining at table65 come with surprises that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout your meal.
Opening hours: Noon to 2pm, 6.30pm to 10pm daily
Located in the luxury five-star Capella Singapore, this contemporary Chinese fine-dining restaurant serves traditional Cantonese cuisine with innovative twists.
The opulent interior of the restaurant, designed by André Fu, one of the most influential and sought-after interior designers, was inspired by the historic spice routes of Southern and Western China.
A must-try is Cassia’s homemade dim sum which is only available for lunch. Savour signatures such as Steamed Charcoal Powder Bun with Barbecued Iberico Pork and Black Truffle ($10 for two pieces), a modern spin on the classic steamed barbecued pork bun; Steamed Lobster Dumpling with Dried Scallop and Parsley ($15 per piece); Steamed Crystal Dumpling with Fresh Mushroom and Black Truffle ($8 for two pieces); and Wok-fried Carrot Cake with Chinese Sausage, Prawn, Scallop in XO Chilli Sauce ($14).
There’s also a five-course Nourishing Set Lunch ($69++ per person) which includes a Dim Sum Platter with selected dim sum items, a double-boiled soup of the day, Baked King Prawn with Superior Broth, Stewed Crystal Noodle with Seafood, Egg and Vegetable and Cassia Trilogy dessert.
For dinner, go for the Chef Chan Signature Set. This is a six-course set that costs $188++ per pax, comprising premium dishes like Chilled Fresh South African Abalone with Kombu Sauce and Wok-fried Japanese Miyazaki A5 Wagyu Beef in Black Pepper Sauce.
You can choose to add on $109 for an accompanying wine pairing or $29 for a tea pairing with each course, to complete your meal.
Note that Cassia has a smart casual dress code, and reservations are required beforehand.
*This article has been edited and adapted from Now Boarding by Changi Airport’s “The only Sentosa food guide you need: 8 best restaurants, bars and food streets”