Best restaurants for intimate weddings: The Summerhouse, Bayswater Kitchen, The Riverhouse and more

Best restaurants for intimate weddings: The Summerhouse, Bayswater Kitchen, The Riverhouse and more

Tie the knot

Text: Azrin Tan

So you were planning on getting hitched soon but what with the pandemic still raging on, who knows when will be an actual good time to make that venue booking? A grand hotel affair might seem excessive at this point or the mere 100 that stands as the current head count offering. So let's talk intimate: a welcome for anyone's who not a fan of huge ceremonies.

Which brings us to a good middle ground: restaurants. Where you could possibly have decor, food, and facilities all wrapped up in a singular place. So if you're skipping out on that pricier hotel option, and opting for something that's really curated for you by you, we've put together a list of some comfortably-sized restaurant spots to consider tying the knot at.

The Riverhouse Singapore

Merging the old and the new. The Riverhouse brings Chinese traditional dishes back to the table, but served with a modern twist. The age-old space built in the 1870s performs like a whimsical nod to the heritage and culture that still sits so closely to so many of our hearts, yet maintains a contemporary sense of today. The space can host a total of 270 seated pax, amidst its alfresco and restaurant space.

The Riverhouse, #01-02 3A River Valley Road, Clarke Quay
Opening hours: (Sun-Tues) 6pm - 2am, (Wed, Fri-Sat) 6pm-3am, Closed on Thursdays.

Keyaki Japanese Restaurant

Fuse your feels for travelling abroad with the necessitated affair of a smaller wedding. At Keyaki Japanese Restaurant, you're not just in for an immaculate Japanese culinary fare, you'll also be in for an intimate experience in the midst of a sculpted Japanese garden that even houses a traditional tatami-style dining room and koi pond in its midst.

7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Tel: 63368111
Opening hours: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 6 - 10pm

Little Island Brewing Co.

For the free-spirited. Located all the way in the east of our little island, this rustic gem is one that gives off an artsy, whimsical feel that doesn't do with the frills, and is all about you having fun —however you want — in this little space of theirs. It could be pretty close to feeling like a beach wedding, or just a chill night at a bar, whatever it is, they promise an unforgettable night that's catered to you.

6 Changi Village Road, Tel: 9682 8665
Opening hours: (Mon-Sat) 12pm -10.30pm, (Sun) 11am - 10.30pm

The Summerhouse

You and your guests will be transported to a nature wonderland at The Summerhouse. From panoramic views of nature's best offerings, a floral-inspired dining room and picturesque spots for the sharing of vows, The Summerhouse is one to definitely promise a dream-like wedding day — especially if you've always wanted a garden wedding.

3 Park Ln, Tel: 8809 5840 
Opening hours: (Wed-Fri) 6-10pm, (Sat-Sun) 11.30am - 3pm, 6 - 10pm

Bayswater Kitchen

Want to go really private? Treat yourself to a wedding of ultimate desire — away from the hustle and bustle of the city completely. Bayswater Kitchen sits on Keppel Island, Singapore's only private island, and proffers a nautical-themed dining experience complete with fresh seafood and alfresco dining with the view of the sea.

2 Keppel Bay Vista, Marina at Keppel Bay, Tel: 6776 0777
Opening hours: Lunch - 11.30am to 2.30pm, Dinner - 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Open Farm Community

For the ones who want to do right by the planet. An open-concept kitchen that upkeeps high standards of sustainability with a garden-to-table ethos which encourages urban farming and finding locally produced ingredients. And with an outdoor garden and glasshouse-like interior on their grounds, the space is one for a quiet, carefree wedding — perfect for the season.

130E Minden Rd, Tel: 6471 0306
Opening Hours: (Mon-Fri) 12-2.30pm, 6-9pm. (Sat-Sun) 11am-3.30pm, 6-9pm

Alkaff Mansion Ristorante

From an interior that is retro-inspired, with old school timber tiles, high ceilings and everything that points to the old grandeur of European architectural charm. Depending on your choice of setting, you can choose to host your special day indoors or outdoors. This one's perfect for the old souls, we think.

10 Telok Blangah Green, Tel: 6510 3068
Opening hours: 11am - 10.30pm

Monti at 1-Pavillion

And yet another one with a breathtaking view of the Marina cityscape. A luxe combination of modern grandeur whilst maintaining a sense of intimacy, the Italian gastronomic affair will leave you and your guests reeling for more amidst a glamorous night by the sea.

82 Collyer Quay, Tel: 6535 0724
Opening Hours: 11am - 10.30pm