Going out to eat with the whole family, kids and all, puts a dent in the old wallet. So how about a FREE meal for the kids so that the pressure’s off?
We have put together all the best restaurants in Singapore where kids eat free. From kid-friendly restaurants with supervised activities to dim sum buffets to Champagne-fuelled extravaganzas – all places where your kids get to chow down for free!
If you’re after classic Southern American comfort food – think fried chicken, mac ‘n’ cheese, burgers and even chicken & waffles – then make your way to The Bird at Marina Bay Sands. The kids’ menu – featuring fried chicken, a cheeseburger, shrimp ‘n’ grits, and mac ‘n’ cheese – will be a hit with young ones. It’s not the healthiest, but that’s probably not what you’re there for either, mama.
Kids eat free: Kids 12 and under eat free on Sundays with the purchase of any adult main. A kid’s meal also includes a drink and scoop of homemade ice cream.
Parents will love: With a bright ambience, classic rock tunes and comfy booths, it’s a super kid-friendly set-up. The Bird actually does have some truly excellent salads, and we think even kiddos will love the sweet Brussels Sprouts with spiced honey. And we’re huge fans of the weekend brunch menu, which features free-flow Prosecco and Bloody Marys on Saturdays!
The Bird Southern Table and Bar, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, L1-82 (Bay Level) and B1-07 (Galleria Level), 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972, Tel: (+65) 6688 9959, www.marinabaysands.com/the bird
Brussels Sprouts is located in the ground zero of kid-friendliness, Robertson Quay, where there is a little lawn to play on and space to scoot.
Kids eat free: Kids (9 and under) eat free any day of the week with one paying adult (ordering a Big Eat main or Mussels or Clams)
Parents will love: The wide ranging menu (burgers, salads, pastas) plus of course the star attraction of Belgian mussels with frites ($42) served up in a mind-boggling array of flavours from Goan Curry to Tom Yum to the more Western Bouillabaisse or Chorizo, all washed down with Belgian beer. Look out for their one-for-one on draught beers, cocktails and house pour spirits until 7 pm.
Brussels Sprouts, The Pier at Robertson, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road,#01-12, Tel: (+65) 68874344, www.facebook.com/brusselssproutsSG
Barnacles by the Sea at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
**Note: As of April 2018, Barnacles by the Sea is now Silver Shell Cafe, which serves a separate breakfast and lunch buffet.
Sunday brunch (12pm – 3pm) at Barnacles by the Sea at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa is one of the mega kid-friendly restaurant experiences complete with magic shows and balloon sculpting.
Kids eat free: One kid under 11 eats free with every paying adult (Adults $118, additional child $48)
Parents will love: You can’t beat sitting by the sea chowing down on tasty fare while entertainers make your kids belly laugh.
Barnacles by the Sea, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort& Spa, 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098970; www.shangri-la.com/rasasentosa.
La Brasserie in The Fullerton Bay Hotel
La Brasserie taking up a narrow wing in The Fullerton Bay Hotel does French dining with Marina Bay waterfront views seen from their 10-metre-high floor to ceiling windows. Recently refurbished, with its Neo-Palladian architecture, La Brasserie sets a sophisticated scene for dining. The food is French brasserie classics from Traditional Onion Soup ($19) to Suprême de Canard Confit ($39) and a selection of Galettes ($23/$28 with a cider) or plump for weekend brunch where there is a dedicated supervised kids’ corner.
Kids eat free: Under 6 year olds eat free. There is also a mini kids’ buffet in the kids’ room so littlies don’t need to take a break from face painting, balloon sculpting, drawing, TV and other fun-filled activities.
Parents will love: Weekend brunch sees a food buffet spanning fresh crustacean on ice, Slow-Roasted Prime Rib, Crispy Crackling Pig, charcuterie and cheese and a room for desserts plus made-to-order dishes (from Duck Confit to Prawn Laksa) served to your table. There is a DIY Bloody Mary station too – a staggering collection of condiments, spices and sauces to go in your Vodka which is also dangerously self-serve! Saturday prices: ($68/$99/$138 for soft drinks/Bloody Marys and wine, beer/plus Veuve Clicquot) plus Sundays have the addition of free flow Ruinart Blanc de Blancs. ($168).
La Brasserie at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326, Tel: (+65) 6597 5288, www.fullertonhotels.com/the-fullerton-bay-hotel/la-brasserie
Cafe Melba at Goodman Arts Centre is a well-known name on the kid-friendly lists with their huge space for running and scooting around freely not to mention the playroom, arts and crafts station plus bouncy castles (which is now open EVERY DAY (if weather permits) from 3-8pm weekdays and 9am-8pm weekends). At Cafe Melba Mediapolis they also have the perfect space for scooting, a giant tic-tac-toe game and bouncy castle too.
Kids eat free: At Cafe Melba Goodman Arts Centre only, 1 child eats free with a main meal purchase on Mondays plus there’s bouncy castle on Mondays from 3 pm.
Parents will love: There’s a Kids Club on hand (entry is free with every kid’s meal purchased) so parents can actually eat their lunch without entertaining kids themselves, phew! Kids can collect loyalty stamps and receive a surprise gift on every visit. Collect 5 stamps for a free meal for mom or dad, 10 stamps to join the Kids Gold Club for the big win – a free kids’ meal every single visit.
Cafe Melba, 90 Goodman Road Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56, Singapore 439053, Tel: (+65) 6440 6068, www.cafemelba.com.sg
Cafe Mosaic, Carlton Hotel
Cafe Mosaic does an international weekend buffet spread spanning Western and local favourites from Rojak to Laksa.
Kids eat free: Kids below 6 years old dine for free, with a maximum of two children per table
Parents will love: The hotel buffet includes a bounty of seafood from Oysters to Tiger Prawns and Salmon Sashimi. On the weekend there are kids’ activities from 12pm to 2pm, too so your kids will be entertained while you enjoy lunch.
Cafe Mosaic, Carlton Hotel Singapore, 76 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189558, Tel: (+65) 6338 8333, www.carltonhotel.sg/dining/cafe-mosaic-singapore
Not only does CPK offer a wide range of yummy pizzas (from your classic Margherita to inventive options like Peking Duck and Philly Cheesesteak, not to mention their new super healthy, gluten free cauliflower crust), but their kids’ menu also features crowd-pleasing pastas that the kitchen manages to turn our lickety split, and they helpfully provide color-in activity sheet placemats and a cup of crayons when you sit down. Best of all, anyone who joins their free CPK Fan Rewards programme gets up to two free kids’ meals every time you visit (one free kid’s meal per adult main course purchased).
California Pizza Kitchen, 442 Orchard Road, #01-18 Claymore Connect, Singapore 238879, Tel: (+65) 6836 0110, www.cpkgps.com
Cherry Garden, a beautiful Cantonese restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Singapore, has been designed with Feng Shui in mind (maybe the zen calmness will transcend to your family too). Head here for your fill of Cantonese dim sum.
Kids Eat Free: 6 yrs and below eat for free at the weekend dim sum brunch buffet ($68 for adults, $40 for kids 7-11).
Parents will love: Dim sum favourites of the Crispy Wasabi-Aioli Prawns with fresh mango and tobiko, Steamed Juicy Pork Xiao Long Bao ($7) and delicious Steamed Kurobuta Char Siew in Fluffy Bao ($7).
Cherry Garden, 5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039801, Tel: (+65) 6885 3538, www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore/fine-dining/cherry-garden
For a bit of American style Tex-Mex in a casual buzzing atmosphere (no heads will turn if you have loud kids, phew), head down to Chili’s at Tanglin Mall or the Central, Clarke Quay outlet.
Kids eat free: For a limited time kids under 12 can enjoy a free meal from the Kids Menu with the purchase of an Adult main – valid on Mondays to Fridays, 11.30am – 5pm at Chili’s Clarke Quay Central, Chili’s Resorts World Sentosa & Chili’s Tanglin Mall and on Sundays, all day at Chili’s Clarke Quay Central only.
Parents will love: the frozen Margaritas, served in American portions (ie large). The menu is the usual Tex Mex fare of Enchiladas, Baby Back Ribs and Burgers but if you are looking for something lighter try their Chipotle Chicken Fresh Mex Bowls of grilled chicken, corn, black bean salsa, on rice with pico de gallo, avocado and sour cream.
Chili’s, Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, #02-23, Tel: (+65) 6733 3317
Chili’s @ Central, Clarke Quay, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #01-18, Tel: (+65) 6225 1687
The Edge at Pan Pacific
The Edge at Pan Pacific offers a four-hour brunch ($118) served at seven live food ‘theaters’ offering everything from Peking duck and laksa to the Knife Shaved Crudo Bar, Scorched Raclette Cheese and a Caviar Bar. Go up to watch the theatrical cooking and you needn’t even worry about looking like a glutton with a loaded plate as waiters will deliver your food directly to your table.
Kids eat free: The buffet brunch is free for kids under 6 years while the older kids are at $59 (with free flow soft drinks and juice). During Sunday brunch, there is a professional balloon sculptor and a kids’ level icecream buffet for little hands to access.
Parents will love: There’s a dedicated Kids Corner to keep your munchkins entertained so you may as well grab a little glass (or two) of bubbly! The full shebang with free flow champagne, wine, beer and cocktails is at $198.
The Edge, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039595, Tel: (+65) 6826 8240, www.edgefoodtheatre.com
Kids eat free on Saturdays and Sundays at 6 Japanese dining concepts at Emporium Shokuhin (Senmi Sushi, Burosu Ramen Gyoza & Ramen, Umi+Vino Seafood Wine Bar, Takujo Japanese Dining, Shabu Tan Japanese Hotpot, Gyuu+ Yakiniku Grill). Kids (applicable for child 1.1m & below) dine for FREE with every spend of $20 at Senmi Sushi, Burosu Ramen Gyoza & Ramen, Umi+Vino Seafood Wine Bar & Takujo Japanese Dining. While at Shabu Tan Japanese Hotpot & Gyuu+ Yakiniku Grill kids dine for FREE (child’s buffet is only applicable for child 1.1m & below) with every 2 paying adults.
Emporium Shokuhin, 6 Raffles Boulevard, 01-18, Singapore 039594, Tel: (+65) 6224 3433, www.emporiumshokuhin.com.sg/
Equilibrium is the third creation by Cre8 Group (which also has Supply & Demand). This modern Italian restaurant in the mall Capitol Piazza serves up Ciccheti, Antipastis, Pastas and Pizzas.
Kids eat free: Every kid enjoys 1 meal, 1 gelato and 1 juice free (Saturday and Sunday for lunch) with every adult main ordered.
Parents will love: Grab a booth seat and settle in for one of their deals for mamas and papas include 50% off every second cocktail, $3 off wine tasting by glass.
Equilibrium, 15 Stamford Road, Capitol Piazza, #01-86 Galleria, Singapore 178906, Tel: (+65) 63844069, www.equilibrium.sg
The famous Japanese ramen chain IPPUDO has just started offering free kids meals for the first time at their latest Tanjong Pagar Centre outlet only.
Kids Eat Free: Slurp up a regular ramen every weekend (11am – 10pm) and your kid gets a free Kid’s Delight meal featuring IPPUDO’s original tonkotsu ramen paired with healthy riceballs and homemade potato salad with mixed veggies. Oishii!
Parents will love: The slurptastic ramen! Plus from 17 November until 25 December 2017, there will be a kids’ bouncy castle at the park on weekends – win-win for kiddo and parents who can let their kids burn off some energy before hitting the noodles!
IPPUDO, 5 Wallich Street, Tanjong Pagar Centre #01-15, 078883. https://www.facebook.com/ippudosg/
Supply & Demand
Supply & Demand is an Italian restaurant (the flagship being at Esplanade) with edgy industrial interiors as well as alfresco dining by the waterfront. On the menu is a mix of pastas and pizzas and Asian fusion dishes from Burmese Tea Leaf Salad to the Singapore-craze of Salted Egg Yolk Fries and Salted Egg Yolk Drumlets.
Kids eat free: Kids 10 years old and below enjoy a free item from the new Kids’ Menu with every adult main course. (Mondays to Sundays for lunch at Supply & Demand at Orchardgateway and at Supply & Demand, Esplanade the promotion is available for weekend lunch.)
Parents will love: The Esplanade outlet has a rooftop bar with stunning views of the Lion City’s skyline plus interiors here are chic and modern.
Supply & Demand, 277 Orchard Road, Orchardgateway #02-13/14, Singapore 238858, Tel: (+65) 6702 6218
Supply & Demand, 8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall #01-13 Annexe Singapore 039802, Tel: (+65) 6336 0588. www.supplyanddemand.com.sg
Sabio By The Sea @ Quayside Isle
Sabio By The Sea @ Quayside Isle is the Spanish restaurant sister of Sabio Duxton Hill. This branch is perched beside the moored yachts and does a daily all-you-can-eat brunch ($49.90/25 for adults/kids), except on the weekend when the hangover brunch takes over ($59.90/$30 for adults/kids). Brunch includes free flow hot and cold tapas desserts and soft drinks/juices plus coffee and tea and for the kids there is free flow cotton candy.
Kids eat free: Under-7-year-olds eat free at both brunches
Parents will love: Sitting alfresco with the beautiful setting over looking the bling yachts at Quayside Ilse. Add $30 for free flow ‘hair of the dog’ cava and sangria on weekends 11.30am to 3.30pm.
Tip: Let kids do laps up and down the pavement in front of the restaurant or there’s the pirate ship playground around the corner (watch out, there’s no shade) for pre- or post-brunch play.
Sabio By The Sea @ Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way #01-02, Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375, Tel: (+65) 6690 7568, www.dhm.com.sg/sabio
Smokey’s is where to head for a casual slap-up meal American style. There are ribs slathered in housemade BBQ sauce, decent burgers (200-gram burgers of USA beef), massive porterhouse steaks and of course hand-cut fries and slaw.
Kids eat free: Kids Eat Free on weekends – get one kid’s meal free (like baby back ribs, chicken sliders or a grilled cheese sandwich all served with fries, a drink and a cookie) with any adult main course. Valid for children 10 and younger, from 11:30am to 3pm only.
Parents will love: The good ‘ol American fare and the very casual atmosphere.
Smokey’s, 73 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427790, +65 6345 6914, www.smokeysbbq.com.sg
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar is a hot favourite for kid-friendly dim sum on the weekend thanks to their kids’ room to entertain your sprogs.
Kids Eat Free: Children under 6 dine free for their weekend dim sum brunch buffet while 6 to 12 years old enjoy 50% off. Cute treats for little diners include the snail shaped Escargot cheese puffs and the Hokkaido milk cheese tart.
Parents will love: The elegant all-you-can-eat buffet ($68) with a spread of 40 types of dishes from seafood delicacies to modern dim sum, roasts, wok dishes and desserts, plus the all-you-can-booze (extra $60) cocktails, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, wines, and beers.
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857, Tel: (+65) 6603 8855
Morganfields does American fare from ribs in a sticky hickory flavoured BBQ Sauce to Steak and Caesar salad. There are a few outlets – VivoCity, Suntec City and at The Star Vista.
Kids eat free: Kids under 12 years (or below 120cm) eat free all weekend and public holidays (maximum 2 per table) with every adult main course ordered. There is a kids’ menu that comes with an activity sheet plus cartoons on tap.
Parents will love: This casual spot serves up hearty fare – like Smokehouse Bacon Cheeseburgers with Corn Bread, Fries and Slaw – that most picky eaters should love (who can resist fries with everything?)
Morganfields, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #02-23, The Star Vista, Singapore 138617, Tel: (+65) 66943635, www.morganfields.com.sg
One-Ninety Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel does a Sunday brunch from 12pm till 3pm, and offers part buffet with live cooking stations and part table service. The cuisine is a mix of Italian and Asian with a brick pizza oven for authentic pizzas alongside mains like Slow-Cooked Pork Belly with Braised Cabbage to Hainanese Chicken Rice.
Kids eat free: Children under 5 dine free so they can tuck into the kids’ buffet spread to their heart’s content.
Parents will love: the fact that they can enjoy the spread (which you can upgrade to include free flow Prosecco or Veuve champagne) while their kids are being entertained in a separate room called the Playland complete with bouncy castle, colouring and face painting. Out of sight, out of mind say what!?
One-Ninety Restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Blvd, Singapore 248646, Tel: (+65) 6831 7250, www.fourseasons.com
Paulaner Bräuhaus, Singapore’s first authentic German microbrewery has reopened a three-storey bar and restaurant at Millenia Walk with a large polished bronze boiler where the beer making process begins, taking centre stage. On Sundays, Paulaner Bräuhaus serves up a heaving German brunch buffet from 11.30am to 2.30pm serving hot and cold stations of sausages, Bavarian meatloaf, pork knuckle and salads. Sunday Brunch is priced at ($58 with soft drinks, $68 with beer and soft drinks, and $16 for children 5-11)
Kids Eat Free: Under-5-year-olds eat free
Parents will love: Kids are entertained with supervised activities such as colouring or mask making so you can help yourself to the dessert buffet in peace – a chocolate fountain, warm apple strudel and a variety of ice cream.
Paulaner Bräuhaus, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01 -01, #02-01, #03-01, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596, Tel: (+65) 6883 2572, www.paulaner-brauhaus-singapore.com
Peony Jade restaurant, specializing in Szechuan and Cantonese dishes, has two branches – one perched on the Singapore River at Clarke Quay and the other at the Keppel Club.
Kids Eat Free: Under-5-year-olds eat free at the weekend dim sum brunch. Plus, one chargeable child dines free when accompanied by 2 paying adults (capped to 2 free meals per table).
Parents will love: The affordable prices – $29.90 per person for a minimum of 3 while kids 6-10 years of age is $19.80. Don’t miss their light green Pandan Liu Sha Bao fragrant with pandan, Deep-fried Prawns in Creamy Yolk and mains of Roasted duck. Kids will love the Piggies Char Siu Bao ($7.50 for 3) of honey glazed BBQ pork inside bao that are decorated like little pigs.
Peony Jade, 10 Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club, Singapore 109918, Tel: (+65) 62769138, http://peonyjade.com
RISE at Marina Bay Sands
There are tons of dining options within the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort so it’s easy to dismiss the hotel’s international buffet restaurant at RISE as a worthy choice, but if you have a whole army of small picky eaters, you can’t go wrong with a buffet spread. The buffet ($56/$72 lunch/dinner for adults/$38 older kids) encompasses Indian curries, Asian noodles, pasta a-la-minute, a salad bar, sushi, a bread station, seafood and desserts.
Kids eat free: Kids 5 and below eat free
Parents will love: There are often activities for littlies so you can munch away in peace plus themed nights keep things interesting foodwise.
RISE, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Lobby Tower 1, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, Tel: (+65) 66885525, www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants/buffet/rise.html
Thyme at Rochester
Thyme at Rochester is a restaurant tucked up behind Body with Soul at Rochester Park. They serve up Western food like pizzas, burgers with wedges ($19), pastas like Linguine with Chorizo, Chilli and Broccoli ($17) and salads like Roasted Pumpkin, Quinoa, Avocado and Spinach ($15) plus they do brunch from 9am on the weekend.
Kids eat free: Kids below 8 years old eat free with every adult that orders a main or pasta from the à la carte menu (other discounts and promotions are not applicable with this deal).
Parents will love: There is a little play area with a wendy house for small tots at the front of the restaurant where mamas and dads can watch their bubs while eating their food in peace.
Thyme at Rochester, Tel: (+65) 81577236, www.facebook.com/Thyme-at-Rochester
VLV, a huge restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Martin Foo, sits on the Singapore riverfront and boasts an al fresco courtyard bar and riverfront dining plus the posh indoor restaurant.
Kids Eat Free: Under-6-year-olds dine free at the weekend dim sum brunch buffet ($68 per adult).
Parents will love: the choice of nine live cooking stations – you’ll want to high tail it to the Peking Duck station. Plus there’s a choice of Chef signatures like Crackling Pork Belly and all-you-can-eat servings of upscale dim sum like Singapore chill Crab buns Kurobuta ‘Siew Mai’.
VLV, #01-02 Merchant’s Court, 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179020, Tel: (+65) 6661 0197, www.vlv.life/singapore
More Kids Eat Free Deals:
Seoul Garden offers halal Korean buffet and kids dine in for free every Sunday, with each paying adult.
Swensen’s offer one complimentary Kid’s Breakfast with every dine-in weekend (or p.h) adult breakfast ordered between 8am to 11 am. While at Earle Swensen’s Westgate outlet, kids eat free with every adult main ordered, Monday to Thursday, till 5 pm.
Pizza Hut offers a Western menu of pizzas, pastas and baked rice and kids eat free all day every day when an adult main or pizza is ordered.
All kids eat free deals correct at publish. Deals subject to change – always call the restaurant first to avoid disappointment.
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