7 Best Chilli Crab in Singapore (2023) to Die for

Red House Seafood
Red House Seafood
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Chilli crab is an absolute must-try if you’re visiting Singapore and looking for a dish that is both traditional and delicious. This seafood dish features stir-fried crab covered in a sweet, savory, and spicy tomato-based sauce, usually served alongside steamed or deep-fried mantou (buns).

Ranked at number 35 on CNN Go’s list of the World’s 50 most delicious foods in 2021, Chilli Crab is an iconic dish that no traveler should miss during their culinary exploration of Singapore. To help you experience the best of this delectable dish, here are the top 5 seafood restaurants in Singapore for you to visit.

1. JUMBO Seafood Restaurant

JUMBO Seafood Restaurant Image: Jumbo Seafood
  • Best for
    Chilli crab by the riverside
  • Price
    S$50++ per pax
  • Address
    20 Upper Circular Road
    #B1-48 The Riverwalk
    Singapore 058416
  • Phone
    +65 6534 3435
  • Opening hours
    Daily 12:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 00:00
  • Website
    JUMBO Seafood
  • Table reservation
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  • JUMBO Seafood, renowned for its live seafood prepared in Singaporean style, has over twenty years of experience in satisfying local and international foodies.

    The restaurant prides itself on continuously creating distinctive menu items to cater to different tastes. One of JUMBO's award-winning dishes is the highly recommended chilli crab, which has won over many locals.


    • Classic chilli crab: The defining factor of the style and taste of chilli crab at a seafood restaurant is undoubtedly the chilli sauce. Jumbo’s chilli sauce, which is thick, sweet, and slightly spicy, lives up to its reputation as a classic version. Compared to other chilli crab dishes, Jumbo’s sauce is relatively mild in spiciness, making it a great choice for those with Western palates.
    • In a classy ambience: The top-notch chilli crab at Jumbo Seafood is sure to make passersby envious. Located by the riverside in Boat Quay, the restaurant offers stunning views of the Singapore River and its mix of old port structures and modern skyscrapers. Outdoor seating provides a perfect spot to take in the iridescent reflections on the water, the twakow boats, and the stylish patrons. For a more comfortable dining experience, the air-conditioned interior is a great option.

    RECOMMENDED DISHES: Jumbo is famous for its delicious seafood but it does not mean that meat and vegetable dishes are not worth a try. The below list carries the restaurant’s dishes, highly recommended by many local and international foodies.

    • Black pepper crab
    • Herbal drunken live prawns
    • Cereal prawn
    • Salted egg prawn
    • Fried rice with diced chicken and salted fish
    • Steamed bamboo clam
    • Chilled shredded roast duck salad
    • Sambal kangkong
    • Mango desserts

    Jumbo SeafoodImage: Jumbo Seafood


    • Reservations are recommended since Jumbo Seafood is always packed out during dinnertime.
    • The peanuts, wet towels, and tea served upon arrival are not complimentary. If you do not want them, tell the staff to remove them from your table.
    • Don’t forget to check the size of your crab and the cost per kilo before ordering.
    • Be prepared that your hands will get messy with the sauces. Don’t worry! The restaurant provides a water bowl with lime for each table and big sinks nearby your seat for you to clean your hands.

    @ The Riverwalk
    Address: 20 Upper Circular Road, #B1-48 The Riverwalk, Singapore 058416
    Tel: (65) 6534 3435
    Daily lunch: 12:00 – 15:00 (last order at 14:15)
    Daily dinner: 18:00 – 00:00 (last order at 23:15)

    @ Riverside Point
    Address: 30 Merchant Road, # 01-01/02 Riverside Point, Singapore 058282
    Tel: (65) 6532 3435
    Lunch: 12:00 – 15:00 (last order at 14:15)
    Dinner: 18:00 – 00:00 (last order at 23:15)

    @ East Coast Seafood Centre
    Address: Blk 1206 East Coast Parkway #01-07/08, East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 449883
    Tel: (65) 6442 3435
    Mon to Fri: 17:00 – 23:45 (last order at 23:15)
    Sat, Sun & P.H: 11:30 – 00:00 (last order at 23:15)

    @Dempsey Hill
    Blk 11 #01-16 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249673
    Tel: (65) 6479 3435
    Daily lunch: 12:00 – 15:00 (last order at 14:15)
    Daily dinner: 17:30 – 23:30 (last order at 22:30)

    @ION Orchard
    2 Orchard Turn #04-09/10 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
    Tel : (65) 6737 3435
    Weekday Lunch & Dim Sum: 11.30 – 15:00 (last order at 14:15)
    Weekday Dinner: 17:30 – 22:30 (last order at 21:30)
    Weekend: 11:00 – 22:30 (last order at 21:30)
    High Tea & Dim Sum: 14:30 – 17:30 (last order at 16:45pm) on Weekends and Public Holidays only

    @JEWEL Changi Airport
    #03-202/203/204, 78 Airport Blvd, Singapore 819666
    Tel : (65) 6388 3435
    Daily: 11.30 – 22:00 (last order at 21:15)

    2. Long Beach Seafood Restaurant

    Long Beach Seafood Restaurant Image: Long Beach Seafood Restaurant
  • Best for
    Chilli crab by the beach
  • Price
    S$50++ per pax
  • Address
    See locations below
  • Phone
    +65 6448 3636
  • Opening hours
    Sun to Thu: 11:00 - 23:00
    Fri- Sat: 11:00 - 23:30
  • Website
  • Table reservation
    Book a table
  • Long Beach Seafood Restaurant has long been a seafood paradise for Singaporeans, having garnered numerous culinary awards for serving the finest and freshest seafood.

    While its original location at 1018 East Coast Parkway no longer exists, the legend of their famous chilli crab and black pepper crab lives on at their other outlets


    • A spicy version of chilli crab: If you’re a fan of chilli-spiced seafood, then Long Beach’s chilli crab is a must-try. What sets it apart from others is the intense level of spiciness in the dish. The gravy is an impeccable blend of sweetness, saltiness, and spiciness that perfectly complements the mantou. But the star of the dish is undoubtedly the crab itself. The juicy, fresh flesh will leave you wanting more.”
    • Top spots for black pepper crab: Legend has it that the famous dish of black pepper crab was first created by a talented chef at Long Beach. Since then, this dish has become a signature item on their menu, earning the restaurant a remarkable reputation among diners. Served with a perfectly coated layer of fragrant and delicious black pepper sauce, each crab is a succulent treat, with the spices perfectly complementing the freshness of the meat.

    The crab is sold by kilogram. The minimum weight for mud crab is 1 kilogram, while Alaskan king crab and Australian king crab are available in sizes ranging from 3 kilograms to 10 kilograms.

    MUST-TRIES: In addition to crab, Long Beach also offers an impressive selection of seafood dishes, as well as options for noodles, rice, vegetables, soup, chicken, duck, and desserts. Here are some of Long Beach’s specialties that are worth trying:

    • Deep-fried whole grouper in Shanghai style
    • Steam live Scottish razor clams with minced garlic
    • Deep fried crawfish
    • Live golden stripe lobster
    • Crispy duck
    • Durian pudding
    • Sweet yam paste with ginkgo nuts

    Long Beach seafoodImage: Long Beach


    • Peanuts and towelettes served upon arrival are not complimentary. Peanuts are priced at S$2.00, and each towelette costs S$1.00.
    • Be prepared that your hands will get messy with the sauces, so it’s recommended to use the provided gloves or towelettes to keep them clean.
    • Reservations are recommended as the restaurant is always packed out.


    • Long Beach was first set up in 1946 at Bedok Rest House.
    • There are many Singaporean brilliant dishes created by Long Beach such as Black Pepper Crab, Drunken Prawns with VSOP Brandy, BBQ Golden Phoenix Fish, Renowned Crispy Duck, Golden Stripe Lobster, and House Speciality Prawn.
    • Long Beach has warmly welcomed many local and international Presidents, Prime Ministers, former Presidents, ministers, and heads of state with its specialties.
    • Long Beach has also perfectly served international celebrities like Lady Gaga, Morgan Freeman, Brendan Fraser, Michelle Yeoh, Low Kar Ying, Liza Wang, Charmaine Sheh, Myolie Wu, Wakin Chau, Jay Chuo, Raine Yang, Show Luo, Stephanie Sun, and Lee Min Ho as well as local celebrities.

    @ Robertson Quay
    Address: The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay #01-14, Singapore 238252
    Tel: +65 6336 3636
    Opening hours: Sun to Thur 11:00 – 23:00, Fri to  Sat 11:00 – 23:30

    @ UDMC
    Address: 1202 East Coast Parkway, #01-04 East Coast Seafood Centre
    Tel: (65) 6448 3636
    Opening hours: Sun to Thur 11:00 – 23:00, Fri to  Sat 11:00 – 23:30

    Address: 25 Dempsey Road, opposite Singapore Botanic Gardens
    Tel: (65) 6323 2222
    Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 23:30; Sat to  Sun 11:00 – 23:30

    @ IMM
    Address: Jurong East St 21, Level 3, IMM Building, Next to Rooftop Garden
    Tel: (65) 6566 9933
    Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 23:30; Sat to  Sun 11:00 – 23:30

    3. No Signboard Seafood Restaurant

    No Signboard Seafood Restaurant Image: No Signboard Seafood Restaurant
  • Best for
    Chilli crab in a vibrant night spot
  • Prices
    S$50++ per pax
  • Address
    414 Geylang, Singapore 389392
  • Phone
    +65 6842 3415
  • Opening hours
    Daily 11:00 – 23:00
  • Website
  • The early days of No Signboard saw only about three crabs sold a day. However, Mdm. Ong Kim Hoi, a dedicated chef and her partner, treated this as an opportunity to nurture their culinary passion. As a result, they created the white pepper crab, which soon became famous through word-of-mouth advertising.

    Nowadays, No Signboard is renowned for its seafood and is considered one of the best places in Singapore to try chilli crab.


    • Chilli crab with various levels of spiciness: At No Signboard, you can customize the spiciness level of your chilli crab to suit your taste. Although the presentation of the dish may not always be neat, the tantalizing aroma and taste of the crab will not disappoint.
    • White pepper crab at its best can be found here: No Signboard actually ‘invented’ Singaporean white pepper crab and their version is unmatched. The restaurant has a flawless recipe for this dish. The peppery flavor is strong but doesn’t overpower the sweetness of the crab meat. Served with some vegetables, this pepper sauce-coated crab dish goes perfectly with fried rice.

    AMBIENCE: No Signboard’s original branch is located in Geylang. This outlet offers diners a glimpse of Singapore’s dining ambiance in the past. If you’re looking to experience a vibrant Singapore at night, with a touch of the country’s old days, choose to dine in the outdoor area for a true crab-by-the-roadside experience. Alternatively, if you want to avoid the sweltering weather, the air-conditioned area inside is a great choice.

    MUST-TRIES: While the crabs are the highlight of the menu, there are plenty of other delectable dishes to round out your meal. Consider trying some of the favorite dishes of No Signboard’s regulars, which are listed below.

    • Cereal prawn
    • Razor clam (also known as bamboo clams)
    • Drunken shrimp
    • Baby squid
    • Yang Zhou fried rice

    No Signboard seafoodImage: No Signboard


    • Water, peanuts, and towelettes are not complimentary
    • Small baskets are provided for each table to keep personal belongings
    • Reservations are highly recommended
    • Be prepared that your hands will get messy with the sauces
    • Valet parking is available

    4. Red House Seafood Restaurant

    Red House Seafood Restaurant Image: Red House Seafood
  • Best for
    Crab + seafood from all over the world
  • Price
    S$45++ per pax
  • Address
    392 Havelock Road, Level 2 Grand Copthorne Waterfront, Singapore 169663
  • Phone
    +65 6735 7666
  • Opening hours
    Daily 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Website
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  • Red House Seafood has forged a loyal following for its great food and welcoming atmosphere since 1976. This restaurant always offers the best seafood dishes with the freshest supplies from all over the world, including abalone from Australia, mud crab from Sri Lanka, and geoduck from Canada.

    For locals, Red House is one of the best seafood restaurants for family reunions, business meetings, or romantic dinners.


    • A sweet sauce version of chilli crab: Red House’s chilli gravy is sweet rather than savoury and this luscious sauce goes well with crab meat and deep-fried mantou. The restaurant’s less spicy crab dishes are ideal for when you want something new for your palates rather than something classic.
    • Comfortable ambience for all kinds of gatherings: Red House Seafood has an unpretentious atmosphere where everyone can find their own ‘comfort zone’ for their seafood feast. The restaurant at Grand Copthorne has seven private rooms that are the perfect choice for business meetings or family gatherings.

    MUST-TRIES: Diners at Red House Seafood are impressed not only by the chilli crab, but also by many other seafood dishes. Here is a list of recommended dishes for a perfect seafood meal.

    • Garlic Bamboo Clams
    • Fried Prawns
    • BBQ Sotong & Jellyfish
    • Codfish with Teriyaki Sauce
    • Black pepper crabs
    • Salted egg yolk crab
    • Lobster in creamy custard sauce


    • It is always worth calling ahead to make a booking.
    • The peanuts and wet towels served upon arrival are not complimentary.
    • Be prepared that your hands will get messy with the sauces.


    @ Grand Copthorne
    Address: 392 Havelock Road Level 2 Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore 169663
    Tel: +65 6735 7666
    Opening hours: Daily 12:00 – 14:30, 17:30 – 22:00

    @ Esplanade
    Address:8 Raffles Avenue #01-14/16 Esplanade Singapore 039802
    Tel: +65 6336 6080
    Opening hours: Daily 12:00 – 14:30, 17:30 – 22:00

    5. Mellben Seafood @ Ang Mo Kio

    Mellben Seafood @ Ang Mo Kio Image: Mellben Seafood
  • Best for
    A feast of various crab dishes
  • Price
    S$40++ per pax
  • Address
    #01-1222, 232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3
  • Phone
    +65 6285 6762
  • Opening hours
    Daily 16:30 - 23:30
  • Website
  • Mellben Seafood has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a stall along Alexandra Road to become a well-known seafood destination with three outlets in Singapore. The restaurant has been recognized in the Singapore Michelin Guide and awarded a 'Michelin Plate' distinction.


    • A crab-centric culinary universe: Mellben Seafood’s menu boasts an impressive selection of 15 crab dishes, offering a true haven for crab enthusiasts. Indulge in Mellben Seafood’s standout crab offerings, such as the chilli crab, clay pot crab vermicelli soup, butter crab, laksa crab, black pepper crab, salted egg yolk crab, ginger onion crab, and shimmering sand crab.
    • An eggy and gooey chili crab gravy version: Mellben Seafood’s chili crab is made with large crabs smothered in a thick, spicy, and slightly sweet chili sauce. Their unique style of cooking produces a dish that is starchy, eggy, and gooey, with an abundance of sauce that is perfect for dipping mantou. Furthermore, the spice level can be adjusted to suit individual preferences.
    • Top spot for clay pot crab bee hoon: Claypot crab bee hoon, also known as clay pot crab vermicelli soup, is a noodle soup dish that features a milky broth, rich with the aroma and sweetness of crabs. For many locals, Mellben is the go-to destination to savor this delectable crab dish, which may be new to your culinary repertoire but is sure to delight your taste buds from the very first spoonful.

    AMBIENCE: Mellben Seafood at Ang Mo Kio is located far from the bustling center of Singapore, but the atmosphere here is never quiet. Situated in a kopitiam in one of the HDB estates and adorned with decorated crab shells on the walls, Mellben provides an intimate dining experience for crab lovers.


    • There are no nearby MRT stations so public transport accessibility is by bus.
    • It is recommended to check the prices of all the dishes before ordering as they are not listed on the menu.
    • It is always worth calling ahead to make a booking.
    • Be prepared that the service of the store is almost at food court standard.

    6. Dancing Crab @ Orchard Central

    Dancing Crab @ Orchard Central Image: Dancing Crab
  • Best for
    Chilli crab with a twist
  • Price
    S$55++ per pax
  • Address
    Orchard Central #07-14/15, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
  • Phone
    +65 6509 1878
  • Opening hours
    Daily 11:30 – 15:00, 17:30 – 22:00
  • Website
    Dancing Crab
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  • Dancing Crab prides itself on being the best Louisiana seafood restaurant in Singapore, complete with a homey, festive ambiance, an exciting lineup of alcoholic beverages, and, of course, deep respect for cooking seafood.

    Supported by TungLok Group, one of Singapore's most established seafood restaurants, Dancing Crab obtains its shellfish from the same suppliers as the group's top seafood restaurants, ensuring a variety of high-quality options like Boston lobster and Dungeness crab.


    • Chilli crab with a twist: At Dancing Crab, the chili crab is served as ‘Chili Crab Bread Bowl,’ a large pot of deliciousness containing two Sri Lankan crabs (each weighing approximately 700g) swimming in a traditional thick and sweet sauce. The twist lies in the brioche, which is perfectly toasted and placed in the middle of the pot, making it an awesome alternative to mantou. The brioche complements the sauce and crab meat beautifully.
    • A marriage of American-style and Singapore-style seafood: The Dancing Crab menu features a combination of old-fashioned Louisiana dishes, such as their signature seafood boil, Lobster Roll, and Crab Cake, as well as traditional Chinese seafood dishes like Black Pepper Crab and Crab Fried Rice. All of these dishes are served in a vibrant atmosphere, complete with upbeat music, creative cocktails, and imported beers.
    • Build-a-combo options: If you’re feeling adventurous, you can choose to build your own seafood boil combo that perfectly suits your taste. Simply select your main seafood (crab, Dungeness crab, or Boston lobster), choose your secondary seafood and other ingredients, and then pick your sauce (signature Cajun, zesty garlic butter, or Beurre blanc).

    AMBIENCE: Dancing Crab at Orchard Central is one of those places that plays loud music, but it adds to the enjoyment of the diners. True to its Louisiana theme, lively jazz music plays in the background while diners crack shells, lick off Cajun sauce from their fingers, and enjoy their meals. The decor is unimposing, which means you won’t feel embarrassed to make a delicious mess.

    MUST-TRIES: While Dancing Crab is highly famous for their assortment of signature seafood boils, their menu also features a long list of tantalizing dishes, which include seafood, sides, single plates, and desserts.

    • Crab Cake
    • Live Lobster Roll
    • Exploding Crab Fried Rice
    • Seafood Gumbo
    • Ice Cream with Crispy Waffle Biscuit


    • Complimentary dessert for birthday celebrants
    • Offers frozen beer in 7 delicious flavors including French vanilla, Watermelon, and Bubblegum
    • Reservations are encouraged.
    • Use your hands—it’s the only way to enjoy!
    • Island-wide delivery available

    @ VivoCity
    Address: #03-10 Vivo City, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
    Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 22:00

    @ The Grandstand
    Address: 200 Turf Club Road, #01-20/21 Singapore 287994
    Opening hours: Daily except Monday, from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM and from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM

    7. HolyCrab

    HolyCrab Image: HolyCrab
  • Best for
    • Red Chilli crab
    • Green Chilli crab
  • Price
    S$40++ per pax
  • Address
    2 Tan Quee Lan St, #01-03, Singapore 188091
  • Phone
    +65 8444 2722
  • Opening hours
    Daily Lunch: 11:30 – 14:30 | Dinner: 17:30 – 22:30
  • Table reservation
    Book a table
  • Chances are high that “HolyCrab!” is the first thing that comes out of your mouth when you see the restaurant’s best-selling Chili Crab laid out in front of you.

    Massive and filled with fleshy meat and heavenly roe, HolyCrab doesn’t scrimp on its efforts to source Sri Lankan crabs that are of the finest quality and free of antibiotics. Even just one claw will have you drooling with delight.


    • Chilli crab with red and green versions: Red is the classic color of Singapore chili crab, but with HolyCrab, this delicious dish also comes in green. The green version may have a Thai look, but it is a true Peranakan recipe. This would be a perfect fit if you are looking for something yummy and creative for your chili crab meal.
    • 5 levels of spiciness: HolyCrab has 5 levels of spiciness to accommodate every diner’s preference, whether they like it hot or just a little kick to keep the spotlight on the crab.
    • 12 crab dishes to choose from: It’s always great to have choices, and diners are spoiled for choice at HolyCrab. Choose from 12 exquisite crab dishes including Green Mumba (signature green sauce with strong Oriental flavors), Devil’s (creamy butter sauce with curry flavors), and Orgasmic (just like Devil’s but with the luxurious addition of brown salted egg yolks).

    AMBIENCE: HolyCrab’s interior has a no-frill elegance to it. Sure, the black walls and red accents will surely catch your attention, but not too much that they distract you from your main agenda: huge, succulent crab cooked to perfection.

    MUST-TRIES: Of course, diners come for the famous Chili Crab, but HolyCrab also boasts an arsenal of notable non-crab dishes.

    • Mini Squirters
    • HolyCrab Fried Rice
    • Hooked on Mee
    • Oh My Cod!
    • Fried/Steamed Mantou


    • Reservations are encouraged.
    • Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!
    • Vegetarian-friendly options available
    • Car park charges
    • Find HolyCrab on WhatsApp for promos and announcements.

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