The Best 1-for-1 Hotel Buffet Dining Promotions in Singapore (July 2020)

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Nothing gets Singaporeans going like a hotel buffet, but the problem is that most of them are pretty expensive at full price. Luckily, with the current spate of excellent credit card promotions in Singapore, you can get half-price hotel buffets with practically any card.

In compiling this list, I focused only on the biggest discounts, i.e. 1-for-1 buffet and 50% off food bill. There are plenty of smaller discounts but we ignored those because obviously everyone wants the most bang for your buck. The deals are sorted by expiry date, then by price.

Always check the terms and conditions for credit card buffet promotions first. Typically you have to call to reserve, quote your bank name to secure the discount (because it may be limited to X number of patrons a day) and pay using that card. Usually both credit or debit cards are accepted as long as it’s from the partner bank.

 

Contents

  1. DBS/POSB dining promotions 2020
  2. Citibank dining promotions 2020
  3. UOB dining promotions 2020
  4. OCBC dining promotions 2020
  5. HSBC dining promotions 2020
  6. Standard Chartered dining promotions 2020
  7. American Express dining promotions 2020
  8. Maybank dining promotions 2020
  9. Other ways to score 1-for-1 buffet deals

Disclaimer: We referred to published prices and called the restaurants to compile this list, stating all the caveats (e.g. valid only on certain days, timings, etc) we could find. However, we are human.

We recommend you give the hotel/restaurant a call to confirm the prices and validity before heading down — just in case we missed anything, or if any terms and conditions have been amended since the time of writing.

In addition, because of the COVID-19 situation, many hotels and restaurants have suspended their buffet lines until further notice. So always call them ahead of time to avoid a wasted trip. Many of these promotions are valid until the end of the year so you can call and plan ahead. 

 

DBS/POSB 1-for-1 buffet dining promotions 2020

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (before discount) Expiry
Asian Market Cafe at Fairmont Singapore  1-for-1 lunch buffet (restaurant closed until further notice) $68++  30 Sep 2020
Asian Market Cafe at Fairmont Singapore  1-for-1 dinner buffet (restaurant closed until further notice) $78++ (Sun to Thu)

$80++ to $85++ (Fri and Sat)

30 Sep 2020
CLOVE at Swissotel The Stamford 1-for-1 lunch buffet (restaurant closed until further notice) $60++ (Mon to Fri) $70++ (Sat and Sun)  30 Sep 2020
CLOVE at Swissotel The Stamford 1-for-1 dinner buffet (restaurant closed until further notice) $68++ (Mon to Thu)

$95++ (Fri and Sat) $55++ (Sun) 

30 Sep 2020
Coleman’s Cafe at Peninsula Excelsior Hotel  1-for-1 lunch buffet  $64++ (Sat and Sun) 30 Dec 2020
Coleman’s Cafe at Peninsula Excelsior Hotel  1-for-1 dinner buffet  $76++ (Sat and Sun) 30 Dec 2020
Atrium Restaurant at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium  1-for-1 lunch buffet (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable 30 Dec 2020
Atrium Restaurant at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium  1-for-1 dinner buffet (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable 30 Dec 2020
Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Singapore  1-for-1 dinner buffet (restaurant closed until further notice) $88++ (Sun to Thu), $98++ (Fri and Sat)  31 Dec

2020 

Cafe Mosaic at Carlton Hotel Singapore  50% off lunch buffet   $58++ 31 Dec 2020
Cafe Mosaic at Carlton Hotel Singapore  50% off dinner buffet  $78++ (Mon to Thu), $98++ (Fri to Sun) 31 Dec 2020
Sun’s Cafe at Hotel Grand Pacific Singapore 1-for-1 Peranakan lunch buffet  $38++ (Mon to Thu), $40++ (Fri to Sun)  31 Dec 2020 
Sun’s Cafe at Hotel Grand Pacific Singapore 1-for-1 Peranakan dinner buffet  $45++ (Mon to Thu), $47++ (Fri to Sun)  31 Dec 2020 
Triple Three at Mandarin Orchard Singapore  1-for-lunch buffet  $78++ (Mon to Sat), $118++ (Sun)  31 Dec 2020
Triple Three at Mandarin Orchard Singapore  50% off dinner buffet for every second diner $88++ (Sun to Thu), $108++ (Fri to Sat)  31 Dec 2020
Element Restaurant at Amara Singapore  1-for-1 lunch buffet (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable 31 Dec 2020 
Element Restaurant at Amara Singapore  50% off dinner buffet for every second diner (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable 31 Dec 2020 

Practically every person in Singapore has a DBS/POSB credit card, so it shouldn’t be a problem for most of us to enjoy these 1-for-1 buffet promotions. Make sure to book in advance, though.

As you can see, DBS/POSB has the most generous selection of deals, however many of the restaurants have suspended their buffets for the moment. Most of the deals only expire at the end of the year, though, so keep your fingers crossed that the buffets will reopen while there’s still time.

The most noteworthy deals are for 1-for-1 offers at premium hotel buffets such as the ones at Triple Three (Mandarin Orchard) and Seasonal Tastes (The Westin).

Don’t have a DBS/POSB credit card? Find one here.

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Cashback on Online & Visa Contactless Spend
Up to 5%
Cashback cap
Up to S$60
Min. Spend per month
S$600

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Citibank 1-for-1 buffet dining promotions 2020

Citibank has a dedicated microsite for credit card promotions, featuring their extensive list of dining deals. Cardholders will be glad to know that there are a LOT of dining deals, some of which are really quite impressive. However, only a handful of are 1-for-1 buffets.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price (before discount) Expiry
Ma Fu Yuan at Intercontinental Hotel 50% off dim sum weekend brunch buffet for second diner $58++ (Sat, Sun and public holidays) 31 Oct 2020
Atrium Restaurant at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium 1-for-1 lunch buffet (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable 30 Dec 2020
Atrium Restaurant at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium 1-for-1 dinner buffet (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable 30 Dec 2020

Sadly, most of the 1-for-1 hotel dining promotions from this year were for seasonal, Chinese New Year menus. Those expired in February. Of what remains, the lunch and dinner buffets at Atrium Restaurant Holiday Inn are currently suspended due to COVID-19, so there isn’t much to choose from.

You can sign up for a Citibank credit card here.

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Cash Back on Dining, Groceries & Petrol
8%
Cash Back Cap per category, per month
S$25
Min. Spend per month
S$888
Online Promo: Get S$200 Cash via PayNow when you apply and spend! Fill in the redemption form after the application to redeem. T&Cs apply. Valid till 31 Aug 2020.

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UOB 1-for-1 buffet dining promotions 2020

UOB has moved their dining promotions to the UOB Dining Advisor website, and you can easily view all the 1-for-1 buffet promotions there.

Although there are currently no buffet promotions, there are still some dining offers such as:

  • 1-for-1 main course at Escape Restaurant & Lounge, One Farrer Hotel
  • 15% off the total bill at The Dining Room, Sheraton Towers Singapore
  • 15% off the total food bill at Melt Cafe, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore or 1 person dines free with 3 paying adults

It’s just that most of them are in the 15% to 25% off range, and not quite as lucrative as 50% off or 1-for-1.This (very short) list looks woefully pathetic, but to be fair, UOB does have quite a few dining deals for cardholders.

Don’t have a UOB credit card yet? Find one here.

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OCBC 1-for-1 buffet dining promotions 2020

OCBC is a little slow to catch up with their dining promotions, and since a ton of the promos expired last year, there are only a few left:

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price Expiry
Sun’s Cafe at Hotel Grand Pacific 1-for-1 Peranakan lunch buffet $38++ (Mon to Thu), $40++ (Fri to Sun) 30 Dec 2020
Sun’s Cafe at Hotel Grand Pacific 1-for-1 Peranakan dinner buffet $45++ (Mon to Thu), $47++ (Fri to Sun) 30 Dec 2020
Atrium Restaurant at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium  1-for-1 lunch buffet (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable 31 Jan 2021
Atrium Restaurant at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium  1-for-1 dinner buffet (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable 31 Jan 2021
Cocobolo Poolside Bar + Grill, Park Hotel Clarke Quay  1-for-1 Main Course (Sun-Thurs) Currently unavailable 30 Dec 2020
Cocobolo Poolside Bar + Grill, Park Hotel Clarke Quay 1-for-1 BBQ Buffet (Fri-Sat) Currently unavailable 30 Dec 2020

OCBC cards used to offer 1-for-1 deals at the swanky Fairmont and Swissotel the Stamford hotels in 2019, which was not too shabby. It’s a bummer these weren’t renewed for the new year.

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Cashback on Everyday Dining (Including Local, Overseas and Online Food Delivery)
6%
Cashback Cap per month
S$80
Min. Spend per month
S$800

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HSBC 1-for-1 buffet dining promotions 2020

Here are the 1-for-1 buffet promotions I found on HSBC’s website. There is a “Hotel Dining” filter for you narrow down your options, but most of these 1-for-1 deals are listed under “Entertainer with HSBC” instead.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price Expiry
Peony Jade Keppel Club 1-for-1 Cantonese à la minute dinner buffet (Tue to Sun) $68++ 31 Jul 2020
Four Points Eatery at Sheraton Singapore, Riverview * 1-for-1 dinner buffet (closed until further notice) Currently unavailable 30 Dec 2020 
Holiday Inn Orchard (Window on the Park) 1-for-1 buffet lunch $65++ 28 Feb 2021
Holiday Inn Orchard (Window on the Park) 1-for-1 buffet dinner $78++ (Mon to Thu)

$96++ (Fri to Sun)

28 Feb 2021

Note: While all cardholders are entitled to the standard HSBC Entertainer deals, only HSBC Premier Mastercard and Visa Infinite cardholders can “unlock” the HSBC Entertainer Premium deals (marked with an *).

There seem to only be three 1-for-1 hotel dining promotions at the moment. However, when I checked in February, there were quite a few that supposedly extended till the end of the year. These are no longer listed on the site, but if you want, you can try your luck anyway:

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price Expiry
Katong Kitchen at Village Hotel Katong * 1-for-1 lunch buffet  $40++ (Mon to Fri), $50++ (Sat and Sun)  30 Dec 2020 
Katong Kitchen at Village Hotel Katong  1-for-1 dinner buffet  $60++ (Sat and Sun)  30 Dec 2020 
Saltwater at Village Hotel Changi * 1-for-1 lunch buffet  $42++ daily  30 Dec 2020 
Saltwater at Village Hotel Changi    1-for-1 dinner buffet  $60++ (Fri and Sat) 30 Dec 2020 
Straits Cafe at Rendezvous Hotel Singapore * 1-for-1 lunch buffet  Currently unavailable 30 Dec 2020 
Straits Cafe at Rendezvous Hotel Singapore  1-for-1 dinner buffet  Currently unavailable 30 Dec 2020 

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on Online Spend and Contactless Payments
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Standard Chartered “1-for-1” buffet dining promotions — discounts at Fullerton Hotel and Le Amis restaurants

Good news for all Standard Chartered cardholders — the bank has a tie-up with Fullerton Hotel and the Fullerton Bay Hotels restaurants, which offers up to 50% off buffets from Town Restaurant and The Courtyard. The bad news is that Town Restaurant is currently closed due to COVID-19.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price Expiry
Town Restaurant at Fullerton Hotel Singapore 1-for-1 buffet lunch (weekdays) (restaurant closed until further notice) Currently unavailable 30 Dec 2020
Town Restaurant at Fullerton Hotel Singapore 1-for-1 buffet dinner (restaurant closed under further notice) Currently unavailable 30 Dec 2020
The Courtyard at Fullerton Hotel Singapore 1-for-1 afternoon tea buffet $50++ (Mon to Fri), $55++ (Sat and Sun) 30 Dec 2020

The structure is a little like AMEX’s Love Dining programme (see below), whereby you can get the highest 50% discount when you + 1 guest dine together. If you bring more guests, the discount is reduced (15% to 33% off).

Although not quite as attractive as 1-for-1 buffets, another one that may appeal to the “atas” gourmet types is Standard Chartered’s collaboration with Les Amis group of restaurants, which includes loads of fancy places such as Bistro Du Vin, LINO, and (obviously) Les Amis.

Depending on which restaurant you pick, you can get $5 to $100 off (minimum spend applies). You can check out the rest of the Standard Chartered dining promotions here.

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American Express “1-for-1” buffet dining promotions 2020 — Love Dining programme

Unlike its competitors, American Express doesn’t offer 1-for-1 buffets to anyone with a credit card. Instead, you need to sign up for the Amex Platinum Card in order to get decent buffet discounts.

The Platinum card lets you take part in Amex’s dining programme, Love Dining, which gives you up to 50% off at atas restaurants and hotel buffets in Singapore. To get the maximum 50% discount, you need to dine with one friend/date. Otherwise, your discount ranges from only 15% to 35%.

Bear in mind that there’s a hefty annual fee of $321 attached to the card, and you can only get it waived if you’re a really big spender. Still, if you’re a real foodie, you would probably get quite a bit of utility from this card.

Restaurant Promotion Buffet price
Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissotel Merchant Court 50% off high tea buffet (weekends and PH) (buffet closed until further notice) $42++
Marriott Cafe at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel 50% off high tea buffet (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable
Escape at One Farrer Hotel  50% off buffet lunch (buffet closed until further notice) $50++
Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissotel Merchant Court 50% off buffet lunch (buffet closed until further notice) $54++
Element at Amara Singapore  50% off buffet lunch & high tea (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable
CLOVE at Swissotel The Stamford 50% off buffet lunch $60++ (Mon to Fri), $70++ (Sat and Sun)
Atrium at Holiday Inn Singapore 50% off buffet lunch Currently unavailable 
Marriott Cafe at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel 50% off buffet lunch (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable
Escape at One Farrer Hotel  50% off buffet dinner (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable
CLOVE at Swissotel The Stamford 50% off buffet dinner $68++ (Mon to Thu), $95++ (Fri and Sat), $55++ (Sun)
Asian Market Cafe at Fairmont  50% off buffet lunch $68++
Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissotel Merchant Court 50% off buffet dinner (buffet closed until further notice) $72++
Element at Amara Singapore  50% off buffet dinner (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable
Asian Market Cafe at Fairmont  50% off buffet dinner $78++ (Sun to Thu), $80 to $85++ (Fri and Sat)
Atrium at Holiday Inn Singapore 50% off buffet dinner Currently unavailable
The Kitchen Table at W Hotel Singapore 50% off “Fun to Table” buffet (buffet closed until further notice) $78++ to $88++
Marriott Cafe at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel 50% off buffet dinner (buffet closed until further notice) Currently unavailable
The Kitchen Table at W Hotel Singapore 50% off “Seafood from The Heart” buffet (buffet closed until further notice) $98++
The Kitchen Table at W Hotel Singapore 50% off “Sunday Remix Brunch” buffet (buffet closed until further notice) $138++ to $178++

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Maybank “1-for-1” buffet dining promotions 2020 — none for now

Last year, Maybank had quite a few dining campaigns and offered 1-for-1 buffets at Holiday Inn, Park Hotel Clarke Quay and more. However, these were not renewed for 2020 and there are currently no 1-for-1 hotel buffet deals.

I wouldn’t hold my breath, but if you’re hopeful, you can check the Maybank card privilege site for updates.

Don’t have a Maybank credit card? Get one here.

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Cash Back on Groceries, Dining, Transport and Petrol in Singapore & Malaysia
Up to 8%
Cash Rebate on Shopping and Data communication & online TV streaming
Up to 8%
Cash Rebate Cap per month
S$80
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Is your favourite 1-for-1 buffet restaurant fully booked? Try The Entertainer, Eatigo, Chope & Fave

Aside from the promotional validity dates, many of these promotions are limited to a certain number of diners per day or promotional period. If for whatever reason you’re not able to get a seat, don’t panic – there are other dining apps to help you save on that buffet feast.

The Entertainer

The Entertainer is a paid subscription that focuses on 1-for-1 deals, which is our absolute favourite kind of discount. Currently, you can get 1-for-buffet deals at Shin Minori, Katong Kitchen, Straits Cafe and more. As an added bonus, the partner merchants aren’t restricted to restaurants and cafes, too – so you can expect beauty, fashion and fitness deals as well.

At $95, the subscription fee for Entertainer 2020 is kind of steep, but it also includes Cheers, its sister app for bars and pubs, and The Entertainer JB and Bali for 1-for-1 deals at hip restaurants and cafes overseas.

Eatigo

Eatigo is an online restaurant reservation service that offers discounts based on what time you dine. Check out the full list of hotel buffet deals at their website.

Chope

Like Eatigo, Chope reservation service that happens to also offer exclusive discounts for their users. Chope is currently having a year end sale, offering over 200 dining deals, a hundred 1-for-1s, and flash deals as low as $1.

The full selection of restaurants and partners are available here: Chope Deals promotion page.

Fave

Fave is the new Groupon, and while they’ve expanded their services to include a lot of new things like FavePay, they still sell discounted dining vouchers.

They may not have a dedicated 1-for-1 buffet section (they go on a discount basis), but some restaurants offer up to 60% and up, which is an even better deal. Check out the current promotions here.

 

Did we miss out your favourite credit card buffet promotion 2020? Tell us about it in the comments! 

 

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