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Buko Nero

#274 of 8,139 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Chinatown
Italian, International, Contemporary
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126, Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore, Singapore
+65 6324 6225
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Monday
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 51
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Worth the wait...

I'e been wanting to go to Buko Nero for years, but never got my act together with reservations. A friend of mine, who was moving from Singapore the following week, took a chance and called on a Wednesday -- we lucked out and there were 2 seats available for us! We share a pasta, steak, dessert... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
rajionthereddot
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202 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I'e been wanting to go to Buko Nero for years, but never got my act together with reservations. A friend of mine, who was moving from Singapore the following week, took a chance and called on a Wednesday -- we lucked out and there were 2 seats available for us! We share a pasta, steak, dessert and a bottle of... More 

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Thank rajionthereddot
Singapore, Singapore
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75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

We had been here before but given the excellent experience we went there again. And afterwards decided we'll be going there again. It's a no frills operation, I am guessing husband, wife and mother. So it's not a huge place, but very cozy and the food is of the best in Singapore. Really great. From the starters, the amuse bouche,... More 

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Thank GSingapore
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

A limited menu but everything is made fresh and tastes great. Certainly for Singapore standards very good value for money and the prices of the wines are very reasonable. Make a booking. The place is small and VERY popular!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

Lovely restaurant tucked away in Tanjong Pagar. Service is attentive and friendly while the food is superb. The owner chef is a solo team and he is the only person who cooks the food and plates it. Won't go to any other Italian restaurant in Singapore ever!

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Thank Cuba L
Singapore, Singapore
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1,148 reviews
673 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 538 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

It was 10 years ago since I last ate the famous tau Kwa tower. This time, they had a 4 course set dinner which I took. The pasta main can be changed to another pasta or meat/fish The same set-up remains - the Italian chef husband cooks, the Asian wife tends to all the tables. So the speed will not... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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144 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Just returning after one of the most memorable meals. This tiny, family run restaurant lives up to the entire hype on TA. The food was great & the service better. The owners pay detail to the smallest thing. They even gave us an appetizer on the house. Go there to relax over the meal. This place is meant to be... More 

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Thank AlpanaK
Singapore, Singapore
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77 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

The restaurant is small, thus booking is recommended, but don't get frightened by those rumors stating you need to book 3 months in advance: we booked lunch time for the evening. The chef - owner Oscar is cooking a very authentic Italian fare with a modern twist. Absolutely excellent! His wife Tracey mans the tables with skill and a wonderful... More 

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Thank Sfaxien
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We had waited a very long time to go there as it was always full whenever I called them. But it was worth the waiting. The atmosphere is typically European, the staff is more than helpful and the food is soooooo good you'll want to return just as we will - definitely. Nice wines as well and there's a set... More 

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Thank GSingapore
Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Really darn good but if you're a big eater like me, gotta dish out the $dough$ like kaching kaching. Appetizer, main course, and dessert were all happy explosions of flavor

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Thank dillieweed
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

Well, maybe not the best restaurant ever but this really is a really a high-quality place if you want to have a relaxed and enjoyable meal. Oscar and Tracy go overboard to make you feel welcome and wanted and that your meal is of great importance to them. Tracy's Mum is the support team and just adds to the calm... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 126, Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore, Singapore
  • Location: Asia  >  Singapore  >  Singapore>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +65 6324 6225

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, International, Contemporary
Open Hours
Tuesday
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Chinatown
Chinatown is a classic combination of colorful sights, enticing smells, and sometimes startling sounds. The precinct is unique, however, in its blending of religions and cultures. A Hindu temple, an Islamic mosque, and a Chinese Buddhist temple sit almost side by side. This sense of cultural harmony continues as you venture just outside of Chinatown to the nightlife areas of Club Street and Duxton Hill. There you’ll mingle with Singapore’s multicultural residents at the modern bars and restaurants dotting the bustling streets. An afternoon in and around Chinatown will leave you culturally enlightened, well fed, and loaded with souvenirs. In the evening, reward yourself with a well-deserved cocktail as the locals come out to play.
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