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Cheap Restaurants in Budapest

    We compiled a list of good-value, cheap restaurants in Budapest where you can eat local, tasty food without having to dig deep in your pocket.



     

    The restaurants on this page are recommended not just for budget travellers, but for those who feel uncomfortable in an upscale restaurant, and don't want to pay lots of money just because of the fame of a place, like in Gundel.

    The range of cheap eateries in Budapest consists of a few old-style self-service restaurants, food stalls in markets and some really good street food joints (burger and hot dog bars) or Kolbice the Hungarian street food - grilled sausages in a cone-shaped bread

    There are some vegetarian food bars too, like Főzelékfaló restaurants where you can try a typical Hungarian dish, the főzelék (a kind of vegetable stew thickend with roux, or sour cream).


    Cost of food to be expected in the following cheap restaurants: soups 300-500 HUF, main dishes (poultry, pork, pastas): 1 200-1 500 HUF (Note that this may vary slightly from place to place). In most self-service restaurants daily menu (soup and main dish) starts from 700 HUF. Note that some restaurants accept cash only.

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    Old-Style Cheap Restaurants in Budapest


    Vendéglő-s
    and önkiszolgáló-s (self-service restaurants) are the best cheap restaurants in Budapest. These places have unpretentious interior, usually with plastic or checkered textile tablecloths. Large portions, not typically low-carb, low-fat food.

    Cheap Food in Downtown Budapest

  • Kisharang Restaurant, entrance

    Kisharang Étkezde

    Address: Október 6. utca 14., v. district, M3 blue metro, Arany János utca station
    Open: 11.30 - 20.00 daily
    Tel: (+36 1) 269 3861

    A simple, inexpensive cash-only eatery with only 5-6 tables (prepare to share the table with other guests).
    If you want to try hearty Hungarian food, this the place to go. Menu in English is available. Daily menu (soup + main dish or főzelék + meat or sausage) from around HUF 800 -1 200.
    Try mushroom paprikash with galuska, or máglyarakás (a typical local sweet treat: layeres of sliced crescents, apples, apricot jam, with meringue on top and baked in oven.

     

  • Karcsi Restaurant from outside

    Karcsi Vendéglő

    Address: Jókai utca 20., VI. district, M3 blue metro, Nyugati pályaudvar station
    Open: Mon-Fri: 11.30 - 22.00, Sat: 11.30 - 16.00, Sun: Closed
    Tel (+36 1) 312 0557
    Website

    A pretty good-value, cheap restaurant in Budapest's downtown, close to the Opera, with daily menu of two options (a couple of soups, mains, and desserts): for 890 HUF (two courses), or 990 HUF (three courses).
    Soups: Újházy chicken broth - 530 HUF, bean soup with pork knuckle: 960 HUF,
    Mains to try: pork rib gypsy style with fries (Cigánypecsenye): 1555 HUF, Hagymás rostélyos (rumpsteak with fried onions and fries): 1795 HUF, Desserts: pancakes (túrós=sweet cottage cheese, walnuts and chocolate sauce, jam): 420-515 HUF (two pieces), Chestnut puree with whipped cream (gesztenyepüré): 685 HUF.

  • Lugas restaurant's terrace

    Lugas Étterem- behind the Basilica

    Address: Bajcsy-Zsilinszky E. út 15.   , district V.

    Despite the touristy location Lugas is a fairly good place right behind St. Stephen Basilica. You can sit at the terrace if the weather allows. They serve mostly typical Hungarian meals: [checklist]

    • goulash (650 HUF), creamed potato soup-brugonya-krémleves with mushrooms(620 HUF),
    • Wiener schnietzel with potato salad (1890 HUF from chicken breast fillet, or 2080 HUF from prok tenderloin),
    • stuffed cabbage Kolozsvári style (1840 HUF),
    • grilled meats,
    • vegetarian dishes,
    • fresh salads,
    • desserts (pancakes, Somló sponge cake, madártej)
  • Pizza in an Italian Fast Food restaurant close to city park

    Platán Restaurant

    Address: Városligeti fasor 46., VI. district, near Heroes' Square, M1 Hősök tere or Bajza utca stop
    Tel (+36 1) 322 6615

    A couple of soups, vegetarian dishes (breaded fried cheese, fried mushrooms with tartar sauce), pizza, pasta and other traditional Italian fare close to the City Park and the Zoo.
    Self-service menu
    daily from Monday to Friday between 11.00 and 15.00 - during this time the place can be crowded.
    Nice terrace from spring till autumn.
    Show more See more Italian restaurants in Budapest.

     

  • Kádár Étkezde

  • Address: Klauzál tér 9., VII. district, tram 4, 6 Király utca stop
    Open: Tue-Sun: 11.30 - 15.30, closed on Sunday and Monday
    Tel (+36 1) 321 3622

    Classic old-style restaurant in the heart of the former Jewish quarter, serving non-kosher Jewish food. Try roasted goose leg, stuffed cabbage, or cholent (sólet in Hungarian) a stewed or baked bean and meat dish.


  • Metropolitan Café & Self-service Restaurant

  • Address: Kéthly Anna tér 1., VII. district, at the junction of Klauzál utca and Wesselényi utca, tram4, M2 (red) metro, Blaha Lujza tér stop (7 minutes walk)
    Open: Mon-Fri: 11.00 - 15.00 closed on Saturday and Sunday

    Daily menu is around 800 HUF (soup and main dish). The place is air--conditioned, and there's an open-air terrace.


  • Bécsi Szelet Vendéglő

  • Address: József krt. 63., at the corner of Csepreghy utca, district VIII., trams 4, 6
    Open: Mon-Sun: 12.00 - 22.00 daily
    Tel (+36 1) 318-4934

    Their specialty is the huge size Wiener Schnitzel, breaded veal deep fried in oil. Daily menu from 890 HUF, main dishes from 1 790 HUF.

    Háry Vendéglő

  • Address: Bródy Sándor utca 30/a., district VIII., near the National Museum, M3 blue metro, Kálvin tér station,
    Open:
    Tel: (+36 1) 338 4878

    Mostly Hungarian dishes, main courses are around 2 000- 2 600 HUF-, excellent home brewed beer.

  • Pozsonyi Kisvendéglő

  • Address: Radnóti Miklós utca 38., district XIII., tramx 4, 6 Jászai Mari tér stop
    Open:< Mon-Fri: 9.00 - 12.00, Sat: 10.00 - 12.00
    Tel (+36 1) 787 4877


    Huge portions, varying quality, low prices.

    Erzsi Mama Konyhája

  • Address: Pajkos utca 60., district XI.
    Open: 11.00 - 22.00 every day
    Tel (+36 1) 208 1296

    It's a bit out of central Budapest, but this place has nice, homey interior and good selection of traditional Hungarian dishes at reasonable price.



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    Vegetarian Cheap Restaurants in Budapest


    Finding a vegetarian restaurant in Budapest or any in any other Hungarian city is a real challenge. Here are a few places to make eating out in Budapest easier for vegans.

    Fozelékfaló Restaurant Budapest

    Főzelékfaló


    Has several joins in Budapest:

    Főzelékfaló Ferenciek tere, M3 metro, district V.,

    Open: Mon-Fri: 10.00 - 20.00, Sat: 12.00 - 20.00, Sun: closed
    Tel: (+36 1) 302 3856

    Főzelékfaló Allee Shopping Centre

    Address: Október Huszonharmadika utca 8-10., district XI.,
    Open: Mon-sat: 9.00 - 22.00, Sun: 9.00 - 20.00


    Főzelékfaló KÖKI Terminal Shopping Centre

    Address: Vak Bottyán u. 75/A-c, M3 metro (blue line) Kőbány-Kispest termini

    Főzeléks are peculiar to Hungarian cooking: vegetables simmered in some water and thickened with roux and sour cream.

    Note that meat (usually smoked meat) is cooked together with vegetables in case of some főzeléks (babfőzelék) so always ask about it if you're a strict vegan.

    Meat dishes are also offered so the place is also recommended for meat lovers.

    Govinda

    Address: Vigyázó Ferenc utca 4., district V., city center
    Open: Mon-Fri: 11.00 - 21.00, Sun: 12.00 - 21.00 Sun: closed

     

    Govinda Vega Corner

    Address: Papnövelde utca,
    Open: Mon - Sun: 12.00 - 21.00

    Vegetarium Étterem

    Address: Cukor utca 3., district V., M3 blue metro, Ferenciek tere station
    Open: 11.30 - 22.00 daily
    Tel: (+36 1) 484 0848

    A cheap vegetarian restaurant in downtown Budapest: wide selection of vegetable dishes (about 40), salads, soups, pizzas, bio juices. Daily menu from 650 HUF.

     


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    Fast Snacks


    If you don't want to sit in a restaurant or just don't have time for it you can have a quick and cheap eat in a market, the best in Budapest is the Great Market Hall which you should visit anyway because of its architecture or for buying souvenirs.

    Kolbice-grilled sausages in cone-shaped breadTIP: I highly recomemnd Kolbice, a sort of Hungarian version of hot-dog: grilled mini sausages  in a cone-shaped bread with various toppings: braised, cabbage, oinions cheese sauce, mustard, mayo, ketchup, chili.

    You can usually find them at festivals (Christmas fair, the Cheese Festival at the Whale), Street Food Show (usually at Hold utca market). They also have a shop at the Hold utca market.

    Look for food stalls selling lángos (a deep fried dough), fried sausages or black pudding.These dishes are a bit heavy and fatty but taste better than a burger in a McDonald's.

    But if you feel the urge:

    countless buffets (Chinese, gyros, Turkish), Western-style fast food chains are scattered throughout Budapest, including McDonalds, Burger King, KFC-s, Pizza Huts.

    I'm not fan of these places but they inevitably conquered Budapest, and as you'll see many of them are full almost all day.

    McDonalds at Nyugati Train Station
    Gyros Stall Budapest



    For quick eats also try one of Budapest's numerous shopping malls; they usually have a separate food court offering various cheap meals.


    West End City Shopping Center Restaurants



    Subway Sandwiches
    has recently opened a few bars in Budapest: Károly körút 5., VII district, Váci utca V. distict, in Mammut Shopping Mall (M2 metro Széll Kálmán tér, trams 4, 6 Széna tér).

    TIP: If you want to save not only on your eats but on accommodation check out our list of recommended Cheap Hotels in Budapest and Best Budapest Hostels

     

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