Where to Have the Best Eats?
Browse our list of the best Budapest restaurants, located both in the city centre and in the outer districts. In the list are included those eateries that we think have the right combination of criteria like:
- the quality of food,
- polite and quick service, and
- fine atmosphere.
We’ve based this list on our own and our friends’ and relatives’ dining experiences as well as on other reliable resources (restaurant reviews, gastronomy magazines etc.).
Best-Value Restaurants in Budapest by Area
The following categories are just an attempt at showing you what to expect to pay for a meal in a restaurants. It is an approximate price of a main course.
- very expensive (above 4 000-5 000 or more HUF) – $$$$
- expensive: main courses cost around 3 000-4000 HUF – $$$
- moderate (main courses cost cc. 2 000 HUF or less) – $$
- cheap (around 1 000-1 500 HUF or less) – $
TIP: You can eat at 50 % discount in many restaurants in Budapest and across the country on Gluttonous Thursday, a special feast day of the Carnival Season in Hungary (falls usually at the end of January-middle of February.
Alabárdos Restaurant $$$$
Address: Országház utca 2., across Matthias Church
Tel: (+36 1) 356 0851
Hungarian cuisine within medieval setting in a 400 year-old Gothic building.
The owner aims to bring back long forgotten Hungarian dishes.
Great food, live classical music, candle light, fine porcelain and decor make Alabárdos a perfect place for a romantic dinner.
The menu includes two special courses prepared at the table: Grilled duck liver, flambéed beetroot, polenta roasted with walnut, and pear and Rib of suckling pig with green pepper sauce potatoes fried on duck grease, mustard onion.
Arany Kaviár – $$$$
Michelin Recommended Restaurant
Address: Ostrom utca 19.
Tel: (+36 1) 201 6737
Arany Kaviár is an elegant restaurant with Russian Cuisine in Buda Castle. Beautiful decor, friendly service, fine food and drinks are what you’ll experience in this place.
There’s a tasting menu with drinks that includes five courses (price without drinks: 10 000 HUF, with drinks: 15 000 HUF).
The wine selection is extensive and includes wines from all major Hungarian wine regions as well as international offerings. They also offer one of the widest selection of wines by the glass (1,5 dl from 780 HUF up to cc. 2 600 HUF).
Csalogány 26 $$ – $$$
Earned BIB Gourmand Status from Michelin
Address: Csalogány utca 26., district I.
Tel: (+36 1) 201 7892
Opening hours: Tue-Sat: 12.00-15.00 and 19.00-22.00, Sun, Mon: closed
Csalogány 26 is most often mentioned among the best-value restaurants in Budapest. The small place boasts creative cuisine with some Hungarian dishes with modern twist.
There are two menu lists from which you can have a 4 course meal for 8000 HUF or an 8-course treat for 12 000 HUF.
The wine offering is varied with more than 20 wines from both
- well-known (Szepsy from Tokaj, St Andrea from Eger, Heimann from Szekszárd, Malatinszky from Villány)
- and lesser-known but very good Hungarian wineries (Sándor Tóth from Balaton-felvidék, Bussay from Zala wine region).
21 Vendéglő $$$-$$$$
Hungarian Restaurant-Earned BIB Gourmand Status from Michelin
Address: Fortuna utca 21.
Tel: +36 1 202 21 13
Open: every day 11.00-24.00
The 21 Magyar Vendéglő is one of the best places to taste Hungarian dishes.
The restaurant is also situated in the Castle District on historic Fortuna utca.
You’ll find simple traditional local fares on the menu like Chicken paprikás with home made dumplings, Roasted Mangalica pork chop with cabbage strudel, Wiener schnitzel with potato salad etc.
Desserts too represent Hungarian cuisine: Somlói galuska (layered sponge cake with vanilla and chocolate sauce), Dobos torte and there’s also a cheese plate.
The wine list includes some of the finest local wines from
- Lake Balaton,
- Eger, and
- Tokaj regions.
Andante Borpatika $-$$$
Address: Bem rakpart 2., district I.
Tel: (+36 1) 457 0807
Opening hours: Tue-Sat: 16.00-24.00, Sun, Mon: closed
This classy wine bar on the Danube riverbank in Pest is a great place to sample Hungarian wines.
The bar is owned by Zsolt Tiffán wine producer from Villány and Ákos Kovács Hungarian pop-rock singer.
Since Andante is not a restaurant, you won’t find traditional three course menu offerings here.
Instead you can have starter-like meals like Mozzarela caprese, goose liver served cold in its own fat, Mangalica salami with fresh vegetables, salads, dips, sweets (Somlói galuska, parfait) and cheese plates.
The wine list consists of local wines from the main wine growing areas and a Pinot Noir from Aradhegyalja in Transylvania.
See other quality wine restaurants in Budapest.
Pavillon de Paris $$$$
Ideal for a Romantic Dinner
Address: Fő utca 20., district I.
Tel: (+36 1) 225-0174
Website: Pavillon de Paris
Pavillion de Paris is a stylish, French garden restaurant in Buda. It opened in summer 2010 with the aim to bring fine French-style cuisine to Budapest.
Prices are high but the romantic setting and the great food are worth a try especially for a special occasion like birthdays or an anniversary.
Remíz Cafe & Brasserie $$$-$$$$
Address: Budakeszi út 5., district II., tram 56 or black bus 22 from Széll Kálmán tér (trams 4, 6, M2 metro)
Tel: (+36 1) 2751396
A fashionable dining spot among politicians and celebrities far away from the noisy city center. It is a large restaurant with at least five rooms and a spacious terrace. Food shows consistent quality, though it’s a bit pricey.
Wines are from the major Hungarian wine producing regions with some international selection.
Don’t miss Remíz’s pastry shop offering delicious sweet and savory pastries, cakes and desserts. Their specialty is the Havelka pastry served fresh every evening from 21.00. It is a puff pastry filled with plum preserve and with sesame seeds on top.
On our Hungarian Restaurants in Budapest we’ve already recommended the Kisbuda Gyöngye Restaurant and the Kéhli Restaurant.
Besides these two places, historic Óbuda has some other good-value restaurants.
Pastrami Restaurant & Cafe
Address: Lajos utca 93-99., district III., Óbuda
Tel: (+36 1) 430 1731
Located in a renovated factory building, Pastrami is a blend of retro and contemporary design.
It is ideal for a snack or a more substantial meal as well. The covered terrace is very tempting on a hot summer day for sipping a cold freshly made lemonade or the beer of the house (a mug is 400 HUF) .
There’s daily menu for around 1 400 HUF. This is one of the rare places in Budapest where you can taste New York’s famous sandwiches (Pastrami, Reuben).
Maligán Borbisztró $$
Address: Lajos utca 38.
Tel: (+36 1) 240 9010
It used to be a very good wine restaurant with wide selection of wines and tasty Hungarian dishes. Since it has a new owner the quality of food and service seems to drop though.
For a Tasty Hungarian Fish Soup We Recommend:
Address: Lajos utca 46., district III., Óbuda
Tel: (+36 1) 250 8082
Régi Sipos is a top pick for an authentic Hungarian fish soup (halászlé). Here you can have it either in a cup (0.3 l) or in a bowl (0.5 l) with or without innards. Price of halászlé is between 1 500-2 750 HUF.
Besides fish soup, a variety of other dishes are on the menu: fish dishes like Rácz ponty (carp layered with potatoes, onions, tomato and peppers topped with sour cream and baked in oven), carp stew, fried pike-perch and trout etc., roasted goose drumstick with steamed cabbage, veal stew, Wiener schnitzel, steaks and desserts.
Address: Szépvölgyi út 15., district III. (has other joints at 26. Podmaniczky utca in district VI., and in MOM Park Shopping Center)
Tel: (+36 1) 430 1056
A fairly good conveyor-belt restaurant offering sushi and other Japanese and Pan-Asian dishes. Selection of dishes could be improved though.
There’s lunch menu (11.00-17.00): on weekdays: Mon-Tue: 4 490 HUF, Wed-Fri: 4 590 HUF. Dinner menu: Mon-Tue: 5 490 HUf, Wed-Fri: 5 990 HUF, on weekends and public holidays: 5990 HUF
Address: Sas utca 3., district V., close to the Basilica
Tel: (+36 1) 266 0835
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 12.00 – 24.00, closed on Sundays and holidays
Borkonyha opened only a couple of years ago yet the stable quality in food and service has already earned them a Michelin star early 2014.
It is one our favorite places for dinner in downtown Budapest because a combination of several things:
- the laid-back bistro feeling, the attentive (but not overbearing) service
- the short,ingenious menu that doesn’t take long minutes to peruse and choose from,
- delicious food from the freshest ingredients
We are delighted that the talented chef, Ákos Sárközy’s efforts were rewarded with a star by the French restaurant guide.
The daily menu is written on a chalk board and includes treats like Spicy ribeye salad (2850 HUF), or Balaton pike perch with zucchini tagliatelle (4150 HUF).
Not to mention the wide selection of Hungarian wines, many of which are served by the glass (cheapest offer is two roses: 670 HUF/dl, the most expensive is a prime red Konyári Alfa Omega from a winery in Balatonlelle, costs 4600 HUF/dl).
There’s a nice terrace on the street where you can enjoy your food in good weather while people-watching. Borkonyha is one of the few places you cannot go wrong with!
Got a Michelin Star in 2011
Address: Vörösmarty tér 7-8. district V. next to the Gerbeaud Cafe & Confectionery
Tel: (+36 30) 508 0622 Reservation is highly recommended.
Onyx earned Hungary’s second Michelin star after Costes’ success in 2010. The restaurant is part of the Gerbeaud complex owning and running the famous cafe.
It is a fancy place with rich interior decoration, prime food and expert service. The kitchen is headed by an outstanding chef pair Széll Tamás – who participates in the Bocuse D’or European Finals held in Budapest on 10-11. May 2016, and Szabina Szulló.
Their wine offering encompasses the best of the best domestic wines, and a nice selection of high-priced foreign wines and Champagnes.
You can choose from the two tasting menus consisting of six courses (Hungarian Evolution Menu for 17 500 HUF, Onyx Prestige Menu for 17 500 HUF) or eat a la carte.
The lunch menu is available from Tuesday till Thursday between 12.00 and 13.30: the base price is 9 900 HUF to which a 15 % service fee is added and the drinks you’ve had.
Biarritz Café and Restaurant $$$
Address: Kossuth tér 18., M2 Kossuth tér station
Tel: (+36 1) 311 4413
A small but fine restaurant near the Budapest Parliament. Great French and Hungarian dishes and fresh salads.
There are seasonal menus as well as daily offerings. Excellent for business meetings too. Biarritz organizes wine nights every month.
The wine card offers around 30 wines from the best-known Hungarian wine regions, a few of them is served by the glass.
Borssó Bistro $$$
French-Style Restaurant Cafe in Downtown Budapest
Address: Királyi Pál utca 14., district V:, M3 (blue) metro Kálvin tér station
Tel: (+36 1) 7890975
Open: Mon-Sun: 12.00-23.00
This charming bistro in the recently refurbished part of the downtown has fresh contemporary cuisine. French specialties along with some traditional Hungarian courses are the highlights of the menu.
Daily offer is 950 HUF for two courses and 1 250 HUF for three courses. Borssó regularly hosts wine dinners with live jazz music for around 11 900 HUF/person.
Deák St. Kitchen $$$
in the Ritz Carlton Budapest Hotel
Address: Erzsébet tér 9-10., M1, M2, M3 Deák Ferenc tér station
Deak St. Kitchen is a brand-new grill restaurant and bar in the city’s top luxury hotel The Ritz Carlton Budapest.
Contemporary local and international dishes, excellent wines and cocktails within a classy, cozy environment.
There’s a spacious, shaded terrace in Fashion Street/Deák Ferenc Str. where you can people watch while sipping a delicous cockatil.
Café Kör $$-$$$
One of the finest places in Budapest with tasty food and fine wines, as well as excellent service. If you want to taste good local food at affordable price then drop by Cafe Kör.
It can be quite busy during lunch and dinner time. Portions are quite sizeable. They carry only few Hungarian wines. You can pay only in cash.
Nobu Restaurant $$$
Address: Erzsébet tér 7-8., inside Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
Tel: (+36 1) 429 424
Budapest’s and Central Europe’s first Nobu outlet opened in October 2010 inside the Kempinski Corvinus Hotel.
The famous Japanese restaurant offers first-class food made from fresh ingredients. Being a high-end restaurant in the heart of Budapest prices are on the high side.
More on Nobu Restaurant Budapest
Salaam Bombay – $$$
Address: Mérleg utca 6., M1, M2, M3 Deák Ferenc tér station
Tel: (+36 1) 411 1252
Perhaps the best Indian restaurant in Budapest that shows consistency in the quality of food.
Combined with the friendly yet brisk service and the warm atmosphere Salaam Bombay is a good choice to sample Indian dishes in the city center.
Besides meat dishes, a range of vegetarian courses are also offered. They have a 12-page wine card with the most popular Hungarian wines listed by wine regions. Some of them are available by the glass.
District VI. is packed with restaurants and cafes, especially along Andrássy Avenue and Liszt Ferenc Square.
Address: Andrássy út 41. trams 4, 6 Oktogon stop
Open: Mon-Sat: 11.30-23.00, Sun: 11.30-18.00
A very good-value bistro, restaurant and wine bar on Andrássy út, next tot he Paris Department Store and near the Opera.
It can be quite busy during lunch time (unfortunately they don’t take reservations). The small terrace is overlooking the classy Andrássy út.
A good selection of Hungarian wines are available by the glass at reasonable price. Food is good, nothing outstanding but it is great value for your money. The staff is attentive.
Cafe Bouchon $$$
Address: Zichy Jenő utca 33.
Tel: (+36 1) 353-4094
Open: Man-Sat: 9.00-23.00, Sun: closed
Bouchon is a small French-style cafe and eatery in a side street of the “Pesti Broadway” Nagymező utca.
The cuisine combines traditional Hungarian dishes with European flavors. Relaxing atmosphere, delicious food and kind service awaits diners at Bouchon in Budapest.
Ristorante Krizia $$$-$$$$
Address: Mozsár utca 12., M1 Opera station
Tel: (+36 1) 331 8711
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 12.00-15.00 and 18.30-24.00, Sun: closed
Close to Bouchon is another top Budapest restaurant: Ristorante Krizia, a fine Italian place with a good combination of elegant and rustic setting.
It offers tasty dishes made from fresh and seasonal ingredients. The wine list is quite good too and includes both Italian and local bottles. Atmosphere is much peaceful than you would expect in an Italian eatery.
They have a business lunch of three courses for 2 600 HUF and a degustation menu for 8 990 HUF.
Ring Cafe & Burger Bar
Address: Andrássy út 38.., trams 4, 6 or M1 metro Oktogon stop
Tel: (+36 1) 331 5790
If you want to have delicious burgers then try Ring Cafe near Oktogon. They offer 18 types of burgers, crunchy golden fries, and fresh salads.
Price of burger without garnishes is between 1 390-1 890 HUF. Garnishes cost 390 HUF. Steaks are from fresh local beef after 10 days of maturation.
There’s also breakfast from 10.00 till 14.00. Burgers are served from 12.00. The choice is ample in non-alcoholic (ice tea, lemonade, shakes, smoothies, soft drinks, coffee), and alcoholic drinks (cocktails, beers, spirits and liqueurs).
Karcsi Vendéglő $-$$
Address: Jókai utca 20., M3 metro Nyugati pályaudvar, M1 metro or trams 4, 6 Oktogon stop
Tel: (+36 1) 312 05571
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 11.30-22.00, Sat: 11.30-16.00, Sun: closed
Karcsi vendéglő is a modest inn serving hearty Hungarian meals, and with homey atmosphere. Daily menu of two choices costs 850-950 HUF. Food is simple and tasty and quite inexpensive.
Café Vian $$-$$$
Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 9., trams 4, 6 Oktogon, M1 Opera station
Tel: (+36 1) 268 1154
Opening hours: every day: 9.00-01.00
A trendy place with good food and decent prices. There are two other Cafe Vian outlets: a slightly smaller place at Gozsdu Udvar (address: Király utca 13., “C” udvar), and Petit Cafe Vian in Hercegprímás utca near the Basilica in district V.
The 2-course lunch menu is quite good and worth the price (990 HUF + dessert for 290 HUF). They also serve breakfast. The spacious terrace provides a great spot for people watching.
Haxen Király Brewery & Restaurant $$$
Address: Király utca 100., M1 Király utca station
Tel: (+36 1) 351 6793
A Bavarian restaurant with delicious meat dishes and draught (Paulaner) and bottled beer .
Try the crunchy but still juicy roasted csülök (pork knuckle) or the roasted goose leg with braised red cabbage and prunes. Portions are large, prices are friendly.
Menza Restaurant $$
Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 2., trams 4, 6, M1 metro Oktogon stop
Tel: (+36 1) 413 1482
Website: Menza Étterem
A retro-style place evoking the ambience of the ’80es and ’90es in Budapest. The quality of food tends to vary but it is good at most times and definitely on the cheaper side.
Traditional local dishes dominate the menu. The wine list is quite short but there is a wide selection of cocktails and spirits.
Kogart Restaurant & Cafe $$$
Address: Andrássy út 112, M1 Bajza utca station
Tel: (+36 1) 354 3830
A fine restaurant housed in an elegant villa a on Andrássy avenue. Serves mainly international dishes. There are separate,s short menu cards for lunch and dinner.
Jazz nights and art exhibitions make Kogart a perfect place for entertainment and dining. More than 100 wines are offered including the KOGART labelled wine of the house.
Bock Bistro $$$
Address: Erzsébet körút 43-49 (within the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal), trams 4, 6 Király utca
Tel: (+36 1) 321 0340
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 12.00-24.00
Bock Bistro is definitely one of the best wine restaurants in Budapest, named after the renowned Hungarian wine producer József Bock. It was one of those few places that many expected to receive a Michelin star.
We really enjoyed the wide selection of appetizers, snacks similar to Spanish tapas: tasty bacons and salamis that we washed down with splendid red Hungarian wine.
The wine list is extensive and apart from the owner’s 20 or so offerings, wines by many other producers (from Villány, Szekszárd, Eger, Tokaj, Neszmély, Somló, Balaton regions) are available (quite a few of them by the glass).
The good thing is with Bock Bistro that you can just sit there, sipping a glass of wine and nibble some appetizers with it, of course they offer more substantial meals too.
Olimpia Étterem $$$
Address: Alpár utca 5., district VII.
Tel: (+36 1) 321 2805
Open: Mon-Fri: 12.00-15.00 and 19.00-22.00, Sat: 19.00-22.00, closed on Sundays and holidays
Olimpia is a rather new place that quickly became very popular both among locals and tourists. Situated in a small cellar-like place, Olimpia’s new approach to restaurant menu attracts many guests.
There’s no menu, instead the chef creates a several-course meal from seasonal ingredients every day. The daily offerings are written on a large black board with white chalk. They have some unique wines, two of them served by the glass.
The lunch menu includes two-three courses and is available from 12.00 till 15.00 every day (prices: two-course menu 1 850 HUF, three-course-menu: 2 050 HUF: main dish only: 1 500 HUF).
Dinner menu (reservation is a must): 4 courses: 5 700 HUF, 5 courses: 7 000 HUF, 6 courses: 7 800 HUF, 7 courses: 8 300 HUF
Kőleves (stone soup) Vendéglő $$
Address: Kazinczy utca 41., M2 Blaha Lujza tér station
Tel: (+36 1) 322 1011
You can choose from around 20 wines most of which can be ordered by the glass. Generous portions, kind staff, friendly prices.
Montenegrói Gurman $-$$
Address: Rákóczi út 54., near Blaha Lujza tér
Tel: (+36 1) 782 0806
An inexpensive place specializing in simple, tasty Balkan food like Pljeskavica, Csevapcsicsa, or Ustipak. There’s a choice of two portion sizes.
Osteria Fausto’s – $$$$
Recommended by Michelin
Address: Dohány utca 5., M2 Astoria station
Tel: (+36 1) 269 6806
Open: Mon-Sat: 12.00-23.00, Sun: closed
A first-class and a bit expensive Italian restaurant in Budapest (they have another place called simply Fausto at 2., Székely Mihály utca, district VI).
You can choose from both Italian and Hungarian wines to go with your meal. Take your partner here if you want to impress her/him and have a memorable romantic dinner.
Kádár Étkezde $
Address: Klauzál tér 9., trams 4, 6 Király utca
Tel: (+36 1) 321 3622
A small, good value self-service restaurant in the old Jewish quarter.
The cuisine is non-kosher traditional Hungarian. Kádár is very popular with locals, so prepare for crowd during lunch time and to share the table with others. Menu is only in Hungarian, only cash is accepted.
Fülemüle $$$ – $$$$
Address: Kőfaragó utca 5.
Tel: (+36 1) 266 7947
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 12.00-22.00, Fri-Sat: 12.00-23.00
A homey Hungarian/Jewish restaurant for those who like hearty food.
Cholents made with home-smoked meat, roasted goose leg with potato latkes, steak and 3-4 fish and vegetarian dishes, traditional Hungarian desserts.
Address: Múzeum krt. 12.
Tel: (+36 1) 267 0375
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 12.00-24.00, Sun: closed
The historic restaurant a few steps from the Hungarian National Museum specializes in traditional Hungarian cuisine.
The spacious terrace is a nice spot to watch life on busy Múzeum körút. The interior features some great art work: a Venetian mirror, hand-carved wood paneling, Zsolnay tiles, painted ceiling by Karoly Lotz.
The wine list is impressive featuring well-known bottles and some rarities from Hungary. Around 8 wines are available by the glass.
Bécsiszelet Vendéglő $$
Address: József krt. 63, trams 4, 6
Tel: (+36 1) 318 4934
Open: Tue-Sat: 12.00-23.00, Sun-Mon: 12.00-22.00
A good-value, unpretentious eatery along Grand Boulevard. The house specialty is the Wiener Schnitzel but a wide range of other meat dishes are on the menu too.
The partially pedestrian Ráday utca in district IX. is lined with trendy cafés and restaurants. In summer you can enjoy your meal at the terraces
Cafés, terraced restaurants in Budapest’s Ráday pedestrian street
Costes $$$ – Hungary’s 1st Michelin Star Restaurant
Address: Ráday utca 4.
Tel: (+36 1) 219 0696
Costes represents Parisian bistro atmosphere and serves international dishes. It was the first Hungarian restaurant that received a Michelin star (in 2010).
If you want to splurge on eating out and enjoy gourmet food during your stay in Budapest then Costes is a good choice.
You can choose from three tasting menus (a 5-course Discovery Menu for 18 000 HUF without wine, an 8-course Grand Menu: 26 000 HUF without wine, and a 5-course Vegetarian Menu: 15 000 HUF without wine) or eat a la carte.
Pata Negra Tapas Bar $$
Address: Kálvin tér 8., M3 Kálvin tér station
Tel: (+36 1) 215 5616
An authentic Spanish tapas bar in the heart of Budapest. More than 40 kinds of tapas, including vegetarian and seafood are offered along with an nice selection of Spanish wines and sherry.
They have recently opened a new bar in Buda in Frankel Leo utca. There’s even food for those who are sensitive to gluten and milk.
Other Restaurants in District IX.
Borbíróság Restaurant $$$
Address: Csarnok tér 5., next to the Great Market Hall
Tel: (+36 1) 219 0902
One of our favourite restaurants in Budapest. In Borbíróság you can have traditional Hungarian fare and taste around 100 great Hungarian wines by the glass.
Prices: Soups: 750-1 250 HUF, main dishes: 2 250-4 250 HUF. Lunch menu (between 12.00-17.00 every day): 1 850 which includes a glass of drink of your choice (wine, beer, soft drinks)
Address: Állatkerti körút 2., M1 Hősök tere station
Tel: (+36 1) 321 3550
Perhaps the best known restaurant by foreigners. Elegant and expensive place next to the Budapest Zoo in the City Park.
Bagolyvár (Owl’s Castle) $$
If Gundel is too expensive for you, taste Hungarian home-style cooking in Bagolyvár next door.
Address: Állatkerti körút 3., M1 Hősök tere station
Tel: (+ 36 1) 468 3110
Robinson Restaurant $$
Address: City Park lake, M1 Hősök tere station
Tel: (+ 36 1) 422 0222
An ideal place for romantic, candle-lit dinner on an island on the City Park lake.
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