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Budapest Restaurants Open at New Year & Christmas

a street in downtown Budapest decorated with Xmas lightsLooking for a place to have dinner at Christmas or New Year? Wish to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a nice restaurant?

Most restaurants and cafes in Budapest are closed on

  • Christmas Eve, 24. December,
  • Christmas Day, 25. December
  • Boxing Day, 26. December: and on
  • New Year’s Day, 01. January 2017.

We’ve listed some that are open on these bank holidays to help you find a nice place to eat if you’re spending the year-end holidays in Hungary’s capital.

Christmas Specials & Brunches

Quick Links: Icon (Hilton Buda Castle)ARAZDeák St. KitchenKupola Lounge (Ritz Carlton)ÉS Bistro

ICON Restaurant, Hilton Buda Castle

Address: Hess András tér 1-3, 1014, next to Matthias Church

The restaurant of the Hilton Buda Castle invites you for its festive holiday dinner on Christmas Eve then brunches on Christmas and Boxing Day. Live music

Christmas Dinner on 24. December, 18.00 – 22.00

A fine buffet diner with a welcome cocktail, unlimited sparkling wine, wine beer and non-alcoholic drinks.

Price: 22 900 HUF/prs, + 10 % service charge, free for children under 4 yeasr of age, 50 % discount for kids under 12 years.

Christmas Brunch on 25. and 26. December, 12.00 – 15.00

A buffet lunch with unlimited sparkling wine, wines, beers, soft drinks, coffee and tea

Price: 17 500 HUF/prs, free for children under 4 yeasr of age, 50 % discount for kids under 12 years.

10 % service charge is applied.

ARAZ Restaurant – Christmas

Address: Dohány utca 42-44., district VII., at a stone’s throw from the Great Synagogue

Reservation: (+36 1) 815-1100

ARAZ, a fine hotel restaurant in the centre of the old Jewish Quarter will have a Christmas Eve Dinner on 24. December and Christmas Brunch on 25. and 26. December.

They’ll also organize a Gala Dinner on New Year’s Eve as well as a brunch on 01. January 2019.

Christmas Eve Dinner, 24. December 2018, 18.00

tables set with white cloth in the restaurantArrilval: up until 17.50

You can enjoy a delicious 4-course dinner complete with wine pairings in the festively decorated restaurant.

Menu:

Apetizer

  • Homemade Pickled Salmon served with Blini, Caviar and Double Sour Cream – Sauska Rosé 2017

Soup

  • Hungarian „Korhely” Fisherman’s Soup – Tornai Juhfark 2016

Main Course

  • Catfish in Creamy Paprika Sauce served in Bundle – Vylyan Macska 2017
  • Salmon Fillet with Cinnamon Cauliflower Purée, Beetroor Red Lentil and
    Walnut Sauce – Dúzsi Kadarka 2015

Dessert

  • Caramel Dark Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Isler – Tokaji Szamorodni 2013

Price of the 4-course dinner with wines: 16 990 HUF/person + 10 % service fee

Christmas Brunch in ARAZ, 26. December, 12.00 – 15.00

Soups

  • Farm Hen Soup with homemade Noodles
  • Chanterelle Cream Soup with Spicy Bread Cubes

Starters

  • Piquant Bread Salad with French Salami
  • Pumpkin Salad with Yogurt and sundried Plum
  • Marinated Shrimp on a bed of Salad
  • Salad bar

Main dishes

  • Baby Turkey with Pine Nuts Spinach
  • French Beef Ragout with Red wine
  • Veal Roulade with Dijon Mustard and Truffle Sauce
  • Saffron Fish Ragout with Fennel

Side dishes

  • Potato Donut with Olive
  • Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
  • Brussels Spouts with Smoked Ham
  • Corn Polenta with Shep Cottage Cheese

Desserts

  • French Apple Cake
  • Chocolate Mousse „Triology”
  • Emperor’s Mess with Plum Chutney
  • Fruit Salad with Orange Water

Price of the Christmas Brunch: 9 990 HU/person + 10 %  service charge, free for kids under the age of 6, 50 / discount for ages: 6 – 12.

Christmas Menu in Deák St. Kitchen

Address: Erzsébet tér 9-10., inside the Ritz Carlton Budapest Hotel

The cozy yet elegant wine bar and bistro of on the city’s famous Fashion Street invites you for a 4-course festive dinner between 10 – 25. December 2018.

Amuse Bouche

  • A handcraft creation from the Chef

Starters

  • Hungarian fish soup, Trout ravioli, dehydrated cherry tomato, salted lemon (2 800 HUF)

or

  • Mangalica terrine, Plum chutney, black garlic coulis, homemade brioche (3 400 HUF)

Main course

  • Veal stuffed cabbage, Paprika, mangalica bacon, sour cream (4 300 HUF)

or

  • Grilled hake fillet, Jerusalem artichoke, green apple & Ceylon cinnamon compote (5 400 HUF)

Dessert

  • Chocolate sphere: Dark chocolate, orange mousse, orange caramel (2 100 HUF)

Price of the 3-course set menu: 9 500 HUF/person + 12 % service charge

Christmas Day Brunch in Ritz Carlton/Kupola Lounge

Address: Erzsébet tér 9-10., inside the Ritz Carlton Budapest Hotel

Date & Time: 25. December, 12.30 – 16.00

Tel: (+36) 1 429 5702

Prices:

  • 11 500 HUF/person (incl. welcome drink and soft drinks)
  • 18 000 HUF/person (incl. welcome drink, soft drinks and house beverages)
  • 20 500 HUF/person (incl. welcome drink, soft drinks, house beverages and unlimited sparkling wine)

A 10 % service fee applies.

ÉS Bistro – Kempinski Hotel Corvinus,

Address: Deák Ferenc utca 12., district V.

Reservation: (+36 1) 429 3990

Christmas Terrace of ÉS Bistro, till 10. January 2019

Opening Hours:
  • Monday: closed,also closed on 24. and 25. December
  • Tues – Thurs: 14.00 – 21.00
  • Fri – Sun: 12.00 – 22.00
  • 31. Decemner NYE: 12.00 – 01.00

Christmas tree at the terrace of ES BistroThe ÉS Bistro of the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus will have a Christmas Terrace in Fashion Street

Here’s the food selection:

Korhely soup

traditional local soup mad eof sauerkraut

Lángos

Hungarian specialty: round shaped dough fried in oil, served with garlic oil, sour cream, grated cheese and so on..

ÉS Bistro offers the following toppings:

  • Sour cream and 3 types of cheese
  • Avocado and fresh goat cheese
  • Salmon, sour cream, arugula, and fresh horse-radish
  • Pulled pork, BBQ sauce and coleslaw

Pancakes:

  • White chocolate, cinnamon and sour cherries
  • Banana, Belgian chocolate, and Contreau
  • Cheese and Ham
  • Salmon, spinach, cheese, capers and ricotta

New Year’s Eve Dinners & Parties

NYE Party in Bestia (next to the Basilica)

Address: Szent István tér 9-11., district V.

Date & Time: 31. December – 01. Jnauary: 18.00 – 03.00

Reservation: + 36 70 333 2163

Beast/Bestia is a cozy American-style pub right next to the Basilica that opened in 2015 and quickly became famous for its Bestrami sandwich, steaks, sausages and artisan beer.

They will host a sumptuous NYE Dinner on Sunday, 31. Dec. Entry is free, a la carte dinner (you pay  for food and drinks).

Menu:

SALADS
  • home smoked salmon salad, horseradish, cucumber, avocado, soft boiled egg, spinach – 3650 HUF
  • bestia caesar chicken / shrimp – 2850 FT / 3650 HUF

SPECIALS

  • white wine black and venus mussels, fennel, tomato – 4250 HUF
  • mac and cheese / truffles  – 2650 HUF / 3050 HUF
  • BBQ chicken wings 6 / 12  –  2050 HUF / 4100 HUF
  • BBQ smoked ribs, coleslaw  – 4950 HUF

SANDWICHES

  • beef bestrami – 2950 FT
  • pola-pola angus burger, cheddar, triple cooked chips – 3550 HUF

ROTISSEUR

  • juicy salmon steak – 3950 HUF
  • Budapest sausage, pickles and mustard – 1950 HUF
  • cajun chicken – 2650 HUF
STEAK
  • Argentinian fillet mignon – 8500 HUF / 220gr
  • black angus Australian rib-eye – 12900 HUF / 400gr
  • chianina tomahawk + side dishes – 2350 HUF / 100gr
  • Hungarian angus t-bone + side dishes – 2250 HUF / 100gr

SIDE DISHES

(950 HUF each)

  • mixed seasonal salad
  • creamy parnsnip puree
  • triple cooked chips
  • rustic grilled root veggies
  • purple coleslaw

HAPPY END

  • New York cheesecake – 1450 HUF
  • chupa chocolate pie, salted caramel – 1250 HUF

More Dinner Options for the Year-End Holidays

Innio Wine Bar NYE Party

Address: Október 6. utca 9., downtown, Basilica neighbourhood

Reservations can be made till between 18.00 and 20.00 ( it is necessary to pay deposit) more info :  +36 70 311 1010.

A wine bar and bistro with a youthful vibe and Scandinavian-inspired cuisine. Vaulted, romantic interior. Perfect for a glass of wine, light meal and a dinenr on New Year’s Eve.

Program

  • dinner (limited booking options)
  • barlife: book your table at the bar

Menu

  • carp milt, cabbage, lardo, kale
  • duck foie gras, squid, oxalis, blueberry
  • crayfish, lentil, spurge
  • pig’s trotters, roe
  • saddle of venison, buckthorn, celery
  • raspberry, fennel, beetroot
  • petit fours

Price of the menu: 35 000 HUF/person

Kollázs Brasserie & Bar – New Year’s Eve Dinner & Party,

Date & Time: 31. December 2017

Arrival: at 19.00 or at 21.00

Address: Széchenyi István tér 5., district V. (in the Four Seasons Hotel)

Spend the last eve of the year at Kollázs where you can have a multiple-course delicious dinner with optional wine pairing then dance into 2018 after the fireworks at midnight.

NYE Dinner Menu

  • European blue lobster, citruses, pineapple, caviar
  • Potato soup with leek and truffle
  • Skate wing, Jerusalem artichoke, chestnut
  • Venison, polenta, caramelized onion
  • Red mullet, prawn sauce, ramson berry
  • Happy New Year Buche de Noel

Price: 48 000 HUF/person, wine pairing: + 19 900 HUF/person (12 % service charge applies)

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Ice Magic NYE Party in Buddha Bar

Address: Váci utca 34., district V.

Date & Time: 19.00 – 03.00  on 31. December 2017 – 01. January 2018

Reservation: (+36 1) 799 7302

A lavish party on the last eve of 2017 with

  • sashimi. sushi, oyster and Taittinger champagne
  • a 5-course gala dinner
  • live music
  • DJ Mada
  • laser show and
  • party surprises

Tickets:

  • Gala dinner with champagne reception and Ice Magic Party: 259 EUR/prs
  • Ice Magic Party walking ticket: 35 EUR/prs, includes 4 long drinks

Hungarian Heaven – NYE Party in KIOSK

Date & Time: 31. December 2017.

Address: Március 15. tér 4., distzrict V.

Tickets: (+36 70) 311 1969

This laid-back bistro stands on the Pest side of the Danube near Erzsébet Bridge. It will host an awesome party with dinner to say farewell to the old year!

Dinner tickets in 3 categories, all with party till dawan included!

“Hungarian Heaven – All you can eat” dinner ticket

(table reserved: 19.30 – 23.00)

Price: 29 900 HUF/prs

Unlimited basic drink service + All you can eat dinner ticket

(table reserved:19.30 – 23.00

Unlimited basic drink service includes the following:

  • soft drink, coffee, tea
  • beer: Soproni (a local pale lager)
  • wines: Etyeki – White 2017, Konyári – Chardonnay 2016, Sebestyén – Kadarka 2015, Bolyki – Indián Nyár 2015, Etyeki – Rosé 2016, Dúzsi – Rosé 2017

Price: 36 900 HUF

Unlimited “KIOSK Gold” drink service + All you can eat dinner ticket with table service

Our unlimited “KIOSK Gold” drink service includes the following:

  • soft drinks, coffee, tea
  • beer: Soproni
  • wines: Etyeki – White 2017, Konyári – Chardonnay 2016, Sebestyén – Kadarka 2015, Bolyki – Indián Nyár 2015, Etyeki – Rosé 2016, Dúzsi – Rosé 2017
  • Red Bull
  • spirits: 3 féle pálinka, Abslout Blue, Bacardi Superior, Ballatine’s, Jack Daniels, Aperol, Olmeca, Beefeater
  • champagne: Louis Francois President brut
  • cocktails: Bellini, Spicy KIOSK Mule, Django, Thai KIOSK, Aperol Spritz, Sauvignon Spitz, Mojito, Bellini
  • personal buttler

Lentils -traditional New Year meal in Hungary – served after Midnight!

Walk-In Tickets: 6000 HUF (only from 23.00)

Walk-in tickets are available at the entrance and in advance either

ÉS Bistro – New Year’s Eve Party

Date & Time: 31. December, 2017, 20.00

Address: Deák Ferenc utca 12., district V.

Reservation: (+36 1) 429 3990

the round black and white logo of ES bistro and a Xmas fair in Fashion streetÉS Bistro also hosts a laid-back party on the last evening of the year.

Starters

  • Foie gras terrine with hazelnut and pumpkin
  • Pheasant terrine with pistachio and quince mustard
  • Staek tartare with black truffel and water cress
  • Cured Mangalitsa ham and deer salami
  • Pork rilette

Warm starters

  • White cabbage cream soup with champagne and pulled smoked pork
  • Baked bone marrow with fresh tuna tartare
  • Oyster and pearls

Mains

  • Suckling pig chops variation with pistachio, Brussel sprouts, goat cheese polenta and pearl onion
  • Chicken ragout Bakony style (in creamy paprika sauce) with bacon, mushrooms, bell peppers and gnocchi
  • Slice of whole roast ribeye with baked potatoes, truffle, fig chutney with grain mustard and herb lettuce
  • Pike perch with Savoy cabbage, beetroot and apple with boulanger potatoes and and homemade lemon preserve

Desserts

  • Nougat and green tea dessert with berries
  • Buchteln (pastry) filled with chocolate served with caramelized pear and walnut ice cream
  • Aged cheese with red currant, apple and celery

Price: 4 courses 29 800 HUF + 12% service fee. Mineral water is included in the price.

New Year’s Eve in 21 Restaurant, 31. December

Arrivals from 19.00. They offer an a la carte menu, from which you may choose on site.

Address: Fortuna utca 21., district I., Buda Castle

Reservation: (+36 1) 202 2113

An restaurant in Buda Castle specializing in Classic Hungarian dishes and wines.

Welcome drink: Szentesi „Buborék” sparkling wine

Starter

  • Baked Camambert with Brioche and Cherry

or

  • Foie Gras with Parsnip purée, Winter Truffles and Marinated Beets

or

  • Thyme-baked Venison Fillet with Orange and Fennel

Soup

  • Pork Ragout Soup with Apple Cigar

or

  • Venison Consommé with Foie Gras Raviolo
  • Orange Sorbet with Sparkling Wine and Amarena Cherry

Main Course

  • Pan-fried Venison Fillet with Celeriac, Chestnut and Wild Mushrooms

or

  • Ham Hock with Cabbage Dumplings and Roasted Pepper Velouté

or

  • Herb-crusted Rack of Lamb with textures of Pumpkin

Dessert

  • Passion fruit Pavlova

or

  • Walnut Soufflé with Chocolate and Blackberry

Price of the special New Year’s Eve menu: 24 800 HUF/prs + 13% service charge.

It includes

  • a glass of Szentesi „Buborék” sparkling wine,
  • a 5-course á la Carte Menu,
  • mineral water and
  • a Budapest Mokka Speciality coffee.

Here are some restaurants in the historic Buda Castle that will have a pleasant Christmas Menu/dinner over the holidays.

21 Restaurant

Address: Fortuna utca 21., district I., Buda Castle

Reservation: (+36 1) 202 2113

21 is a traditional Hungarian restaurant with a contemporary flair located in a historic street in the castle area. Has an excllent wine list too.

The place belongs to a restaurateur, Roy Zsiday, who runs several other bistros and gastro projects in the city:

  • Cafe Pierrot
  • Pest Buda Bistro,
  • Spíler Biergarten – the last 4 are too in Buda Castle.

All places, except for the Spíler Biergarten celebrate the festive season with special menus and gala dinners.

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