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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.

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).


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


  • 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


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


  • juicy salmon steak – 3950 HUF
  • Budapest sausage, pickles and mustard – 1950 HUF
  • cajun chicken – 2650 HUF
  • 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


(950 HUF each)

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


  • 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.


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


  • 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)

New Year Gala Dinner in Baalbek Resturant

Address: Váci utca 34., district V. (entrance from Kígyó utca)

The fine Lebanese resturant of the Buddha Bar Hotel offers the following menu on its New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner:

Welcome Drink


  • Hummus – Chickpea Purée
  • Moutabel – Eggplant Cream
  • Beetroot
  • Tabbouleh – Parsley Salad
  • Kibbeh – Crushed Wheat with Meat
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Lemon Makanek – Spicy Lamb Sausage


  • Lentil Soup with Sumac and Scallop

Main Course

  • Beef Tenderloin with Potato Gratin and Green Pepper Sauce
    Grilled Tiger Prawns with Potato Harra, Coriander & Garlic Sauce


  • Coconut & Rose Water Cake with Raspberry Sorbet

Live music and belly dance show

Price: 99 EUR + service charge / person

TIP: More program ideas for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Budapest.

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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Baked Camambert with Brioche and Cherry


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


  • Thyme-baked Venison Fillet with Orange and Fennel


  • Pork Ragout Soup with Apple Cigar


  • 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


  • Ham Hock with Cabbage Dumplings and Roasted Pepper Velouté


  • Herb-crusted Rack of Lamb with textures of Pumpkin


  • Passion fruit Pavlova


  • 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.

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 2017.

Details of the Christmas Eve Dinner, 24. December 2017, 16.00 – 21.30

tables set with white cloth in the restaurantYou can enjoy a delicious 4-course dinner complete with wine pairings in the festively decorated restaurant.



  • Homemade Pickled Salmon served with Blini, Caviar and Double Sour Cream – Takler Pinot Noir Rozé 2016


  • Carp & Catfish Fisherman’s Soup with Cabbage and Homemade Noodles – Dúzsi Kadarka 2013

Main Course

  • Pike Perch Fillet and Salmon Duo served with Cream Potatoes, Saffron Turnip and Lobster Velouté – Gere Tamás Villányi Chardonnay Selection 2012


  • Dark Chocolate Gerbeaud with Mango Pumpkin Jam – Marcus Aurelius Reinhard’s Cuvée 2007

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

The Christmas Brunch on 25. and 26. December are already fully booked.

Kollázs Brasserie & Bar – Christmas Eve & Christmas Brunch

Address: Széchenyi István tér 5., district V.

The stylish restaurant of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace celebrates Christmas Eve with 5-course menu with wine pairings and live music by The Gentlemen Band.

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day Dinner Menu

Date: 24. & 25. December 2017, at 18.00 – 22.00

  • Honey-glazed smoked salmon, beetroot variation
  • Traditional Hungarian fish soup from carp
  • Ravioli with duck confit, foie gras, rosehip
  • John Dory fillet, fennel, grapefruit
  • Saddle of wild boar, quince apple, Brussels sprouts, gingerbread pudding
  • Kollázs Christmas turkey
  • Kollázs Christmas Panettone, honey ice cream

Price: 29 000 HUF/person, wine pairing: + 14 500 HUF/person (12% service charge applies)

Christmas Day Brunch in Kollázs

Date: 25. December 2017, at 12.00 – 16.00

Price: 19 900 HUF/person, children aged 5 – 11 yrs: 9 900 HUF (12% service charge applies)

Christmas Brunch in the Buddha Bar Restaurant, 25. December, Best Value

Address: Váci utca 34., district V.

Reservation: (+36 1) 799 7302

The restaurant of the luxury boutique hotel, Buddha Bar Budapest awaits guests with fusion buffet lunch on Christmas Day.

The place is conveniently located in the heart of the city right in the popular shopping street Váci utca and juts a short walk from the main Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square.

the oriental red, black and beige interior of the loungeThe price of the dinner is 10 900HUF/prs + 12 % service fee which includes

  • unlimited consumption from the buffet offer, one main course from the Asia-inspired menu, welcome drink, unlimited soft drinks and water.

The Deluxe option is 15 900 HUF/prs + 12% service fee and included are:

  • unlimited consumption from the buffet offer, one main course from the menu, welcome drink, unlimited Taittinger Champagne, wine, beer, soft drink, water, coffee and tea.

Christmas Dinner 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 3-course festive dinner accompanied by live acoustic music.


  • Yellow beetroot potage with blacl pudding, roasted walnuts and chives cream (2 000 HUF)


  • Curry marinated salmon, lemongrass mousse, poached orange (3 400 HUF)

Main course

  • Seared duck breast, Hokkaido pumpkin, Piedmont hazelnuts, fennel jus (5 400 HUF)


  • Grilled monkfish, farro risotto, spring onion, confit salsify (7 100 HUF)


  • Chestnut Royal Cake ( 1 900 HUF)

Price of the whole menu: 11 500 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


  • 12 500 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 Dinner, 24. December, 2017

Christmas tree at the terrace of ES BistroThe ÉS Bistro inside the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus in Fashion Street will have a Christmas Eve on 24. December dinner with a choice of 2 or 3 courses.

Here’s the menu:


  • Amuse Bouche
  • Fried goose arranchini
  • Scallops with pomelo and chestnut
  • Paprika seasoned fish soup with pike perch
  • Baked blue figs with goat cheese and truffle honey

Main Course

  • Duck breast and duck liver  with variation of green apple, pomegranate and swet potato


  • Seared venison loin, red cabbage mash, butter roast carrot and
    pistachio potato noodles


  • Chestnut puree and marinated cherries

Price: 3 courses 19 800 HUF + 12% service fee, 5 courses 24 600 HUF + 12% service fee. The price includes mineral water.

Gundel Restaurant

the wrought iron entrance gate of GundelAddress: Gundel K. út 4., district XIV., next to the Zoo

Reservation: (+36 1) 889 811

The iconic fine dining restaurant, Gundel looks back too several decades of history. Its name has been always unanimous with fine food and wines within classic setting.

They offer exclusive lunch menu during the Christmas period, except between 24 – 27. December and Christmas Dinner between 19 – 30. Dec., between 24 – 27. December at 12.00 – 15.00 too. They will also have a party on New Year’s Eve.

Christmas Lunch Menu in Gundel, between 26 – 30. December

exc. 24 – 27. Dec, 12.00 – 15.00

Lunch Menu I.

  • Fisherman’s Soup with home-made raviolli
  • Caramelized turkey breast with sweet potato, chestnut crumbs and pomegranate demi glace
  • „Flódni” – Apple, Walnut and Poppy Seed filled Pastry
  • with 1 glass of Gundel Wine

Price of the menu: 7 500 HUF/prs. + 12,5% service fee.

Lunch Menu II.

  • Goose liver cake on poppy seed crumbs with raisin jelly
  • Veal melange with pumpkin galette and dried fruits
  • Baigli/traditional Christmas roll with various fillings
  • with 1 glass Gundel Wine

Price of the menu: 8 900 HUF/prs. + 12,5% service fee.

Christmas Dinner Menu, 25 – 30. December

on 24 – 27. December from 12.00 till 15.00 too

festively set round table with white tablecloth and dinner set

  • Gundel’s goose liver cake – wine: Tokaji Fordítás, Chateau Megyer
  • Fish soup with ravioli
  • Caramelized turkey breast – win: Egri Chardonay Battonage, 2015, Kovács Nimród
  • Pomegranate sorbet with tramini wine
  • Poached veal fillet glazed with truffle, pumpkin cubes and perigourdine sauce – wine: Villányi Cabernet Franc 2015, Vylyan Winery
  • Christmas dessert selection: Poppy ambrosia tower, Honey mille feuille, Walnut ice cream with Tokaj wine mousse – wine: Móri Ezerjó 2006 Late Harvest, Bozóki Winery

Price of the menu without wines: 26 000 HUF/prs+ 12,5 % service fee, with 5 wines: 36 000 HUF/prs + 12 % service charge.

Restaurants in Buda

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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