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Where to Eat in Budapest on Gluttonous Thursday?

Restaurants Where You Can Eat Half Price on Fat Thursday

28. February 2019. is Gluttonous Thursday (aka Fat Thursday and Torkos Csütörtök in Hungarian) in Hungary when you can dine and wine for 50% less in around 100 restaurants in Budapest.

Here are our top recommendations where you can enjoy a fine lunch or dinner at half price.

cabbage Transylvanian styleWhat is Gluttonous Thursday?

Torkos Csütörtök is the day after Ash Wednesday (according to some sources the Thursday before Ash Wednesday).

It’s a special day of the Carnival season that was widely celebrated in the country side.

This was the last chance to indulge in food and drinks before the start of the 40-day Lent preceding Easter.

The tourist office has been trying to resurrect the tradition in recent years.

More and more restaurants in Budapest and other cities join the event each year.

Concerto Cafe

Address: Dob utca 33., district VII.

Opening hours: every day 11.00-23.00

interior of Concerto cafe in Dob StreetConcerto is a cozy cafe and bistro in the historic Jewish quarter

  • near Gozsdu Court (full of restaurants and clubs)
  • in a former record shop (the name of which has been kept).

Dob Street crosses the vibrant, bar-and-cafe-packed Kazinczy Street so you can conveniently  explore the area before or after your meal in Concerto.

On Thursday, 11. February they give 50 % discount on all dishes and drinks on the menu which is short and features simple Mediterranean meals.

Salads, bagels with various fillings (650-950 HUF), quesadilla: a vegetarian and and a chicken option (750 and 950 HUF),soups (goulash-850 HUF, Jókai bean soup, tomato soup, pumpkin soup for 750 HUF), cakes (690 HUF). A no-frill interior with a small but lovely inner courtyard with wooden benches to sit on in nice weather.

Breakfast throughout the day: 2 eggs prepared to your liking, granola, French toast with butter and maple syrup, croissant (freshly baked), American pancakes.

All sorts of drinks: coffees, tea, lemonade, cocktails, champagne, wine and more.(Photo from official Facebook page).

La Dogeria

Address: Egyetem tér 5.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 7.30-19.00

A tiny hot-dog joint that opened at the end of January 2015. at the charming Egyetem tér, a partially pedestrian cafe and bistro hub on the Main Street of Budapest.

Sausages are made from high-quality meat, bakery goods are baked on the spot. The selling point for me is the coffee prepared from the freshly roasted beans.

Salads, vegetarian choices, kids’ menu, terrace, ice cream in summer. A great new place for street food lovers that you can try at half price on Gluttonous Thursday!

Nobu – A Pricier Option That is Worth Trying for 50 % Less

Address: Erzsébet tér 7-8., district V. inside the Kempinski Corvinus Hotel

Opening hours: Lunch: 12.00 – 15.00, Dinner: 18.00-23.45

Although Nobu Budapest receives some harsh critics on review sites like Tripadvisor (staff is not courteous enough, some of the dishes are overrated etc.), I still recommend it to try especially on a day like Gluttonous Thursday when you don’t have to pay so much if the meal turns out to be average.

I think the numerous negative comments are owed to the fact that people go to Nobu with very high expectations and rightly so because at such pricey place you expect everything to be 100% perfect. Give it a try and

Italian Cuisine

If you’re in the mood for delicious Italian food then try Krizia or Trattoria Mamma.

Ristorante Krizia

Inside Krizia restaurantAddress: Mozsár utca district VI.

Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 12.00 – 15.00, 18.00 – 24.00

One of the best Italian places in our city that specializes in authentic food made from fresh, quality ingredients.

Great wine selection including both Hungarian and Italian bottles.

Trattoria Mamma

Angus steak with fried mushrooms in Trattoria MammaAddress: Hercegprímás utca 3., district V., close to the Basilica

Opening hours: every day: 11.00 – 23.00

Reservation: 06 1 267 5268

A fairly good restaurant serving Italian fare and a few Hungarian dishes at just a short walk from Szt. István Basilica.

  • Freshly made pasta dishes (fettuccine with black mussels, spaghetti verde with grilled garlic prawns, pappardelle with green pesto and pecorino)
  • excellent pizzas,
  • meat dishes,
  • desserts (tiramisu, panna cotta or cheese cake).

An ideal place to have a romantic evening at a central location.

See our other recommendations for Italian eateries in Budapest.

 You can find more restaurants by district at the official site of the event.

TIP: Find more programs (balls, parties) in the Carnival Season.

Related: More February Events & Things To DoEvents CalendarTop Restaurants in BudapestFavourite Budapest CafesHungarian RestaurantsHungarian Dinner with Folk Music and Dance

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