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Restaurants in Budapest

Feast on hearty helpings of gulyás (goulash, or stew) and goose liver in the traditional dining-rooms of the Jewish Quarter. Modern eateries like Pest's Gundel and Buda's Vadrózsa put contemporary freshness into heavy Magyar dishes, while Callas leads in fusion cooking. Between meals, order coffee and cake at a grand café. It is usual to tip 10%, but check service hasn't already been added.

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  1. 1. Alabárdos - Top-end: (More than Ft10000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Alabárdos, Budapest. Courtesy of Alabárdos

    Alabárdos creates gourmet versions of Hungarian classics. Dishes like juniper-seasoned wild pig stew, and truffle and thyme pasta pull in Budapest's smart foodies. Set in the Castle District on the foundations of a 15th-century palace, the dining room has arched walls and heavy furniture. There's also a Gothic-styled terrace and garden tables in summer.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 7pm-11pm; Sat 12pm-4pm & 7pm-11pm

    Address

    2, Országház utca, Budapest 1014

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 356 0851

    Transport

    Bus 16 to Castle Hill, or funicular to Castle Hill

    Website

  2. 2. Gresham Kávéház - Top-end: (More than Ft10000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Gresham Kávéház, Budapest. Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest

    The interior of Gresham Kávéház, inside Budapest's Four Seasons Hotel, is modelled on a sumptuous fin-de-siècle coffeehouse. The frequently-rotating menu includes innovative meat and fish dishes - such as chicken paprika and galuska noodles - as well as daily specials. A table by the window provides spectacular views of Budapest's Chain Bridge.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Sun-Wed 12pm-10pm; Thu-Sat 12pm-10.30pm

    Address

    5-6, Roosevelt tér, Budapest 1051

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 268 6000

    Transport

    Tram 2 to Roosevelt tér

    Website

    Gresham Kávéház @ Four Seasons Website

  3. 3. Baraka - Top-end: (More than Ft10000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    In the Bauhaus-influenced Andrássy Hotel on the boulevard of the same name, Baraka's fusion food has won fans in Budapest. The compact menu features creations such as caramelised Belgian endive with fresh peaches, and blue-cheese and sweetcorn bisque. The dining room is sleek, with chandeliers, black tables, and fashionable Pest diners.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm

    Address

    111, Andrássy út, Budapest 1063

    Transport

    Bajza utca Metro station

    Website

    Baraka Website

  4. 4. Vadrózsa - Top-end: (More than Ft10000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The Vadrózsa, or Wild Rose, is housed in an elegant Baroque villa in Buda's Rószadom area. Plush dining is on offer under the crystal chandeliers, or out in the lush gardens. The produce on the Hungarian menu, including melt-in-the-mouth goose liver, is presented to the smart diners on chilled trays to aid decision-making.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-3pm & 7pm-12am

    Address

    15, Pentelei Molnár utca, Budapest 1025

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 326 5817

    Transport

    Bus 11 to Vend utca

    Website

    Vadrózsa Website

  5. 5. Gundel - Top-end: (More than Ft10000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Gundel, Budapest. Courtesy of Gundel

    Paintings by Hungarian masters adorn the walls at this elite Budapest dining institution, set next to Pest's City Park. Gundel serves refined Hungarian dishes, washed down with Hungarian wines, including Gundel's own from Eger and Tokaj grapes. Desserts include the Hungarian palacsinta, a stuffed pancake, served with chocolate sauce and flambéed.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-4pm & 6.30pm-12am

    Address

    2, Állatkerti út, Budapest 1146

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 468 4040

    Transport

    Hösök tere Metro station

    Website

    Gundel Website

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  1. 6. Callas - Mid-range: (Ft4000-Ft10000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    With its high arches, chandeliers and view of the Pest Opera House, Callas is a grand affair. It served as a ticket office, but these days attracts fashionable Budapesters for everything from hearty breakfasts to cocktails. Try dishes like Wienerschnitzel with green pea risotto, or the house goulash.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-12am

    Address

    20, Andrássy út, Budapest 1061

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 354 09 54

    Transport

    Opera Metro station

    Website

    Callas Website

  2. 7. Dunapark étterem és kávéház - Mid-range: (Ft4000-Ft10000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    A favourite with Budapesters since 1938, Dunapark étterem és kávéház overlooks District XIII's Szent István park and the Danube. The impressive Art Nouveau dining room serves the fashionable set with coffee and wicked cakes, or Hungarian lunches and dinners.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 8am-12am; Sat 10am-12am; Sun 10am-10pm

    Address

    38, Pozsonyi utca, Budapest 1137

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 786 1009

    Transport

    Tram 4 or 6 to Jászai Mari tér

  3. 8. Klassz - Mid-range: (Ft4000-Ft10000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Klassz, Budapest. Courtesy of Klassz

    A choice of 130 wines, served on Pest's elegant Andrássy utca, make Klassz popular among Budapest's business fraternity. Lamb knuckle, foie gras and native mangalica pork are fixtures on the menu. The bistro dining-room is decorated with homely floral wallpaper; there is a wine shop at the back.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm; Sun 11.30am-6pm

    Address

    41, Andrássy utca, Budapest 1061

    Transport

    Tram 4 or 6

    Website

    Klassz Website

  4. 9. Soul Café - Mid-range: (Ft4000-Ft10000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Intimate and welcoming on the inside, but bursting forth during the summer onto pavements outside and opposite, Budapest's central Soul Café serves traditional Hungarian and international dishes. From delicious soups and roasted cheeses to mouth-watering puddings such as ginger pears with lemon sorbet, your taste buds are in for a treat.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-1am

    Address

    11-13, Ráday utca, Budapest IX

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 217 6986

    Transport

    Kálvin tér Metro

    Website

    Soul Café Website

  5. 10. Tom-George - Mid-range: (Ft4000-Ft10000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Trendy Tom-George, close to St Stephen's Basilica in District V, attracts the in-crowd. A makeover in 2009 turned it into one of Budapest's hottest Italian restaurants, serving salads, fresh pasta and meat dishes. The dining-room has also been renovated, with a new-look exposed-brickwork interior. Some come just to be seen sipping cocktails at the bar.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-11.30pm; Sat & Sun 12pm-12am

    Address

    8, Október 6 utca, Budapest 1054

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 266 3525

    Transport

    Déak tér Metro station

    Website

    Tom-George Website

Budget

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  1. 11. Kádár Étkezde - Budget: (Less than Ft4000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Photos of yesteryear's celebrities adorn the walls of this dingy Jewish Quarter lunch-only venue. It shares its name, Kádár Étkezde, with Hungary's long-time former socialist leader. The food is also old-fashioned. Hungry Budapesters cram in to order the trademark goose leg with potatoes and cabbage. Remember what you've had and pay on the way out.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 11.30am-3.30pm

    Address

    9, Klauzál tér, Budapest 1072

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 321 3622

    Transport

    Tram 4 or 6 tram to Dohány utca

  2. 12. Menza - Budget: (Less than Ft4000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Menza, which means canteen, is a kitsch recreation of the basic restaurants of socialist Hungary. Set on fashionable Liszt Ferenc tér in District VI, old favourites like Jókai bableves (bean soup), stuffed cabbage, and veal paprika with dumplings are on the menu. The trendy crowd eats here, unafraid of the hefty dishes.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-12am

    Address

    2, Liszt Ferenc tér, Budapest 1061

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 413 1482

    Transport

    Tram 4 or 6 to Oktogon

    Website

    Menza Website

  3. 13. Gerloczy Kávéház - Budget: (Less than Ft4000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    This grand Parisian-style café has big windows that look out onto a hidden square in District V. Tables are set outside in summer. Gerloczy Kávéház serves delicious homemade croissants and pastries to cake-loving Budapesters, and visitors. The lunch and á la carte menus make it an all day venue.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 7am-11pm

    Address

    1, Gerlóczy utca, Budapest 1052

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 501 4000

    Transport

    Deák tér or Ferenciek tere Metro stations

    Website

    Gerloczy Kávéház Website

  4. 14. Ko Leves - Budget: (Less than Ft4000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Ko Leves means 'stone soup', but the menu here is far more delicious and features duck à l'orange and Jewish dishes. A young crowd comes here to chat and line their stomachs before heading off to one of District VII's many bars. The shabby-but-chic dining room is romantically candlelit at night.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-12am

    Address

    26, Dob utca, Budapest 1075

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 322 1011

    Transport

    Tram 4 or 6 to Király utca.

    Website

    Ko Leves Website

  5. 15. Csalagány 26 - Budget: (Less than Ft4000 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Csalagány 26 in District XI is nothing special to look at. But, the Buda business crowd keeps coming back to this bistro for the creative local Magyar dishes on the bargain lunchtime menu. Groups of friends meet for the pricier dinner here, washed down with good Hungarian wines.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 12pm-3pm & 7pm-10pm

    Address

    26, Csalogány utca, Budapest 1015

    Transport

    Batthyány tér Metro station

    Website

    Csalagány 26 Website

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