Budapest - Eating
Hungarian food is honest and despite today’s influences from all over the world they are still preserving their traditions. Modern Hungarian cuisine is among the best in Europe and also inexpensive. You will find most restaurants, and the best ones, on the Pest side.
Café Kör has an out-of-the-way address in central Pest. The restaurant makes a plain impression, but the illusion is deceptive. Café Kör’s delectable fare and perfect service make the restaurant a favourite of embassy personnel and foreign correspondents.
People go to Menza for the company rather than for the food, which is quite conventional. The restaurant is on Liszt Ferenc tér, which is Budapest’s best bar street, with elegant establishments side by side. Menza’s large flowered wallpaper and cloth lampshades create a cosy atmosphere.
Mokka is an adventurous restaurant centrally located on the Pest side. The elegantly styled rooms contain West African murals and Moroccan masks. The food is exotic, with local dishes from all over the world.
Difficult to find, but well worth the effort: something as unusual as a gourmet restaurant with a personal atmosphere, in a back street on the Pest side. The chef mixes French and Asian but does not neglect his Hungarian roots.
Anyone who wishes to taste traditional Hungarian cuisine, should head to Fakanál, upstairs in the old market hall. There, you can try several different buffet dishes to the sound of gypsy music.
One of the best restaurants on the Buda side is Arcade, with the same founder as the Café Kör. The owners have chosen a somewhat more luxurious style here, both in the menus and the decor, and serve modern Hungarian cuisine with influences from France and Italy.
The Onyx restaurant strive to keep a high international standard and their lead words are quality and innovation. The Onyx Restaurant has been rated 17 points by Gault Millau, and awarded with one Michelin Star by the Michelin Guide.
Borkonyha Winekitchen is a mix of a contemporary family restaurant and a French bistro. A huge part of their concept is their extensive wine list which includes 200 different wines, most of them Hungarian.
Taverna Dionysos Greek Restaurant
In the spirit of Santorini, Taverna Dionysos treats you with an authentic Greek experience. The location on the bank of the river Danube in combination with the blue door and white walls creates an unforgettable atmosphere and the food is excellent.
Bock Bisztró was created by a well renowned chef and a skilled sommelier. The result is a restaurant offering Hungarian cuisine with an international twist, accompanied by an extensive wine list. The menu also has some Spanish tapas.
Borssó Bistro has a menu containing both traditional Hungarian cuisine and French food. The dishes change with the season and you can usually find some special weekly offer.
For a special treat, come here for a "wine dinner" - a 6-8 course dinner enjoyed with carefully selected wine that is presented by the wine makers, accompanied by live jazz music.
Trattoria Pomo D'oro
This Italian restaurant provides a wide variety of food, so no matter what you're in the mood for, you'll find it here; soup, risotto, salad, thin crusted pizza baked in a wood-burning oven, fresh fish or pasta.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can enjoy live performances.
Carne Di Hall
Carne Di Hall has taken John Steinbeck's flying pig Pigasus to heart, and he adorns the entire restaurant. Although located on the Buda side of town, this restaurant has incredibly tasty food as well as friendly and swift service.
The story goes that King Matthias Hunyadi (1440-1490) got hungry while taking a walk around the Buda castle and entered the Hunyadi restaurant. Supposedly he was amazed by the tasty food and delectable wines. Apparently this small restaurant has kept this high standard, because it is still very appreciated.
-"Hunyadi Restaurant - for today's renaissance people!"
Klassz has about 130 different wines to choose from, and it is undeniably important to choose a nice wine when the food is so exquisite. You can have foie gras, mangalica pork and lamb knuckle, to name but a few.