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Borkonyha WineKitchen

International 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A must-visit in Budapest for its well-designed wine list and menu, which has some of the finest creative and contemporary Hungarian cuisine in Budapest. — Frommer's

The third restaurant in Budapest to receive a Michelin star well and truly deserves the honour. — Lonely Planet

Close to St. Stephen's Basilica, Borkonyha ("wine kitchen") opened in December 2010 to rave reviews that highlighted its strong Hungarian wine list. — Concierge

Bustling wine-orientated restaurant close to the Basilica. The fortnightly menu features well-executed dishes with an elaborate modern style and subtle Hungarian influences. — Michelin Guide

This sublime restaurant is fronted by a beautiful, gleaming bar stacked high with bottles of Hungarian wine, which gives some indication as to how seriously they take their plonk here. — Rough Guide

Gundel Etterem

International 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Budapest's fanciest, most famous, probably most expensive, and most overrated restaurant, Gundel reopened in 1992. — Frommer's

Probably Hungary’s most famous restaurant. Not cheap, but no longer the most expensive. — DK Eyewitness

First established in 1894, this restaurant was acquired by Karoly Gundel in 1910, who made it into the country's most prestigious. — Insight Guides

This is probably Hungary's most celebrated restaurant, both for its history (opened in 1894) as well as its renovation in the 1990s by Hungarian-American restaurateur George Lang. — Fodor's

Maybe you're embarrassed to obey your swanky hotel's concierge and heed the advice of every guidebook ever written, but in the case of Gundel: Get over it. — Concierge

Central Kavehaz

Cafés 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In its heyday, the decades around World War I, this large coffee house was a popular venue in Budapest’s literary scene. — Rough Guide

Originally opened in 1887, Café Central quickly became the center of the city's intellectual life, spawning important periodicals and literary movements. — Concierge

A classic turn-of-the-20th-century gathering spot for Hungarian writers of the Nyugat (West) magazine, this coffeehouse has endured two wars and a communist closure — Fodor's

In addition to a variety of entrees, confectionaries and alcohol will lift whatever curse lies upon your soul, and the chill staff will convince you to, yes, be their guest. — Let's Go

Coffeehouse culture is ingrained in Budapest history; this coffeehouse is one of the historic places where writers and artists gathered. — Frommer's

Costes

International 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hungary’s first Michelin-starred restaurant and Budapest dining at its most serious. — Rough Guide

To appreciate the full Costes experience—which is quite formal and includes servers wearing white gloves—choose one of the several tasting menus. — Frommer's

A must-see for fans of fine dining and wines (Costes offers more than 300 varieties of Hungarian wines), but make sure to book a table in advance when coming for dinner. — On the Grid

Lined with an array of trendy bars, Pest's Ráday utca is a destination for upscale pub crawls. — Concierge

The first Hungarian restaurant to gain a Michelin star, Costes is the carefully orchestrated high-end dining experience you might expect. — Lonely Planet

Cafe Kor

Cafés 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Popular bistro-style place, serving good salad plates and Hungarian/European-inspired dishes. — DK Eyewitness

The wrought-iron tables, vaulted ceilings, and crisp white tablecloths give this chic bistro a decidedly downtown feel. — Fodor's

Just behind the Basilica of St Stephen, the ‘Circle Café’ is a long-standing favourite for lunch or dinner but a great place for a light meal at any time. — Lonely Planet

The menu favors fare lighter than is typical in Central Europe: the carpaccio, steamed leg of veal, and grilled ewe-cheese salad receive consistently high marks from the natives. — Travel + Leisure

Kör is one of the perennial best in town. — Concierge

Baraka

Asian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Seductive, stylish restaurant with slick, professional service. — Michelin Guide

Long a major presence on V Magyar utca near Astoria in Belváros, Baraka upped the stakes and now calls the black-and-silver ground-floor restaurant of the incomparable Andrássy Hotel home. — Lonely Planet

The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable about all kinds of Hungarian wines—a region where most of us need guidance. — Concierge

Asian-influenced dishes dominate the menu, but there are also creative regional selections that are heavy on seasonal ingredients. — Travel + Leisure

The new digs for this celebrated Budapest restaurant couldn't be more inviting. — Fodor's

Menza

International 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Menu choices are varied, so all diners will be accommodated, plus there is a changing weekly menu. — Frommer's

Serves excellent simple cooking at moderate prices. — Concierge

Of the many fashionable bars and restaurants on this leafy square, the retro-style Menza is probably the most stylish. — Insight Guides

Few places on this lively square merit too much consideration – at least where food is concerned – but Menza is one of them. — Rough Guide

Somebody's clever vision of a 1970s-style communist-era cafeteria right in the heart of trendy Liszt Ferenc tér is a big hit. — Fodor's

Csalogany 26 Etterem

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Perennially on the Michelin radar, Csalogány 26 is one of the few truly great restaurants on the Buda side, and it's an ideal place to dine after or before taking in the Castle District. — Fodor's

Judged by Hungary’s most respected food guide to be the best restaurant in town, this intimate restaurant with the unimaginative name and decor turns its imagination to its superb food. — Lonely Planet

Popular and trendy restaurant/café with a modern, bright and breezy Mediterranean interior. — DK Eyewitness

The menu has a mix of modern Hungarian dishes that use mostly local ingredients (like pike perch from Lake Balaton and suckling pig) and French bistro classics, with the occasional seafood dish. — Frommer's

Simple neighbourhood restaurant with a homely, bistro style. — Michelin Guide

Olimpia

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you have a sense of adventure and you are not in a rush, Olimpia is a fine choice — Frommer's

Traditional Hungarian with a twist is on offer at this brilliant newcomer that offers a table d’hôte set-lunch menu of one to three courses and a dinner menu of up to seven. — Lonely Planet

The dishes are small but the combinations are fascinating and delicious, while wines are spectacular, though not cheap. — Rough Guide

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Vendeglo a KisBirohoz

International 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A family-orientated restaurant with many regular diners and a rustic, bistro feel. — Michelin Guide

Located within the Grand Corinthia Hotel, Bock takes its name from one of Hungary’s top vintners, József Bock, and its stock includes many labels that you won’t find elsewhere in the city. — Rough Guide

The menu includes burgers and other international standards, but the real winners here are traditional preparations of locally sourced meats. — Concierge

The best way to start a meal here is with a few orders of Hungarian-style tapas, or a platter of mixed local charcuterie. The menu changes frequently, and always holds surprising flavor combinations. — Frommer's

There's no stopping this almost luxurious place in the Buda Hills catering to the well-heeled denizens of district XII. — Lonely Planet

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Klassz

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Klassz is mostly about wine – Hungarian to be precise – and here you can order by the 10cL measure from an ever-changing list of up to four-dozen wines to sip and compare. — Lonely Planet

Klassz means “super”, which describes this strikingly decorated restaurant-cum-wine bar to a tee — Rough Guide

Klassz is owned by Bortársaság, Budapest's leading wine retailer, and as you'd expect, wine is an important part of the experience here. — Frommer's

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Firkasz

International 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The name means scribbler in English; referring to journalists who scribble their notes. Looking around, it is noticeable that the decor matches the name. — Frommer's

Lovely old mementoes on the walls, great homestyle dishes such as roast goose leg in red wine and Karpati-style pikeperch, a good wine list and nightly piano music. — Lonely Planet

The name means “scribbler”, and this restaurant has a literary, quiet atmosphere, ideal for a sedate dinner after a long day sightseeing. — DK Eyewitness

Firkász serves decent traditional Hungarian dishes along the lines of crispy roast pork and goose leg with cabbage. — Rough Guide

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M. Restaurant

French 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Easily missed, this small boho-style French-Hungarian bistro is just the spot for a low-key evening dalliance. — Rough Guide

This French-influenced bistro, located not far from the Academy of Music, is purposely nondescript. — Travel + Leisure

Having started life a few years back looking a lot more menza (drab school canteen) than it does now, M has evolved into a stylish place with an ever-changing menu of Hungarian dishes with a French twist. — Lonely Planet

This place has a warm, creative atmosphere to simulate being in someone's home. You can check the website for the week's menu. — Frommer's

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Bagolyvar

International 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bagolyvár is a budget alternative to Gundel as it has the same owners, but the prices are much more reasonable. — Frommer's

Sister to the Gundel, the “Owl’s Castle” offers traditional Hungarian family-style cooking at far lower prices. — Rough Guide

The “Owl Castle”, as the name translates, is an enchanting restaurant found next to the City Park. — DK Eyewitness

With reworked Hungarian classics that make it a winner, the ‘Owl’s Castle’ attracts the Budapest cognoscenti, who leave its sister restaurant, Gundel, next door, to the expense-account brigade. — Lonely Planet

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Hemingway

French 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The menu includes several kinds of seafood cooked on Mediterranean lava stone. Fans of heroic consumption will also appreciate a cocktail menu with 100-some drinks. — Fodor's

The interior of the venue always makes us feel like we have joined Hemingway in one of his favorite Spanish getaways. — Frommer's

This very stylish Italian-Hungarian hybrid, in a fabulous location in small park overlooking Feneketlen-tó (Bottomless Lake) in south Buda, has a varied and ever-changing menu. — Lonely Planet

Papa Hemingway sure knew how to live large. He would have appreciated the spread-out, island-resort feel of this restaurant, set on a small lake. — DK Eyewitness

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Momotaro Ramen

Chinese 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the best of the numerous ramen dishes on the Taipei-style menu is house noodles with cabbage, pork, and pickled eggs; pork sticky buns are fluffy and tender. — Concierge

Metélt means noodle, but the waiter told me that the name is based on a Japanese legend about a peach boy. — Frommer's

This is a favourite pit stop for noodles – especially the soup variety – and dumplings when pálinka and other lubricants have been a-flowing the night before. — Lonely Planet

There’s nothing obviously eye-catching about this Chinese restaurant, but it’s one of the few ethnic eateries in the city that really holds its own. — Rough Guide

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Koleves

International 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With wooden floors and chairs, the tree theme ends with a Köleves specialty: stone soup. — Let's Go

If you remember the story of Stone Soup, the playfulness of this establishment will charm you with light fixtures made of inverted glasses and cheese graters. — Frommer's

Brightly striped walls, upturned umbrellas and kooky lighting lend this easy-going place on the corner of Kazinczy utca a certain art-house vibe. — Rough Guide

Always buzzy and lots of fun, the ‘Stone Soup’ attracts a young crowd with its delicious matzo ball soup. — Lonely Planet

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Onyx Restaurant

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Onyx, on Pest's pulsing Vörösmarty Square, is one of the rare Michelin-starred restaurants in all of post-Communist eastern Europe and also one of the few to be run by a woman. — Concierge

This Michelin-starred eatery adjacent to Gerbeaud has taken it upon its own lofty shoulders to modernise Hungarian cuisine. — Lonely Planet

Onyx distinguishes itself by being one of only two Budapest restaurants to earn a Michelin star, yet at the same time it remains somewhat affordable by offering an inexpensive prix-fixe lunch menu. — Fodor's

Onyx has created its signature Hungarian Evolution Menu—a great introduction to the contemporary side of the country's kitchen. The menu includes six courses and is based on local ingredients. — Frommer's

Stylish, intimate restaurant featuring a black tiled floor and a silver ceiling, with chandeliers, orchids and onyx adornments. — Michelin Guide

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Borbirosag

International 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Borbíróság restaurant offers an impressive wine list of nearly 100 items by local wineries. — On the Grid

This popular wine restaurant adjacent to the Central Market Hall is known for traditional Hungarian fare and a super-sized cellar. — Travel + Leisure

The marvellous “Wine Court” offers one of the most affordable and enjoyable introductions to modern Hungarian cuisine anywhere in the city. — Rough Guide

Some people like the idea of the ‘Wine Court’ where more than 60 Hungarian wines are available by the glass, and the food, especially game, is taken pretty seriously. — Lonely Planet

If you want to sample the very best of Hungarian produce, then this wine bar situated behind the Central Market Hall (Nagycsarnok) should be your first stop. — Insight Guides

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Rosenstein

International 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Situated near Keleti railway station, in an area not known for fine dining, is Rosenstein Restaurant. — DK Eyewitness

This is an odd fish: a classy Hungarian place (with Jewish tastes and aromas) and super service in the dark and rather mean streets of district VIII just south of Keleti train station. — Lonely Planet

Ignore the dingy location, in an anonymous side street near Keleti Station, and savour one of the city’s finest dining experiences. — Rough Guide

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