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Borkonyha WineKitchen

International 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Borkonyha—the “Wine Kitchen”—is the best place in Budapest for carefully assembled, fresh, and innovative Hungarian/French fusion cuisine. — Fodor's

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

Wine fans will love Budapest for the chance of sampling the many, often nearly unpronounceable, local varietals. And Borkonya (which translates as "Wine Kitchen") is a must-visit in... — Frommer's

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

Costes

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

Now considered to be one of the best restaurants in Budapest, Costes continues to shine with skilfully executed cuisine and an international flair. — DK Eyewitness

This restaurant holds the honor of being the first in Hungary to be awarded a Michelin star (it was in 2010, followed by Onyx in 2011, and Borkonyha in 2014). Costes is on Ráday utca,... — Frommer's

In 2010, Costes was recognized by the biggest acknowledgement for restaurants: a Michelin star. Small wonder it has been a popular hot spot ever since, for locals and tourists alike. A... — On the Grid

Sophisticated restaurant offering immaculately dressed tables, quality glassware and assured, formal service from an experienced team. — Michelin Guide

Central Kavehaz

Cafés 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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. For 19th-century... — Fodor's

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

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

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

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

Gundel Etterem

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Budapest’s most famous restaurant – opened in 1910 – may have lost some of its lustre in the face of the city’s gastronomic revolution, but it remains something of an institution. — Rough Guide

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

Gundel, next to the zoo and directly behind the Museum of Fine Arts, is the city’s fanciest (and most famous) restaurant, with a tradition dating back to 1894. — Lonely Planet

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

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

Cafe Kor

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

It has escaped my imagination why so many travel writers award grandiose praise to this restaurant. — Frommer's

Top-drawer restaurant a few paces down from Borkonyha, with a very relaxed feel, despite a boxy interior that seems overrun at times. — Rough Guide

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

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

Baraka

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

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

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

On the ground floor of the Bauhaus Andrássy Hotel, Baraka offers an exclusive, gourmet dining experience. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

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

Serves excellent simple cooking at moderate prices. — Concierge

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

This stylish Hungarian restaurant on Budapest’s most lively square takes its name from the Hungarian for a drab school canteen – something it is anything but. — Lonely Planet

Csalogany 26 Etterem

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

Notwithstanding the very ordinary location and occasionally muted atmosphere, this is undoubtedly one of Budapest’s finest restaurants. — Rough Guide

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

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

Pest residents love to brag about how their side of the river holds all the good restaurants. True, there are many more dining options on the east side of the Danube. But even ... — Frommer's

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

Onyx Restaurant

International 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

From its opening in 2007, Onyx had high aspirations of becoming one of Budapest's most prestigious high-end restaurants. It succeeded, becoming the city's second restaurant to earn a... — Frommer's

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

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

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Vendeglo a KisBirohoz

International 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

These days many Budapest kitchens are turning out modern versions of Hungarian classic dishes. But when Bock Bisztró opened in 2004, it was one of this method's pioneers. The force... — Frommer's

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Olimpia

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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

If you have a sense of adventure and you are not in a rush, Olimpia is a fine choice. (Otherwise, you'd be wise to go elsewhere.) First, don't let the Greek-style décor worry you.... — Frommer's

Small place by the Garay tér market hall with nothing Greek about it except the decor: the management here have concentrated purely on the food, which they serve up in a quirky,... — Rough Guide

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Klassz

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Klassz means “super”, which describes this strikingly decorated restaurant-cum-wine bar to a tee. The food is of a definite international bent – typical staples include duck breast with... — Rough Guide

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 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

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

Set up by former journalists, retro-style restaurant ‘Hack’ has been one of our favourite Hungarian 'nostalgia' eateries for years, thanks to the lovely old mementoes on the walls, great... — 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

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M. Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Koleves

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

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

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

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Borbirosag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kispiac Bisztro

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

A hole-in-the-wall retro-style restaurant next to the Hold utca market serving seriously Hungarian things. — Lonely Planet

Kispiac Bisztró is a tiny gem of a restaurant (its name means "little market") that specializes in huge portions of fresh roasted meat, which come straight from the nearby District V market hall. — Fodor's

Most Budapest neighborhoods have covered food markets, which are where locals go to do most of their daily shopping. The "Little Market" restaurant is located next to one of these... — Frommer's

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