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Borkonyha WineKitchen

International 90 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

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

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

Gundel Etterem

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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

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

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

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

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

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

The Central holds a special place in locals’ hearts. It was one of the great literary cafés at the start of the 20th century, when Budapest was a city of 500 cafés. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

Costes

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

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

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

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

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

Cafe Kor

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

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

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

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

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

Baraka

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

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

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

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

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Serves excellent simple cooking at moderate prices. — Concierge

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

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

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

Csalogany 26 Etterem

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

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

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

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

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

Vendeglo a KisBirohoz

International 83 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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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Klassz

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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

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

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Firkasz

International 81 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

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

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

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M. Restaurant

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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

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

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

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Bagolyvar

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

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

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

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Hemingway

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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

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

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

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Momotaro Ramen

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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

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

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Koleves

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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Borbirosag

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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