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Borkonyha WineKitchen

International 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

Costes

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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

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

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

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

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

Central Kavehaz

Cafés 85 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

Don’t let the marble tables, chandeliers, and a professionally decked-out staff fool you—while this coffee/bar/restaurant/sweetshop might appear to be out of Beauty and the Beast, you are... — Let's Go

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

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

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

Gundel Etterem

International 84 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

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

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

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

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

Cafe Kor

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

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

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 wrought-iron tables, vaulted ceilings, and crisp white tablecloths give this chic bistro a decidedly downtown feel. In the heart of the busy Fifth District, Café Kör is ideal for... — Fodor's

Kör is one of the perennial best in town. — concierge.com

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

Baraka

Asian 81 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.com

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

International 81 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Onyx Restaurant

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

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... — Fodor's

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.com

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

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Olimpia

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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

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

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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Vendeglo a KisBirohoz

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

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

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

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

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Klassz

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

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 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 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

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Firkasz

International 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

Set up by former journalists, this retro-style restaurant called ‘Hack’, with lovely old mementos on the walls, great homestyle cooking and a good wine list, has been one of our favourite Hungarian eateries for years. — Lonely Planet

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M. Restaurant

French 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Bagolyvar

International 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Hemingway

French 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Momotaro Ramen

Chinese 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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.com

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

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Borbirosag

International 76 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

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

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

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Rosenstein

International 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Trattoria Pomo D'Oro

Italian 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An established fixture on the Budapest dining scene, this refined, split- level trattoria also rates highly among the city’s Italian community. — Rough Guide

All palates lead to the power of the tomato in this restaurant. — Frommer's

Real Italian pizzas made to order in a brick oven attract a hungry business crowd during the week. — Fodor's

This Italian delicatessen/caterer has a little dining area on the 1st floor where you can choose from a small selection of dishes. — Lonely Planet

Far too big to be a genuine Italian restaurant, this place is recommended nonetheless for its superb atmosphere. — DK Eyewitness

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