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Budapest Restaurants

I've been to many restaurants, but edited the list below down to the top places - the places I would visit regularly if they were in my home town. Many are too new to show up in the latest travel guide books.

Notes on Caviar

Fortuna sorozo (Castle Area)
Fortuna utca 4 (across from the Budapest Hilton)
Very good fish dishes, salads, and traditional Hungarian food done with a slightly lighter hand than most restaurants. The real stand out was the crepe with nut filling and chocolate sauce for dessert.  A great place for lunch or dinner when visiting the Castle area.

Nancsi Neni (North Buda)
O'rdoga'rok-UT80 Tel: 1/397-2742
A bit out out of the center of town, but delicious food will make your visit memorable. Garden setting is beautiful in the summer.

Goa Cafe (Opera House area)
BP., Vl ker. Andrassy utca 8 1/302-2570
When you're ready for a break from the creamy and rich Hungarian fare, this is the perfect stop. Lighter, modernized versions of Hungarian classics sit side by side with Indian inspired dishes in this light filled fashionable spot. Your meal is accompanies by bread spiced with cumin and coriander. The Lamb marinated in yogurt and spices melts in your mouth.  Duck breast with caramelized onion and baked apple is also memorable. There are a few Italian items on the menu - skip them, they are not this restaurant's strong point

Gerbeaud (Pest - Vaci Utca area)
This beautifully restored pastry shop on a square at the end of Vaci Utca (the shopping street) is a great place to stop for some hot chocolate or coffee in winter or fresh juice in summer.  The pastries are beautiful (and delicious too).  Most of all, however, this shop makes the past come alive - you can imagine upper class Hungarian life as it must have been before the wars with people coming in for a special treat on a hot summer day. 

Gundel (City Park)
A'llatekerti-V2 Tel 1/321-3550
The Grand Dame of Budapest restaurants with a beautiful room and classic Hungarian dishes.  This is the place to splurge on a little caviar (much cheaper than at home) The potato soup was memorable as was the chicken paprikash crepe and  pheasant stuffed with goose liver. Try the excellent Sunday brunch.  The house wines and brandies were worth missing in favor of other Hungarian producers.  A jacket is required, but if you are traveling without, you can borrow one at the coat check.  If Gundel is too expensive or dressy, you might be interested in trying the nearby sister restaurants Bagolyvŕr or Borvendéglö.

Szalai (Parlament Building Area)
3210 V Balassi Balint utca 7 1/269-3210
The best strudel I've ever had - Cherry, Apple and Poppy seed were all incredible. The light, flakey crust was in perfect proportion to the rich, juicy filling. The poppy seed filling was obviously fresh - not the overly sweet mushy poppy seed filling we generally get at home. Another good sign? There's a steady stream of locals coming in to pick up whole strudels and cakes.  Stop in for a snack before or after your tour of the parliament house.

Baraka (Pest - Convenient to Pest Hotels)
V Magyar utca 12-14 1/483-1355
Hungarian fusion cuisine. You'll find many of the typical ingredients of Hungarian food presented in a totally new (and not very Hungarian) way. Goose liver with quince was tender and delicious.  Steak with onion marmalade was also fabulous. Desserts were unmemorable.

Questions and Answers

Hello, how can i add a nice restaurant to this site? Thanks.Kris

Les Comediants

I am looking for restaurant located in Vaci Utca area of Budapest- possibly labelled as "Varoskp. Etterem"

Do not go there under any circumstances. You access it via an elevatori n the street. When you are in the restaurant it has no windows. They will rip you off. I was conned into paying 150000 Forints for 2 badly cooked meals and 6 drinks. Thats about £400 or 600 euros or 800 USD!!!
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