Restaurants in Budapest

The cuisine in Hungary is known around the world and plays a major role in the Hungarian culture. From roadside eateries to stylish gourmet restaurants, the dining options in Budapest are endless and food from almost all nationalities can be found. It would be sinful not to sample the traditional cuisine, however, even though there are so many exciting foreign foods on offer. Budapest is a city of great views and there are many restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy the scenery while eating.

If you want to try some Hungarian staples indulge in goulash, soups, Hortobágyi palacsinta (stuffed pancakes), trout, dumplings, strudels and the iconic and decadent Dobos Cake, a five-layer sponge cake layered with butter cream and topped with caramel slices. Hungarian cuisine is known for using lots of spices, such as paprika and hot chillies, and is arguably some of the spiciest cuisine in Europe. This does mean that you should be careful about ordering traditional food for children - but there are mild options as well.

The inner city and Central Pest are the main areas for dining out in Budapest, while Central Buda also boasts some great eateries. It is customary to make reservations at restaurants and waiters usually expect a 10-15 percent tip for good service.

$$$$$ | Indian


One of Budapest's finest Indian eateries by far, the trendy Indigo is popular with locals and visitors alike and never fails to please with its mouth-watering curries and fragrant dishes. Stylish, yet modern décor and clean lines create a fresh atmosphere and the great food and service make for a memorable dining experience. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards accepted.

Address: Jokai 13
Telephone: +36 (0)1 428 2187
Email: indigo1@invitel.hu
Website: http://www.indigo-restaurant.hu

$$$$$ | Local

Café Vian

Those looking for a trendy eatery with both indoor and outdoor dining options need look no further than Café Vian. The food is good, the prices are reasonable and many young and hip locals frequent this popular Budapest restaurant. Try the grilled chicken breast 'Vian' style with ratatouille and candied lemon and potato pancake, or the red wine flavoured beef stew with dumplings. Open daily. Reservations accepted.

Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 9
Telephone: +36 (0)1 479 0428
Website: http://www.cafevian.com

$$$$$ | Local

Nancsi Neni Vendegloje

Also known as Aunt Nancsi's Restaurant, this family-run place is situated in the peaceful Buda Hills. It serves hearty Hungarian food at its best and is worth the short taxi ride out of the city centre. Try the Hungarian black truffle cream soup or the 'joy stew'.

Address: Ordogarok ut 80
Telephone: +36 (0)1 398 7127
Website: http://www.nancsineni.hu/eng/index2.html

$$$$$ | Local

Regi Sipos Halaszkert

With a menu that is updated and refreshed on a weekly basis it's difficult to pin down a dish that this place is particularly well known for. Régi Sípos Halászkert is the best restaurant to go to if you want to try authentic Hungarian cuisine in Budapest, and authentic Hungarian fish soup in particular. This restaurant offers a variety of other dishes and a superb wine list.

Address: Lajos utca 46, District 3, Obuda
Telephone: +36 (0)1 250 80 82
Website: http://regisipos.hu

$$$$$ | Italian

Comme Chez Soi

Comme Chez Soi is known as the best place to go for Italian food in Budapest. The menu is full of simple and delicious pizzas, pastas, seafood and meat dishes, and there are a varied selection of antipasti options as well. Its generous helpings and reasonable prices have made it increasingly hard to get a table, so reservations are required. Open Monday to Saturday, 11am to midnight.

Address: Aranykéz u. 2
Telephone: +36 1 318 3943
Website: http://www.commechezsoi.hu

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