Restaurants in Budapest
The food in Hungary is a melting pot and has roots stemming to Italian, Jewish, Armenian, Serbian, and a few other cultures. Turkish food is prevalent, too, and many dishes feature pilaf, eggplant, and stuffed peppers and cabbage. Of course, you can’t leave Hungary without first having a bowl of goulash—a seasoned stew of meat and vegetables. Hungary also has some prominent wine regions, so make sure to get a taste of the country’s spirits, too. One of their most famous is a dessert wine called Tokaji.
Restaurants in Budapest offer excellent eastern European cuisine. It’s one of Europe’s premier locations for fine dining, offering fare that ranges from local and Eastern-infused dishes to classic French cooking in elegant surroundings. If you’re looking for a top-notch Budapest restaurant, then make a reservation at the Costes Restaurant. Try the contemporary tasting menu paired with a glass (or two) of their fine wine. The head chef is Francois Rodolphe, who’s earned two Michelin stars.
For a taste of traditional Hungarian cuisine, eat at Onyx, where there’s a focus on local ingredients. Some dishes include goulash soup, suckling pig, and fawn with asparagus and ginger. The restaurant also offers a Hungarian-dominated wine list. At Spinoza Café, you’ll find an attractive, cozy atmosphere that’s open from breakfast until it’s time for late night drinks and desserts. The kitchen serves a fascinating fusion of Hungarian and Mediterranean cuisine.
This popular wine restaurant adjacent to the Central Market Hall is known for traditional Hungarian fare and a super-sized cellar. Spanning across three floors, Borbíróság evokes an industrial feel with its brick-and-wood décor.
This French-influenced bistro, located not far from the Academy of Music, is purposely nondescript. With just a table or two visible on its charming main floor — more seating lies upstairs — M Restaurant is unassuming to the extreme.
Initially a tiny bar, this stylish bistro that's popular with locals now occupies an expansive space in Budapest's hopping 5th District. Attracting students, ex-pats, and upscale natives, Cafe Kor feels pleasantly Mediterranean in its orange hues and bentwood furnishings.
Ground zero for Budapest's in-crowd, this hip eatery in the city's vibrant downtown melds sophisticated cuisine with a hopping bar scene. Recently reimagined as an Italian restaurant, Tom-George has an open fireplace, and a killer city view.
A unique take on fine dining, this glamorous eatery in Hotel Andrássy was opened by Hungarian chef Viktor Segal and his Israeli partner, Baraka and was among the first restaurants to offer Western-style haute cuisine in Budapest.
The Jewish-Hungarian restaurant serves regional soul food (rich goose cassoulet) accompanied by crisp Hungarian whites.