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Ristorante Matteo

Cuisine: Mediterranean and Hungarian specialities

Speciality: Foie gras, tapas specialities, seafood

Price category: 15-40 EUR/person

Music and other services: Terrace, live music (sometimes)

Location: Buda side

Places of interest nearby: Bauhaus experimental street, Bauhaus Church and bus terminus

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11.00-24.00

Credit cards: VISA, AMEX, EC/MC

Public transport: Bus 5, 29 - Pasaréti tér

Booking recommended: Yes


Short description: Interested in Bauhaus? Then Budapest will be one of your favourite destinations. And if it is so, you can"t miss the only Bauhaus Restaurant in Budapest in the heart of Pasarét the centre for Bauhaus architecture in Budapest. Matteo is one of the finest restaurants in... »

Restaurant Kárpátia

Cuisine: Traditional Hungarian Cuisine

Speciality: Traditional dishes, Hungarian flavours (Stuffed cabbage Kolozsvár style...)

Price category: 35-65 EUR/person

Location: Pest side, city of centre

Places of interest nearby: Váci street (pedestrian street), centre of city

Opening Hours: 11.00-23.00

Credit cards: VISA, DINERS, AMEX, EDC, EC/MC

Public transport: M3, Bus 7, 8 - Ferenciek tere


Short description: Situated in the throbbing heart of town, the Kárpátia Restaurant was founded in 1877 and has been famous ever since, for its outstanding dining experience through offering authentic Hungarian cuisine. Its magnificent turn-off-the-Century... »

Café Kör Cafe and Restaurant

Cuisine: Hungarian cuisine

Speciality: fish, the roasted salmon filet with lemon balm sauce and potatoe donuts, hungarian dessert specialities, golden gnocchi, dumplings with peach jam, wines

Price category: 20-40 EUR/person

Location: Pest side, city centre

Places of interest nearby: St Stephan Chatedral, Danube bank

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 10.00-22.00

Credit cards: No credit cards!

Public transport: M3, Bus 15 - Arany János utca


Short description: This charming restaurant, situated next to the Basilica, has a good place among the best restaurants in Budapest in 2005. The imaginative menu of chef Ádám Répási is based on traditional Hungarian cuisine but it is... »

Resturant Páva

Cuisine: Mediterranean and Contemporary Italian menu

Speciality: Fish and seafood, pastas, wine

Price category: 30-60 EUR/person

Location: Pest side, City centre, Danube bank

Places of interest nearby: Danube Bank, Váci u. (pedestrian street), Vörösmarty tér (center of Budapest)

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 18.00-22.30

Credit cards: AMEX, DINERS EC/MC, VISA

Public transport: M1 - Vörösmarty tér, Bus 15, Tram 2 - Vigadó tér (Vörösmarty tér 5 mins. walk)


Short description: The Páva Restaurant is located in the lavish Four Seasons Gresham Hotel and is among the 3 most elegant restaurants of Budapest. From our table, we may enjoy the breathtaking view of the Chain Bridge, the Fishermen's bastion, the Danube... »

Restaurant Nosztalgia

Cuisine: Mo­dern­ized traditional Hungarian dishes and Mediterranian kitchen

Speciality: Potato soup with sausage rings, garlic spinache dish with cream, paprika beef with dill-flavoured noodles, mixed strudel Kalocsa style, fresh salt water fish

Price category: 35-65 EUR/person

Location: Pest side, Deák square, close to centre

Places of interest nearby: Danube bank, Váci street (pedestrian street), St Stephan's Chatedral

Credit cards: VISA, AMEX, EC/MC

Public transport: M1, M2, M3 - Deák tér


Short description: Restaurant Nosztalgia, as the name suggests, harks back to Hungary's glorious past and the décor, along with the menu, serves as a reminder of this little country's once great influence. The restaurant features waiters dressed in traditional costume and... »

Average price restaurants

Abszint Café and Restaurant

Cuisine: French (provancale) cuisine

Speciality: Dishes from Southern France: Medaillons of venison with a Dijon mustard strawberry ragout, served with gnocchi, Chocolate truffles, Hungarian and French wines

Price category: 20-40 EUR/person

Music and other services: Live accordion music (sometimes)

Location: Pest side, Andrássy street

Places of interest nearby: Andrássy út (Opera, restaurants, cafes, shops,) Nagymez? utca (Operetta, theatres, cafes)

Opening Hours: 10.00-24.00

Credit cards: VISA, EC/MC, JCB

Public transport: M1, Bus 4 - Opera or Oktogon, Tram 4-6 - Oktogon

Live music: French accordion music (sometimes)


Short description: Abszint Restaurant got its name after the mystical "emerald-green fairy" drink: the Absinthe which was quite popular among the French artists at the turn of the 19th Century. Having inspired painters such as Van Gogh, Degas, Baudelaire and Toulouse-Lautrec who all... »

Restaurant Kama Sutra

Cuisine: Indian Restaurant

Speciality: Tandoori chicken and indian dishes

Price category: 10-25 EUR/person

Location: Pest side, close to centre

Places of interest nearby: St Stephan Chatedral, centre of city

Opening Hours: 12.00-24.00

Credit cards: EC/MC, VISA

Public transport: M3, Bus 15 - Arany János utca (Arany János utca 2 mins. walk)


Short description: The downtown Indian restaurant in the heart of the business district is for those who are madly in love with India; its culture, cuisine, sounds and scents. The classical Punjabi and other regional Indian dishes are exceptionally delicious, while the... »

Café Centrál

Style: Traditional Coffee House, Restaurant and confectionery

Offers: Coffee and tea specialities, cakes and a selection of Hungarian and International meals

Price category: 3-15 EUR /person

Music and other services: Live piano music (sometimes), Private room on the 1st floor

Location: Pest side, City center

Places of interest nearby: Danube Bank, Váci utca (pedestrian street)

Opening Hours:: Mon-Sun:8:00-24:00

Credit cards: AMEX, VISA, EC/MC, CIRRUS MAESTRO

Public transport: M3, Bus 5,112,8,15,7,173 at Ferenciek tere


Short description: The Centrál Kávézó is Budapest's largest, most historic and most elegant Vienna style coffee-houses. Refurbished and renovated quite recently, it gives the unmistakable impression and feeling of having... »

Restaurant Kisbuda Gyöngye

Cuisine: Traditional Hungarian restaurant

Speciality: Goose liver specialities for gourmets, Beefsteak

Price category: 20-40 EUR/person

Location: Buda side

Places of interest nearby: Kiscelli Museum

Opening Hours: 12.00-24.00

Credit cards: AMEX, VISA, EC/MC, DINERS

Public transport: Bus 60, Tram 17 - Selmeci utca


Short description: If you're looking for a place to impress a loved one, or you're desirous to take your friends and family to a splendid Hungarian restaurant that's full of history and charm, then look no further than the Kisbuda Gyöngye Étterem in Budapest's 3rd... »

Pata Negra (tapas y copas)

Cuisine: Spanish cuisine

Spaciality: Tapas and wine

Price category: 15-25 EUR/person

Location: Pest side, Kálvin tér

Places of interest nearby: Ráday street (restaurants, cafés)

Opening Hours: Mon-Wed: 11.00-24.00, Thu-Fri: 11.00-01.00, Sat: 12.00-01.00, Sun: 12.00-24.00

Credit cards: No credit cards

Public transport: M3, Bus City, Tram 47, 49 - Kálvin tér


Short description: Whether you are looking for something a little different or for a light meal or snack, this authentic tapas bar can provide it. Located in the centre of Budapest right by a metro station and at the bottom of the fashionable semi-pedestrian Ráday... »

Barokko Club and Lounge

Bar theme: Contemporary style restaurant

Offers: International menu, VIP lounge

Price category: 15-30 EUR/person

Music and other services: DJ in the restaurant

Location: Pest side, Liszt Ferenc square

Places of interest nearby: Andrássy út (Opera, restaurants, cafés, shops) Nagymez? utca (Operetta, theatres), Academy of Music

Opening Hours: Sun-Tue: 12.00-02.00

Credit cards: VISA, EC/MC, AMEX

Public transport: M1, Bus 4, Tram 4-6 - Oktogon


Short description: This elegantly and slickly designed bar and restaurant is located on the leafy and extremely popular Liszt Ferenc tér, where you can sit outside and watch people pass under the trees, or sit in the spacious interior which is divided into several distinct areas, some tables... »

Bock Bisztro

Bar theme: Gourmet wine bar

Offers: Hungarian wine, Hungarian and Mediterranian cuisine

Price category: 15-30 EUR/person

Other services: Wine shop

Location: Pest side, Erzsébet körút

Places of interest nearby: Liszt Ferenc tér (restaurants), Music of Academy, 7th District (Jewish quarter)

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:00-23:00

Address: Erzs

Credit cards: VISA, CIRRUS-MAESTRO, EC/MC

Public transport: M2 - Blaha Lujza tér


Short description: Bock Bisztró on Erzsébet körút was voted one of the best restaurants in Hungary last year. And with good food and good wine coupled together with excellent service, it's easy to see why. The bistro shop boasts a selection of more than two hundred... »

L'Enoteca

Category: Wine shop

Offers: Hungarian and Italian wines, cheeses and meats, specialties of Italy and Hungary

Price category: 5-80 EUR/ bottle of wine

Credit cards: VISA, EC/MC

Location: Pest side, Danube bank

Places of interest nearby: Danube bank, centre of city

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 12.00-21.00

Public transport: Tram 25 - Március 15. tér, Tram 47, 49 - Vámház körút (Ferenciek tere 8 mins. walk)


Short description: This wine bar and shop is a gem for any true wine lover, and an excellent place to start your discovery of Hungarian wine, of which they have an excellent selection, ranging in region, grape and cost, with prices to suit any budget. There is also a wide choice of good... »

Karma Café & Restaurant

Cuisine: Traditional Indian dishes, oriental flavours and modern cuisine

Speciality: Tandoori specialities, Steak on a Wooden Plate

Price category: 15-40 EUR/person

Music and other services: Cigar room, teahouse, in the summer live Mediterranean music on the terrace

Location: Pest side, Liszt Ferenc square

Places of interest nearby: Andrássy út (Opera, restaurants, cafes, shops) Nagymez? utca (Operetta, theatres, cafes), Academy of Music

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun:11.00-02.00

Credit cards: VISA, EC/MC

Public transport: M1, Bus 4, Tram 4-6 - Oktogon


Short description: From its prime position at the top of stylish Liszt Ferenc tér in central Pest, Karma Café and Restaurant draws in customers intrigued by the Asian-tinged atmosphere within. In addition to the large but intimate interior where... »

Borsso Bistro Restaurant

Cuisine: Contemporary French and Hungarian

Speciality: Lamb and deer are gorgeous!

Price category: 15-30EUR/person with wine (good selection)

Location: Pest side, downtown, near Kálvin tér

Opening Hours: 12-23h

Public transport: M3 Kálvin tér, 47 or 49 Tram lines


Short description: Borsso Bistro is a quiet little gem in the heatrt of the city, just steps away from Váci utca (pedestrian street). Owner László Vági and executive chef Gábor Ferencz are the keys for the high quality cuisine, which offers a contemporary selection of Hungarian... »

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