Budapest Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Budapest

November 10, 2017 Matilde Konrad

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Things to do in Budapest

1. Arany Kaviar Restaurant

Ostrom utca 19., Budapest 1015, Hungary Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards European, Russian, Eastern European, Central European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$126 - HK$801 +36 1 201 6737
Excellent
80%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 663 reviews

Arany Kaviar Restaurant

The restaurant of Attila Molnár and Szása Nyíri is waiting for their guests for more than 20 years already.Arany Kaviár is considered one of the best fine dining restaurants. They improve Russian cuisine. They prepare traditional dishes with contemporary methods, the way we like them.For five years the restaurant is recommended by the Michelin guide.Accordingly, one of the cornerstones of the menu is the “Traditional Russian cuisine”, the true and worthy representatives of the classic cuisine of the court of the Czars. The dishes are based on traditional Russian recipes, preserving their authentic feel, but are prepared with modern techniques and ingredients. The dishes are not reinvented, but improved.The other pillar of the menu is the wide selection of marine and Freshwater “Fish dishes”, and their diverse compilations. The premium quality and year-round availability of domestic fishes are guaranteed by our close cooperation with fisheries; and our carefully selected seafood is supplied by the fish market of Strasbourg.The third and most important pillar of the menu is the “Caviar Gourmet Menu”, and the Caviar Card, listing the caviars produced and distributed by the restaurant and the dishes prepared with them, thus demonstrating the versatility of the culinary utilization of caviar. The Arany Kaviár Gourmet Selection has represented and conveyed the philosophy and values of the restaurant within and outside its walls. The “Hungarian caviar” successfully debuted on the international market in 2011. On the largest and most prestigious hospitality exhibition, the SIRHA in Lyon, world-renowned chefs sampled Arany Kaviár’s product.

Reviewed By 811michael - United Kingdom

We dined at this magnificent restaurant at the start of our visit to Budapest. We were warmly greeted on our arrival and shown to our lovely table. The interior décor of this restaurant is rather lovely. After dining here, we were impressed by the quality of the food we had. The caviars were absolutely delicious, every mouthful was like a taste of paradise. The food was of a first class, as everything was seasoned beautifully to give amazingly fresh, delicious, natural flavours. The ingredients used tasting so fresh, there was a feeling of Eastern Europe was in our mouths. The tastes and flavours were sensational and natural. My wife enjoyed her fish dish, tasting so fresh and authentic in it's flavours, it felt as though it was a catch of the day, seasoned, cooked and served direct to her plate. The wines accompanying our meals were of a very good quality. The service was great with wonderful waiting staff. All in all it was a perfect start to our visit to Budapest, and we left extremely happy with our dining experience here, which was like a one night in heaven.

2. Baraka

Dorottya utca 6 | Palazzo Dorottya, Budapest 1051, Hungary (Formerly Baraka Restaurant & Lounge) Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards International, European, Fusion, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Dinner HK$487 - HK$1,452 +36 1 200 0817
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 665 reviews

Baraka

Baraka is a fine dining restaurant creating gourmet Euro-Asian dishes located in the beautiful Palazzo Dorottya very close to Vörösmarty Square. Our cocktail bar serves Asian accented cocktails in an informal atmosphere.

Reviewed By Bernhard P - Harrogate, United Kingdom

Perfect restaurant, staff were perfect from the moment we walked through the door. The food was certainly worthy of a Michelin star and u would be surprised if they weren't awarded one. The taster menu was just wonderful, so many courses and each one perfect as was the wine

3. Comme Chez Soi

Aranykez utca 2., Budapest 1052, Hungary Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations Italian, Mediterranean, European, Hungarian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$196 +36 1 318 39 43
Excellent
90%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Comme Chez Soi

Comme Chez Soi is an Traditional Italian restaurant.Goose liver specialities.Serving Italian and Hungarian dishes following family's recipes.

Reviewed By Shefali S

If you see 4500+ rave reviews of a place, you know it’s gonna hit the right spot!! And it did!!! I’ll add that this was by far the best meal we had in Budapest. The food, service, freebies, wine, dessert wine, dessert and chef Roberto himself- everything is 100% outstanding. We were lucky we went for an early dinner at 6pm and got a table, else people book MUCH in advance. Towards the end of our meal, we saw most people being turned down at the door. Coming to the food- we had the pasta trio which was delicious. All the 3 types of pasta were excellent. We were also given bread and a tomato mozzarella and ham antipasti (complimentary) to go with our glasses of red wine. For dessert, we ordered tiramisu, which was HUGE And SO DELICIOUS, knowing little that they serve a lemon sorbet and chocolate alongside Hungarian sweet wine - also complimentary!! Wow!! But we thoroughly enjoyed our tiramisu nevertheless. Pls note that they charge 1100 forint as service charge, but you get more than your money’s worth. The service was awesome and so was the cozy ambience. The restaurant is a little small and tight but you’ll manage fine. I don’t know how much more to recommend this place. It’s probably one of the more memorable meals I’ve ever had while travelling. Pls pls pls go here. You’ll definitely be happy :)

4. Hungarikum Bisztro

Steindl Imre u. 13., Budapest 1051, Hungary Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Hungarian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$141 - HK$196 +36 30 661 6244
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Hungarikum Bisztro

Traditional Hungarian Restaurant serving old fashioned Hungarian dishes following family's recipes.Open every day:11:30AM-3:00PM (LAST RESERVATION AT 2:00 PM!)6:00PM-11:00PM (LAST RESERVATION AT 10:00 PM!) Between 3:00PM-6:00PM is CLOSED! RESERVATION IS REQUIRED!

Reviewed By iac777 - Tarzana

I visited this restaurant for a lunch on a weekday. I had not reserved a table ahead of time, but they accommodated me and I was promptly seated.
The menu is traditionally Hungarian. I ordered the Goulash.
Portion was the right size, hot, hearty and very tasty. Glass of cold beer has complemented it splendidly.
My lunch meal was very satisfying and very reasonably priced. I’ll be returning soon.

5. Bors GasztroBar

Kazinczy utca 10., Budapest 1075, Hungary Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Street Parking, Wine and Beer Fast Food, International, European, Street Food, Soups, Hungarian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$16 - HK$39 +36 70 701 3656
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 2 reviews

Bors GasztroBar

We are a little STREET FOOD place and we offer good quality, international street food for low price.<br>Soups, grilled baguettes, salads, pasta dishes, homemade drinks and desserts :)

Reviewed By Shefali S

The food is simple and inexpensive but the queues are just so long here. At any time of the day. No place to sit either. This place is Mostly for a younger crowd looking for an inexpensive bite.

6. KonyvBar & Restaurant

Dob utca 45, Budapest 1074, Hungary Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi International, European, Central European, Hungarian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$141 +36 20 922 7027
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

KonyvBar & Restaurant

Books and unquenchable affection for gastronomy called up this restaurant, where we can live for both of our passion. We offer a weekly changing books inspired cuisine traditional menu and excellent drinks in addition to taste. Have you ever felt while Reading a good script the food flavor in your mouth? Have you ever wanted to try pumpkin juice of Harry Potter and the butterbeer? Want to know what flavor has the Fifty Shades of Grey? Have you ever imagined what could eat Pooh and Piglet, and you are wondering what kind of food could be Tuskevar, or Animal Farm or Gullivers Travells? Visit us and we&apos;ll show you how we are inspired by the books! If you do not want to miss your favorite book, come every week!

Reviewed By Advisor99374 - Leeds, United Kingdom

We came here on our first night and were not disappointed. The atmosphere, food and staff were absolutely fantastic. We loved the book-themed menu/feel of the place (didn't click that 'Konyv' was book in Hungarian until the waiter explained!). The food was traditional whilst also refined and not at all heavy. We enjoyed three courses each and whilst this was our priciest meal in Budapest, it was more than worth the money. I would definitely recommend this - it should be number 1 on Trip Advisor

7. Eat & Meet

Danubius U. 14, Budapest 1138, Hungary Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Seating European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$337 - HK$337 +36 30 517 5180
Excellent
88%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 419 reviews

Eat & Meet

Have you ever tried a real &apos;goulash&apos;? Do you know if &apos;palinka&apos; is drunk as an aperitif or a digestive? To find out the answer to these questions, and to discover many other interesting things that no guide book will tell you, come and join one of the dinners. Traditional Hungarian cuisine with homey flavours based on family recipes! A gastro-adventure, giving you a taste of real, not touristic! Local cuisine and culture and an insight to a Hungarian family&apos;s life!

Reviewed By mjacobsbros - Hampshire, UK

Visited Suzie on our first evening in Budapest, and although we were a little later than booked, Suzie and the other guests gave us all a warm welcome (there were 5 of us). We were given a home made Hungarian pear spirit liqueur as an appetiser which was actually very good then on to the marvellous 3 course meal (soup, chicken and a lovely light dessert cake) with a different wine to compliment each course. Cannot fault the choice of food or cooking and the portions were very generous!
Suzie was a lovely host and we all thoroughly enjoyed our evening with her and would not hesitate to recommend Eat & Meet to anybody else thinking of taking a trip to Budapest.

8. Local Korner

Szondi utca 19/A, Budapest 1067, Hungary Takeout, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Pizza, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$94 +36 1 708 4800
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 829 reviews

Local Korner

Reviewed By Chloe L

What a brilliant place Quirky feel- enjoyed signing the walls The man who worked there was super lovely and friendly (something we haven't seen that often in budapest) And the pizza was delicious A pizza and 2 drinks for £6!!!!!!

9. Lucky 7 Burgers & More

Piarista utca 1., Budapest 1052, Hungary Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Fast Food, Street Food, American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$31 - HK$86 +36 70 416 9377
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Lucky 7 Burgers & More

Lucky 7 Burgers is a small but cozy burger joint in the heart of Budapest! Come and enjoy our gourmet burgers, fresh salads, Hungarian specialities, and sweets! Enjoy your stay in Budapest! L7B

Reviewed By Julie B

Visited by chance after getting off
The boat trip from dock 10.
I had chicken burger yummy my son had
The lucky seven burger which he said was delicious. We both had a strawberry milkshake which felt very naughty calories wise but absolutely to die for. Other people around us had ordered pasta which also looked delicious big portions of pasta we would highly recommended A*

10. Buddies Burger

Corvin koez 2. | Kálvin Square, Budapest 1053, Hungary Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$39
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 148 reviews

Buddies Burger

Reviewed By Bret S

Very tasty burgers in the centre of Budapest. They make it fresh and you can order well done /medium / rare plus whatever else you prefer.

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