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Dining in Budapest

I will be traveling with a group of 7 to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest in September, and I would appreciate recommendations for restaurants for dinner. I would prefer reasonably-priced restaurants, but we will splurge for one dinner. Also, how late do restaurants stay open, as we may have a late dinner if we're out sightseeing and shopping? Thanks.

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Here is a list that gives a pretty good cross section of style and cost. These are among the places you will find me mid September through the end of the month. Enjoy!!!

HUNGARIAN / JEWISH ($$)
1 MACESZ HUSZÁR

1072 Budapest,

Dob street 26.
+36 1 787 6164
+36 30 499 5585
solet@maceszhuszar.hu
www.maceszhuszar.hu
Sunday - Wednesday: 12.00 -
23.00 (kitchen close: 22.30)
Thursday - Saturday: 12.00 -
24.00 (kitchen close: 23.30)

ALL YOU CAN EAT HUNGARIAN GREAT PRICE FOR WHAT YOU GET ($$$)
2 TRÓFEA GRILL


1061 Budapest,

Kiraly utca. 30-32.
+36 1 878 0522
+36 20 999 8797
trofea.kiraly@gmail.com
http://kiraly.trofeagrill.eu/

HIGH END HUNGARIAN FOOD AND IMPORTED AMERICAN STEAKS IN A GREAT OLD WORLD ATMOSPHERE. 100 years old. Sort of place you could imagine the Communist Party Bosses meeting. Usually a violin or guitar playing ($$$$)
3 HAXEN KIRALY

1068 Budapest,

Király str.100.

+36-1-351-6793
+36-1-342-8193

info@haxen.hu

http://www.haxen.hu

GYPSY MUSIC & OUTRAGEOUSLY GOOD FOOD AND SERVICE (good enough to attract locals for special occasions) ($$$$)
4 RÉZKAKAS BISTRO

1051 Budapest
Sas utca 3
+36 1 318-0038

+36 1 267-0349
info@rezkakasbistro.hu
http://www.rezkakasbistro.hu
Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. daily

IF CHILI’S OPENED A HUNGARIAN RESTAURANT THIS WOULD BE IT (usually a piano player) ($$)
5 VAKVARJÚ ÉTTEREM


1061 Budapest,

Paulay Ede utca 7
+ 36 1 268 08 88
www.vakvarju.com/
Open 11am to 12am

I NEED! A HAMBURGER – SOMETIMES YOU JUST DO (you will need to run across the street to the convenience store and purchase a bottle of ketchup ($)
6 ZING BURGER

1068 Budapest
Kiraly Utca 60

+36 70 639 7917

OLD WORLD HUNGARIAN ('rustic" and very good) ($$)
7 PAPRIKA ÉTTEREM

1071 Budapest,

Dózsa György út 72
+36-20-294-79-44
http://www.paprikavendeglo.hu/
Open: 12.00 - 23.00
Kitchen closes at 10:30 pm.

THE NEW IN-PLACE IN TOWN (haven't got a clue. gets good reviews from people I trust. Maybe I will get there in September) ($$)
8 HUNGARIKUM BISTRO

1051 Budapest,
Steindl Imre u. 13.

+36 30 661 6244
+36-1/79-77-177

http://hungarikumbisztro.hu
11.30-15:00 (kitchen 14.30)
18:00–23:00 (kitchen 22:00)

ALWAYS GOOD WELL PRICED HUNGARIAN FOOD (stuffed cabbage is excellent) ($$)
9 BELVÁROSI LUGAS


1065 Budapest
Bajcsy Zsilinszky u. 15/a
+36 1 302 5393
http://lugas-etterem.com/

MY FAVORITE WINE BAR HAS GREAT FOOD (a perfect place to eat, sit and drink and watch the people go by ($$)
10 KADARKA BÁR

1068 Budapest
Király utca 42
+36 1 266 5094

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Budapest: Rezkakas Restaurant - very good Hungarian food, excellent Tokaj wine, Hungarian folk music cymbalom band.
Address: 1053 Budapest, Veres Palne utca. It has been few years since I was there.

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Ilja, You have good taste. RÉZKAKAS is number 4 on my list above. They moved to the new address in 2012.

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Thanks James for the extensive and detailed list. Thanks Ilja for seconding Rezkakas which means I will definitely be going there. I am so looking forward to dining out in Budapest, and now I have some good places to choose from.

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I was in Budapest two months ago. I loved Paprika (http://www.paprikavendeglo.hu/). Of my two weeks in Europe, I had my best dinner at Paprika.

I hope you will love Budapest. It's already become among my favorite cities in Europe.

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Now Paparika is seconded. If you are into "nicer" dining there are several Michelin star restaurants in town. More than in Prague and equal to Vienna i think.