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.
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 ($$)
1 MACESZ HUSZÁR
Dob street 26.
+36 1 787 6164
+36 30 499 5585
Sunday - Wednesday: 12.00 -
23.00 (kitchen close: 22.30)
Thursday - Saturday: 12.00 -
24.00 (kitchen close: 23.30)
HIGH END HUNGARIAN FOOD AND IMPORTED AMERICAN STEAKS IN A GREAT OLD WORLD ATMOSPHERE. 100 years old. Sort of place you could imagine the Communist Party Bosses meeting. Usually a violin or guitar playing ($$$$)
3 HAXEN KIRALY
GYPSY MUSIC & OUTRAGEOUSLY GOOD FOOD AND SERVICE (good enough to attract locals for special occasions) ($$$$)
4 RÉZKAKAS BISTRO
Sas utca 3
+36 1 318-0038
+36 1 267-0349
Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. daily
IF CHILI’S OPENED A HUNGARIAN RESTAURANT THIS WOULD BE IT (usually a piano player) ($$)
5 VAKVARJÚ ÉTTEREM
Paulay Ede utca 7
+ 36 1 268 08 88
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
Kiraly Utca 60
+36 70 639 7917
OLD WORLD HUNGARIAN ('rustic" and very good) ($$)
7 PAPRIKA ÉTTEREM
Dózsa György út 72
Open: 12.00 - 23.00
Kitchen closes at 10:30 pm.
THE NEW IN-PLACE IN TOWN (haven't got a clue. gets good reviews from people I trust. Maybe I will get there in September) ($$)
8 HUNGARIKUM BISTRO
Steindl Imre u. 13.
+36 30 661 6244
11.30-15:00 (kitchen 14.30)
18:00–23:00 (kitchen 22:00)
ALWAYS GOOD WELL PRICED HUNGARIAN FOOD (stuffed cabbage is excellent) ($$)
9 BELVÁROSI LUGAS
Bajcsy Zsilinszky u. 15/a
+36 1 302 5393
MY FAVORITE WINE BAR HAS GREAT FOOD (a perfect place to eat, sit and drink and watch the people go by ($$)
10 KADARKA BÁR
Király utca 42
+36 1 266 5094
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.
Ilja, You have good taste. RÉZKAKAS is number 4 on my list above. They moved to the new address in 2012.
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.
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.
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.