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Suggestions for authentic Hungarian food

Staying near the Terror House in Budapest, and wondering what suggestions anyone would have for nearby restaurants with the best Hungarian food. Thanks

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You are a bit far out, but not bad, best of all you are on the M1 Metro Line which will open all of Budapest to you. But because of your location, get a TravelCard.

Here are some of my favorites. They all are mostly Hungarian on the menu except for Zing Burger, Café Vian, Lancelots and Hachaupri. And I could make the list 5 times longer.

EXCELLENT HUNG / JEWISH ($$)
1 MACESZ HUSZÁR
For excellent traditional food, this is pretty hard to beat.
District VII, Dob street 26.
+36 1 787 6164 / +36 30 499 5585
www.maceszhuszar.hu

ALL YOU CAN EAT HUNGARIAN ($$$)
2 TRÓFEA GRILL
It can be a bit crowded on Friday, Saturday; but if you go on a Monday or Tuesday its can be a lot more relaxed. Very good food and a bargain
District VI, Kiraly utca. 30-32.
+36 1 878 0522 / +36 20 999 8797
http://kiraly.trofeagrill.eu/

HUNGARIAN FOOD. ($$$$)
Classy old joint, but you pay for it. Dont show up looking like a tourist. The sort of place you could picture Communist Commissars meeting in. 100 YRS OLD
3 KIRALY 100
District VI, Király utca 100.
+36-1-351-6793 / +36-1-342-8193
http://kiraly100.hu/en/home-2/

GYPSY MUSIC & GOOD FOOD ($$$)
4 RÉZKAKAS BISTRO
If you want to hear gypsy music and feel the character of east meeting west, then this is the best of the few similar places in town. Food and service are pretty excellent.

District V, Sas utca 3
+36 1 318-0038 / +36 1 267-0349
http://www.rezkakasbistro.hu

IF CHILI’S OPENED A HUNGARIAN RESTAURANT THIS WOULD BE IT ($$)
5 VAKVARJÚ ÉTTEREM
Was once my standby for an unplanned meal. Gotten so popular that you need a reservation. There is a new one in District 13 that is actually better atmosphere. Both have piano players but are sort of casual in every regard. Not American trashy, "european casual"
District VI, Paulay Ede utca 7
+ 36 1 268 08 88
www.vakvarju.com/

I NEED! A HAMBURGER ($)
6 ZING BURGER
Several locations now. All good burgers. After a week in Europe i just need one.
District VI, Kiraly Utca 60
+36 70 639 7917

NEW IN-PLACE IN TOWN ($$)
Well, not so new now. Popular with the tourists and with good reason, but i prefer to eat with Hungarians so i keep my distance.
8 HUNGARIKUM BISTRO
District V, Steindl Imre u. 13.
+36 30 661 6244
http://hungarikumbisztro.hu

VERY GOOD HUNGARIAN FOOD FOR THE PRICE ($$)
9 BELVÁROSI LUGAS VENDÉGLŐ
Really, really good food in a great location behind St Stephen's Stuffed cabbage is my favorite and Eva is one of the best waitresses in town.
District VI, Bajcsy Zsilinszky u.15
+36 1 302 5393
http://lugas-etterem.com/

MY FAVORITE WINE BAR HAS GREAT FOOD. ($$)
10 KADARKA BÁR

A required evening stop for everyone.

District VI, Király utca 42
+36 1 266 5094
http://kadarkawinebar.com/

GOOD BREAKFAST ($$)
11 CAFÉ VIAN
Just good solid reasonably priced food in a good location with good service.

District VII, Király u. 13
+36 1 878 1350

SWORD FIGHTS & BELLY
DANCERS ($$)
13 SIR LANCELOT
What can i say. I love it enough to return and return.

District VI, Podmaniczky u. 14
www.sirlancelot.hu
+36 1 302 4456

GOOD CHEAP TYP. HUNGARIAN ($)
14 FRICI PAPA KIFŐZDÉJE
Order at the table, pay at the cashier. About as old world as you can still find in the city center.
District VI, Király u. 55
http://www.fricipapa.hu
+36 1 351 0197

YOU CAME FOR EXOTIC SO EAT
GEROGIAN VERY GOOD ($$)
15 HACHAPURI
I really like the food. Always stop in at least once when in town Bad news is the last time we were there the service sucked; but all previous trips okay.

District VI, Andrássy út 3
http://www.hachapuri.com
+36 1 317 5479

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I fixed a few above. My list was a bit dated. And I want to add another. Its not Hungarian, but its some of the best food I have ever had in Europe:

Asador de Pata Negra
Spanish Food. Follow dinner with some wine at Kadarka just a block away.
Paulay Ede utca. 39
+36 1 406 2728
https://patanegra.hu/hu/asador/home/

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Thanks for this list (with all the needed info). We'll use it this summer.

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What a great list! Thanks for taking the effort to post that. I am going to print to .pdf and take it with me to Budapest this summer.

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Im not a huge traveler. Ive been to parts of maybe a dozen countries in Europe; and none, not Paris or Rome, have as many quality food places per square km as does Budapest.

That list just scratches the surface and is just a few places within reasonable distance of where we stay when we are in town.

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Wow! Great list of recommended restaurants, James E. I'm taking note, too! Thank you!

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VERY GOOD HUNGARIAN FOOD FOR THE PRICE ($$)
9 BELVÁROSI LUGAS VENDÉGLŐ
Really, really good food in a great location behind St Stephen's Stuffed cabbage is my favorite and Eva is one of the best waitresses in town.
District VI, Bajcsy Zsilinszky u.15
+36 1 302 5393
http://lugas-etterem.com/

I can vouch for James' suggestion above. After a visit to St. Stephen's, we wandered over and had an excellent meal at a great price (we thought) with prompt, courteous service. Highly recommended!

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Hungaricum Bistro for quality, old-school Hungarian food. Zeller Bistro for fancy. Trofea Grill for an affordable buffet where you can try everything out to figure out what you like.

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We had many excellent meals during a week in Budapest but our favorites were at Hungarikum Bisztro. We went twice. Welcoming, friendly service and excellent meals reasonably priced. We don’t choose restaurants that require reservations when we travel, but adjusted our game plan in Budapest where it seemed they are practically mandatory. Honestly, we’d have gone another evening as well but couldn’t get a seating. Our hotel phoned in our reservations. If you go, take the little booklet they offer...their recipe for goulash soup is wonderful! Safe travels.

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I always liked Okay Italia

Budapest, Szent István krt. 20, 1137 Hungary
okayitalia.hu