Thanks for the advice - we are staying at the Kapital Inn, near the House of Terror. We will only be in Budapest for 2 nights (a Saturday and a Sunday), so want to make the most of them.
Interesting location. Right on the M1 which is great; and a nice traditional neighborhood. Based on the location of the hotel a few places come to mind. I picked close to your hotel but with the M1 right there you can eat and head for the river or the park. Or you can be coming from something else, eat and go home if you are tired. Also tried to pick interesting places in interesting locations. Don’t know your taste so these are all very, very good, but sort of span some costs and styles:
Haxen Király Étterem: Higher end traditional Hungarian food in the same location for generations. The sort of place you could imagine Communist Party Bosses having dinner while they plot the …….. You get the idea. One of my favorites in town. Few tourists outstanding food and service. About a 5 minute walk from your hotel.
Király utca No. 100
Paprika Vendéglő: Traditional Hungarian food in a more relaxed atmosphere, but still a great menu. A little further away but worth the effort. Seeing Hero’s square all lit up at night after dinner is also pretty nice. Take the M1 metro to Hero’s Square and then walk about 5 minutes. And remember, the M1 goes nearly to the river so after dinner you just hop on to the last stop, get off and stroll the river front and all of those gorgeous lights.
Dózsa György út 72
Menza: Still one of Budapest’s best mid-priced restaurants for traditional and European menus. About a 10 minute walk down Andrassy ut. Another beautiful street in the evening and again on the M1 if you want to cap the evening at the river front.
Liszt Ferenc tér 2
Klassz: This one on Andrassy ut has pretty amazing food (for which you pay) and wine, wine and more wine. Downside is there are no reservations accepted. Pretty exceptional and a good location for the evening. Always worth the effort to try and get in.
Andrassy ut No. 41
After dinner, or before, or as a stop along the way, you need to go to the coffee house in the Paris Department Store (Alexandra’s Books) at Andrassy ut No. 39.
My experience with language and comfort zone is that in the center its no problem at all. Beyond the center, because of the kindness of the Hungarian people, a lack of good communication can be more fun than hindrance.