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Where to eat in Budapest

My opinion and the opinions of a lot of others is there there are few places where you can find so much good food. So the list is just the places I like. After more than 15 years of several trips a year to Budapest I have only scratched the surface so this is sort of a limited list. But its a place to start.

I hadn’t updated my list in a few years. So here is the new version. In no particular order.

I hadn’t updated my list in a few years. So here is the new version. In no particular order.

EXCELLENT HUNG / JEWISH ($$)
MACESZ HUSZÁR
District VII, Dob street 26.
+36 1 787 6164
www.maceszhuszar.hu

ALL YOU CAN EAT HUNGARIAN ($$$)
TRÓFEA GRILL
District VI, Kiraly utca. 30-32.
+36 1 878 0522
http://kiraly.trofeagrill.eu/

GOOD GYPSY MUSIC / FOOD ($$$)
RÉZKAKAS BISTRO
District V, Sas utca 3
+36 1 318-0038
http://www.rezkakasbistro.hu

HUNGARIAN EQUIVALENT OF CHILI’S – HUNGARIAN COMFORT FOOD ($$)
VAKVARJÚ ÉTTEREM
District VI, Paulay Ede utca 7 (among other locations)
+ 36 1 268 08 88
www.vakvarju.com/

I NEED! A HAMBURGER . ($)
ZING BURGER
District VI, Kiraly Utca 60 (among other lociations)

OLD WORLD HUNGARIAN FOOD AND ATMOSPHERE ($$)
PAPRIKA ÉTTEREM
District VII, Dózsa György út 72
+36-20-294-79-44
http://www.paprikavendeglo.hu/

VERY GOOD AND VERY POPULAR WITH THE TOURISTS ($$)
HUNGARIKUM BISTRO
District V, Steindl Imre u. 13.
+36 30 661 6244
http://hungarikumbisztro.hu

GOOD BASIC HUNGARIAN FOOD IN A NICE LOCATION ($$)
BELVÁROSI LUGAS VENDÉGLŐ
District VI, Bajcsy Zsilinszky u.15
+36 1 302 5393
http://lugas-etterem.com/

MY FAVORITE WINE BAR HAS GREAT FOOD TOO. 150 FEET FROM THE APT ($$)
KADARKA BÁR
District VI, Király utca 42
+36 1 266 5094
http://kadarkawinebar.com/

GOOD BREAKFAST AND CONVERSATION WITH THE OWNERS ($$)
THE LION’S LOCKER
District VI, Vasvári Pál u. 11
+36 20 271 1295
https://www.lockerbudapest.com/

SWORD FIGHTS & BELLY DANCERS & GREAT FOOD ($$)
SIR LANCELOT
District VI, Podmaniczky u. 14
www.sirlancelot.hu
+36 1 302 4456

GOOD CHEAP HUNGARIAN ($)
FRICI PAPA KIFŐZDÉJE
District VI, Király u. 55
http://www.fricipapa.hu
+36 1 351 0197

YOU CAME FOR EXOTIC SO EAT GEROGIAN—EXCELLENT ($$)
HACHAPURI
District VI, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 17 (new location)
http://www.hachapuri.com
+36 30 822 0365

SOME OF THE BEST EATS IN TOWN EVEN IF IT IS SPANISH ($$$$)
EL ASADOR DE PATA NEGRA
District VI, Paulay Ede u. 39 (at the corner of Vasvari Pal u.)
https://patanegra.hu/hu/asador/asztalfoglalas/
+36 1 406 2728

AFTER THE OPERA, OR ANYTIME FOR MUSIC AND GOOD FOOD ($$$)
CALLAS CAFE & RESTAURANT
District VI, Andrássy út 20
http://www.callascafe.hu/
+36 1 354 0954

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Thanks James E.
Could of used this 3 months ago, but such is life.

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8882 posts

I had it posted a few times in the past few years. Sorry. But you will be back

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Nice list! Been to a couple of those and enjoyed em. Sir Lancelot in particular was a surprise - got dragged there against my will the first time thinking it’d be all flash and no substance but actually ended up having lots of fun and enjoying the food!

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Sir L is a blast. Sure cheesy, but cheesy with class. Been back a few times. The list doesn't begin to cover the options. I tried to hit about every taste with something.

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James, Perfect timing for me. We're 30 days out from first visit there. Will print out your list.

Staying a couple nights at the Intercontinental. Did I see you recommend the Corso in another post. We're considering that for the first night if too tired or late getting in.

What's your take on chimney cakes and langos?

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On the Corso I like this one best; https://panoramaterasz.com

chimney cakes and langos

The chimney cakes are a local thing you might want to try. I'm not terribly impre@sed, but you are in Budapest so you should. Vak Varju has the best langos I've had. The can be pretty good to nasty depending on where you buy them. But, again, it's a Hungarian thing, so worth saying you tried them. The Panorama cafe has remarkably good stuffed cabbage, another local staple.

MACESZ HUSZÁR has good Hungarian cooking which is heavy in Jewish influence. And of course Kadarka for Hungarian wine and pate with Tokaji jelly.

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Thanks for this James. I will be back to Budapest some day. Can you give an idea of what the $ ranges are. Are these based on Rick Steves restaurant guidelines or something else?

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Based completely on my wallet tolerance. You can go to the web sites, most have menus with prices. No real since here, but compared to the US, it's all so cheap it isnt too big a deal.

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Thanks so much for this list and all of your info about Budapest. I am planning to be there in late September and will bring this list with me.

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Most of these are in District VI, because that where I stay and it's the area that I enjoy the most. Tell me where you are staying and I might know something near by.

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Thank you for sharing. I hope to get to Budapest next year, so this will be very helpful.

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@James E. I've already checked off 4 places so far! Kadarka first night! 🍷
BOOKMARKED!