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By Zahra Al-Kateb | January 25 2018
The Hungarian capital abounds with excellent fine dining spots. Taking influence from the surrounding eastern European countries, as well as the city’s multicultural history (Jews previously made up 23% of Budapest’s population, meaning the city has some of the best Jewish food outside of Israel), visitors can expect to find some of Europe’s most opulent dining opportunities in Budapest. While the country was previously well known for its hearty eastern European stews, nowadays you can expect to find traditional Hungarian cooking given a modern European twist.
It’s not just great food the Hungarians are known for, their wine is also some of the best in Europe. They are particularly known for their Tokaji wine, with the two most famous styles being a mineral filled dry white wine most similar to Sauvignon Blanc, while their dessert wine is sweet and made from grapes that have suffered noble rot. This is what Hungary is most well-known for – a nectar-esque dessert wine world previously favored by Hungarian Kings and King Louis XIV.
To help guide you through which restaurants to visit in Budapest and why, Elite Travler takes a look at 11 of the best restaurants in Budapest to make the most of a visit to the gastronomic city.
The story of Costes Restaurant started back in 2007 when the owners decided to transform the former restaurant that stood here into what you see today – one of the best restaurants in Budapest.
Before reopening Costes, the owners searched Europe high and low for the continent’s best suppliers, while the restaurant staff underwent rigorous training in France. In 2015 Costes took on head chef Eszter Palágyi after she’d played a part in opening Costes Downtown nearby.
In March 2010 Costes Restaurant received a star in the ‘Main Cities of Europe’ Michelin Guide, becoming the first Hungarian restaurant to receive such an honor and only the second in the Central European region. Costes continues to win local and international awards.
Stylish and elegant, Costes Restaurant is all about forgetting the outside world for a couple of hours. With no dress code, Costes offers a relaxed setting for you to enjoy top international cuisine with some delectable Hungarian touches. The service is flawless and friendly, and dishes are prepared with the finest fresh ingredients. Guest satisfaction is the number one priority at Costes and the team prides itself on giving an exceptional experience to everyone who walks through the door.
Cuisine: Hungarian and International
Style / Ambiance: At this Hungarian-owned restaurant the emphasis is on quality domestic ingredients and appropriate Hungarian wine selections.
The chefs here offer a truly gastronomic journey that showcases international flavors and renewed Hungarian cuisine. As a result this restaurant has gained a reputation as one of Budapest’s top choices, with the acknowledgement of the Gault & Millau restaurant guide and a Michelin star.
Cuisine: Hungarian / Mediterranean
Style / Ambiance: This very attractive sidewalk café in the Jewish district is a popular destination for dining as well as for relaxing during the day.
The venue includes both an art gallery and theater, where events take place from September to May, along with a restaurant and coffee house. The food is an unusual and tastebud-tingling hybrid of Hungarian and Mediterranean. There’s live music every night from 7pm and a Klezmer concert every Friday evening.
Style / Ambiance: If you are searching for the perfect place to enjoy truly authentic Hungarian cuisine in an elegant environment then look no further than Corso.
Situated in the InterContinental Hotel, this restaurant takes you on a culinary journey that brings fine Hungarian dishes exquisitely up to date with the latest gastronomic trends. While you enjoy your carefully prepared meal you can feast your eyes on the Royal Castle and Chain Bridge, two of Budapest’s most popular landmarks.
+36 1 327 6392
Apáczai Csere János utca 12-14, 1052 Budapest
Style / Ambiance: Enjoy and explore Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s modern Japanese cuisine where traditional Japanese techniques are fused with South American flavors.
Nobu Budapest is located in the center of the city and offers a private room for parties of up to 16. The restaurant has attracted a host of famous names and faces, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga, Keanu Reeves and Robert de Niro.
+36 1 429 4242
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, Erzsébet tér 7-8, 1051 Budapest
Style / Ambiance: Rezkakas, located in the heart of Budapest, has become one of the most distinctive and elegant restaurants in the Hungarian capital.
The menu is characterized by traditional Hungarian cuisine, prepared from ingredients that appeal to both authentic Hungarian and modern gastronomic tastes. Highly recommended.
Style / Ambiance: The Fisherman’s Bastion restaurant can be found on the Buda side of the river up on the hill in the castle area.
The views are amazing, but the food is the real treat and coupled with first class service the experience is simply flawless. While the interior design, with its restoration in recent years, is considered a masterpiece, it is still worth taking advantage of the delightful roof terrace.
+36 1 201 6935
Halászbástya – Északi Híradástorony, 1014 Budapest
Style / Ambiance: Remiz is an internationally acclaimed restaurant where elite guests return frequently to enjoy the warm hospitality and high quality Hungarian food.
With several dining rooms and a magnificent outdoor terrace, Remiz can provide intimate dinners for two or host private parties for VIP guests. Its delightful menu offers monthly specials, including healthy choices, in six languages. From May to September grilled dishes are cooked outdoors over lava stones, while a lava grill is the main source of cooking in the kitchen too. A great venue for those dining out on business.
Cuisine: Hungarian / Mediterranean
Style / Ambiance: At the foot of Chain Bridge, just in front of the Buda Castle you can find a specially designed, 246-foot boat restaurant on the Danube called Spoon.
With three kitchens and five bars Spoon ensures that visitors do not only enjoy gastronomic pleasures but the particular view from the restaurant as well. The fusion cuisine is exceptional and thanks to its 600 seats offers various possibilities for special events such as weddings, press conferences, private parties and fashion shows. Celebrity clientele have included Lewis Hamilton, Paris Hilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Shakira.
Style / Ambiance: Peppers is a Mediterranean grill that welcomes diners longing for a stylish restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere.
Located in the Marriott Hotel, this restaurant offers guests a beautiful view of the Danube while its open grill kitchen creates spectacular dishes and artfully prepared Hungarian-Mediterranean flavors. Watch as the outstanding chefs prepare unique culinary creations from the finest ingredients, and after dinner why not enjoy a drink at the AQVA Lounge Bar.
Style / Ambiance: This wine-oriented restaurant serves cuisine fusing French-style bistro fare with the Hungarian cuisine of a contemporary family restaurant.
The fortnightly menu is based on fresh and daily purchased ingredients. Many of the 200 wines are offered by the glass, and many are from local producers.
+36 1 266 0835
1051, Sas u. 3, 1051 Hungary