Top ChoiceHungarian in Parliament & Around

Borkonyha

Chef Ákos Sárközi's approach to Hungarian cuisine at this Michelin-starred restaurant is contemporary, and the menu changes every week or two. Go for the signature foie gras appetiser with apple and celeriac and...

Top ChoiceHungarian in Parliament & Around

Kispiac

This small retro-style restaurant – an absolute favourite – serves seriously Hungarian things like stuffed csülök (pig's trotter – and way better than it sounds, 2950Ft), roast malac (piglet, 3250Ft) and the...

Top ChoiceHungarian in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

ESCA Studio

One of the best new modern Hungarian bistros, this place offers both excellent cooking and superb value. With internationally trained chef/owner Gábor Fehér at the helm, expect such 'oddities that work' as tomato...

Top ChoiceHungarian in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Barack & Szilva

This is the kind of perfectly formed restaurant that every neighbourhood wishes it could claim. Run by a friendly husband-and-wife team, the 'Peach & Plum' serves high-quality and exceptionally well-prepared...

Top ChoiceAsian in Belváros

Impostor

Now in a new, more central location, elegant Impostor serves hybrid dishes that echo the owners’ passion for Asia and Latin America. Though there are more elaborate main courses on offer, it's well worth trying...

Top ChoiceHungarian in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Gettó Gulyás

This new spot is just about the best place to try pörkölt – what we call goulash (it's paprikás when you add sour cream) – with everything from chicken, venison and catfish to gizzards and roosters' testicles...

Top ChoicePub Food in Southern Pest

Krak'n Town Steampunk Saloon

Krak'n Town Steampunk Saloon

Like something out of a Jules Verne novel, Krak’n Town Steampunk Saloon certainly lives up to its name, with giant hot-air balloons, brass accents and a toilet that could belong on the Nautilus. This pub serves a...

Top ChoiceInternational in Castle District

Csalogány 26

The decor is spartan at this intimate restaurant, which turns out creative and superb food. Try the roasted lamb with butter squash lecsó (a kind of ratatouille, 5000Ft) or other meat-heavy dishes that make the...

Top ChoiceInternational in Castle District

Pierrot

Pierrot

This stylish, long-established restaurant, housed in what was a bakery in the Middle Ages, specialises in dishes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, revamped for the 21st century. Expect the likes of pike-perch and...

Top ChoiceInternational in Parliament & Around

Mák Bisztró

The award-winning 'Poppy' offers inventive international dishes that lean in the direction of Hungary from a chalkboard menu that changes daily. Casual surrounds and seamless and very friendly service, with good...

Top ChoiceCuban in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

La Bodeguita del Medio

Anchor tenant of the Fészek Club, meeting place of artists and intellectuals since 1901, La Bodeguita del Medio is a Cuban restaurant with such favourites as banana and yucca chips, mantanzas (a dish of grilled...

Top ChoiceMezze in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Dobrumba

This affable new restaurant in the heart of Party Town is a veritable geography lesson and a smorgasbord of tastes – from the Middle East and the Mediterranean to the Caucasus. But we look at it as a place for...

Top ChoiceFusion in Belváros

Baraka

If you only eat in one fine-dining establishment while in Budapest, make it Baraka. You're ushered into the monochrome dining room, where chef André Bicalho works his magic in the half-open kitchen. Seafood...

Top ChoiceHungarian in Southern Pest

Múzeum

This very suave restaurant is the place to come if you like to dine in old-world style with a piano softly tinkling in the background. It’s still going strong after almost 135 years at the same location. The...

Top ChoiceMediterranean in Margaret Island & Northern Pest

Babka

Babka has fast become the go-to dining option in Újlipótváros for its excellent dishes, friendly service and hip crowd. It calls itself 'Mediterranean', but the large choice of mezze-style dishes and the...

Top ChoiceHungarian in Parliament & Around

Pesti Disznó Bisztró

Pesti Disznó Bisztró

Punters would be forgiven for thinking that the 'Pest Pig' was all about pork. In fact, of the 10 or so main courses more than half are beef, poultry, fish or vegetarian. It's a wonderful space, loft-like almost,...

Top ChoiceHungarian in Southern Pest

Rosenstein

A top-notch and cosy Hungarian restaurant in an unlikely location, with Jewish tastes and super service. Family-run – the owner is also the chef – it has been here for years, so expect everyone to know each...

Top ChoiceJewish in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Kőleves

Always buzzy and lots of fun, the 'Stone Soup' attracts a young crowd with its Jewish-inspired (but not kosher) menu, lively decor, great service and reasonable prices. Good vegetarian choices. Breakfast (760Ft...

Top ChoiceInternational in Castle District

Leo Budapest

There are rooftop bar-restaurants and then there's His Highness Leo, who will put you in the lap of the gods in the warmer months on the 8th floor of the Hotel Clark, with the Royal Palace above and the Danube...

Top ChoiceInternational in Gellért Hill & Tabán

Rudas Bistro

We love, love, love this place with its turquoise interior and stunning views of the Danube and bridges. It sits above the Rudas Baths Wellness Centre (ask about inclusive packages) so it's just the ticket after...