Best restaurants in Lake Balaton & Southern Transdanubia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pécs

    Blöff Bisztró

    This (mostly) Balkan bad boy has quickly acquired a solid following in town. It may be to do with its super-central location, but really the main draw is the quality of the simple, satisfying dishes – fried papalina (sprats) with garlic and parsley, carp crackling, csevap (Balkan-style grilled meat) and not-often-seen lepények (pies stuffed with meat or cheese) – and the friendly service.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pécs

    Zsolnay Restaurant

    The star of the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, this stylish restaurant with crisp white linen is a worthy contender for Pécs' top dining spot. Creative dishes? Absolutely. Forest-mushroom-infused beef cheeks and raspberry soup stand out. Service? Professional and attentive; they'll carefully select the best wines to go with your dishes if you ask them to. Flawless.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pécs

    Jókai Bisztró

    Arguably Pécs' best, this charming bistro with stylish decor overlooks Jókai tér – a seat on the terrace in summer is hot property. The menu is short, exceptionally well constructed and seasonal; dishes may include catfish stew with noodles and duck breast with cherry-port sauce. Most of the produce and meat is grown and reared by the restaurant.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tihany

    Régi Idők Udvara Skanzen és Étterem

    Part enchanted garden, part ethnography museum with farming implements all over the place, Tihany's best restaurant is as much a place to linger over a beer brewed on the premises as it is to eat. Though we urge you to eat: the smoked trout, the goose liver with egg barley and the spare ribs are all delicious, and the portions are generous.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Keszthely

    Pura Vida Port

    On a breezy terrace by the marina, this new Mediterranean restaurant serves up mains such as osso bucco and confit leg of lamb but keeps holidaymakers happy with less complicated fare such as pizzas (1700Ft to 3200Ft) and burgers (2990Ft to 3490Ft). The dishes are well executed, and the staff is amiable and prompt.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tihany

    Levendula

    The fame of 'Lavender' is spreading far and wide; there are four branches in Budapest already. Expect such interesting flavours as lavender and dark chocolate, Roquefort, gingerbread, Champagne, rose and many others. Dairy- and gluten-free available.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pécs

    Jókai Cukrászda

    The elaborate sweet creations – cheesecakes, pastries, eclairs – at this new bakery are the best in town, by a long shot. Even the macarons are Magyarised: try the poppy seed and blackcurrant ones.

  • Restaurants in Keszthely

    Bacchus

    Oenophiles and foodies should head straight to this restaurant and wine mecca, which serves simple but lovingly prepared Hungarian fare including local faves like fish from Lake Balaton (the catfish with paprika curd-cheese pasta is wonderful). The subterranean restaurant's chunky furniture is made from old wine barrels and presses, while the vaulted cellar is the place for wine tastings.

  • Restaurants in Keszthely

    Margaréta

    Ask locals where they like to eat and one answer dominates: Margaréta. It's no beauty, but the wraparound porch and hidden backyard terrace heave in the warmer months, and the small interior packs them in the rest of the year. Food sticks to basic but hearty Hungarian staples. Weekday set lunches are a snip at 750Ft to 890Ft.

  • Restaurants in Tihany

    Ferenc Pince

    Not only does the chef cook up a Hungarian storm in the kitchen here, but some of Tihany’s best wine is served by the very people who produce the stuff. The lovely open terrace offers expansive views of the lake. Ferenc Pince is just under 2km south of the Abbey Church. Our only quibble is the lack of consistency, food-wise.

  • Restaurants in Pécs

    Korhely Pub

    This outrageously popular csapszék (tavern) named ‘Drunkard’ has peanuts on each table, half-a-dozen beers on tap, straw on the floor, and a retro-socialist decor that sorta works. Meaty dishes predominate – often with cutesy names. Love the huge terrace on a quiet street off Király utca.

  • Restaurants in Pécs

    Tex-Mex Mexikói Étterem

    We know what you're thinking: 'Tex-Mex is Pécs? Pshaw!'. But this is the real deal: the enchiladas, burritos and fajitas are lovingly prepared using fresh ingredients. We don't know where they get their avocados, but their guacamole is spot on. We particularly like their Papa Chulo chimichangas.

  • Restaurants in Tihany

    Miska Pince Csárda

    Miska Pince is a cute thatch-roof cottage down near the banks of the Inner Lake. It serves big portions of Hungarian cuisine (we like the fisherman's soup and the venison stew with gnocchi), and its secluded, sunny terrace is just the place to escape the madding crowds up near the church.

  • Restaurants in Keszthely

    Pizzeria Donatello

    A student favourite that still manages to attract families and diners wanting a quick bite after 25 years in business – it's always bustling. Pizzas are standard, though extra crispy and topped with fresh vegetables and homemade sauce. Pasta might be a better choice.

  • Restaurants in Pécs

    Az Elefánthoz

    With its enormous terrace and quality Italian cuisine, ‘At the Elephant’ is a sure bet for first-rate food in the city centre. The pizzas emerging from its wood-burning stove are the best in town and the atmosphere always manages to be elegant but unpretentious.

  • Restaurants in Pécs

    Streat

    Putting a classy spin on casual munchies, this little place has a short and sweet menu of excellent homemade burgers (including pulled pork – our favourite) that attracts the young and trendy. There's a veggie burger for the noncarnivorous, too.

  • Restaurants in Tihany

    Rege Cukrászda

    From its high vantage point near the Benedictine Abbey Museum, this cafe has an unsurpassed panoramic view of Balaton. On a sunny day, there's no better place to enjoy coffee, cake and the sparkling lake.

  • Restaurants in Keszthely

    Korzó Café

    Korzó is one of the few cafes worthy of your attention on pedestrian Kossuth Lajos utca. It’s a simple place with street seating, but the cakes are divine and the music thankfully not too intrusive.

  • Restaurants in Pécs

    Aranykacsa

    This wine restaurant takes pride in its silver service and venue; the Zsolnay Room evokes past grandeur. Formerly one of the town's best restaurants, the ‘Golden Duck’ has been resting on its laurels awhile, and it shows in the quality of its subpar signature duck dishes. The ambience is great, but don't expect to be gastronomically wowed.

  • Restaurants in Keszthely

    Park Vendéglő

    The service can be a little haphazard here, but there's a pleasant garden terrace. Park serves the likes of pork medallions with garlic sauce and paprika catfish; quantity tends to trump quality. If at the end you can fit in a Drunken Monk, the house dessert, you’re doing better than us.