Lake Balaton & Southern Transdanubia restaurants

Top Choice Bistro in Balatonfüred

Bistro Sparhelt

Head inland from the lake to the town hall for a rare gastronomic treat. Chef Balázs Elek presides over a sleek, minimalist restaurant with a succinct, monthly changing menu, its dishes dictated by whatever is marke…
Top Choice Hungarian in Balatonfüred

Nem Kacsa

The gourmet stylings of chef Lajos Takács stand out against the town's largely mediocre offerings. The kitchen delivers beautifully crafted dishes featuring freshly grown produce from the farm it shares with the che…
Top Choice Balkan 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 draws are the quality of the simple, satisfying dishes – fried papali…
Top Choice Hungarian 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 raspberr…
Top Choice Hungarian 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 …
Top Choice Hungarian 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…
Top Choice Mediterranean 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 3200F…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Tihany


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…
Top Choice Bakery 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.
Hungarian in Balatonfüred

Baricska Csárda

If you are going to eat typical Hungarian fare, let it be here, under the trellises covered in creeping vines and among the vineyards. The setting is particularly magical in the evenings, and the dishes – paprika ca…