Top ChoiceBistro 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 menu that changes monthly, its dishes dictated by whatever is...

Top ChoiceHungarian 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...

Top ChoiceBalkan 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...

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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...

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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...

Top ChoiceHungarian 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...

Top ChoiceMediterranean 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...

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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...

Top ChoiceBakery 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...

Hungarian 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...

Hungarian 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...

Hungarian 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....

Hungarian in Balatonfüred

Vitorlás

This enormous wooden villa sits right on the lake’s edge at the foot of the town’s pier. It's a prime spot to watch the yachts sail in and out of the harbour from the terrace while munching on Hungarian cuisine...

Hungarian 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 –...

Tex-Mex 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,...

Hungarian 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,...

Pizza 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...

Italian 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...

Hungarian in Balatonfüred

Balaton

This cool, leafy oasis amid all the hubbub is set back from the lake in a shaded park area. It serves generous portions of such Hungarian culinary delights as catfish soup and turkey stuffed with Camembert and...