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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Concert Hall
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“Perfect place for a drink during the afternoon, or a concert in the evening. Nice and yound atmosphere.”
  • 113 locals recommend
Café
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“A very elegant and traditional coffee house, since 1870 – traditional cakes in a new shape. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“Great place to shop for international brands! ( for example: Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Massimo Dutti, Benetton, Zara)”
  • 50 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Opened in 2002, Trattoria Pomo D'Oro is a wildly popular Italian restaurant in Budapest's downtown that marries a red-sauce, old-school Italian trattoria with a modern restaurant. This means that the place draws everyone from middle-class Hungarian families looking for Italian comfort food to foodies, business customers, and tourists. As a result, the ever-expanding space, which has managed to retain a cozy vibe, is packed to capacity with a mixed crowd every day of the week. While not cheap by Budapest standards—mains range from €10 to €20—price points aren't outrageous for its caliber. Here, it's hard to go wrong with anything, but I most enjoy the rich, Tuscan tomato soup (pappa al pomodoro; €6), the strozzapreti hand-rolled pasta (€9), and the branzino fillet, be it charcoal-grilled (€12) or steamed and filled with pancetta and black mussels (€15). The pizzas, prepared in a wood-burning oven, skew Neapolitan-style with an airy crust. Do save room for dessert as the profiterole and the good old tiramisu are among the best you'll find in Budapest. The long wine list features both Italian and Hungarian bottles. Note that Pomo D'Oro is most enjoyable in the evenings, as it's often overrun by business people from the nearby financial district at lunchtime. All in all, reliable Italian food and a friendly service rightfully make Pomo D'oro a sought-after restaurant in Budapest. Reservations are an absolute must.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Bistro
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“High quality cuisine - constantly a michelin star for the past few years - based on Hungarian roots for relatively low prices. Three or four course menu á la carte including wine and water about 70 to 90 € per person. Reservation necessary!”
  • 66 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“m George or TG Italiano is a fashionable restaurant on the corner of Zrínyi and Október 6. utca, near St. Stephen’s Basilica. The place boasts the glamorous, metropolitan style of trendy urban bistros with elegant shades of brown and cream. The cuisine is Italian with a twist: the chef adds international flavours for novelty. The wine selection is also excellent.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of my favorite dinner places. You will find live music and fantastic atmosphere with very friendly stuff.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“What is it? A popular all-day spot, boasting impeccable service and authentic local cuisine. Why go? Close to St Stephen’s Basilica is the popular Café Kor, where you can pop for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Make a reservation or arrive before the evening rush - the daily specials are served only until they run out, which is usually around lunchtime.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Eastern European Restaurant
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“This is one of the many Michelin starred restaurant in Budapest and it’s located in the beautiful Gerbeaud House at Vörösmarty Square. They offer re-interpreted and extravagantly executed Hungarian dishes which can only be enjoyed in a 3/4/6 set menu for lunch and 6/8 set menu for dinner. (high-range)”
  • 35 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“THE asian cuisine you want to try for sure also a great place to start your evening before a night out .”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
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“Bestia is a buzzing restaurant in the heart of Budapest specializing in grilled meats. With a picture-postcard view of the St. Stephen’s Basilica, an edgy industrial chic decor, and loud music piping through the speakers, it has quickly become a favorite among trendy tourists and locals alike. If you’re feeling adventurous, start your meal with the roasted bone marrow and toast, silky, jiggly white stuff arriving inside two massive slabs of veal shanks. Scoop out the rich fat and spread it on the whole wheat toast (€10). Also good are the pork ribs (€19) — made in a Josper charcoal burning oven — packing a smoky flavor and glazed in a sweet-tart barbecue sauce. You are, however, better off skipping the undersized Angus burger with a side of sad-looking roast potatoes for a whopping €14. If premium cuts of pricey steaks are your speed, you can have it all here. The menu also features two Hungarian classics — a goulash soup and a somlói galuska dessert — both of which deserve your attention. Bestia's full-service bar serves both customized cocktails of local craft beers on draft.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Serves very reasonable priced pizza and pasta in very pleasant surroundings. Often quite busy but it always seems to be possible to get a table there. Expect to pay Ft. 1.400 - Ft 1.800 for a main course. No tipping required as your meal is prepared for you while you wait. The wine is good here too. There are several Vapiano's in Budapest and each offers the same menu and prices.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“À la Maison Grand is a chic breakfast restaurant in the middle of Budapest's downtown, occupying the ground floor of a 1906 art nouveau building (take a glance at the striking glass mosaic perched atop the building). Fashionable, tourist-heavy crowds flock here for the breakfast-all-day and brunch offerings that include reliably prepared croque madame (€5), eggs Florentine (€7), waffles, and also zeitgesty items like acai bowl and avocado toast (€7). The only letdowns are the the undersized and forlorn-looking English (€10) and Hungarian breakfast plates (€12). Apart from tourists, the bustling space is also popular for local groups of girlfriends, who often accompany their breakfast dishes with strawberry mimosas from the full service bar. The owners spared no expense on the gleaming white, high-ceilinged interior that features plush chairs and comfortable, dusty-blue sofas. Reservations are recommended.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Falafel Restaurant
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“The closest and probably the best restaurant of the israeli franchise type. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Unbeatable atmosphere. Rock music, great burgers, cocktails, awesome crowd and very nice staff. The place where you can buy your Budapest Hard Rock Cafe T-Shirt. :) ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Thai restaurant, famous for its traditional Thai dish: Pad Thai. Recommended!!”
  • 10 locals recommend