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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Bistro
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“Curious where the top one percent of Buda residents hang out? Wonder no more. The owners of Déryné Bistro were ahead of the curve when in 2007 they opened this chic restaurant featuring a Balthazar-like interior straight out of the Keith McNally playbook. Back then, few places in Budapest offered this brand of casually-hip-but-classy vibes. Déryné has managed to remain popular for all these years, even as similar restaurants have sprouted up on the other side of the Danube with comparable offerings at lower prices. The menu skews French, featuring pricey but reliably prepared bistro staples including a bouillabaisse (€9) and foie gras (€14). But you'll also find the usual suspects of Hungarian fare here: goulash soup, pork schnitzel (€18), and túrógombóc, which is a sweet-tart cottage cheese dumpling eaten as a dessert (€6). If steaks are more your speed, you can choose from prime cuts of dry-aged Angus and Wagyu. Eggs benedict, shakshuka, and avocado toast are just a few of the exhaustive breakfast and brunch offerings that are served until 4 p.m. on weekends. Déryné's service team is among the most professional in Budapest, but I wish they weren't so eager to upsell the most expensive dishes to customers (even to regulars).”
  • 64 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“2 courses for 3.390, 3 courses for 3.950 Ft, plus 12.5% service fee on weekdays. The dessert is fixed, but there are two choices for starters and main courses. Purified water included. Small, but interesting dishes in an open and modern style setting. Close to the funicular leading to the castle area from Buda side of Chain bridge.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Hungarian Restaurant
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“If you find yourself on the Buda Castle and would like to give local cuisine a try, Pest Buda is a lovely bistro serving local delicacies.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Belgian Brasserie Henri. A popular pub with a wide variety of Belgian beers. Food also served. 12.00-24.00.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Its not hungarian, but high category italian restaurant. Its in a really nice place on the castle hill. I have never eaten there but it seems its always busy, with full of turists, and it looks, that it has a good wibe. And you can see the Mathias Church on the end of the street, just from the seats of the restaurant.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Eastern European Restaurant
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“It's a cheap but great hungarian restaurant. Simplicity simetimes gives more value, then an over designed place. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“It's a good option if you would like to try the tasty hungarian or grilled dishes with the best local wines and coffees. There is possibility to have breakfast, lunch or dinner as well. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Hungarian Restaurant
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“If you want to try traditional hungarian food with a modern twist, this is the place to go! They only serve the best hungarian wines too.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
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“The Balászbástya Restaurant, with a wonderful panorama and high quality service, makes a perfect choice for a dinner. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“This place is located by the river and has a beautiful view of the chain bridge, specially if you seat outside. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Hungarian Restaurant
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“Budapest, Fő u. 27, 1011 After visiting the castle you can go down for lunch here. The most delicious Hungarian fish soup is here! take in a pot with slices of carp. also recommend goulash soup. only cash is accepted here”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A cosy little no-frills eatery that does good wholesome Hungarian food. Really good value”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
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“Hungarian-belgian "fusion" restaurant with good food, belgian beers and nice atmosphere. Try the hungarian fish soup! ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Eastern European Restaurant
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“ High quality, fine dining style. Nice garden. Don´t forget to book in advance.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pub
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“If you enjoy beer then Pater Marcus is the place for you. Over 100 beers to choose from and an excellent menu to boot. Enjoy their patio or grab a table in their wine cellar, the atmosphere is superb.”
  • 3 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Behind the gate named “Garden of Paris” you find yourself in an isolated little paradise. It is worthy of it's name. ”
  • 4 locals recommend