POSTED: January 29th 2017
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JENNIFER WALKER: Top 10 Restaurants in Budapest

Onyx Restaurant holds one Michelin Star and Tamás Széll won the first prize of Bocused’Or European final held in Hungary, 2016 © Onyx Instragram
Onyx Restaurant holds one Michelin Star and Tamás Széll won the first prize of Bocused’Or European final held in Hungary, 2016 © Onyx Instragram

Costes was the first restaurant to earn a Michelin Star and now has one at the Downtown location © Costes Downtown
Costes was the first restaurant to earn a Michelin Star and now has one at the Downtown location © Costes Downtown

Arany Kaviar offers a Russian and French twist culinary experience © Arany Kaviar
Arany Kaviar offers a Russian and French twist culinary experience © Arany Kaviar

JENNIFER WALKER in BUDAPEST / An authoritative and exclusive series from Sports Features Communications

(SFC) When people think of Budapest's culinary scene there's a lot of gulyás and paprika involved. However, there is a huge thriving scene in Budapest ranging from luxury Michelin star venues to farm-to-table restaurants showcasing the best produce.  

 

Onyx

Sharing its tenancy with the historic Gerbeaud House on Vörösmarty Square with the Gerbeaud confectionary, Michelin starred Onyx is one of Budapest's top restaurants. You'll find Hungarian dishes served at the highest quality, making it the ideal way to sample the local cuisine in an elegant and refined way.

Address: Budapest, Vörösmarty tér 7, 1051

Phone: (30) 508 0622

Website: www.onyxrestaurant.hu

 

Costes

 

As the first restaurant in Budapest to get a Michelin Star, Costes certainly makes an impression on any lover of haute cuisine. Its kitchen is headed up by Portuguese chef, Miguel Rocha Viera, who values seasonality, so the menu is constantly changing to guarantee the freshest ingredients.

Address: Budapest, Ráday u. 4, 1092

Phone: (1) 219 0696

Website: www.costes.hu

 

Arany Kaviár

 

At the base of Castle Hill, Arany Kaviár offers guests a gastronomical experience with a Russian and French twist. As the name may imply, caviar is the restaurant's specialty but it's also known for its fish dishes. Its opulent feel and excellent cuisine has also attracted quite a few celebrities to the venue.

Address: Budapest, Ostrom u. 19, 1015

Phone: (1) 201 6737

Website: www.aranykaviar.hu

 

Nobu

 

Located in the Gastro Quarter of the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, Japanese restaurant Nobu may be an international chain, albeit a world famous one, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best restaurants in the city.

Address: Budapest, Erzsébet tér 7-8, 1051

Phone: (1) 429 4242

Website: www.noburestaurants.com/budapest

 

Zeller Bistro

 

While a little lower down the price range, Zeller Bistro is still a place you should not show up without a booking. Set in a cellar in the outer VII District, this restaurant follows the farm-to-table concept, offering home grown flavours, but without the clichés and easily holds itself against some of the city's fancier restaurants.

Address: Budapest, Izabella u. 38, 1077

Phone: (30) 651 0880

Website: www.facebook.com/Zeller-Bistro-486188564780604

 

Könyvbár & Restaurant Budapest

 

This book bar found at the heart of the old Jewish Quarter delivers a menu where the dishes are inspired by various books, changing on a weekly basis. Each table has a book whose table of contents lists the week's specials. A great choice for literary lovers!

Address: Budapest, 1074, Dob u. 45, 1074

Phone: (20) 922 7027

Website: http://konyvbar.hu

 

Bock Bistro

 

It's easy to find Bock Bistro since it's set into the front of the Corinthia Hotel Budapest. You'll find a combination of Hungarian tastes combined with the concept of Spanish tapas at this gourmet bistro. Chef Lajos Bíró is a legend on the Hungarian culinary scene, and not only for his dishes, also for pairing them with one of 220 wines in the restaurant.

Address: Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 43-49, 1073

Phone: (1) 321 0340

Website: www.bockbisztro.hu

 

Gundel

 

Károly Gundel is the Escoffier of Hungarian modern gastronomy and this elegant restaurant up in City Park showcases the best of traditional, yet updated, Hungarian cooking with the finest ingredients and exciting dishes. Gundel is the kind of establishment where world leaders come to dine, just look at the photos in the lobby upon entering for a few famous faces.

Address: Budapest, Gundel Károly út 4, 1146

Phone: (1) 889 8111

Website: http://www.gundel.hu

 

Baraka

 

Combining contemporary Asian-European flavours with Hungarian ingredients, like the Hungarian Mangalitsa pig or goose liver, this restaurant led by Hungarian chef Norbert Bíró is popular on the Budapest culinary scene, particularly for its seafood.

Address: Budapest, Dorottya u. 6, 1051

Phone: (1) 200 0817

Website: http://barakarestaurant.hu/

 

** ​JENNIFER WALKER is an ex-physicist turned freelance writer specializing in art, travel and culture, with a focus on Budapest, Hungary. She's a blogger for herself at Off the Bohemian Track, along with the Huffington Post and Perceptive Travel, and she writes about Budapest culture and gastronomy for The Budapest TimesWe Love Budapest and Budapest Local. She has written and worked for: DK Travel (Penguin books), Lonely PlanetBBC TravelThe GuardianCNN TravelVICE NewsSlateQuartzTripadvisorDraft MagazinePaste MagazineThe Calvert JournalOryx (Qatar Airways' in-flight magazine)OxfordWordsViatorGadlingThe Matador NetworkGOOD MagazineAtlas ObscuraBootsnall, Move Guides, Inside GuidesThe ExpeditionerARTES MagazineKunstpediaThe Culture-ist and Untapped Cities.


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