Restaurants and Nightlife

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Restaurants and Nightlife

Fact: Hungarians knew coffee before the rest of Europe. Immerse in Budapest’s bustling café culture and sample its rich cakes. Savour signature Hungarian delicacies like goulash soup, goose liver and Tokaj wine in its countless restaurants. In the wee hours, dance the night away in the coolest clubs. 

If it’s summer,  it’s outdoors. Budapesters while away the wee hours in the city’s signature pubs, fondly and ironically christened 'romkocsma' or rubble bars, in derelict-chic courtyards, mostly in the 7
th district. Most restaurants spill out onto the street and parks, opening special terraces, while some move all the way to the rooftop to catch the coolest summer breeze.

Please be aware, due to local law, smoking is not allowed in Restaurants - only in the open air / Terraces.

Nobu Budapest

Nobu Budapest

Insider's Tip: Eat & Drink Like a Local

My Budapest wakes up slowly, gets busy during the day and starts to beat at night. There is one thing you can rely on: you’ll always find delicious local food and matching wine, or pálinka, Hungary’s signature fruit brandy. I can have breakfast, a quick coffee, a long lazy chat over sumptuous tortes or evening drinks in one of the cafés, depending on my schedule. Gourmet palates will also find Michelin-starred restaurants, innovative Hungarian food and Central Europe’s only Nobu, right in our hotel. 

As a professional and enthusiastic foodie, I am in heaven in Budapest because the city holds countless annual food festivals. Even the world-famous Vörösmarty tér Christmas Market has a great selection of food stalls. In May, the Gourmet Festival showcases a tremendous array of stalls for every taste. I especially like dicovering artisan regional products. In September, we go to the Castle District to sample and savour wine from the 22 wine regions of Hungary at the Wine Festival. There is also a festival dedicated to Hungary’s indigenous black pig, mangalica.

Pest Buda Restaurant Budapest

Pest Buda Bistro

21 Restaurant Budapest

21 Restaurant

Szimpla (ruin pub)

Szimpla (ruin pub)

TOP PICKS FOR LOCAL RESTAURANTS

Hungarian Cuisine:

ASZÚ Restaurant - Located in the cool cluster of restaurants and bars around St Stephen’s Basilica, this inventive Hungarian restaurant’s wine list is dedicated to Tokaj, Tokaj-Hegyalja (part of World Heritage as „Hungaricum”).
- Opening Hours: daily 12:00-24:00
- Concept / Dress code: Smart Casual
- Cuisine: Contemporary Hungarian
- Distance from the hotel: four minutes’ walk

RÉZKAKAS Bisztró - A beloved local icon for almost 50 years, Rézkakas brings a definitive local flavour, complete with live Gypsy music, to the culinary scene around St Stephen’s Basilica.
- Terrace: Yes
- Entertainment: virtuoso gypsy band every evening
- Opening Hours: daily 12:00-24:00
- Concept / Dress code: Smart Casual
- Cuisine: Traditional Hungarian
- Distance from the hotel: four minutes’ walk

CAFÉ KÖR - Power lunch in the day, wind-down dinner in the night, Café Kör has been a consistently popular hangout in the Basilica area for fans of traditional Hungarian cuisine with a lighter international touch.
- Opening Hours: From Monday to Saturday 10:00-22:00
- Concept / Dress code: Casual
- Cuisine: Traditional Hungarian & Mediterranean
- Distance from the hotel: six minutes’ walk
- Payment: CASH only

RÉTESHÁZ Restaurant - The First Strudel House of Pest fired up its kitchen in 2007, in the heart of Budapest, in a historical building constructed in 1812, serving local fare and creative Strudel specialities.
- Opening Hours: daily 9:00-23:00
- Concept / Dress code: Casual
- Cuisine: Traditional Hungarian & Excellent strudel specialities
- Terrace: Yes
- Distance from the hotel: seven minutes’ walk

EVIDENS BISTRO - The home of generous cooking, Hungarian and international dishes are prepared at your table.
- Opening Hours: daily 11:00-24:00
- Concept / Dress Code: Casual
- Cuisine: Traditional Hungarian & International
- Terrace: Yes
- Distance from the hotel: four minutes’ walk

PEST BUDA BISTRO - Grandma’s home-style Hungarian cooking finds a beautiful home under the original Baroque roof structure of a heritage tavern building.
- Opening Hours: daily 11:00-24:00
- Concept / Dress Code: Casual
- Cuisine: Traditional Hungarian
- Terrace: Yes
- Distance from the hotel: Castle District, 30 minutes’ walk / ten minutes by car

21 Restaurant - Located in the Castle District, 21 serves indigenous Hungarian dishes in a contemporary execution, featuring an all-local wine list.
- Opening Hours: daily 12:00-24:00
- Concept / Dress code: Smart Casual
- Cuisine: Hungarian
- Terrace: Yes
- Distance from the hotel: Castle District, ten-minute car drive

ONYX - Michelin-Star-awarded restaurant - In the heart of the city, Budapest’s Michelin-awarded restaurant offers sophistication of food as well as experience.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12:00-14:00 Tuesday - Saturday 18:30-23:00
- Concept / Dress code: Elegant
- Cuisine: Rendezvous with Hungarian tradition and evolution
- Distance from the hotel: one minute’s walk

TIGRIS - With several Michelin Guide mentions, Tigris cooks traditional Hungarian dishes for the contemporary palate, complete with goose liver specialities, serving its delicacies with a classic white Zsolnay table set.
- Opening Hours: From Monday to Saturday 12:00-24:00
- Concept / Dress code: Smart Casual
- Cuisine: Mainly Hungarian with excellent Wine selection
- Distance from the hotel: five minutes’ walk

INTERNATIONAL CUISINE

CYRANO - Budapest’s first trendy restaurant, Cyrano has cooked uncompromising international food downtown. Upstairs, Cosmo Room is available for private parties.
- Opening Hours: daily 8:00-24:00
- Concept / Dress code: Casual
- Cuisine: Mediterranean & International
- Terrace: Yes
- Distance from the hotel: four minutes’ walk

COSTES - The first Hungarian Michelin-adorned restaurant continues challenging top-notch cuisine with its inventive culinary experience.
- Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 18:30-24:00
- Concept / Dress code: Elegant
- Cuisine: French
- Distance from the hotel: five-minute car drive

Bars & Nightlife picks

Gozsdu Courtyard - Gozsdu Udvar is a city within the city and located downtown in the old Jewish district. It consists of six inner courts, surrounded by seven apartment buildings. The neighbourhood has recently morphed into one of the coolest parts of Budapest, radiant with young élan and vibrant with cafés, bars, restaurants, shops and clubs, as well as art exhibitions and fairs all year long. If you need to recharge your personal batteries – there’s always something exciting happening and it’s full of vivacious energy. Walking into Gozsdu Udvar’s courtyards is like to be in another world, even though it’s just off the street. Among others choices, there’s a laid-back Italian eatery called 2spaghi, while Kolor and Spíler attract the Budapester übercool.  To pick up a gift or treat, from spring to autumn I go to Gouba, an outdoor fair, or Budapest’s Portobello, every Sunday, which has antiques, artisan products and gastro stalls.

Innio is one of the hippest places to sip wine in Budapest. A Hungarian wine selection is complemented by a number of international labels, making this city centre wine bar a great choice for a night out. The wine list is extensive, with up to 250 varieties, accompanied by some appetising bites.

Menza offers so much more than the double treat of coffee and sunbathing on a terrace from early spring to late autumn: we are passionate about serving delicious food throughout the year. Although the name of the restaurant refers to canteens of the Socialist era, its interior design and cuisine provides a more sophisticated take on the past that is fine-tuned to match contemporary sensibilities. It merges the savoir vivre of modern downtown restaurants with the relaxed atmosphere Budapest's 1960s coffee bars.

DiVino Wine divine! DiVino offers a comprehensive selection of Hungarian wines by the glass and bottle, with a focus on up-and-coming winemakers from all over Hungary.

Consult the concierge for insider tips and tailor-made recommendations on restaurants and nightlife in Budapest.

 

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