In the midst of the bustling 5th District in Budapest is the gleaming elegance of the Onyx. Headed by partners Szabina Szulló and Tamás Széll, Onyx enjoys a fine status in its ambiance as it does in its food offerings. The restaurant exudes ostentation and luxury at first glance, with its gilt decorated motifs set against matte black walls. The cuisine of this modern restaurant reflects a revolutionary twist to local Hungarian flavors. Onyx has elaborate tasting menus wherein it proudly displays the concept of the Hungarian Evolution menu, carefully crafted using thorough research and latest food technology. Also available is a range of à la carte menu, accompanied by drink offerings that include scotch, spirits, liqueurs, wines and even bottled beers. Come to Onyx for a dining experience steeped in decadence.
Founded in 1894 by Janos Gundel, this establishment has been called the best restaurant in Europe and some say the best in the world. The dining hall recalls the opulence of Budapest at the beginning of the twentieth century; there's a champagne bar and a wine cellar. The terrace garden is a delightful place to sit in summer and listen to gypsy musicians. Lamb and pigeon come in delicate pastry cases and can be washed down with wine from Gundel's own vineyards.
On Ráday Utca, the Costes Restaurant with its teal-and-brown shades is not easy to miss. Having been awarded a Michelin Star in 2010, Costes continues to set fine culinary standards even today. At the helm of the kitchen is Executive Chef Miguel Rocha Vieira assisted by his France-trained team, and together they bring to you an eclectic selection of international cuisines. Making excellent use of seasonal ingredients, Costes offers a tasting menu that you can choose from, that ranges from gourmet seafood to delectable meat dishes. The list of fine Hungarian wines only goes on to smooth this gastronomic experience. With a minimalist dining room bathed in relaxed mood lighting, eating at Costes ensures a holistic treat for your senses.
Kiosk is the place to be for cocktail connoisseurs and gastronomes. This is a restaurant and bar situated in a historic mansion overlooking a charming square, and has a sun terrace with breathtaking views of River Danube. The interiors feature a high ceiling, wood-decked flooring and a large square bar counter in the center. During the day, Kiosk is a place for families with children and pets to gather, while it transforms into a lively bar by night. The experienced bartenders create unusual cocktails with fruity and floral notes. Enjoy gourmet burgers stuffed with caramelized onions and Foie gras, along with a Pisco Sour or Apple Strudel cocktail. Kiosk also serves macaroons and pastries baked using recipes from diverse countries. Guests can even opt for lactose-free, gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. Head here during the DJ night or family brunch for the best experience.
The hype that surrounds this Michelin-starred restaurant may seem a like bit much until you've dined here; once you have, you will soon join the many voices that sing its praise. Borkonyha Winekitchen showcases contemporary Hungarian cuisine alongside a stellar selection of over 200 Hungarian wines produced by some of the country's best- and little-known wineries. The menu is composed of a selection of exquisite dishes that are contemporary reincarnations of traditional Hungarian cuisine. On the menu you will find artistically presented delicacies like grilled duck liver and scallops with broccoli cream, saddle of rabbit over a spicy pear salad, goulash with beef tenderloin, and quail breast with steamed egg and Jerusalem artichoke. Every bite is a revelation that will seduce your senses and keep you going back for more. The specials change on a weekly-fortnightly basis, and often draw inspiration from the season's freshest offerings.
This is one of the city's most popular patisseries if the lines out the door are anything to go by. Daubner has been crafting some of the best desserts, confectionery and chocolates for over a hundred years as the lucky few tourists who discover this hidden gem soon discover. Choose from an extensive variety of decadent fruit tarts, rich cakes, classic strudels, buttery biscuits and their signature savory bread - pogácsa - in flavors like cheese, potato and pumpkin. Make a trip here to sample their time-tested original recipes and delicious baked goods; you won't regret it!
A short walk away from the historic Castle District and offering panoramic vistas of the Danube, the Meat Boutique impresses you right from the word go. As soon as you enter, a 'meat chart' greets you with a succulent array of meats including deli cold cuts, pork hock, veal roasts among a host of others. Special mentions include their heavenly veal and goulash and the mustard pork, all cooked in an open-view kitchen so you can witness them being transformed to tender perfection. A modestly charming decor with an extremely friendly staff only further enhance the rich culinary experience that this place has to offer.
This is a well-established Greek restaurant, situated on the Buda bank of the Danube in the Watertown district that lies beneath the Castle Hill. There is a friendly atmosphere, with tables nestling close together and many tables for two for those romantic nights out. The murals of deep blue sea water and classical pillars evoke an Aegean atmosphere. Typical Greek starters are served with panache - the tzatziki goes down a treat and the grilled feta cheese is almost a meal in itself. The Moussaka is popular and they also do good lamb. The friendly waiters insist on pouring you a sweet dessert wine when you pay the bill. The retsina is delicious too.
Pater Marcus Belga Apátsági Söröző is a beautiful and unique restaurant and pub. Located underground, with multiple rooms and a patio, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time. With stained glass windows, wooden chairs with high back, a nice patio and friendly service, you'll be sure to enjoy a meal or just a drink.
Drenched in sombre hues of beige, Zona features a lovely decor that's highlighted by pretty dim lights and stellar modern furniture. Situated a hop, a skip and a jump from the banks of Danube, the charming bistro offers an eclectic menu that incorporates Hungarian flavors with popular Basque and Asian dishes. The offerings, much like the decor here, are post-modern - handcrafted by the culinary genius of the dynamic, young Chef Krisztián Huszár. To match these gorgeously plated contemporary dishes, Zona serves a selection of over 200 different wines with some of the best local and international makes to boot. Open from Tuesdays through Saturdays for lunch and dinner, Zona makes for a pleasant dine - one that you wont be forgetting any time soon.
Situated very close to the Chain Bridge on the Buda side of the Danube in the Watertown district, the Seoul House restaurant is a spicy addition to the many restaurants that line the busy Fo utca. This restaurant has a simple, uncluttered layout with space for those who want to try something a little more exotic. The service is attentive but restrained. Many Korean business men come here when they need a good dish of kimchi (fermented cabbage) to remind them of home. Pulgogi is sliced beef, prepared on a barbecue style grill. The kimchi (for those who like it) is said to be some of the best in town. Quality beers and wines are also available at this fairly pricey establishment.