4 Best Restaurants in Budapest, Hungary

December 22, 2011 by

Alabardos Restaurant is situated in a pleasant old Gothic building from the 15th century, is only a few steps from the Gothic Matthias Church, and the panoramic ramparts on top of the Castle hill called Fishermen’s Bastion. Alabardos Etterem is suggested by the Budapest Michelin guide. The restaurant has a terrace and a garden besides the interior rooms, which are all ornamented in a style that combines medieval memorabilia, walls, colors with 19th century renovation. “The atmosphere inside is hushed and elegant, although slightly pretentious. They appreciate “appropriately” dressed guests at this conservative establishment” (Frommer’s travel guide, New York Times). Wine selection is assisted by a sommelier. World-famous Zsolnay and Herend porcelains are used for dining.

Onyx Restaurant offers an exhilarating menu. Not only the melodious, youthful, and contemporary interior of Zoltán Varró is exceptional, but they follow the vitality and bravery in the assortment of the kitchen as well with their young cook team. The leader of the kitchen is Executive Chef Szabina Szulló, one of their four Chaîne des Rôtisseurs contest winners. The “Tradition and Evolution” chef championship in February 2008, which was similar to the world famous Bocuse d’Or championship. Tamás Széll the sous chef of Onyx restaurant got the best appreciation. After a half year of running, this restaurant is among the top 12 restaurants of Budapest in the rating of the Hungarian “Restaurant and Wine Guide 2008.”

Pierrot is a distinguished yet cozy and peaceful, sociable restaurant run by their several generation restaurateur family. Pierrot is located in a 13th century old bakery house and has been for three decades. They are featured in the Michelin Red Guide since 2005 and have been awarded 2 hats by Gault Millau in 2011. Since Pierrot was founded in 1982 then as the first privileged café-restaurant in Budapest, many significant people: actors, superstars, artists have visited Pierrot, among them the bands Depeche Mode and AC/DC, actors Marcello Mastroiani, Sir Roger Moore, Antonio Banderas, Jeremy Irons, and Robert De Niro Pierrot has gone through quite a few changes since 1982 but one thing stays true: in their family, cooking is not simply a way of making a living but also a calling in the best sense of the word. For decades they have considered it their mission to make Hungarian gastronomy shine in its old, pre-war glory again.

Costes is Hungary’s 1st Michelin Star Restaurant, received in 2010. Costes represents the Parisian bistro ambiance and serves worldwide dishes. If you want to indulge on eating out and enjoy gourmet food during your stay in Budapest then Costes is a good choice. You can choose from three tasting menus (a 5-course Discovery Menu, an 8-course Grand Menu, and a 5-course Vegetarian Menu) or eat a la carte.

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