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Piroska Restaurant (officially known as Piroska Vendeglo) is much recommended for those tourists who want to try Hungarian cuisine off the beaten path, and try something really local, traditional Hungarian fare, in a retro environment, at cheap / reasonable prices. Piroska Restaurant (say Piroshka) does not have either the Hungarian folk – Gypsy style atmosphere, or the beautiful historical cafes in Budapest like Cafe Central.

Piroska Restaurant Budapest Traditional Hungarian Foods

Piroska Restaurant Budapest

Piroska is tucked away in side street, within 10 minutes walk to Heroes’ Square. Many tourists rush to Paprika Restaurant on Dozsa Gyorgy Way in the neighbourhood, but we could not get in to test the local celebrity restaurant of Hungarian Restaurants in Budapest.

We wanted to give you our own TopBudapestOrg review of the popular Paprika Vendeglo, and ended up in Piroska Vendeglo where we had a phenomenal late lunch.

We were hungry, and kept walking towards the Grand Boulevard from Piroska. Then suddenly my husband recalled his past visits to Piroska Vendeglo, a traditional Hungarian restaurant with red and white checked tablecloths, soups in little red pots, reasonable prices and, for us, a lovely retro atmosphere of the 1970’s and 1980s of Hungary.

Piroska Vendeglo Budapest Hungarian Restaurants

Piroska Vendeglo Budapest

I was eating a really nice and filling bean goulash soup (as seen in the phot), and we also had an onion soup in a bun, and some meat soup.

These were our starters, and we loved our main courses too (Trout, Brassoi meat and fries, etc.). Do we like Piroska Restaurant? Yes, we do. If you do not shy away from more simple places to eat.

Opening Hours of Piroska Restaurant

Piroska restaurant is open from Mon to Fri from 11 am to 11 pm.

Address of Piroska Restaurant

40 Damjanich Street Budapest 1066 (District VI)

Design of Piroska Vendeglo Budapest


Piroska Restaurant Budapest Retro

Piroska Restaurant Budapest Retro

The interior design of Piroska Vendeglo restaurant was a mixture of retro elements, although not a tasteful mix, but definitely a pleasant one, where you do not have to worry about dresses, mysterious cutlery, etc.

The red walls inside are adorned with old posters, and advertising decor, the windows are filled with various soda bottles, the red and white checkered tablecloths bear a Tiffany lamp. Old radios, and even an old motorbike comes complete with the wooden bar furniture from the 1970s. It is a special place, with an especially good kitchen if you want to eat something nice and Hungarian.

There is a small side street terrace with a few tables outside for those who want to sit / smoke outside. The street was quiet on the weekend, and we had a great lunch, including our 2. 5 year old daughter, who ate up a mighty big meat soup with fresh carrots and nice beef.

Cafe Bouchon is light, high quality and relaxed. This culinary establishment is one of the best and most popular restaurants in Budapest, Hungary, highly rated by travellers and locals for its lovely foods and excellent service (attentive, quiet and relaxed). This is a place where you can eat well in a relaxed, neither too elegant, nor too hip atmosphere.

Cafe Bouchon Budapest - photo by Dining Guide magazine

Cafe Bouchon Budapest – photo by Dining Guide magazine

Another plus is that Cafe Bouchon is close to the city centre, and a bunch of Budapest attractions. The restaurant offers traditional Hungarian meals in a very welcoming hospitable setting. Cafe Bouchon is only a few minutes walk from the Hungarian Opera House, which is one of the major tourist attractions in Budapest, so you would logically suppose that Bouchon is a touristy restaurant. It would probably easily become one, but it is luckily tucked away in a quiet side street off the famous Andrassy Avenue and close to the Opera House.
Cafe Bouchon is quite a small restaurant, so it is not suitable for big groups, but is perfect for romantic intimate dinners and informal lunches. There is no tourist entertainment, so if you are looking for a traditional Hungarian restaurant with Gypsy music, follow the link to choose your option.

Reserve a table at Cafe Bouchon

Cafe Bouchon Budapest - Hungarian Restaurant - photo by inbtravel

Cafe Bouchon Budapest – photo by inbtravel

Although Cafe Bouchon is not always full, to be on the safe side, make a reservation or get your hotel concierge to book a table for you. The email address of Cafe Bouchon is or you can call them at 0036-1-353-4094 (from another country) or 06-1-353-4094 (from Hungary). Please keep in mind that Cafe Bouchon is closed on Sundays.

Opening Hours at Cafe Bouchon

The restaurant is open Mon – Sat from 9 am to 11 pm. Business lunch is from Mon to Fri from noon till 4 pm.

Address of Cafe Bouchon:

33 Zichy Jeno Street Budapest 1066 (District VI)

Hungarian Cuisine at Cafe Bouchon

The menu of this nice and cozy restaurant features Hungarian foods with French flavours. And, just like most Hungarian restaurants, its strengths are really shown on meat dishes, while salads and vegetables are its weakness (in other words, there are not many green items on its menu). That said, if you wish to have some more vegetables and legumes, the restaurant will try to accommodate you even if there are no such meals specified on the menu. Consult with your waiter and you will surely get some help. “They went out of their way to accommodate a vegetarian in our group,” said one review. Not only is the quality of cooking excellent, but the way the meals are presented are also very appetizing.

Its foie gras (goose liver) is said to be one of the best in the city, called ‘orgasmic goose liver’ by some. “The roasted goose liver entree was divine – subtle and melt-in-your mouth. Don’t miss it!” (Cafe Bouchon restaurant review on TripAdvisor).

Another successful item on their menu seems to be tilapia“I couldn’t decide between the roasted pork loin and roasted tilapia (which is impossible to find here in the grocery stores), so the owner (who waited on us) said they would prepare a plate with half and half! The tilapia was served with a mixed salad dressed with a warm bacon vinaigrette. We had a wonderful bottle of Hungarian wine the owner recommended”

Cafe Bouchon Budapest - photo by Funzine Budapest magazine

Cafe Bouchon Budapest – photo by Funzine Budapest magazine

Many a restaurant reviews were impressed by the visual presentation of the Crepes Suzette served flambé (originally a French pancake dessert, which is served spectacularly – the little show consists of igniting the alcohol on top of the pancake). As one reviewer remarked “The dessert was dark chocolate crêpes flambered in Grand Marnier at the table. The dessert wine was not too sweet and tasted of Gooseberries. We had seen several tables have this dessert, no wonder as apart from great entertainment it was absolutely fabulous!” (TripAdvisor Budapest travel site – Cafe Bouchon restaurant reviews).

To quote from one of the restaurant guests “Note, the waiter doesn’t tell you, but the menu states you can get a smaller version of any main for 70% of the price.”

Wines at Cafe Bouchon

The restaurant features a really good wine list (at least if you can read the annoyingly small font types…), which is not only regularly refreshed, but offers all but the most expensive bottles by the glass (this also means that you can easily try 2 or 3 kinds of wines along with your meals). Lajos Tisza,  the enthusiastic manager, who is fluent in English and serves tables himself personally, will be very happy to help you in your wine choices. Several wines could be world-class, yet come at a very agreeable price.

Interior of Cafe Bouchon

The French cafe style restaurant is elegant, cozy, low key and intimate downstairs, while you could say it is understated bistro style upstairs. Therefore, if you are preparing for a more romantic dinner, reserve your table downstairs at Cafe Bouchon in advance.

The main characters of the interior design of the restaurant are the Thonet style dark wood chairs accented by the crisp white tablecloths and the contrast of dark brown and white is softened by the warm brown-orange striped colours of the wooden floor. The row of windows and the ample space between the tables make the restaurant airy and comfortable. The overall impression is early 20th century with modern details. The harmonius marriage past vs present is also true of the cuisine of the restaurant where traditional Hungarian dishes are re-thought and made lighter with French techniques.

The name Bouchon also refers to this cozy French bistro / restaurant style:

Its name comes from the French ‘La Bouchon’ meaning ‘the cork of the wine bottle’. More importantly however – and that was our main inspiration in choosing this name- it is also the name for little-, family-run restaurants in the province of Lyon. These wonderful places are not ‘real’ restaurants but family homes where in addition to enjoying a superb cuisine we can also gain an insight into the locals’ everyday lives. (from

Smoking at Cafe Bouchon

Please not that smoking in restaurants is prohibited by law since 2012 in Hungary. That is, there are no Hungarian restaurants in Budapest where smoking is allowed.

Informative excerpts of various tourist quotes from Cafe Bouchon restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor travel site

We’ve lived in Budapest for two years now, and have tried most of the recommended eateries. We just keeping coming back to Bouchon. Located centrally, (only a couple of minutes walk from either the Opera House, St. Stephen’s Basilica, or the 4-6 tram stop at Oktogon), it consistently manages to combine everything you could possibly want from a restaurant. Fine food (with great daily specials), prompt and friendly service (particularly given the owner’s perfect English, genuine warmth and willingness to explain the dishes), inviting ambience (not remotely stuffy), great selection of wines, and very reasonably priced. As a complete package, there’s nowhere I would recommend more highly for Hungarian cuisine in Budapest.

I personally prefer food that I could not get elsewhere, and so I preferred Klassz to Cafe Bouchon, but the meal at Boucon was very good.

Engaging the owner was like having a personal sommelier and the master chef at your elbow. The restaurant was cozy and lovely. He called a cab for us and stood outside with us as it came

I was referred by a friend and took his word for it. I wrote an email to reserve a table and gave exact instructions for a certain wine, how it is to look upon entering, with decanter and hors d’oeuvres, I also ordered a cake for desert with a candle on it. I needed to say nothing upon my entering, all was set up and ready to go, very impressive. The waiter spoke near perfect English and referred us to the daily menu.

The food was beautiful, full of subtle flavours and very high quality. The 2 waiters, one of whom we believe was the owner were very attentive, recommending courses, and appropriate wines to accompany. The set menu courses appeared huge and value for money, but the a la carte menu is also reasonably priced, if you choose to pick your courses. The mushroom stuffed chicken breast and the crepe suzette (flambéed at your table) were wonderful. I’d rate Bouchon 100% if you get to sit downstairs (intimate & cozy).

Food was fantatic! Venison stroganoff was sooo good! Daughter had pork loin, delicious. Goulash soup was very tasty also. Salmon carpaccio was excellent. My 12 yo daughter was very happy with crepe suzette flambee.

Cafe Bouchon to be slightly overpriced. Still, it wasn’t bad at all by American standards: $10-20 for appetizers, $15-25 for main dishes, $10 for dessert, and the cheapest bottle of wine was around $15-20.

It was a nice dinner, some expensive but goose liver and salmon was perfect. it was something with the potatoes however, but it did not spoil the evening.

Amazing service and great food! My husband read the review about the orgasmic goose liver, one of the draws that brought us to Café Bouchon. And orgasmic goose liver it was! However after several weeks of travel, enjoying a lot of rich and delicious food, all I wanted was a simple fish dish with lots of vegetables. While this type of dish was not specifically on the menu , I got exactly what I wanted . The owner, who also waits on the tables, took great care of all our food requests. He was very accommodating and charming.

We stopped here on our last night in Budapest after the opera. We tried making a reservation by email a few times but never heard back. The restaurant was quite slow on Tuesday but the service was great for the whole experience. Nice restaurant; looked like around 20 tables total.

Bouchon has long been a favorite of my “posse”, and for good reason – the food is consistently excellent, the wine list is being refreshed constantly, and it’s just a generally nice place to be. If you ever have a bad experience, don’t be afraid to tell them, or ask for the manager – he is very happy to listen to constructive comments and improve. it’s the one place in Budapest where I’ve never had an issue when sending a dish or a bottle of wine back – and that’s saying something.

It is a small restaurant about six short blocks from our hotel (K+K Opera), but when we asked for a suggestion for an unpretentious restaurant, Cafe Bouchon was offered. It was a good choice

21 Restaurant (21 Vendeglo) is one of the best restaurants in Budapest if you want to try some delicious Hungarian meals by the Buda Castle Royal Palace. 21 Magyar Vendeglo (where vendeglo translates better as ‘inn’ but the place itself is a restaurant without a doubt) is located in the Castle District of Budapest, in the vicinity of the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Restaurant 21 Budapest - Hungarian cuisine

Restaurant 21 Budapest – Hungarian cuisine

Pros: real Hungarian cuisine without feeling too overwhelmed and heavy, dining in a friendly setting
Cons: no outdoor terrace, occasionally service was found not helpful enough.

Note: an additional 13% of service fee is automatically charged.

Cuisine at Restaurant 21 Budapest: traditional Hungarian foods in a lighter version

Wines at Restaurant 21 Budapest: lots of Hungarian wines including rarities and limited editions

Opening hours at Restaurant 21 Budapest: Mon – Sun from  11 am to midnight

Booking a table at Restaurant 21 Budapest:

here is the official website to make your reservation or contact the restaurant directly via email at

Some of the main dishes on offer at Restaurant 21 Budapest

  • Roasted fillet of Hungarian pike with asparagus and dill sauce 4280
  • Fillet of catfish with roasted potatoes and “letsho” 3960
  • Pan-fried chicken supreme with radish and spring onion 3890
  • Chicken paprikash with cottage cheese noodle dumplings 3760
  • Roasted breast of Barbarie duckling with nut “gnocchi” and sweet and hot paprika sauce 3940
  • Baked leg of goose with butternut squash dish 3980
  • Wiener schnitzel with potato salad 3460
  • Veal goulash with egg barley 3960
  • Roasted rack of lamb with wild garlic new potatoes 4990
  • Entrecote steak with spring vegetables and béarnaise sauce 4990

and lots of novelties amongst the daily dishes on the balckboards on the walls

Last updated: June 2012

How to Find Gluten Free Products and Places in Budapest?

When you go on holiday it is certainly not easy to keep you usual gluten free diet. Although Budapest is a big city of about 2 million people, and hundreds of restaurants, there are very few places where you can find specifically gluten free menus or well educated staff who could help you choose gluten free meals.

Some of the few restaurants who have special menus and meals to help guests with food intolerance including gluten sensitivity are listed below. Mind you, several restaurants have Hungarian only websites, but you can contact them on the phone if you have any questions.

Restaurants with Gluten Free Menus – Gluten Free Budapest

Gluten Free Meals at Etna Restaurant Budapest

Gluten Free Meals at Etna Restaurant Budapest

Etna Etterem is a – primarily pizza – restaurant where you can order gluten free pizzas, meals and dessets. Etna restaurant is close to the city centre of Budapest, in the 8th district, by Keleti train station. Address: Baross tér 10. (Baross square at Keleti metro station), Budapest. There is another Etna Etterem (it is sort of a mini chain restaurant) in the 2nd district, off the touristy areas (address:  Gábor �?ron út 74-78., 2nd district Budapest)

Kolos Kantin is a cozy take away restaurant in the very city centre of Budapest 5th district, close to Deak ter where all metro lines meet. By default Kolos Kantinis a standard restaurant but they will make all meals with gluten free pasta at your request for a surcharge (and approx. 2o min extra waiting). The opening hours of the restaurant is very short from 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays, closed on weekends.

Due Fratelli Restaurant in the 2nd district of Budapest, close to Moszkva tér (renamed as Széll Kálmán square). Due Fratelli has a list of gluten free pasta meals. Address: Erőd u. 9., Budapest

Pata Negra Tapas Bar & Restaurant is a standard restaurant with a wide range of gluten free(GM) meals on the menu. Pata Negra has a restaurant on the Buda and another one on the Pest side of Budapest. The address of Pata Negra Pest side restaurant is Kálvin tér 8. (close to the Grand Market Hall or ‘Vasarcsarnok’), on the M3 blue metro line (Kalvin ter metro station), and the address of Pata Negra Buda sideetterem is Frankel Leó út 55., not far from Margaret Bridge (and Margitsziget / Margaret Island).

Svabhegyi Vendeglo is a nice restaurant in the green and hilly 12th district of Budapest on the Buda side. The gluten free meals at Svabhegyi Vendeglo have a special ‘glm’ code on the menu. Address: Költõ u. 30. (Kolto street), Budapest H-1121

Free From Finom Gluten Free Snack Bar, Budapest

Free From Finom Gluten Free Snack Bar, Budapest

Gluten free snacks – Gluten Free Budapest

You can grab gluten free snacks, hamburgers, sandwiches, etc. at the Free From Finom Snack Bars in Budapest. Free From Finom is opening up more and more places. There is one eatery in each of the biggest city central shopping malls: one in Westend City Centre at Nyugati Train Station (M3 blue metro line, Nyugati metro station), and one on the 1st floor of Mammut Shopping Mall (close to the Buda Castle on the Castle Hill on the Buda side of Budapest). There is another Free From Finom Bar in Arena Plaza by Keleti Train Station.

Sweets, Desserts – Gluten Free Budapest

TAC Confectionary is not a restaurant, but they sell gluten free sandwiches, desserts, fresh bakery products, and in general all sorts of gluten free products. Basically TAC Budapest (Taplalek Allergia Centrum) started off as a shop and then expanded into a confectionary. Address: Vág u. 5. (Vag street), Budapest 13th district

�?lomsüti Confectionary specializes in gluten and sugar free desserts, cakes, biscuits and more for those who have sweet tooth. Alomsuti Confectionary is in the 13th district of Budapest, the address is Balzac utca 27., Budapest 13th district.

Csillagfeny Teazo is a nice and calm place to drink teas and have some gluten free desserts. Address: Wesselényi u. 21., 7th district of Budapest city centre (in the old Jewish Quarter).

Home Delivery – Gluten Free Budapest

  • Online Pizza – Gluten free pizzas in Budapest: Etna Restaurant sells gluten free pizzas (of 32 cm diameter) online. The list of pizzas is here. They take orders between 11 am and 10:45 pm.
  • Repeta Menü Restaurant Budapest – special ‘sensitive meals’ on their menu (indicated by the word ‘sensitive’)
  • Body Food Restaurant Budapest – minimum 1o day menus

Finally, a funnily retro advertisement (in Hungarian) showing the interior, etc. of Csillagfeny Teazo (tea house):

The above list has been based on the recommendations of a Gluten Free Lifestyle magazine in Hungary: