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If you are on a shoestring budget in Budapest, either because of your limited financial means, or because you are a student or a backpacker or an exchange worker or just a nice volunteer in Budapest Hungary, you can still find affordable, really really good budget restaurants in Budapest – with Hungarian cuisine or with some kind of cosmopolitan food (Chinese, Indian, Mexican, etc.). Here is our Map of Budapest Cheap Restaurants: nice restaurants with cheap menus, eateries, vegetarian food bars, butchers with great sausages by the counter, self service restaurants.

Budapest Leves - Soup Bar

Budapest Leves – Soup Bar

Your best bet is to have a good lunch in Hungary. Lunch is the main meal of the day, which is sometime between 12pm and 2pm. Consequently, lunch menus abundant in the city of Budapest, as they attract all the employees flocking out of the workplaces to get some decent lunch and socialize – but priced favourably in view of low Hungarian salaries.

Lunch meals in Budapest are quite good deals. The 3-6 Euro lunch deals usually include some kind of soup and the main course of your choice,  however, there are no drinks, no salads, no desserts included in this truly shoestring budget price (if you have something even cheaper in mind, you will have to go to the grocery for some bakery products and other cheap foods)

Soups of Hungarian Lunch Deals

Hungarians love soups and many eat a big bowl of soup to start with. The most typical Hungarian soups are: Hungarian chicken soup, tomato soup, potato soup, pea soup, green bean soup, sour cherry soup, bean soup, goulash soup (yes, it is a soup in Hungary, not a stew), but there are all kinds of soups from cheese soup through broccoli cream soup to onion soup. Lighter soups – mostly soups with vegetables and fruits – are typically paired with more substantial main courses, while heavier, meat based soups like bean soup with smoked ham or goulash soup with beef cubes, or tarragon chicken soup are paired with lighter main courses like veggie casseroles or pasta dishes.

Frici Papa Kifozdeje - cheap eatery in Budapest

Frici Papa Kifozdeje – cheap eatery in Budapest

Main Courses of Hungarian Lunch Deals

Main courses at cheap restaurants may seem to be mostly meat based, and they are indeed. But there are lots of vegetarian meals available too (especially soups and the wide range of stewed vegetable dishes called ‘fozelek’, say fur-zel-lake). Main courses are quite cosmopolitan, with frequent Hungarian – Italian – Eastern European options to choose from.

Types of Cheap Places to Eat in Budapest

Let’s assume, that you would not want to spend more than 4-8 Euros per meals (for lunch and dinner) in Budapest. Your best options arecheap Hungarian restaurants (étterem is restaurant) or other types of dining places called:

  • eatery: étkezde (ate-kez-deh), or kifőzde (ki-furs-deh): usually open all day, crowded at lunch hours, but at dinner time eateries are not busy
  • self-service restaurants: onkiszolgalo (önkiszolgáló, say earn-ki-sol-gah-low) – mostly focusing on cheap lunches
  • buffet: bufe (büfé, say bur-fay) – sandwiches, frankfurters, sausages, grilled meat, salads, Hungarian style burgers, pickles, etc. e.g. Burek Kiraly (in Hegedus Gyula street, close to Nyugati Train Station) or Csirkefogo close to Deak Square in Bajcsy Zsilinszky street)

Budapest Budget Restaurants

Eateries and Restaurants in Budapest: budget but good places to eat, with good foods and modest prices, approx. 4-8€. The budget prices usually mean that you can expect a not so good service (American tourists please note that the European style catering is far less dynamic and proactive than the American style “the waiter checks upon the guests every 5 min” to refill, to ask, to offer, to make sure, etc.. The traditional Hungarian style catering, and in general European style, is more like ” please hail down the waiter / waitress if you need anything, otherwise we don’t want to bother you in your privacy”).

Fruccola Bar Budapest

Fruccola Bar Budapest

So let’s see the list of cheap places to eat in Budapest: these are the best budget restaurants in Budapest at the time of writing.
Menza Restaurant on the unavoidable Liszt Ferenc Square by Andrassy Avenue (close to Oktogon). Liszt Square has a dozen restaurants of various styles, Menza is one of the most visited for its cheap prices, and lovely retro atmosphere. Is it perfect? No it is not, yet it is still one of the most visited dining places in Budapest by locals and tourists alike. It has a great location if you are walking along Andrassy, taking a tour in the nearby Opera House, or heading to / from the House of Terror and the Heroes Square. 4-5 Euros for a soup-main course lunch menu:
Ruben Restaurant in District V is one of the best budget restaurants in Budapest with its highly popular cheap daily lunch menu for 3-4 Euros. Ruben is at 12 Magyar Street, close to Astoria M2 metro station (just a few minutes from this cheap Hungarian restaurant, there is a nice little park, Karolyi kert, where you can sit down to have some quiet and peace in the bustling city): Ruben Restaurant
Frici Papa Kifozdeje is a genuine cheap eatery / budget restaurant in Budapest. Do not expect anything fancy, just something like a nice cosy canteen with lots of happily dining very satisfied locals who are on a budget (as are Hungarian wages). Official website of Frici Papa Budapest.
Hunyadi Kisvendeglo close to the House of Terror at 10 Hunyadi Square Budapest is indeed a cosy traditional Hungarian restaurant with cheap prices and good foods. Official website of Hunyadi Kisvendeglo
Fruccola is a light eatery with healthy salads, sandwiches and lots of fresh veegetables and fruits for the health conscious tourists in Budapest (locals love Fruccola’s places) More info on 

Montenegroi Gurman Budapest

Montenegroi Gurman Budapest

Leves is a trendy Hungarian eatery specializing in soups. It is in face a good soup bar for take away soups, fresh baguettes, cookies, etc. Leves (or more precisely Leves! with an exclamation mark – I have mentioned that Hungarians looove soups!) is very very popular among students. No wonder: the soups are substantial, very nice and fresh, perfect for a dirt cheap budget main course. The budget eatery is close to the Central market hall (Vamhaz korut street 14). Official Facebook page of Leves here.
Cafe Zappa The daily cheap lunch menu deal includes two courses plus 3 dl lemonade for about 5-6 euros. Isn’t it budget Budapest? More details about Cafe Zappa Budapest here.
Cafe Alibi a cosy and cheap student hangout by the Hungarian National Museum on Egyetem Square should be on your Budapest cheap restaurant list in downtown Budapest (hot tip: nearby Chocoroom is a great place for a cuppa hot chocolate) See the image video of Cafe Alibi at the bottom. Official facebook page of Budapest Cafe Alibi.

Cafe Bocadillo in the city centre of Budapest, on Astoria Square is an ideal cheap place to eat a quick lunch, snack or a nice budget breakfast if you happen to be in the neighbourhood (close to the Jewish Quarter, the Great Synagogue, the National Museum, Urania Film Theatre, etc.). The terrace is definitely an advantage. More info here
Cafe Bali (officially known as Bali Caffe) is a small cafe with 13 tables by Astoria Square, in central Budapest. Their cheap lunch deals are great value for money (for about 4 Euros soup and main course) if you are close by Astoria Square M2 metro station. Official website of the cafeis here.

Ruben Restaurant Budapest

Ruben Restaurant Budapest

Atrium Restaurant is very close to the Heroes Square in Budapest, opposite the nearby 1956 Memorial on Dozsa Gyorgy Way, in the modern glass building of the ING. The modern self-service / canteen / cafe is a pleasant and cheap place to have a decent lunch on weekdays. Not to be confused with Atrium Cafe on Vorosmarty Square.

Belvarosi Disznotoros is not even an eatery, still a warmly recommended cheap place to eat in Budapest – for meat lovers exclusively, who are happy to grab some lovely sausages, grilled chiken, duck thighs, blood pudding (the latter of which could be the closest translation to the Hungairan liver and blood sausages), etc. If you like meat and don’t mind eating while standing at a counter amongst fresh butcher products, it could be your potential best budget ‘meatery’ in Budapest. Belvarosi Disznotoros (‘Downtown pork platter’) is super centrally located and open all day long on weekdays (until 8pm). It is a short walk from the Elisabeth Bridge, from Astoria (M2 station) or from Kalvin Square (M3 Station) and the National Museum in Budapest. Official Facebook page

Makos Guba Restaurant Budapest

Makos Guba Restaurant Budapest

Makos Guba is a budget restaurant on the Buda side, close to the Tunnel under the Castle Hill on Krisztina korut street, District I in Budapest. The place is packed with locals at lunch time, with an average waiting time of 10-15 min, but is a lot more relaxed outside peak lunch hours. Right across the street from Makos Guba you will see a CBA grocery store – well this corner shop has a pretty good and very cheap eatery section – with a very limited number of tables (5-6?), but many are happy to take their lunch boxes away for a cheap meal (maybe eat it at the nearby little park). Official website of Makos Guba Restaurant here.

Popular canteens: there are some really popular canteens in Budapest, which are usually not attractive by sight, so you need to lower your expectations before entering the canteens. Some of them have been around for many decades, and have a definite retro feeling, like Pajtas Etterem (self service canteen) in Gyorskocsi Street, close to Batthyany Square M2 metro station. Pajtas (poy-tah-sh) attracts anyone of any ages trying to get a decent lunch on a budget (weekday lunch place only).

Most universities also has cheap canteens, you can ask any of the students to give your directions. For instance, if you are staying by Petofi Bridge, you can try the canteen of the Technical University for a cheap lunch.

Miscellaneous budget places to eat

Cosmopolitan cuisine in Budapest with reasonable / budget prices

Arriba Taqueria Mexican foods on Terez korut street, not far from Liszt Ferenc square and Menza (which is usually full)
Hummus Bar for great vegitarian dishes in Alkotmany street, close to the Parliament and Szabadsag square
Szeraj Restaurant Turkish eatery close to the Margaret Bridge (13 Szt Istvan korut street)
Momotaro Ramen Chinese restaurant close to the Chain Bridge and the Parliament and the Basilica in Szechenyi street
Montenegroi Gurman in Rakoczi way (54 Rákóczi út)
California Coffee for sandwiches on Kalvin Square (American urban trendy sort of place)

Budapest Budget Restaurants

Budapest Budget Restaurants

Regarding Hungarian cuisine, of which you have already must have heard that the meals are heavy, I would recommend trying anything ‘typical Hungarian’ for lunch so that you have time to digest it. We ourselves eat our heavy national deals mostly for lunch time, maybe for this very reason, but maybe also as midday lunch is the main meal of the day for Hungarians, while dinners are lighter, faster, less fancy on average. Midday lunch is sometime between noon and 2 pm, but some places open earlier at about half to 12 as early arrivals will be happy to get before the long queues building up by 12pm.

Taking a critical look at our own Hungarian cuisine (and mind you, we are not relying on statistics here as simply there are no stats only assumptions and observations), we could say that Hungarian savoury cuisine can be summed up in 3 words: stews, pickles and sour cream. However, the desserts in Hungary, eaten at a good place can be won-der-ful! Delicious, yummy, mouthwatering. Let’s add that the best place to eat is always a good Hungarian home with a nice housewife, possibly in her mature years. But most tourists are not that lucky to get invited for a real home made meal in Hungary. Never mind, some places will let you have a feel for what you could have.

If you eat goulash, be prepared that in Hungary, where it is from, goulash is a soup with more liquid and lots of veggies, maybe dumplings, beef cubes and paprika. Most foreigners expect to get stew when they order goulash, but in Hungarian stew is pörkölt, goulash is gulyás (soup).


Last updated: 11 August, 2012

Are you planning to have your meal while enjoying panoramic views in Budapest? Would you like more than having a picnic basket on the Citadel or climbing the Fisherman’s Bastion lookout tower to get stunning views? Here are some of the top viewpoint restaurants in Budapest, the ‘Paris of East’ divided by the river Danube into Buda and Pest – both magical at night.

Stunning Views over the city from Citadella Panorama Restaurant Budapest

Stunning Views over the city from Citadella Panorama Restaurant Budapest

Having a great meal in Budapest is not so difficult in one of the best Budapest restaurants. That said, having a great meal in a good restaurant possibly with river views might not be so easy, which sounds strange and with all that water flowing through between Buda and Pest it is downright contra-intuitive. Still, having a good dinner while enjoying the attractions by the river Danube is a sort of rarity in Budapest.

The river views and the Danube promenade in general – with the historical bridges – in Budapest are worth a visit for themselves. After all even the UNESCO found the glittering beauty of the most beautiful river views and its attractions along the river Danube worth adding to the World Heritage Site list: the Hungarian Parliament, the Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge, the Gresham Palace (Four Seasons Hotel Budapest), the Gellert Hill, etc. are all fantastic and provide the most romantic and beautiful background for a nice dinner in Budapest – when the sights get illuminated at dusk, the riverside becomes one of the best  scenic and romantic places in Europe.

Needless to say, you will have to pay a bit more to enjoy the views alongside your meals, but we think it would be worth the splurge. The snag is that, strictly speaking, there is currently no top notch restaurant with really top notch views over the river Danube and the best attractions along the river in Budapest.

There are either great restaurants with some good river views or good restaurants with good / great river views. In addition, there are Budapest dinner cruises where the boat tour is enhanced by buffet dinner options, which are usually decent but not outstanding five star dinners.

Great restaurants in Budapest with good river views

Trattoria and Taverna are only a few minutes walk from each other by the river Danube (not right near the river, but about 45 steps from it). Booking is needed, especially in high season (July and August) when most tourists seek out the best Budapest restaurants (both are often reviewed on Budapest travel forums with very satisfied ratings)

Trattoria Toscana Restaurant – Budapest restaurant with terrace and river views

Trattoria Toscana Restaurant Terrace with Budapest Panorama

Trattoria Toscana Restaurant Terrace with Budapest Panorama

Trattoria Toscana: the terrace of this restaurant has some astonishing river views, and you will definitely get one of the best Italian dishes in this lovely and highly popular restaurant. The atmosphere of Trattoria Toscana is very Italian, cosy and warm, very casual and truly Mediterranean ambience. Tourists are usually surprised how good Italian foods you can get in Budapest. But Budapest is a very cosmopolitan city with all sorts of restaurants (from French, Italian, through Russian or German or Indian to Argentine and Mexican). Please note that reservation is a must. And be prepared for extra waiting time on busy days.

Taverna Dionysos Restaurant – Budapest restaurant with terrace and river views

Taverna Dionysos: this restaurant has been amongst the best restaurants in Budapest for several years.

Taverna Dionysos Budapest panorama views

Taverna Dionysos Budapest panorama views

The cuisine, as the name suggests is Greek not Hungarian. Its outdoor seating makes the restaurant a great place for a bit of splurge (e.g. for a romantic dinner in Budapest, to celebrate an anniversary or your spouse’s / friend’s birthday). The terrace of the Greek Taverna Dionysos provides good views of the Buda sideand some of its sights like the Citadel and the Statue of Liberty atop Gellert Hill and the Buda waterfront with churches and 19th century residential buildings. While indoor the restaurant is typical white-blue Greek, the outdoor is undeniably more of Budapest due to the attractive sights and the city atmosphere. Service on busy days may get quite slow with lots of waiting time (for a seat, for the food, for the bill).

Good restaurants in Budapest with good / great river views

Citadella Panorama Restaurant, Budapest

Some of the tables at the restaurant by the Citadel on top of Gellert Hill called Citadella Panorama restaurant have beautiful night views over the river Danube. As this is the top of the Gellert Hill is THE most panoramic viewpoint in Budapest, you can easily get great views of both the Buda and the Pest side and their attractions (the Chain Bridge, the Parliament, the Gresham Palace, the dome of the St Stephen’s Basilica, the Buda Castle, etc.). The restaurant got good (but not excellent) reviews. The prices are expensive. The opening hours of the panorama restaurant are somewhat limited: Monday – Friday 5pm – 11pm, and at weekends open from noon to 11pm.

A38 Restaurant with panoramic views in Budapest

A38 Restaurant with panoramic river views in Budapest

A38 Restaurant with panoramic river views in Budapest

A38 is a ship permanently anchored by Petofi Bridge on the river Danube: while A38 is widely known as a cool and vibrant music club, its upper deck is in fact a trendy modern restaurant. The prices range from mid range to expensive and the restaurant is not superb but it is very good. You can have views over the river, the southern attractions of Budapest by Rakoczi Bridge (the Palace of Arts and the Hungarian National Theatre). A good choice if you want to see one of theconcerts on A38, or join the night party after dinner (one of the stars of Budapest nightlife).

Columbus Pub – standing ship with great views of Budapest

Columbus Pub might be a perfect choice for having a drink if you want to have a really wide panoramic view.

Columbus Pub and Restaurant Budapest panoramic views

Columbus Pub and Restaurant Budapest panoramic views

For dinners the restaurant seems to be a good but hit and miss choice. The reviews of the dishes and service on Columbus Restaurant on avarage are good or very good. An often recurring remark is overpriced(but this could be said of most panorama restaurants in Budapest). Columbus is oftentimes picked as the wedding party scene of foreigners in Budapest.

Spoon Restaurant – Budapest river views

Cafe Spoon Budapest

Cafe Spoon Budapest

Spoon Restaurant is a two floor standing ship turned into a stylish cafe / modern restaurant. Spoon is docked by the Chain Bridge on the river Danube in central Budapest. Its location and its amazing river views and views over the Buda side attractions, make the place quite popular amongst tourists and expats. The quality of the foods is average or good, and the prices are quite high in light of Hungarian standards, similar to western prices (like in London). You may feel a bit hurried when dining so if you want to take your time, and sit back, it may not be the best place.

Budapest Dinner Cruises and Lunch Cruises

There is no doubt about it, having a great dinner on a fantastic ship in Budapest could be the most memorable thing to do in this romantic city. Currently we cannot recommend you five star river cruises in Budapest, but if you are OK with a 3-4 star dinner experience and a 5 star sightseeing opportunity, taking a nice boat tour on the Danube  is a viable option – with or without dinner (or lunch, or cocktail, or beer, or party, what have you): see Budapest dinner cruises here.

For some tourists, especially tourists who are on a Budapest whistle tour or have a 2 day Budapest visit as part of a European tour, enjoying a dinner cruise in Budapest also saves time. It is indeed and interesting way to see the city of Budapest, learn about Hungary, the attractions, marvelling at the sights by the river and listening to live music (including Gypsy music).

However, if you are a foodie, or a picky eater, or someone who is only happy about five star dining experience, you may wish to take a drink only river cruise, and enjoy the dinner at one of the best restaurants in Budapest (see the Michelin starred Budapest restaurants here)

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: