Alabardos Restaurant (Alabardos Etterem) Budapest

Alabardos Restaurant (Alabardos Etterem), which is located in a nice 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 recommended by the Budapest Michelin guide. The restaurant has a terrace and a garden besides the internal rooms, which are all decorated in a style that combines medieval memorabilia, walls, colors with 19th century refurbishment. “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.

Knights Room in Alabardos Restaurant on Castle Hill in Budapest Buda side

Address: Országház utca 2, Budapest 1014
Phone: 00-36-1-356-0851
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 19:00.-23:00, Sat: 12:00-16:00 and 19:00-23:00 (Closed on Sunday)
Note: Closed on Sunday. Music: live classical music and guitar solos (unobtrusive). Booking in advance is recommended. Attire: preferably formal.

Gothic Terrace of Alabardos Restaurant on Castle Hill in Budapest Buda side
Getting here:

  • bus: Várbusz (minibus leaving from Moszkva tér metro station) or Bus number 16 from Deák tér metro station
  • Funicular from Adam Clark square at the Chain Bridge, then turn right and walk towards the Matthias church tower

See the location of Alabardos Restaurant on the Budapest Tourist map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest). Notice that Alabardos Restaurant is in the Castle District on top of the Castle Hill (Varhegy), very close to the Matthias Church, the Fishermen’s Bastion, the Hungarian House of Wines, the historical little confectioner’s Cafe Ruszwurm, and of course the Royal Palace itself with its numerous exhibitions.

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  1. We just returned from Budapest – Aladbardos is as you describe – We went with the chef’s menu – We were gifted with an ‘Amuse’ course served very modern a bite of apple foam with goat cheese (not sure exactly) and a ‘shot’ of carrot soup.

    Then all four of us were surprised that the first course was goose liver, which is not a surprise in Hungry at all of course, it was just we were under the impression first course was a salad?!? Main course for Holy Friday was choice of the Pikeperch fish or ‘Lamb of two kinds’, rib chop and a ‘meat’ loaf. Both were excellent – the fish is of a type with little flavor, the lamb was very flavorful and very pink the ground lamb ball was also extra tasty.

    A high-LIGHT was the soup course a Goulash Soup served on the fine china (as you mention) but, flaming! That’s right they flame the saucer around the bowel and you watch you soup bubble in place while you wait for the flame to go out. I was happy to have this standard dish of the country elevated to such a level.

    The desert was billed as a secret! We also received a second chef’s gift of Basil Ice Cream – Nice! Then the secret desert – I won’t spoil it for you but it was fab-o!

    Guitar music was great – Stairway to Heaven, If I were a Rich Man, Beatles, as well as classics.

    Only down side to me – the chairs are not very comfortable. The backs too straight, the seats of the chairs sag below the frames.

    Service is impeccable, grand dinning; for four, on the chef’s menu with a good bottle of Hungarian Red for around $350 USD

  2. pictures!! please

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