Il Terzo Cerchio: Divine Italian Restaurant in Budapest

The Italian Ristorante Il Terzo Cerchio in Budapest is a divine Italian Restaurant in two senses: one for its food, which is the most important, and the other for its name, which means ‘The Third Circle‘ referring to the 3rd circle of Hell in Dante’s Divine Comedy, where Cerberus guards the gluttons. So beware falling into the trap of gluttony here! :)

While the gluttons in Dante’s epic poem (or the thriller Seventh based on it) are forced to lie in slush made by freezing rain, black snow & hail, you will be treated heavenly in this fine Italian restaurant located in inner Budapest, in fact the old Jewish district.

Il Terzo Cerchio Italian Restaurant in Budapest Dohany utca

“Time goes by quickly in Terzo, because it’s ideally suited for large, loud groups and not intimate discussions. On a regular weekday evening the huge, almost hollow place fills up quickly with Italians and locals having a great time at large, sometimes 10-12 seater tables. There is a good buzz about the place that is kept up by the ever watchful eyes of the Italian owners – always there to greet guests, help out where possible and just to be there at all times. Pizza is one of the best Budapest has to offer with a definite smoky taste due to the wood-fired brick oven it is made in.” (Steel on Food Police culinary blog)

The design is like a cobblestoned street under the ground, simple wooden tables and chairs, bare brick walls, and large gatherings make it a lively place.

Address: Dohány utca 40, 1072 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-354-0788
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12pm – 23:30
Getting here:

  • metro (red line) Astoria station
  • trams/ streetcars: 47 or 49
  • buses: number 7 (green not red), or 78

See the location of Il Terzo Cerchio 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 or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Il Terzo Cerchio Restaurant is very close to the old Jewish district and just a few steps from the Great Synagogue (Moorish-Byzantine neolog synagogue), as well as the beautiful Urania Film Theater (Uránia Mozi) or the opulent Cafe New York in New York Palace Boscolo Hotel.


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Osteria Fausto’s Restaurant (Fausto’s Étterem) High-end Italian Ristorante in Budapest

Osteria Fausto’s Ristorante (Fausto’s Étterem) is a genuine representative of high-end exclusive Italian restaurants – and there are actually two Fausto’s in Budapest, one is the Fausto’s while the other one is Osteria Fausto’s. Their motto is “Italian tradition in a continually reinterpreted international cuisine.” The wine list contains a wide variety of Hungarian and Italian wines. Fancy dishes at fancy prices, ideal for fancy business or romantic lunches/ dinners (make sure you book in advance). The design, the prices, the opening hours differ in the two Faustos Ristorante so check the details below for each.

Fausto’s Restaurant

Address: Székely Mihály utca 2, 1061 Budapest
Phone: 00-36 1 877-6210 or cell: 00-36-30-589-1813
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm – 3pm and 7pm – 11pm, Sat 6pm-11pm (closed on Sundays)
Getting here: underground (yellow metro line) Bajcsy Zsilinszky út station or Opera station, then walk or trolley buses: number 70 or 78.

Fausto’s Restaurant (Fausto’s Étterem) High-end Italian Ristorante in Budapest

See the location of Fausto’s 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 or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Faustos Restaurant is very close to the Opera House or the Operetta Theater, as well as the old Jewish district and the Great Synagogue.


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Osteria Fausto’s Restaurant

Address: Dohány utca 2, 1072 Budapest
Phone: 00-36 1 269-6806
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm (closed on Sundays)
Getting here: underground (yellow metro line) Bajcsy Zsilinszky út station or Opera station, then walk or trolley buses: number 70 or 78.

Osteria Fausto’s Restaurant (Fausto’s Étterem) Exclusive Italian Ristorante in Budapest near Dohány Synagogue

See the location of Osteria Fausto’s 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 or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Osteria Faustos Restaurant is very close to the old Jewish district and the Great Synagogue (Moorish-Byzantine neolog synagogue), as well as the beautiful Pushkin Film Theater (Puskin Mozi from 1926).


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Ristorante Krizia: Italian restaurant in Budapest

Ristorante Krizia Italian restaurant in Budapest headed by the owner-chef Graziano Cattaneo serves genuine Italian cuisine in a rustic-elegant family atmosphere. Italian and Hungarian wines by the glass and by the bottle alike. As Jacqueline Friedrich in New York Times remarks: “a popular seven-year-old Italian restaurant with excellent homemade pasta.” (back in 2004). “Our main courses of spinach and ricotta ravioli, home made cannelloni and risotto of langoustines were all a cut above the norm. Finishing off with equally impressive caramelized fruit pancakes and a chocolate torte, we’re happy to be among the critics who rave about this place. Recommended!” (Talking Cities UK). Krizia Restaurant is also amongst the top 33 restaurants on Chew.hu list (a leading culinary Hungarian blog).

Ristorante Krizia Italian Restaurant in Budapest close to Oktogon

Address: Mozsár utca 12., 1066 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-331-8711
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12-15 and 18:30-24:00 (closed on Sundays)
Note: Sundays: closed.
Getting here:

  • underground (yellow metro line), Opera station
  • trams/ streetcars: number 4 or 6

See the location of Krizia 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 or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Ristorante Krizia is very close to the Opera House as well as the Operetta Theater, and the House of Terror museum on Andrassy út.


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Pampas Argentine Steakhouse Restaurant in Budapest

Pampas Argentine Steakhouse Restaurant in Budapest is a paradise for beef meat lovers: the meat is freshly imported from Argentina where the Angus cattle herds are raised on expansive pastures, according to Budapest Times. As Fodor’s travel guide writes: “You’ll be spoiled for choice at this dedicated steak house specializing in imported Argentine beef. Cuts difficult to find in Hungary like rib-eye and New York strip are aged and lovingly grilled in this sophisticated restaurant in central Pest. … The mostly Hungarian wine list is affordable and suited to juicy beef dinners.” Well, wines are also from Chile, Argentina and France – at reasonable prices. Steaks come in 200g, 320g and 480g portions.

Pampas Argentine Steakhouse Restaurant in Budapest Hungary

Address: Vámház körút 6. 1056 Budapest (right next to the Central Market Hall in Budapest)
Phone: 00-36-1-411-1750
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12pm – 2am
Getting here:

  • metro (blue line) Kálvin tér station
  • tram/ streetcar: number 2 or 2A or 47 and 49

See the location of Pampas Argentine Steakhouse 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 or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Pampas Argentine Steak House is very close to the Central Market Hall (Vasarcsarnok), Vaci utca shopping street, the Liberty Bridge and Hotel Gellert with the Gellert Baths.


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Salaam Bombay Budapest: Indian Restaurant in the City Center

The motto of Salaam Bombay Budapest is “Indian cuisine redefined” so you can expect updated Indian cuisine. The wide range of dishes include various vegetarian plates, which are not easy to come by in Budapest, the haven of meat with meat, bacon and grease eaters (disclaimer: I am one of them). The Salaam Bombay Feast for two is about 7000 HUF, the Valentine Day’s couple treat is approx. 9000 HUF – in general, the Indian restaurant is moderately priced.

To quote from Frommer’s travel guide: [Firdosh] “Irani came to Budapest in 1994 via New York, and has been in the Indian cuisine business for over 30 years. And it shows, since this restaurant probably gives you the best value that your money can buy in Budapest, as well as a unique look at a more contemporary and varied Indian menu than we are accustomed to. .. Psychedelic colors pervade the space, with shells, sand, and bamboo sticks leaving it both exotic and sparsely contemporary at the same time.

Salaam Bombay Budapest Indian Restaurant

Address: Mérleg utca 6, Budapest 1051
Phone: 00-36-1-411-1252
Opening hours: (lunch and dinner) Mon-Sun 12-15 and 18-23
Getting here:

  • metro (blue line) Deák tér station,
  • tram/streetcar: number 2,
  • bus number 4

See the location of Salaam Bombay 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 or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Salaam Bombay is very close to the Parliament, the Basilica and Roosevelt square with the Chain Bridge & the Gresham Palace or Hotel Sofitel.


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Chez Daniel Restaurant (Chez Daniel Étterem): a bit of Provence in Budapest

Chez Daniel Restaurant (Chez Daniel Étterem) with its French cuisine orchestrated by French chef Daniel Labrosse, smallish quaint terrace and numerous wooden, and brass French cocks brings a glimpse of Provence in Budapest. The restaurant is on the way to or from the Heroes’ square (Millennial Monument, Museum of Fine Arts, etc.) on beautiful Andrassy avenue, which is flanked by Paris-like 19th century buildings.

Chez Daniel is on the list of Top 33 restaurants made by the Hungarian food blog, Chew.hu. Vegetarians watch out for the camembert chaud aux truffes (warm camembert with julienned white truffles). Likewise the cheese platter shows an allegiance to the tenets of French cuisine. Steel on the Food Police blog writes Chez Daniel has “definite highs and some strange and unexplicable lows” – like a marriage with ups and downs.

Chez Daniel restaurant offering French cuisine in Budapest Hungary

Chez Daniel restaurant offering French cuisine in Budapest Hungary

Address: Szív utca 32, 1063 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-302-4039
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12-15 and 19-23
Note: French and Hungarian wines and clientele. Besides French meals, you can also buy fresh vegetables in a little shop within Chez Daniel, or French wines next to the restaurant, in Trikolor. His & Hers menus on Valentine’s Day & other romantic treats for your better half.
Getting here: underground (yellow line metro), Kodály körönd station or bus number 4.

See the location of Chez Daniel 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 or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Chez Daniel Restaurant is close to Andrassy avenue, the House of Terror museum,


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The above mentioned white truffle (choiromyces meandriformis in Latin) is not identical with the Alpine tartufo bianco.

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Lou Lou Restaurant: FabuLous LouLou Cuisine in Budapest

Lou Lou Restaurant in Budapest was number 86 out of the top 100 restaurants in the world made by Restaurant Magazine in 2007. The following now is history as LouLou was closed down for good. If you want to make a reservation at an elegant and Michelin starred restaurant in Budapest, or pick one of the best restaurants in Budapest, just follow the links. Lou Lou serves French cuisine, as Frommer’s guide writes: “Fresh-fish dishes are the specialty of the house. Lou Lou features an extensive wine list. A house wine is available and is a good choice.Lou Lou is relatively small (about eight tables) Antique wooden horse above the bar, chairs from the era of Louis XVI.

Address: Vigyázó Ferenc utca 4, 1051 Budapest Phone: 00-36-1-312-4505

Opening hours: sorry, unfortunately Lou Lou has been CLOSED DOWN.

Mon-Fri 12-15 and 19-23, Sat 19-23 (closed on Sundays) Note: Book a table in advance and prepare for Michelin type prices. Lou Lou was opened by Károly Rudits (earlier managing the kitchen in Kempinski Hotel Corvinus). Getting here:

  • metro: (red line) Kossuth tér station or (blue line) Bajcsy Zsilinszky út station
  • tram/ streetcar: number 2, which runs along the River Danube embankment
  • bus: number 15, 16, 105

See the location of Lou Lou 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 or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Lou Lou is very close to the Parliament, the Basilica and Roosevelt square with the Chain Bridge & the Gresham Palace: View Larger Map OK, I accept my due punishment for the pun in the title. Read more about the Best Restaurants in Budapest.

Cafe Bouchon a Restaurant at Ease in Budapest

 Cafe Bouchon is a friendly professional restaurant close to Oktogon square (Andrassy avenue) in Budapest. As Fodor’s Budapest travel guide writes: “You won’t find friendlier or more attentive service in Budapest than in this French-inspired bistro… Café tables, parquet floors, and a daily menu written on butcher paper all set the mood for a casual but sophisticated meal. The well-chosen wine list highlights some of Hungary’s best and most interesting wines by the glass…. The flourless French chocolate cake on the regular menu is a treat any time of the year.” Cafe Bouchon is on the Top 33 list of Chew.hu, the Hungarian food blog.

Cafe Bouchon Restaurant in Budapest Hungary

Address: 1066 Bp. Zichy Jenő u. 33.
Phone: 00-36-1-353-4094
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9 am – 11 pm (closed on Sun)
Note: Cash only. Four-course menus come at about 4-5000 HUF. You can make up your 100% portion by having three different meals of 33% (great for gourmet tasting). Sundays closed.

See the location of Cafe Bouchon 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 or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map):


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Anyway, as the owners explain it “the name ‘Bouchon’ 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.”

PS: the owners of Café Bouchon worked for Cafe Kör for several years, which means a kid of guarantee for a good job.

photo: from Port.hu

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Restaurant Csalogany 26 in Budapest: the Locals-Love-It Place

Csalogany 26 Restaurant (Csalogány 26 Étterem) is one of those really few excellent restaurants in Budapest, the news and legends of which have been going around in gossip, word of mouth, emails, forums, gourmet reviews (!), etc. No, not the interior design, not even the waiters’ style – the food quality & selection and the very affordable prices, so the place. It’s worth checking if you are on the Buda side of Budapest. New York Times: “low-key trattoria with a high-tech twist … blends Hungarian and Continental cuisines … the wine list has excellent Hungarian varietals, including a kadarka.” So yes, it’s ‘the locals love it’ plus ‘the locals fear that prices may surge up’ restaurant type. Extreme bargain for excellence. The name is Csalogány 26, say: cha-lo-gagne hoo-son-hot.

Csalogany 26 Restaurant in Budapest Hungary
Address: Csalogány utca 26, Budapest 1015
Phone: 00-36-1-201-7892
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12:00-23:00 Sat 18:00-23:00 (Sundays: closed)
Getting here: metro (red line), station: Batthyány tér, bus: 86 (Batthyány tér stop), tram/ streetcar: 19 (Batthyány tér stop)
Note: The name says the address. Live kitchen means that there’s a TV connected from the kitchen to the dining room showing the preparation of meals. Closed on Sundays.

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Gloria Jean’s Coffee Houses in Budapest

Gloria Jean’s Coffee House

The cafe chain has more locations in Budapest. This coffee house is one of the early birds of big chain cafés importing the American style café culture (emblematic of Starbucks cafés) into Hungary. Big cups, fresh cakes, reliable services, free wifi.

Gloria Jean’s Coffee House at Heroes’ square sounds very handy after/ before a long visit in the Museum of Fine Arts (Szepmuveszeti Muzeum) or the Hall of Art (Mucsarnok) on Hosok tere, or a long stroll in the City Park. “The cafe is located in a beautifully renovated old villa and has several big rooms ideally suited to larger gatherings,” says the website.

Address: Dózsa György út 96., 1068 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-354-10-98
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8.30 am – 8.30 pm

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Gloria Jean’s Coffee House in Mammut Shopping Mall (a ten-minute walk downhill from the Castle District in Budapest). It has a nice view over Széna tér from comfortable armchairs with occasionally good background music. It’s good to have a break here before/ after a walk up the hill to the Royal Palace, the Fishermen’s Bastion, etc. or while shopping in the mall.

Address: 1024 Budapest, Lövőház utca 2-6. III. emelet 301. – basically, in Mammut Shopping Mall next to Moszkva tér, Mammut Building I., third floor.
Phone: 00-36-1-345-82-04
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8.30am-10pm
Prices: (coffees) from about 515 HUF

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The good thing about Gloria Jean’s Coffee House that it’s a coffee house in a sense that it also sells various coffee beans and coffee making accessories – unlike most of the Hungarian cafes.

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Deryne Bistro Budapest

Deryne Bistro (formerly known as Café Déryné ) is on the Buda side of Budapest, a few minutes from the Tunnel at the Chain Bridge. It is a nice place to have dinner with pleasant live music in the background – there are not many good restaurants with good music in Budapest, so Deryne Bistro might be a really good option.

Cafe Deryne Budapest, Hungary: Déryné Bistro on Krisztina Square

Cafe Deryne Budapest, Hungary: Déryné Bistro on Krisztina Square

It is an ideal place to sit in after or before a walk up/ down the Castle hill to the Royal Palace or if you decided to walk through the Tunnel on foot. Deryne Bistro  looks trendy and eclectic. If you have older editions of travel guides (e.g. a Lonely Planet before 2008), you will get the description of a totally different cafe, which was a homey downtrodden traditional cafe and confectioner’s. Deryne Bistro is a cafe-bistro, wine-cellar etc. fashionable, anything-but-traditional place. There is lots of live music – along the jazz and swing lines.

Cafe Deryne basic info:

Address: 3 Krisztina Square, 1013 Budapest (District I)
Phone: 00-36-1-225-1407
Coffee: Santo Domingo

Deryne  Bistro has free wifi and plugs under each seat, which is still a rarity. The interior is a mixture of a cigar bar, a café and a plasma TV lounge, “the lounge area resembling something out of an Abercrombie & Fitch store (leather armchairs, dark wood, an open fireplace) ” (food police blog on Café Déryné).

No doubt, Deryne Bistro has many elements mixed and “the choice of piano bar, café, bistro, wine cellar, white table-cloth restaurant and lounge all under one roof may sound like overkill, but the ultimate effect is that it is hard to imagine Déryné empty at any time of day or night.” (Adrian from Chew), adding that “the real charm of the place is that it creates the cultured atmosphere of a cosmopolitan restaurant without the stuffiness of a super-fashionable bar or downtown tourist trap.”

As for the prices: “reasonably priced – we came away spending Ft 3,000 a head on soups, entrées and lemonade/beer (no wine).” Express lunch (portions are on the smallish side) is available between 11:30 and 15:00 and comes at about 1800 HUF. However, reading through the reviews and comments, the atmosphere and the location got more points than the kitchen and the service.

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