Ocean Bar and Grill Restaurant (Óceán Étterem) Budapest

Ocean Bar and Grill Restaurant (Óceán Étterem) is your sure bet if you want to eat high quality fresh seafood in Budapest. No wonder it easily wins the Best of Budapest award in Seafood categories in the past few years. Besides the seafood restaurant there’s also an Óceán Delicatessen store where you can buy your own fishes, prawns, scampis, mussels, lobsters – anything from black tiger to sea scallops no roe. Chef Giuseppe Monti and the management make seafood dining a mission in Hungary (offering recipes, nutrition advice, what have you).

Ocean Bar and Grill Restaurant (Óceán Étterem) Budapest
Address: Petőfi tér 3., 1052 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-266-1826
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 12 pm – 12 am (Óceán Delicatessen Tue-Sat 10.00am – 9.00pm. )
Getting here
:

  • metro (blue line) Ferenciek tere station,
  • tram/streetcar: number 2 or 2A
  • bus number 7 (green or red), or number 78

Note: Book a table in advance. Expect specialty prices. Attire: casual.

Ocean Bar and Grill Restaurant (Óceán Étterem) interior Budapest

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The Discreet Luxury of Páva Restaurant in Gresham Palace, Budapest

Páva Restaurant (Pava Étterem) in Four Seasons Gresham Palace, Budapest was closed down. Sorry.

Formerly it was not only luxury with its food, service and the architecture of the Art Deco Gresham Palace, but quite extraordinarily, with its views too. The panoramic-view windows of Páva are overlooking the Chain Bridge spanning over the River Danube, leading the eyes to the Royal Palace, the green forests of the Buda hills making you feel at home. As Fodor’s travel guide puts it: “The hotel’s premier restaurant is everything you’d expect from the Four Seasons chain: discreet luxury in a unique and historic building. The international menu hardly let’s you know you’re in Hungary, but the food is so expertly prepared you’re willing to settle for the breathtaking views of the Chain Bridge and Budapest Castle as a reminder. Service is friendly but white-glove all the way.”Frommer’s refers to this ‘friendly but’ factor as “While the atmosphere here is a tad stiff, the dining experience is memorable.

Interestingly enough the official website tells you that the menu is Italian, Frommer’s guide says it’s Italian (“serves really great Italian cuisine: this is a 3-hour, six-course meal,“) but several other reviews dub the kitchen international.

Pava Restaurant (Pava Étterem) in Four Seasons Gresham Palace, Budapest

Address: Roosevelt tér 5-6, 1051 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-268-5100
Opening hours: (dinner hours) Mon – Sat 18:00 – 22:30
Getting here
:

  • metro (blue line) Deák tér station,
  • tram/streetcar: number 2 or 2A
  • bus number 15, 16, 105

Note: Book a table in advance (closed on Sundays). Expect the experience to be pricey & memorable. Attire: business casual. Pava restaurant seats 78 people, while the private dining room 14. Páva means peacock in Hungarian (see the motif on the gate)
See the location of Páva Restaurant in Gresham Palace 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 Páva Restaurant in Gresham Palace is very close to the Parliament, the Basilica and Roosevelt square with the Chain Bridge, plus there’s the Funicular Railway on the other side of the bridge (5-10 min walk).


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Nightingale Restaurant Budapest (Fulemule Étterem)

Nightingale Restaurant Budapest (Fülemüle Étterem) serves Hungarian and Jewish dishes in downtown Budapest, a few steps from the old Jewish district. It’s a small cozy restaurant owned by András Singer, which also boasts the first Hungarian Civil Sholet Club in Hungary too. If you are specifically seeking Central European Jewish specialties based on grandma’s recipes, Fulemule Restaurant may be an ideal place for you. Anyway, sólet beans is cooked in the oven for 6 hours with chopped onions, herbs and spices, but the star dish is goose.

Nightingale restaurant Fulemule Etterem in Budapest Hungary

Address: Kőfaragó utca Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-266-7947 or cell phone: 00-36-70-341-1035
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12 pm – 10 pm, Fri – Sat 12 pm – 11 pm
Note: literature Nobel laureate (for the novel Fatelessness), Imre Kertész is a regular, according to Via Michelin.
Getting here:

  • metro (red line) Blaha Lujza tér or Astoria stations, then a few minute walk
  • trams/ streetcars: number 4 or 6
  • buses: number 7 (green or red), number 78

See the location of Nightingale Restaurant Budapest 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 Nightingale Restaurant Budapest 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.

If your are interested in further Jewish attractions and places of interest in Budapest, use the Jewish Budapest map.


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Taverna Pomo d’Oro Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar in Budapest

Taverna Pomo d’Oro Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar is conveniently located at the Parliament in Budapest. The restaurant (which is not to be confused with the nearby Trattoria Pomo d’Oro) is included in the Hungarian Food Blog, Chew.hu’s Top 33 Budapest Restaurant’s list. Taverna Pomo d’Oro has a nice selection of Italian and Hungarian wines (a few French wines too), and Chew staff praised the restaurant’s classic Bistecca alla Fiorentina (T-Bone) made from 24-month-old beef.

Address: Széchenyi utca 14, 1054 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-312-1405
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 12pm – 12 am, Sat – Sun 4pm – 11pm
Getting here
:

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

Taverna Pomo d’Oro Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar in Budapest

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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

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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

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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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Momotaro Ramen – One of the Best Chinese Restaurants in Budapest

Momotaro Ramen is one of the Best Chinese Restaurant in Budapest, according to Chew.hu, the Hungarian food blog (Top 33 restaurants in Budapest list) as well as several other Chinese food lovers in Hungary. As its name suggests you will also get Japanese dishes here – at reasonable prices.

Address: Széchenyi utca 16, 1065 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-269-3802
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11am – 10 pm
Note: you can get full for 2-3000 HUF/ person. The name of the Asian restaurant features Ramen soup (noodles, meat & vegetables). It’s an ideal quick lunch to gather strength for walking in the historical part of Budapest (see map below).

Momotaro Ramen Chinese and Japanese Restaurant in Budapest
Getting here:

  • metro (red line) Kossuth Lajos tér station
  • tram/ streetcar: number 2 or 2A
  • bus number 15

See the location of Momotaro Ramen 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 Momotaro Ramen Budapest is very close to the Parliament, the Basilica and Roosevelt square with the Chain Bridge & the Gresham Palace:


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Taiwan Restaurant in Budapest: Chinese Cuisine

According to the Hungarian food blog Chew.hu, Taiwan Restaurant is one of the best Chinese restaurants available in Budapest, where you can order Peking duck any day. The Chinese restaurant (yes, not Taiwanese) is on the Top 33 list of Chew.hu. Although the restaurant is not in the city center, you can quickly get there from Deák square (about 10 min ride to Nagyvárad tér). Prices are towards the higher end.

Basic info on Taiwan Restaurant in Budapest

Address: Gyáli út 3, 1192 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-215-1236
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12pm – 12 am
Getting here: metro (blue line), Nagyvárad tér station

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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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