Museum Cafe and Restaurant (Múzeum Étterem) in Budapest Hungary

Museum Cafe and Restaurant (Múzeum Étterem) is right next to the National Museum in the city center. The reputable restaurant also recommended by the Michelin Guide for Budapest Restaurants was established in 1885. So that’s why its name is also Museum. The large wall painting, the mural has been made by one of the national celebrity painters of the 19th century, Karoly Lotz. The wine list is quite long featuring many of the 22 Hungarian wine regions. Saturday only lunch specials are recommended if you want to taste something Hungarian in an old-style Hungarian restaurant.

Museum Cafe and Restaurant (Múzeum Étterem) in Budapest at the National Museum

Address: Múzeum krt. 12. Budapest 8th district 1088
Phone: 00-36-1-338-4221
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00- 24:00 (Sundays closed)
Note: after 7pm booking a table is a good idea (even though the restaurant seats 120+40). World-renowned Hungarian Zsolnay porcelain is used for serving. Closed on Sundays.
Getting here:

  • metro (red line) Astoria station, then a few minute walk or (blue line) Kálvin tér station then a few min walk on Múzeum krt.
  • trams/ streetcars: number 47 or 49
  • buses: number 9 or 15

See the location of Museum Cafe and 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 Museum Cafe and Restaurant is only a few steps from the National Museum (entrance is free!), and is also very close to the old Jewish district with the Grand Synagogue (Moorish-Byzantine neolog synagogue), as well as the beautiful Pushkin Film Theater (Puskin Mozi). The Reformed Church on Kálvin tér or the Franciscan Church on Ferenciek tere are about 5-10 min walk to Muzeum Restaurant.

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  1. Fantastic Lunch, and very nice personals speaking german italian english and french. Menuecarte in 4 Languages.

    Very good for aclimatising in Budapest.

  2. Hello,

    Dont’go this restaurant, it’s not good ;
    I go yesterday and i eat nothnig but we paid more than 15 000 ft.
    The traduction of the menu is inexact in french .


  3. B. Kovrig says:

    After many visits over many years to Budapest, I find that this remains clearly the best cuisine for the money. And all my French guests were delighted with it.

  4. Andrew Varney says:

    Elegant building, interesting menu, good and well-presented food……but totally indifferent service (with 12% service charge) means this restaurant is best avoided.

  5. Mélany Lemay says:

    Bonjour! Je m’appelle Mélany, je viens du Québec, (Canada). Je suis allée au Museum Cafe l’été dernier en juillet. Tout était extraordinaire, la nourriture, le service, l’ambiance, la musique. Par ce message je m’addresse à toute l’équipe du restaurant, mais tout particulièrement à Gabor(Gabriel), je voulais vraiment lui dire un beau bonjour et que j’aimerais beaucoup, s’il le veut bien, qu’il communique avec moi. Mon Email est Pourriez vous lui transmettre le message. Merci à tous!

    • Anna from Budapest says:

      Sorry Mélany, I do not speak French. But hopefully Gábor or Gabriel does (as far as I understand there is some Budapest love theme going on here?)

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