“Budapest is rapidly becoming something of a fine dining destination,” the Culture Trip writes, highlighting the great variety of Hungarian and international restaurants the city has to offer. Here are the Culture Trip’s ten best fine dining experiences in Budapest, featuring well-established, Michelin-starred restaurants as well as newcomers and some surprises as well.
The list starts off with Costes, the first restaurant in Budapest to receive a Michelin star. Costes reopened in 2008 as a fine dining establishment, under executive chef Miguel Rocha Vieira. The Culture Trip praises the restaurant for offering a “refined gastronomic experience” while keeping the atmosphere casual and accessible.
The specialty of Olimpia is in always working with what’s in season. The restaurant’s current menu is always based around the fresh produce delivered every morning, and guests are offered four to seven courses each evening.
The restaurant offers classic Russian cuisine, such as borscht and stroganoff, and the Culture Trip highlights the trendy dining area indoors and the garden outside, as well as the extensive vodka and wine menu.
Another Michelin-starred restaurant, Borkonyha is complimented on its contemporary approach to traditional Hungarian dishes, and its welcoming and relaxed environment. The Culture Trip also mentions the large wine menu featuring mostly Hungarian wines.
The first Central European addition to the classy Japanese restaurant empire, Nobu is located in the Corvinus Kempinski Hotel in Budapest. The restaurant delivers its signature stylish Japanese dishes in a luxurious environment.
The Culture Trip features this book-themed restaurant where the menu is centred around a different work of literature each week. There is also menu for those who are not intrigued by a Murder on the Orient Express themed culinary experience, all presented in a friendly environment.
A new addition to the Budapest dining scene, Fricska mixes Hungarian, French and Italian cuisine, and provides a cosy atmosphere for a tasty culinary experience.
Hungarian classics prepared with a Scandinavian influence, from the kitchen of the young award-winning chef János Mizsei. MÁK Bistro is also praised for its simplicity and focus on seasonal produce.
The Michelin-starred restaurant offers a fine dining experience in luxurious surroundings. Four- or six-course menus are available for lunch, while guests can choose the six-course Hungarian Evolution Menu, or the eight-course Chef Menu for dinner, the Culture Trip writes.
The Culture Trip ends the list with Bock Bisztró, located in Corinthia Hotel Budapest. The restaurant, run by chef Lajos Bíró, offers a “unique take” on Hungarian dishes, and there are also some experimental items on the menu, such as tobacco- or sausage-flavoured ice cream.