It is worth taking a look at Gault&Millau’s annual list, which ranks the best Hungarian restaurants, so maybe you can choose your favourite spot weeks before arriving to Budapest.
You can find the best Hungarian hotels, wineries and restaurants in Gault&Millau’s annual catalogue. On their list, ranking the top restaurants, you can find Michelin Starred spots and less-known places, traditional Hungarian restaurants and modern spots, too. For Gault&Millau, the most important qualities are for example the ingredients chosen by the restaurants, the freshness of the food they offer, the creativity, the chef’s performance, and of course the value for money.
Here are the best 13 restaurants of their list, and we decided to add some details about the first five spots. Pick a favourite, or more, and if you come to Budapest, try their menus. We are sure that you will feel full and satisfied.
Costes Restaurant (17 points)
Stylish and elegant, Costes Restaurant – the first restaurant in Hungary to get a Michelin Star – is all about forgetting the outside world for a couple of hours. There is no dress code in there, so the time you spend there can be more relaxed. The service is friendly, and dishes on the constantly changing menu are prepared with the best fresh ingredients.
Onyx (17 points)
Quality domestic ingredients, Hungarian wines, beautiful design, elegance and some extravagancy. This is what Onyx, the successful fusion restaurant with award-winning chefs in the City of Budapest offers you.
ZONA Bistro (17 points)
Haute cuisine with attitude - the city's newest wine bistro provides superb food with an unusual twist, exciting interior and an amazing view onto the river Danube and the Chain Bridge. ZONA’s chef is Krisztián Huszár, who was Chef Of The Year 2011. He brings together Eastern and Basque flavours with modern Hungarian tastes.
Alabárdos Restaurant (16 points)
If you take a nice walk in the Castle District, and you would like to taste some traditional Hungarian dishes in re-interpreted form, Alabárdos Restaurant is the right place to do so. Ask for a glass of wine, as well, because they have a great wine assortment – you won’t regret it.
Borkonyha (Wine Kitchen) (16 points)
As a blend of a French-style bistro and a contemporary family restaurant, Winekitchen is offering the best of Hungarian cuisine and a wide and diverse wine list. “Our wine assortment includes 200 different, mostly Hungarian wines that represent not only the well-known wineries, but also small and yet-to-be-discovered cellars” – they say about themselves.
The further restaurants on Gault&Millau’s list:
Laci!Konyha! (16 points)
Olimpia Inn (Budapest; 16 pont)
Salon Restaurant (Budapest; 16 pont)
Arany Kaviár Étterem (Golden Caviar Restaurant) (Budapest; 15 pont)
Babel (Budapest; 15 pont)
Csalogány 26 (Nightingale 26) (Budapest; 15 pont)
Lou Lou (Budapest; 15 pont)