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“Hearty, authentic Hungarian cuisine in a rustic setting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Paprika

Paprika
Dozsa Gyorgy ut 72, Budapest 1071, Hungary
+36 20-294-79-44
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Ranked #54 of 1,794 Restaurants in Budapest
Price range: $23 - $30
Cuisines: Eastern European
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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“Hearty, authentic Hungarian cuisine in a rustic setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of our Frommers' guide. It is not mentioned in Rick Steves' book, although it should be. Because we knew that Hungarian cuisine is unique in all of Europe, and better than any other in the part of Central Europe through which we were traveling, my wife and I were determined to have as many traditional Hungarian meals in Hungary as we could. This is a bit harder than I expected, since there are so many Italian, middle-Eastern, and other ethnic cuisine restaurants around that sometimes it seemed hard do find the local stuff. We were fortunate, however, in finding a different authentic Hungarian restaurant for every night we spent in Budapest. For our last night, we chose to go to Paprika Vendeglo (vendeglo simply means "restaurant" in Hungarian), which is two blocks down the street from the Heroes' Monument in City Park. I'm glad we did.
The restaurant itself is a charming place. In nice weather, you can eat outside. Inside, you enter what seems like a rustic forest hunting lodge, completely crafted from rough-cut wood. It is charming. My wife had a salad and juicy chicken with peach and almond sauce. I had a superb Hungarian fish soup, and the most succulent, delicious goose I have ever eaten. This was washed down by delicious Hungarian "Bull's Blood" red wine. The service was excellent, and very friendly.
This is an old-fashioned restaurant. It is unpretentious, and makes no effort at stylish presentation or creative new takes on old standards. It just offers solid, honest, traditional cuisine. If that's what you want, you should enjoy this place.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Hungarian Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

After not eating all day and on our way back from the Baths, we decided to finally track this restaurant down after reading the good reviews. This was our last meal in Budapest and we glad we saved it till the end.

We shared the assorted cold starter of cured meats/sausages and salad, all served with great thick slices of fresh bread. It was a simple but great appetiser.

Despite other comments we went for the Paprika plate. It was NOT a plate of deep fried food. Consisting of pork and beef steaks, a whole slow cooked goose leg, rice and the most delicious red cabbage. The only fried elements were the potato wedges and a breaded pork steak filled with chopped local sausage and cheese. It is a hell of a meal for two people and in hindsight we would have skipped the starter and just had this.

As we were travelling towards the end of the season and it was early afternoon we thought it we would be unlikely to need a reservation. Luckily we got the last unreserved table (another small group came in after us and were turned away) This place gets full and with a great deal of locals eating here too.

Though we were thankful for being allowed to dine i will add that the service wasn't fantastic. I'd had an empty glass for 10 mins before i decided to get up and order a beer at the bar. I was prepared to wait for it but was told 'it is ok we will bring to you. This was between 5-10mins later and i had nearly finished my meal when it arrived

Well priced. The paprika plate was only £15 for us both to share and we couldn't finish it. Drinks were about in line with prices fot that part of the city.

Well worth a visit if you are planning to be in that area.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Tasty food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We ate in the Restaurant in Oct. 2013. Have to book the table days before, as they are fully booked every evening.
The beefsteak and the boar-steak were really perfect, the waitresses are nice and they feel when to came.
We enjoyed it. :-) Thanks!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“a very good restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I arrived at Paprika restaurant on the recommendation of the hotel staff Mirage Fashion, I had not a prior booking but it looks like I got lucky ,I found right away a table, even though the place was almost full , place is rustic, specific Hungarian ,with plenty cheap and very tasty food.
The staff knows his profession, are good speakers of foreign languages​​, and the kitchen is moving very quickly.
Not a location with great pretensions ,but it has much charm and can always be a great address for a meal in Budapest.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Hunting lodge in Budapest, big portions, fun, make a reservation.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Paprika, was refereed by Daniel our local friend. We made a reservation and I am glad we did because there was a long line. When we lseft at 10 pm there was still a line.

Do not go there for a light meal,

We saw people from all over the world. One young server spoke English and we ordered one duck and one goulash. We did not eat it all.

The place looks like a hunting lodge with antlers and ruff cut timber in the roof.

There were several big groups.

then place was fun!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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