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“Very disapointing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Paul's Bistro

Paul's Bistro
Vaci u. 49., Budapest 1056, Hungary
+3617690897
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Ranked #743 of 2,011 Restaurants in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $32
Cuisines: French, Hungarian
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Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: freshly from the market! :)
Swansea, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Very disapointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We were three couples and as we were feeling really cold and hungry after a morning of sightseeing, we all ordered the goulash thinking it would be a good hearty meal. How wrong we were!! We each had a measly portion which contained 4 pieces of meat per person and came away feeling really hungry! Would not recommend to anyone as it was certainly not good value for money. On a good note the red wine was excellent.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Dublin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Awful goulash and pricey!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

Ordered the beef goulash and was given an overlooked stew with the toughest and fattiest beef ever! The waiter saw I was having difficulty cutting up the meat which I would have expected would be mouthwatering but wasn't.

He asked what the problem was and took the dish away without asking if I would like something else which I did!

Then brought back another goulash with leaner meat but still tough!

We had one starter, 2 mains and 5 beers totalled €47 to include a non discretionary 12.5% service charge which is always a bad sign!! Too pricey and the portions were small.

We were not asked if we wanted coffee and desert so poor service too!

Tablecloths were dirty too.

Don't eat here!

Overall very disappointing experience for first time in Budapest!

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Newton Stewart, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Good food on the tourist route.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Lovely staff who spoke a range of languages. Very good service and very good food for reasonable prices considering they are on the main tourist shopping street in Budapest. Would definitely go again.

Visited October 2012
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Neusiedl am See, Austria
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191 reviews 191 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
“No way! Pricey and average”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

They are situated in the new part of Vaci street. They aspire to be serving modernized Hungarian dishes. They want to be bistro style too. But what they are not taking into consideration is that they are also focusing on tourists. And all these cannot work together.
The food is more fancy than real creation, no soul in there. Service: horrible. A waiter who wants to sell us everything. And also Vaci street prices...
No way!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“One of the highlights of Budapest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We went to Paul's Bistro on the recommendation of an American friend who had also visited Budapest. We were the only diners at first, and we were graced with excellent service by a wonderful, very funny server who entertained us throughout the evening. This is the first restaurant I've experienced with photos of the dishes shown on an iPad! I had pork tenderloin that was perfectly cooked and tender. The wine recommended to us was perfect. Others have written about so-so experiences, but I am a harsh critic of restaurants and found the food delicious and the service unmatched and highly entertaining!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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