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“Wonderful restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zona

Zona
Lanchid utca 7/9, Budapest 1013, Hungary
+36 30 422 5981
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Ranked #63 of 1,586 restaurants in Budapest
Price range: $14 - $61
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: ZONA Budapest is clearly something completely different - haute cuisine with an unusual twist and an amazing view onto the Chain Bridge. Its latest success reflects the same: in October 2013 the international guide of Gault&Millau rated ZONA 17 points and 3 toques, so named as one of the TOP3 restaurants in Hungary. The menu is daily variable, but the quality and the surprise factor is standard. ZONA's chef is Krisztian Huszar (Chef Of The Year 2011) brings Eastern and Basque flavors into modern Hungarian tastes. The wines also receive a big emphasis in the restaurant, which gives real specialty to the venue. IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to construction works the whole street has been closed, and will remain so until the end of Summer, so ZONA can be only reached by walk, bicycle or taxi. We truly apologise for any inconveniences caused and hope that your experiences at our venue will make you forget about them.
Budapest, Hungary
1 review
“Wonderful restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Zona is in my opnion one of the absolute best restaurants in Hungary. No other remarks on the food than "amazing", credit to the chef. The thing I miss a little is a bit more caring towards the customers, a smile always helps!
Despite a spelling mistake in the English menu, and a little lacking customer care, I would still recommend this place, because the food is stunning and so are the Hungarian wines they have!
On top of this it has a view to the Chain Bridge and the Danube and the interior design is really cool!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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BALDASZTI_GROUP, Manager at Zona, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Thank you for your nice review! We are pleased to read that you find the food and the wines amazing here, but your remarks on the service are also important to us! We will naturally consider what you mentioned here because our intention is to make the whole ZONA experience as perfect as possible - and we know that not everything is about the dishes, the design or the view.
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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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“An amazing adventure – definitely a place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

They say it's a wine bistro but never mind the drinks – come here to try an entirely different world of tastes, textures and a sense of humour you would only find in the best restaurants of the world.

Zona challenges people’s perceptions: its dishes (yup, they aren't too big, but the intensity of the flavor makes up for the size) as well as its design (which does have a slight feel of unfinished business though). Located right under the Castle on the Danube shore the scene makes this a perfect place for both romantic and business purposes.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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BALDASZTI_GROUP, Manager at Zona, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
Thank you for your amazing review, we might not even deserve such nice compliments! We are glad you liked the food, our concept and the location. Come back soon, you will always find something new and surprising here!
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Quality & style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

This restaurant is located close to the bottom of the funicular railway. We had one lunch and one dinner there during our stay in Budapest. The menu is quite short and imaginative. The food is of a very high quality and beautifully presented. The staff are very knowledgable about their product including their large choice of wines. It has a modern and stylish feel. Sadly it has no outdoor space. It is not overly expensive and much nicer than many of the tourist restaurants. R

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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BALDASZTI_GROUP, Manager at Zona, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
We really appreciate your opinion and are glad that you had a nice time in our restaurant! It is always worth trying both our lunch and dinner menus, we hope that the amazing food made up for the lack of an outdoor space.
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Budapest, Hungary
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“Best chef in Hungary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Fantastic food in one of the best restaurants in Hungary from the best chef and an excellent pastry chef. Hungarian and Asian influenced tapas and great wines in a good location. Expensive, but well wort it. Well priced lunch menu, if you want a to pay less but still enjoy the experience.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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BALDASZTI_GROUP, Manager at Zona, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Thank you for the the brief but flattering review! You really epmhasized everything one has to know about our restaurant - hopefully, more and more people will discover us in the future.
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“Good effort - but no zing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

I took a battered fish dish on a potatoe sauce with mushrooms then followed up with potatoe noodle + ice-cream dessert.

To be blunt, the fish could have been from a Tesco packet - the potatoe was well presented but was salty but little else. Nice mushrooms and garnish.

The desert was a great idea but the dusting with some crazy black ground down something didn't go down well with me - why go for a dusting on a soft desert when it could be a crunch.

Good coffee and service.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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BALDASZTI_GROUP, Manager at Zona, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Thank you for your review, your opinion is very important to us! We are sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with the dishes. We try to impress everyone who ever dines at our place, there is a special focus on the good quality of raw materials. Naturally, everyone has a different taste, but we will certainly consider your review, and try to improve.
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