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“Excellent food and service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pest-Buda Bistro

Pest-Buda Bistro
Fortuna utca 3., Budapest 1014, Hungary (District I / Buda)
+361 225 0377
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Ranked #216 of 1,985 Restaurants in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $22
Cuisines: Pizza, European, Hungarian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: District I / Buda
Description: Pest-Buda is located on the ground floor of a baroque house in the medieval castle district. Until 1900, the building functioned as an inn, its ground floor housing a pub or a restaurant, and three bedrooms on each of the upper floors. The world changed, the inn became a residential building but the pub stayed, or more precisely, transformed into a restaurant.Around the sixties and the seventies, it was still considered a place of good fame. When it became vacant in 2010, our team took over the place and began developing the new concept of Pest-Buda.We decided that our bistro should feature a simple Hungarian home-cuisine-like approach and that we should show how this can be done in an outstanding, state-of-the-art way, with a short but seasonal menu. We are not trying to renew it or deconstruct it, venturing into molecular gastronomy, but instead by offering excellent stews, grilled sausages, french fries and flamed pies straight out of the oven.As simple as this sounds, this might be the greater of the two challanges. Bringing forward the best beef stew in the world is an enormous challange. It takes a long time to achieve this and we have much work ahead us, but we are already on the right track concerning grilled sausages and the oven-baked flamed pies.
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We had lunch here during a visit to the Castle District and it was a very pleasant experience. We both had goulash soup, stuffed cabbages and Hungarian beer, and everything was excellent and reasonably priced, considering the location. The stuffed cabbage was made using hot paprika, so it was a bit spicier than we are used to, but it was not overpowering.
Our server was very personable and spent a lot of time answering our questions about food preparation and foods from different regions of Hungary.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Flat Rock, North Carolina, United States
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“Small restaurant with good Hungarian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Good service with friendly wait staff. Convenient to the Hilton - Castle District hotel. Ahot bowl of Goulash on a cool day warmed the soul.

Visited September 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Best lunch iin Budapest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Fantastic restaurant - really helpful staff and very friendly. The food was excellent and the wine that the waiter helped us choose was exceptional (Dél from VIllany). The location by the castle is handy - we had a long walk up the hill and the Pest-Buda restaurant was the perfect sanctuary. Oh, it was my birthday and they brought out my pudding with a firework in it. It's a bit embarrassing when a restuarant full of people sing you 'happy birthday' but it was a nice touch...

Visited October 2012
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victoria
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“Great traditional night out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

The Pest-Buda is an easy two minute stroll from the Hilton in the castle district. The staff are friendly and extremely helpful. Traditional cuisine was great. Very cosy feel to the resaurant, made us feel like "locals". We also tried cafe 21 (owned by the same people). That was a little more up market and the food there was excellent too.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nieuwerkerk aan den Ijssel, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“TRADITIONAL”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

You know it. When the manager of a restaurant asks you to review your experiences with Tripadvisor, he is confident of the quality of the offered food and the style of the place. Pest-Buda Bistro has even businesscards available almost imploring you to review the bistro. And it isn't even necessary.
After just an inquiry in the afternoon whether a reservation would be needed for a meal after a visit to the opera, the manager awaited me at half past ten with a big smile. The food was just as nice, traditional but of a higher standard than you get at the normal touristy places.
The palacsinta (pancake) filled with chicken tartare was as it should: filling and satisfying. The wild boar and fried potato dumplings made certain that a desert was out of the question. The glasses of local white Felszolgalasi and Konyari cabernet sauvignon were good companions to a nice supper in pleasant surroundings.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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