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“Exceptional food at reasonable prices.” 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: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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.
Maryland
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Exceptional food at reasonable prices.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We happened upon Pest Buda our first evening in BUD and went back twice because the food was so good and we liked the atmosphere. Friendly yet helpful and unobtrusive staff; some good local wines. We especially recommend the goose liver pate, the chicken paprika in a crepe, sausage-stuffed cabbage. Once there was an accordionist and I could do without the noise, but some people like that. A gem!

Visited August 2013
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Very good meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

On our last evening in Budapest - and after two other restaurants that had been highly rated on Trip Advisor were closed - we stumbled upon this place and we were very glad that we did.

The atmosphere is warm and staff very friendly - especially the manager/owner. The quality of food and drink was excellent and three courses plus plenty of wine and a couple of glasses of Tokaji came to around £100.

In terms of value for money in this part of city it would be hard to beat the Pest-Buda Bistro. I heartily recommend this place.

Visited September 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Outstanding food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I dined at Pest Buda at the recommendation of the concierge of the Hilton and could not have been more pleased. The food was wonderful delicacies that were cooked perfectly. Exceptional service and friendly staff made our dinner complete. You won't be disappointed

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Well crafted meals”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Our starter set the standard for a really enjoyable meal. It was a superb chicken paprika dish which we both followed up with a further chicken dish as the main. Not adventurous stuff but the cooking was excellent and full of flavour. For desert the strudel was enjoyable as well. The added bonus of music was also a nice touch. Good value meal of a very decent standard.

  • Visited September 2013
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“Average food quality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

The food was OK and was nicely presented, the service average. The place was decorated with colorful funiture and had a great location. Price was not too expensive. But all in all average and didn't give the greatest impression.

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