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$5 - $14
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Hungarian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Terezvaros
0.5 miles from Andrassy Avenue
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Reviewed September 4, 2020 via mobile

I’ve visited this restaurant a couple of times during my thirty-day-stay in Budapest and both times my company and I have been welcomed warmly. Love the ambiance, the staff and the food. I love their Goulash! Highly recommended. And to top it off, honest prices!

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed March 20, 2020 via mobile

Visited here on Sunday 15th March on the last night of our trip to Budapest. We wanted to experience some traditional food, and we weren't disappointed. Whether it was the effect of their national holiday or the coronavirus, the restuarant was very quiet... Only 7...of us in. This must obviously have affected the team but that being said, the lady that served us was helpful and friendly. Being veggie i was pleased to find a variety of dishes for me including an aubergine dip as a starter, and a cheesy pasta for main. The other half had crispy carp for starter with beef goulash for main. The food was delicious and ended our trip on a high. Let's hope that little gem of a restaurant survives the coronavirus pandemic particularly with a decrease in tourist numbers. When all this virus madness is over.... Visit this restaurant and enjoy a fabulous Hungarian meal.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

Fantastic friendly atmosphere, try their goulash its great. Traditional Hungarian musicians play there, it really adds to the atmosphere. I would go back to Budapest just to experience that restaurant again.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 12, 2020

Good food and authentic Hungarian musicians. No rush and lovely wine advice. Thank you for a lovely evening.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 5, 2020 via mobile

This is a large traditional Hungarian restaurant near the city centre. We had a large sharer platter which, for about £25, offers good value. Service charge is added to the bill as standard.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 2, 2020 via mobile

Great place with good food, life music and good service. I recommend Brassov style port. Gulasch is in good average quality. Great Gypsy band!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 1, 2020

I stopped in for a quick bite, late lunch but the menu was so terrific that I had early dinner instead! The duck leg on a bed of sour red cabbage and sweet potato fries was the best thing I ate in all of Budapest....Clearly, the fires were done in the duck fat -- crispy and hot. SO good! On top of that, service was outstanding in this charming little gem of a restaurant, with my table next to the window for people watching. I could have spent hours there and can't recommend highly enough.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 26, 2020

Magdalena Merlo is a beautiful restaurant so you can understand my disappointment when my meal did not meet the expectations created by the ambiance. The money spent on decor would have been better spent on hiring a cook. I didn't find the service any slower...than other Budapest restaurants. In fact the staff was friendly and prompt. The prices were reasonable with a steak going for for $18.37 US. My soup was just over $3 and my beer was just over $2. With tax my meal came to $26.66 US. the food however was horrible. I began with a pea soup that was supposed to contain pumpkin and fresh trout. I had visions of a thick home made pea soup with pieces of trout mixed in as ham or bacon often is. What i got was a Kelly green thin soup that was probably from a mix with some kind of black sauce (pumpkin?) squirted in. A stick of trout was inserted into the side like a spoon. You really have to view my photo to appreciate. For the main course I ordered a steak : Medium Rare. I got an overdone piece of meat that was blackened to a crisp, as was the mushroom on top of it. Again, only my accompanying photo can do the description justice. I was told that my side dish (French Fries) were home made but by home made they must have meant frozen and cooked at home. They were over cooked, dried out and looked like yesterdays potatoes. No one ever uttered the words "How was everything?" So they must have realized that what they were serving was totally unacceptable. They should be ashamed for serving food in such pitiful condition.This place is easily avoidable.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 20, 2020 via mobile

We went here for a meal and had a platter for two with all sorts of amazing food! We also tried some very excellent Hungarian wine called kekfrankos. We would absolutely recommend this place to anyone visiting Budapest and are going back again tomorrow!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 13, 2020

Food amount, good. Food quality, good. We ordered, vegetable risotto plus chicken breaded with cheese plus son chips. Drinks very good (Homemade limonade) Service, a disaster. We had to wait more than 15 minutes only for the drinks. We had to ask for our order...after 35 minutes waiting. Waiter didn't even apologize. We couldn't finish the whole portion so we asked for some containers which were charged separately. We do not recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 29, 2019

The food here was nice - when it finally arrived. Service was so slow, we waited ages for all our food and drinks. We fancied a final round of drinks, maybe a Tokaji and an Unicum, but we couldn't face the wait. Shame. The Manager...was a bit grumpy and short when we paid, as well.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 23, 2019 via mobile

Their beer and limonade was to die for. Service was good. I would definitely go there again if i am thirsty. The gullasch and "Rich Meat Soup" is not really my thing however. Both was too weak and thin for my liking. I would not...go there again if i am hungry.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 30, 2019

My wife and I, frequent visitors to the wonderful city of Budapest, have eaten at this restaurant many times over the years. And our experience has always been excellent. But not today! We got to the restaurant at about 14:05 and were shown to a...nice table. And then we sat. We watched other people come in, get seated, and placed their orders. We were first approached to order drinks at 14:25. Other diners had, meanwhile come in, were seated, and their orders taken. Our drinks - 2 Soprani draft beers - were brought 15 minutes later. We ordered a "fried cheese" appetizer and a basket of bread. It came 20 minutes later, without bread. We asked the young lady who brought us our appetizer for some bread. It never arrived! At 15:06 we ordered our entrees - my wife ordered the risotto and I selected pork medallions and potatoes in "lecso" sauce, a delicious dish I have had here before. At 15:50 our food was served. Both dishes were luke warm (at best), as though they had been sitting for quite a while. But both dishes were quite good, although my wife thought her risotto had too much garlic. We finished our food at about 16:15. Our server, a young man who apologized profusely several times during our meal, was asked for the check. His colleague brought it 5 minutes later (The best service we had all day here!). We paid the bill, including the hefty service charge, and left. This restaurant serves excellent food. Service is usually spot on. But not today. Our server smiled throughout the process, trying to make the best of the situation, but the situation was not good. It will be a long time before we return. Budapest simply has too many good restaurants with excellent service to tolerate what we were given today. Sorry to see this happen at an otherwise fine restaurant.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 25, 2019

Nice and typical hungarian restaurant. Food was really good and generous. Wine and liquors were also very nice and we were well advised by the waiter. Service was friendly and the place was nicely decorated. We had a very good time !

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 24, 2019 via mobile

Really felt like we had stumbled into a local restaurant. No other tourists. Good food surrounded by local families. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: November 2019
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MAGDALENA MERLO RESTAURANT, Budapest - Terezvaros - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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Magdalena Merlo Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4