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Chess Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
District VII / Jewish Quarter
European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian
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Dob utca 63., Budapest 1074, Hungary
+36 1 882 3080
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had lunch here on a saturday and stopped by chance as it was raining. After an initial disappointment of the dish we requested not being available as bread delivery hadnt arrived we had the risotto and orange cake which were both very tasty. We feel this restaurant would suit people who like to pair their wines with their meal... More 

Thank yvette741
Boca Raton, Florida
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service, the ambiance combine with the attention to details made for a great dinning experience. We will like the staff for making my wife birthday a memorable moment. The starters, entrée and dessert just amazing. The octopus and the duck was extremely taste as well as everything else was prepared extremely well. This restaurant is one that you should... More 

Thank Isa I
Dublin, Ireland
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Proper food and excellent service. Waiters very friendly and speak superb English. Food was excellent. We had tuna and pork as main meals both excellent. Great choice of wines. A solid 8/10 and a real find in that part of town.

Thank Steve M
Lancashire, England
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful restaurant with dining also available in outside courtyard with fountain - very romantic. We sat indoors though for dinner and were entertained by a very excellent female singer. Good selection of dishes, prices probabaly above average for Budapest but not too expensive. Superb choice of Hungarian wines and a good recommendation by our waiter which suited the dishes we... More 

Thank poopee
Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great dinner there. Both our apps and mains were a little different than typical. Great mix of flavours. Service was great. Atmosphere was more formal that casual but in a comfortable way. I wasn't familiar with the wines, the waiter helped me pick a wine based on My preferences and he actually recommended the cheapest one. Great... More 

Thank vacationbarb
Oxford, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

We opted for this restaurant because of its location and the reviews we have seen on Tripadvisor, and couldn't be happier to discover they offer a set menu from 12:00 to 16:00 of three dishes at 2.500 florins. We had as first Thai onion soup (which was delicious) and goulash (exceptional). As seconds we had pork ribs with cabbage lasagne... More 

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54 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Went there for a dinner with my girlfriend, partially because we failed to book in time to other restaurants we wanted to go. I found the place on Tripadvisor and decided to give it a try. I'll start with what I have instantly and unpleasantly observed once I entered the place: the setting is not very happily decorated and the... More 

Thank Alexandru L
Budapest, Hungary
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

I don't know what happened here, I hope that the chef was on holiday otherwise it is a really bad restaurant. The services is excellent, the waiters are really polite! They offer free welcome drinks, the place is nice but the foods... Actually out of the 3 starters. they forgot to bring half of the plate (the other 2 was... More 

Thank TomAce
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

We ended our Budapest trip here and i don't regret it one bit! The location is central and easy to find. The nterior and atmosphere is calm, elegant och gives a welcoming feeling. The service was excellent, we even got a glas of sparkling wine and a appertiser as a compliment of the house. I had the tuna for main... More 

Thank Karin H
Sarasota, Florida
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Our meal at Chess was delicious. They were able to accommodate a gluten allergy with designated dishes on the menu and others by modification. Everything was flavorful and prepared to perfection. The atmosphere was lovely and the service was excellent.

Thank Susan H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$11 - $27
European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dob utca 63., Budapest 1074, Hungary
  • Location: Europe  >  Hungary  >  Central Hungary  >  Budapest>  > District VII / Jewish Quarter
  • Neighborhood: District VII / Jewish Quarter
  • Phone Number: +36 1 882 3080
Italian –French-Hungarian Bistro cuisineTradition & Evolution Our Executive Chef, Levente Kovacs thinks this way about our cuisine:“The youthful and modern bistro cuisine is my world, it can renew day by day, it combines the gastronomic ‘lifestyle’ of different places in the world, even on one plate, in a way that, I don't use hundreds of spices with each other, but I’m trying to create exciting contrasts. I do a kind of kitchen minimal-design because simple can be great also. It causes difficulties sometimes for me to not to put all my ideas into one dish. I’m trying to use the raw materials as they were given to me by nature itself, changing only as much as I need. And then we get to a point, where simple is not so simple anymore. Ease and great tasting harmony in life, in the kitchen and on the plate.Simple is hard. Enjoy!”What else can we say? The Chess Restaurant is an intimate place in black and white, absolutely a place to get together frequently, where You can try new dishes day by day with it’s always renewing kitchen creativity, served simply and clearly.The Chess Restaurant opened, it’s Your move now!

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District VII / Jewish Quarter
District VII is the very heart of Budapest and houses the city’s Jewish Quarter. Its streets are lively and colorful, its buildings narrate different histories in an assortment of architectural styles, and its cafes and bars are frequented and loved by the enthusiastic crowds. Grand and magnificent, the striking star of the district is the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Distinctly Moorish in style, crowned by the twin onion shaped domes, the Synagogue is the very emblem of District VII and one of the main attractions in the capital.
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