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Chess Restaurant

#119 of 2,466 Restaurants in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
District VII / Jewish Quarter
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Dob utca 63., Budapest 1074, Hungary
+36 1 882 3080
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty average for a supposed 5 star. Only had breakfast but not impressed - eg prepared fruit salad contained tinned as well as fresh fruit.

Thank William A
Be'er Sheva, Israel
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was delicious. The staff was friendly, efficient and courtious. We highly recommend coming to this restaurant.

Thank nhoigal
Madrid, Spain
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chess is a small restaurant, I think it strives to be a very high end place, and for the most part delivers. The food is outstanding. I had a mushroom appetizer that was Michelin star quality, and the entree of pork loin was extremely tasty as well. Others have commented that the portion size is on the small side, which... More 

Thank ct2KW
Limassol, Cyprus
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The interior has a chess theme, which is original idea. The portions are very small, we had soup and main course, but still was not enough. The food was tasty though, with nice decorations. There was live jazz music by a girl. The service was very good. In general it was not bad, but we ate better in Budapest, with... More 

Thank Aristos32
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108 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited Chess at the recommendation of the concierge at our hotel, the Corinthia. We were not disappointed! We visited the night they introduced their new spring/summer menu. Everything we had was delightful!

Thank Julie A
1 review
Reviewed March 29, 2017

I had the ghoulash, surf and turf and duo lava cake! The food was amazing, first class! There was a young lady and gentleman working, both of whom were fantastic. Cannot recommend enough, and will certainly return next time I am in Budapest!

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Thank Owen M
Bexley, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

Cannot rate this restaurant highly enough. We visited for dinner on a Friday and booked in advance online, which I recommend as was packed. The staff were extremely courteous and knowledgeable offering lots of advice on the food and wine, mostly locally sourced with a purely Hungarian wine list. We ordered the set 5 course menu which was excellent in... More 

Thank emmmund
INagy, Tulajdonos at Chess Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear emmund, Many thanks for taking time to share this lovely review here.The degustation menu was an excellent choice to try several dishes from our menu, so you could get a glampse at what Chess is about. We hope We can welcome you again in our restaurant, so you could get a chance to try other dishes as well. Istvan... More 

Warrington, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 28, 2017

I took my boyfriend here for the "posh" meal of our holiday, for his 30th birthday. We were greeted with a complimentary glass of fizz which added a lovely touch to the evening. We opted for the 5 course degustation menu which was a really exciting and tasty selection of food. My favourite was the shrimp risotto - one of... More 

Thank Rebecca D
Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

Our meal here was awful. We'd been staying in the hotel so we had saved this restaurant for our last night thinking that it would be special as it looked so nice when walking past. My fillet steak was the only item in the whole meal that was cooked well. This was served with a dry potato cake that was... More 

Thank Michaela H
INagy, Tulajdonos at Chess Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Michela H, We are very sorry to read that your experience was such a negative one that you reated us low. Although we appreciate and respect your comment, so We can learn from our mistakes and take the necessary steps. Istvan Nagy, Owner More 

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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2017 via mobile

Fantastic front of house team; lovely food if a little expensive. A nice atmosphere and an intimate feel.

Thank Nick M
INagy, Tulajdonos at Chess Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Nick M, We appreciate this lovely feedback about your experience at Chess. We are very delighted you discovered our restaurant and chose to dine with us for the first time in Budapest. Hope to see you again soon. Istvan Nagy, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$11 - $27
European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
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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