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European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian, Israeli
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Vegetarian Friendly, Kosher, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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District VII / Jewish Quarter
0.4 miles from St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)
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All reviews kosher meat entrecote hungarian goulash noodles duck kosher restaurant a bit salty pleasant surroundings jewish quarter great lunch caramel portions desert
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't understand why this place has good reviews. It was probably one of the worst restaurant meals I've ever had. Other than the rude service from the 2 seemingly more senior waitstaff who seat you, take your order and deal with payment, and who...definitely act like they're doing you a favor (although the junior staff were much more friendly and polite), my first reaction was to wonder where half the dishes listed on their website menu had disappeared to. The "matzo ball soup with meat and vegetables" was a weird dark consomme with 2 large vaguely unpleasant-tasting balls of anonymous meat that might have been mixed with a little matzo meal (hence "matzo ball soup with meat"...?). There was no sign or taste of anything close to any chicken soup or kneidlach I've ever tasted. Barely edible. I thought that goulash was usually made with lots of paprika, but there was none in sight in theirs, which was nothing more than a pile of pieces of soft cooked meat and noodles lacking in any flavor or spicing whatsoever. I couldn't eat more than a few bites. Better were the kreplach, which were filled with chicken and onion and deep-fried, along with deep fried lightly breaded onion. This was quite tasty, although the menu described them as "sauteed," which these were definitely not. The Flodni, an apple and poppy seed cake was delicious. It was probably not made in-house, which explains that. Thankfully, it wasn't too expensive as I left most of the soup and goulash uneaten. Even a high school cafeteria could do better. Maybe the burger and Israeli food are better, but I won't be risking it.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed March 15, 2020 via mobile

The food was good; however not everything was great. We particularly enjoyed the Goulash soup. Reservations are recommended.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 26, 2020

I had the Entrecote which was excellent and my friend had the lamb shank which she lived. I thought it was a bit salty. The service was very quick albeit not too friendly. The people sitting next to us mentioned that their food was also...excellent. The place was very busy and the ambiance was nice.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 18, 2020 via mobile

Just one word: amazing!best kosher restaurant in the city. Beautiful, huge and delicious meals for very affordable prices

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed November 14, 2019 via mobile

We eat kosher and we went twice. We had the hamburger which was really good and the entrecote steak (we asked for medium but it was medium-well so I didn't enjoy it so much) Cheap bear. Nice stuff.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019

Horrifying experience. Seated at 22:00, ordered 2 Hamburgers. After some waiting, the waiter announces only 1 is left. Ordered other dishes. Sitting & waiting hungry for about 20 minutes more. waiter announces there is NO FOOD LEFT. Exactly the kind of experience to completely shatter...your mood during a vacation, and how unlucky we were to run into this place on the very first day of ours. Minimal standards of service? Any respect to customers? Not here.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019

Growing up eating Hungarian food,I was so happy that the food at Carmel tasted so good! We ordered from the Hungarian specialties -Goulash,duck,Debrecen sausage etc. On Shabbat we ate the lunch meal and left feeling very satisfied. Service was with a smile . It is...recommended to book if you can, as they get full very quickly.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 3, 2019 via mobile

We were a group of friends who were keen to eat a traditional Hungarian kosher meat meal. (We are happy to eat fish/ veggie meals in non supervised restaurants). Having read some reviews we were unsure whether Carmel would meet our fairly high culinary standards....Carmel restaurant was clean, bright, and busy with both locals and tourists, on Sunday lunchtime. We ate downstairs in very pleasant surroundings with a nice atmosphere. The waiting staff were attentive and polite.it took a while for the food to arrive, but it was worth waiting for. The Hungarian goulash portion was large, and served with plenty of noodles, and also cherry tomatoes in half a baked bell pepper on the side, it was very tasty, I couldn’t eat it all. The sausage / frankfurter dish was also good. We had no room for desert. We were really pleasantly surprised, glad we’d gone and would not hesitate to eat there again. The restaurant is situated next door to the Orthodox synagogue, and a short walk from the Dohany synagogue.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 30, 2019 via mobile

We were in Budapest for 4 days. On our first night we ate at Carmel Kosher in the Jewish Quarter. The food was delicious and the service was efficient. The place was packed and people continued to show up while we were eating. The turnover...was quite rapid so no one had to wait a long time to get a table. Our server made a number of recommendations based on our expressed interest to experience real Hungarian dishes. Overall, the food was good and the service was crisp. Our only criticism of the place would be the lack of toilets on the same level as the restaurant. Otherwise, a very enjoyable experience.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 21, 2019

We ate at the restaurant twice over Shabbat and the second time was worst than the first. We were part of a group, but that should not have influenced the standard of the food (maybe for groups there is a more "economical" menu) The only...word that comes to mind is inedible. Hungary is famous for goulash, flodden, even strudel. We saw none of that. The cholent on Shabbat was like glue, and contained hardly any meat. We were 27 people in a small room and the air conditioner had not been put on a time switch so that at least it would have been cool.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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EliN391
July 24, 2019|
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Response from FairCityFrasie | Reviewed this property |
There is very limited paid parking in the vicinity but the streets are very narrow - i don’t remember seeing any parking lots. I walked the short distance from my hotel.
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alebet2017
March 11, 2018|
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Response from Ariela F | Property representative |
Hi yes we do contact us on carmel@carmel.hu
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Carmel Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5