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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant

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About
Hungary's most famous and only Hungarian restaurant is unmissable, the most famous and bucket-list place in Budapest and Hungarian gastronomy! Today's Gundel is back to the original mission of "Gundel is for everyone!" We believe in and promote the founding idea of Károly Gundel, under the auspices of which we offer our dishes the most famous Gundel classics, surrounded by legendary hospitality! The Gundel menu, its backbone, did not need to be written, it has been ready for 80 years. The dishes are based on the best Gundel tradition, at the heart of which is the "National 11", the eleven iconic Gundel dishes that we all regard as the most important Gundel heritage. Through them, we show visitors
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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Hungarian, Cafe, International, Diner
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Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Live Music, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a Sunday lunch at Gundel. The local Hungarian food was exquisite and the dish was very nicely presented. Great service with a very professional and polite staff. Enjoyed the live music that was played during the lunch (piano, then cello band). Great lunch...experience with a real differentiated local vibe. We definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, General Manager at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Charles S, Thank you for your recommendation and for your 5* rating. The Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant Team looks forward to welcoming you back! Gundel Cafe Patisserie Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is nice and elegant. Food was ok, not unforgettable and expensive. Unfortunately one of the waiter was making fun of me, because i’ m vegan. Laughing and being unkind. He suggested not to take the vegan dessert because he reckons is not good....Also said something about us being “italians”Other waiters apologised kindly because of his behaviour. Definitely not the kind of restaurant I would recommend.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, General Manager at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear selespi, Thank you very much for your feedback. We are very sorry that you are disappointed with our restaurant. We will investigate this matter in-house. We truly hope that you come back and give us another opportunity to reach your expectations. Gundel Cafe Patisserie...More

Reviewed December 23, 2022

The staff was nice but the dishes were not really poor. My goose liver pate was really bad and the Gundel pancake was a joke with a lot of sugar. The soup was OK. I wonder how Gundel would survive with this poor food.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, General Manager at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear OZS_ATW, Thank you very much for your feedback. We are very sorry that you are disappointed with our restaurant. We truly hope that you come back and give us another opportunity to reach your expectations. Gundel Cafe Patisserie Team

Reviewed December 17, 2022 via mobile

This legendary institution really lived up to its reputation - regal ambience, exceptional hospitality and veggie options limited but absolutely top-notch! Some of the best vegan, vegetarian we've had in a long time! Expertly prepared and presnted. If you're at the Szcheney baths then it's...just a 5 mins stroll. An experience worth visiting - five stars all the way!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Étterem Gundel, Marketing at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 21, 2022

Dear Guest, Thank you for the kind words and the outstanding review! Our team works every day to ensure that our guests leave with good memories. We are particularly pleased that you mentioned our waiters and that you liked our food. We are delighted you...More

Reviewed December 7, 2022 via mobile

Bad Customer Service. Management needs to get their act together. After a delicious meal served by highly trained waiting staff who could not do enough for us. A miserable Manager who behaved as if we were pile of poo was so I unhelpful and totally...ignored us when we wanted to change the way we paid the bill. This attitude will not encourage a return visit as although we were foreigner we have lived in Budapest for a number of years.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Étterem Gundel, Marketing at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2022

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your feedback. We are very sorry that you are disappointed with our restaurant. We will investigate this matter in-house. We truly hope that you come back and give us another opportunity to reach your expectations. Gundel Cafe Patisserie...More

Reviewed December 5, 2022 via mobile

We visited Gundel with big exoectations, which was confirmed finally. Food is fantastic, service is polite and nice. 2 downsides: -I tried to connect the restaurant on the day of visit at least 5-6x times, they dont pick up phone and doesnt anwer messenger message....-I found wine on the menu which is 5€ in retail and they sell it for 35€. This questions for me the whole wine selection.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Étterem Gundel, Marketing at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2022

Dear Krisztian, Thank you very much for your review. All feedback is important to us and will help us to improve the guest experience. We hope you leave with a maximum experience next time. Gundel Cafe Patisserie Team

Reviewed November 23, 2022

to make it short: my wife wanted to have dinner in the best restauant she had ever visited outside switzerland... we left - and paid - after first couse - second was simply uneatable... disgusting experience - music leaving beore 9 as well... given the...wonderfull times we have experienced with wonderful food and musich from family lakatos... the experience we had this time: you will never have us backi... disgusting! you ruined the wonderful place... RUINEDMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, Marketing at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2022

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your review. All feedback is important to us and will help us to improve the guest experience. We are sorry you did not enjoy the experience. Thank you for being our guest! Gundel Cafe Patisserie Team

Reviewed November 20, 2022 via mobile

Been here multiple times and it never disappoints. Restaurant is really elegant with phenomenal classical music in background. Staff are professional. Pancakes are must try.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, Marketing at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2022

Dear Guest, Thank you for giving us the highest rating and for being one of our returning guests! Our staff is always delighted to read such satisfied reviews. We hope that you will return to our restaurant! Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant Team

Reviewed November 15, 2022 via mobile

Great atmosphere, piano player to listen to alternated with a couple of violinists playing in the background to cap off a relaxing meal. We had a couple of salads, a gin and tonic each, a special coffee topped with cream and flakes of gold leaf,...mint tea and two fantastic desserts - all of it it was first class. Very good quality service who were attentive, but not overly. The building itself is right next to the zoo and adjacent to the park and inside is simply stunning, reminding us of the glamorous art deco period. A real treat.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, Marketing at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2022

Dear Lynda, Thank you for the kind words and the outstanding review! Our team works every day to ensure that our guests leave with good memories. We look forward to welcoming you back! Gundel Cafe Patisserie Team

Reviewed October 26, 2022

I had an "Ujhazi" soup (surprisingly lame), a "Szekelykaposzta from "Mangalica" as well as the almost mandatory "Gundel palacsinta" with a cappuchino. Everything (except for the soup) was excellent. The soup was not bad at all, it was just lame. (I had Ujhazi soups at...other good places and I know what it supposed to taste like). But the restaurant is so good, I still gave it a five stars. BTW, the "Service charge" is included in the bill but you would not know that unless you actually look or ask.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, Marketing at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2022

Dear Guest, Thank you for giving us 5* and for being our guest. We hope you leave with a maximum experience next time. Gundel Cafe Patisserie Team

Reviewed September 27, 2022

The restaurant is a wonderful return to elegant times with great food and live, non-intrusive entertainment. The interiors are stunning and the service is excellent. Don't miss this spot when in Budapest.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, Marketing at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2022

Dear DavidLou, Thank you for your recommendation and the lovely review. Gundel Cafe Patisserie Team

Reviewed September 15, 2022

We visited this restaurant in 2013 and had a wonderful experience. About six weeks before our recent trip I email the restaurant and made a reservation for a table in the Restaurant, not the Cafe Patisserie. We eagerly anticipated this evening. We had another amazing...dinner. Much of what I wrote about our first visit still holds true today. There has been a restaurant in this building since 1894, and since 1910 the family has operated it as Gundal. The dining room has changed over the years but still retains the feel of an elegant restaurant from the turn of the 20th century. The tables are well spaced, so we felt like we had a lot of privacy. And once again we enjoyed the background music provided by a string quartet and a pianist who alternated performances, playing classical music and some movie themes. White gloved servers provided impeccable service with a relaxed pace. We began with a basket of breads accompanied by infused spreads, and an Amuse Bouche, a fried fish ball on tartar sauce. We each selected the three course menu with wine paring. My wife started with the Goulash soup, and I ordered the “Death by Pate’”. That is not what the menu calls it, but that would be an appropriate way to describe it. It was the sampler of three house made pates. One was a smoked “steak” or slice of pate served on a sauce of nuts and berries. The second, described as Pate’ Foam, was creamy, light, and whipped. The third was cold goose liver in a ramekin covered with its own fat. For entrees we selected the Pike Perch and the Pork Neck with parsley buttered rice. Each course came paired with a wine selected by the sommelier to pair with the plate we had selected. For our third course we moved to a table on the floor to be closer to the piano player. We ordered the House Specialty, the pancake rolled around a walnut cream filling and topped with chocolate fudge and more walnuts. For our second dessert we selected the special Chocolate Layer Cake with Sour Cherries. We shared them and could not agree on which we preferred. It was not an inexpensive evening, but it was worth every penny!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, Marketing at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2022

Dear Guest, Thank you for the kind words and the outstanding review! Our staff is always delighted to read such satisfied reviews. We are particularly pleased that you mentioned our waiters and that you liked our food. Thank you for being one of our returning...More

Reviewed September 15, 2022

we had the foisgras and soup plus salad, all were very tasty and the service was also very very nice, loves the interior, beautiful place

Date of visit: September 2022
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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, Marketing at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2022

Dear Olitza, Thank you for giving us a five star rating along with your kind words. We hope to see you again. Gundel Cafe Patisserie Team

Reviewed September 13, 2022

My wife and I visited for dinner on a Friday night and there were hardly anyone there. A three piece orchestra was playing nice music so we sat dawn to order, but the orchestra got up and walked out never to return. The lighting was...poor and we felt like we were alone in a restaurant. The food was good, but my mood was not very positive and we left without eating my favourite dessert the Gundel Pancake. A most disappointing evening. Will not return. Roby070More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, Marketing at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2022

Dear Roby, Thank you for your rating. All feedback is important to us and will help us to improve the guest experience. We are very sorry that you are disappointed with our restaurant. Thank you for being our guest! Gundel Cafe Patisserie Team

Reviewed September 2, 2022

We booked Gundel restaurant particularly because we understood the interior to be very attractive, but when we arrived (Saturday 27th August) the inside was shut and all diners were being seated outside on the terrace. Our table was just covered with a standard table cloth...and it all looked very standard, nothing special. The male server who seated us and served alongside another male server was not very friendly and unwilling to help us order a taxi to arrive at the end of our meal, we had to talk to the lady stood welcoming arriving diners to get a taxi booked. We had booked the ala carte menu and we all decided to order mains and desert rather than 3 courses as we may get too full. My mains of sirloin was okay but not amazing, the potatoes were a bit bland and I was left feeling that I had not chosen the best dish. Our friends, one of who also had the steak agreed with me as to the taste and quality, another dish, the paprika chicken was enjoyed by my other half, this seemed to be a good choice. The last dish ordered which was the potato casserole was also declared to be fine. Deserts were also hit and miss, the chocolate cake with sour cherries was good but the pancake was a bit heavy. As the sun went down the terrace area was lit up with fairy lights which did help it to look more attractive but this did not make up for our disappointment at not seeing the inside. Overall I would not recommend Gundel restaurant both for the outside seating area and the food.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, Marketing at Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2022

Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback, we are surprised to read your comments. For us, the guest experience is the most important. We are very sorry that you are disappointed with our restaurant. Thank you for being our guest! We hope to see you...More

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Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5