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#1,037 of 2,840 Restaurants in Budapest
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Italian, International, Mediterranean, European, Hungarian
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service

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Belvaros-Lipotvaros
0.3 miles from Vaci Street
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Reviewed September 12, 2021

This is one of those restaurants where I regularly return whenever I come to Budapest, a city I am not particularly fond of, by the way. What I had the last time was a kind of braised pork steak coated in a spicy flour mixture...served with fried potato wedges. As to the steak, it was just like a pork steak should be, the quality of the meat quite satisfactory, not too dry or chewy (poor quality pork tends to be too dry when fried or cooked). Of course, it was prepared in advance, otherwise you would have to wait for ages to be served, but braised meat reheated is just fine. The potato wedges, on the contrary did suffer some by the process of having got fried for a second time, but even thus it needs a gourmet like the author of this review to tell the difference. So far goes the sunny side of the picture. As to the shady side, first of all, I should mention the quantity. Well, a woman weighing a hundred pounds and watching her lines might find this portion satisfactory. For an average-sized guy, however, even if he had a copious breakfast in the morning, this is no more than a 2/3 portion at the very best. If you are really hungry, go for a double portion, you’ll manage it all right. Anyway, my remark on portion size was not meant to say it is too expensive. Not at all. For four euros you can hardly expect more, indeed. So that if you order a double portion, it is still a bargain. Still on the shady side, I should mention the soup which is thrust upon you with the menu most of the time and adds a euro to the bill. They are just instant soups, a different one for each day of the week, running under some fancy names that make your mouth water only to sharpen your disappointment when it is served. However, my goal with this review is not to decry instant soups, but to recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a quiet place to sit and spend an agreeable hour or two with a drink, or have a simple but tasty meal. This being officially a coffeehouse (kávéház), ordering a meal is optional and you are welcome to just have a drink. (The coffeehouse category, by the way, explains the unsophisticated menu as well. After all, most establishments of this kind offer only pastries in the way of food.) Though it is situated in the very heart of Budapest, I have never seen this cafe overcrowded either by tourists or locals, which makes it ideal for anyone on the musing side, or for people who, like myself, like to tap away on their laptops to fill the idle hours when on the move. And one last tip: don’t miss out on the excellent ice cream they offer all year around in three flavours: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. My favourite is chocolate. Mmmmm!! It is just delicious! I got to leave you now and dig in before it melts.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

This is a great little place but you just need to know what it’s about so you’re not disappointed like I was. Reading the cuisines given here in the listing, I was shocked to see all of 3 entrees on the menu, none of which...were the traditional Hungarian I was looking for. I ordered the burger which was fine. Fries were ok. I ordered an appetizer cheese plate which was brought with my burger so I just had it packed for take away. I’m assuming that’s how it’s done here so just ask if you’d like your appetizer brought first. The servers were good natured and helpful. They seem to have a great drink menu - too bad I had a bottle of wine already waiting at home. Atmosphere is great and I loved the artwork being featured (for sale too).More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

Had a very pleasant breakfast, great service and beautiful art in the wall, and most of them are for sale. English breakfast recommended.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed November 17, 2017 via mobile

Went there with a friend in October 2017, the service is a combination of self-service and service. Staff were very nice and the food tasty, the whole impression is surprisingly good for a cafe which is part of a cinema.

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed October 7, 2017

thanks to all staff this café was so close to where we stayed in the apartment that was straight out of the communist how to decorate book at least we could get great coffee and food

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Aaaand dear everyone, finally i have another favourite bar and restaurant in lovely Budapest. Puskin is an amazing place with a very kind and caring stuff. I mean they are always close to you and ask if you need something else. I liked them so...much. The place is nice inside and outside as well. I enjoyed reading the fun "quotes" on the wall, like: "beer is the answer but i dont remember the question." :-) Hahah! It was such a great time there im sure im gona visit them again. Thanks!More

Date of visit: July 2016
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Yes, PUSKIN Café and Restaurant offers takeout services.

PUSKIN Café and Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5