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Local cuisine, Mediterranean, European, Central European, Hungarian
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Business meetings

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0.1 miles from Heroes' Square
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Robinson restaurant opened in 1989 on the small island of gastronomy at Varosligeti Lake, a few minutes on foot from Heroes' Square (Hosok tere). Over the past decades it earned popularity among the citizens of the capital as well as the expatriate community of Budapest. Numerous great celebrities - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Robert Redford, David Copperfield and Larry Hagman to name but a few - have tasted the delicacies prepared in the kitchen of the Robinson. The environment of the restaurant is no less hospitable. The Museum of Fine Arts, the Budapest Zoological and Botanical Gardens, the Amusement Park of Budapest, the Great Circus and several other landmarks are located
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Mediterranean, European, Central European, Hungarian
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Food was lovely, service wasn’t great. we went to celebrate a birthday and wanted a nice evening. ordered cocktails but they didn’t arrive until after the starter. we ordered water and wine, got neither. food was nice but the lack of drinks spoiled the meal....decided not to stay for dessert. they we very apologetic and offered a free drink, but this was too late. shame but the meal was ruined.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Quite a bit waiting for food but the restaurant was full, average restaurant with decent food and nice look of the lake...

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Avoid this restaurant. The service is arrogant and unfriendly. Too bad we had an old tourist guide and I did not read the latest comments on Tripadvisor.

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came to this place as we visited it a couple of years ago and it was fantastic. Unfortunately this was not the same experience this time. The food was alright but the service was shocking. The start of the experience was ok but it...got worst by time. We ordered wine and beer with our meal. My wine arrived much later then the rest of the drinks. We had to ask for twice which the responses was yes its coming. After receiving part of our meal we had to again ask the waiting staff a few times where are out side orders which he responded yes its coming. We never received it. When we finished our food we straight away asked for the bill. It took at least 30 minutes to receive it. It was the wrong bill as they tried to charge me for a bottle of wine instead of a glass. It was very disappointing experience. The staff ( apart from the hostess) definitely did not care. What a shame as the good was good.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice setting but unfortunately the staff were very rude, classist atmosphere. Said they were full but plenty of tables spare. Bizarre, clearly don’t like foreigners. States ‘enjoy and relax in the sun’ yet we specified this and they still didn’t let us in. Avoid at...all costs.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed May 22, 2022 via mobile

Outstanding food. Hamburgers were the best, pasta and crayfish was delish. Great fries. Great lunch. Going for dinner in a couple of days.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed May 20, 2022

We have been waiting with kids for one hour for our food. Then we were informed kitchen was closed and we including the kids won‘t get anything…

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed May 18, 2022 via mobile

Stumbled upon the restaurant in the afternoon and decided to stop off for some coffee, first experience was very good, helpful and happy staff, quick service. We decided as the view was so nice to book a table for dinner in the evening. We approached...the hostess on our exit and asked if they had any space for that evening, she open the diary and there was tables left, we requested a table outfit they had any available and was told we can sit outside and we was booked in for 7:30. When we arrived at the restaurant in the evening we gave our name and the same hostess told us we hadn’t booked, when we advised we booked with yourself earlier on she went and got a manager. The manager was extremely rude and kept advising we needed to make a reservation and they had no space, we advised we did book and we had already been in there earlier that day for coffee and booked on our exit. He said he can squeeze us in but it has to be inside as tables outside were for people who had made a reservation. At this point we left and went to a lovely little restaurant over the road.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed May 17, 2022 via mobile

Great setting in the city park. We had a table right by the water and watched the terrapins . Service was attentive and helpful. Food delicious. Stand out dish was the slow cooked beef shoulder which was perfectly cooked on celeriac puree. Best food we...had in Budapest. Make sure you book though.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed May 8, 2022 via mobile

Stopped for lunch after being in Szechenyi Thermal Baths just round the corner. What a superb find. Food was amazing and restaurant opened up onto the lake outside. Would highly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed April 16, 2022 via mobile

Lovely restaurant, great location. Unfortunately the experience left me completely confused. Two glasses of house red wine 6.600 HUF. This is twice as much as my main course . I have asked the waiter why so much for two small glasses of red house wine...and he said the wine was 2.200 HUF a glass and 2.200 HUF for the service. Completely unreasonable.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 9, 2022

We stopped by for lunch after we had visited the Thermal Spa. Beautiful location, excellent service and excellent food. The restaurant was extremely clean. We definitely made a good choice.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed April 8, 2022 via mobile

Food was very good and also the Service to the point we got the food served. After that the interest dropped and getting the invoice took over half an hour.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed March 6, 2022 via mobile

First of all, huge apologies to the restaurant and it’s team for such a delayed writing of this review. From the start the staff were great. Very warm and welcoming. A table of 8 of us with a range of tastes. Our main server was...Bela (hopefully I’ve spelt that correctly) and was consistent with his service throughout, explaining everything for those that needed, as well as recommendations too. The location was great, nestled on the edge of the water with fantastic views and the decor was just right. Perfect for our birthday celebration with friends. All of the food was fantastic including the wine and drinks. A lovely touch was an impromptu birthday dessert with a candle, as well a special birthday song played on their PA. Nothing was too much and a great effort from all. I am sure we will be remembered for one thing alone when the team reads this… when it came to the bill, we all attempted to pay with cards for 4 couples. The 1st couple was all fine. Then came the remaining 3 couples, of which we were all using HSBC cards and had repeated failed attempts on the machine. Very unexpectedly, HSBC had a major issue and were not able to pay by card. We called the bank there and then to which the bank were of no immediate help - a story for another review site! Anyway, we felt so embarrassed as we had to cobble together cash to pay the bill and literally only had the correct amount of Foreint between us all, and not even enough for a tip! Bela our server repeatedly reassured us that it was no issue and he was just happy that we had a great time and the tip was not important to him. Apart from saying that you must try this restaurant for the location, menu and service, I ask this Trip Advisor community of readers and reviewers of a very cheeky favour…please can somebody give Bela a tip from us English folk that left without tipping such excellent service as it is unlikely we will get the chance to ever do it! Thanks in advance everyone! 🙏🏽More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed February 17, 2022 via mobile

Had a very pleasant valentines day experience at Robinson! I was recommended this restaurant by a friend who is from Budapest (we had booked prior to our holiday via email and Robinson was very quick to reply!) We were slightly worried from reading the reviews...(some said it wasn't very tourist friendly) but I must say we had a very different experience. Staff were very welcoming, they helped translate items on the menu and were very accommodating throughout our meal. Food was fantastic! Prawn pil pil , steak and the floating island dessert ... delicious! Lovely restaurant , comfortable to sit and enjoy a meal. Lovely lake to walk around after dinner also. Restaurant was easy to get to using M1 line so don't let location put you off a must do visit to this restaurant, thank you!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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This restaurant is near Heroes square,ice rink,thermal baths and I think a Zoo.its on a bit of a lake.
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5