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“Fantastic”
Review of Restaurant Balzac35 - CLOSED

Restaurant Balzac35
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: French, International
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Vienna, Wien, Austria
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

One of Budapest's hidden culinary gems. If you appreciate gourmet food and French/Belgian delicacies with a nouvelle cuisine twist, you will not be disappointed here, I guarantee it! :)

Visited May 2013
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Thank Daniel G
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ORM2014, Manager at Restaurant Balzac35, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for the nice comment. We are really happy that you enjoyed your time in our Restaurant and were very satisfied with the meal you had. Our Chef and his entire team always pay special attention on the quality and presentation of the dishes they prepare. It is our hope that you will return and have more of their delicious creations.

With kind regards,
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31 reviews from our community

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Kailua, Hawaii
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“exquisite experience”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

the waitier explained that this place had recently changed hands. It is a very upscale and expensive restaurant but the service and food were worth the price. We ate at this place twice and every member of our party thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The warm fois gras was to die for. I had to order it both times. I had the duck leg confit and afterward it looked like vultures had attacked my plate.

while it might seem silly to go to a french restaurant in Budapest, this one makes a great case for trying something different during your trip.

there are several pice fixed options with wine pairings. My friends tried them and they liked them. the wine was good and reasonably priced if not cheap for such a high end restaurant.

simply put it is a end end expensive restaurant but we all thought we got more than our money's worth from the experience and look forward to returning her next we visit budapest

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank doktordx
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Restaurant35, Manager at Restaurant Balzac35, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Thank you so much for your review! We are extremely happy about reading it. We are looking forward to see you again and thank you!!!
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Budapest, Hungary
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“New Management "Cafe Balzac" - Well Past It's Prime”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

In the past this restaurant has been of good quality with nicely prepared seafood dishes. Recently the restaurant changed names and chefs--but keeps a very similar if not identical menu. Recently we gave it a try hoping for a quality meal as we've had there before. The meal was disappointing to say the least. The two fish dishes at our table were overdone--'red' tuna and mullet. The cut of the tuna was thin and of poor quality and probably would never have been red. The mullet was overcooked and neither moist nor succulent--it was also extremely salty--lacking the rich nutty taste mullet is renowned to have. The Hungarian 'grey cattle' tenderloin was a small thin cut--we overcooked and lived up to its name - grey. The first courses were better but very small--the best dish on the table probably being the terrine and warm goat cheese starter.

Service was average with little done to make customers feel welcome. Two the waiters credit a nice wine was recommended and they do have a few wines not commonly seen at other restaurants. However the price of wine and for the dinners is very high. With an average of main costing over 6000Ft and the fixed price menu being 11,000Ft, a much nicer meal can be had for easily half the price at other restaurants. Overall--this was probably the most overpriced and the most disappointing meal I've had out in Budapest over the four years I've lived here.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank USExpatHungary
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Restaurant35, Manager at Restaurant Balzac35, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
We are really sad not to have the opportunity to handle these problems on the spot and immediately. I am pretty sure we could have found a solution to make your evening and culinary experience better. May be next time...
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Budapest, Hungary
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Our favourite in Budapest”
Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

This is our favourite restaurant in Budapest. We are a Hungarian-French couple. It is always a treat to visit it. Location is ok, but not the best. The restaurant is elegant with professional service. I've never had any problem with the service there. Food is amazing, the presentation is like art! I used to choose the sea menu, which is marvellous. It is quite difficult to find good seafood in Hungary. It is a bit pricey, but on special occasions we always go there. I highly recommend it! Wine selection is good too. (heard from my husband, because I don't like alcohol). The chef, Philippe prepares all of your food, so it is not very fast, but very tasty. Kitchen is open, so you can see him cooking.
All in all, try this restaurant, you won't be disappointed.

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Helpful?
Thank AnettC
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ORM2014, Manager at Restaurant Balzac35, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you very much for your praising words! It is very good to hear that you had a great time with us! I will certainly pass your appreciation to our chef, who will be definitely delighted about it!
I look forward to another occasion, when we can provide you the same quality!


With kind regards,
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Budapest, Hungary
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“promising sea food but very low quality service”
Reviewed December 14, 2012 via mobile

two male waiters here have no clue or interest in how to satisfy customers.
very rude and negative attitude to simple requests.
muscles first time was very good that's why i went and tried a second time but then also muscles and ingredients in starters were no good any more.
inconvenient location.
pity as the chef (philippe) seems to be quite talented and its not easy to find good seafood restaurants in town.

Helpful?
2 Thank hndn
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ORM2014, Manager at Restaurant Balzac35, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for your review. I regret, that your recent visit was not satisfactory. I am really sorry, that this time we couldn’t meet your expectations. Quality is our top priority, in addition, we are going to put even greater efforts to make our services perfect. We can only hope, that you will give us a second chance to greet you in our restaurant, when we can provide you the quality which will be beyond your expectations!

With kind regards,
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