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“Great surprise!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chess Restaurant

Chess Restaurant
Ranked #111 of 3,044 Restaurants in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $26
Cuisines: European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: District VII / Jewish Quarter
Description: Italian –French-Hungarian Bistro cuisineTradition & Evolution Our Executive Chef, Levente Kovacs thinks this way about our cuisine:“The youthful and modern bistro cuisine is my world, it can renew day by day, it combines the gastronomic ‘lifestyle’ of different places in the world, even on one plate, in a way that, I don't use hundreds of spices with each other, but I’m trying to create exciting contrasts. I do a kind of kitchen minimal-design because simple can be great also. It causes difficulties sometimes for me to not to put all my ideas into one dish. I’m trying to use the raw materials as they were given to me by nature itself, changing only as much as I need. And then we get to a point, where simple is not so simple anymore. Ease and great tasting harmony in life, in the kitchen and on the plate.Simple is hard. Enjoy!”What else can we say? The Chess Restaurant is an intimate place in black and white, absolutely a place to get together frequently, where You can try new dishes day by day with it’s always renewing kitchen creativity, served simply and clearly.The Chess Restaurant opened, it’s Your move now!
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“Great surprise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

We were looking for a restaurant on Sunday night in Budapest and we end up at Chess: what a great surprise!! The food was absolutely amazing, the perfect combination between Hungarian, Italian and French cuisine! The dishes seemed a piece of art and the prices are very fair. Don't miss it!

  • Visited July 2013
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“An average restaurant with average food.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

We went on a Monday night and although there were quite a few people there, they had plenty of staff on. However service was very slow and after we finished our meals they cleared our plates but didn't offer us the dessert menu or the bill. We sat at the table for ages until we finally just got up and asked for the bill ourselves. It was very poor service - yet they charge you a 'service' component on the bill.

The food was nice but average for what it cost. We had the duck and pork with the pork being the clear winner but nothing special. What was good about this restaurant is that they brought out a glass of Champagne and a little entree which we weren't charged for.

I wouldn't recommend going here as there are plenty of other choices which are better value, have better service and much better food.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Newark, New Jersey
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“Well worth the visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

Very nice ambiance pair with delicious menu choices. Hungarian food in its gourmet version. We opted for an outside table in the courtyard. The service was very professional and pleasant. Solid choice in Budapest.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Well worth it's place in the top 20 Budapest restaurants.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

Chess is a pleasant modern restaurant tucked away in a side street. The service was friendly and professional and we had a nice table for two by the window.
The menu was a mixture of Hungarian, Italian an European cuisine. I had cream of potato soup with ginger flavoured duck which was absolutely first class, my wife had a prawn cocktail with port, I had a taste of this as well and again first class with succulent prawns. My main course was a tagliatelle with beef in sauce. The sauce was a bit overpowering, but it was nicely cooked, the beef stock seemed to overpower the chilli flavour, but nonetheless it was something different and well worth a try.
The wine list was good, not a huge amount to choose from, but they were all well described in several languages, a good price range and the red we selected was excellent.
The main courses were god helpings, so we didn't have a desert.
The price of t meal was good, certainly by London standards. I would say it was cheaper than Cafe Rouge, but with nicer food, wine, ambience and service.

  • Visited July 2013
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“Unique experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

Came here on our first night in Budapest, with reviews to recommend this place we thought we'd give it a go.
This place is attached to a hotel and has a nice ambience about it, it was quite busy when we went mainly tourists. Staff are friendly and attentive. We were given a complimentary champagne with lavender syrup and an amuse bouche both of which were tasty. The menu is rich in choice and is quite modern with some traditional Hungarian dishes. We went for the duck with raspberry sauce and cardamon doughnuts and a beef tagliatelle dishes. Both were tasty, the duck dish was strange but very good. A dessert and main in one with the sauce and doughnuts. Cardamon doughnuts are the way to go!
We spent almost 10000 HUF about £30. The experience was enjoyable the food tasty and very filling and staff lovely. A unique experience in Budapest.

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