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“Nice dinner”
Review of SYMBOL Budapest

SYMBOL Budapest
Ranked #1,150 of 3,204 Restaurants in Budapest
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Hungarian, Italian, International, Pub
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The story of this house is the story of many people. It's the story of the family who lived here before - the Hoffmanns. It's also the story of the people who are working very hard today to make sure it's a very special place - from the owner family to the chefs, from the world champion mixer to the glass collectors. It is also of course the story of the people who come in here - Yours, our guests'. It is up to You and us what stories will be added to the legacy of this house, more importantly what personal memories and experiences will it give you as a guest and to us as hosts. We feel honoured that with You we can be co-authors of these stories. In 2000 Sandor Barna brought the worn-down, old swabian house at 56. Becsi street. His original intention was to create a restaurant in Budapest that's open all year - opposed to his seasonal summer business at Lake Balaton. Originally he planned to open a small, cozy family restaurant in Obuda, but as it is expected of him, he changed his mind. He said: "I always wanted a place that people will love and would visit over and over again. I found this house and instantly fell in love with it. I knew that this is where I can make this place a reality." This place is what became Symbol. The speciality of this place comes from the location. The several venues built within these antique walls, offering various gastronomical experiences. The 220 refers to the cellar, but the tabernacle, front veranda and baroque roof truss also remained. The old well in the garden, which legend says was the place where they hid the Holy Crown (of Hungary) at one time, also remains as it was. Another legend builds on the 20th Century: Ferenc Puskas (or as Hungarians call him: Puskas Ocsi bacsi). The Puskas Pancho Sport Pub is dedicated to his memory, which became a place of pilgrimage for Hungarian and international football fans alike. The story of this place and the Barna family became one. Sandor Barna with his wife Gitti and the younger members of the family: Katalin, Gyorgy and Eszter, as well as all our colleges are working very hard every day to make sure this place is very special for all our guests. Day by day they expand the story of Symbol...
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice dinner”
Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Nice, stylish, interesting enteriour. The food is above average but there are hardly any vegetarian dishes. The vines are good just like the desserts.The staff keeps distance but helpful. Prices are definitely above average. I'd say expensive. Worth a try.

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Thank TomziEmilCs
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ReputationOffice, Manager at SYMBOL Budapest, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

How kind of you, you have shared your experiences here! Thanks a million for your praising words! See you soon!

With kind regards,
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Hollywood, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best restaurant”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

Every time I go to Budapest, I visit the Symbol in Budapest. The food is excellent, the service is polite and welcoming and a great ambiance.
I also enjoy the Art Gallery.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank wcsoka
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ReputationOffice, Manager at SYMBOL Budapest, responded to this review, March 17, 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
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“what a disappointment...:(”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Been there on a company meeting and was very happy with the quality of food so decided to return for a dinner. Waiter told us that the menu was brand new, but my worry is that the chef has been changed as well.
Carpaccio was still frozen when served and was not tasty at all, ordered medium beefsteak which somehow got to be well done - we had the feeling that we are in a place which wants to be more than actually it is.
The price paid has nothing to do with the quality received. Like you get 3* room and pay 5*...
Do yourself a favor and have lunch/dinner somewhere else

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank toci001
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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“This is about the nightclub... food seemed ok”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

Sadly was duped into buying tickets for the "Official After party" for the formula 1 grand prix. Tickets for the almost special area ( the paddock)... €200 a pop, expectation for fun night and meeting some F1 drivers and celebs. Reality of vacuous atmosphere, no celebs, lots of posing, pretty awful boring music with no one really dancing and no dance area.

Perhaps its a cool place normal weekends, but for this special occasion with a rip off entry fee, major disappointment.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Donal C
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Brasov, Romania
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Small portion - rip off :-(((”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

We ordered some chicken stuffed with asparagus and parma ham and mashed potatoe.
The portion was ridiculous!!! 3 pieces of chicken staffed with 2 small aparagus and 2 slices of parma ham! Mashed potatoe with ruccola was good and 3 cherrie tomatoes.
Well, well...this portion costs 2.880Ft which makes me smile...and upset as its a BIG rip off.
The explanation from the manager was: this is our portion as its premium category food.
I guess the gentlaman does not know what premium category means...well, well.
Food does not even reach below standard NOT premium category! OMG!
If you wish to eat a good hungarian food DO NOT try this restaurant as you will be dissapointed!
I guess management also need some coaching lessons to be able to deal with guests in a proper and professional way as they have no clue...

  • Visited July 2013
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