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“Great location and nice atmosphere; food is pleasant enough.”
Review of TG Italiano

TG Italiano
Ranked #195 of 3,204 Restaurants in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $115
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: District V / Inner City
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great location and nice atmosphere; food is pleasant enough.”
Reviewed August 1, 2014

Having lived in Budapest for a year, Tom George has settled into being my girlfriend and my favourite 'fall back' restaurant when we're in the city centre.

We've never had a problem with the service, the maitre d's are always very professional (and consistently extremely pretty, I've noticed? Anyway...) and the waiting staff attentive and focused.

The food isn't mind-numbingly good, but it's pretty consistent fare, Pizzas are excellent and the wine/cocktail range is sound (some of the cocktails are particularly tasty - I'm a sucker for the Lemon Martini). It's definitely tasty as far as an Italian restaurant in Budapest could be - although, as is standard for land-locked Hungary, anything remotely fish related is pricey. Oh, the chilli olive oil accompaniment is excellent and *brutal*.

In Hungarian terms, it's actually quite expensive - but you have to bear in mind it's in a prime location and very nicely done out. (It seems minor celebrities frequent it if they're ever in Hungary... oh and Bill Clinton ate there, too). In English/American exchange rate terms though, it's still cheap when it comes down to it. My Girlfriend and I never spend over 15,000ft for a starter each, pizza and bottle of wine - which is about £40. If you just have a pizza and a beer, it's closer to 8000ft (£22-ish). As I say, expensive by Budapest terms but very reasonable to a 'Western' wallet.

*Update* Interested to see a previous review (Kate S) suggesting it's a meeting place for certain clientele... I must admit I'd never noticed this as an issue at all but will certainly be paying more attention to the couples around me from now on...

  • Visited August 2014
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5 reviews
“AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

Rudest staff ever. Took more than an hour to get our food . Guys didn't even apologized, let alone offering some bread or snacks whole you wait for your food. Our waiter was completely ignoring us.
Food is good, nothing outstanding but good. Drinks were lovely , atmosphere is ok, prices for budapest I'll say are high.
They overcharged us and since the bill comes in Hungarian they hope you don't realize?
Seriously there're so many other nice places .
Maybe if the service was better the whole experience would have been different but unfortunately it was not the case !

  • Visited July 2014
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Sofia, Bulgaria
2 reviews
“Good cocktails & food”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

We visited two times because it was close to our hotel. The aperol spritz served was really good, same for stuffed pasta I ate (capellaci). Service is good, but pretty "cold" and sometimes a bit slow (40 minutes for a salad). Location is really good - book for the outdoor seating if you have a chance. No smoking in the whole restaurant (both inside and outside), but a small smoking area on the side. Still if we go back in Budapest we will come back for a dinner.

  • Visited July 2014
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Pons, France
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24 reviews
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“Great buzzy fun place in the heart of the city”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is one of our favourite restaurants in Budapest and we make sure we always return. Great and unpretentious food, wonderful service. The best atmosphere in town and we always feel very welcome here. Buzzy fun, trendy place for all ages. Great for celebrity spotting too, we were there during the Formula One Grand Prix and have seen some of the big-name drivers dining there. Cant get better endorsed that that! We will keep coming back :-) Highly recommended.

  • Visited July 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Shocking”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

Watched woman at table next to us flick through pornographic images on her phone + in a magazine with 3 portly business men. We sat in horror as they chose the woman they wanted who promptly arrived 15 minutes later. We had a heated dispute with a staff member, who said there was nothing that he could do about it other than move us. There were children sitting at other tables, and waiting staff who seemed as equally shocked as we were.After working in Budapest for last couple of weeks and wondering why there were so many strangely 'matched' couples, now clear to me this is an obvious hotspot for sex workers, escorts and wealthy clients.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Kate S
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