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“Rotisserie heaven”

Robinson Restaurant
Ranked #186 of 3,278 Restaurants in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Városliget
Description: 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 in Varosliget. Mediterranean environment, homely atmosphere, live Latin guitar music and an excellent kitchen guarantee a memorable evening spent here.
Reviewed November 5, 2013

There are many steak-houses in Budapest and a 2 are quite excellent. The latest edition to the trend was opened on the upper floor of the well established Robinson restaurant. We paid a visit to the new Rotisserie for dinner with 3. Admittedly to stack it up against places I think are best and to test the famed beef cuts of the Italian master butcher Dario Cecchini (vs mostly US cuts in other restaurants). The story of the Italian butcher is quite convincing, family business for 250 odd years with their own organic kettle, butcher shop and meat curing. So beef on offer are butchered and aged in Italy. In the restaurants the different cuts and the whole story is clearly explained on separate cards with illustrations and so on. It's neatly presented, if you are not into beef, you'll learn a lot here. Cuts are offered in 2 sizes (big and bigger :) and of course take medium-rare or medium. The sides are the usual steakhouse affair> various sauces, potatoes, spinach, veggies and so on, as you'd expect.
i went for a 300gr tenderloin with steak potato, garlic - spinnach leaf and port wine mushroom sauce (pictured).
the beef was 100/100 really absolute perfection. nice char on the outside, super tender warm throughout, well rested so no blood but pink throughout. very nicely done.
sides 90/100 - I prefer the mushroom sauce to be bit more thick and creamy vs slightly runny. still great taste, fresh forest mushrooms so in general not bad. the spinach and potato were excellent again, but you sort of expect that :)
All in all its certainly up there with the best in Budapest, we'll be back for more.

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ORM2014, Online Reputation Manager at Robinson Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2014

Dear Valued Guest,

It was a complete privilege reading your review! Thanks a million for sharing your kind thoughts here with the community. Me and the whole staff were more than delighted to read that you had a great time with us! We are very happy that our work has been appreciated - Thank you! Quality is our first priority, and you ensured us that we are on the right way!
We look forward to welcome you back soon!

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Today we had lunch at Robinson. The place is wonderful and the weather fantastic. To start I ordered a beef soup ( explicitly very hot) and a glass of wine. The soup was served terribly cold. I asked for warming the dish again. A cold insipid soup came back to the table. No signs of the wine yet. Ten minutes after finishing the non tasty cold soup I was still waiting for the wine. And the rest of my family waiting for their food as well. Really bad.

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gabica1984, Manager at Robinson Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2013

We do appreciate your feedback. We are really sorry arrive late and cold the food.
In the future we would like to improve it. Hopefully we would be able to achive your statisfaction on a next dinner at us.

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Reviewed October 25, 2013

I've been here in the beginning of October with a group of 16 persons. Everything was terrible. There was no atmosphere and the waiters were really waiting till we left the restaurant. Even the music was switched off when we were eating!!!! The food was nog price worth and it tasted like the food was coming directly out of the fridge (we can know it, when we received it, it was still cold). All 16 of us were more than disappointed. Please do not come to this restaurant. Also the manager was rude, very not done. If you want prove that we've been there please ask me, I can provide you the bill.

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Reviewed October 25, 2013

Mid October, after two delightful days enjoying the city at its best: perfect temperature, sunny weather and visiting the great and beautiful sites of Budapest, we wanted to finish of the final day in a perfect way, with a relishing diner. From friends we were attended to diner at Robinson Restaurant, situated near the Hero´s Square, on an island in the nearby lake. Our friends were there a few years ago and they told us that it was one of the best restaurants in town.
How much must have changed then in a couple of years!
Although the location is really beautiful and the employees of the restaurant seem to give their best, for those prices we really expect fresh and tasty food!!!
We had goose liver pate and a chicken breast.
Unfortunately the goose liver pate tasted like it came out of a can, and the additional dressing was so overwhelmingly strong, but necessary, that we think they did it on purpose to conceal the real taste of the pate.
We hoped the chicken would make up for the paté.
But alas: the chicken was cold!
Although it was warmed up again, and rather tasty, it was also not enough.
We expected fries, vegetables and more, but unfortunately this was not served.
This was not expected for that price.
Then I finished with a cheese assort, where I specifically asked the waiter if a blue cheese would be served as well. On his confirmation I ordered this dish, but when served; no blue cheese!
Finishing diner we were looked at like we were holding them up from closing down the restaurant. So we just ended the evening quickly (didn´t order wine anymore), payed the bill (with a small heart attack) and checked out.
The friendly "good evening" was probably because the personnel was happy we finally left the restaurant.
Being a real food lover and having food in restaurants all over the world, this was a rather disappointing experience and therefore closure of our weekend. Value for money was absolutely below expectation, and for that reason all other services were too.
To the manager: please spend your time improving your cooking, services and knowledge of what you serve to your employees. This will not do you any harm and your customers either.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

As I visited this restaurant already many times in the past it was very disappointing when we visited it again in the beginning of October.

Service is poor and only revenue driven, food was cold and we had the feeling that the waiters were pushing us to finish early so that they could close early...

In the past was this one of the best restaurants in Budapest but at this moment I would not recommend it to anybody.

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