Budapest offers a wide array of choices for those looking for traditional Hungarian fare, which comprises mostly meat, meat stews, potatoes and rice.  Vegetable side dishes generally come pickled or pureed.  Pizza is another popular favorite, with pizzerias throughout the city.  International and vegetarian options are much more limited.

Suggested Locations 

  • Centrál Kávéház. Beautiful restaurant, renovated in its original style. Friendly service.  Károlyi Mihály utca 9, Tel. 266 21 10, Subway 3: Ferenciek tere
    • Fészek Művészek Klubja: The restaurant of an artists' assocation. Located off the main road in a rounded housecorner. In the summer, their garden with its massive chestnut trees makes this location worth a visit. Dob utca 55/Corner Kertész utca, Tel. 322 60 43, Trams No.s 4, 6 UPDATE: This place has been bought out and is converting into the "Flamingo Club". No longer the same kind of place. See:
    • Múzeum: Coffeehouse and restaurant. This upscale establishment impresses with its outstanding cuisine. Closed on Sundays. Múzeum körút 12, Tel. 338 42 21, Subway 3: Kálvin tér, Trams No.s 47, 49 See:
    • Rivalda: This restaurant is located in parts of a convent. During the summer months, there's a comfortable cafe in the convent square. Its atmosphere is elegant but not stiff or formal. At night, there is live dinner music. Szinház utca 5-9, Tel. 489 02 36,, Bus 16, Castle Bus (Várbusz)
    • Belcanto: Unique atmosphere,  waiters and bands. Located in the Opera's vicinity. Dalszínház utca 8, Tel. 269 27 86,, Subway 1: Opera, Bus 4
    • Kispipa, 38 Akacfa ut, is a place to go for a very interesting dining experience.  The atmosphere conjures up movie scenes from Pre-W W II Eastern Europe with a well lit room, cream colored walls, high ceilings and a piano player in the corner playing everything from gypsy music to Gershwin.  Food has a distinct Hungarian bent, and is reasonably priced, perhaps $50 for two for a full meal with wine. See: 
    • Avocado Restaurant &Music Cafe: The restaurant is situated in the heart of the city, next to the most-frequented shopping mile of Budapest,Váci utca. Avocado offers an extensive selection of Hungarian, French, Italian and Far-Eastern dishes, wide range of Hungarian and international wines, drinks and cocktails. Tel: +36 1 266 32 77, url:  The Avocado is superb. There are a few tables outside, smallish resturant inside with a metzanine floor and a music bar downstairs. great service.

    What to Order

     Some typical dishes are:

    • Chicken Paprikas (Csirke Paprikas) - Chicken cooked in a paprika cream sauce and served with hungarian noodle (galuska)
    • Goulash - Menu items called "Guylas" are more of a meat soup, while dishes called "porkolt" or more like the thick stew westerners consider Goulash.
    • Stuffed cabbage or Stuffed peppers (Toltott Kaposzta, Toltott Paprika)
    • Meat Pancake (Hortobagy Palacsinta) Think of it as a Hungarian Encilada...smothered in cream sauce.