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The 11 Best Restaurants in Budapest

By Zahra Al-Kateb

The Hungarian capital abounds with excellent fine dining spots. Taking influence from the surrounding eastern European countries, as well as the city’s multicultural history (Jews previously made up 23% of Budapest’s population, meaning the city has some of the best Jewish food outside of Israel), visitors can expect to find some of Europe’s most opulent dining opportunities in Budapest. While the country was previously well known for its hearty eastern European stews, nowadays you can expect to find traditional Hungarian cooking given a modern European twist.

It’s not just great food the Hungarians are known for, their wine is also some of the best in Europe. They are particularly known for their Tokaji wine, with the two most famous styles being a mineral filled dry white wine most similar to Sauvignon Blanc, while their dessert wine is sweet and made from grapes that have suffered noble rot. This is what Hungary is most well-known for – a nectar-esque dessert wine world previously favored by Hungarian Kings and King Louis XIV.

To help guide you through which restaurants to visit in Budapest and why, Elite Travler takes a look at 11 of the best restaurants in Budapest to make the most of a visit to the gastronomic city.

COSTES RESTAURANT

Costes Restaurant

The story of Costes Restaurant started back in 2007 when the owners decided to transform the former restaurant that stood here into what you see today – one of the best restaurants in Budapest.

Before reopening Costes, the owners searched Europe high and low for the continent’s best suppliers, while the restaurant staff underwent rigorous training in France. In 2015 Costes took on head chef Eszter Palágyi after she’d played a part in opening Costes Downtown nearby.

In March 2010 Costes Restaurant received a star in the ‘Main Cities of Europe’ Michelin Guide, becoming the first Hungarian restaurant to receive such an honor and only the second in the Central European region. Costes continues to win local and international awards.

Stylish and elegant, Costes Restaurant is all about forgetting the outside world for a couple of hours. With no dress code, Costes offers a relaxed setting for you to enjoy top international cuisine with some delectable Hungarian touches. The service is flawless and friendly, and dishes are prepared with the finest fresh ingredients. Guest satisfaction is the number one priority at Costes and the team prides itself on giving an exceptional experience to everyone who walks through the door.

+36 1 219 0696

4 Raday street, H-1092

costes.hu