The 10 Best Restaurants In Buda Quarter, Budapest

Buda Castle Royal Palace with the Hungarian Citadel at background
Buda Castle Royal Palace with the Hungarian Citadel at background | © ZGPhotography / Alamy Stock Photo
Ivana Krenicka

Buda Castle Quarter consists of the most significant historical and medieval sites in Budapest. Located on the banks of the river Danube, Buda Quarter possesses the perfect essence of history, heritage and romance. After a day of exploring, there’s nothing better than a delicious dinner, here’s the 10 best restaurants in Budapest’s Buda Quarter to complete your experience.

1. Kacsa Restaurant

Restaurant, Hungarian

Kacsa, which translates to duck, is an extremely welcoming and classy restaurant that serves traditional Hungarian dishes. Their famous duck is prepared in a variety of ways, accompanied by an excellent selection of wine from Hungarian wine cellars. To top it all off, Kacsa provide the customers with a true Hungarian experience, live gypsy music with violins to set the mood.

2. Mandragora

Restaurant, Hungarian

Mandragora is a restaurant located off the beaten path in the Buda Quarter, which serves up local food and at a reasonable price. In a cosy and friendly atmosphere you can enjoy meals such as a lovely venison stew or pork with rosemary. This is a charming little restaurant with a taste of Hungarian or continental dishes accompanied by live jazz music and a wide selection of wines and spirits.

3. Carne di Hall

Carne di Hall

It is unheard of to visit Budapest and not try goulash soup, one of the staple dishes of Hungarian cuisine. If you’re taking a walk around the Buda Castle and looking for somewhere less touristy and with more character, Carne di Hall won’t disappoint. Their homemade bread, delicious desserts and great wines are only topped off by its magical location, right on the banks of the Danube River.

Bem rakpart 20. , Budapest 1011, Hungary, +36 30 446 9004

Hunyadi Café

Located outside the tourist spots, Hunyadi Café is a hospitable Hungarian brasserie which offers amazing craft beers to accompany your quick lunch. Serving sausages and freshly prepared toasties which are extremely satisfying, this brasserie has an extensive selection of beers to compliment your meal and a knowledgeable, passionate staff to help you decide which one to choose.

Hunyadi Janos Utca 15, Budapest 1011, Hungary, +36 20 961 8181

4. Budavari Retasvar

Budavari Retasvar

If you’re looking for the best strudel in the whole of Budapest, look no further. The perfect lunch stopover on your Buda adventures, whether you are in the mood for something sweet or savoury, Budavari Retasvar has it all. The traditional apple and cinnamon strudel is a must-try, as well as some quirkier versions with sour cherries or poppy seeds.

Balta koz 4. , Budapest, Hungary, +36 70 408 8696

5. Náncsi Néni

Restaurant, Hungarian

Náncsi Néni serves hearty grandma-style traditional food and they come in big portions. With an original ambiance and inviting atmosphere, the restaurant is located slightly higher up on the Buda hills and is perhaps easier to drive up to. It is perfect for kids as well, as it features a beautiful garden where everyone can relax and tuck into true Hungarian dishes.

6. Café Pierrot

Restaurant, Hungarian

Pierrot, Budapest
Courtesy of Pierrot, Budapest

This restaurant is the ideal setting for a romantic dinner in Budapest. At Café Pierrot guests can enjoy a fine dining experience that comes with high quality, creative dishes and a classy atmosphere. Try the pigeon breast served with foie gras and pumpkin purée for a truly decadent dining experience. There is a lovely courtyard too which adds to the romance.

7. Pest-Buda Bistro

Bistro, Pub, Restaurant, European

The terrace of Pest-Buda Bistro, Castle District, Budapest
© Veronika Pfeiffer / Alamy Stock Photo
What used to be a pub is now a delightful restaurant that prides itself on serving simple home cooked food. The menu includes options like grilled sausages, oven baked flamed pies, and goulash soup. Pest-Buda Bistro is close to the castle and the cathedral, making it the perfect lunch or dinner break with excellent service and a charming seating area outside.

8. Halászbástya Restaurant

Restaurant, Hungarian

Halászbástya Étterem, Budapest
Courtesy of Halászbástya Étterem

Overlooking the Danube River and the Pest side of the city, Halászbástya is not just a restaurant. Outstanding service and meals come together in a genuinely memorable experience of Budapest as this restaurant offers the best quality Hungarian food in a beautiful historical location. Highlights from the menu include the pan seared wild boar medallions with a chestnut and sweet potato purée and the mango and pistachio trifle.

9. Hungarikum Bisztró

Bistro, Restaurant, Hungarian

Hungarikum Bistro
Courtesy of Hungarikum Bistro

The name of Hungarikum Bisztró is simple and to the point. This lovely family-run Hungarian bistro has a sweet, lively ambiance and offers plenty of traditional meals to satisfy everyone’s desire to experience real Hungarian food. The portions are big enough for the hungriest travellers and the live music adds to the already relaxed atmosphere.

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