Experience a spoonful of Tuscany in Veszprém: with its blend of impeccable ingredients, courteous service and the exceptional flavors of the food on offer, Chianti restaurant definitely sets a standard. Here you can also participate in wine-tasting evenings, when the best wines will be introduced to you by an expert sommelier. Anything you might order has a hint of specialty: courgette with pine nut, duck foie gras with pumpkin and Giulia anchovy macaroons or gnocchi filled with wild marjoram cottage cheese, served with truffle-flavored goat cheese. A fine dining experience awaits if you opt for this place.
Open: Mon-Sun 11.30am-10pm
Watch out for: Italian mood, fine dining
Address: Csermák Antal street 13 Veszprém, Hungary phone +36 88 410 385
Gizella hotel and restaurant
Standing at the foot of the castle walls, this former baroque building merges the heritage of the past with tasteful modern elegance. Given that the restaurant is in the heart of the city, the castle and the marvelous park alongside brook Séd are easily accessible – ideal for a little walk after lunch. The menu changes with the seasons so, for example, winter is associated with foie gras with lecsó, or catfish with paprika and dill-flavored cottage cheese pastry.
Open: Mon-Sun 12am-10pm
Watch out for: the castle, fine dining
Address: Jókai street 48 Veszprém, Hungary phone +36 88 579 490
The Elefánt (Elephant) has always been a fresh spot of Óváros (Old city) square. With a continually changing décor, it is capable of surprising even regular guests, but there are some things that don’t change – check out the aquarium with the friendly fish on the wall. You can choose from either the a la carte or daily menu, or top off the day with a great coffee or hot chocolate. During the summer, there is a nice patio area from which you can admire the beautiful historical buildings.
Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 11am-10pm
Watch out for: décor, daily menu
Address: Óváros square 6 Veszprém, Hungary phone +36 88 329 695
This restaurant put a lot of effort and consideration into the creation of its quality cuisine, a repertoire which delights all who sample the fantastic, fresh meals. The chefs like to preserve traditional tastes, but they also do not sacrifice the presentation of their modern gastronomy. An important part of their philosophy is to cook using local produce. This attention to detail is tangible when you taste the cockerel soup with thyme, or the pullet fillet baked in a parmesan crust, or the broccoli filled ravioli bathed in buttery almond sauce.
Open: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sat-Sun 11am-11pm
Watch out for: meals prepared from local produce
Address: Toborzó street 11 Veszprém, Hungary phone +36 88 577 000
This small family-run restaurant can be found in the most homey part of Veszprém, and it’s ideal for the lovers of real, traditional Hungarian food. You can have a seat in the garden area from spring to autumn and wait for the friendly service in a convivial atmosphere. Offering a selection of tasty meals, this restaurant is perfect whether you would like to have a nice time with your family or a romantic candlelit evening.
Open: Sun-Tues 11.30am-10pm, Wed-Sat 11.30-11pm
Watch out for: friendly atmosphere
Address: Vámosi street 2 Veszprém, Hungary phone +36 88 423 979
Situated in the old town, the castle is only a few meters away, which renders this Café an ideal place for an evening meal followed by a slow, romantic walk to the old buildings, where you can admire the panorama of the whole city. With its warm yellow walls, you will feel instantly welcomed. You can choose from either the daily menu or from the a la carte selection. Italian and Hungarian dishes create a nice mixture of flavors.
Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm
Watch out for: Italian and Hungarian flavors
Address: Óváros square 4 Veszprém, Hungary phone +36 88 444 445
Oliva Hotel and Restaurant
Oliva Restaurant welcomes its guests right in the heart of Veszprém, just a few minutes’ walk from the castle. In the Mediterranean garden area, live music and jazz concerts enhance the upbeat mood, augmented by the selection of quality wines. You can choose from the selection of popular international meals or opt for something more traditionally Hungarian – you really cannot go wrong.
Open: Mon-Thurs 11.30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-12pm, Sun 11.30am-9pm
Watch out for: jazz concerts, international and traditional Hungarian meals
Address: Buhim street 14 Veszprém, Hungary phone +36 88 403 875
Fricska means jape – a mischief that causes funny moments for both the perpetrator and the victim. This philosophy is immediately apparent when you enter this culture-pub, situated right on the banks of the Séd brook. A curious mixture of an old vernacular house and a “ruin pub,” they offer street food (sandwiches and cakes) as well as a daily menu. Books on the shelves, cozy pillows and games, occasional reading evenings, concerts and children’s activities all combine to guarantee a good time.
Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-12pm, Fri-Sat 10am-2am, Sun 10am-12pm
Watch out for: “ruin pub” interior
Address: Miklós utca 10, Veszprém, Hungary phone +36 88 794 331
Marica Bar and Restaurant
Situated right on the city’s promenade, Marica is the perfect place to enjoy watching the world go by. When the weather gets warmer, you can sit on the terrace while sipping a glass of fragrant rosé or a frothy beer. The spacious interior provides a wonderfully relaxing space for anyone who is looking for a vault. Children will be kept engaged by the range of toys and the special meals created just for them.
Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-10pm, Fri 9am-1am, Sat10am-1am, Sun 10am-10pm
Watch out for: terrace
Address: Kossuth street 5 Veszprém, Hungary phone +36 70 326 25 18
Home to a tiled stove exuding cozy warmth in the winter, a cooling breeze under the shade of walnut trees in the summer, and a heavily laden cherry tree in June: this all awaits you if you choose to enter the restaurant’s doors. Moreover, if you arrive with a group and you can’t pick something from the menu, the chef will surprise you with something prepared just for you
Open: Mon-Sat 12am-9.30pm, Sun 12am-3pm
Watch out for: homey environment
Address: Füredi street 27 Veszprém, Hungary phone +36 88 404 359
By Barbara Boda