Hungary: a couple of nice places to eat in Budapest 5

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By Jen

I actually only went in for a quick wee because it looked rather too fancy, but after a little perusal of the menu I decided to stay. For 4 hours. Lovely meal, serenading quartet, silver cloche-covered plates, it was great. So the next time in Budapest I went back.

It’s called the Halászbástya or the Fisherman’s Bastion and it’s located at the top of the hill on the river Danube – Buda side – overlooking the parliament buildings. A better view from your dinner table you could not wish for. And it’s like eating in a fairy palace, complete with Neo-gothic and Romanesque towers and arches (the pointy-roof round towers you drew at school for a palace).

Fishermans bastion Budapest

Fairytale towers.

It’s nice to spend the early evening wandering round Castle Hill first.

You need to book in advance. As the weather warms up, you have the choice of eating inside or outside on the terrace. The terrace is where we ate. 360 degrees of stunning views, from the Matthias church and its multi-coloured tiles to my left, the tower of the restaurant itself straight ahead, the Danube river and the Parliament to my right and the Chain Bridge to my rear.

Budapest fishermans bastion

Beautiful multi-coloured roof tiles to the left.

Budapest fishermans bastion

Getting dark.

Budapest fishermans bastion

The parliament buildings lit up behind us.

Aim to get there in daylight, and watch the sun going down. The lights of Budapest show off the city beautifully in the dark. It’s one of the nicest city views around.

Budapest fishermans bastion

The view from the opposite direction. Beautiful all around.

And the food? Yum. And surprisingly reasonable. I had lemon-spinach risotto (13€) and a gorgeous rosemary icecream desert.

Budapest fishermans bastion

The walk back down from Castle Hill

On the other side of the river, there’s another lovely restaurant in the Jewish quarter called the Spinoza. There’s a (brilliant) pianist most evenings or live traditional music on a Friday night. Wine cocktails are a speciality, as is the chocolate cake. The picture says it all.

It’s nice to spend the afternoon walking round the Jewish quarter (there are self walking tours mapped out on the internet).



Details of both places are below. There are so many nice places to eat in Budapest, these are just a couple. Do you have any top tips for places to eat in this beautiful city?

Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest, Szentháromság tér 5, 1014 Hungary
Spinoza, Bp., VII. Dob utca 15.

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5 thoughts on “Hungary: a couple of nice places to eat in Budapest

  • Christine

    Hi Jen,

    Your pictures are making me nostalgic, as my family visited Budapest during this past holiday season. It’s a lovely city and we are anxious to return and do more exploring. When in Budapest, we ate at Szazeves Etterem, which translates to the 100 year Restaurant. It’s located at 1052 Budapest, Piarista utca 2, a short two blocks from the river near the Chain Bridge. The food is traditional and delicious, and very authentic, as I grew up eating my grandmother’s food. There is also a traditional gypsy band playing in the evening. Overall, it was an amazing Hungarian Restaurant experience, and the price was affordable, too. If you have time, you should check it out.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Budapest.


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      Taylor Post author

      Hi Christine, thanks for your restaurant tip, I’ll make sure to try it out next time I’m in Budapest. Sounds good 🙂

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