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Rising Michelin-starred restaurants

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Budapest’s fine dining saw a major breakthrough towards the international scene, when Costes became the first local establishment to receive a Michelin star. In 2018 Budapest hosted “The European Tour of the Michelin Guide for 2018” to underline that the city’s gastronomy and cooking talents have achieved a worldwide recognition over the past years. The city now has a two-starred restaurant, which is the Onyx, while Borkonyha, Costes, Costes Downtown, Babel and Stand are also in the elite club of ...

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Looking at Michelin’s Budapest watchlist, the ranks are certain to grow, especially since the best restaurants have many young chefs who are already great but still have so far to go in exploring their skills.

Onyx is a two-Michelin-starred fine dining location to enjoy an excellent lunch. In fact it is the first Hungarian restaurant that earned two stars in 2018.


Costes was the first restaurant in Hungary to get a Michelin star; it marks the pinnacle of fine dining in Budapest.


True to the parent’s form Costes Downtown is yet another Michelin-starred Budapest restaurant with exquisite dishes and drinks to accompany them.


Borkonyha is a relative newcomer to the scene but continues to impress with great bistro dishes at attractive prices.


Babel Budapest is inspired by Hungarian traditions and the amazing world of Transylvania.


Stand Restaurantoffers simple, well-thought-out dishes, focusing on balanced flavours and harmonising ingredients. Their menu attempts to primarily reflect the possibilities afforded by Hungarian ingredients, showcasing their notion of Hungarian cuisine, while ensuring that it meets all the expectations of modern times and contemporary gastronomy.


Eating out in Hungary is bound to be a memorable experience, with outstanding restaurants to be found all around the city. Here are some others you will want to check out for yourself.

At Olimpia, they gather the fresh, seasonal ingredients each morning, so then they can creatively make a two-or three course menu, which is different every single day. Therefore, there is no menu at the restaurant, but it is among the best in Budapest.


Stand25 is a bistro-style eatery pampering to the taste buds of gourmet guests. Come here for the city’s best classic goulash soup or the creamy potato casserole that are permanently features on the menu created by Bocuse d’Or chef Tamás Széll.


Fausto’s is widely held to be the best Italian restaurant in the city.


The Budapest branch of the Nobu chain delivers the same top quality food you would expect from its sibling restaurants throughout the world.


Bock Bistró offers traditional Hungarian cuisine with great soups and a wide variety of meat dishes, not to mention the excellent Bock wines.


Sáo, a Vietnamese-Chinese restaurant has been a popular place ever since its opening, enticing numerous Asian visitors inside with its authentic Far Eastern meals. People often look for Sáo specifically when craving something Asian.