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Terrace restaurant with a Mediterranean vibe in atmospheric Óbuda: Pódium Bistro & Club

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29/08/2022 8.42am

The Pódium story began in 2014 on Kolosy tér in Óbuda. Essentially, they moved in between two buildings, on a parking lot, as a kind of summer place to sit out, watch matches and see concerts. At first they wanted to winterise it, then they let it go, after which they found the perfect business premises nearby. Large windows, lots of light, a great interior arrangement and a large terrace bask in perhaps the most atmospheric part of Óbuda where, thanks to the many overflowing leanders and the old surrounding buildings, a Mediterranean atmosphere reigns. We headed there for dinner.

It’s late Thursday afternoon on a warm, not so hot day. People are already trickling home from work, but many decide to stay with friends for a while and relax. Many are looking for an ideal place that is either close to work or home, perhaps halfway between the two, so they can meet everyone else.

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

You won’t find a better place in Óbuda than Kolosy tér. It’s charming and has a slightly more private, familial feel, which is why it’s great to spend time here. It's true that places come and go, as they do anywhere in the city, but once you find your favourite, you don’t need to look any further.

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Pódium sits in a great location, easily reached by public transport, on foot and by car. If there are no parking spaces on the street, there’s an underground garage 100 metres away to make things easy. As already described, a summer atmosphere is a given and very appealing, but thanks to the modern design and the many plants, the cool, urban-jungle style interior is also a joy.


Pódium is spacious and has an excellent layout, plus it’s barrier-free!. In addition to the large bar counter and tables, there’s a whole children's corner waiting for the little ones. While parents eat and drink, kids can draw, read a storybook and do some colouring in. Of course, dogs are also part of the family and are welcome all year round.

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

Pódium also functions as a venue for events, conferences and workshops. They hold birthday parties, can organise a wedding easily and can even host company conferences and workshops. All audio-visual facilities have been added, a large LED TV and excellent acoustics, for example. They are open to all kinds of solutions, so don’t hesitate to contact them with whatever ideas you might have.

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And if you just want to relax over a meal, don’t hesitate. At midday, they offer the most varied, super-value-for-money lunch in the area, and they are very proud of the fact that many people working nearby have lunch at their place every day of the week, with loads of photos taken of Pódium’s midday meals.

À la carte meals and meeting up for drinks start in the afternoon. You can even come here before a concert or party, before heading off into the night after a fine beer, cocktail or light dinner.

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

Or you can stay, because the name of the club is no coincidence. On Fridays, DJs mix tunes, there are themed parties, Latin dance nights and live concerts are held on a weekly basis. They have a strong selection of cocktails and can pretty much whip up anything, alcoholic or mocktail. We loved our a huge mango-and-strawberry lemonade.

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

As for the kitchen, they put a lot of energy into making sure everything is of the highest quality. The selection is international, there is no pronounced Hungarian or American trend, and at least one deep-fried dish, duck or venison are also available, prepared in a manner befitting true fine bistro cuisine. If you have to choose simple comfort food, we loved the burger and can recommend it to anyone!

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

Here, they appeal to everyone: choosy kids, young people who like to experiment, those who prefer age-old favourites and those struggling with food intolerances. On their menu, they indicate the gluten-free versions and also if something can be made gluten- or lactose-free upon request.


There are many people who work nearby and come for lunch, and then decide to organise dinner here as well – this is a great example, which is why they push lunchtime so that familiar faces come back satisfied.

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

One of the greatest virtues of Pódium is also its friendliness. The waiters are always smiling and helpful, and if things work out, you might even get a card trick with your dinner courtesy of one of their colleagues.

It’s just great to sit out on this Óbuda terrace, waiting for the evening to descend and realising that a difficult day can be made that much easier if there are nice people at the end of it.

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

Venue information

Pódium Bistro & Club
1036 Budapest, Bécsi út 63
Open: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm 
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