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Restaurant Week is back between 5-15 October in Budapest and the countryside as well. In case you've never heard of it before; it is the perfect opportunity to dine at top-notch restaurants for uniform-fixed prices. You can sample 3-course menus made specially for this event in 3 price categories: top menus are for HUF 5,900 (appr. €15), premium menus cost HUF 7,900 (appr. €20), and exclusive menus ring up to HUF 9,900 (appr. €25), service charge included.
The participating restaurants (more than 150) feature Hungarian, Japanese, Lebanese, Georgian, Turkish, Mexican, Italian, Indian, and Spanish cuisines, with varied menus including premium ingredients such as lobster, truffle, rabbit, or veil. You can enjoy pho, lamb loin, Spanish blood sausage, a wide range of steaks, Wagyu burgers, salmon Wellington and Saint Jacques scallops, but there will also be catfish, Burgundy snail, grilled quail, foie gras, and Gundel pancake. Gluten-lactose-and-sugar-free options are available, and it goes without saying that vegetarians and vegans can also count on a big feast.
The list includes brilliant restaurants that made it into our recently published 'Top 14 gastro spots with breathtaking views' selection, such as Aranybástya and Monkey Bistro in the Buda Castle, Hemingway close to Lake Feneketlen or Spoon the Boat. You can indulge in gastronomy at other iconic Hungarian spots as well, such as Gundel Cafe Patisserie Restaurant in the City Park or Első Pesti Rétesház (Strudel House) in downtown Pest. If you'd go more modern and international, book a table at Kismező Budapest, Macesz Bistro, or Hard Rock Cafe Budapest. For a fancy experience in a historical palace, opt for Matild Café & Cabaret. For French cuisine and an elegant hidden garden, visit Pavillon de Paris, for top-notch Japanese, head to Costes Izakaya, and for Spanish tapas, try Tapas Fino or Bontxo Tapas Bar & Restaurant.
You can browse the restaurants and book a table here. It is worth acting quickly as the event is super popular.