Budapest's restaurant scene is thriving, and many places offer fantastic lunch options at affordable prices. Whether you're meeting with business partners, enjoying a spring lunch with colleagues, or catching up with friends or loved ones, there's a perfect spot for you. Here are six hidden gems where you might not expect to find delicious lunch menus and great deals for business lunches.

For a touch of sophistication, look no further than the Párisi Passage Restaurant. If you crave an urban escape, ARAZ Restaurant boasts a true gem – a tranquil indoor terrace perfect for a relaxing and affordable lunch. Pizzabar Pomo D'Oro brings a taste of Italy to your lunch break with delicious food and fantastic deals. But you can also dine at special places like Spoon the Boat on the Danube, the luxury restaurant at the bottom of the Matild Palace, Spago by Wolfgang Puck, or the Mediterranean-style Felicita in Hegyvidék, in the lush foliage of Buda.

Párisi Passage Restaurant

If you're near Ferenciek tere, the iconic Párisi Udvar is worth a visit. It's home to the five-star Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest and the stunning Párisi Passage Restaurant. The restaurant offers an elegant atmosphere and a bistro menu with seasonal ingredients. If you're looking for a break or a place to meet friends or colleagues, this is the place to come for lunch, with a light three-course bistro menu available every day between 12 and 5 pm. In addition to a choice of starters, main courses, and desserts, the menu includes a bottle of water and a coffee or tea.

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ARAZ Restaurant

Tucked away in Budapest's 7th district, ARAZ Restaurant offers a delightful escape from the city's hustle and bustle. We recently enjoyed a conversation with Chef Áron Barka, savoured both new and classic dishes, and were transported back in time by the stunning Art Nouveau café. But the magic of ARAZ doesn't stop there. A secret oasis awaits: a beautiful indoor terrace, nestled amidst the city's vibrant energy, provides a tranquil haven for a relaxing meal. ARAZ is not only a great place for dinner but offers a great value-for-money lunch menu from Monday to Sunday between noon and 2:30 pm. You can choose to create a two- or three-course lunch to suit your taste. Chef de Cuisine Áron Barka and his team create a new and exciting menu every week, with two delicious soups, four mouth-watering main courses, and three heavenly desserts. ARAZ champions Hungarian cuisine, using top-notch ingredients to create delectable dishes that showcase the country's culinary heritage. Complement your meal with their impressive selection of wines, spirits, and cocktails. While they offer an à la carte menu in the evenings (from 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm), the real highlight for budget-conscious diners is the lunch menu. Available weekdays and weekends at a reasonable price, it's a fantastic option for a delicious and affordable midday meal.

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Pizzabar Pomo D’Oro

Craving a taste of Italy? Look no further than Pizzabar Pomo D'Oro! Established last year on Arany János utca, this pizzeria, affiliated with the long-standing Pomo D'Oro brand, offers a unique concept – five pizzas showcasing the culinary traditions of four different Italian regions. Gianni Annoni's brand and lifestyle have already proved their worth with Trattoria, the pastry shop near Arany János utca, Osteria, and the Casa Pomo D'Oro instructional kitchen. The former delicatessen has been replaced by a pizza bar, which offers a super lunch menu from noon to 3 pm from Tuesday to Friday. You can choose any pizza from the menu and even sample pizzas from the chef's seasonal specials, with a free drink and dessert provided by the restaurant. The desserts are made in the restaurant's artisanal factory using traditional recipes, but the drinks are also 100% Italian. It's worth trying the authentic Italian Tomarchio soft drinks, including the much-loved Chinotto, also known as the ‘Italian cola'. Whether it's a business lunch or just a casual lunch break, you can be sure of a relaxed, light-hearted yet special culinary experience at Pizzabar Pomo D'Oro.

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Spoon The Boat

Lunch with a view? To Spoon The Boat, it is! Escape the city buzz and enjoy a memorable midday meal floating on the Danube. From noon to 4 pm, on weekdays, they offer a special Lunch On The Boat menu. Think casual, high-quality dishes with a gourmet touch, all at a great price. For just HUF 5,990 plus a service charge, you get your pick of a starter and a main course, plus a bottle of sparkling or still water and your choice of espresso, americano, or cappuccino. The real magic? You get to enjoy it all on a gently rocking boat on the Danube, with stunning views of the Buda Castle. This unique setting and central location make it perfect for a business lunch or a special outing.

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Spago by Wolfgang Puck

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Felicita is your slice of Italian joy in Budapest. Savour delicious food and drinks, from authentic Neapolitan pizza and al dente pasta to vibrant Mediterranean flavours. Indulge in a selection of fine wines and delicious cocktails, all enjoyed in the spirit of Italian lightness and togetherness. At Felicita, it's about celebrating life's simple pleasures with loved ones. Located on the ground floor of the Hegyvidék Shopping Center in the 12th district, overlooking the spacious terrace, Felicita restaurant brings a little piece of Italy to your plate every week with its varied lunch menu. The restaurant's chefs create with passion and craftsmanship to reimagine classic Italian flavours and offer ever-changing specialities. Whether it's a light, creamy risotto, crumbly, flavoured pasta, or a rich variety of seafood, Felicita's weekly menu has surprises for every gourmet. Check the website for the latest weekly menu and book a table for an authentic Italian lunch.

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(Cover photo: ARAZ Restaurant)