Just up from Budapest, the Danube Bend is lined with great restaurants worth the trek by car, boat, bus or suburban HÉV train. Here we’ve gathered the ones most suitable for a summer’s eve – whether you’re in Szentendre or Vác, Tahitótfalu or Esztergom.
Written in collaboration with DunakanyarGO.
FROM SEA – SZENTENDRE
As its name implies, there is shellfish, crab and octopus, but salmon or perch can also placed in front of you – all absolutely fresh. In good weather, sit out and enjoy it on the terrace.
Szentendre, Bogdányi út 15
KATLAN TÓNI VENDÉGLŐJE A MALOMHOZ – VERESEGYHÁZ
Here you can find the culinary riches of the Carpathian Basin – homemade bread, cheese and cordials, and family-friendly food. The restaurant at the old mill site is a kiddie-friendly place and an excellent wedding venue.
Veresegyház, Csokonai utca 5
KOSTEL ÉTTEREM – KESZTÖLC
The menu is quite concise here, but steady development encourages repeat custom, and the chef’s suggestions change every month. This family-run business started with a wine bar and is famous for its tastings, as well as offering excellent cuisine with cheeses and meat platters.
Kesztölc, Klastrom utca 2
MAGORA – VÁC
Those with a vegan and vegetarian lifestyle are advised to investigate the unique selection offered by this restaurant, and you can even take Magora’s breakfast home with you. Their slogan: You are what you eat!
Vác, Március 15. tér 22
M'EAT GASTROPUB – VÁC
This is a relatively new arrival, a BBQ, burger joint and steakhouse on the Danube Bend. Occasionally there’s live music and you can sip special cocktails and lemonades.
Vác, Március 15. tér 22
MJAM – SZENTENDRE
“Mjam, mjam, more please!” is what the little children of the Caribbean owner said when they liked Dad’s cooking. Centrally located in Szentendre, Mjam focuses on Caribbean and Asian specialities.
Szentendre, Városház tér 2
NATURA HILL – ZEBEGÉNY
Here the meal has a leisurely rhythm, the offerings created from the delicious ingredients of the Ipoly Valley. The visuals and flavours are in perfect harmony with each other, all within the spirit of sustainability.
Zebegény, above Szarvas út
ŐRHÁZ & BBQ – TAHITÓTFALU
Always open at weekends whatever the weather. There’s no rush here, the meat is cooked as slowly as it needs to be – the melt-in-your-mouth brisket depends on the quality of the roaster, the ingredients and the spices. Great atmosphere, too.
Tahitótfalu, Kemping utca 1
PATAK VENDÉGLŐ – KISMAROS
As you step down from the Királyrét narrow-gauge rail, be sure to come here. Fortnightly seasonal suggestions, huge portions, friendly surroundings and pleasant service, plus homemade jam, cordials and pickles.
Kismaros, Szokolyai út 5
RÓZSAKERT – ESZTERGOM
A great place for gourmets, overlooking the Danube, with great wine and lesser-found meats, lamb, veal and venison. Traditional Hungarian cuisine plays a big role here but making best use of modern technology and presentation.
Esztergom, Berényi Zsigmond utca 18