Tom George Budapest

Tom George is a chic Italian restaurant on a tourist-heavy downtown street in Budapest. The spacious restaurant features an outdoor terrace — heated and covered in the colder months— that's perfect for people watching. The pan-Italian dishes include everything from Caprese salad (€10) to pappardelle with a homemade Bolognese sauce (€13), wood-oven pizzas, and a Chianina rib eye (€27).

Especially good are the charcoal-grilled branzino (€16) and the sliced sirloin with parmesan and arugula (€21). Those with a sweet tooth should not miss the seasonal desserts, which might include torta della nonna, a custardy Tuscan treat, or a classic millefoglie (€6). There's a long wine list of both Italian and Hungarian bottles.

Although the food isn't revolutionary here, Tom George is one of those trendy, high-turnover restaurants with reliable dishes and a professional service. It often gets crowded, so be sure to book in advance (and ask for a table on the outdoor patio).

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