Fine dining can mean many things these days beyond dimly-lit dining rooms with white linen tablecloths and soft background music. The list below includes Budapest's highest-end restaurants, some even with a Michelin star. Most of these places offer tasting menus, featuring everything from updated Hungarian classics to New Nordic Cuisine-inspired fare. The bad news: expect prices comparable to top restaurants in other major cities.
In 2010, Costes was the first restaurant in Hungary to win a Michelin star. Today, despite the fact that Budapest has many Michelin-starred places, Costes still has a special cachet. It's also the only fine dining restaurant in Budapest helmed by a female chef—the prodigiously talented Eszter Palágyi.