#1: Borkonyha  —  $$$$$

Among the top tier restaurants in Budapest, Borkonyha, with a Michelin star, is one of the few with a relatively laid-back, comfortably formal atmosphere.

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#2: Kollázs Brasserie & Bar (Four Seasons Hotel)  —  $$$$$

Even if you're on a tight budget, try to stop by at Kollázs, a brasserie, to experience the exclusive grandeur and panoramic vista of this art nouveau building.

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#3: Costes Downtown  —  $$$$$

Costes Downtown is a well-deserved addition to the Michelin-starred restaurants of Budapest. ’Nuff said.

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#4: MÁK bistro  —  $$$$$

The good news is that the food is on par with the Michelin star restaurants in the city, even though MÁK bistro hasn’t yet joined the club.

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#5: La Perle Noire  —  $$$$$

The kitchen at La Perle Noire is run by two heavyweights (one of whom came from a Michelin-starred restaurant), which is obvious as soon as the dishes arrive.

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#6: Fausto’s Ristorante  —  $$$$$

Fausto’s Ristorante serves, hands down, the finest and most expensive Italian food in Hungary.

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#7: Petrus Restaurant  —  $$$$$

Petrus is a top-notch French bistro in the sleepy and still gritty outer part of District 9 with an inventive owner-chef.

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#8: Prime Steak & Wine  —  $$$$$

Prime, a chic downtown steakhouse is in-line with the top steakhouses around the world. Go for the szürkemarha filet mignon for a depth of flavor one rarely experiences.

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#9: Baraka Restaurant & Lounge  —  $$$$$

Baraka is a top-notch fine dining restaurant in the center of the city with Far Eastern and European cuisines, infused with Hungarian culinary essentials.

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Rankings are based on a combination of food/drink, ambiance, service, interior design, location, and price.