#1: Borkonyha — $$$$$
Among the top tier restaurants in Budapest, Borkonyha, with a Michelin star, is one of the few with a relatively laid-back, comfortably formal atmosphere.
#2: Kollázs Brasserie & Bar (Four Seasons Hotel) — $$$$$
Even if you're on a tight budget, try to stop by at Kollázs, a brasserie, to experience the exclusive grandeur and panoramic vista of this art nouveau building.
#3: Costes Downtown — $$$$$
Costes Downtown is a well-deserved addition to the Michelin-starred restaurants of Budapest. ’Nuff said.
#4: MÁK bistro — $$$$$
The good news is that the food is on par with the Michelin star restaurants in the city, even though MÁK bistro hasn’t yet joined the club.
#5: La Perle Noire — $$$$$
The kitchen at La Perle Noire is run by two heavyweights (one of whom came from a Michelin-starred restaurant), which is obvious as soon as the dishes arrive.
#6: Fausto’s Ristorante — $$$$$
Fausto’s Ristorante serves, hands down, the finest and most expensive Italian food in Hungary.
#7: Petrus Restaurant — $$$$$
Petrus is a top-notch French bistro in the sleepy and still gritty outer part of District 9 with an inventive owner-chef.
#8: Prime Steak & Wine — $$$$$
Prime, a chic downtown steakhouse is in-line with the top steakhouses around the world. Go for the szürkemarha filet mignon for a depth of flavor one rarely experiences.
#9: Baraka Restaurant & Lounge — $$$$$
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.