Budapest's Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurants in 2019

Bib Gourmand is an award by Michelin to "small, charming" restaurants that offer excellent food at good value—technically, two courses and a glass or wine or a dessert for $40 or less, excluding tax and tip. Currently, the below three Budapest restaurants can boast a Bib Gourmand. Here you can check out Budapest's Michelin-starred restaurants, too.

#1 Petrus Restaurant

The sleepy outer part of Budapest's District 9 is an unlikely place to boast an upscale French restaurant, so it's against the odds that here hides Petrus, the Bib Gourmand-awarded bistro of owner-chef Zoltán Feke. The dishes fall somewhere between bistro fare and fine dining: the 7-course tasting menu approaches the latter, the a la carte offerings the former.

#2 Stand25 Bistro

When in 2017 Szabina Szulló and Tamás Széll (a European Bocuse d'Or winner and celebrity-chef in Hungary) announced that they were leaving the Michelin-starred Onyx restaurant to venture out on their own, one didn’t need a business degree to predict success. The idea of Stand25 Bistro was to prove that traditional Hungarian fare can be more than a gut-busting, high-carb, greasy affair. The restaurant's success was immediate: a well-to-do local crowd fills Stand25's tables each day. In 2018, they even won a Bib Gourmand by Michelin.

#3 Fricska Gastropub

Following stints at well-known Budapest restaurants, two young, local chefs, Andor Giczi and Szabolcs Nagy, struck out on their own, opening Fricska restaurant in 2014. Since then, Fricska has earned a reputation for outstanding modern Hungarian dishes, and it also won a Bib Gourmand award from Michelin in 2017. The restaurant is located on the far end of the party district, inside a below-ground space that manages to be cozy despite the absence of natural lighting.

Rankings are based on a combination of food/drink, atmosphere, service, and price. The author visits all restaurants incognito.