Budapest's Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurants in 2020

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 for an upscale French restaurant, so it's against the odds that here hides Petrus, the Bib Gourmand-awarded bistro of Hungarian owner-chef Zoltán Feke. You might think that the vintage Citroën car parked inside the restaurant overdoes the French countryside vibes, but the snug space is comfortably elegant. Petrus's slim menu features both classic French bistro food — think onion soup and baked camambert — and fine dining fare. The tasting menu skews to 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 and in 2018 they picked up a Bib Gourmand from Michelin.

#3 Fricska Gastropub

Following stints at well-known Budapest restaurants, two young chefs, Andor Giczi and Szabolcs Nagy, struck out on their own, opening Fricska in 2014. Fricska has since earned a reputation for tasty dishes, and it also picked up a Bib Gourmand award in 2017. The restaurant is located on the far end of Budapest's party district, inside a buzzing below-ground space.

Rankings are based on a combination of food/drink, atmosphere, service, and price. The author visits all restaurants incognito and pays for his own meals and drinks.