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Halászbástya | Fisherman's Bastion

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Halászbástya | Fisherman's Bastion34.5
wild boar • tasting menu • amuse bouche • fisherman's bastion

Budai Várnegyed
Budapest 1014, HU
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  • Photo of Kien Pang
    a year ago
    The main façade of the Fisherman’s Bastion, running parallel to the Danube, is approximately 140 metres long. The seven stone towers with their pointed tops symbolise the leaders of the Hungarian tribes who conquered the country in 896. It was built in place of the old fortification walls in neo-Romanesque style between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek, who was also in charge of the reconstruction of the Mathias Church.
  • Photo of R Salcido
    2 years ago
    Good views
  • Photo of huiyee kee
    2 years ago
    Best view during sunset
  • Photo of Etienne F
    4 months ago
    We came here for lunch on a lovely sunny day and really enjoyed our experience. The views are to die for, the food is exquisite (although the portion size is very small) and the prices reasonable considering the experience. The staff are polite and helpful. Definitely recommended.
  • Photo of Kristensen87
    5 months ago
    Great food, very attentive staff (with headsets), huge wine selection. A bit on the pricy side for Hungary though. You can eat cheaper at Michelin restaurants in this city :)
  • Photo of Prinal27
    5 months ago
    I booked this place weeks in advance as I was going to propose to my partner here and the place did not fail to disappoint. The tour I booked liaised with the restaurant and got them to arrange decoration and this was stunning and exactly what the occasion called for. Although the price tag for the decoration was high and the menu as a whole is not cheap - the food is absolutely amazing and the staff are all friendly and make the experience even better. With the view it offers this place is a must for foodies and those who want to appreciate the setting of the city.
  • Photo of Salvador S
    5 months ago
    When you want to be treated like royalty in a true royal ambiance, this is the place. Gorgeous, elegant, opulent, medieval, and above all, delicious, this is probably the best restaurant in Hungary. Don’t forget to make a reservation and to bring a good camera.
  • Photo of Bjørn G
    5 months ago
    Normally you would think by looking at this place, that it is typical, money grabbing tourist attraction. Well.. it is not cheap, but I would say it is definitely worth the money. It is in the Buda part of Budapest, so it is the more quiet area, which can be very nice for this kind of experience. We got a table with a perfect view. Not many people when we came, but they had violin players and friendly staff. The real surprise came with the food.... that was absolutely excellent. I am a steak - man, and I've had quite a few when travelling. This is the best I've ever had. You could, literally, eat it with a spoon. The girls had fish and that was also marvellous. If you would ever propose to your wife to be in Budapest, this would be the place to do it!
  • Photo of FengYJ
    5 months ago
    Let me be straight on this place first, it is NOT cheap (compared to Budapest standard). The glass of Eger Bull's Blood I got was 3500 HUF. However, if it is affordable for you, I strongly recommend to have a wine or beer on their root lounge bar (which is on the view platform of the Fisherman's Bastion) in a sunny afternoon. It offered you a great pleasure to enjoy the view of Danube and Pest without hustle and bustle (in any case you have to pay hundreds of HUF just for going onto the viewing platform of Fisherman's Bastion). For me, the price of the wine is the same as in Singapore but without this million dollar view - so why not? I only had the wine in their lounge bar, which offers drinks in the afternoon and close around 4pm. Looks like the restaurant opens at evening only.
  • Photo of Daniela C
    5 months ago
    Lovely place , special attention, lovely music and amazing food. It really worths the dinner. Besides the amazing view
  • Photo of eelSeattle
    5 months ago
    After a visit to Matthias Church on a very hot day, we were in need of sitting to enjoy a refreshing and cold beverage. The lower terrace seating area for Halaszbastya Restaurant was inviting. We found a table on the river side of the terrace and ordered three glasses of lemonade. Although the setting was nice as we enjoyed our drinks, it was not worth almost 16 euros. They also included a 12% "service" charge. The panoramic view from our rooms at the nearby Hilton Budapest offered better. Perhaps the food at this restaurant could be good, but don't bother stopping for just beverages and view.
  • Photo of marcobuda
    5 months ago
    Good food, great view, nice music, classic, deserves a visit in the night time, prices meet the location.
  • Photo of Mike L
    5 months ago
    My wife and I were in Budapest with a travel group. We found this gem and made reservations, where she asked for the best table. We we arrived, we were escorted to a table with a balcony that overlooked Pest. The service, the food, the ambiance is truly incredible and you should go to this restaurant. I'm amazed that this restaurant does not have a Michelin star. I've eaten at Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy, e by Jose Andres, Melisse, Nobu, etc., so I've had my experience with several 2 star restaurants. It amazes me that this restaurant does not have one star, let alone 2.
  • Photo of SouthernPacific
    6 months ago
    We had a city break in Budapest for our wedding anniversary, and for the actual day booked a table at the restaurant that our hotel, the Buda Castle, recommended: the Halaszbastya Etterem. The location is simply stunning, housed in a turret of the 'fisherman's bastion' high up on the Buda side overlooking the Danube and all the city sights. As dusk fell the views were amazing as the lights came on across the city. Equally amazing was the food and service. We chose the gourmet six course set meal with wine pairing. Every dish was quite delightful. The fish course was local pike perch which was beautifully cooked with crispy skin yet moist flesh. The main meat course was Angus tenderloin. I like my steak served blue, yet hardly any restaurants manage that properly. I usually get medium rare as the best attempt. Not here. The steak was absolute perfection. Our waiter showed his care for us, checking that it was to our liking (as we are English!). Every dish had a lovely presentation, and we really enjoyed each one. In short, a really lovely celebration of our wedding anniversary. A big 'thank you' to the team at Halaszbastya Etterem, and an unqualified recommendation from me. Don't pass up the chance of this experience if you are in Budapest.
  • Photo of DJWenzel
    6 months ago
    We booked a table on the terrace to enjoy the evening view over the river. Weather intervened, and the restaurant instead located us inside, in a lovely semi-private area overlooking the Parliament and river. It was just a nice couples dinner for my wife and I, but the staff made it feel like a truly special occasion. The food was lovely - we picked mostly from the 5 course tasting menu, but skipped a couple of courses. The service was exceptional, even down to the host running out in the heavy rain with an umbrella to check that it was our taxi waiting across the square. Certainly not cheap by Budapest standards, but the food, service and location fully justified it.
  • Photo of Pragati C
    6 months ago
    We had a banquet here for a conference I attended! The views were absolutely phenomenal. You see the parliament hall across the river and Matthias Church behind you .. beautiful! Food was great; staff was cordial and the restaurant was vegan/vegetarian/allergy friendly.
  • Photo of Ann G
    6 months ago
    This restaurant is in the castle on the Buda side and it is absolutely delicious. The views are gorgeous, service was great. They also have fantastic musicians. Very romantic & really not for kids.
  • Photo of John J
    6 months ago
    I made a reservation here based the trip advisor ranking for restaurants in Budapest with a view. I received a nice email from the manager confirming my reservation. We had opinions from 2 different Uniworld guides on this restaurant (note Uniworld did not recommend this place and now I understand why). One was that the food was average and overpriced, but the view wonderful. The second was that it was great and diplomats dinned here. I think the 1st opinion we received held true. This is fine dining and the view of parliament is great. Even better to see at dinner. The food was average I thought. The "sommelier" was trying to be funny with her sarcasm, but it didn't really work. We played along and laughed, but her recommendations for white and red were not enjoyable. She initially refused to provide any recommendation until she knew what we were ordering and said she would return at that point. As we ordered, fish, pork, and beef, not sure how this was going to help her for 1 bottle to fit all. Anyway, despite requesting her presence several times so we could order wine, she didn't come back until just before the entrees were delivered. Luckily we had beer prior. As mentioned, the recommendations were not pleasant (red was a very spicy, yet sweet taste). I learned best to stay away from red wine in Budapest. Service was attentive at times, but this was a restaurant where little English is spoken or understood by the servers (hostess and the head of the servers spoke fine). Not to be the ugly American (as I wish I could speak more than 1 language), but this was the only place we encountered this situation and it impacted our ability to order and make the meal go smoothly (and it is suppose to be catering to tourists). The beef tartare starter was very good. The Hungarian goulash was pretty good, but I have had much better. The entrees were ok, but not memorable. It was a very nice view, but the windows in the dome are small and so you don't see the view without moving your head to look at it if that makes sense (I.e, no big picture windows). Our biggest disappointment was when we encountered the live music. Don't get me wrong, the musicians were very good and we enjoy violin music during dinner. However, I did not appreciate being pressured to buy a CD during an advertised "fine dining" experience; especially when I did not request them to come over and play for us. They walked upstairs and asked us if we would like to hear them play (they were so loud on the 1st floor, we had heard them all night, so we didn't need them to come upstairs). Anyway, it seemed hard to say no without being rude, so we said that would be nice. At the end, he asked us to buy his CDs and we politely declined. When we did not buy the CD, the friendly attitude from the violinist immediately changed and he was clearly not pleased with us. It would have been better to have them on display where his group was playing and at the front of the restaurant, so people could buy them if they wanted vs. getting the pressure pitch while trying to dine. I'm giving this a borderline average for the view and atmosphere inside, but probably would not return. So yes, I guess a bit of a tourist trap.
  • Photo of Viktória C
    6 months ago
    We only had some beers here so I can't tell anything from the food (yet). But it definitely worths to come here for the view and chill.
  • Photo of Ákos V
    6 months ago
    We found this restaurant on the DiningCity webpage where we could choose from different restaurants to celebrate the hungarian foundation of government day. We got a little table just next to the window which was really beautiful. After when the lunch began we realised it is an all you can eat buffet but on the webpage we couldn't find any information about it. We wanted to make the most of this situation so we started to try all the starters and main dishes. The problem started when the desserts were announced. We could try just one type ( from five types ) and when we asked for the others they said no more desserts. For this price it is a huge DISSAPOINTMENT for me. But they told me if I would like to eat starter or main dish there is some ... Summary: the place is nice but the tables are a little small. The taste of the food is also nice (not the best) but I prefer not the all you can eat ones. The quantity of the food was less than expected.
  • Photo of Evelyn A
    6 months ago
    I had lunch at the Halaszbastya during a recent business trip to Budapest. The food was great and the service perfect, very welcoming and friendly! I enjoyed every minute of my stay. The tables by the window offer an awesome view of the city.
  • Photo of KBarko
    6 months ago
    My husband and I had dinner here for our third anniversary and it was one of the most memorable experiences of our trip. We sat on the patio overlooking the Danube and Pest. The food was absolutely delicious (we had the goat cheese salad, goulash, mushroom ravioli and pork) and the service was perfect. Once the musicians came over to serenade us I was so overcome with the beauty of the place I shed a tear. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough for a memorable Hungarian evening.
  • Photo of Katerinoula2013
    6 months ago
    My husband booked this for my birthday as it is 5 min walk from our house and we assumed it would be a tourist trap with crappy food and an excellent view - boy, were we wrong. The menu selection is small but has something for all tastes including vegetarians. I had the mangaliza pork and it was outstanding including the burts of flavor coming from the berry sauce and side dish. My husband had the steak and he was very pleased. For appetizer the foie gras is a must . I never eat it and Tasted my husband's portion - absolute divine. For appetizer I had the goat cheese and loved it. The complimentary duck croquet was also so delicious it should be on menu.

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