Rivalda

Price guide: Mid-range

Szinhaz utca 5-9, Budapest, 1014

Price guide: Mid-range

Rivalda

By Adrian Phillips, your Budapest expert

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#15 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Budapest
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, History, Relaxation, Sightseeing

Expert review of Rivalda

Enjoy European flavours in a romantic courtyard just a short stroll from Buda Castle Palace.

I tend to drop in to the Rivalda for a beer or a light lunch after taking a trawl of the nearby Hungarian National Gallery. The building it occupies was originally a Carmelite monastery which was converted into a theatre when the monasteries were disbanded in 1786; the interior takes theatre for its theme, while the large cobbled Carmelite courtyard is a lovely outdoor space.

Food and drink: 

The food is good - the chef once worked at Gundel - and focuses on modern European cuisine (with French and Mediterranean influences to the fore). The menu changes seasonally.

Ambience: 

It’s pretty relaxed. The restaurant is a cheerful place, with bright-coloured walls and theatrical paraphernalia dotted all around (including stage spotlights strung from the ceiling). The summer courtyard is particularly pleasant in the evening, once the heat of the day has passed.

Service: 

I've always found the service perfectly efficient.

Location: 

In the Castle District, just a hundred metres to the right of the palace and the upper station of the funicular railway.

Price advice: 

Main courses generally fall in the 3,500–5,000 forints bracket, but there’s a good value three-course lunch menu for 4,000 forints.

More information on Rivalda:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
East European, International
Address:
Szinhaz utca 5-9, Budapest, 1014
Telephone:
1 489 0236
Website:
http://www.rivalda.net
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 11.30am-11.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

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