Szinhaz utca 5-9, Budapest, 1014
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, History, Relaxation, Sightseeing
Expert review of Rivalda
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.
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.
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.
I've always found the service perfectly efficient.
In the Castle District, just a hundred metres to the right of the palace and the upper station of the funicular railway.
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:
- East European, International
- Szinhaz utca 5-9, Budapest, 1014
- 1 489 0236
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Daily 11.30am-11.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary