Margitkert

Address: Margit utca 15, Budapest, 1023, Hungary
Telephone: 1 326 0860

- Budget

4.2

Head here for traditional Hungarian food and music by a gypsy master.

You’ll either love Margitkert or hate it. The restaurant whole-heartedly embraces Hungarian tradition: hearty food, folksy décor and vivacious gypsy music. There’s always a danger that restaurants like this become tourist traps churning out sub-standard grub, but this one has maintained a good reputation for many years.

Food and drink
4.2
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Service
4.2
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Food and drink
4.2
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Value for money
4.3
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Ambience
4.4
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Location
3.8
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Food and drink

I’d wager it’s impossible to leave Margitkert feeling hungry. The restaurant serves no-nonsense, traditional Hungarian fare - dishes with titles like ‘Bakony Outlaw’s soup’, ‘Transylvanian stuffed cabbage’ and ‘fattened ox steak’. There's not much for the vegetarians...

Ambience

The ambience is that of an old-school csárda (inn), with red and white tablecloths, chunky rustic pottery and plates adorned with floral motifs. Perhaps the biggest attraction is the gypsy band led by Lajos Boross, who’s something of a legend. They play from 6pm daily.

Service

I have always found the service to be efficient.

Location

It's a slightly steep walk up the lower part of Rózsadomb (Rose Hill) on the Buda side of the river, overlooking Margaret Bridge.

Price advice

It's very good value - there are several main courses under 2,000 forints, and only the dishes containing foie gras stray above 4,000 forints. You can get 50% off some choices between noon and 4pm.

Recommended for

  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Live entertainment

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