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Chess Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
District VII / Jewish Quarter
European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian
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Dob utca 63., Budapest 1074, Hungary
+36 1 882 3080
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went based on great trip advisor recommendations. Was not disappointed. Service was attentive. Food was really delicious. Nice quiet atmosphere. Definitely would recommend.

Thank mfn123
Albany, Georgia
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had arrived mid-afternoon in Budapest and wanted an early dinner. We were directed by our hotel concierge to CHESS, a small restaurant a couple of blocks from our lovely hotel, the Corinthia. Chess was excellent. It is a small, immaculately clean restaurant on a side street. We were given a welcome glass of champagne or orange juice while we... More 

Thank DoctorLane
INagy, Tulajdonos at Chess Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear DoctorLane, Thank you for your positive feedback about the restaurant and appreciate to share it on TripAdvisor. We are so glad that you enjoyed all the courses and we will pass this to our cooks because they work hard and will appreciate Your lovely feedback. You are always welcome in our restaurant and hope you will return soon when... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another recommendation from friends back home, this little restaurant (connected to a small hotel) didn't disappoint. It was very quiet when we arrived and didn't get much busier as the evening went on but we can't quite understand why!! As with another Budapest restaurant, we were settled into our table with a complementary glass of Hungarian fizz which is very... More 

Thank Derek B
INagy, Tulajdonos at Chess Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Derek B, Many thanks for taking time to share this review on TripAdvisor. We are very delighted that you enjoyed your dinner at Chess and had a great time. It is our pleasure to suprise the guests with a lovely Hungarian fizz as an aperitif before the meal. Glad that you have choosen the degustation menu, so you could... More 

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

+ Had a good time. Staff is frienldy. Food is nice. Location is in the citycenter. - Dessert could be better. View is not nice since there was a constraction.

Thank Isabelle L
INagy, Tulajdonos at Chess Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Isabelle L, Thank you for taking time to write such a good review. Very delighted you had a great time in our restaurant. We are very sorry for the construction work that was done during your stay and sorry that you had a negative experience with the dessert. Although we appreciate and respect your comments on it. Many thanks... More 

Oslo, Norway
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Small cozy restaurant with great atmosphere, good service and delicious food presented with style. We were a group of 8 on a business trip and we had lunch there, we ordered the menu in advance and everything was perfect.

Thank jfmorille
Amherstburg, Canada
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Wonderful food in lovely setting. Great attentive service from 2 waiters. Food was delicious and well presented.

Thank welove2travel62
Boston, Massachusetts
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The restaurant is very pleasant and the decorations are tasteful. There was a singer on the night that I was there, which was a nice surprise. If there is one drawback, it is the location, which is a bit out of the way. The menu was good, but seemed to have some gaps. Was unable to find a starter, but... More 

Thank Mountaineer57
Budapest, Hungary
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237 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is a nicely decorated restaurant of a downtown hotel. The starters were good, especially the ramen. However, the goat cheese panna cotta had too much cream and too few goat cheese. The main dishes were a bit disappointing, there was too much of garnish (pasta, potato, couscous) and there was no harmony in the flavours although there were some... More 

Thank nagytibi
Budapest, Hungary
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

The location is OK; the service is nice, but this place is not a fine dining restaurant - however it is positioned there with its price level. I went for the cock soup and the pork ribs, which was - unfortunately - not spiced and served on absolutely unacceptable temperature... The quality / creativity is well below the average fine... More 

Thank Péter G
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Probably not just the food was good, but the service and the timing were perfect. The servers were very friendly and nice for a lonely traveller like myself, who sometimes need some courage to enter at the new restaurant alone in an unfamiliar city.

Thank Haruko I

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$26
European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dob utca 63., Budapest 1074, Hungary
  • Location: Europe  >  Hungary  >  Central Hungary  >  Budapest>  > District VII / Jewish Quarter
  • Neighbourhood: District VII / Jewish Quarter
  • Phone Number: +36 1 882 3080
Italian –French-Hungarian Bistro cuisineTradition & Evolution Our Executive Chef, Levente Kovacs thinks this way about our cuisine:“The youthful and modern bistro cuisine is my world, it can renew day by day, it combines the gastronomic ‘lifestyle’ of different places in the world, even on one plate, in a way that, I don't use hundreds of spices with each other, but I’m trying to create exciting contrasts. I do a kind of kitchen minimal-design because simple can be great also. It causes difficulties sometimes for me to not to put all my ideas into one dish. I’m trying to use the raw materials as they were given to me by nature itself, changing only as much as I need. And then we get to a point, where simple is not so simple anymore. Ease and great tasting harmony in life, in the kitchen and on the plate.Simple is hard. Enjoy!”What else can we say? The Chess Restaurant is an intimate place in black and white, absolutely a place to get together frequently, where You can try new dishes day by day with it’s always renewing kitchen creativity, served simply and clearly.The Chess Restaurant opened, it’s Your move now!

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District VII / Jewish Quarter
District VII is the very heart of Budapest and houses the city’s Jewish Quarter. Its streets are lively and colorful, its buildings narrate different histories in an assortment of architectural styles, and its cafes and bars are frequented and loved by the enthusiastic crowds. Grand and magnificent, the striking star of the district is the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Distinctly Moorish in style, crowned by the twin onion shaped domes, the Synagogue is the very emblem of District VII and one of the main attractions in the capital.
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