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Mester Restaurant and Palinka House

#652 of 2,427 Restaurants in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
European, Central European, Hungarian, Eastern European
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Mester utca 13., Budapest 1095, Hungary
+36 1 215 0139
11:00 - 23:00
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

This little restaurant is close to the Ibis Styles Hotel, Soroksari, no more than a 5 minute walk. It is warm, hospitable and the food was local, authentic and delicious. Portions are large so be careful as to how much you order. The wine list is decent and they stock a massive range of local spirits. In the evenings there... More 

Thank 303gilesr
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

They always recomend you the more expensive plate although meat in bad state and recently thawed. If you go there only take soup or they will steal your money. Careful with Palinka you will pay more than other place.

Thank Guillermo F
Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

I've walked past this restaurant many times and fortunately this time I decided to try it out. The menu is varied but on the recommendation of the waitress I went for the set menu (3,500 HUF) and I'm gladiator did. The goulash and chicken were great and the dessert was exceptional - service was also very good. I'll be returning... More 

Thank CerdyTourist
Antwerp Province, Belgium
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Although this restaurant lies on the busy Mester utca, one is protected from too much traffic noise, if dining outside, by the shielded terrace. Excellent service by well skilled young staff. Menu is based on the Hungarian cuisine with some nice extra details by the chef. Staff is friendly and knows what they are serving, excellent recommendations as to the... More 

Thank MiguelVS1959
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20 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We came here to try the goulash which was really very good, and also had chicken paprikash - very tasty. The portions were good - - for the soup we ordered a large and split it as the waitress advised that the small soup would not be big enough. Also ordered draft beer (good) and lemonade which was served room... More 

Thank Joan G
Tallinn, Estonia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

This is a small cosy restaurant with tasty Hungarian food, good wine and live music. Service is good. And at last the palinka of this house is unforgettable.

Thank jaaktreikelder
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

The place was recommend for its hungarian food, and it delivered. The food was tasty, with great portions, at a reasonable price. The place also has a great selection of palinkas too.

Thank luigi AJ S
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

Very quiet and off the beaten track but worth a visit. Food was tasty and service was good and friendly.

Thank Andrina P
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

very scrumptious food generous portions and so very affordable @ £10 Euros for a main meal with Drink it was was unreal . excellent service and a great find

Thank injiali
Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

We arrived quite late (10ish) but they stayed open for us even as the only two patrons - two friendly and talented musicians played for us and gave us the opportunity to buy the Hungarian traditional music CD they had recorded. :-) The food was sinfully satisfying - rich tastes like bacon-wrapped chicken (or as they call it, "chicken disguised... More 

Thank friedputty

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$43
European, Central European, Hungarian, Eastern European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
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: Mester utca 13., Budapest 1095, Hungary
  • Location: Europe  >  Hungary  >  Central Hungary  >  Budapest
  • Phone Number: +36 1 215 0139

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?