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Central Cafe and Restaurant

€€ - €€€Cafe, European,
Karolyi utca 9., Budapest 1053, Hungary
+36 1 266 2110
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“cakes” (105 reviews)
“opera cake” (14 reviews)
“pastry” (10 reviews)
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Cafe, European, Central European, Hungarian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Karolyi utca 9., Budapest 1053, Hungary
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited here 3 times on our recent trip to Budapest. Once just to enjoy a nice bottle of wine, once for cocktails before a meal elsewhere and the last time for coffee and cake. We really liked it here and the last two times...More

Thank JWopEssex
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this place in the afternoon, both of us ordered a cup of coffee, a slice of cake and asked for a glass of tap water as well. The coffee and cake were served in a timely manner however the waitress did not bring...More

Thank Judith222
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a delicious evening meal when we arrived in Budapest and loved the overall feel and setting of the restaurant. We called back on a few other occassion's for cake and coffee as we were staying very close by. We were always made to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall this place was just okay. The food was pretty average, not well seasoned, very small unimaginative menu and bland. The interiors of this restaurant are beautiful. Worth just going in and taking a look. But don't bother eating here. The service is terrible. Very...More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A historic café with elegant décor to enjoy the old charm. I went there for lunch and it was very busy but one could enjoy the live music there. The food was traditional and the cake was not to be missed.

Thank BatesLau
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a country not known for pleasant service this place takes the cake. We ordered elderflower lemonades, they make the liquor there, behind the bar, they say. Sooo why not add it to the drinks? After a struggle, the woman bartender admits she did not...More

Thank Benedictakim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A classic old style cafe. We had lunch there, tea and cake and drinks so it covers all bases in a wonderful, relaxed setting. Good customer service too.

Thank AndyT4949
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for an afternoon cappuccino and cake. The cakes are perfection. Lovely cafe with outdoor seating. Very pleased.

Thank allie s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good “Opera” cake and nice jasmin tea! That’s what I had at Central. Both were good and attendants were aptly attentive ! But once they served me they didn’t come close to me again. There is a space to write down your own poem which...More

Thank ZinaMK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well the decor says it all - art deco at its finest. What a lovely lovely place to spend some time, I just wish it had been more busy. It was a Friday night, and was disappointed that this place was not bursting. The food...More

Thank JC505
District V / Inner City
Discover the Inner City along the banks of the Danube,
with its fashionable shops and iconic buildings. The
Inner-City Parish Church and St. Stephen’s Basilica
stand out as two of the finest examples of
architecture in the area. If you are still hunting for
more historical treats, then the ruins of the medieval
city walls on Kecskeméti Utca are a must-visit while
the Soviet War Memorial is also worthy of attention
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$21
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Karolyi utca 9., Budapest 1053, Hungary
  • Location: Europe  >  Hungary  >  Central Hungary  >  Budapest>  > District V / Inner City
  • Neighbourhood: District V / Inner City
  • Phone Number: +36 1 266 2110
  • E-mail
Respecting the traditions and being open to novelty. That describes Central Café the best. We are proud of our ancestors and we know the challenges of today. Rather than evoking the past we would like to revive the mentality that once made this place one of the intellectual centres of Budapest. And we want to achieve this with your help. We can only provide the "scenery", the delicate ambience, the delicious meals, the delightful desserts or refreshing drinks, the atmosphere is created by you. All of you who visit us for a cup of coffee in the morning, for a lunch at noon, for a glass of wine before going to the theater, for a light dinner after it or perhaps participate in one of our events as creative audience.
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