Currently the best restaurant in Budapest!
Zeller Bistro is the top rated restaurant in Budapest according to TripAdvisor (what effect that has I will discuss later in the article) so I thought I will give it a try. Located in Izabella utca (Between Oktogon and Heroes’ Square) in the 7th district Zeller is not too far off the track and can be reached easily from the city center. The little family run restaurant is situated in the cellar of a normal apartment house and offers a refreshing, modernized Hungarian menu. Away from Goulash Soup and Pörkölt Zeller is driving more in a modern direction using fresh products from the market and traditional dishes with a drift to exotic ingredients.
The menu is really straight forward and not longer than a page so you do not get lost in the mass of choices but in the same time there is something for everybody from fish to duck and vegetarian to soups. Few starters a choice of a dozen main courses and 3 desserts that’s what you have to make your selection from. As a starter I had smoked duck breast with salad, which was according to the very friendly waiter a home grown and smoked duck, that was excellent. I stayed with the duck and had that as as a main course as well with mashed potatoes (described on the menu as fresh season vegetables) and some caramelized plums. Check out the images for what it looks like. The taste was really great and there was nothing to complain about.
Images of Zeller Bistro in Budapest
Conclusion: Zeller Bistro is one of the best addresses and makes it into my Top 10 Restaurants in Budapest list.
Coming back to the above mentioned top rating on TripAdvisor for restaurants in Budapest. I went there during the week, not particularly days when you have trouble getting a table but in Zeller Bistro in Budapest you are better of reserving your table in advance as the place was packed by 19.30 including people waiting at the entrance. The guests were not Hungarians but mainly and I mean something like 95% foreigners. From what I could hear there were English speakers, Germans, Dutch and French just in the 2 hours I have been there. So a top ranking at TripAdvisor seems to be a top driver for guests from around the world who rely on other peoples opinion and trust in the reviews the restaurants get there. Back in that time Zeller was Nr. 1 ranked (currently it is Nr. 3) with a 92% recommendation out of 233 reviews overall. That is pretty good.
Zeller Bistro Information:
Address: Izabella street 36-38, 1077 Budapest
Tel.: +36 30 651 0880
Opening Hours: Tue – Sat: 12:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 23:00
Or visit the Zeller Bistro Facebook page