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Mester Restaurant and Palinka House

#597 of 2,403 Restaurants in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian
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Mester utca 13., Budapest 1095, Hungary
+36 1 215 0139
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

I entered the restaurant hearing a local band playing some amazing Hungarian music. I enjoyed my food (which was just OK) while enjoying the musical performance.

Thank Jasleensaggu
Heemskerk, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2014 via mobile

The food was real good, we had the mix plate with a lot of different Hungarian dishes. We were told it was good for the three of us but at least 5 people could eat from it. The downside for me was the live music. Good they were, but we could hardly hear the people we are dining with.

2 Thank Maemi D
Ashland, Nebraska
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2014

Simple. Close to my hotel. Best food experience during my stay. Food prepared by owner chef. I selected their homemade beef stew and was outstanding. Wine selection is over the top! Pricing was so low I had to ask chef for information so that I could make this review. For the area, a must go.!

1 Thank oncoursebob
London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2014

Went to this place as it was close to our apartment. The waiter was very friendly and humourous and there was a band playing traditional Hungarian dances on local instruments, including what looked like an open top piano that was played by hitting with what looked like fur coated hammers. The food was great and the band were very good.... More 

1 Thank Kafil_Din
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36 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2014

We found this restaurant which was close to our apartment. We where with 4 people and had the Hungarian feast. This is a plate for 4 to share with chicken, beef, pork, potatoes, cabbage and rice. It is enough for the 4 of us. The meat was prepared really good, very tasty! The potatoes where a bit crunchy with nice... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

We got a reccomendation to go to this place from our hotel clerk. It's a cozy little place, band is playing every night, they play pretty good, though I would say they should make some breaks in their music as it gets very loud when they play and hard to talk in such a small place. They have a large... More 

Thank PuraVida1727
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2014

Four of us shared this and it was SUPERB. OK it was a meat fest but cooked to a good standard and presentation was very good. The gypsy band created a good atmosphere and the waiter worked his socks off. A good find around the corner from the Actor Hotel where we stayed as part of our Newmarket break. If... More 

Thank PauloB_Tewkesbury
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

food was tasty and big enough.live music kind staff and not too high prices.And this place is under a new managment so a previuos bad experience and ripp off is definetly not gonna happen again.Ever. i just have a nice chat with the owner.So go there you wont be dissapointed

Thank 635ci
Budapest, Hungary
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

Perfect! Köszönümk everything! Excellent, attentive service and the food divine hangulsot what plants they live in the middle of the city! Was truly unforgettable! Sure we will come more often!

Thank federr_natan
Weedon Bec, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

We were forty and we are always there for three days. The food is delicious the service is polite, figyelmes.Cigány music is great and does not cost a lot of money as a restaurant. I will recommend to everyone.

1 Thank lenna j

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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, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian
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, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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?