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Jelen Bisztro

#438 of 2,425 Restaurants in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, European, Asian, Eastern European, Hungarian, Central European
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Blaha Lujza ter 1-2, Budapest 1085, Hungary (Formerly Jelen)
+36 20 344 3155
10:00 - 03:00
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Sun 10:00 - 02:00
Mon - Wed 09:00 - 02:00
Thu - Fri 09:00 - 03:00
Sat 10:00 - 03:00
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a good local place with some outstanding wines. Some one there knows how to pick them. There is something on the menu for everyone, and it is reasonably priced. It is an open and airy space. Monday they have a good open mic in the back room (separate from the main dining area) and they are open to... More 

Thank Tom N
Budapest, Hungary
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113 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here with a friend and chose off their excellent lunch menu! Great selection from Caesar salad to Pad Thai, roasted pumpkin soup to carrot cake! Come, walk into the neighbourhood, take a chance and I certain you will be pleased!

Thank Eva H
Crickhowell, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came across this bistro after getting lost. We had looked at a number of very touristy restaurants and wanted something more authentic and unassuming. We found it here despite it doing its best to hide away. The place was full on a Tuesday evening which is always a good sign. The selection of beer and wine was good and... More 

Thank djones1133
Milan, Italy
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

I came here twice in a week. I took something I don't remember the name of, but it was something like a schnitzel or a cotoletta served with potatoes and a sauce, it was all delicious!

Thank Alex C
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Compared to many touristic restaurants in budapest, pricy and poor food quality, this place is completly the opposite. The food is pub food at a fair price and good quality. This is a good adress in Budapest for a drink and good local food.

Thank maxime d
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We went there with some colleagues last night, I ordered the New York steak with blue cheese sauce. For me, medium rare is the only way to eat steak, and while I'm no expert, I do recognize a good steak when eating it and this was most definitely not one. The meat was tough on the outside and completely raw... More 

Thank Tejfel J
Budapest, Hungary
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Whether you go for the lunch special (best price/value in town), or just go there for an atmospheric dinner, it is a most recommended place!

Thank cosreoli
Budapest, Hungary
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Jelen used to be a great place for lunch menus or even an evening out with friends. However recently the quality has become a lot worse. Last time I visited the soup was inedible (fruit cream soup that tasted like watery jam) and none of the courses we ordered were nice. It is cheap, yes, but there are nicer lunch... More 

Thank EnaEurope
New York City, New York
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165 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We had an excellent lunch, 3 courses, 1495ft (if I remember correctly) and it was probably the best meal out we had in a week in Budapest. We tried a few other napi lunch menus because it seemed like a fun thing to do. While we had a good time at the others, the food was an afterthought to the... More 

Thank Talia R
London, United Kingdom
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184 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

This is the best place we ate in Budapest, we went there twice during our four day stay in the City. A friend recommended this place to us and we are so glad he did. Where we were staying in tourist central all the restaurants were tourist traps, expensive, poor service and mediocre food. Don't be put off by the... More 

Thank Jherek

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$29
Bar, European, Asian, Eastern European, Hungarian, Central European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 03:00
09:00 - 03:00
10:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Blaha Lujza ter 1-2, Budapest 1085, Hungary (Formerly Jelen)
  • Location: Europe  >  Hungary  >  Central Hungary  >  Budapest
  • Phone Number: +36 20 344 3155

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