While I was in Budapest last month, I had the pleasure of having a romantic dinner with my husband at the beautiful and delicious Columbus, a boat-restaurant at the Danube.
It was W’s birthday and one week before arriving in Budapest, I made a little research and found Columbus the perfect place to celebrate this special day, and at the same time enjoy the beautiful view of this romantic city. I emailed them and asked for a nice table for us, and if it was ok for our dog to come along! All set!
Columbus is not only a restaurant, but also a Pub. Apart from sitting inside the boat, you can opt for contemplating the view of Budapest from the Danube by sitting in their amazing terrace, which is open during summer and autumn. Their chef is Tobai Róbert, a renowned Hungarian chef, who have already published a few cooking books. The restaurant works à la carte and also with daily menus offered by the chef.
When we arrived the sun was still about to set, our table was right on the corner of the terrace, where we could enjoy the view of the Citadella, the bridges of Budapest, the Buda Castle and of course, the sunset. No effort needed to get amazing shots, indeed a breathtaking view.
All the tables on the terrace were occupied, and even so the service was perfect! We didn’t have to call the waiter not even once, there was always someone close by to supply our needs, and we had at least 3 persons serving us. We got menu suggestion, explanation of the food, a bowl of water for our dog, and smiles on their faces. What I noticed was that not only us, but all other tables got the same service, incredible!
Eating & Drinking
The drinks: local white wine and a caipirinha: all we needed to refresh this summer day.
The appetizer: potato dumplings with cheese and bacon, which I shared with W. but wished I had it all for me.
The main dish: Lamb knuckle with tiger prawn and parsley layered potato. Simply delicious, the lamb was so soft it was melting in my mouth.
The Dessert: the impressive Traditional Dobos Cake, made of chocolate and a caramel crust. I was surprised with its texture and taste, I loved it, and I am not a fan of caramel – as I find it too sweet – but this cake was just perfect!
You can check their complete English menu here.
Address: Vigadó Tér 4, 1051 Budapest. Between Elizabeth Bridge and Chain Bridge.
*Make sure to make a reservation if you want to sin on the terrace, then you guarantee a nice spot for a wonderful view. Remember that during winter the terrace is closed.